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Winter Weather Blasts Nation From End to End

Updated: 12/20/2008 - Successive waves of wintry weather gripped much of the country Saturday, frustrating holiday travelers from coast to coast and keeping the lights off for thousands of people who lost power after ice storms just days ago.

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Passenger Jet Goes Off Denver Runway; Several Hurt

Updated: 12/20/2008 - A Continental Airlines jet taking off from the Denver airport went off the runway and caught fire Saturday night, forcing more than 100 passengers to evacuate on emergency slides and injuring at least seven people, officials said.

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Afghanistan Could Get up to 30,000 New US Troops

Updated: 12/20/2008 - The top U.S. military officer said Saturday that the Pentagon could double the number of American forces in Afghanistan by next summer to 60,000 — the largest estimate of potential reinforcements ever publicly suggested.

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Motor City's Woes Extend Beyond Auto Industry

Updated: 12/20/2008 - One measure of how tough times are in the Motor City: Some of the offenders in jail don't want to be released; some who do get out promptly re-offend to head back where there's heat, health care and three meals a day.

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Teen Sentenced in Deadly Lawrence Shooting

Updated: 12/20/2008 - A Lawrence teenager is sentenced to 14 years in prison for a shooting that left two men dead during a botched home robbery in Lawrence.

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Ho-Ho-Ho, You're on stage ... at airport karaoke

Updated: 12/20/2008 - Tis the season for red-capped Santas and red-nosed reindeers. Sleigh bells ringing and snowflakes glistening. Stockings carefully hung and yuletide carols being sung ... in an airport terminal. With a karaoke machine.

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Aging Castro still rules 50 years after revolution

Updated: 12/20/2008 - In the palace of a fallen dictator, the grade-school kids in their red Communist Pioneer bandanas are getting their mandatory introduction to the glories of the revolution.

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Tight security as Mumbai hotels prepare to reopen

Updated: 12/20/2008 - Doormen in white suits and black turbans greeted visitors to the Oberoi with a bow on the eve of the hotel's reopening three weeks after it was targeted in a militant rampage. Security was noticeably tighter Saturday as guards scanned bags and sniffer dogs patrolled the grounds outside.

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Basement O' Christmas

Updated: 12/20/2008 - One man is proud to be "the village idiot" of Topeka. It has nothing to do with his brains -- it's all about his basement.

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Automakers grab loans, look to Obama White House

Updated: 12/20/2008 - President George W. Bush gave the U.S. automakers $17.4 billion in emergency rescue loans, but the fate of the industry is in the hands of President-elect Barack Obama.

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Toys for Tots at Best Buy Friday

Updated: 12/19/2008 - There were piles of toys being delivered at Best Buy on Wanamaker Friday. The Toys for Tots organization was there until eleven Friday night getting all the toys loaded up on trucks to give to children in need this holiday season.

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Shawnee Heights Elementary Students Hold Food Drive

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Shawnee Heights Elementary students kicked off the day with some Christmas spirit. For the past three weeks the students have put together a canned and boxed food drive.

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Local Agencies Honored for Helping Homeless in Topeka

Updated: 12/19/2008 - A ceremony was held Friday for representatives of Breakthrough House, Community Action, Door step, and the Topeka Rescue Mission in appreciation for the help they give homeless in Topeka and Shawnee County.

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Ribbon Cutting for NewRoundabout Cafe Friday

Updated: 12/19/2008 - The new Roundabout Cafe at 21st and Urish is officially welcomed into the community. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday to celebrate the name change.

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Regents Approve Cost Increases

Updated: 12/19/2008 - It's going to get a little more expensive to go to college in Kansas. The Kansas Board of Regents yesterday approved an increase in room and board costs at the state's six public universities.

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