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A young life changed forever by Iraq's war

Updated: 12/10/2008 - She was a beautiful, round-faced little girl with large, coal-black eyes and an instant smile. Two years later, the 3-year-old is blind and scarred, her mother is dead and her father's new wife can't cope with caring for her.

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Countries agree on goals for new UN climate treaty

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Delegates from nearly 190 countries agreed Wednesday on a series of goals to be included in a global warming treaty, but the U.N. conference failed to make a real commitment to reduce the amount of carbon emissions.

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UN says cholera death toll in Zimbabwe reaches 775

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The death toll from Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has risen sharply, the United Nations said Wednesday, reporting 775 deaths and 16,141 cases of the waterborne disease in the southern African nation.

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Study: PC infections plague wire-transfer shops

Updated: 12/10/2008 - For immigrants who send money to their home countries, wire-transfer shops are backbones of their neighborhoods. On some blocks in San Francisco's Mission District, every third or fourth business might offer some sort of money transfer service, and they're always bustling, even on a Sunday morning.

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Gift Guide: Smart phones for work and play

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Navigating all the "smart" phones out there and picking one for yourself can be tricky, and purchasing one for someone else can be even more daunting. But with plenty of feature-packed options available this holiday season, ranging from the consumer-friendly iPhone to the more business-oriented BlackBerry Bold, chances are you can find a phone that's a better gift than a reindeer sweater.

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Massive World War II collection debuts online

Updated: 12/10/2008 - An online collection of World War II documents, billed as the world's largest, debuted last week. Footnote.com, which archives historical documents on the Web, developed the collection with the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Video clerks power new movie recommendation engine

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Even as technology threatens the survival of video rental stores, serial entrepreneur Stuart Skorman thinks there's still a place for the movie-matchmaking advice of veteran video store clerks.

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Outgoing House Speaker Gets Plum Committee Spot

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Kansas Hous Speaker-elect Mike O'Neal announced committee chairmanships for the 2009 session. Among them, appointing the man he defeated, Melvin Neufeld, as chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.

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U.K. TV to Air Assisted Suicide Film

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The 2006 suicide of 59-year-old Craig Ewert was to be shown Wednesday evening in a documentary on the Sky Real Lives digital channel.

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`Nightline' producer doesn't feel saved

Updated: 12/10/2008 - ABC, and the late-night time slot held by ``Nightline,'' would have been a strong possibility for Jay Leno had he not decided to stay at NBC. But the show's producer says there would have been room for both.

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Attorney: US Rep. Jesse Jackson is 'Candidate 5'

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he is not a target of the investigation that led to this week's arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. His attorney says Jackson never had a ``pay-to-play'' conversation with Blagojevich.

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WU Art Students Raise Funds

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Washburn Universtiy art students held a sale of their creations at the Memorial Union Wednesday. Everything from ornaments and cards to fuse glass, jewelry, platters and bookmarks was available.

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Bad economy helping Web scammers recruit `mules'

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The worsening economy appears to be helping computer crooks with one of their toughest tasks: tricking people into opening their homes and bank accounts and becoming "mules" for laundering money or stolen goods.

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Big cat bites Santa during photo shoot at NJ store

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Santa Claus posed with a very large kitty on his lap - and now, unfortunately, he might need rabies shots. Jonathan Bebbington was playing the jolly old elf during a Santa Paws photo event at a PetsMart store when he was bitten Sunday on the wrist and hand. The event was to raise money for Penny Angel's Beagle Rescue group.

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Google updates search index with old magazines

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Google has added a magazine rack to its Internet search engine. As part of its quest to corral more content published on paper, Google Inc. has made digital copies of more than 1 million articles from magazines that hit the newsstands decades ago.

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Massive World War II collection debuts online

Updated: 12/10/2008 - An online collection of World War II documents, billed as the world's largest, debuted last week. Footnote.com, which archives historical documents on the Web, developed the collection with the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Video clerks power new movie recommendation engine

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Even as technology threatens the survival of video rental stores, serial entrepreneur Stuart Skorman thinks there's still a place for the movie-matchmaking advice of veteran video store clerks.

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Web site charts shortcuts through voice menus

Updated: 12/10/2008 - In Dante's epic poem "Inferno," the main character has a guide, the Roman poet Virgil, to show him through the nine circles of hell. Seven centuries later, a Web site wants to be our Virgil, guiding us through the torments of automated phone menus.

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Calif. KFC workers in hot water after sink baths

Updated: 12/10/2008 - Three employees of a Kentucky Fried Chicken have been suspended for bathing in a deep sink used to clean dishes. The prank was discovered after one of the young women posted photos on a social networking site of the trio posing and cavorting in the steaming water in their underwear and swim wear.

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GPS, hidden cameras watching over Baby Jesus

Updated: 12/10/2008 - When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn't follow a star to locate him.

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Honest woman finds $97K in restroom, returns it

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A Murfreesboro woman says she returned $97,000 she claims to have found in a Cracker Barrel restroom, but police said Tuesday they have no report of the find. Billie Watts, 75, told The Daily News Journal that she discovered the money inside a tapestry bag hanging from a hook on a stall door last Thursday.

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Pastor prays over deposit slip, gets $1.5M gift

Updated: 12/10/2008 - A $1 million bank deposit slip wish by a Longview minister to pay for a new church came true - and then some. The Rev. Thomas McDaniels of LifeBridge Christian Center said a businessman, who chooses to remain anonymous, wrote him a $1.5 million check.

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Emporia Group Gains Tax Credits to Help Mothers Overcome Addiction

Updated: 12/10/2008 - The Department of Commerce awarded Corner House of Emporia $140,000 in Kansas Community Service tax credits. Corner House will use the donations to renovate a building for its new "Mother Child Project," helping mothers fight alcohol and drug addictions.

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