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Pedestrian Hit By Car

Updated: 11/19/2008 - It was a close call for one pedestrian Thursday. He was clipped by a moving car. It happened around 4:45 p.m. at 17th and College in Topeka. Authorities say the car hit a juvenile who was in the street.

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Great American Smokeout Day

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Spangles is offering a free turkey on pita Thursday to anyone who "Quits cold turkey," and brings in a pack of cigarettes three fourths full or more.

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Justice, NYPD feuding over terrorist surveillance

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Justice Department and the New York Police Department are feuding over secret terror investigations, with the city pushing for faster approval to spy on suspects - a move that the feds charge could break the law.

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Bush set to relax endangered species rules

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don't pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.

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Finger-pointing begins as Senate nixes auto vote

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Democratic Congress, unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit's Big Three, appears ready to punt the automakers' fate to a lame-duck Republican president. Caught in the middle of a who-blinks-first standoff are legions of manufacturing firms and auto dealers - and millions of Americans' jobs - after Senate Democrats canceled a showdown vote that had been expected Thursday. President George W. Bush has "no appetite" to act on his own.

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Want a federal bailout? Why not bankruptcy, too?

Updated: 11/19/2008 - What's so bad about bankruptcy as an alternative to big bailouts for automakers or other critical U.S. companies? Frozen credit and the hardships of a Chapter 11 reorganization make it a tough pill to swallow for struggling industries and their workers.

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Ga. Democrat gets campaign help from Bill Clinton

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday appealed to Georgians to send Democrat Jim Martin to Washington arguing the state's hotly contested Senate runoff must provide a "bridge not a firewall" to the progress promised by President-elect Barack Obama.

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Will Clinton pardon of tax fugitive haunt Holder?

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The first black man elected U.S. president is poised to name Washington lawyer Eric Holder as the nation's first black attorney general - a historic appointment but one with some potential political problems over a 2001 pardon.

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Alaska Sen. Stevens concedes in re-election race

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens conceded defeat Wednesday in a re-election bid shadowed by his federal felony conviction, a bitter end to a four-decade career in which he held a commanding place in state politics and on some of the most influential congressional committees in Washington.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,200

Updated: 11/19/2008 - As of Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, at least 4,200 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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Driver loses control after sneeze, hits river

Updated: 11/19/2008 - An untimely sneeze nearly cost Andrew Hanson his life. The 42-year-old Weymouth man told authorities that a sneeze caused him to lose control of his pickup on Soldiers Field Road and plunge into Boston's Charles River on Tuesday.

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Undercover officers use Taser on pallbearer

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A North Carolina sheriff's official has apologized for plunging a funeral into chaos when undercover agents tried to arrest the dead man's son - and used a Taser on him in the process.

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Rapper gets 20 years after writing shooting song

Updated: 11/19/2008 - He shot a man twice and felt so good about it, police said, a rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the victim by name. A judge sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright Monday to spend the next 20 years in prison after his victim mentioned the hip hop confession to police.

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Thieves pry bronze Virgin Mary statue from church

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Thieves may have to take an awkward trip to the confessional. A bronze statue of the Virgin Mary was lifted from a Catholic church in Newport Beach. Police Lt. Craig Fox said the 4-to-5 foot statue was pried from its base on the front of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church on Friday night.

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Next deadline in actors dispute: awards season

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Screen Actors Guild and Hollywood studios plan to hold their first contract talks in four months on Thursday and will negotiate this time with the help of a federal mediator.

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Pilot in deadly crash warned jet was out of runway

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The pilot of a private jet warned air traffic controllers that his plane was "going off the end" of a runway before it crashed, killing him and three others and injuring celebrity DJ AM and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

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Suri Cruise tops Forbes.com list of `Hottest Tots'

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Suri Cruise is the most popular kid on the playground. The 2-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tops Forbes.com's second annual list of "Hollywood's 10 Hottest Tots."

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