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Kansas Lottery Says Harrah's Still in Running

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The head of the Kansas Lottery says that despite rumors to the contrary, Harrah's Entertainment Inc. hasn't said whether it plans to withdraw as the operator of a state-owned casino in Sumner County.

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Prosecutors Defend Themselves for Abortion Case

Dr. George Tiller

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Two former Kansas attorneys general will be in court next week to defend their actions in the prosecution of Dr. George Tiller. Phill Kline is accused of being overzealous.

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Sebelius Seeks Fed Stimulus for States

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius lobbies Kansas' congressional delegation for a new stimulus package to help states deal with their financial problems

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Finalists Named for Kansas Supreme Court

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a district judge from Lawrence and an Overland Park attorney are finalists for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

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Small Moves before World Summit on Financial Fixes

Updated: 11/18/2008 - World leaders appear poised to agree on ways to prevent a repeat of the financial meltdown that has imperiled the global economy, the White House said before the start of its financial summit Friday.

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Consumers Cut Back Sharply on Spending

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Consumers, taking a beating from the worst financial crisis in seven decades, cut back sharply on their spending in October, pushing retail sales down by a record amount.

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Sarkozy: US Missile Shield Won't Help Security

Updated: 11/18/2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy undercut the American rationale for a U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe on Friday by saying that the system would do nothing to improve European security.

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Reports: Kanye West Arrested in England

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Press Association news agency and others reported that that the 31-year-old rapper was detained early Friday after an incident involving a photographer outside the Tup Tup Palace bar in Newcastle, northern England.

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Sun to Cut up to 6,000 Workers, 18% of Staff

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to cut up to 6,000 jobs, or 18 percent of its global work force, as sales of its high-end computer servers have collapsed.

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Stocks Open Lower as Investors Refocus on Economy

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Investors digested more downbeat economic news Friday and cashed in some of their gains from the previous session's big rally. Hints from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that another interest rate cut might be possible appeared to have little effect on trading.

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Officials: Sen. Clinton Eyed as Secretary of State

Updated: 11/18/2008 - CHICAGO (AP) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the candidates that President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state, according to two Democratic officials in close contact with the Obama transition team. Clinton, the former first lady who pushed Obama hard for the Democratic presidential nomination, was rumored to be a contender for the job last week, but the talk died down as party activists questioned whether she was best-suited to be the nation's top diplomat in an Obama administration. The talk resumed in Washington and elsewhere Thursday, a day after Obama named several former aides to President Bill Clinton to help run his transition effort. The two Democratic officials who spoke Thursday did so on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering Obama and his staff. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines referred questions to the Obama transition team, which said it had no comment. Other people frequently mentioned for the State Department job are Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and New Mexico's Democratic governor, Bill Richardson. © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Bernanke Leaves Door Open to Another Rate Cut

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pledged Friday to work closely with other central banks to fix global financial problems and left open the door to a fresh interest rate cut to help brace the sinking U.S. economy.

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Police: Japanese Man Wounded In Northwest Pakistan

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A Japanese journalist was shot Friday in the frontier city of Peshawar — the third attack on a foreigner there in three days, and missiles apparently fired by U.S. unmanned aircraft near the Afghan border killed at least 12 people, including several foreign militants, Pakistani officials said.

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Retail Sales Fall By Record Amount In October

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Retail sales plunged by the largest amount on record in October as the financial crisis and the slumping economy caused consumers to sharply cut back on their spending.

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Gulf War Vet Health Research Lacking

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Even as possibly hundreds of thousands of veterans suffer from a collection of symptoms commonly called Gulf War illness, the government has done too little to find treatments for their health problems nearly two decades after the war ended, a panel commissioned by Congress said.

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