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Sources: Obama Chooses Chicago Schools Chief

Updated: 12/16/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama intends to name a big-city schools chief, Chicago's Arne Duncan, to help fix the country's ailing schools as education secretary, people familiar with the decision said.

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Over 2T Tons of Ice Melted In Arctic Since '03

Updated: 12/16/2008 - More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming.

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Australia OKs Facebook For Serving Lien Notice

Updated: 12/16/2008 - You've been "superpoked" - and served. A court in Australia has approved the use of Facebook, a popular social networking Web site, to notify a couple that they lost their home after defaulting on a loan.

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Police Find Dynamite At Paris Department Store

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A group demanding that France withdraw its troops from Afghanistan claimed it planted dynamite found Tuesday at a major Paris department store, officials said.

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Prices, Construction Numbers Expected to be Lower

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The government is expected to report that new home construction and building permit applications fell for the fifth straight month in November to the slowest rate in decades.

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Fed Ready to Slash Rates Amid Deepening Recession

Updated: 12/16/2008 - As unemployment rises painfully higher and nest eggs are shattered, the Federal Reserve is prepared slash a key interest rate — perhaps to an all-time low — in a desperate bid to stem the country's economic slide.

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Stock Futures Edge Up Ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Wall Street headed for a modestly higher open Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision — which some investors believe will bring the key U.S. rate to the lowest level on record.

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Prospect of Impeachment Now Looms Over Blagojevich

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Illinois lawmakers were unanimous on how they should handle disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich — potential impeachment. And the embattled Democrat signaled he isn't going down without a fight.

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Missouri Search Ends for Missing Amish Girl

Updated: 12/15/2008 - A massive search involving several law enforcement agencies ended Monday morning when a passer-by spotted four-year old Hannah Yoder in a ditch about a half-mile outside of Verona.

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Dennis Quaid, Wife, Settle With Hospital

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Documents show Dennis Quaid and his wife have agreed to a a $750,000 settlement with a hospital that gave his newborn twins an overdose of blood thinner.

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Combination Treatment Best for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Researchers say a new study found that men who got both radiation and hormone-blocking drugs to treat prostate cancer had just half the death rate of men who received only one of the treatments.

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Combo Treatment for Prostate Cancer Cuts Deaths

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Treating advanced prostate cancer with radiation and hormone-blocking drugs cut the death rate in half in a study of Scandinavian men, researchers report. In the United States, the combination has been standard care since the 1990s.

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Calif. Storm Collapses School Roof, Snarls Travel

Updated: 12/15/2008 - California took a pounding Monday from a powerful storm that collapsed the roof of a trade school, made roads treacherous and forced residents from homes out of fear of mudslides from fire-stripped hillsides.

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New Trial Date Set for Bike Shop Owner in Topeka

Updated: 12/15/2008 - The trial date has been postponed in the lawsuit between developers near Washburn University and bike shop owner Jerry Morgan. Morgan is battling a year-old lawsuit filed by the Washburn Lane Parkway Renovation group.

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Topeka Rescue Mission Offering Shelter and Meals to Community

Updated: 12/15/2008 - The Topeka Rescue Mission is offering shelter and meals for those in need this holiday season. If you or someone you know needs a place to stay, the main entrance of the shelter is at 600 N. Kansas Ave. That's where you can check in.

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Digital T.V. Transition Discussed at Commission Meeting Monday

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Financing discussions for a new Home Depot distribution center in Topeka have been postponed until Thursday. Shawnee County Commissioners met Monday to discuss the new project, which will be located in the Central Crossing Commerce Park, just north of southwest 57 street and west Topeka Blvd.

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Ribbon Cutting Held for Local Computer Business

Updated: 12/15/2008 - Chamber Ambassadors helped welcome a local business to a new location Monday. A ribbon cutting was held for "The Computer Store" at 2001 southwest Gage Blvd.

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Local Restaurant Gives Part of Proceeds to United Way

Updated: 12/15/2008 - A local restaurant is getting into the giving spirit. Texas Roadhouse, located at 5901 southwest Huntoon in Topeka, is donating ten percent of profits made from gift cards purchased Monday to the United Way of Greater Topeka.

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Chuck Berry's Home "Historic"

Updated: 12/15/2008 - The legendary rock 'n roll singer is still around, and so is his house, now listed as an historic site in St. Louis.

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