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Country Doctor Of Year: 50 Years Of House Calls

Updated: 12/29/2008 - In this sleepy country town, which sprang up around a railroad junction and the start of the Chisholm trail, folks give out their phone numbers by the last four digits, the annual Tom-Tom festival culminates with the crowning of the Tomato King and Queen, and everybody knows Doc Watson.

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Trials Open For 9 Over China Tainted Milk Scandal

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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Blagojevich Lawyer To Submit Obama Report To Panel

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The lead attorney for Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he plans to submit President-elect Barack Obama's internal report on contacts with the scandal-plagued governor to the Illinois House committee weighing impeachment.

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TVA To Test Water Wells, Air Purity Near Ash Slide

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The CEO and president of the nation's largest public utility vowed to clean up a community encased in sludge after a major coal ash spill, where many residents fear toxic elements could seep into their drinking water.

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Study: Murders Among Black Youths On The Rise

Updated: 12/29/2008 - The number of young black men and teenagers who either killed or were killed in shootings has risen at an alarming rate since 2000, a new study shows.

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Police Officer Deaths Drop In 2008, Groups Say

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Fewer police officers died in the line of duty in 2008 compared to last year, reflecting better training and tactics, two law enforcement support groups reported Sunday.

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Israeli Assault Targets Symbols of Hamas Power

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Israel's air force obliterated symbols of Hamas power on the third day of its overwhelming assault on Gaza on Monday, striking a house next to the Hamas premier's home.

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Nearly 200,000 Without Power in Michigan

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Crews were working to restore electricity to nearly 200,000 Michigan homes and businesses early Monday, a day after strong winds knocked down tree limbs and power lines, while residents in parts of the Northwest braced for another winter storm.

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Rohm & Haas says Dow Chemical Deal Still in Effect

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Rohm & Haas Co. said its proposed acquisition is still in effect even though the Kuwaiti government has canceled a $17.4 billion joint venture with U.S. petrochemical company Dow Chemical Co.

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Stocks Signal Higher Open as Oil Prices Rise

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Wall Street took comfort from a rise in oil prices and headed toward a higher open Monday, but investors remained cautious as Israel continued its attack on Gaza for a third day.

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Oil Jumps Above $40 on Gaza Conflict

Updated: 12/29/2008 - Tensions generated by a widening conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants sent crude prices up sharply to above $40 a barrel Monday, with gasoline and heating oil also making sizable gains.

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Downtown Pizza Hut Robbed

Updated: 12/28/2008 - Police have a suspect in custody on suspicion of robbing a downtown Topeka Pizza Hut.

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Kuwait scraps joint venture with Dow Chemical

Updated: 12/28/2008 - Kuwait's government on Sunday scrapped a $17.4 billion joint venture with U.S. petrochemical giant Dow Chemical after criticism from lawmakers that could have led to a political crisis in this small oil-rich state.

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Rice: Obama Election Encourages People Worldwide

Updated: 12/28/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the country is not "race-blind" and "we shouldn't deceive ourselves that we're race-blind," but said the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president was a key moment in history.

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Bad Harvest, Low Demand Threaten Pacific Fishermen

Updated: 12/28/2008 - An unusually weak Dungeness crab harvest is compounding the financial woes of West Coast fishermen who were already struggling with depressed consumer demand and the unprecedented collapse of the Pacific chinook salmon fishery.

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Sen. Craig Restroom Tanking as Tourist Destination

Updated: 12/28/2008 - The men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where Republican Sen. Larry Craig was arrested in a sex sting is losing it appeal as a tourist stop, an official said.

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Boy Rescued After Falling Through Ice

Updated: 12/28/2008 - A 10 year old boy fell through the ice in Central Park Pond in Topeka Sunday evening. Crews were able to pull him out. He was conscious and taken to the hospital for exposure to the cold and some minor cuts.

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KU Fans Ready For Bowl-Ing Season

Updated: 12/28/2008 - KU fans are ready to watch the Kansas Jayhawks take on the Minnesota Gophers in the Insight Bowl. We went to Lawrence for their reaction...even Bill Self gets in on the act!

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Polar plunge fundraisers proliferate

Updated: 12/28/2008 - The Lobster Dip was launched 21 years ago as Maine's first happening where people could raise money for a good cause by stripping down in the freezing winter air and running half-naked into the bone-chilling ocean.

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Sen. Craig restroom tanking as tourist destination

Updated: 12/28/2008 - Officials say the men's room at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested in a sex sting has lost interest as a tourist stop.

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