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Deep snow in West; some travelers wait at O'Hare

Updated: 12/25/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Christmas Day was the second morning Tom and Kristina Waltz and their two daughters awoke at O'Hare International Airport, after days of flight delays and cancellations that marred their holiday travel plans.

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Police: Suspect in 'Santa' shootings kills self

Updated: 12/25/2008 - COVINA, Calif. (AP) -- A man dressed as Santa who had been having marital problems opened fire at a Christmas party, leaving more than three people dead in a home that then caught fire, authorities said.

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Gov's lawyer asks panel to subpoena Obama staff

Updated: 12/25/2008 - In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama's inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including Obama's incoming chief of staff.

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Homeland Security forecasts 5-year threat picture

Updated: 12/25/2008 - The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.

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1 dead, 5 hurt in Sacramento-area home explosion

Updated: 12/25/2008 - An explosion that authorities believe was caused by a natural gas leak leveled a home in a Sacramento suburb on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring five others.

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Obamas to have turkey, ham for Christmas

Updated: 12/25/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama and his family planned a Christmas Day that includes opening presents in the morning and sharing a traditional turkey and ham dinner in the evening.

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'Santa' opens fire at Calif. party; 3 dead

Updated: 12/25/2008 - A man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at a Christmas Eve party in a suburban Los Angeles home that subsequently caught fire, leaving three people dead, police said Thursday.

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Nobel-winning playwright Harold Pinter dies at 78

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Harold Pinter, praised as the most influential British playwright of his generation and a longtime voice of political protest, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.

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Pope decries selfishness in economic crisis

Updated: 12/25/2008 - Pope Benedict XVI warned in his Christmas message Thursday that the world was headed toward ruin if selfishness prevails over solidarity during tough economic times for rich and poor nations.

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Dow Rises 48.99 Points in Light Holiday Trading

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Wall Street rose modestly in light holiday trading Wednesday after the government released downbeat, but unsurprising, readings on rising U.S. joblessness and declining consumer spending.

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Bleak Economic Picture Emerges from New Data

Updated: 12/24/2008 - A series of gloomy economic reports Wednesday showed consumers holding tight to their wallets with job losses expected to mount in the months ahead.

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Millions of Older Americans Use Risky Drug Combos

Updated: 12/24/2008 - At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix — from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to aspirin and ginkgo capsules — a new study warns.

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Kennedy's Pursuit of Senate Snared in NY Politics

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Caroline Kennedy's bid to get appointed to the Senate and extend the Camelot dynasty has run into the bare-knuckle world of New York politics, where a backlash appears to be building against her.

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Chimney Fire in Topeka Wednesday Night

Updated: 12/24/2008 - One family got quite a scare Wednesday night, when their chimney went up in flames. It happened around eight o'clock at 4146 northwest 25th St. in Topeka.

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Prairie Band Pottawatomie First Nation Does Not Dismiss Suit

Updated: 12/24/2008 - In August, the Prairie Band Potawatomie First Nation filed suit in Shawnee County District Court asking that Harrah's be prevented from using computerized data it got from Prairie Band Casino customers to lure new business to another Casino.

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Topeka Rescue Mission Community Dinner Thursday

Updated: 12/24/2008 - In true holiday spirit everyone is welcome to dinner at the Topeka Rescue Mission Thursday. The Christmas day feast will last from one to two o'clock at the main shelter at 600 N. Kansas Ave.

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You Can Still Donate to the Red Kettle Campaign

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Wednesday officially marks the last day for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. Volunteers were out at 21st and Fairlawn ringing the bells for those last minute donations.

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Grace Cathedral Christmas Concert in Topeka

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Sounds of the season could be heard coming from Grace Cathedral Wednesday night. Choir members sang two different Christmas prelude concerts before the cathedral's Christmas Eve services.

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Holiday Trash Schedule Pick-up

Updated: 12/24/2008 - If you are an RSP trash customer your pick up day may be pushed back thanks to the holidays. RSP, a Topeka-based company will push trash day back a day for Thursday and Friday customers for the next two weeks.

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No. 23 Minnesota outlasts SE Louisiana

Updated: 12/24/2008 - MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Reserves Blake Hoffarber and Lawrence Westbrook both scored 15 points to lift No. 23 Minnesota to an 80-71 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night in the Gophers' first game as a ranked team in six years.

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GateHouse Media sues NY Times Co. over copyright

Updated: 12/24/2008 - GateHouse Media Inc. filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Monday against the parent company of The Boston Globe, claiming the newspaper's new community Web sites use online material from GateHouse without permission.

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No. 9 Texas squeaks by Wisconsin 74-69

Updated: 12/24/2008 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gary Johnson banked in a jump shot with 23.5 seconds left to help No. 9 Texas to a 74-69 victory over Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

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