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Real Halloween back for long traumatized Pa. town

Posted: 10/29/2008 - For 16 years, real horror overshadowed the make-believe terror of Halloween in this Pennsylvania town, where trick-or-treating after dark was banned after an 11-year-old girl was abducted off the street and murdered.

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Neb. governor accelerates fix of safe-haven law

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Deciding he could wait no longer to address what has become a state embarrassment, Gov. Dave Heineman said Wednesday he will call a special legislative session to amend Nebraska's loosely worded safe-haven law, which in just a few months has allowed parents to abandon nearly two dozen children as old as 17.

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Iowa meatpacker fined nearly $10M over violations

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A kosher meatpacking plant that was the site of one of the nation's largest immigration raids was fined nearly $10 million by the state Wednesday over accusations that it violated state labor laws.

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Hot-button social issues highlight state ballots

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Social issues so volatile that the presidential campaigns sidestepped them will be on the ballots in several states next week, including measures that would criminalize most abortions, outlaw affirmative action and ban same-sex marriage in California, one of only three states that allows it.

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Cessna Begins Construction on Wichita Facility

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Cessna began construction Wednesday on its new Citation Columbus business jet facility in Wichita. The expansion is expected to bring more than 1000 direct jobs with a payroll of $74 million.

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E-mail Release Doesn't Quiet Flap in Kansas 2nd District

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Republican State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins released a dozen e-mails, showing communication with the Board of Trustees of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Jenkins is trying to unseat Democrat Nancy Boyda in the 2nd Congressional District.

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Kansas Federal Prosecutor to Work on Election Day

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton will be available to the public election day while the polls are open. The federal prosecutor's office wants to respond to complaints of fraud and voting rights violations.

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Oil Prices Jump on Strengthening Markets

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Oil prices posted solid gains Wednesday, rebounding from a 17-month low as a rally in global stock markets backs the view of some oil traders who think that crude prices may have bottomed out.

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College Prices Up Again as Economy Falters

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Amid the economic turmoil, students and their families are getting little relief from rising college costs, which jumped 6.4 percent this fall, according to new figures out Wednesday.

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Stocks Waffle ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Wall Street drifted in quiet trading Wednesday after its huge rally a day earlier, as investors awaited an afternoon decision on interest rates from the Federal Reserve. The major indexes alternated between gains and losses.

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Quake in Remote Pakistan Border Region Kills 170

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A strong earthquake struck before dawn Wednesday in impoverished southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 170 people and turning mud and timber homes into rubble.

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Stocks Decline ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Wall Street took some money off the table Wednesday after its huge rally a day earlier, as investors awaited an afternoon decision on interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

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P&G says 1Q profit rises 9%

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. said Wednesday that profit rose nearly 9% in its fiscal first quarter, boosted by strong growth in emerging markets.

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GM 3Q Global Sales Drop 11%, Trail Toyota

Posted: 10/29/2008 - General Motors says its third-quarter worldwide sales fell 11% on weak U.S. demand, falling short of Toyota's total for the period.

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Stocks Open Lower ahead of Fed Rate Decision

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Wall Street took some money off the table Wednesday after its huge rally a day earlier, as investors awaited an afternoon decision on interest rates from the Federal Reserve.

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China Investigates Tainted Eggs In New Food Scare

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Chinese authorities said Wednesday they were investigating how eggs came to be contaminated with the same industrial chemical at the center of a milk scandal that sickened thousands of babies.

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Cloris Leachman Voted Off `Dancing With The Stars'

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Cloris Leachman's silly antics are over on "Dancing with the Stars." The outspoken actress and her professional partner, Corky Ballas, were eliminated Tuesday from ABC's popular dancing competition.

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Court Extends Spears' Conservatorship Indefinitely

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Britney Spears' father will maintain indefinite control of her personal and financial affairs after a court commissioner on Tuesday extended the arrangement beyond 2008.

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Hudson Suspect Could Have Had Parole Revoked

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Busted for what police said was a rock of cocaine on the driver's seat of his car, William Balfour could have been spending the past few months behind bars for a parole violation.

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Mexico, US, Canada To Protect Endangered Porpoise

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Officials from Mexico, the United States and Canada are teaming up in a plan presented Tuesday to protect the vaquita marina, a highly endangered species of porpoise in the upper Gulf of California.

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Environmentalists Hail Questioning Of FDA Finding

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Environmentalists are welcoming a report by an independent panel of scientific advisers which found flaws in the government's assurance that a controversial chemical is safe for use in food containers.

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Doorknobs And TV Remotes Are Germ Hotbeds

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Someone in your house have the sniffles? Watch out for the refrigerator door handle. The TV remote, too. A new study finds that cold sufferers often leave their germs there, where they can live for two days or longer.

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Most Asian Markets Extend Gains after US Rally

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Most Asian stock markets rose Wednesday after a stunning rally on Wall Street as investors awaited possible interest rate cuts from central banks in the U.S. and Japan. European markets opened mixed.

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19 Dead in Northern Somalia Suicide Bombings

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A spokesman for a breakaway republic in northern Somalia says at least 19 people have died in three suicide attacks. Ismail Adani says officials are still counting the bodies after Wednesday's attacks, so the death toll could rise.

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