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Gaza Civilian Toll Rises; Diplomats Seek Truce

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Israel ignored mounting international calls for a cease-fire Monday and said it won't stop its crippling 10-day assault until "peace and tranquility" are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of Palestinian rocket fire.

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Records Reveal Anguish of Anthrax Suspect's Wife

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Anthrax mailing suspect Bruce Ivins tormented his wife with rudeness and behaved erratically in the weeks before the Army scientist took his own life by overdosing on Tylenol, according to documents released Monday.

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Milky Way — The Galaxy — Not Snack-Sized Anymore

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Take that, Andromeda! For decades, astronomers thought when it came to the major galaxies in Earth's cosmic neighborhood, our Milky Way was a weak sister to the larger Andromeda. Not anymore. The Milky Way is considerably larger, bulkier and spinning faster than astronomers once thought, Andromeda's equal.

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Death Certificate: Travolta Son Killed By Seizure

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Jett Travolta's body shows no sign of head trauma and his death certificate says he was killed by a seizure, an undertaker said Monday, after doctors performed an autopsy on the 16-year-old son of the U.S actor.

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Police: Mexican Woman in Wheelchair Flees on Foot

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Police say a woman who begged from a wheelchair was caught running from a crime scene on foot in Monterrey, Mexico. Police spokeswoman Sidlayin Robles says 30-year-old Ana Victoria Perez fled on foot after she and her husband allegedly threw a stone through the front window of a furniture store.

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Boy, 4, Shoots Babysitter For Stepping on His Foot

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter. Nathan Beavers, 18, was hospitalized Sunday with minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack. Police say another teen was also injured.

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Bush to Establish 3 Marine Monuments in Pacific

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Parts of three remote and uninhabited Pacific island chains are being set aside by President George W. Bush as national monuments to protect them from oil and gas extraction and commercial fishing in what will be the largest marine conservation effort in history.

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Apple's Jobs Has Hormone Imbalance, Will Stay CEO

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer whose gaunt appearance in the past year has alarmed the Mac and iPod lovers who look to him as an oracle, said Monday he has an easily treated hormone imbalance and will remain in charge of the company.

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Obama Says His Plan With Tax Cuts to Get Quick OK

Updated: 01/05/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama plunged into rare pre-inaugural crisis talks with congressional leaders Monday, declaring the national economy was "bad and getting worse" and embracing tax cuts now expected to reach $300 billion. He predicted lawmakers would approve a mammoth revitalization package within two weeks of his taking office.

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Obama's intel picks short on direct experience

Updated: 01/05/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's decision to fill the nation's top intelligence jobs with two men short on direct experience in intelligence gathering surprised the spy community and signaled the Democrat's intention for a clean break from Bush administration policies.

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7 hospitals in NY accused of $50M Medicaid fraud

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Four hospitals in New York state paid kickbacks to get more patients into their drug treatment programs, which billed Medicaid for services that weren't standard or necessary and lacked state certification, lawsuits allege.

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Diplomats Seek Truce as Gaza's Civilian Toll Rises

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Israel ignored mounting international calls for a cease-fire Monday and said it won't stop its crippling 10-day assault until "peace and tranquility" are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of Palestinian rocket fire. Friendly fire killed three Israeli soldiers.

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Pirates Attack French Vessel Off Nigerian Coast

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Pirates hijacked a French boat and took its nine crew members hostage in the latest attack in some of the world's most dangerous waters off oil-rich southern Nigeria, the boat's owner said Monday.

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Polanski Lawyer Claims LA Superior Court Biased

Updated: 01/05/2009 - A lawyer for Roman Polanski is accusing the Los Angeles Superior Court of bias and prejudice against the movie director, and is seeking removal of his case to the California Judicial Council for resolution.

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Kansas Inmate Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

Updated: 01/05/2009 - John Manard, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. Manard was a convicted murderer when he escaped from Lansing prison in a dog crate more than two years ago.

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Former Kansas Prosecutor Gets Year, Day in Prison

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Former Cherokee County prosecutor Michael Goodrich, of Baxter Springs, was sentned to one year and one day in prison on charges he extored money and favors from a Galena adult club.

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New Kansas Treasurer Faces Questions on Governor's Race

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Dennis McKinney took the oath Monday as the new Kansas State Treasurer. He served almost six years as Kansas House minority leader before Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to fill a vacancy in the treasurer's office.

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Clay County School Board Votes to Close Elementary School

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The USD 379 school board voted 4-3 Monday night to go ahead with plans to close Longford Elementary School. Residents had hoped to save the school in the town southwest of Clay Center which has 32 students.

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Wake-Up Call For Drivers On Cell Phones

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Even though technology allows us to get in touch no matter where we are or what we're doing, it doesn't always mean we should. The Kansas Highway Patrol says using a cell phone while driving is just a bad idea.

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Topeka Street Sees Lane Closures

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Crews have closed one lane of South Kansas Ave. in each direction between 21st and 24th because of a water main break in the northbound lanes.

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