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Obama names Chicago School Chief to Education Dept.

Updated: 12/16/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama announced Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system, as education secretary Tuesday and said failing to improve classroom instruction is "morally unacceptable for our children."

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Army Releases Field Training Manual

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Army has released its latest field manual on training, elevating the need for units to prepare to conduct stability operations during combat deployments.

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Document: Peter Falk has Alzheimer's

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A court document filed by Peter Falk's daughter says the Emmy-winning actor is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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Consumer Prices Drop more than Expected

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A record plunge in consumer prices in November puts pressure on the Federal Reserve to act decisively to guard against a debilitating bout of deflation.

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Best Buy 3Q Profit Sinks, Offers Staff Buyouts

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Best Buy Co. Inc. , the nation's biggest consumer electronics retailer, said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit sank 77 percent as it faced dramatic changes in consumer spending.

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Winter Storm Snarls Traffic Across Kansas

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Wichita police say a man is dead after driving at high speed on a snow-packed road and crashing into a tree late Monday night.

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Maize man pleads guilty to robberies

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A Maize man could be sentenced to prison for life after pleading guilty to robbing three bank branches inside of Dillons stores.

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Fed ready to Slash Rates Amid Deepening Recession

Updated: 12/16/2008 - With the recession dragging down consumer prices and home construction, the Federal Reserve is prepared to 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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Stocks Advance ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Wall Street jockeyed for position Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates, which some investors believe will bring the key U.S. rate to the lowest level on record.

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Topeka Police Department is in Phase III

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Topeka Police Department is asking victims of non-injury accidents to move vehicles off the road if possible, exchange information, and report the accident within 24 hours.

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Mom Gets Probation for Dumping Baby

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A 19-year-old McPherson woman who left her 6-week-old daughter in a Dumpster in May and then told police the child was kidnapped is sentenced to 18 months of probation.

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Judge to Rule If Thurber Competent for Murder Trial

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A Cowley County judge is expected to decide Tuesday whether a 25-year-old Arkansas City man is competent to stand trial for capital murder in the death of 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm.

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Ft Leavenworth Devises New Field Manual

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Army has released its latest field manual on training, elevating the need for units to prepare to conduct stability operations during combat deployments.

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Combo Treatment for Prostate Cancer Cuts Deaths

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Treating advanced prostate cancer with radiation and hormone-blocking drugs cut the death rate in half in a study of Scandinavian men, researchers report.

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Police Find Dynamite at Paris Department Store

Updated: 12/16/2008 - Police acting on a warning Tuesday found a bundle of dynamite inside a Paris department store, and a group demanding that France withdraw from Afghanistan claimed responsibility.

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Official: Shoe-Thrower in Iraqi Judicial Custody

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush was handed over to the Iraqi judiciary, an Iraqi official said Tuesday, a move that ordinarily signals the start of criminal proceedings.

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Inflation Drops, Housing Starts Fall

Updated: 12/16/2008 - A record plunge in consumer prices in November puts pressure on the Federal Reserve to act decisively to guard against a debilitating bout of deflation.

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