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Hard to Hear at Holiday Parties? Blame Your Brain

Updated: 12/29/2008 - It's almost New Year's Eve, a time for plunging into boisterous crowds bathed in loud music. And for some of us, that means turning to an old friend and hearing things like this: "Did you know (BOOM-da-da-BOOM) went over (Bob! You look wonder-) so she said (clink-clink) and then I (Here, have another one) what would you do?"

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Trying to Prevent Lymphedema after Breast Cancer

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hospitals in about a dozen states are testing whether some simple steps, such as arm-strengthening exercises, could reduce the risk of one of breast cancer's troubling legacies — the painful and sometimes severe arm swelling called lymphedema.

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Well Water Near Tenn. Spill May be Unsafe

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Some water samples near a massive spill of coal ash in eastern Tennessee are showing high levels of arsenic, and state and federal officials on Monday cautioned residents who use private wells or springs to stop drinking the water.

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Caroline Kennedy Draws Criticism After Latest Tour

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Caroline Kennedy's latest trip under the spotlight as a Senate hopeful didn't get much better reviews than her first. A New York Daily News columnist said "the wheels of the bandwagon are coming off."

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Blagojevich Lawyer Says Impeachment Not Justified

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lawyer said Monday that a vague array of charges and evidence doesn't merit removing the governor from office, and he urged a House committee not to recommend impeachment.

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Palin's Daughter Gives Birth to Son Named Tripp

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The teenage daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whose quest for the vice presidency began to go downhill the day she announced the pregnancy, has given birth to a son, a magazine reported Monday.

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Trucker YRC Extends Pay Cut Decision Deadline

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The deadline for a vote to lock in an immediate 10 percent pay cut and other contract modifications for union workers at YRC Worldwide has been extended by one week.

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Death Toll Approaches 370 in Gaza Violence

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Three days of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed nearly 370 people and wounded 1400 others. At least 62 of the dead are civilians. The White House is calling for a cease fire.

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Palin's Daughter Gives Birth to Son Named Tripp

Updated: 12/29/2008 - People magazine reports that Bristol Palin gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston Sunday. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Bristol is the daughter of Alaska Governor and former GOP vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.

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Police: 6 Bodies Recovered in Canada Avalanches

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Two snowmobilers remain missing in British Columbia, where an avalanche buried a group Sunday. Three men pulled themselves free. Six bodies were recovered Monday.

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TPD Recovers "Hot Wheels," New Set Featured

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Topeka Police recovered the stolen featured in their "Hot Wheels" alert Dec. 22. So far, 42 of the 63 vehicles featured in the program have been located.

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Brother's Quick Thinking Helps Boy Survive Fall Through Ice

Updated: 12/29/2008 - "911 What's your emergency?" A dispatcher asks. "My brother is drowning.." the voice of seven year old Jayson Akins-Bomhoff is worried but steady as he watches his brother struggle to stay above the ice Sunday night at Central Park pond.

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Give Back & Get Fit with YMCA Blood drive

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A blood drive Tuesday offers donors a chance to get a workout after giving the gift of life. The Community Blood center will host a blood drive at the SW YMCA, 3635 SW Chelsea Dr., from 9;30 a.m. til 2:00 p.m.

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What Will '09 Bring In Medicine?

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Expert on likely directions in treatment of obesity, cancer, infections, brain diseases, and aging skin.,

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Pakistan Tries To Defuse India Tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Pakistan's army chief stressed Monday the need to avoid conflict with India, days after he ordered troops toward the rivals' shared border amid tensions following last month's terror attacks on Mumbai.

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