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Israel Rejects Truce Call, Attacks Gaza

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.

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World Bids A Relieved Adieu To A Rocky Year

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Amid the jubilation and celebration of New Year's Eve, another feeling is present for many as a decidedly rocky 2008 comes to a close: relief.

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Indonesian Court Acquits Spy of Murdering Activist

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A panel of judges on Wednesday cleared retired Maj. Gen. Muchdi Purwoprandjono of all charges. He was accused of ordering the murder of a prominent rights campaigner.

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Kansas Man Charged in Leavenworth Killing

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Thirty-one-year-old Matthew Astorga of rural Lansing is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court on charges of first-degree murder, criminal possession of a firearm and fleeing. or attempting to elude police.

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China Dairy Manager on Trial for Milk Scandal

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The former chairwoman of the dairy company at the heart of China's tainted milk scandal went on trial Wednesday on charges of selling fake or substandard products, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Defiant Ill. Governor Fills Obama's Senate Seat

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named a black political trailblazer to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member.

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Wind Damage Forces Moves for S. Coffey Co. Students

Updated: 12/30/2008 - High winds early Saturday morning did major damage to South Coffey County Middle School's roofs. Students likely won't return to their building this school year. The entire district will have Monday off while items are moved to new locations.

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Water Rights Discussed at Meeting Tuesday

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Making sure a precious resource isn't misused was the focus at the Statehouse Tuesday. The Special Committee on Eminent Domain for Water Rights discussed recommendations for possible changes in the current water laws.

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Coffey County Students Off Monday for Storm Damage

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Students at South Coffey County Middle School likely won't return to their building this school year. Leroy Gridley Superintendent Mike Kastle tells 13 news the decision came at a special board meeting Tuesday night.

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Ex-utility CEO to Head Search for New KU Leader

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A utility's former chief executive officer will lead the search for a new chancellor at the University of Kansas. The state Board of Regents said Tuesday that it appointed Drue Jennings, of Prairie Village, as chairman of a search committee.

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Stretch of Kansas Avenue Back Open in Topeka

Updated: 12/30/2008 - 13 News is on your side with a road construction update. Kansas avenue between 29th and 37th is now open to traffic. Also, all eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic on 37th are open.

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Governor Spells Out Plans For 2009

Updated: 12/30/2008 - As 2008 winds down, there's no time to waste planning for 2009. That's just what Governor Kathleen Sebelius has been doing. She discussed her plans. Plus she'll answer rumors she's headed to Washington.

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Two Arrested for Stealing TVs, Computer

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Two Topekans were arrested Monday afternoon after they tried stealing two flat screen televisions and a desktop computer from a Holton Wal-Mart, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

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China's 3G rollout sets off sales scramble

Updated: 12/30/2008 - China is starting a long-delayed introduction of third-generation mobile phone service, setting off a politically charged scramble by foreign and Chinese equipment makers for up to $41 billion in orders.

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Madoff liquidation trustee receives $28M for costs

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The financial whirlpool created by Bernard Madoff continued to churn Tuesday as the price tag of liquidating his old firm rose, and duped investors including the actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick struggled to accurately estimate how much they lost.

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