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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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Oil Bounces off 17-month Low to $64 in Asia

Posted: 10/29/2008 - Oil prices bounced off a 17-month low Wednesday in Asia as a rally in global stock markets boosted investor confidence that the worst of a global economic slowdown and its impact on crude demand has been priced in.

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Pakistani Quake Leave 150 Dead, 15,000 Homeless

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A strong earthquake struck before dawn Wednesday in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 150 people, injuring scores more and leaving an estimated 15,000 homeless, officials said.

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Calif. Man Killed by Police in Mistaken Identity

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Police in Anaheim, California, say a newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his home to confront suspected burglars was shot in a case of mistaken identity. The officer, a 10-year veteran of the department, is on paid leave pending an investigation.

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Sedgwick County Jury Deadlocks on Convicted Killer's Sentence

Posted: 10/28/2008 - A Sedgwick County jury could not unanimously agree on a sentence for Elgin Robinson. That means he'll be sentenced to life in prison, rather than death, for the murder of 14-year old Chelsea Brooks, who was nine-months pregnant with his child.

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Bill Self Signs Copies of New Book

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Kansas Basketball fans got to meet the man who led their team to a National Championship last April: Coach Bill Self greeted fans at the 29th & Urish Dillons in Topeka.

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Spirit Aerosystems Not Planning Immediate Ramp Up

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Spirit Aerosystems is among companies watching the Boeing strike vote closely. Boeing is Spirit's biggest customer, and the strike forced it to cut production. Even if the strike ends, Spirit says it will wait to resume a full schedule.

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Former Professional Baseball Player Talks With School Kids

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Topeka school kids got a treat today when they were surprised with a guest speaker: former professional baseball player Gill Carter. He stopped by French Middle School to talk to kids in several classes throughout the day about his time playing in the big leagues.

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Target, Topeka, Shawnee County May Settle Lawsuit

Updated: 10/29/2008 - Court records show a Dec. 11th status conference is set in Target's lawsuit against Topeka, Shawnee County and Go! Topeka. The court indicates attorneys may finalize a tentative settlement agreement at that time.

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Topeka Group Hears About Improvements by FEMA

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Richard Hainje, the Regional Administrator for FEMA Region VII, talked to the Topeka Chapter of the Association of the United States Army on Monday. He discussed what improvements to disaster response have been made by FEMA since Hurricane Katrina.

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Firefighter Jabs At Giles

Updated: 10/29/2008 - A firefighter used his recognition for rescuing a child to gab at Fire Chief Howard Giles, who has had a contentious relationship with the Fire Union.

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Council Puts of Decision on South Topeka Development Area

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Council members put off creating a move some say would spur development in South Topeka Tuesday night. The city is considering creating a tax increment financing district for an area around 37th and South Topeka Boulevard.

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Chicago Hits the Stage at TPAC

Posted: 10/28/2008 - The touring production of the musical "Chicago" drew a crowd. Billed as a tale of fame, fortune, and "all that jazz", the musical has toured the world on-stage and was made into an academy-award winning movie a few years ago.

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Heartland Visioning Holds Final Meeting on Draft Plan

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Heartland Visioning held its final public meeting Tuesday night to get input on its draft strategic plan. Meetings and presentations have reached more than 2000 people over the past two months. Their feedback will be used to make improvements to the plan.

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