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Group Entertains Kansas Ed. Workers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The SoundMasters show choir from Atchison County Community High School took center stage Friday at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Topeka. They performed for Kansas Department of Education workers' holiday luncheon.

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US extradites reputed Colombian drug cartel chief

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The reputed kingpin of a violent Colombian cartel blamed for smuggling cocaine worth $10 billion to the U.S. was flown aboard an FBI plane to Miami on Friday to face a 12-count federal indictment.

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Kansas Mom Jailed For Contempt

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A homeschooling mother was hauled away in handcuffs from court after refusing to tell authorities where her 14-year-old daughter is.

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Dealer told to give up Simpson's Hall of Fame ring

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A judge in Santa Monica, Calif., has ordered a former friend of O.J. Simpson to turn over the ex-NFL star's Pro Football Hall of Fame ring to help satisfy a $33.5 million civil court judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Dealer told to give up Simpson's Hall of Fame ring

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A judge in Santa Monica, Calif., has ordered a former friend of O.J. Simpson to turn over the ex-NFL star's Pro Football Hall of Fame ring to help satisfy a $33.5 million civil court judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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US extradites reputed Colombian drug cartel chief

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The reputed kingpin of a violent Colombian cartel blamed for smuggling cocaine worth $10 billion to the U.S. was flown aboard an FBI plane to Miami on Friday to face a 12-count federal indictment.

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Stocks advance amid hope for automaker rescue

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Wall Street put on another impressive show of resilience Friday, rebounding from an early sell-off to end higher after the government said it would assist troubled U.S. automakers.

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Darfur groups pin high hopes on Obama team

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Human rights activists waging a high-profile campaign to end the violence in Sudan's western Darfur region are pushing President-elect Barack Obama and his team to re-energize efforts to end the nearly six-year conflict.

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Judge temporarily lifts Stevens' law license

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Convicted Sen. Ted Stevens has temporarily lost his license to practice law in the District of Columbia, a decision that could become permanent after further proceedings.

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Dulles, prominent Catholic cardinal, dead at 90

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Cardinal Avery Dulles, a convert to Roman Catholicism from a prominent American family who was the only U.S. theologian named a cardinal without first becoming a bishop, died Friday. He was 90.

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Drought means workers hungry in US produce capital

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Idled farm workers are searching for food in the nation's most prolific agricultural region, where a double blow of drought and a court-ordered cutback of water supplies has caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

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Heavy rains pound Italy, Rome declares emergency

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Rome declared a state of emergency as the swollen Tiber river threatened to flood Friday and the death toll from the heavy rains battering much of Italy rose to four.

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Vatican hardens opposition to stem cell research

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The Vatican hardened its opposition Friday to using embryos for stem cell research, cloning and in-vitro fertilization. But in a major new document on bioethics, it showed flexibility on some forms of gene therapy and left open questions surrounding embryo adoption.

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Anti-smoking groups hope Obama will be role model

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Of all the things President-elect Barack Obama needs right now, one of them surely isn't a new set of lofty expectations on his well-burdened shoulders. But recent attention to Obama's on-and-off smoking habit has pinned a new kind of audacious hope to him. Anti-smoking advocates are counting on Obama as a role model for others trying to kick the habit, showing them — and himself — that while it's hard, all things are indeed possible in America.

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Air trade group predicts decline in holiday travel

Updated: 12/12/2008 - About 9 percent fewer passengers will fly on U.S. airlines this holiday season than last year because of the weak economy, but planes will be crowded anyway because there won't be as many flights, a trade group for the major carriers said Thursday.

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Lancet: Dozens of nations inflated vaccine numbers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Dozens of developing countries exaggerated figures on how many children were vaccinated against deadly diseases, which allowed them to get more money from U.N.-sponsored programs, a new study said Friday.

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New test aims to predict breast cancer risk better

Updated: 12/12/2008 - A new test to predict an ordinary woman's odds of getting breast cancer works better than a method doctors have relied on for decades, researchers reported Friday. The test is the first to combine dozens of genes and personal factors like age and childbearing to gauge risk in women who don't have a strong family history of the disease. They account for three-fourths of all cases.

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Sources: Emanuel not target of Illinois probe

Updated: 12/12/2008 - People who have been briefed on the Illinois governor corruption investigation say Barack Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is not a target of the probe. Emanuel, a Chicago congressman who would have been a likely contact between the Obama transition office and Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been a focus of media attention since Obama said Thursday he has asked for an internal review of contacts between his staff and Blagojevich.

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US general: Iran backs off worst bombs in Iraq

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Iran is no longer actively supplying Iraqi militias with a particularly lethal kind of roadside bomb, a decision that suggests a strategic shift by the Iranian leadership, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said Thursday.

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Stocks advance amid hope for automaker rescue

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Wall Street put on another impressive show of resilience Friday, rebounding from an early sell-off to end higher after the government said it would assist troubled U.S. automakers.

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Storm cuts power to more than 1 million customers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - An ice storm to compare with some of the Northeast's worst made a mess of the region Friday, leaving 1.25 million homes and businesses in seven states without power as it forced schools to close and toppled ice-laden trees and power lines onto slippery roads.

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Woman ignites ex's clothes, burns storage unit

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Police in Indiana say a woman set fire to her ex-boyfriend's clothing at a self-storage center and caused more than $100,000 in damage. Donna J. Duell was arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the fire Wednesday night. She has been released from Madison County Jail after posting $20,000 bond Thursday.

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