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Illinois Senate appointee Burris plans busy Sunday

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The man who embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named to fill a vacant Senate seat says he hopes legal details regarding his controversial appointment are worked out soon.

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Series of quakes hit Indonesia, killing 4

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A series of powerful earthquakes killed at least four people and injured dozens in remote eastern Indonesia Sunday and briefly triggered fears of another tsunami in a country still recovering from 2004's deadly waves.

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Mars Rover Mission Reaches 5th Anniversary

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Five years after the NASA rover Spirit landed on Mars, the six-wheel robotic geologist and its twin Opportunity are still on the job.

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Ill Gov Allies Vanish as Impeachment Vote Nears

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich doesn't have many friends these days, particularly among the lawmakers who will decide whether to throw him out of office.

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Cell Phone Soap Operas Deliver Safe-Sex Message

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The scene is from a soap opera with a purpose: to use short videos to go beyond pamphlets on safe sex and deliver the message to women who might otherwise tune it out.

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Travolta Says He Is Heartbroken at Son's Death

Updated: 01/04/2009 - John Travolta said Sunday he and his wife Kelly Preston are "heartbroken" over the death of their chronically ill 16-year-old son, who collapsed at the family's vacation home on Grand Bahama.

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Female Bomber at Shiite Shrine in Baghdad KIills 38

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A woman hiding among Iranian pilgrims with a bomb strapped under her black robe killed more than three dozen people Sunday outside a Baghdad mosque during ceremonies commemorating the death of one of Shiite Islam's most revered saints.

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Former President Bush Touts Son Jeb For Top Job

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Another President Bush? Perhaps so, says former President George H.W. Bush, who has already seen one son, George W., serve in the Oval Office. The nation's 41st president said Sunday that he would like to see a second son, Jeb, be president one day.

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Israeli Troops and Tanks Slice Deep Into Gaza

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Thousands of Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships surrounded Gaza's largest city and fought militants at close range Sunday, the first full day of an overwhelming ground offensive in the coastal territory.

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Lawrence Changes Hedgehog Restriction

Updated: 01/04/2009 - It is now legal to have pet hedgehogs in Lawrence after an 11-year-old boy spent three years lobbying against the ban.

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Manhattan Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A no-smoking ordinance voters approved in November took effect 12:01 am, Sunday. It bans smoking in most public places and some outdoor areas, too.

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Hoyer: Stimulus unlikely before inauguration

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Congressional Democrats said Sunday that President-elect Barack Obama probably will have to wait until next month before getting the chance to sign an economic aid bill his team once hoped would be on his desk by his swearing-in Jan. 20.

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California Faces $42 Billion Shortfall

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The shine is off the Golden State. The bruising national recession, plus a political stalemate in Sacramento have left California with a whopping $42 billion budget shortfall.

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Topeka Rescue Mission Gives Second Chances

Updated: 01/04/2009 - 13 News takes you inside the Topeka Rescue Mission, and introduces you to inspirational success stories the shelter has produced. It is heartwarming, inspirational and gives hope to those who think they cannot make it.

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Hearing to be Held in 1977 Murder Case

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A man convicted of a 1977 murder will go before a Sedgwick County judge this month to see if DNA evidence clears him of the crime.

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Israeli forces bisect Gaza, surround biggest city

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas militants gained momentum.

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Bahamas using 2 experts for Travolta son autopsy

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The Bahamas will use two pathologists to ensure a careful autopsy on John Travolta's son, who died at the actor's vacation home in Grand Bahama, the territory's health minister said Saturday.

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