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Calif. set to adopt sweeping global warming plan

Updated: 12/11/2008 - California air regulators on Thursday were considering a new climate plan that would require the state's utilities, refineries and large factories to transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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In tough times more students feed on free lunches

Updated: 12/11/2008 - There is such a thing as a free lunch. And school districts across the country report that kids are eating many more of them as the flailing economy hits families hard.

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WTC survivor staircase moves again at ground zero

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The "survivors' staircase" that served as an escape route for people fleeing the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, found a permanent home at ground zero Thursday.

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Ambulance attendants accused of molesting patients

Updated: 12/11/2008 - They answer the call 24-7, often risking their own safety to rescue the sick and injured and rush them to the hospital. But some paramedics have been more predator than hero.

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Chicago workers end sit-in at closed factory

Updated: 12/11/2008 - With cheers and chants that echoed President-elect Barack Obama's campaign of change, jubilant workers agreed to a $1.75 million settlement that ends their six-day occupation of a shuttered Chicago factory that became a symbol of the plight of labor nationwide.

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Illinois AG threatens to act soon against governor

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Illinois' attorney general on Thursday threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon or get impeached by the Legislature.

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Obama confident staff clear in Ill. gov scandal

Updated: 12/11/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama declared Thursday he was "absolutely certain" his staff members engaged in no dealmaking concerning the filling of his former Senate seat, and he announced an investigation into whether they had contacts with anyone on the subject.

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Kan. Governor Receives Suspicious Letter

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office receives a suspicious letter containing powder. State capitols in Georgia and South Carolina received similar letters Thursday. Envelopes with suspicious powder also have been received by governors' offices in 12 other states this week.

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New Unemployment Claims Surge Unexpectedly

Updated: 12/11/2008 - New claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, exceeding even gloomy expectations for an economy stuck in a recession that seems to be deepening.

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AirTran to Serve New Branson Airport

Updated: 12/11/2008 - New airport, new patron. AirTran has become the first airline to serve Branson's new, privately developed and operated commercial airport.

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55 Reported Killed in Restaurant Suicide Bombing

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The attack struck a popular restaurant where Kurdish officials were meeting with Arab tribal leaders. The tribal leaders had been scheduled to meet with President Jalal Talabani after the lunch.

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Pakistan Targets Group Linked to Mumbai Attacks

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A Pakistani official said Thursday that authorities had been ordered to close the offices of Jemaat-u-Dawa. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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Kids with Obesity-Linked Gene Like Fattening Foods

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A study of children found those with a common variation of the gene tend to overeat high-calorie foods. They ate 100 extra calories per meal, which over the long term can put on weight, said Colin Palmer.

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Gates: More Brigades to Afghanistan by Summer

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Pentagon is moving to get three of the four combat brigades requested by commanders into Afghanistan by summer, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

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Daschle Also to Oversee New Health Reform Office

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will pull double duty in the Obama administration, not only serving as the HHS secretary but also oversee a new White House Office of Health Reform.

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Wakarusa Trucks on Down to Ark.

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is leaving Lawrence for a site in northwest Arkansas, ending a five-year annual run at Clinton State Park.

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Obama Transition Going Well, Most in AP Poll Say

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Nearly three-quarters overall, or 73 percent, say they approve of the job Obama has done preparing to take office next month, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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'Button,' `Frost/Nixon,' `Doubt' grab 5 Globe noms

Updated: 12/11/2008 - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Frost/Nixon" led the Golden Globes on Thursday with five nominations each, among them best drama, while "Doubt" also has five, including four acting slots.

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Murky Future for Auto Rescue Amid GOP Opposition

Updated: 12/11/2008 - A House-passed bill to speed $14 billion in loans to Detroit's automakers stands on shaky ground in a bailout-weary Congress, undermined by Republican opposition that could derail the emergency aid in the Senate.

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Ill. AG Threatens to Act Soon Against Gov.

Updated: 12/11/2008 - Illinois' attorney general on Thursday threatened to go to the state Supreme Court to have embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn't resign soon.

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Kan. School Considers 4-Day Week

Updated: 12/11/2008 - The 160-student Haviland district near Greensburg said response to the idea has been positive, after hearing from citizens and other districts with four-day weeks.

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