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Texas Ponders Suing over Biothreat Lab Decision

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Texas is considering suing over Homeland Security's decision to build a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas. Texas says it couldn't respond to certain requests because its lawmakers weren't in session.

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5 people shot outside Chicago high school

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Five people were shot as spectators left a crowded high school basketball game Friday in what police called a possibly gang-related drive-by attack that sent panicked students running into a snowy street on the city's South Side.

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House votes health insurance for 4M more children

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Making a down payment on President-elect Barack Obama's promise of universal health coverage, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to expand government-sponsored insurance to 4 million more children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid.

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Police say NJ man posed as female veterinarian

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Police say a New Jersey man posed as a female animal doctor, ran an illegal veterinary practice and set up a phony rescue agency that may have duped pet lovers out of thousands of dollars.

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Feces-throwing monkey on the loose in Tampa Bay

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Wildlife officials said a rhesus monkey known to throw feces when mad is on the loose in Tampa Bay. Authorities have been trying to capture the primate since Tuesday afternoon, but it managed to evade a bucket truck and tranquilizer dart.

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Inaugural eve concert to honor military families

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Thousands of military families and children from across the mid-Atlantic region will be honored during a special concert for kids on the eve of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, organizers announced Wednesday.

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Hollywood on the Potomac: Where the stars will be

Updated: 01/14/2009 - If you thought the Golden Globes was a party, just wait until you see Barack Obama's inauguration. Next week, Washington will look a lot like a colder version of Hollywood.

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Salina Officials Consider Payment for Cleanup

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Officials in Salina are debating whether to accept federal money to assume responsibility for the cleanup of a toxic solvent linked to birth defects and cancer.

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Run-DMC, Metallica lead list of 2009 Rock Hall

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Run-DMC once hailed themselves as the Kings of Rock, so it's fitting that the pioneering rappers have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Kansas Casino Application Deadline may be Extended

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The Kansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to extend the deadline to April 21 if it doesn't get any applicants for Cherokee or Crawford counties by the original Jan. 21 deadline.

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'Fantasy Island' star Ricardo Montalban dies at 88

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," died Wednesday morning at his home, his family said.

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Ford, Fraser pair for film

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Indiana Jones and "The Mummy" slayer are teaming up on the big screen - to battle not ancient, otherworldly baddies, but a big medical dilemma.

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Kansas Lottery Revenues Down 4 Percent

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Lottery Executive Director Ed Van Petten said Wednesday that the agency received nearly $119 million between July 1, 2008, and Saturday, a decrease of $5.1 million from the year before.

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GOP Leaders Want to Revive State Auditor in Kansas

Updated: 01/14/2009 - House Speaker Mike O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, says there's a need for an independent auditor to keep government agencies accountable. The office was abolished in 1975.

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Oil prices sink with US inventories bulging

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Oil prices fell Wednesday with a government report showing that crude inventories continued to grow, suggesting that demand for oil and gasoline will not rebound anytime soon.

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Oil prices sink with US inventories bulging

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Oil prices fell Wednesday with a government report showing that crude inventories continued to grow, suggesting that demand for oil and gasoline will not rebound anytime soon.

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Sebelius' Higher Ed Budget Raises Tuition Fears

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Some Republican lawmakers also say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has singled higher education out. She proposes cutting almost $25 million from the current operating budgets of state universities, community colleges and technical colleges.

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Obama: Geithner 'embarrassment' no bar for Cabinet

Updated: 01/14/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama labeled the tax problems of his choice for Treasury chief an embarrassment Wednesday, but said Timothy Geithner's "innocent mistake" shouldn't bar him from the post leading urgent efforts to revive the economy.

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Long-struggling Nortel files for bankruptcy

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Nortel Networks Corp. spent years ringing up multiple rounds of layoffs as it tried to fix big problems in its business. But it couldn't ward off the recession.

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Economy starts '09 on weaker footing; outlook dim

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The U.S. economy started the new year on weaker footing as recession-shocked Americans retrenched further, forcing retailers to ring up fewer sales and factories to cut back production.

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Dismal holidays over, but retail outlook still dim

Updated: 01/14/2009 - After the worst holiday season in 40 years, retailers face more sales declines in the months ahead as the recession deepens, job losses mount and consumers retrench further.

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Plea negotiations loom in Madoff bail hearing

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Bernard Madoff returned to court in a bulletproof vest Wednesday and won another round in his fight to stay out of jail. But a larger issue loomed over the court: negotiations for a potential plea deal. Bail fights such as this usually carry motivations that are never stated on the court record, and the securities fraud case against Madoff appears laden with them.

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