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Historic Initiative to Count Homeless Population

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Temperatures are dropping, jobs are disappearing and the homeless know it. In fact, they feel it acutely every time the bitter wind howls a little stronger. The National Alliance to End Homelessness released a report on Tuesday that said Kansas experienced a 60 percent decrease in the number of homeless people. Yet the report uses numbers from 2005 to 2007, and does not reflect the current situation.

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Kansas Man Wins $2.76M Hot Lotto Jackpot

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Lottery officials say the winner is an employee of Spirit AeroSystems and lives in Belle Plaine. He did not want to reveal his name.

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Atheists Want God Stricken from Inaugural Oath

Updated: 01/14/2009 - President-elect Barack Obama wants to conclude his inaugural oath with the words "so help me God," but a group of atheists plans to go in front of a federal judge in hopes of stopping him.

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Investigators Back at Missing Kansas Boy's Home

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Authorities say they have found no human remains while digging at the mobile home park where a missing Kansas boy once lived. But Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy said Wednesday that authorities have found something connected to the investigation, although he would not elaborate.

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Panel: Technology alone can't protect kids online

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A task force charged with assessing technologies for protecting children from unwanted contact online has concluded that no single approach is foolproof and that parental oversight is vital.

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Apple CEO Jobs backtracks on health, takes leave

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Apple Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs said Wednesday he is taking a medical leave until the end of June - just a week after the cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees his recent weight loss was caused by an easily treatable hormone deficiency.

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China's population of Web users hits 298 million

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said Tuesday.

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Facebook, MySpace still mostly for the young

Updated: 01/14/2009 - More people are embracing social networks like MySpace and Facebook, but use of these friend-gathering sites remains a much bigger phenomenon among the young, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

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Kansas Raises Grade in Oral Health

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The latest report card from Oral Health America gives Kansas an overall grade of "B," up from a "D-plus" in 2003. The state scored lowest in state policy and access.

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Changes to iTunes prices raise music labels' hopes

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Although Apple Inc. announced this month that some songs sold on its market-leading iTunes online service would be available for 69 cents instead of the 99-cent tag Apple had insisted on for years, the change won't necessarily put more money into the pockets of music lovers.

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Regulators to eye Hawaii's analog TV shutoff

Updated: 01/14/2009 - With the nation's Feb. 17 shutdown of analog TV signals in doubt, federal regulators will be closely watching what happens Thursday in Hawaii, when the state makes the move early because of an endangered bird.

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Ex-officer Testifies about Kosovo War Crimes

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Slobodan Milosevic's police transported the bodies of slain Kosovo Albanians to Serbia during the war and buried them in mass graves to cover up atrocities, a former senior Serbian security officer said in court Wednesday.

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`American Idol' Sues Texas Strip Joint

Updated: 01/14/2009 - FremantleMedia North America, which owns the popular TV show American Idol, has sued in federal court to stop the weekly "Stripper Idol" contest at Palazio Men's Club in Austin. The company also wants to seize Palazio's profits from the amateur stripping contest.

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Coffee Chain Cancels Ad with Slogan Nazis Used

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A German chain of coffee shops has stopped an ad campaign that featured an ancient slogan co-opted by the Nazis for use on the gate to the Buchenwald concentration camp.

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China cuts Fuel Prices Amid Stimulus Efforts

Updated: 01/14/2009 - China cut fuel prices Wednesday for the second time in a month, giving another break to struggling companies and motorists as it steps up efforts to break out of a deepening economic slump.

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Clinton Navigates Confirmation Hearing Smoothly

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton smoothly took on policy questions, from the acute to the arcane, in a gentle job interview to be the nation's top diplomat, but she could not dispel tougher questions about whether her husband's charity work poses an ethical conflict.

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EU Commission: Economy is Getting Worse

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The EU Commission's president warned Wednesday that the European economy is getting worse and that EU leaders should hurry to approve a proposed stimulus program.

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Report: Swayze says he's almost over pneumonia

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Days after checking himself into a Los Angeles hospital for pneumonia, Patrick Swayze says his condition is improving. The 56-year-old actor, who is battling pancreatic cancer, tells People magazine: "I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way. ... I am almost in the clear."

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Agent: Pilot mutters 'die' as run from law ends

Updated: 01/14/2009 - An investment manager who apparently staged a plane crash to evade personal and financial ruin was barely conscious and muttered the word "die" when federal agents found him bleeding from a slashed wrist, an investigator said Wednesday.

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Blowing snow and frigid temperatures assail nation

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Arctic air extended its grip Wednesday with below-zero temperatures stretching from Montana to northern New England and frost nipping the Gulf Coast. A few ski areas in Vermont and northern Minnesota closed for the day because of the cold - 38 below zero at International Falls, with the wind chill during the night estimated at 50 below.

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