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Alcoa to Cut 13 Pct of Global Work Force

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Alcoa Inc., the world's third-largest aluminum maker, said Tuesday it will cut 13,500 jobs, or 13 percent of its work force, and slash spending and output to cope with the global economic slowdown.

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Nation's Health Spending Rises, but Not So Much

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Health care continued to take up a greater share of the economy in 2007, as spending on hospitals, doctors and other services increased 6.1 percent to $2.2 trillion.

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Death of Travolta's Son Raises Medical Questions

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Millions of children and adults have seizures in the United States, but dying from one is rare. That only adds to the confusion and mystery surrounding the life and death of Jett Travolta, the 16-year-old son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

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Grand Canyon, Loch Ness Compete as Nature Wonders

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The Grand Canyon, Mount Everest and Loch Ness will vie with more than 200 other spectacular places in the next phase of the global competition for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, organizers said Wednesday.

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Kaw Valley Donates to Help Historic Ritchie House

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The $1.2 million drive will fully fund the renovation and restoration of the Hale Ritchie House, which is slated to be the education center for the John and Mary Ritchie House.

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CBS, CNN's Gupta for Surgeon General?

Updated: 01/06/2009 - There's more speculation swirling that the popular television medical expert may put his skills to work for the Obama Administration.

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Voting On Nature's New 7 Wonders Underway

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A Swiss non-profit group is pushing for people to vote and decide which exciting spots (like Mount Everest) are the world's most wondrous sites.

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Kansas Senator Reacts to Gaza Violence

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, says the people of Gaza have only Hamas to blame for recent violence, and only Hamas can end it.

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Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Welcome 2nd Daughter

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A spokesperson for Ben Affleck says the actor and his wife, Jennifer Garner, have welcomed their second daughter. No other details on the birth were released.

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Holloway Case Nearing End

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Aruban prosecutors said Tuesday their investigation into the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway is nearing the end and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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Democratic Leaders Want To Resolve Burris Situation

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Roland Burris failed to capture President-elect Barack Obama's old Senate seat Tuesday in a wild piece of political theater, but the Democrats' opposition cracked when a key chairwoman said seating him was simply the legal thing to do. Democratic leaders, set to meet with Burris on Wednesday, were searching for a way to defuse the dispute before it further overshadows the 111th Congress.

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Bush Security Adviser: Obama Faces Challenges

Updated: 01/06/2009 - President George W. Bush's national security adviser said Tuesday that Iran is the biggest challenge President-elect Barack Obama will face in the Middle East and that more sanctions will be needed to force Tehran to forgo its nuclear ambitions and support for extremists.

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Bummer: Man Bares All After Skiing Accident

Updated: 01/06/2009 - A guy who dangled upside down from a ski lift with his bare bottom exposed probably doesn't want to hear any "ski bum" jokes. Officials at Vail Resorts in Colorado say the 48-year-old man was trying to get on the Blue Ski basin lift on New Year's Day. They haven't said what went wrong.

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Sebelius to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will name a Supreme Court Justice on Wednesday, making her the first governor to appoint a majority of the seven member court.

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Book Company Targets Tubby Drivers

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Tolls for drivers leaving the Kanas Turnpike on Topeka's east side were paid by New York company Sterling Publishing, which is promoting the book ``I Can Make You Thin,'' by Paul McKenna.

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Daddy Cakes Brings Topeka National Attention

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Local cupcake maker is featured in the February edition of Rachel Ray's "Everyday" magazine as one of the top 5 "on-the-go" cupcake makers in the country.

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Oprah's Boyfriend Coming to Fort Riley

Updated: 01/06/2009 - The featured speaker at Fort Riley's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance Jan. 14th will be marketing CEO and author Stedman Graham - perhaps better known as Oprah Winfrey's longtime boyfriend.

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Israel shells near UN school, killing at least 30

Updated: 01/06/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) -- Israeli mortar shells struck outside a U.N. school where hundreds of Palestinians had sought refuge on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people - many of them children whose parents wailed in grief at a hospital filled with dead and wounded.

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Kansas Governor to Name Supreme Court Justice

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has called an 11 am Wednesday news conference to name her pick for a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court. The new justice will replace retiring Chief Justice Kay McFarland.

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Celeste Industries Corporation Recalls Make Up Remover

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Celeste Industries Corporation has voluntarily recalled all lots of simplySmart™ "Remove" Make Up Remover in the US and Canada This product is packaged as a single towelette with hiexpress.com shown on the packet.

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Speaker Named for Fort Riley MLK, Jr. Observance

Updated: 01/06/2009 - Stedman Graham, the chairman and chief executive officer of Stedman Graham and Associates, will be the featured speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. observance at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 14 at Riley’s Conference Center.

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China face economic pain, sensitive anniversaries

Updated: 01/06/2009 - BEIJING (AP) -- The year ahead will challenge Chinese security officials increasingly nervous about social stability, the nation's top police officer said Tuesday, amid concerns about gang violence, separatism and dissident plans to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests.

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Natural gas shortages slam many European nations

Updated: 01/06/2009 - VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The Russia-Ukraine natural gas dispute hit Europe with the force of a winter storm Tuesday, cutting or limiting supplies to at least a dozen nations. Tens of thousands of people were left without heat and governments scrambled to find alternate energy sources.

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