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Sony, Microsoft Virtual Communities To Start

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Video game rivals Sony and Microsoft are going head-to-head in virtual worlds for their home consoles later this year. Both companies announced their services, which use graphic images that represent players called "avatars," Thursday at the Tokyo Game Show.

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Microsoft Tries For Slice Of Japan Game Market

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Microsoft Corp. will be releasing games developed by top Japanese designers for its Xbox 360 console, a senior executive said Thursday, the latest effort by the U.S. software maker to make inroads in a market where it has long struggled.

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Nobel Literature: Will An American Win After All?

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Most years the big questions preceding the Nobel Prize in literature are, will it be a man or woman, poet or novelist? Ahead of Thursday's announcement of the 2008 award, it's whether the winner will be an American.

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Struggling Iceland Takes Control Of Third Bank

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Iceland's government took control of the country's largest bank Thursday as it struggled to prevent an all-out collapse in its overweight banking system.

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NATO Mulls Expanding Its Drug Role In Afghanistan

Posted: 10/09/2008 - The United States on Thursday will push NATO allies to order their troops to target Afghanistan's thriving heroin trade in a bid to stem the flow of drug money to the widening insurgency against the troubled international military mission.

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NRA To Settle Suit Over Katrina Gun Seizures

Posted: 10/09/2008 - City officials have agreed to return hundreds of firearms that police officers confiscated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, part of a deal to resolve a lawsuit filed by gun lobbying groups.

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Scientists Win Nobel For Green Jellyfish Protein

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Three U.S.-based scientists won a Nobel Prize on Wednesday for turning a glowing green protein from jellyfish into a revolutionary way to watch the tiniest details of life within cells and living creatures.

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Scientists Warn Cash Woes Devastating To Science

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Famed scientist Richard Leakey warned that the worldwide credit crisis will be "just devastating" to scientific research in coming years, as endowment interest income drops and companies cut donations.

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Gene-testing Startup's Study Responds To Critics

Genetics Study

Posted: 10/09/2008 - A Silicon Valley gene-testing startup is responding to criticism that the tests could spur bad health-care choices by teaming up for a broad study of how the results affect behavior.

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Police say Blast in Pakistan's Capital Wounds 4

Posted: 10/09/2008 - An explosives-laden vehicle blew up an anti-terrorist squad building and wounded at least four people Thursday in a heavily guarded police complex in Pakistan's capital, officials and a witness said.

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3 Asian Central Banks Slash Interest Rates

Posted: 10/09/2008 - South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong all slashed interest rates Thursday, joining in a chorus of cuts by central banks around the world aimed at fighting the global financial crisis.

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Asian Markets Mixed after Global Rate Cuts

Posted: 10/09/2008 - Asian markets were mixed Thursday as investor enthusiasm over rate cuts around the world gave way to persisent fears over the severe strains in credit markets and the prospect of a global recession.

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Foo Fighters tell McCain to Stop Using Song

Posted: 10/08/2008 - The Foo Fighters are the latest musicians to complain about McCain's use of their song to promote his campaign. They are demanding that he stop using "My Hero." John Mellencamp, Heart and Jackson Browne have also complained about McCain using their songs.

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Report: Minority College Attainment Up, but Stalls

Posted: 10/08/2008 - A new report finds that the number of minorities in college has increased substantially in recent years, but not fast enough to keep up with demographic changes. The findings are highlighted in a biennial report to be released Thursday by the American Council on Education, supported by the GE Foundation.

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Woman Accused of Threatening Teen Daughter's Ex

Posted: 10/08/2008 - A prosecutor says an Illinois woman is accused of badgering her daughter's teenage ex-boyfriend with hundreds of threatening e-mails and text messages. She also reportedly threatened to post nude images of the 13-year-old boy on the Internet unless he started seeing the girl again.

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Palin E-mail Hacker Indicted

Posted: 10/08/2008 - The hacker changed Palin's password once he accessed her e-mails, which included state business matters and personal messages.

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Topeka Fire Causes $120,000 Damage

Posted: 10/08/2008 - Topeka firefighters were called to the house at 2500 James Court at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. The residents were not in the house at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. About $120,000 damage was caused by the blaze.

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U.S. May Consider Taliban Talks

Posted: 10/08/2008 - As the situation in Afghanistan worsens, the U.S. and its NATO allies may entertain the idea of talks with moderate leaders of the Taliban.

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Fire Causes $2,000 Damage; Under Investigation

Updated: 10/08/2008 - Topeka Fire Department reports a fire just before 6:00 p.m. caused about $2,000 damage to a house at 613 SW 6th Ave. They say the cause is undetermined and is still under investigation.

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