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Kansas House Panel to Discuss Coal Bill Next Week

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The House Energy and Utilities Committee had a hearing Wednesday on a bill limiting the power of the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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Justice Deptartment Sues Westar over Alleged Plant Pollution

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The federal government says Westar made major modifications to the Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys over the past decade but didn't update the plant's pollution control equipment. It's filed a lawsuit against the company.

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Dallas Mother Accused of Neglect in Death

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The mother of a 9-year-old diabetic who died as she lay beside a bag of candy and other sweets has been accused of helping cause her death by failing to help the girl manage the disease and giving her high-glucose foods.

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Gunmen Kill Prominent Somali Journalist

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Masked men shot and killed the director of Somalia's largest media organization, HornAfrik, in the center of the Somali capital on Wednesday, the company and witnesses said.

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WU Hosts Blood Drive

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A shortage in the blood supply prompted a couple of groups from Washburn University to host blood drives.

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Scientist says Dam May have Triggered China Quake

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Pressure from a dam, its reservoir's heavy waters weighing on geologic fault lines, may have helped trigger China's devastating earthquake last May, some scientists say, in a finding that suggests human activity played a role in the disaster.

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BBC Drops Thatcher Daughter after reported remark

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The BBC says it has dropped Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as a contributor to a TV show after she reportedly used an offensive term in front of colleagues.

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Five Elementary School Boys Found with Heroin

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Authorities are trying to figure out where five second-grade boys got packets of heroin that they were passing around their Philadelphia elementary school.

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Safety Lessons for Teen Drivers

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The leading cause of death for teens is motor vehicle crashes. There are ways parents can reduce their teens chances significantly.

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Hilton Moving Headquarters

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Hilton Hotels is relocating its headquarters to Virginia's Fairfax County, creating more than 300 permanent, full-time jobs within the next 36 months.

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Twitterers Get Together at Topeka TweetUp

Updated: 02/18/2009 - Members of the social networking site Twitter get together in something called a TweetUp, where they meet and socialize. Topeka held its second TweetUp Wednesday night at SouthWind Gallery.

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Windstream 4Q Profit Falls on Charges

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Windstream Corp., which provides traditional phone service and broadband, said Wednesday its fourth-quarter profit tumbled 86 percent on a loss related to the sale of a business, restructuring charges and comparison to year-ago results boosted by a one-time gain.

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Experts Question Fallout from New Monster Hack

Updated: 02/04/2009 - For the second time in less than 18 months, the job-search Web site Monster.com was breached, along with USAJobs.gov, which Monster's parent company runs for the federal government. And yet Monster might suffer little fallout - because the overall state of computer security is so bad anyway.

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Congress Postpones Digital TV Transition to June

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The House voted Wednesday to postpone the end of analog TV signals until June 12. The move is meant to address concerns that more than 6.5 million Americans with older TVs would not be ready by Feb. 17, the originally mandated deadline.

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Circuit City ripples go beyond vacancies, layoffs

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Circuit City will finally flicker out when its last 567 stores close this year, but the bankruptcy of the nation's second-largest electronics retailer will ripple across the U.S. economy for years.

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