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Bill O'Reilly to end syndicated radio show

Posted: 12/05/2008 - Fox News Channel said popular cable TV host Bill O'Reilly will step down as the host of his syndicated talk radio show early next year.

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Robbers in drag get millions in Paris jewel theft

Posted: 12/05/2008 - Armed robbers - some disguised as women - snatched euro85 million ($108 million) worth of diamond rings, necklaces and luxury watches from a Harry Winston boutique on a posh Paris avenue in one of the largest jewel heists in history, officials said Friday.

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Three Officers Involved in Off-Duty Shooting Not Facing Charges

Posted: 12/05/2008 - Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller says the DA's office informed him of the decision regarding the March 18th incident. A fourth officer, Jason Judd, has a preliminary hearing scheduled next week on charges including aggravated battery.

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Tempers Flare During Robinson Sentencing

Posted: 12/05/2008 - Elgin Robinson receives the recommended sentence of life in prison at a hearing that led to a ruckus in a Sedgwick County courtroom.

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Teacher sorry for binding girls in slavery lesson

Posted: 12/05/2008 - A white social studies teacher attempted to enliven a seventh-grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting outrage from one girl's mother and the local chapter of the NAACP.

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Border official accused of hiring illegal workers

Posted: 12/05/2008 - A top Homeland Security official in Boston was accused Friday of repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants to clean her home, even warning one not to leave the country "'cause once you leave, you will never be back."

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O.J. Simpson Sentenced to At Least 15 years

Posted: 12/05/2008 - A broken O.J. Simpson has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel armed robbery by a judge who rejected his apology and said, "It was much more than stupidity."

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Topeka Doctor Indicted in Lyme Disease Case

Posted: 12/05/2008 - Prosecutors said Friday that John Toth and two Californians were indicted in an alleged scheme to sell medical equipment and treatments for a nonexistent epidemic of Lyme disease.

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Stenholm: USDA Remake Needs Food Safety Focus

Posted: 12/05/2008 - A former Texas congressman tells the Kansas Livestock Association that the Agriculture Department needs to be restructured to better oversee food safety.

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Court Orders Kline to Return Abortion Records

Updated: 12/05/2008 - he records are key evidence in a criminal case Kline filed in October 2007 against a clinic operated by Planned Parenthood in Overland Park. His 107 charges allege the clinic falsified documents and performed illegal late-term abortions.

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Plans for Kan. Speedway Casino to Be Revised

Posted: 12/05/2008 - Kansas Entertainment announced Friday it is withdrawing its pending application to build and manage the casino. Its proposed gambling-and-hotel complex would overlook the NASCAR track.

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Fireman Falls Through Floor at Fire

Updated: 12/05/2008 - Firefighters battled a trailer fire in Topeka late Thursday night. The blaze engulfed the home and weakened the floors to the point a firefighter fell through it..

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Kan. Sees More Bad Budget News in Nov. Revenues

Posted: 12/05/2008 - The Legislative Research Department reports those collections were nearly $14 million less than anticipated, about 3 percent off. The state expectied almost $410 million, but getting about $396 million.

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Auto Bailout Could Be Tied to Gov't-run Overhaul

Updated: 12/05/2008 - The government would order a major restructuring of Detroit's struggling Big Three auto companies in exchange for a multibillion-dollar bailout under a plan circulating in Congress.

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US General Outlines Iraq Mission Under New Pact

Updated: 12/05/2008 - A security pact that sets a timetable for troops to leave Iraq requires a shift in how the U.S. carries out combat missions during its remaining time in the country, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said Friday.

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Employers Cut 533K Jobs in Nov., Most in 34 Years

Updated: 12/05/2008 - Skittish employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, dramatic proof the country is careening deeper into recession.

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Oil near 4-year Lows on Dire Economic News

Posted: 12/05/2008 - More bad U.S. economic news kept oil prices anchored near four-year lows Friday, reflecting expectations of lessened demand worldwide.

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Employers Shedding Jobs as Recession Deepens

Posted: 12/05/2008 - With the economy sinking faster, employers are giving more Americans dreaded pink slips right before the holidays. The Labor Department releases a new report Friday that's expected to show the employment market deteriorated in November at an alarming clip as the deepening recession engulfed the country.

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Rice: 'It's Well Past Time' For Mugabe To Leave

Posted: 12/05/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that it is "well past time" for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to leave office as evidenced by the nation's calamitous cholera epidemic and health care crisis.

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