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Cowboys QB Romo misses work Wednesday

Updated: 12/24/2008 - IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed practice Wednesday because he was ill, an absence that comes days before a game Dallas must win to make the playoffs.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,213

Updated: 12/24/2008 - As of Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at least 4,213 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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"Shop With A Cop" Gives 100 Kids A Brighter Christmas

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Big Brothers Big Sisters worked with the Fraternal Order of Police and the Kansas City Royals to give 100 kids $100 to spend for Christmas. Meet one big and little pair that took that opportunity.

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De-icing Solution Sends Air Crew Members to Hospital

Updated: 12/24/2008 - An accident involving de-icing solution being sprayed on an Alaska Airlines plane in snow-covered Seattle sent seven people to a hospital Wednesday, airport and hospital officials said.

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Shootings mystery unnerves northern border towns

Updated: 12/24/2008 - State, local and federal law enforcement officers are out in force in an area of northern Vermont after a series of nine shootings over the last month that have targeted homes and public buildings.

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More snow, ice vexes travelers in northern states

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Hundreds of holiday travelers spent the night in the nation's second busiest airport and some of them faced the prospect Wednesday of doing it again on Christmas Eve as airports across the country recovered from a barrage of snow and ice storms.

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Topeka Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Topeka police arrested a burglary suspect after three burglaries overnight. Officers reported to the 700 blocks of Polk and Taylor around 11:00p.m. looking for a suspect responsible for two car burglaries.

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Hit & Run Knocks Out Light Pole

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Police are investigating a hit and run accident that happened overnight in Topeka. Officers got a call that someone had knocked over a light pole at Huntoon and Southwest Seabrook.

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2 Anti-Tax Groups in Kansas Merging

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Two groups well-known in Kansas politics for opposing tax increases and higher government spending are merging.

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Oil dips below $37 on bad US news

Updated: 12/24/2008 - More bad economic news from the U.S. sent oil prices tumbling Wednesday, with a barrel of crude briefly fetching less than $37 in thin Christmas Eve trading.

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Russia, Serbia sign controversial energy deal

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Russia and Serbia signed a controversial energy deal Wednesday for Russian state gas monopoly Gazprom to acquire Serbia's oil monopoly in exchange for building a gas pipeline through Serbia.

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Vietnam imposes new blogging restrictions

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Vietnam has approved new regulations banning bloggers from discussing subjects the government deems sensitive or inappropriate and requiring them to limit their writings to personal issues.

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Tina Fey voted AP Entertainer of the Year

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha. Fey was voted The Associated Press' Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country.

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Obama to boldly go where no geek has gone before

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Get ready for the geek-in-chief. President-elect Barack Obama used to collect comic books, can't part with his BlackBerry, and once flashed Leonard "Mr. Spock" Nimoy the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign.

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Bethlehem adapts to life in shadow of Israeli wall

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Claire Anastas' house is surrounded on three sides by a gray cement wall. Israel's separation barrier has forced the family to close its car repair business because customers can no longer get there.

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Stocks mixed in light, Christmas Eve trading

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

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More snow, ice vexes travelers in northern states

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Hundreds of holiday travelers spent the night in the nation's second busiest airport and others faced delayed or canceled flights and highways choked by snow and ice as storms kept up their assault on northern states.

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Police: Dallas shooting suspect had troubled past

Updated: 12/24/2008 - A former Utah state trooper suspected in a series of fatal rush-hour shootings near Dallas had an addiction to painkillers and a warrant had been issued for his arrest in connection with a recent robbery, according to Texas and Utah authorities.

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Ho, ho, no: Toymakers say lead law harms workshops

Updated: 12/24/2008 - Worries over lead paint in mass-market toys made the holidays a little brighter for handcrafted toy makers last year, but now the federal government's response to the scare has some workshops fearful that this Christmas might be their last.

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