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Oregon Looks at Taxing Mileage Instead of Gasoline

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Oregon is among a growing number of states exploring ways to tax drivers based on the number of miles they drive instead of how much gas they use, even going so far as to install GPS monitoring devices in 300 vehicles.

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Holidays Bring String of Crimes to Shawnee County

Updated: 01/02/2009 - The holidays brought a string of burglaries to the Shawnee County area. The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office reports almost a dozen between December 18 and December 28th.

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Powerball Heading South from Iowa to Orlando

Updated: 01/02/2009 - The Powerball drawing is heading south for the winter and staying there. The Multi-State Lottery Association announced today that televised drawings will move to Orlando, Fla., after 16 years of being broadcast from studios in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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Fear turns to anger after Aspen bomb scares

Updated: 01/02/2009 - The Aspen that James Chester Blanning knew as a competitive skier, lumberjack and truck driver was nothing like the swank resort town it is today, and friends and family say it ate at him.

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Historians battle Wal-Mart over key Civil War site

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Wal-Mart wants to build a Supercenter within a cannonshot of where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first fought, a proposal that has preservationists rallying to protect the key Civil War site.

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Will Smith voted 2008's top moneymaking movie star

Updated: 01/02/2009 - No name on the marquee was more pleasing to theater owners in 2008 than Will Smith, according to a survey of movie exhibitors. Smith, star of "Hancock" and "Seven Pounds," was voted the star who generated the most box office revenue for theaters in an annual survey by Quigley Publishing Co.

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Gold prices dip; energy prices rebound

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Gold prices edged lower in light post-holiday trading Friday as the dollar showed some strength against other major currencies.

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Kansas Lawmaker Seeks Push on Financial Literacy

Updated: 01/02/2009 - A Wichita legislator wants to make financial literacy a requirement for high school graduation in Kansas. Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, a Democrat, says she's working on a proposal to make sure schools teach children about personal finance from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

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New Puerto Rico gov faces soaring crime, deficit

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Puerto Rico's new governor was sworn in Friday, inheriting an island government that is battling a recession, a soaring murder rate and a deficit of more than $1 billion.

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US looks upscale for London embassy design

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Having decided to vacate the aging and stodgy U.S. Embassy in London, the State Department is looking upmarket and modern for a firm to design the nation's new diplomatic post in the British capital.

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Gold prices dip; energy prices rebound

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Gold prices edged lower in light post-holiday trading Friday as the dollar showed some strength against other major currencies.

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Library plans to collect sermons for inauguration

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Inauguration-week sermons would be videotaped to highlight Barack Obama's rise to power in an unprecedented quest by the Library of Congress to capture this transfer of power for future generations.

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Latin American stocks up on New Year's optimism

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Latin American stocks rose across the board Friday, mirroring a rally on Wall Street and in world markets, which moved upward with New Year's optimism despite grim global economic news.

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Microsoft Says Zune Players Working Again

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Many of Microsoft's Zune media players that froze up on the last day of 2008 because of a glitch involving their internal clock were functioning properly Thursday as the New Year was ushered in, according to the company. However, a few people were still complaining of problems operating the devices.

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Guardsmen Welcomed Home from Afghanistan

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Fifteen National Guardsmen were honored at a welcome home ceremony in Manhattan Friday. For the past year, they have been serving in Afghanistan.

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Grandma Palin Swings Back At The Media

Updated: 01/02/2009 - Governor Sarah Palin has always had a love/hate relationship with the media, but what has her fired up now are reports that she calls inaccurate, and she has actually personally contacted People Magazine, the Associated Press, and the Anchorage Daily News to let them know they are wrong.

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