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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. Anti-smoking advocates are counting on Obama as a role model for others trying to kick the habit, showing them — and himself — that while it's hard, all things are indeed possible in America.

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Air trade group predicts decline in holiday travel

Updated: 12/12/2008 - About 9 percent fewer passengers will fly on U.S. airlines this holiday season than last year because of the weak economy, but planes will be crowded anyway because there won't be as many flights, a trade group for the major carriers said Thursday.

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Lancet: Dozens of nations inflated vaccine numbers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Dozens of developing countries exaggerated figures on how many children were vaccinated against deadly diseases, which allowed them to get more money from U.N.-sponsored programs, a new study said Friday.

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New test aims to predict breast cancer risk better

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A new test to predict an ordinary woman's odds of getting breast cancer works better than a method doctors have relied on for decades, researchers reported Friday. The test is the first to combine dozens of genes and personal factors like age and childbearing to gauge risk in women who don't have a strong family history of the disease. They account for three-fourths of all cases.

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Sources: Emanuel not target of Illinois probe

Updated: 12/12/2008 - People who have been briefed on the Illinois governor corruption investigation say Barack Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is not a target of the probe. Emanuel, a Chicago congressman who would have been a likely contact between the Obama transition office and Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been a focus of media attention since Obama said Thursday he has asked for an internal review of contacts between his staff and Blagojevich.

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US general: Iran backs off worst bombs in Iraq

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Iran is no longer actively supplying Iraqi militias with a particularly lethal kind of roadside bomb, a decision that suggests a strategic shift by the Iranian leadership, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said Thursday.

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Stocks advance amid hope for automaker rescue

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Wall Street put on another impressive show of resilience Friday, rebounding from an early sell-off to end higher after the government said it would assist troubled U.S. automakers.

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Storm cuts power to more than 1 million customers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - An ice storm to compare with some of the Northeast's worst made a mess of the region Friday, leaving 1.25 million homes and businesses in seven states without power as it forced schools to close and toppled ice-laden trees and power lines onto slippery roads.

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Woman ignites ex's clothes, burns storage unit

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Police in Indiana say a woman set fire to her ex-boyfriend's clothing at a self-storage center and caused more than $100,000 in damage. Donna J. Duell was arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the fire Wednesday night. She has been released from Madison County Jail after posting $20,000 bond Thursday.

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Alleged shoplifter waits over 3 hours for police

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Police said a man caught stealing nearly $900 worth of Sears merchandise waited more than three hours for officers to show up before store workers let him go. Maryland State Police said that when they finally reached the 27-year-old man by telephone later that night, he agreed to come in for questioning, showed up early and willingly confessed to the crime.

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Angry UAW members lash out at Southern senators

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Festering animosity between the United Auto Workers and Southern senators who torpedoed the auto industry bailout bill erupted into full-fledged name calling Friday as union officials accused the lawmakers of trying to break the union on behalf of foreign automakers.

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Drought means workers hungry in US produce capital

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Idled farm workers are searching for food in the nation's most prolific agricultural region, where a double blow of drought and a court-ordered cutback of water supplies has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

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911 call reporting skull discovery is released

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Florida officials have released a recording of the 911 call made after a utility worker discovered remains suspected of being missing 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

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Storm cuts power to more than 1 million customers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - An ice storm to compare with some of the Northeast's worst made a mess of the region Friday, leaving 1.25 million homes and businesses in seven states without power as it forced schools to close and toppled ice-laden trees and power lines onto slippery roads.

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White House Promises New Last-Ditch Auto Rescue

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

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Family from Fort Riley Gets Inauguration Tickets

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Williams, who's stationed in Fort Riley, has snagged five tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. His wife will travel from Iraq to meet him there. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas gave the tickets to the Williams' family.

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Foul Play Isn't Suspected in Kansas Teen's Death

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Authorities say foul play isn't suspected in the death of a Moundridge teen whose body was found inside her car. An autopsy conducted Thursday did not pinpoint the cause of death for 16-year-old Olivia Stucky.

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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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Governor Names Leavenworth County Judge

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius named Dan Wiley as district judge in the First Judicial District serving Leavenworth and Atchison Counties.

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