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Beatles music to be in new video game

Posted: 10/30/2008 - For the first time, the legendary group's music will be featured in the lucrative video game market in a deal with MTV Games and Harmonix, creators of the "Rock Band" series. The game is scheduled to make its debut in time for next year's holiday season.

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Hubble telescope working, taking photos again

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The Hubble Space Telescope is working again, taking stunning cosmic photos after a breakdown a month ago. The 18-year-old telescope is as good as it was before a shutdown in late September, according to the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. That glitch scotched plans for spacewalking astronauts to upgrade the Hubble earlier this month. The mission is scheduled for sometime early next year.

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Diabetes rate nearly doubles in 10 years

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States in the last 10 years, with the highest levels in the South, the government said Thursday in its first state-by-state review of new diagnoses. The highest rate was in West Virginia, where about 13 in 1,000 adults were diagnosed with the disease. The lowest was in Minnesota, where the rate is 5 in 1,000.

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New Coffee Shop Opens Doors

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Topeka's newest coffee shop welcomed guests to try their menu Thursday morning. Hot Java is located at 3343 SW Gage Blvd.

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US jury convicts son of ex-Liberian president

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A federal jury on Thursday convicted the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the first case brought under a 1994 U.S. law allowing prosecution for torture and atrocities committed overseas.

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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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