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FCC head drops filtering from free broadband plan

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Before he steps down as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin Martin still hopes to win approval for his plan to auction off a slice of the airwaves for a free nationwide wireless broadband network.

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Review: Ditching car OK with Net transit planners

Updated: 12/31/2008 - In the old days, I'd have to track down bus schedules and maps on paper to figure out where to go. I'd have to manually determine which transfers to take and where. Even if I did, I'd worry about catching a bus in the wrong direction.

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No shoes? No problem for this college interview

Updated: 12/31/2008 - For her college interview, Avery Cullinan put on her best outfit but didn't bother with shoes. She sat in her living room, smiled into her computer's webcam and told an admissions officer more than 800 miles away that Wake Forest University was right for her.

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Chinese software pirates get prison sentences

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The alleged ringleaders of a Chinese counterfeiting gang that sold at least $2 billion worth of bogus Microsoft Corp. software were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms of up to 6 1/2 years, in what is believed to be the harshest penalties yet under China's tightened piracy laws.

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No shoes? No problem for this college interview

Updated: 12/31/2008 - For her college interview, Avery Cullinan put on her best outfit but didn't bother with shoes. She sat in her living room, smiled into her computer's webcam and told an admissions officer more than 800 miles away that Wake Forest University was right for her.

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Chinese software pirates get prison sentences

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The alleged ringleaders of a Chinese counterfeiting gang that sold at least $2 billion worth of bogus Microsoft Corp. software were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms of up to 6 1/2 years, in what is believed to be the harshest penalties yet under China's tightened piracy laws.

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Shhh! Gadget racket threatens pulsar research

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Of all the threats to scientific research Wesley Sizemore has stymied over the years, satellites and cell phone towers don't stick in his memory quite like the possessive old hound and its treasured heating pad.

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NY Democratic Advisers Talk Up 'Caretaker' Senator

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Sen. Bill Clinton? Sen. Mario Cuomo? Don't completely rule it out. The former president and the former New York governor are among several boldface names being touted as possible "caretakers" for New York's Senate seat — people who would serve until the 2010 elections but wouldn't be interested in running to keep the job.

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Israel Moves Forward and Sends More Troops to Gaza

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Israel sent more troops to the Gaza border Wednesday, rapidly moving forward with preparations for a possible ground offensive as the next stage of its military assault on the coastal territory's Hamas rulers. Israel rebuffed calls by world leaders for a truce, and Hamas was cold to a cease-fire.

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Sebelius Dissolves Energy Council

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dissolves the Kansas Energy Council. The 34-member council studies energy issues and drafts recommendations to the governor and the Legislature.

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3 GOP Hopefuls for Moran's Seat

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Three candidates are now running for the Republican nomination in 2010 in the 1st Congressional District of western Kansas.

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Gazprom: Russia to cut gas supplies to Ukraine

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom said it will cut off all gas supplies to Ukraine on Thursday morning after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on how much Ukraine will pay in 2009.

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Jobless claims data paint bleak picture for 2009

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The number of laid-off workers continuing to draw unemployment benefits bolted to 4.5 million in late December, and even more Americans are expected to join the ranks of the jobless in 2009.

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Madoff lawyer says client will provide asset list

Updated: 12/31/2008 - An attorney for Bernard Madoff said the disgraced Wall Street money manager would give the Securities and Exchange Commission a list of his personal assets by 5 p.m. EST Wednesday to comply with a court order. The list will provide an account of property that could eventually be tapped to make restitution to victims of what authorities say was a massive Ponzi scheme.

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GMAC bondholders agree to swap $21.2B in debt

Updated: 12/31/2008 - GMAC Financial Services said Wednesday that bondholders representing $21.2 billion of its debt have agreed to the terms of a debt-for-equity swap that was designed to help it raise enough capital to qualify for much-needed federal aid.

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Treasury lays out details for auto aid

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The Treasury Department says it will decide on a case-by-case basis whether other companies connected to the struggling automotive industry should be provided emergency aid from the government's $700 billion bailout pot.

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Stocks extend advance in year's final session

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Wall Street has had a merciful end to a dreadful year as stocks closed the last session of 2008 with a moderate advance. The Dow Jones industrials are up 109 points at 8,778 - but have plunged nearly 34 percent over the course of the year.

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US deaths down in Iraq in 2008, up in Afghanistan

Updated: 12/31/2008 - U.S. military deaths in Iraq plunged by two-thirds in 2008 from the previous year, a reflection of the improving security following the U.S. military's counterinsurgency campaign and al-Qaida's slow retreat from the battlefield.

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Volunteer suicide bombers seek to attack Israel

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Hard-line Iranian student groups have asked the government to authorize volunteers to go carry out suicide bombings in Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

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