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Inauguration Tests D.C. Commute

Updated: 01/04/2009 - On a typical weekday, close to 2 million people commute to the nation's capital, snarling the highways and packing subway trains and buses during peak hours. Now imagine doubling, or tripling, that for the inauguration.

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Diplomats: U.S. Blocks U.N. Statement on Cease-Fire

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The United States has blocked approval of a U.N. Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, diplomats said.

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Marines Want Better Body Armor

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Acting on widespread complaints from its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps has ordered major modifications to its body armor to improve comfort, mobility and safety, The Associated Press has learned.

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Personality Will Shape Bush Legacy

Updated: 01/04/2009 - President Bush will be judged on what he did in office, but there are smaller touches many did not get a chance to see during his eight years in office.

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Cops: Man Ordered To Pay Child Support Kills Son

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2-year-old son was arrested Saturday, accused of committing an "extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child support, Police Superintendent Warren Riley said.

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Ukraine: Natural Gas Shortages Possible

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A top Ukrainian official has warned that European customers could see serious natural gas disruptions in about two weeks if the energy dispute between Russia and Ukraine is not resolved, and the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom accused Ukraine of boycotting contract negotiations.

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Two Experts Will Perform Travolta Autopsy

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The Bahamas will use two pathologists to ensure a careful autopsy on John Travolta's son, who died at the actor's vacation home in Grand Bahama, the territory's health minister said Saturday.

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Denver Schools Superintendent Selected Senator

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Saturday named Denver's public schools superintendent as his choice to fill a Senate vacancy that will be created by the promotion of Sen. Ken Salazar to interior secretary in the Obama administration.

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Iraqi Female Suicide Bomber Kills 35

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A female suicide bomber blew herself up on Sunday among a crowd of pilgrims worshipping at a revered Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad, killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 65, the Iraqi army said. There were fears the death toll could rise further.

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Latest on Gaza-Israel Conflict

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas militants gained momentum.

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Gaza-Israel Situation Continues To Escalate

Updated: 01/03/2009 - At least four Palestinians have been killed as a direct result of the ground assault, Palestinian medical sources said, bringing the death toll in Gaza to 460 since the conflict erupted December 27.

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Former Kansas DA Set For Sentencing

Updated: 01/03/2009 - A former Cherokee County prosecutor who received perks and money from a Galena adult club in return for favorable legal treatment is to be sentenced on Monday for extortion.

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NY Judge: Religion Aside, Monkey Meat Needs Permit

Updated: 01/03/2009 - U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie ruled Wednesday that a Liberian woman's faith didn't preclude her from applying for permits to import exotic food or explain why she misled officials. She's accused of smuggling endangered monkey meat into the U.S.

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Missouri AG Office Settles with Online Gift Store

Updated: 01/03/2009 - The Missouri attorney general's office reached a settlement with the former owners of a Columbia-based online toy and gift business accused of cheating customers.

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Singer Celebrates Earth

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Jim Scott shared his talents with an audience at Topeka's Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Scott is a composer, guitarist and singer. Much of his work has an environmental theme.

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Hamas Vows to Turn Gaza into a Graveyard for Israeli Troops

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza after nightfall Saturday. Hamas says it broadcast a message in Hebrew on Israeli military radio frequencies promising to kill and kidnap Israeli soldiers.

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Tsunami Alert Issued after Strong Indonesian Quake

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Indonesia's meteorology and seismology agency warned an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 that hit Saturday was strong enough to cause a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of giant waves.

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Lifelong Topekan Enters Council Race

Updated: 01/03/2009 - 40-year old Andrew Gray is seeking the District 7 Topeka City Council seat. He says he wants to encourage more accessiblity, more accountability and more civility in city government.

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Topeka and Shawnee Co. Library Hosts Dog Training

Updated: 01/03/2009 - The Topeka and Shawnee Co. Public Library held the first of a three-part series on dog training Saturday afternoon. Rick and Perrin Riggs showed pet owners how to use positive reinforcement to makeover their rowdy Rovers.

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Car-Train Collision Kills Motorist in Olathe

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Steve Forsberg of BNSF says a video camera mounted on a train appears to confirm crews reports that a car backed into the path of an oncoming freight train. The train hit the car. The car's driver was killed.

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Pastor and Designer Create Wichita Comic Hero

Updated: 01/03/2009 - New Day Christian Church pastor Reuben Eckels has teamed up with a designer to create "Wichita Man." The comic book hero will fight social problems such as HIV and domestic and gang violence.

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Jenkins Discusses Family, Congressional Race

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins says the campaign was hard, but she looks forward to the future and taking over the reins of the 2nd Congressional District.

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Kansas City Downtown Adds Grocery Store

Updated: 01/03/2009 - Cosentino's Market Downtown is slated to open Tuesday in the Kansas City Power & Light District. The store joins a mix of bars and restaurants and the Sprint Center in the new entertainment district.

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Faris Family Faces Change

Updated: 01/03/2009 - The local bluegrass family group, the Faris Family, is losing one of its members. Eddie Faris landed a spot in Ricky Skaggs' band. The family has hired a non-family member to join them.

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