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Longer-term jobless benefits hit 25-year high

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The number of out-of-work Americans continuing to draw unemployment benefits has surged to a 25-year high, while shoppers turned extra frugal, further proof of the damage from sinking economy, credit problems and financial stresses.

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Three Local Inns Offer Free Rooms on Holidays

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The Tharaldson Lodging Company, which operates Topeka Residence Inn by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, and the Topeka Comfort Inn by Choice, offers free rooms on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve for those visiting loved ones in area hospitals.

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Missing Vietnam Marine Identified as Kansas Man

Updated: 11/06/2008 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Wednesday that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War -including a Lenexa, Kan. man - have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Oil Falls Below $65 on Demand Concerns

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Oil prices slipped below $65 a barrel Thursday as renewed concerns about the severity of a global economic slowdown triggered an exodus of investor capital from stocks and commodities.

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Potential Obama Appointments Draw Keen Speculation

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Speculation swirled over what appointments President-elect Barack Obama would make as he pivots from an election campaign to the task of building a Democratic administration.

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Stocks Head for Lower Open as Economic Woes Mount

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Wall Street recoiled again Thursday, sending stock futures lower ahead of the market's open as new readings on retail sales and jobless claims fanned investors' worries that the economy is in a deep recession.

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Productivity Growth Slows as Economy Shrinks

Posted: 11/06/2008 - The efficiency of U.S. workers slowed sharply in the summer as a huge pull back by American consumers threw the national economy into reverse.

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Jobless Claims Drop Slightly from Elevated Level

Posted: 11/06/2008 - New claims for unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week, while the number of people continuing to receive benefits reached its highest level in more than 25 years, the government said Thursday.

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Work Starts On New Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center

Posted: 11/06/2008 - Aging, frail survivors of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor gingerly sifted dirt as they helped to break ground on a new visitor's center for the USS Arizona Memorial.

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Blasts In Baghdad Kill 4, Wound More Than 20

Posted: 11/06/2008 - A series of bomb blasts across Baghdad killed six people and injured more than 20 others Thursday, police said, in the fourth consecutive day of heightened violence in the Iraqi capital.

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Mass. Scrambling To Adapt To Marijuana Initiative

Posted: 11/06/2008 - After Massachusetts voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, top law enforcement officials are scrambling to figure out what they need to do to put the law into effect - despite their efforts to defeat it at the polls.

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Man Found Guilty of Hitting Worker

Posted: 11/05/2008 - An O'Fallon man has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for hitting a member of a construction crew with his car last year. Police say he was intoxicated after attending a St. Louis Cardinals game when he hit the victim. The jury recommended a seven-year prison sentence for Seeler.

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Mo. Gov. Wants E-mail Lawsuit Dismissed

Posted: 11/05/2008 - An attorney representing Gov. Matt Blunt against a lawsuit over access to his office's e-mail records urges a state trial judge to dismiss the case. The lawsuit is being pursued by a bipartisan team of lawyers selected by Cole County Judge Richard Callahan.

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Light-Rail Projects in Missouri Fail

Posted: 11/05/2008 - Advocates say the defeat of a transit sales tax will hurt the working poor and disabled who rely most heavily on public transportation in the St. Louis area. Kansas City-area voters also turned down a light-rail tax, and as in St. Louis, many blamed the economy for its failure to pass.

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Horses Wrangled in Civil Dispute

Updated: 11/06/2008 - Mount Bethel Farms is home for several boarded horses until a civil dispute went sour and the horses were taken.

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Detroit Automakers, UAW to Meet with Pelosi

Posted: 11/05/2008 - Detroit auto execs and the head of the UAW plan to meet Thursday with Hous Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The talks will center on the industry's struggling finances.

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Off-Duty St. Louis Firefighter Slain

Posted: 11/05/2008 - An off-duty St. Louis firefighter is shot and killed while trying to help a carjacking victim in north St. Louis County. Police later killed the suspect in a shootout. Police say the events began Wednesday night when the gunman carjacked a woman and drove off in her vehicle, eventually crashing it.

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