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First fuzzy photos of planets outside solar system

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Earth seems to have its first fuzzy photos of alien planets outside our solar system, images captured by two teams of astronomers. The pictures show four likely planets that appear as specks of white, nearly indecipherable except to the most eagle-eyed experts. All are trillions of miles away - three of them orbiting the same star, and the fourth circling a different star.

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Topeka Police Seek Help in Convenience Store Robbery

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Topeka police need your help identifying a robbery suspect caught on surveillance video. The incident happened at a convenience store at 2525 S.W. 29th around 8:15 p.m. November 5th.

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SC priest: No communion for Obama supporters

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

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Hit and Run Sends Woman to Hospital

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Police continue to investigate an assault that happened at at 44th and Grand Oaks in Topeka late Wednesday night. Police say the victim and driver knew each other and had been arguing earlier. The man left and when he returned he hit her with his car.

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Crowd of 1 million could attend Obama inauguration

Updated: 11/18/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is expected to draw 1 million-plus to the capital, and already some lawmakers have stopped taking ticket requests and hotels have booked up.

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Wal-Mart's profit rises amid dreary retail picture

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Wal-Mart officials sounded an upbeat tone for the holidays as the retailer posted a 10 percent increase in third-quarter profits on Thursday, saying that shoppers are responding to its early Christmas promotions.

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Sterling College Trustees Pick President

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Dr. Paul Maurer will become the new president of Sterling College. He currently is senior vice president of institutional advancement at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.

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Kansas Officials Worry Budget Worse Than in '03

Updated: 11/18/2008 - With the 2009 session approaching, legislators also face a shortfall that could approach $1 billion by the end of June 2010. They worry it will be worse than the 2003 budget crisis and one-time accounting gimmicks won't be an option to fix it.

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Three Nominees for Lawrence County Judgeship Named

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Kansas Office of Judicial Administration says two Lawrence attorneys and a federal prosecutor are the three nominees for an open spot on the bench in Douglas County District Court.

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Gaming Company Wants Suit over Casino Deal Dismissed

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Penn National Gaming says it validly withdrew from a contract with a company that wanted to sell it about 200 acres of land for a state-owned casino in Cherokee County. Penn withdrew from the deal in September.

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Convictions Upheld in Kansas Adult Abuse Case

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by Arlan and Linda Kaufman that the trial court violated their constitutional rights. They were convicted in 2006 of holding mentally ill residents of their group home in involuntary servitude.

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Shawnee Co. Commission Discusses Delinguent Tax Payers

Updated: 11/18/2008 - At the Shawnee County Commission Thursday morning, commissioners passed a resolution regarding the owners of 49 parcels of property who are delinquent on paying taxes. Most noteworthy on this list was the Sportzone property, located near I-470 and Burlingame Road.

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Teen Pleads Guilty in Deadly Lawrence Shooting

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A teenager has pleaded guilty to felony second-degree murder in the June 7 shooting that left two men dead during a botched home robbery in Lawrence. Sentencing is set for Dec. 19.

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Group Celebrates National Philanthropy Day

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Calling them the "unsung heroes of our community," the Association of Fundraising Professionals held a luncheon to honor outstanding volunteers. The event coincided with National Philanthropy Day.

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Teen Pleads Guilty in Deadly Lawrence Shooting

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A teenager has pleaded guilty to felony second-degree murder in the June 7 shooting that left two men dead during a botched home robbery in Lawrence.

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Sprint Offers Buyouts to 12,000 KC Workers

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Sprint says it's offering voluntary buyout packages to an unspecified number of its 57,000 workers, including 12,000 of them based in the Kansas City area.

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Stocks Fluctuate after Jobs Data, Wal-Mart Outlook

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Wall Street struggled to find direction Thursday after three straight days of declines, with investors reacting calmly to a larger-than-expected jump in unemployment claims and news that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting its full-year outlook

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Jobless Claims Jump Unexpectedly to 7-year High

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The number of newly laid-off individuals seeking unemployment benefits has jumped to a level not seen since just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as companies cut more jobs in the face of a slowing economy.

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Prairie Band Potawatomi Gives Gift

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Let's Help received a boost as the holiday season approaches. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation gave the organization $20,000.

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Repeat Drunk Driver to Stand Trial in Deaths

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A 54-year-old Wichita man with a history of driving drunk has been ordered to stand trial in the deaths of a woman and her young daughter as they walked to school.

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