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Topeka Hometown Hero Gets Award

Updated: 10/31/2008 - Former national talk show host Jenny Jones surprised Topeka Correctional Facility volunteer, Suzanne MacDonald, with a $20,000 grant to replace the running track at the facility. MacDonald helped start a running club for inmates.

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Kan. Sen. Leader Repays Campaign Fund

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The Senate budget committee's chairman reimburses his campaign fund for $4,700 after a political opponent filed a complaint about how he spent it.

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Company Initiates Nationwide Recall of Cookies

Updated: 10/30/2008 - Lotte USA, Inc. has initiated a nationwide recall of Koala's March Creme filled Cookies that were produced in China and may be contaminated with melamine.

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Hudson deaths add to South Side Chicago's violence

Posted: 10/30/2008 - During the same weekend that county pathologists conducted autopsies on the bodies of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother, they also examined the bodies of six other people who'd been gunned down or beaten to death.

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Netflix, TiVo team up after 4-year courtship

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Home entertainment trendsetters Netflix Inc. and TiVo Inc. are finally joining forces to deliver more movies and old TV episodes to their mutual subscribers, consummating a relationship that was supposed to come together four years ago.

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AP source: Hudson suspect refused polygraph test

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The convicted felon suspected in the slayings of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew told police he is innocent but balked at taking a lie-detector test, a police official said.

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Exxon Mobil posts biggest US quarterly profit ever

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reported income Thursday that shattered its own record for the biggest profit from operations by a U.S. corporation, earning $14.83 billion in the third quarter.

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Phillies win World Series after 2-day delay

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The Philadelphia Phillies have won the World Series, capturing the decisive fifth game 4-3 over Tampa Bay in a clinching game that took two days to complete following Monday night's rain delay.

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Stocks advance after GDP report

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Wall Street was feeling more upbeat Thursday after a government report showed the economy contracted in the third quarter by less than expected and after the Federal Reserve's second interest rate cut in a month. The major stock indexes jumped more than 1.5 percent, including the Dow Jones industrials, which rose 150 points.

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Sense of urgency drives candidates to swing states

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Their sense of urgency growing as the clock runs down, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are spending their time - and their money - trying to win over the same voters in those few states still too close to call

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Economy shrinks as consumers cut back on spending

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A day after the Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate to battle an economic downturn, the government reported Thursday the economy did shrink in the summer, sending the strongest signal yet that a recession may have already begun.

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Cuba Expects New US President To Lift Embargo

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Cuba's foreign minister says his government expects the next U.S. president to respond to overwhelming international demand and lift the 47-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

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At Least 56 Killed In Blasts In Northeast India

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A series of coordinated blasts tore through India's volatile northeast on Thursday, killing at least 56 people, wounding more than 300 and setting police on a frantic search for any unexploded bombs, officials said.

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Official: Pakistan Quake Death Toll Rises To 215

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Soldiers handed out blankets, tents, jackets and sleeping bags to earthquake survivors in the frigid mountains of southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, as a provincial official reported that the death toll had risen to 215.

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Accused Skinheads To Face Magistrate At Hearing

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A federal magistrate will decide if authorities can continue to hold two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill dozens of black people including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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Media Warned To Be Wary Amid Anthrax Scare

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The FBI is warning media outlets to be vigilant about opening their mail after a California man was arrested on suspicion of sending more than 100 hoax letters labeled "anthrax" to newspapers and TV stations.

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Fatalities On The Rise In Vehicle-Animal Crashes

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Fatalities from vehicle crashes with deer and other animals have more than doubled over the last 15 years, according to a new study by an auto insurance-funded highway safety group that cites urban sprawl overlapping into deer habitat.

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Congo Rebel Leader Wants Direct Talks With Gov't

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The rebel general besieging Congo's eastern provincial capital said Thursday that he wants direct talks with the government about security and his objections to a $5 billion deal that gives China access to the region's mineral resources.

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Stocks Signal Sharply Higher Open after Rate Cut

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Wall Street was feeling more upbeat Thursday about the Federal Reserve's latest interest rate cut as investors awaited a preliminary reading on the economy in the third quarter that could offer further insights into the likelihood of a recession.

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VW's 3Q Net Profit up 28% to 1.2B Euros

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Volkswagen AG said Thursday its third-quarter net profit rose 28 percent on improved sales in emerging markets and stuck to its forecast of beating last year's sales.

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Shell Reports 22% Rise in 3Q Profit

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company, Thursday reported a 22 percent jump in net profit for the third quarter, despite a fall in production, thanks to high oil prices and gains from the sale of operations.

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