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INSIDE WASHINGTON: NASA Safety Survey A Mystery

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Years after thousands of pilots told NASA about their in-flight safety experiences and NASA shut down the survey without divulging any findings, the pilots' views remain a mystery.

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Obama Looking At Cooling Air To Fight Warming

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming - a radical idea once dismissed out of hand - is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday.

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Italy Death Toll Rises To 275

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Rescuers removed three more bodies from a collapsed university dormitory in central Italy early Thursday, raising to 275 the death toll in the country's worst earthquake in three decades.

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Family Not Surprised Captain Was Willing Hostage

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Family members said a U.S. ship captain's decision to trade himself for the safety of his crew from Somali pirates was in character for the devoted father from Vermont.

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Iowa, Vermont Gay Marriages Spark Debate In Calif.

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Both sides of the gay marriage ban approved by California voters are debating how Iowa and Vermont's recent moves to allow same-sex unions will affect their state's running legal battle.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Afghan Policemen, 1 Child

Updated: 04/09/2009 - A suicide bomber attacked a police drug eradication unit in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing four officers and a child and wounding seven other officers, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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Obama Invites Close Friends, Staff To Seder Dinner

Updated: 04/09/2009 - President Barack Obama is inviting close friends and staff to a private White House meal Thursday to mark Passover, a signal that the new president intends to fulfill his promise that Jewish voters would have an ally.

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North Korea's Kim Appointed To 3rd Term As Leader

Updated: 04/09/2009 - North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament appointed Kim Jong Il to a third term Thursday as leader of one of the world's most reclusive nations, buoyed by a rocket launch heralded in state media as "historic" but assailed elsewhere as provocative.

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US Dealings With Iran Remain On Slippery Path

Updated: 04/09/2009 - Efforts by the Obama administration to re-engage with Iran advanced a step and skidded backward all in the same day, underscoring the difficulties the new president faces as he tries to improve U.S. relations with its longtime foe.

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US Warship Arrives As Pirates' Options Dwindle

Updated: 04/09/2009 - A U.S. destroyer kept watch Thursday over the waters where Somali pirates held the American captain of a hijacked cargo ship that was later retaken by the crew in an hours-long, high seas drama.

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Stevens' 2014 Filing Only Procedural, Aide Says

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Campaign treasurer Tim McKeever says former Alasak Sen. Ted Stevens filing for the 2014 election doesn't mean Stevens has decided to run. He says it simply was done to accept donations that came into the campaign after the November election.

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Judge Considers Threat in Kansas Immigrant Case

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A federal magistrate judge is considering whether to proceed with the case of a Mexican national living in Kansas who is accused of making threats against a federal prosecutor in Arizona.

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Former Kansas School Board Member Acquitted

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Salina Journal is reporting that Saline County jurors found Gary Olson of Gypsum not guilty Wednesday of making a criminal threat against Saline County Planning and Zoning Director Vicki Koepsel.

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Pasture Fire Burns 2 in South Central Kansas

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Winfield Fire Chief Curtis Wilson says two ranchers were attempting to burn some pastureland Wednesday when the flames got out of control. One suffered critical injuries.

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Navy Destroyer at Scene of Pirate Hijacking

Updated: 04/08/2009 - U.S. officials say an American warship has arrived at the scene where pirates captured a vessel with a U.S. crew off Somalia's coast. The cargo ship's crew regained control of the ship, but the pirates are holding the captain hostage in a nearby lifeboat.

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Topeka Officials Seek Input on 2010 Budget

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A handful of people turned out at Crestview Community Center Wednesday night to give Topeka city officials input on crafting the 2010 budget. It's the first of four public meetings the city has planned to hear from residents.

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Stream Advisory for Missouri River

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a stream advisory for people living in Atchison County or downstream warning them to avoid the Missouri river.

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Stream Advisory: Atchison County

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A stream advisory is warning people in Atchison County and downstream to avoid the Missouri River and to keep their pets and livestock away as well.

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Emporia Smoking Ban "Too Close to Call"

Updated: 04/08/2009 - The vote on a smoking ordinance in Emporia is too close to call. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 2,333 votes were cast Tuesday in favor of the ordinance banning smoking in public places. Another 2,318 residents voted against it.

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State Library Helping Kansans Through Tough Times

Updated: 04/10/2009 - The State Library staff wants to help Kansans weather these rough economic times. They've put together a web site filled with online tools to help you save money find help and "thrive in tough times."

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New Kan. Law Focuses on Rape Cases

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Governor Sebelius signed new legislation Wednesday which she says will protect victims and strengthen penalties against offenders involved with rape.

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New Kansas Law Takes Aim at Open Meetings Act

Updated: 04/08/2009 - A new law tries to keep government officials from flouting changes made last year to state's Open Meetings Act. Governor Sebelius signed it Tuesday.

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Former NBA Star Found Dead in Tulsa

Updated: 04/08/2009 - Marvin Webster helped lead the Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA Finals 30 years ago. Now he's gone at age 56.

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