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Israeli strikes, Hamas rockets resume after pause

Updated: 01/07/2009 - GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) -- Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets resumed after a brief pause Wednesday to allow food and fuel to reach Palestinian civilians in Gaza, where an Israeli warplane dropped leaflets urging some residents to flee because of imminent attacks.

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Obama taps spending watchdog, eyes Social Security

Updated: 01/07/2009 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pointing with concern to "red ink as far as the eye can see," President-elect Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to tackle out-of-control Social Security and Medicare spending and named a special watchdog to clamp down on other federal programs - even as he campaigned anew to spend the largest pile of taxpayer money in history to revive the sinking economy.

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Topeka Police to Assist Fort Riley Mounted Color Guard

Updated: 01/07/2009 - On Thursday, January 8 the Topeka Police Department will be assisting soldiers from Fort Riley who are preparing for President Elect Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration that takes place on January 20, 2009.

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Major networks keep anchors home for Gaza story

Updated: 01/07/2009 - ABC, CBS and NBC haven't sent their top news anchors to the Middle East to cover Israel's conflict with Hamas. That stands in contrast to 2006, when each network sent their biggest names overseas to cover Israel's war with Hezbollah.

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Dogs Show Skills at Farm Show

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Farmers and ranchers sat back and watched some four-legged workers handle their chores Thursday morning.

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US supports Egyptian-French initiative on Gaza

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The U.S. threw its weight behind an Egyptian-French cease-fire initiative for Gaza on Wednesday as diplomats discussed possible U.N. Security Council action on the crisis.

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Brad Pitt says he was faithful to Jennifer Aniston

Updated: 01/07/2009 - ad Pitt insists he didn't cheat on Jennifer Aniston with Angelina Jolie. In a story posted on W magazine's Web site, the 45-year-old actor defends both women and says his relationship with Jolie didn't begin until after he and Aniston split in 2005.

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Texas seeks custody of sect leader's alleged bride

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Texas authorities are seeking permanent custody of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly married to jailed polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, a step toward severing her parents' rights altogether.

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Feds charge 3 NY men in election bias attacks

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Three white New Yorkers, riled by Barack Obama's victory, spent election night hunting down black people to beat up and yelling insults about the president-elect, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Jury may get ex-sheriff's case soon in California

Updated: 01/07/2009 - An attorney for a former Orange County sheriff criticized federal prosecutors Wednesday for including 64 distinct criminal allegations under the umbrella of a conspiracy charge in the sweeping public corruption case.

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Oil prices tumble below $43 on oil reserve report

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Energy prices plunged across the board Wednesday, giving up a week of gains with unexpectedly large U.S. crude reserves suggesting demand for energy has eroded even further.

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Continental flight powered with biofuel takes off

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Continental Airlines on Wednesday became the first U.S. commercial carrier to conduct a demonstration flight powered in part by alternative fuels, though large-scale use of such fuel is forecast to be several years away.

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CBO projects $1.2 trillion deficit for 2009

Updated: 01/07/2009 - The federal budget deficit will nearly triple to an unprecedented $1.2 trillion for the 2009 budget year, according to grim new Congressional Budget Office figures.

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Intel will miss its already-lowered 4Q targets

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Even after sharply reducing its outlook for the fourth quarter, Intel Corp. said Wednesday that it would miss its revenue projection by about $500 million, a sign that PC makers and buyers are being more tightfisted than it seemed only two months ago.

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Russia stops all gas supply to Europe via Ukraine

Updated: 01/07/2009 - Russia cut off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine on Wednesday, playing hardball in a weeklong standoff that has left more than a dozen countries struggling to cope with dwindling energy supplies in the depths of winter.

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Jury may get ex-sheriff's case soon in California

Updated: 01/07/2009 - An attorney for a former Orange County sheriff criticized federal prosecutors Wednesday for including 64 distinct criminal allegations under the umbrella of a conspiracy charge in the sweeping public corruption case.

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Spokane, Wash., residents cope with record snow

Updated: 01/07/2009 - More than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks has made Spokane residents edgy, and Wednesday brought new problems as melting snow and ice caused flooding and mudslides.

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