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Superior Industries Closes in Pittsburg

Updated: 12/19/2008 - The largest privately owned employer in Pittsburg closes its doors Friday, leaving 600 employees looking for work a week before Christmas. Superior Industries has shut down the wheel manufacturing plant.

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Fulton Named USD 383 Master Teacher

Updated: 12/19/2008 - A Manhattan-Ogden kindergarten teacher will represent the district as a candidate for Kansas Master Teacher award. Bev Fulton has been named the 2009 USD 383 Master Teacher.

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Franken opens first lead in Minn. Senate race

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Democrat Al Franken edged ahead of Republican incumbent Norm Coleman on Friday for the first time in Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate recount. Franken opened up a slight lead by the end of the fourth day of a state Canvassing Board meeting to decide the fate of hundreds of disputed ballots.

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Powerful winter storm cuts power, disrupts travel

Updated: 12/19/2008 - A winter storm packing snow, freezing rain and biting wind cut power to tens of thousands of customers Friday, disrupted travel and gave schoolchildren from Iowa to New England an early start on their holiday break.

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Guilty Plea in Balcony Death

Updated: 12/19/2008 - A man accused of throwing his seriously ill wife four stories to her death last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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Technology Gives Leg Up on Knee Replacement

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Improved computer technology improves placement of new knees, helping them last longer. Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka is a test site for an upgrade on what's currently available.

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Ill. Gov. Blagojevich Pledges to Fight, Won't Quit

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing and plans to stay on the job. Blagojevich says he will fight until he takes his "last breath.''

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Authorities Confirm Remains are Caylee Anthony

Posted: 12/19/2008 - The remains found in a wooded area last week in Orange County, Florida, are those of Caylee Anthony, authorities confirmed at a news conference Friday.

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Paulson: Congress Needs to Release Second $350B

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Friday that Congress will need to release the last half of the $700 billion rescue fund because the first $350 billion has been committed.

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US Balks at Backing Condemnation of Anti-Gay Laws

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Alone among major Western nations, the United States has refused to sign a declaration presented Thursday at the United Nations calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality.

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Stores Using Survival Tactics, Look Past Holidays

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Retailers are accelerating their use of survival tactics — slashing prices further and pulling merchandise off shelves to send to liquidators — as the number of holiday shopping days dwindles. But January and beyond look scarier for even relatively healthy merchants as the passing of the holidays give shoppers no reason at all to spend.

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Pro Wrestler 'Mad Dog' Bell Found Dead

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Mike "Mad Dog" Bell, a former professional wrestler whose struggle with substance abuse was featured in the documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," has died. He was 37.

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Oil Rises on Strengthening Dollar, Auto Bailout

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Oil prices stabilized Friday as the White House's $17.4 billion auto industry rescue package gave Wall Street a boost and the dollar strengthened against the euro.

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Obama Names Four to Senior Posts

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Swiftly completing his Cabinet, President-elect Barack Obama named four officials to oversee transportation, labor, trade and small business policy in his new administration Friday but warned that economic recovery may take years.

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Web Site Lets Fans Sing With the King

Updated: 12/19/2008 - So you fancy yourself a singer, eh ... alone, in your car, with the windows up, when no one's looking. Well, now you can test your pipes against Martina McBride and Elvis Presley in private, and if you like what you hear, you can share them with your friends via email.

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1 Dead, 18 Injured in Atlanta Bridge Collapse

Updated: 12/19/2008 - A pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Friday morning near the entrance of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, killing one worker and injuring 18 others.

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DNA Tests Confirm Remains are Caylee Anthony

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Skeletal remains found in the woods are the Florida 3-year-old who has been missing since June, and her death is considered a homicide, a county medical examiner said Friday. DNA tests confirm that the remains match Caylee Anthony's genetic profile, said the medical examiner, Dr. Jan Garavaglia.

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Deaf Santa visits Children

Updated: 12/19/2008 - Santa Claus visited school children but this one couldn't hear their request...he saw it.

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