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Cops: Dad ordered to pay child support kills son

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2-year-old son was arrested Saturday, accused of committing an "extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child support, Police Superintendent Warren Riley said.

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Downtown Kansas City Set For Grocery Store

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Long on residents' wish lists, a grocery store is opening in Kansas City's downtown. Cosentino's Market Downtown is slated to open Tuesday in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

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Scientists: Love Can Last A Lifetime

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Love's first blush fading? Lost that loving feeling? Love is not all around? Scientists have used brain scans to study how long love lasts between couples.

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Soap Opera Cell Phone Videos Teach Safe Sex

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Nurse educator Rachel Jones developed the education campaign, using professional actors and scripts based on focus groups with women in Newark and Jersey City. Mike and Toni and the "other woman," Valerie, are in a pilot video available online.

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12-Year-Old Fatally Shot Mother

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A 12-year-old boy who fatally shot his mother after an argument over his chores was found guilty of premeditated murder.

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Homicides Down in Major U.S. Cities

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Killings dropped by a third here last year, making Wisconsin's largest city among the nation's most successful in tackling its 2008 murder rate.

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Cadillac SRX Debuts

Updated: 01/04/2009 - General Motors Corp. is counting on the 2010 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicle to lure luxury car buyers with new design and performance features.

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Blagojevich Complains About Reid

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Illinois' embattled governor complained through his spokesman Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is guilty of a conflict of interest in that Reid telephoned him in early December to discuss the seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

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Illinois Senate Appointee Plans Busy Sunday

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Senate appointee Roland Burris plans to speak before Chicago ministers and supporters before he departs for Washington. Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat last week.

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Inauguration Tests D.C. Commute

Updated: 01/04/2009 - On a typical weekday, close to 2 million people commute to the nation's capital, snarling the highways and packing subway trains and buses during peak hours. Now imagine doubling, or tripling, that for the inauguration.

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Diplomats: U.S. Blocks U.N. Statement on Cease-Fire

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The United States has blocked approval of a U.N. Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, diplomats said.

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Marines Want Better Body Armor

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Acting on widespread complaints from its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps has ordered major modifications to its body armor to improve comfort, mobility and safety, The Associated Press has learned.

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Personality Will Shape Bush Legacy

Updated: 01/04/2009 - President Bush will be judged on what he did in office, but there are smaller touches many did not get a chance to see during his eight years in office.

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Cops: Man Ordered To Pay Child Support Kills Son

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2-year-old son was arrested Saturday, accused of committing an "extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child support, Police Superintendent Warren Riley said.

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Ukraine: Natural Gas Shortages Possible

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A top Ukrainian official has warned that European customers could see serious natural gas disruptions in about two weeks if the energy dispute between Russia and Ukraine is not resolved, and the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom accused Ukraine of boycotting contract negotiations.

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Two Experts Will Perform Travolta Autopsy

Updated: 01/04/2009 - The Bahamas will use two pathologists to ensure a careful autopsy on John Travolta's son, who died at the actor's vacation home in Grand Bahama, the territory's health minister said Saturday.

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Denver Schools Superintendent Selected Senator

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Saturday named Denver's public schools superintendent as his choice to fill a Senate vacancy that will be created by the promotion of Sen. Ken Salazar to interior secretary in the Obama administration.

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Iraqi Female Suicide Bomber Kills 35

Updated: 01/04/2009 - A female suicide bomber blew herself up on Sunday among a crowd of pilgrims worshipping at a revered Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad, killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 65, the Iraqi army said. There were fears the death toll could rise further.

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Latest on Gaza-Israel Conflict

Updated: 01/04/2009 - Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas militants gained momentum.

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Gaza-Israel Situation Continues To Escalate

Updated: 01/03/2009 - At least four Palestinians have been killed as a direct result of the ground assault, Palestinian medical sources said, bringing the death toll in Gaza to 460 since the conflict erupted December 27.

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