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Madoff liquidation trustee receives $28M for costs

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The financial whirlpool created by Bernard Madoff continued to churn Tuesday as the price tag of liquidating his old firm rose, and duped investors including the actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick struggled to accurately estimate how much they lost.

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Judge awards $65 million to USS Pueblo victims

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A federal judge has awarded more than $65 million to several men of the USS Pueblo, who were captured and tortured by North Korea back in the 1960s.

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KHRC Awards $71M for Affordable Housing

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is helping 19 housing developments provide affordable housing throughout Kansas.development projects will be spread through 13 cities in Kansas.

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Pet Spa & Resort Celebrates Opening

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Homestead Pet Spa & Resort has officially opened its doors. The business, located near Holton, gives pets a home away from home.

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Warren's inauguration prayer could draw more ire

Updated: 12/30/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation drew one kind of protest. Whether the evangelical pastor offers the prayer in the name of Jesus may draw another.

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Topeka Police Respond To Shots Fired Call

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Topeka Police responded to a report of a man firing shots at a vehicle near 45th and Grand Oaks Tuesday afternoon. An officer-in-distress call also went out, but was called off. No one was hurt in the incident.

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Clemens’ name removed from Houston sports clinic

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Roger Clemens’ name is being removed from a sports medicine institute at a Houston hospital in another dent to the legacy of the major league baseball pitcher since he was linked to steroid use.

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William Balfour Appears In Court

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A murder indictment has been issued against the man accused of killing the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

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Race enters fight over filling Obama's Senate seat

Updated: 12/30/2008 - A House Democrat on Tuesday dared Senate leaders to block the appointment of a black man to succeed President-elect Barack Obama, saying lawmakers should not "hang and lynch" the designee for the alleged misdeeds of his patron, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Anonymous Donor Pays Vermont Man's $1,000 Rent

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Yes, Nathan, there is such a thing as Christmas angels. Nathan Dubray had his monthly rent paid by an anonymous benefactor who sent $1,000 in cash to his landlord on Christmas Eve. The same day, Dubray got a note telling him the rent had been paid and wishing him a merry Christmas and happy holidays.

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Obama: Blagojevich Appointee Shouldn't be Seated

Updated: 12/30/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama says he supports the decision by Senate Democrats to deny his vacated Senate seat to an appointee of embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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NASA reports graphic details of Columbia deaths

Updated: 12/30/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Seat restraints, pressure suits and helmets of the doomed crew of the space shuttle Columbia didn't work well, leading to "lethal trauma" as the out-of-control ship lost pressure and broke apart, killing all seven astronauts, a new NASA report says. At least one crew member was alive and pushing buttons for half a minute after a first loud alarm sounded, as he futilely tried to right Columbia during that disastrous day Feb. 1, 2003.

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Arab outrage over Gaza carnage targets Egypt

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Israeli bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip has unleashed outrage across the Middle East — but the anger is being vented as much against Egypt as it is at Israel.

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Israel weighs 48-hour halt to Gaza air campaign

Updated: 12/30/2008 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel, under international pressure, is considering a 48-hour halt to its punishing four-day air campaign on Hamas targets in Gaza to see if Palestinian militants will stop their rocket attacks on southern Israel, Israeli officials said Tuesday. Any offer would be coupled with a threat to send in ground troops if the rocket fire continues.

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Defiant Ill. governor fills Obama's Senate seat

Updated: 12/30/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named a black political trailblazer to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member. Blagojevich's appointment of former state Attorney General Roland Burris injected race into the drama surrounding the embattled governor, who repeatedly sought to distance his selection from charges that he tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

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US concerned by detention of academic in Iran

Updated: 12/30/2008 - The Bush administration on Tuesday expressed grave concern about the detention and interrogation in Iran of a prominent American academic, an incident that has led the National Academies of Science to suspend educational exchanges with Iranian institutions.

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Pakistan closes US supply route to hit militants

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Pakistan suspended truck shipments of U.S. military supplies through the famed Khyber Pass on Tuesday after launching an offensive against militants who are trying to cripple Washington's war on a resurgent Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

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Seniors give Daschle health reform ideas

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Note to President-elect Barack Obama: Health reform doesn't have to be all about expanding health insurance. It can be about the little things too, such as shorter waits in the doctor's office and putting in place incentives such as free checkups that catch little problems before they became big ones.

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Actors Bacon, Sedgwick Among Madoff Victims

Updated: 12/30/2008 - Kevin Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick are among the many victims of the massive Ponzi scheme run by the disgraced New York money manager.

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Kennedy's 'You Knows' Become Political Fodder

Updated: 12/30/2008 - If Caroline Kennedy had, you know, only known. Tracking the would-be New York senator's verbal tics has become a political parlor game in the days since she gave her first round of in-depth interviews, even spawning a hip-hop-style mash-up online blending her "you knows" with President-elect Barack Obama's "uhs."

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