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Gas prices slip below $2 nationally

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) -- Gas prices dropped nearly 33 cents in the past two weeks, dipping below $2 for the first time since March 2005, a national survey said Sunday.

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Huckabee tells Republicans how to recover

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) -- If the Republican Party wants to get back on track, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says GOP leaders must first restore voters' confidence in the government.

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Mystery piano in woods perplexes police

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) -- Was it a theft? A prank? A roundabout effort to bring some holiday cheer to the police? Authorities in Harwich, Massachusetts, are probing the mysterious appearance of a piano, in good working condition, in the middle of the woods.

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Pro-Palin 'thank you' ads hit the airwaves

Updated: 01/14/2010 - (CNN) — Election Day was three weeks ago, but political ads praising former Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin are still hitting the airwaves.

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Bush pardons 14 and commutes 2 prison sentences

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement, The Associated Press learned Monday.

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Traveling Flag Teaches About Disabilities

Updated: 11/24/2008 - Citizens of Topeka got the chance to learn about Americans with disabilities today. The Disability Media Initiative came to Topeka to display the "It's Our Story Flag" outside of the Washburn University Memorial Union.

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Middle School Students Learn To Volunteer

Updated: 11/24/2008 - Students from Washburn Rural Middle School traded in their pencils and books for some physical labor Monday. It is part of a program to teach kids about volunteering.

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State Suspends License of Salina Child Care Center

Updated: 11/24/2008 - KDHE issued an Emergency Order of Suspension Monday against Sharing and Caring, Inc. in Salina. In its order, KDHE says children were being threatened and force fed. The center may appeal.

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Whales rescued from Australian beach join pod

Updated: 01/14/2010 - HOBART, Australia – A group of whales rescued from an Australian beach have joined a larger pod in deep waters — a sign they are doing fine after their ordeal, an official said Monday.

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Random House to digitize thousands of books

Updated: 01/14/2010 - NEW YORK - With e-book sales exploding in an otherwise sleepy market, Random House Inc. announced Monday that it was making thousands of additional books available in digital form, including novels by John Updike and Harlan Coben, as well as several volumes of the "Magic Treehouse" children's series.

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Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Mobilization

Updated: 11/24/2008 - Law enforcement will be involved in a Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign to put more officers on streets and highways to aggressively enforce state traffic laws.

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Facebook wins $873M judgment against spammer

Updated: 01/14/2010 - SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook has a won $873 million judgment against a Canadian man who bombarded the popular online hangout with sexually explicit "spam" messages.

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US home prices at 2004 levels, sales off 3.1 pct

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – Nationwide sales of existing homes fell more than expected last month, as economic fears made buyers leery even though prices plunged to the lowest level in more than four years. And the decline is expected to get worse because October's results reflect sales contracts signed before Wall Street's nosedive.

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GM ends 9-year endorsement deal with Tiger Woods

Updated: 01/14/2010 - DETROIT – General Motors Corp. said Monday it is ending its nine-year endorsement deal with golf superstar Tiger Woods as the automaker continues to cut expenses and hoard cash while trying to survive the worst sales downturn in a quarter-century.

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Fort Riley Holiday Meal, Worship Service Set for Thanksgiving

Updated: 11/24/2008 - Families can leave the cooking to the Army food service this Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy the traditional holiday meal for a reasonable price at post dining facilities. They're also invited to a service Thanksgiving Day.

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Astronauts step out for final spacewalk of mission

Updated: 01/14/2010 - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Astronauts carried out one last spacewalk Monday to finish an unprecedented clean and lube job that they began a week ago at the international space station. Spacewalker Stephen Bowen wrapped up work on a jammed solar-wing rotary joint as his partner, Shane Kimbrough, squirted some extra grease as a precaution on another joint that is working fine.

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Longtime Biden aide picked to fill his Senate seat

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WILMINGTON, Del. – Edward "Ted" Kaufman, a former aide to Sen. Joe Biden, was named Monday by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to fill the Senate seat Biden is leaving for the vice presidency. Kaufman is president of a political and management consulting firm based in Wilmington. Kaufman served on Biden's Senate staff from 1973 to 1994, including 19 years as chief of staff. He is an advisory board member to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team.

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Free Christmas Trees Available for Military Families

Updated: 11/24/2008 - Free fresh Christmas Trees will be available for military Families Dec. 10-12. Priority will be given to spouses of deployed Soldiers and Soldiers and families of the Warrior Transition Battalion.

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Bush says Citigroup deal needed to protect system

Updated: 01/14/2010 - WASHINGTON – President Bush argued Monday that the government's dramatic rescue of Citigroup was necessary to "safeguard the financial system" and help the economy recover, and he said there could be more such moves if other institutions need help.

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Dow ends up nearly 400 after bailout of Citigroup

Updated: 01/14/2010 - NEW YORK – Wall Street barreled higher Monday for the second straight session, this time in a relief rally over the government's plan to bail out Citigroup Inc. — a move it hopes will help quiet some of the uncertainty hounding the financial sector and the overall economy. The Dow Jones industrials soared nearly 400 points and the major indexes all jumped more than 4.5 percent.

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Obama wants economic rescue approved 'right away'

Updated: 01/14/2010 - CHICAGO – With the economy in crisis, President-elect Barack Obama urged the new Congress to pass a quick economic stimulus bill, pledged help for the troubled auto industry and blessed the Bush administration's bailout of the financial industry.

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