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Mich. couple now face murder charges in fire death

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The parents of a 16-year-old girl who was chained to her bed when she died in a fire at her southwestern Michigan home now face stiffer charges of murder and torture.

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Vatican: Gay `behavior' in seminaries declines

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A Vatican office that evaluated U.S. Roman Catholic seminaries in response to the clergy sex abuse scandal concluded that administrators have been effective in stopping "homosexual behavior" in the schools although the agency said the problem still exists.

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Families await sharpest tuition increases in years

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Most high school seniors and their families have not made final college plans for next fall. But they know this: It's probably going to cost more than they had planned.

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Ex-cop charged with murder in Calif. shooting

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A former transit police officer has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of an unarmed and allegedly restrained black man in a racially charged case that has outraged residents and community leaders and set off violent protests.

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7 states sue over Bush rule on health workers

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Seven states sued the federal government Thursday over a new rule that expands protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions and other medical procedures because of religious or moral objections.

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Ind. money manager faces parade of legal woes

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A road atlas and campground directory discovered in the airplane cockpit of an Indiana financial manager helped lead authorities to the remote North Florida campsite where he was finally arrested.

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Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 40 years in 1982 killing

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Former FBI agent John Connolly was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison for slipping information to Boston mobsters that led to the 1982 shooting death of a Miami gambling executive.

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Kellogg pulls crackers over salmonella concerns

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Concerns over consumer exposure to salmonella intensified Thursday, a day after Kellogg Co. asked stores to stop selling its peanut butter sandwich crackers until the food maker can figure out if the peanut paste is contaminated.

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Shawnee County Commission Questions Former DA Hecht's Salary

Updated: 01/16/2009 - After finding possible inconsistencies in the budget of the Shawnee County District Attorney's office, Shawnee County Commisioner's sent a letter to Attorney General Stephen Six to investigate. Robert Hecht says he did nothing wrong.

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Police Turn to Public to Nab Purse Snatcher

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Topeka Police release surveillance footage of a man they believe stole a purse from a woman at the VA hospital and attempted to use a credit card from it.

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UNICEF: Teen Births 5 Times Deadlier Than In 20s

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Girls who give birth before the age of 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s, the U.N. said Thursday, focusing its annual children's survey on the health of their mothers.

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In Hawaii, The Doctor Is Always In _ Online

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Patients with a sore throat, high fever or mystery rash in Hawaii will now be able to bypass the waiting room and find a physician's care just a click away.

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Iran President: 'Not feasible' For Israel To Live

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Iran's hardline president says the fighting in Gaza between Hamas and Israel has shown that it is "not feasible" for what he calls Israel's "Zionist regime" to continue in the region.

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Pakistan Detains Dozens Allegedly Linked To Mumbai

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Pakistan has arrested more than 100 people in a crackdown on groups allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks, a top official said Thursday, adding that the information India has handed over still needs work before it can be used as evidence in court.

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Burris Set To Replace Obama In Senate Today

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Roland Burris gets sworn in as Illinois Senator today as President-elect Barack Obama's replacement, with Senate Democrats still carrying a bitter aftertaste from being shamed into seating him.

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Theives Caught In The Act

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Two men trying to rob a Topeka furniture store Wednesday night were caught red handed.

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A Look At Airlines' Nov. On-Time Performance

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Take a look at the rankings of 19 airlines' on-time performance in November, according to data provided by the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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Sebelius Grants First Pardon

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The pardon was issued to Benito Carrillo Jr., a procurement agent for Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems who had been blocked from traveling to Canada for business because of his offense.

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Israeli Forces Shell UN Headquarters In Gaza

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Israeli forces shelled the United Nations headquarters in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, setting fire to the compound filled with hundreds of refugees as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was in the region on a mission to end Israel's devastating offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers.

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Texas Carries Out Nation's First Execution Of 2009

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A man convicted of murdering three people during a night of robberies more than 13 years ago in Fort Worth was put to death Wednesday evening in the nation's first execution of the year.

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Kellogg Pulls Crackers After Recall By Supplier

Updated: 01/15/2009 - A peanut butter maker that sells bulk supplies to institutions issued a nationwide recall as officials on Wednesday reported two more deaths associated with a salmonella outbreak. Its client Kellogg Co. later asked stores to stop selling a variety of peanut butter crackers.

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Families Await Sharpest Tuition Increases In Years

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Most high school seniors and their families have not made final college plans for next fall. But they know this: It's probably going to cost more than they had planned.

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Stock Futures Point Lower after JPMorgan Report

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Wall Street appeared ready to extend its losses Thursday, after a discouraging outlook from JPMorgan Chase & Co. reinforced investors' fears that the financial sector's troubles are far from over.

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Ferguson tells TV Critics to Give Fallon a Chance

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The Craig Ferguson-Jimmy Fallon late-night competition appears to be starting on a gracious note as Craig suggested recently that reviewers wait to sharpen their pens until Fallon adjusts to the new job. Fallon is expected to take over "Late Night" in March.

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