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World Stocks Mostly Lower After Toyota Warning

Updated: 12/22/2008 - World stock markets mostly fell Monday in light pre-Christmas trade after Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. issued its second profit warning in less than two months amid plunging car sales around the globe.

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Widespread Winter Blast Strands Holiday Travelers

Updated: 12/21/2008 - A blast of winter in the nation's northern tier stranded travelers far and wide Sunday just a few days before Christmas, with dozens of flights delayed or canceled and bus passengers sleeping on cardboard at a Seattle terminal.

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Obama Names 4 Top Members of Science Team

Updated: 12/21/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's selection Saturday of a Harvard physicist and a marine biologist for science posts is a sign he plans a more aggressive response to global warming than did the Bush administration.

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AP Study Finds $1.6B Went to Bailed-Out Bank Execs

Updated: 12/21/2008 - Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits in the calendar year 2007, an Associated Press analysis reveals.

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Music industry drops effort to sue song swappers

Updated: 12/21/2008 - The group representing the U.S. recording industry said Friday it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and will work with Internet service providers to cut abusers' access if they ignore repeated warnings.

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Gas Down to $1.66 Per Gallon, Lowest in Some 5 Years

Updated: 12/21/2008 - The average national price of gasoline fell 9 cents in the past two weeks, bringing it to its lowest point in nearly five years, according to a national survey released Sunday.

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Fire Sends Four to Hospital

Updated: 12/21/2008 - It happened at a halfway house a little before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Topeka Fire Department Battalion Chief Ed Dewitt said firefighters had to rescue one person from the second floor of the home.

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Top US General in Iraq Prepares For Troop Decision

Updated: 12/21/2008 - The top U.S. general in Iraq said he will make a decision about the future role of American troops in early spring, to allow enough time to address any violence that may arise from January's provincial elections.

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Desert Wind Blows Health Risks From Calif Mines

Updated: 12/21/2008 - Heaps of toxic mine waste rise like church steeples over this wind-swept desert town, threatening the health of residents and of thousands of off-road bikers.

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Cheney Says Congress Failed Struggling Automakers

Updated: 12/21/2008 - Vice President Dick Cheney blamed Congress for failing to bail out the auto industry, saying the White House was forced to step in to save U.S. car companies.

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Study of Greensburg Tornado Uncovers New Details

Updated: 12/21/2008 - A study of the Greensburg tornado has found that southern and central Kansas saw more twisters that night than initially thought. And those tornadoes were particularly strong.

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Police Arrest 2 in Pratt Homicide

Updated: 12/21/2008 - Two men are in custody in the slaying of a 48-year-old women, the first homicide in the south-central Kansas town of Pratt in almost 20 years.

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China Adoptions Make Way To Topeka

Updated: 12/21/2008 - The United States adoption process can be frustrating to some would-be parents. That is why so many, including some in Topeka, are looking to China for their children.

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Surviving Houston octuplets turn 10 years old

Updated: 12/21/2008 - As the cake candles flickered, relatives and friends singing to seven surviving octuplets on their 10th birthday Saturday had to pause and consider after "happy birthday to ..."

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Obamas rent beach home in low-key Hawaii town

Updated: 12/21/2008 - While on vacation in Hawaii, the Obama family is staying in a $9 million single-story oceanfront home in a laid-back neighborhood over the mountain from downtown Honolulu where the president-elect grew up.

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Obama's election voted top news story of 2008

Updated: 12/21/2008 - The epic election that made Barack Obama the first African-American president was the top news story of 2008 - followed closely by the economic meltdown that will test his leadership, according to U.S. editors and news directors voting in The Associated Press' annual poll.

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Miss Kansas, Teen Kansas to Be Crowned Sunday

Updated: 12/21/2008 - Two crowns will be at stake this weekend in Lawrence. The Miss Kansas USA and Miss Teen Kansas USA pageants are being held in Lawrence for a third year.

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