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Suspected Klan Member Asked About Blood Stains

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A woman recruited over the Internet and shot to death during a Ku Klux Klan group's initiation rite felt a need to be wanted and was eager to be part of a group, authorities say family members told them.

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Stop the Bullying

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Topekans learned ways to avoid bullying in the digital age at a workshop Thursday night.

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Lights, Camera, Auction

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas Public Television Viewers have the chance to bid on all kinds of Kansas gift baskets, vouchers for products and services and plenty of fun items Thursday night.

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VP-elect Biden hopes to be a hands-on No. 2

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Vice President-elect Joe Biden was all smiles Thursday when he paid a courtesy call the man he will succeed, Dick Cheney. But he has insisted he wants to be nothing like him. Biden has called Cheney "the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history" and said he couldn't name a single good thing Cheney had done.

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Deficit and jobless claims jump, but stocks soar

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The nation's financial picture grew darker Thursday, a day marked by breathtaking numbers: a quarter-trillion-dollar budget deficit for a single month, a half-million new applications for unemployment benefits and a 900-point swing that led Wall Street to its third-biggest point gain ever.

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Officials: Sen. Clinton eyed as secretary of state

Updated: 11/18/2008 - 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.

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UN: Clouds of pollution threaten glaciers, health

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A dirty brown haze sometimes more than a mile thick is darkening skies not only over vast areas of Asia, but also in the Middle East, southern Africa and the Amazon Basin, changing weather patterns around the world and threatening health and food supplies, the U.N. reported Thursday.

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October budget deficit hits record of $237.2B

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The federal government began the new budget year with a record deficit of $237.2 billion, reflecting the billions of dollars the government has started to pay out to rescue the financial system.

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Mexican teacher ties boy, 11, to chair for hours

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A human rights watchdog says a Mexican teacher tied up a fifth-grader for hours in what his parents called revenge for their stance against a teacher's strike.

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Robber threatens to complain after finding no cash

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Police say a central Pennsylvania man tried to rob a bank - but tellers' empty cash drawers thwarted his attempt. Springettsbury Township Police Lt. Scott Laird said the tellers were waiting for their cash drawers to be filled when a man entered a Susquehanna Bank branch Thursday morning and demanded money.

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Local Fox, NBC stations to share news video

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Local television station groups owned by Fox and NBC have formed a news service to share video taken at news events like crime scenes and press conferences.

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Report Gives Kansas "D" for Premature Births

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Kansas was among 23 states getting a "D" in the first-ever March of Dimes report card on premature births. Doctors say proper prenatal care, quitting smoking and paying attention to your body are among actions that can improve the grade.

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Argentine judge links ex-president to bombing

Updated: 11/18/2008 - An Argentine judge ordered former President Carlos Menem Thursday to testify at an upcoming trial over an alleged cover-up after a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center that killed 85 people.

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Lynn Jenkins Ready For Congress

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Congresswoman-elect Lynn Jenkins is ready to hit the ground running as she heads to Washington, D.C. for an orientation session.

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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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Ayers reflects on Obama in new afterword to memoir

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Bill Ayers, the Vietnam War-era radical who was a campaign headache for Barack Obama, says in a new afterword to his memoir that the two were neighbors and family friends. Ayers' reflections appear in a new paperback release of his 2001 memoir, "Fugitive Days." The Associated Press obtained a copy of the new afterword Thursday.

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McCain asks Georgia voters to back Sen. Chambliss

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Republican John McCain implored Georgia voters Thursday to back Sen. Saxby Chambliss in next month's runoff, warning that Democrats will increase taxes and cut defense spending and the GOP needs to strengthen its ranks.

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UK says it fears terror suspect could escape

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Bail should be revoked for a radical Muslim preacher accused of raising funds for terror groups because he is planning to go into hiding, the British government argued Thursday.

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Texas executes NY ex-convict for soldier's slaying

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Texas executed a former New York City hair stylist with a long criminal record Thursday for the robbery, rape and murder of an Army medic at her apartment near Fort Hood.

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Washburn Law Hosts Global War on Terrorism Symposium

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The Rule of Law and the Global War on Terrorism Symposium is examining legal implications of governmental actions taken in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The invited speakers and participants will reevaluate and reasses these complex issues.

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Karma Wilson Reads to Topeka Preschool Kids

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A children's author takes time out to read to local children Thursday morning. Karma Wilson wrote the book "Bear Feels Sick." She read it to the kids at Easter Seals Capper Foundation's Kidlink Preschool Thursday. It was all part of Kansas Reads to Preschoolers About Health Week.

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National Young Reader's Week

Updated: 11/18/2008 - Tecumseh South Elementary School welcomed some special guests Thursday morning to celebrate National Young Readers Week. 13's own Dave Johnson stopped by the all school assembly and read "About Dinosaurs."

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KU Needs Thanksgiving Host Families

Updated: 11/18/2008 - The University of Kansas needs your help this Thanksgiving. They're looking for area families to host international students interested in learning about the American holiday.

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Topeka Community Volunteers and Organizations Honored

Updated: 11/18/2008 - A group of locals are being honored for their services. Prevention and Recovery Services held a ceremony Thursday at the Kansas State Historical Society's Potawatomi Mission Building for five outstanding community volunteers and partner organizations.

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