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Residents' Sexual Needs an Issue for Nursing Homes

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Researchers at Kansas State University have produced seminars and teaching aids to encourage nursing home caregivers to discuss and accommodate their residents' sexual desires.

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Incoming JoCo DA Won't Reopen Ex-Kansas AG Case

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Incoming Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe says he does not plan to reopen an investigation of former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison's actions during an extramarital affair.

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Bush considering 'orderly' auto bankruptcy

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The Bush administration is looking at "orderly" bankruptcy as a possible way to deal with the desperately ailing U.S. auto industry, the White House said Thursday as carmakers readied more plant closings and a half million Americans filed new jobless claims.

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Spirit AeroSystems Workers Resume Full Work Weeks

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Spirit AeroSystems says it will resume five-day work schedules on Jan. 5 or Jan. 12. Most of the 10,500 employees have been working just three days a week since September when Boeing Co. Machinists went on a 57-day strike.

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Las Vegas gets record Dec. snowfall, 3.6 inches

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Flights resumed in and out of Las Vegas, but schools and highways were closed Thursday after a record-setting snowfall coated marquees on the Strip, weighed down palm trees and blanketed surrounding mountain areas.

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Wichita Day Care Provider Guilty in Child's Death

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Jessica Cummings, 27, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 13-month-old girl who was strangled after being left partially strapped in a car seat.

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Driver Arrested near Emporia with 550 Pounds of Marijuana

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Highway Patrol Trooper Clint Epperly says he pulled over 39-year-old Eduardo Bravo on a random tractor-trailer inspection Wednesday night at the Kansas Turnpike's Emporia exit and found 550 pounds of marijuana.

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Big video game fans prove crucial to the industry

Updated: 12/18/2008 - They stand in line outside stores waiting for midnight launches of new video games. When they get home after a long day, they plop down in front of the TV not to sit back and watch, but to play.

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Kansas Power Line Fight Won't be Resolved for Year

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The three-member Kansas Corporation Commission announced a schedule Thursday for deciding how to link Wichita to southwest Kansas through the region's highest-voltage lines.

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Pet lovers protest cats on the menu in China

Updated: 12/18/2008 - While animal lovers in Beijing protested the killing of cats for food on Thursday, a butcher in Guangdong province - where felines are the main ingredient in a famous soup - just shrugged her shoulders and wielded her cleaver. "Cats have a strong flavor. Dogs taste much better, but if you really want cat meat, I can have it delivered by tomorrow," said the butcher, who gave only her surname, Huang.

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Arrests show fears of Saddam followers

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The arrests of more than 20 security officials for allegedly trying to revive Saddam Hussein's banned political party show how the Shiite-led government believes that supporters of the old regime still pose a threat - perhaps as much as al-Qaida or Iranian-backed militias.

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Mass. man gets 12-15 years for stepchild beating

Updated: 12/18/2008 - A man was sentenced Thursday to 12 to 15 years in prison for allowing a brutal beating that left his stepdaughter with a severe brain injury and put her at the center of a right-to-die case in Massachusetts.

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Sharpton takes Caroline Kennedy to lunch in Harlem

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The Rev. Al Sharpton took Caroline Kennedy to lunch Thursday at a famed Harlem soul food restaurant as she continued her quest to join her uncle in the U.S. Senate. Kennedy smiled as she and the civil rights activist made their way through a throng of media and into Sylvia's, whose walls are lined with photographs of visiting politicians including the Clintons.

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Las Vegas gets record snowfall, 3.6 inches

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Flights resumed in and out of Las Vegas, but schools and highways were closed Thursday after a record-setting snowfall coated marquees on the Strip, weighed down palm trees and blanketed surrounding mountain areas.

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Cop killer gets 1st NH death sentence in 49 years

Updated: 12/18/2008 - A jury issued New Hampshire's first death sentence in a half century Thursday to a man who fatally shot a Manchester police officer to avoid arrest two years ago.

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Lawyer: Ill. governor wiretaps illegally obtained

Updated: 12/18/2008 - A lawyer for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told state lawmakers Thursday that the federal wiretaps at the heart of the pay-to-play allegations against his client were illegally obtained, and therefore should be kept out of any impeachment proceedings. The wiretaps are crucial to the federal charges filed against Blagojevich last week. Prosecutors say they caught the Democratic governor discussing efforts to auction off Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and pressure a hospital executive for campaign donations.

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FedEx Truck Wrecks, Lands on Side

Updated: 12/18/2008 - A FedEx truck wrecked on Highway 40 near E 700 Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported but the mess tied up traffic while crews cleared the area. **Pictures Included**

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Brownback Announces Retirement from Senate

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Brownback made that announcement at the Statehouse, saying he owed it to Kansans to keep his word and retire more than keeping seniority in the Senate.

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30 years transform China, but not its politics

Updated: 12/18/2008 - China marked the 30th anniversary of the start of its capitalist revolution with a speech Thursday from Communist Party leader Hu Jintao, who urged continued economic reform but said it would not lead to Western-style democracy.

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China dispatching ships to battle Somali pirates

Updated: 12/18/2008 - China said Thursday it is preparing to dispatch naval warships to join international forces battling Somali pirates, the first such far-ranging mission for the Chinese navy.

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Up to 25 Iraqis accused in Saddam party plot

Updated: 12/18/2008 - More than 20 employees of Iraq's Ministry of the Interior have been arrested on allegations that they were plotting to revive Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath party, government officials said Thursday.

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Planner of Rwandan massacres convicted of genocide

Updated: 12/18/2008 - The main organizer behind the 1994 slaughter of more than 500,000 people in Rwanda was convicted of genocide Thursday and sentenced to life in prison, the most significant verdict of a U.N. tribunal set up to bring the killers to justice.

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