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Anxious Eyes On Calif. Measure Over Gay Marriage

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Five months and thousands of weddings after California's highest court sanctioned same-sex marriage, anxious eyes around the nation will closely follow voters Tuesday as they decide whether to turn back the clock.

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U.S. Deaths In Iraq Plunge to Wartime Low in October

Posted: 10/31/2008 - U.S. deaths in Iraq fell in October to their lowest monthly level of the war, matching the record low of 13 fatalities suffered in July. Iraqi deaths fell to their lowest monthly levels of the year.

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Police: Gun Found In Lot Used In Hudson Slayings

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Police confirmed Friday they found the gun used in the killings of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, as the family's South Side community prepared a public memorial to say goodbye.

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Evidence of a Recession Piles Higher With New Data

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Evidence of a recession piled ever higher Friday, with new figures showing Americans are spending less and gloomy about the economy, while the government signaled it won't buy stock in the financing arms of auto companies to prop them up. The Commerce Department reported consumer spending dropped a sharp 0.3 percent in September while their incomes, the fuel for future spending, managed only a small 0.2 percent gain.

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Stocks Advance To Add To Week's Large Gains

Posted: 10/31/2008 - The stock market closed out a horrendous October, its worst month in 21 years, with a big advance Friday as more investors took chances on stocks turned into bargains by waves of intense selling. The session's advance — which gave the market its first back-to-back gains in more than a month — fed hopes that Wall Street has indeed found a bottom.

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Boat Runs Aground Near Miami Beach; 3 Killed

Posted: 10/31/2008 - An aging, rusty boat carrying dozens of migrants ran aground early Friday east of downtown Miami, killing at least three people and sending three others to area hospitals, while an untold number are still missing.

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Obama Seeks Landslide But McCain Predicts Upset

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Despite John McCain's prediction of an upset, Barack Obama reached for a landslide Friday, invading his rival's home state with TV ads and building a lead in early voting in key battlegrounds as the presidential race headed into a hectic final weekend.

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Kansas On Its Way to Record-Breaking Election Numbers

Updated: 10/31/2008 - Shawnee County and the entire state of Kansas are expecting record-breaking numbers at the polls Tuesday. Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said Friday voter registration for the year is up by 55,000, totalling about 1.7 million Kansans registered to vote.

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McEachron Elementary Kids Celebrate Halloween

Posted: 10/31/2008 - A Topeka elementary school got a spooktacular start to their Halloween. Students and staff of McEachron Elementary held their annual Halloween parade this morning.

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Fairlawn Plaza Hosts Annual Halloween Costume Party

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Halloween meant candy, costumes, and a whole lot of fun for some lucky little trick-or-treaters Friday afternoon. These kids were part of the annual Pre-schoolers Halloween Costume Party at Fairlawn Plaza.

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Kansas AG Steve Six Files Suit Against Verizon Wireless

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is trying to stop the takeover of Alltell Corporation by Verizon Wireless. Six filed suit Thursday with the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorneys General from six other states to stop the acquisition.

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Developer Gets Extra Week to Find Attorney

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Developer Gene Jani has been given an extra week to find an attorney in his lawsuit against the city of Topeka. Jani filed the suit when the city council nixed his proposed development for S.W. 33rd and Fairlawn Rd. because residents protested.

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Capper Foundation's Halloween Celebration

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Children from Easter Seals Capper Foundation's Kidlink Preschool and Childcare Program celebrated Halloween today. The kids got to trick-or-treat through the Capper's facility during the annual costume parade.

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Larry Johnson suspended 1 game by NFL

Updated: 10/31/2008 - Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was suspended for Week 10 of the NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

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Quinton Heights Students Make Trek for Treats

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Students from Quinton Heights Elementary School showed off their costumes at the Laird Noller dealership. Staff rewarded them with Halloween treats. The Topeka High School marching band led the march.

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Boat runs aground off Miami Beach; 3 killed

Posted: 10/31/2008 - An aging, rusty boat carrying up to 42 people ran aground early Friday east of downtown Miami, killing at least three people and sending three others to area hospitals, while an untold number are still missing.

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Topeka Optomotrist Becomes Movie Monster in Halloween Tradition

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Topeka optomotrist Dr. Terry Carney has teamed up with Marc Tolbert the past 15 years for elaborate Halloween costumes. This year, they spent more than 60 hours recreating the Predator, from the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.

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KJCC Workers "Thrill" United Way with Their Efforts

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Workers at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex celebrated the end of their United Way campaign with a Halloween party. The workers raised more than $14,000 with their efforts.

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Gunman arrested after Maine students held hostage

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Maine (AP) -- A gunman who had been on the lam for a week held 11 fifth-graders hostage at a school Friday but was tackled outside a classroom without any harm to the children, police said. Randall Hofland, 55, had released all the students and had turned over a gun to one of the former hostages before he was arrested at Stockton Springs Elementary School, authorities said.

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'Doonesbury' strip assumes Obama will win

Posted: 10/31/2008 - It's not exactly "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN," but some newspaper editors are pondering how to deal with a "Doonesbury" comic strip to be published the day after the election that assumes Barack Obama will win the presidency.

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Wanamaker Halloween Parade

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Witches, Darth Vader's, Pirates, and Dorthy from Wizard of Oz were among a wide variety of costumes on hand at Wanamaker Elementary.

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Polygamist child custody case winds down in Texas

Posted: 10/31/2008 - The custody case that swept 439 children from a polygamist sect's western Texas ranch into foster care has largely evaporated, with state authorities dropping all but a few dozen cases against parents.

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