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Finger-pointing begins as Senate nixes auto vote

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Democratic Congress, unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit's Big Three, appears ready to punt the automakers' fate to a lame-duck Republican president. Caught in the middle of a who-blinks-first standoff are legions of manufacturing firms and auto dealers - and millions of Americans' jobs - after Senate Democrats canceled a showdown vote that had been expected Thursday.

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Former Sprint Analyst Pleads Guilty

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Leslie Ann Genova pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing inside information to a software consultant that was negotiating a contract with Sprint.

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Kansas Share of Gambling Revenue Less Than Expected

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Kansas economic forecasters say the state's share of casino revenues for the next budget year will be around $24 million. Initial estimates had put it at $200 million a year for the state.

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Former Secretary Suing Sheriff, County

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Jeanne Drake, a former secretary in the Harvey County Sheriff's Department, says she was fired for not supporting the Sheriff's re-election bid. She filed a federal job discrimination lawsuit.

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Hawker Beechcraft Lands Air Force Contract

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft landed a $171 million contract for 23 extended-range King Air 350ER turboprops. The company said the planes would be delivered in 2009.

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Tiller PAC Fined $2,500 by Kansas Ethics Commission

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fined the political action committee ProKanDo $2500 Wednesday. It could have been up to $15,000. The commission said the PAC failed to disclose some donors' occupations and employers as required by law.

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Ex-Agent says Kline Led by Anti-Abortion Views

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A hearing for Wichita abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, continued in Wichita Wednesday. His attorneys are trying to paint former Attorney General Phill Kline as an overzealous prosecutor to get the charges dismissed. A former investigator took the stand Wednesday.

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FBI Seeks Information in Kansas Bank Robbery

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The FBI is looking for information in the Nov. 14 robbery of the Jamestown State Bank in Cloud County. The suspect is a white man in his 20s or 30s, 5'8"-5'10", last seen driving a silver sedan on Hw. 28.

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Kansas AG Urges Parents to Check Game Ratings

Updated: 11/19/2008 - More than half of computer and video games are sold during the holiday season. Kansas Attorney General Steve Six says those buying the games should check the ratings to be sure it's age- and content- appropriate for the recipient.

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Retail shares drop sharply as market woes linger

Updated: 11/19/2008 - With Black Friday just around the corner, two new forecasts Wednesday pointed toward a tough holiday season for retailers and offered evidence that consumers simply may not be in a spending mood.

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RI woman loses appeal in Nazi-era art lawsuit

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A painting forcibly auctioned by Germany's Nazi government should remain with the estate of a late Jewish art dealer who lost it when his gallery was liquidated, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

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Brazil police: 10 at fault for air crash

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A police investigation found that 10 government and airline officials were to blame for Brazil's worst air disaster, saying they failed to properly train pilots, implement rainy day procedures or fully repair the airport's drainage system, authorities said Wednesday.

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Bush reopens renovated American history museum

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush urged all Americans Wednesday to come visit the newly renovated National Museum of American History, which he called a "fantastic place of learning."

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Ballmer dismisses Yahoo buyout but open on search

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Microsoft Corp. is no longer interested in buying all of Yahoo Inc., CEO Steve Ballmer said Wednesday, though he told shareholders that the company would still be "very open" to a collaboration on Internet search. His comments sent Yahoo shares diving more than 20 percent.

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30-day age limit for Neb. safe-haven law advances

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A 30-day age limit in the Nebraska safe-haven law appears headed for final approval. The state Legislature voted 41-6 Wednesday to give second-round approval to the limit. A final vote is expected Friday and then the bill will go to Gov. Dave Heineman, who has said he would support a 30-day age limit.

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Financial crisis to be top agenda item at APEC

Updated: 11/19/2008 - WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush doesn't see his final Asia-Pacific summit this week as a farewell but rather a chance to enlist more nations in the battle against a financial crisis that threatens to pull the world economy into a severe economic recession.

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Animal rights video shows turkey abuse in W.Va.

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Global poultry grower Aviagen Inc. said Wednesday it has suspended a supervisor and would investigate a video released by an animal rights group that appears to show horrific abuse of turkeys at the company's West Virginia farms.

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Shift in bailout plan raises oversight questions

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The radical shift in the focus of the $700 billion economic bailout package led one senator Wednesday to question what the young prosecutor tapped to be the program's inspector general will be investigating.

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Cheney's indictment in south Texas moves forward

Updated: 11/19/2008 - RAYMONDVILLE, Texas – A Texas judge has set an arraignment for Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials accused of involvement in prisoner abuse.

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