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Diplomats Seek Truce as Gaza's Civilian Toll Rises

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Israel ignored mounting international calls for a cease-fire Monday and said it won't stop its crippling 10-day assault until "peace and tranquility" are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of Palestinian rocket fire. Friendly fire killed three Israeli soldiers.

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Pirates Attack French Vessel Off Nigerian Coast

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Pirates hijacked a French boat and took its nine crew members hostage in the latest attack in some of the world's most dangerous waters off oil-rich southern Nigeria, the boat's owner said Monday.

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Polanski Lawyer Claims LA Superior Court Biased

Updated: 01/05/2009 - A lawyer for Roman Polanski is accusing the Los Angeles Superior Court of bias and prejudice against the movie director, and is seeking removal of his case to the California Judicial Council for resolution.

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Kansas Inmate Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

Updated: 01/05/2009 - John Manard, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. Manard was a convicted murderer when he escaped from Lansing prison in a dog crate more than two years ago.

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Former Kansas Prosecutor Gets Year, Day in Prison

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Former Cherokee County prosecutor Michael Goodrich, of Baxter Springs, was sentned to one year and one day in prison on charges he extored money and favors from a Galena adult club.

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New Kansas Treasurer Faces Questions on Governor's Race

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Dennis McKinney took the oath Monday as the new Kansas State Treasurer. He served almost six years as Kansas House minority leader before Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to fill a vacancy in the treasurer's office.

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Clay County School Board Votes to Close Elementary School

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The USD 379 school board voted 4-3 Monday night to go ahead with plans to close Longford Elementary School. Residents had hoped to save the school in the town southwest of Clay Center which has 32 students.

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Wake-Up Call For Drivers On Cell Phones

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Even though technology allows us to get in touch no matter where we are or what we're doing, it doesn't always mean we should. The Kansas Highway Patrol says using a cell phone while driving is just a bad idea.

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Topeka Street Sees Lane Closures

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Crews have closed one lane of South Kansas Ave. in each direction between 21st and 24th because of a water main break in the northbound lanes.

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Shawnee Co. Compromises on Golf Course Fees

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Commissioners decided Monday that annual permit holders for two Shawnee County-owned golf courses will pay more on holidays. Their original proposal called for permit holders to also pay extra when a golf tournament or special event was being held.

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TPD Seeks Suspect in Grocery Store Holdup

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Topeka police say a suspect entered the Dillons store at Topeka's Fairlawn Plaza, around 10:45 pm Saturday. They say he pointed a gun at two employees and got away with some cash. No one was hurt.

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Rollover Accident Injures Man

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Authorities say 24-year old Jackie Dowding went off the road in the 3700 block of Rochester Rd. Sunday night. He hit a mailbox, overcorrected, and swerved back across the road, where his Ford F-250 truck overturned and he was ejected.

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Census Office Opens in Topeka

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Officials cut the ribbon on the Topeka Census Office Monday morning. Organizers say the office will bring jobs to help the Topeka economy.

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Fort Riley Soldier Killed in Iraq

Updated: 01/05/2009 - 22-year old Private Benjamin Tollefson of Concord, California died Dec. 31 in Balad, Iraq. Fort Riley says he died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire in Ghazaliya.

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Reno DA to Seek "Hard 50'' in Hutch Murder

Updated: 01/05/2009 - The motion allows prosecutors to ask a judge to impose a sentence of 50 years without possibility of parole in the event of a conviction. The standard sentence for first-degree murder is 25 years without parole.

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