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Economy reeling, Obama, McCain seek final votes

Posted: 10/30/2008 - SARASOTA, Fla. – The election in sight and the economy reeling, Barack Obama and John McCain fought over causes, cures and the final votes that will make one of them president. Obama tied McCain to President Bush and said Americans are paying a steep price for the partnership, while the Republican linked his rival to Big Oil and record profits.

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Sisters of Slain Toddler Removed from Home

Updated: 10/30/2008 - The younger sisters of three year old Tre'vonte Williams were removed from their home and put in the temporary custody of SRS Wednesday. Tre'vonte died after being shot in the family's apartment on October 17.

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Arson Fire is "Crime of the Week"

Posted: 10/30/2008 - An arson fire at 1510 SW Lane on Sunday is this week's Crime Stoppers report. Officials are asking for tips to find the person(s) who started the fire in a stairwell.

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Suspect in hoax anthrax scare had done it before

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A California man suspected of mailing more than 120 hoax anthrax letters to media outlets was interviewed previously by the FBI after a similar mailing in 2007, but he was not charged.

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Voters in 11 states to elect governors next week

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Voters on Tuesday elect governors in 11 states, deciding close contests in Indiana, North Carolina and Washington as Republicans try to chip away at the Democrats' slim majority of gubernatorial seats.

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Wyoming proposes changes in its wolf plan

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Wyoming is revising its gray wolf management plan in hopes of placating concerns about providing enough protection for the animals, but environmentalists said the changes are inadequate because wolves can still be shot on sight in most of the state.

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Hubble telescope works, but repair mission delayed

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The Hubble Space Telescope is working again, taking stunning cosmic photos after a breakdown a month ago. But NASA offered some bad news Thursday about longer-term repairs for the 18-year-old telescope.

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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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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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Cat OK after being shot in head with a crossbow

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A cat shot in the head with a crossbow arrow at a trailer park on Friday survived and returned home with only minor injuries. The arrow was removed from Stewie's head after the cat was brought to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Electronic Arts posts larger 2Q loss

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. says its second-quarter net loss widened as development and marketing costs grew. But revenue surpassed Wall Street's forecast thanks to games like "Spore" and "Madden NFL 09."

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Commercial paper rises for first time in 7 weeks

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The market for the short-term debt known as commercial paper rose last week - a good sign for companies worried about having to refinance at the end of the year, when investors are loath to add risk to their balance sheets.

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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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American Express to cut 7,000 jobs

Posted: 10/30/2008 - In a stark acknowledgment of the tough times ahead in the credit card industry, American Express Co. said Thursday that it plans to cut 7,000 jobs, or about 10 percent of its worldwide work force, in an effort to slash costs by $1.8 billion in 2009.

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Colgate-Palmolive 3Q profit rises as sales jump

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Colgate-Palmolive Co. posted a 19 percent gain in third-quarter earnings on Thursday after it raised prices, and the toothpaste maker gave a confident forecast for double-digit profit growth in 2009.

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SoCal McCain supporter removes bloody Obama effigy

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A Los Angeles-area McCain supporter has removed a Halloween effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hanging from her balcony with a giant butcher knife through its neck.

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White House defends money for banks

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike, the White House on Thursday defended giving billions of taxpayer dollars to banks that plan to use some of the money to reward shareholders and executives - or even buy other banks.

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FBI: Remains of ND civilian recovered in Iraq

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The remains of a North Dakota civilian taken hostage and killed in Iraq nearly three years ago have been recovered along with remains believed to be those of his fiancee, an interpreter for the military, his sister and FBI officials said.

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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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