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Judges Tour Festival of Trees

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Judges wandered in and out of a forest of Christmas trees looking for their favorite. Of 70 creations, 16 earned awards.

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Manhattan Plant Losing 82 Jobs

Updated: 12/04/2008 - Pepsi-Co is eliminating 82 positions from its Manhattan Quaker Oats plants, effective January 30.

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Emporia Passes Smoking Ban

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The Emporia City Commission passed a smoking ban that will go into affect March 3, 2009.

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Wal-Mart Sued After New York Stampede Death

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The family of a man trampled to death by a mob last Friday, is suing the mall where the store was located, and the town's police department.

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49 States Get F In College Affordability

Posted: 12/03/2008 - As the economy worsens, only California (barely) passed the independent survey done by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

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Ghost tour spooked after car plows into group

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Things got a little spookier than expected during a ghost tour when a driver lost control of her car and plowed into the group. The Charleston Post and Courier reported two people suffered minor injuries in the Tuesday night accident near Charleston's famous Four Corners of Law at Meeting and Broad streets.

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Regulators hang up on cell tower backup rules

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Federal regulators have rejected proposed changes by the Federal Communications Commission that would require all U.S. cell phone towers to have at least eight hours of backup power.

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Nokia device to challenge RIM and Apple next year

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Nokia Corp., the world's largest maker of cell phones, is launching a new phone next year that is designed to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd. BlackBerrys at the high end of the market.

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Russia to send warship through Panama Canal

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Russia said Wednesday it is sending a warship through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II, a short journey loaded with symbolic weight: the destroyer will dock at a former U.S. naval base, showcasing Russia's growing influence in the region.

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RI man bags mutant, 4-clawed lady lobster

Posted: 12/03/2008 - A lady lobster with four claws was pulled from the deep this week in the waters off Newport. With a large crusher claw and three pincher claws - instead of the usual one - the crustacean was unlike anything 39-year-old lobsterman Patrick Marks had ever seen in his 14 years catching the creatures.

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Signs mount of deepening recession

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The latest evidence of a deepening recession that's already the longest in a quarter-century came Wednesday in a pair of reports that found little relief in sight.

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US buys aircraft, technology for Mexican drug war

Posted: 12/03/2008 - In the first stage of the multi-year Merida Initiative, the U.S. is providing $400 million to Mexico and $65 million to Central America to fight drug gangs. The U.S. State Department says the money will pay for:

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Cruise passengers describe "cheeky" pirate attack

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Ordered to get inside and stay down, Oregon tourist Clyde Thornburg heard the pirates' rifle shots hit the side of the luxury cruise liner - "Pop! Pop! Pop!" - then felt the ship speed up to escape.

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92 nations sign cluster-bomb ban; US, Russia don't

Posted: 12/03/2008 - An Afghan teenager who lost both legs in a cluster bomb explosion helped persuade his country to change its stance and join nearly 100 nations in signing a treaty Wednesday banning the disputed weapons.

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GM Savage hoping to finish job with Browns

Posted: 12/03/2008 - His future in doubt, Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage is moving ahead with plans for 2009 without knowing if he'll be around to see them through.

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Polygamist Jeffs appeals 2007 Utah conviction

Posted: 12/03/2008 - Attorneys for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs asked the Utah Supreme Court to reverse his 2007 criminal conviction and direct a judge to order a new trial.

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Kin of NY man trampled by shoppers sue Wal-Mart

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The family of a worker trampled to death in a "Black Friday" crush of bargain hunters at a Long Island Wal-Mart store filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming store ads offering deep discounts "created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze."

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O.J. Simpson's final chapter: a prison sentence

Posted: 12/03/2008 - During his trial for armed robbery and kidnapping, O.J. Simpson once sat in a courthouse hallway musing on what might have been: Before his arrest, he had considered moving to Las Vegas, where he liked the climate and the people he had met.

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EU to push for Caspian gas line

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The European Union will push harder for a pipeline to carry natural gas from the Caspian Sea region to Europe while bypassing Russia, a senior EU diplomat said Wednesday.

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Meltdown 101: How productive are we as a nation?

Posted: 12/03/2008 - If you're employed, you're one of your company's assets. The measure of how well your employer uses you is your productivity - the goods and services you produce for each hour you work.

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Kin of NY man trampled by shoppers sue Wal-Mart

Posted: 12/03/2008 - The family of a worker trampled to death in a "Black Friday" crush of bargain hunters at a Long Island Wal-Mart store filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming store ads offering deep discounts "created an atmosphere of competition and anxiety" that led to "crowd craze."

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