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'American Pie' Star Tara Reid Checks into Rehab

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A publicist says Tara Reid has checked herself into rehab. Jack Ketsoyan said Friday that the "American Pie" star went to the Promises Treatment Center. He did not specify what she was being treated for or when she entered the facility.

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Scientists Find 2,000-year-old Brain in Britain

Updated: 12/12/2008 - British archaeologists have unearthed an ancient skull carrying a startling surprise — an unusually well-preserved brain. Scientists said Friday that the mass of gray matter was more than 2,000 years old — the oldest ever discovered in Britain. One expert unconnected with the find called it "a real freak of preservation."

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Defense Seeks Dismissal of Smart Kidnapping Case

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Defense attorneys for the mentally incompetent man charged with kidnapping Elizabeth Smart have asked the court to dismiss his case, contending he is suffering

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For a Mere 50K, You Get a 4-day Inauguration Trip

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The inauguration committee of President-elect Barack Obama, who ran on a platform to change the way business is done in Washington, is selling four-day packages of four tickets to his historic swearing-in ceremony and parade plus some extras in exchange for $50,000.

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DNA Evidence Awaits, but Signs Point to Child's ID

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Evidence mounted Friday that a child's skull discovered near Caylee Anthony's home belonged to the missing toddler, although investigators cautioned it could be a week or more before they have conclusive DNA evidence.

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Topeka Bible Church Hosts Free Light Show!

Updated: 12/12/2008 - You can enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas, drive-in style. Topeka Bible Church hosted a free holiday light show Friday night. You don't even have to get out of your car!

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Kansas Mom Jailed for Contempt

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Juvenile Court Judge Tim Henderson found a mother in contempt Friday for refusing to testify about the whereabouts of 14-year old Ashton Baker. Bambi Baker-Hazen contends her daughter has been abused in the state's child welfare system.

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GM to Temporarily Close 20 Plants to Slash Output

Updated: 12/12/2008 - GM's Fairfax Assembly Plant will now close for the holiday break on Dec. 24 and not reopen until Feb. 9. The move is part of cuts that involve temporarily closing 20 factories across North America.

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Kohl's Announces Joint Bid with Forever 21 Inc.

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Kohl's Department Stores has announced its joint bid with Forever 21 Inc. In an auction Thursday, Kohl's successfully acquired 46 Mervyn locations for $6.25 million.

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Home Depot Distribution Center to Open in Topeka

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Updated: 12/12/2008 - For the first time, we know which company is looking to build a new distribution warehouse in Topeka. A Chamber of Commerce news release Friday says it's Home Depot.

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KS Unemployment Center Seeing More Calls

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The Kansas Department of Labor says wait times are 25 to 35 minutes at the KS Unemployment Contact Center because of more inquiries regarding unemployment and extended unemployment programs.

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Threat Evacuates North Topeka WalMart

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A threat forced evacuation of the North Topeka WalMart, at Hwy. 24 and Rochester Rd., Friday night. Authorities searched but no word of them finding anything.

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St. Francis Awards Nearly $100,000 to Area Agencies

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The Saint Francis Health Center Mission Fund awarded nearly $100,000 in grants Friday to a dozen Topeka-area agencies. The money will help address community needs.

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Darfur groups pin high hopes on Obama team

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Human rights activists waging a high-profile campaign to end the violence in Sudan's western Darfur region are pushing President-elect Barack Obama and his team to re-energize efforts to end the nearly six-year conflict.

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Anti-smoking groups hope Obama will be role model

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Of all the things President-elect Barack Obama needs right now, one of them surely isn't a new set of lofty expectations on his well-burdened shoulders. But recent attention to Obama's on-and-off smoking habit has pinned a new kind of audacious hope to him.

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White House promises last-ditch auto rescue

Updated: 12/12/2008 - With Congress gridlocked and the economy floundering, the Bush administration declared Friday it would step in to prevent the "precipitous collapse" of the U.S. auto industry and the disastrous loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs sure to follow.

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Yahoo curbs severance pay in event of a takeover

Updated: 12/12/2008 - In a move that could make it easier to negotiate a sale, Yahoo Inc. has overhauled a severance program that could have saddled potential buyers with a huge bill after a takeover.

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Study: PC infections plague wire-transfer shops

Updated: 12/12/2008 - For immigrants who send money to their home countries, wire-transfer shops are backbones of their neighborhoods. On some blocks in San Francisco's Mission District, every third or fourth business might offer some sort of money transfer service, and they're always bustling, even on a Sunday morning.

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Gift Guide: Fitness gadgets to revive motivation

Updated: 12/12/2008 - if you can call it that - for my first triathlon included nothing more high-tech than a $35 digital watch and a basic MP3 player. But now that winter is arriving, sapping my motivation to get off the couch, I've started looking at fitness gadgets that could help refresh my workouts.

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November video game sales near $3 billion

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Americans may be cutting back on holiday shopping, but they are still buying video games - to the tune of nearly $3 billion in November, according to data from market researcher NPD Group.

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