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Coal Debate Set to Fire Again

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A utility plans to push again next year for legislative approval of two proposed coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

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Hutchinson Meeting Seeks Input for Obama

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A community meeting in Hutchinson is one many taking place across the nation at the request of President-elect Barack Obama.

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Enrollment Window for Medicare Part D Closing Fast

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Updated: 12/29/2008 - Medicare recipients only have a few more days to make changes in their Medicare or precription drug coverage. The enrollment window closes at the end of the year.

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Can Dolphins Survive Winter in NJ Rivers?

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A group of bottlenose dolphins have been confounding humans since they took up residence in two rivers near the Jersey shore six months ago. Now that it's winter, some people are worried they'll never make it out.

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Hotels Step Up During Blackout

Updated: 12/29/2008 - All hotel power generators in Waikiki functioned properly during Friday night's island-wide power outage, a vast improvement from Honolulu's last blackout, when some visitors were left in the dark, said Hawaii Tourism Liaison Marsha Weinert on Sunday.

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Tokyo Disneyland Enjoys Recession Boom

Updated: 12/29/2008 - According to the company that runs Tokyo Disneyland, Japan's busiest theme park will be more packed than ever over Christmas and New Year's. Despite the bad economy, it's already been a record year for an escape that's cheaper than the average night out in pricey Tokyo.

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Death Valley Works Hard To Preserve Night Sky

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Acclaimed for its ink black skies, Death Valley, the hottest place in North America, also ranks among the nation's unspoiled stargazing spots. But the vista in recent years has grown blurry.

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Lions, Jets and Browns All Fire Head Coaches

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Three NFL coaches have been fired as the 2008 NFL regular season has come to an end. The Browns, Jets and Lions have all released their head coaches are are on the hunt for new leaders

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Study: Obesity Surgery Reverses Diabetes In Teens

Updated: 12/29/2008 - All but one of the 11 extremely obese teens studied saw their diabetes disappear within a year after weight-loss surgery, the researchers reported. The 11th patient still had diabetes, but needed much less insulin and stopped taking diabetes pills.

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Stocks Pull Back Amid Middle East Tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street retreated Monday on concerns that Israel's attack on Gaza might disrupt oil production and shipments from the Middle East.

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Hollywood's Happy Even Without A Record Year

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hollywood loves breaking box-office records, yet studio executives aren't griping that their 2008 lineup will fall a bit shy of the all-time high set a year earlier.

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Child Maid Trafficking Spreads From Africa To US

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Late at night, the neighbors saw a little girl at the kitchen sink of the house next door. They watched through their window as the child rinsed plates under the open faucet. She wasn't much taller than the counter and the soapy water swallowed her slender arms.

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Oil Jumps Above $40 on Gaza conflict

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Tensions generated by a widening conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants sent crude prices up sharply to above $40 a barrel Monday, with gasoline and heating oil also making sizable gains.

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Somali President Quits Amid International Pressure

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The president of Somalia's U.N.-backed government resigned Monday amid deepening international pressure, a move that could usher in more chaos as a strengthening Islamic insurgency scrambles for power.

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Israel Calls Gaza Assault "War To The Bitter End"

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a "war to the bitter end," striking next to the Hamas premier's home, and devastating a security compound and a university building.

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Jets Fire Coach Eric Mangini after 3 Seasons

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The New York Jets fired coach Eric Mangini on Monday, a day after a team that harbored Super Bowl hopes with five games left failed to make the playoffs.

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Lions Fire Marinelli after Winless Year

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The Detroit Lions fired coach Rod Marinelli on Monday, a day after the team became the first in NFL history to finish with an 0-16 record.

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GMAC Stays Mum on Bailout Hurdle

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Days after the passage of a key deadline, the financing arm of General Motors Corp. remained silent Monday on if it cleared a final hurdle to become a bank-holding company and gain access to billions in federal bailout money.

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BET, TV One Plan Extensive Inauguration Coverage

Updated: 12/29/2008 - BET and TV One, the television networks aimed primarily at a black audience, haven't paid much attention to presidential inaugurations before. This time will be different.

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Hollywood's Happy, Even Without a Record Year

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hollywood loves breaking box-office records, yet studio executives aren't griping that their 2008 lineup will fall a bit shy of the all-time high set a year earlier.

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Stocks Pull Back Amid Middle East Tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street retreated Monday on concerns that Israel's attack on Gaza might disrupt oil production and shipments from the Middle East.

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