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Stocks Fluctuate after Jobs Data, Wal-Mart Outlook

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Wall Street struggled to find direction Thursday after three straight days of declines, with investors reacting calmly to a larger-than-expected jump in unemployment claims and news that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting its full-year outlook

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Jobless Claims Jump Unexpectedly to 7-year High

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The number of newly laid-off individuals seeking unemployment benefits has jumped to a level not seen since just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as companies cut more jobs in the face of a slowing economy.

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Prairie Band Potawatomi Gives Gift

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Let's Help received a boost as the holiday season approaches. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation gave the organization $20,000.

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Repeat Drunk Driver to Stand Trial in Deaths

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A 54-year-old Wichita man with a history of driving drunk has been ordered to stand trial in the deaths of a woman and her young daughter as they walked to school.

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Morgan Gets 26 Years for Highway Workers Deaths

Updated: 11/18/2008 - In Wednesday's sentencing of Ramona Morgan, Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin said Morgan's actions "give new meaning to the word reckless.''

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Economic Group: Developed World in Recession

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The world's developed economies, hard hit by the financial crisis, have slid into recession and will shrink further in 2009, a top international organization said Thursday.

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Jobless Claims Surge; Trade Deficit Narrows

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Applications for unemployment benefits soared to the highest level since just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while the trade deficit shrank more than expected as demand for imports plunged.

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Marrow Transplant May Have Cured AIDS

Updated: 11/18/2008 - An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said.

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Who To Kill? Colombia Army Kills Soldier's Brother

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The soldiers in Antelope Company's Third Platoon hadn't registered a guerrilla kill in months. And without results, they feared they wouldn't be let off base for Mother's Day.

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China Democracy Activist Detained For Subversion

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The founder of a political group calling for the establishment of a multiparty democracy in China was detained Thursday and police told his wife he would be charged with subversion of state power.

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Afghan Bombing Kills 9, Including US Soldier

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy Thursday as it passed through a crowded market in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least eight civilians and an American soldier, Afghan officials said.

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More Countries Make Spreading HIV A Crime

Updated: 11/18/2008 - An increasing number of countries worldwide are making spreading HIV a crime, according to a new report from the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

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Doctors Say Marrow Transplant May Have Cured AIDS

Updated: 11/18/2008 - An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said.

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Gay Activists Rally Outside Mormon Temple In NYC

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Carrying signs reading "Love not H8" and "Did you cast a ballot or a stone?", a large crowd of gay-marriage supporters gathered outside a Mormon temple to protest the church's endorsement of a same-sex marriage ban in California.

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Study: Calif Dirty Air Kills More Than Car Crashes

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Lowering air pollution in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley would save more lives annually than ending all motor vehicle fatalities in the two regions, according to a new study.

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Foreclosure Rates up 25% Year-Over-Year

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The number of homeowners caught in the wave of foreclosures in October grew 25 percent nationally over the same month in 2007, data released Thursday showed.

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Oil Falls Below $56 on Grim World Economic Outlook

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Oil prices continued to slide, to near $55 a barrel Thursday before rebounding slightly, as bad economic news from the world's largest economies heightened fears that a severe global downturn will slash demand for crude.

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Wal-Mart's 3Q Profit Rises 10%

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reporting a 10 percent increase in third-quarter profit as the world's largest retailer's renewed focus on low prices is attracting financially squeezed shoppers around the world.

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Kan. Lottery Awards Slots Contract to GTECH

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Kansas Lottery Commission has awarded GTECH Corp. the contract to run the central computer system that will control slot machines at state-owned casinos.

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Memorial Scheduled for Obama's Grandmother

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A memorial service for President-elect Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, will be held Friday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

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Kan. Chief Gaming Officer Retiring

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Robert Krehbiel is stepping down as the state's chief gaming officer before the end of the year. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' office said Wednesday that her chief counsel, Sally Howard, will assume the duties until the governor can appoint a replacement. His final day hasn't been determined.

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Kansas Mulls Rules on 'No Hormone' Label for Milk

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas regulators are considering tighter rules for labeling dairy products that come from cows not injected with artificial growth hormones. Recombinant bovine growth hormone typically raises cows' milk production by 5 to 15 percent.

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CMA Streak Rolls On for Chesney, Rascal Flatts

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kenny Chesney is still the best entertainer in the country music field, and has been since 2005. Rascal Flatts' winning streak is twice as long, as the CMA Awards are announced in Nashville.

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