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Toyota Recalls More Than 120,000 Cars in China

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Toyota Motor Corp. has issued a recall for more than 120,000 cars in China to fix a problem that could result in loss of steering control, China's quality watchdog said Thursday in the latest piece of bad news for the Japanese automaker.

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GMAC Shift Reduces Control for GM, Cerberus

Updated: 12/25/2008 - GMAC Financial Services' transition into a bank holding company should buy the troubled lender some time to turn itself around, but the cost is a loss of control for its owners General Motors Corp. and Cerberus Capital Management.

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Pope Appeals for Solidarity in Tough Economy

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Pope Benedict XVI urged a world confronting a financial crisis, conflict, and increasing poverty not to lose hope at Christmas, but to join in "authentic solidarity" to prevent global ruin.

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Eartha Kitt, Sultry Singer and Dancer, Dies at 81

Updated: 12/25/2008 - A family friend says Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.

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Jenkins, Sebelius Top Kan. Political Stories in 2008

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins' and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' career paths were the top political stories in Kansas in 2008. But the state ended the year with a new attorney general, state treasurer, Kansas House speaker and district attorney for its most populous county.

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Study: Video Gamers React to Extreme Body Images

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Kansas State University psychology professor Richard Harris said his research indicates a mere 15 minutes of viewing extreme body types in video games can negatively affect players' feelings about their own bodies.

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2 Die in Christmas Eve Highway Crashes

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The Kansas Highway Patrol reports two fatal traffic crashes on Christmas Eve. Troopers say 22-year-old Lucas Carlson Reed of Riley died late yesterday afternoon when his vehicle went out of control, rolled several times and crashed on K-18 in Manhattan.

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Hutchinson Man Arrested in Wife's Death

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Police have arrested a 30-year-old Hutchinson man in the death of his wife early on Christmas Day. Police said officers were called to a Hutchinson home on a welfare check at 1:30 a.m. Thursday and found 30-year-old Sabrina Jones dead.

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Missing Texas Dog Found in Kansas

Updated: 12/25/2008 - How does a Texas dog end up in Kansas and then find his way back home? He had a little help from one Kansas animal lover, who made a Houston family's Christmas even better by returning him.

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Local Organizations Host Christmas Events

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The Topeka Rescue Mission provided food to a local establishment so they could feed the hungry on Christmas. The Chatter Box Bar hosted a lunch for those without other Christmas plans.

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Deep snow in West; some travelers wait at O'Hare

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Christmas Day was the second morning Tom and Kristina Waltz and their two daughters awoke at O'Hare International Airport, after days of flight delays and cancellations that marred their holiday travel plans.

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Ex-trooper suspected in Dallas-area shootings dies

Updated: 12/25/2008 - DALLAS (AP) -- A former Utah state trooper suspected in a series of Dallas-area roadway shootings died on Christmas Eve, a day after police said he turned a gun on himself following a brief standoff.

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Kennedy, in Senate bid, hasn't shared finances

Updated: 12/25/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- At this time last year, Caroline Kennedy was promoting "A Family Christmas," her collection of essays that featured the memory of her father letting her use the White House switchboard to call Santa.

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Gov's lawyer asks panel to subpoena Obama staff

Updated: 12/25/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama's inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including Obama's incoming chief of staff.

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1st tests: Water safe after Tenn. ash deluge

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Environmentalists worry the ash-laden sludge that coated a Tennessee neighborhood when a power plant dike burst could pose a health risk, although initial tests by a public utility company have shown no threat to drinking water.

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Eartha Kitt, sultry singer and dancer, dies at 81

Updated: 12/25/2008 - NEW YORK (AP) -- A family friend says Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.

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Deep snow in West; some travelers wait at O'Hare

Updated: 12/25/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Christmas Day was the second morning Tom and Kristina Waltz and their two daughters awoke at O'Hare International Airport, after days of flight delays and cancellations that marred their holiday travel plans.

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Police: Suspect in 'Santa' shootings kills self

Updated: 12/25/2008 - COVINA, Calif. (AP) -- A man dressed as Santa who had been having marital problems opened fire at a Christmas party, leaving more than three people dead in a home that then caught fire, authorities said.

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Gov's lawyer asks panel to subpoena Obama staff

Updated: 12/25/2008 - In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama's inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including Obama's incoming chief of staff.

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Homeland Security forecasts 5-year threat picture

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.

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1 dead, 5 hurt in Sacramento-area home explosion

Updated: 12/25/2008 - An explosion that authorities believe was caused by a natural gas leak leveled a home in a Sacramento suburb on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring five others.

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Obamas to have turkey, ham for Christmas

Updated: 12/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama and his family planned a Christmas Day that includes opening presents in the morning and sharing a traditional turkey and ham dinner in the evening.

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