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Files show Md. police watched variety of activists

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Surveillance of anti-death penalty protesters and other activists by the Maryland State Police was broader and went on longer than previously disclosed, according to files that were turned over by police to dozens of activists who were improperly labeled as terrorists.

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Files show Md. police watched variety of activists

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Surveillance of anti-death penalty protesters and other activists by the Maryland State Police was broader and went on longer than previously disclosed, according to files that were turned over by police to dozens of activists who were improperly labeled as terrorists.

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Calif. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban

Updated: 11/19/2008 - California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

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Ind. inmates sneak through ceiling to have sex

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Three male and three female inmates at a southern Indiana jail face charges that they devised a way to sneak between cell blocks to help pass their time behind bars by having sex.

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Mammoth task: Scientists map DNA of ancient beast

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Bringing "Jurassic Park" one step closer to reality, scientists have deciphered much of the genetic code of the woolly mammoth, a feat they say could allow them to recreate the shaggy, prehistoric beast in as little as a decade or two.

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Cheney's indictment in south Texas moves forward

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Texas judge has set an arraignment for Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials accused of involvement in prisoner abuse.

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Al-Qaida No. 2 insults Obama with racial epithet

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, describing the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the bidding of whites. The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies.

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Calif. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban

Updated: 11/19/2008 - California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

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Daschle to take health post, another familiar face

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Barack Obama is enlisting former Senate leader Tom Daschle as his health secretary, embracing a third Washington insider in the early stages of Cabinet-building by the president-elect who promised change. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the capital's most famous woman for two decades, seemed ever more likely to be his secretary of state

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Dow slips below 8,000 on growing fear of deflation

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A growing fear of economic deflation helped take the air out of the stock market Wednesday, and another white-knuckle final hour on Wall Street pushed the Dow Jones industrials under 8,000 to their lowest close since the financial meltdown began.

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Finger-pointing begins as Senate nixes auto vote

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A Democratic Congress, unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit's Big Three, appears ready to punt the automakers' fate to a lame-duck Republican president. Caught in the middle of a who-blinks-first standoff are legions of manufacturing firms and auto dealers - and millions of Americans' jobs - after Senate Democrats canceled a showdown vote that had been expected Thursday.

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Former Sprint Analyst Pleads Guilty

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Leslie Ann Genova pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing inside information to a software consultant that was negotiating a contract with Sprint.

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Kansas Share of Gambling Revenue Less Than Expected

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Kansas economic forecasters say the state's share of casino revenues for the next budget year will be around $24 million. Initial estimates had put it at $200 million a year for the state.

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Former Secretary Suing Sheriff, County

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Jeanne Drake, a former secretary in the Harvey County Sheriff's Department, says she was fired for not supporting the Sheriff's re-election bid. She filed a federal job discrimination lawsuit.

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Hawker Beechcraft Lands Air Force Contract

Updated: 11/19/2008 - Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft landed a $171 million contract for 23 extended-range King Air 350ER turboprops. The company said the planes would be delivered in 2009.

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Tiller PAC Fined $2,500 by Kansas Ethics Commission

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fined the political action committee ProKanDo $2500 Wednesday. It could have been up to $15,000. The commission said the PAC failed to disclose some donors' occupations and employers as required by law.

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Ex-Agent says Kline Led by Anti-Abortion Views

Updated: 11/19/2008 - A hearing for Wichita abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, continued in Wichita Wednesday. His attorneys are trying to paint former Attorney General Phill Kline as an overzealous prosecutor to get the charges dismissed. A former investigator took the stand Wednesday.

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FBI Seeks Information in Kansas Bank Robbery

Updated: 11/19/2008 - The FBI is looking for information in the Nov. 14 robbery of the Jamestown State Bank in Cloud County. The suspect is a white man in his 20s or 30s, 5'8"-5'10", last seen driving a silver sedan on Hw. 28.

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Kansas AG Urges Parents to Check Game Ratings

Updated: 11/19/2008 - More than half of computer and video games are sold during the holiday season. Kansas Attorney General Steve Six says those buying the games should check the ratings to be sure it's age- and content- appropriate for the recipient.

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Retail shares drop sharply as market woes linger

Updated: 11/19/2008 - With Black Friday just around the corner, two new forecasts Wednesday pointed toward a tough holiday season for retailers and offered evidence that consumers simply may not be in a spending mood.

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