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Kansas Has 30 New House Members, 10 New Senators

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The Legislature began Monday and the day largely was filled with formalities followed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' State of the State address in the evening. The 125-member House has 12 new Republicans and eight Democrats. One new legislator from each party previously has served in the chamber

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Sen. Brownback Invites Obama to Tour Leavenworth

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Sen. Sam Brownback has invited Barack Obama to Fort Leavenworth, saying the president-elect should see for himself that Guantanamo Bay detainees should not be moved to Kansas.

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Local Woman Organizes Blood Drive

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Give 45 minutes of your time, and give someone else life. That's the idea behind the blood drive at Land Kansas Real Estate today. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., donor volunteers can give blood in the Community Blood Center's "Blood Vessel."

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Israel Pounds New Hamas Targets, Enlists Reserves

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Israeli warplanes pounded the homes of Hamas leaders and ground troops edged closer to the Gaza Strip's densely-populated urban center Monday, as Israel stepped up the pressure ahead of deciding whether to escalate its devastating two-week offensive.

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Bush Agrees to Ask for Financial Bailout Funds

Updated: 01/12/2009 - President George W. Bush agreed to ask Congress on Monday to release the remaining $350 billion in financial sector rescue funds after receiving a request to do so from President-elect Barack Obama, the White House said.

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Oil Continues to Fall as Investors Eye US Earnings

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Falling crude demand in the world's largest consuming nation drove oil prices below $38 a barrel Monday as the U.S. enters a corporate earnings season expected to be fraught with bad news.

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GM: Worst-case Scenario Calls for More Gov't Money

Updated: 01/12/2009 - GM's chief operating officer wouldn't say Monday whether GM will need all $18 billion in government loans it sought from Congress, but he said GM's worst-case scenario would require more than the $13.4 billion already allocated by the Treasury Department.

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Stocks Slip Ahead of Earnings Reports

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Wall Street extended last week's sell-off Monday as stocks declined ahead of quarterly earnings reports expected this week and as another drop in oil prices weighed on energy stocks.

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Storm Sinks Indonesian Ferry, 250 Feared Dead

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Huge waves and driving rain hindered rescuers Monday as they searched for about 250 people missing and feared dead after a ferry packed with passengers and cargo capsized in a cyclone off Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

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Floods In Fiji Kill 8; Thousands Seek Shelter

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Authorities rushed on Monday to deliver clean drinking water and other supplies to thousands of villagers who fled flooding from tropical storms that have killed at least eight people on this Pacific island nation.

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Carter Urges Obama To Work Closely With China

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose administration formalized diplomatic ties with China 30 years ago, on Monday urged President-elect Barack Obama to find ways to work more closely with Beijing on global issues.

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First US Count Finds 1 In 200 Kids Are Vegetarian

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Sam Silverman is co-captain of his high school football team - a safety accustomed to bruising collisions. But that's nothing compared with the abuse he gets for being a vegetarian.

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Salmonella Prompts Peanut Butter Recall

Updated: 01/12/2009 - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio distributor says it has recalled two brands of its peanut butter after an open container tested positive for salmonella bacteria.

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Stock Futures Flat ahead of Alcoa Report

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Stock futures pointed to a relatively flat opening Monday, as investors tread cautiously ahead of the unofficial start to earnings season with a report from Alcoa Inc.

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