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Outgoing Kan. Treasuer's Last Day is Friday

Updated: 12/29/2008 - State treasurer Lynn Jenkins will give up her position at the end of the week, so she can move on to her new role in Congress. Kansas minority leader Dennis McKinney will replace her next week.

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Israel says Gaza assault 'war to the bitter end'

Updated: 12/29/2008 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of what the defense minister described Monday as a "war to the bitter end," striking next to the Hamas premier's home, and devastating a security compound and a university building. The three-day death toll rose to 364 on Monday, with some 1,400 reported wounded, according to Palestinian medical officials. The U.N. said at least 62 of the dead were civilians, and medics said eight children under the age of 17 were killed in two separate strikes overnight.

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Two Liter Bottle Causes Elementary School Scare

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Sergeant Semeca tells 13 news that a janitor at the school noticed a classroom window was broken around 10:30 Tuesday morning and called police. Once authorities arrived on scene, they saw that someone had thrown a piece of metal through the window, then tried to lodge a plastic bottle through it. A piece of wire mesh prevented the bottle from going through.

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Navy, Environmentalists Settle Sonar Suit

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The Navy has settled a lawsuit filed by environmentalists challenging its use of sonar in hundreds of submarine-hunting exercises around the world.

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Pakistan Tries To Defuse India Tensions

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Pakistan's army chief stressed Monday the need to avoid conflict with India, days after he ordered troops toward the rivals' shared border amid tensions following last month's terror attacks on Mumbai.

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World Watches As Gaza Violence Flares

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah supporters stood under pouring rain Monday to protest Israel's air assault on the Gaza Strip, now into its third day.

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Dozens Killed In Machete Attack In Congo

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Attackers wielding machetes hacked to death dozens of people at a church in remote eastern Congo, witnesses said Monday, and the Ugandan army accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of the massacre.

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Pilot Killed In Marine Jet Crash In N.C.

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A Marine fighter jet crashed Monday about a mile short of a runway at an eastern North Carolina air base, killing the pilot, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

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China's Tainted Milk Trial Opens

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Nine people went on trial Monday in connection with China's tainted milk scandal, state media reported, following the announcement of steps to compensate the families of hundreds of thousands of children harmed by contaminated infant formula.

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N. Korea Ups Effort To Portray Healthy Kim

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Kim Jong Il attended a concert by North Korea's state orchestra, state media said Monday, the latest official report to portray the reclusive leader as healthy amid speculation he suffered a stroke in August.

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Researcher Says Jell-O May Eliminate Lake Trout

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A researcher at Montana State University said Jell-O, ultrasound, microwaves and electroshocking are among the possible solutions to eliminate lake trout in Yellowstone National Park.

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No Records, But Hollywood Can't Gripe

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Hollywood loves breaking box-office records, yet studio executives aren't griping that their 2008 lineup will fall a bit shy of the all-time high set a year earlier.

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Black Teen Homicides On Rise, Study Finds

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Black teenagers are killing each other in rising numbers as part of a troubling trend that has been masked by a falling crime rate in the United States, according to a new study released Monday by Northeastern University.

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Scenic Pakistani valley falls to Taliban militants

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Taliban militants are beheading and burning their way through Pakistan's picturesque Swat Valley, and residents say the insurgents now control most of the mountainous region far from the lawless tribal areas where jihadists thrive.

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Flooding the latest weather threat in Midwest

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Utilities in Michigan scrambled Monday to restore power knocked out by a gusty weekend storm as rain and melting snow caused flooding there and in other parts of the Midwest. About 162,000 customers were without electricity in Michigan, down from more than 400,000 on Sunday, according to the state's utilities. Some could remain without power until Wednesday because of Sunday's storm, which carried winds gusting more than 60 mph.

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Analysis: Israel keeps objectives vague

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel has dropped tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip in an unprecedented show of force to make Hamas stop rocket attacks, but it has not said it will try to topple the Islamic militants who have ruled the territory for 18 months.

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E-shopping site to open in China for Japan goods

Updated: 12/29/2008 - A new Internet shopping mall is opening in China next month that will take payments in the widely used China UnionPay Co. cards for Japanese products, company officials said Friday.

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