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Economy Likely Shrank at Fastest Clip Since '82

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The country tumbled deeper into recession and probably logged its worst economic performance in a quarter-century during the final three months of last year as battered consumers and businesses throttled back spending.

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Amazon Stock Soars on Strong Profit and Outlook

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit rose 9 percent and easily surpassed analysts' forecasts. Those results, plus an optimistic forecast, sent its shares soaring 13 percent in extended trading.

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Army Suicides at Record High, Passing Civilians

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Stressed by war and long overseas tours, U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year at the highest rate on record, the toll rising for a fourth straight year and even surpassing the suicide rate among comparable civilians.

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NYC Mom Gets 15 Years for Suffocating Infant Son

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 27-year-old Lucila Rojas pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter last month. She was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.

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Officials: NH's Gregg on List to be Obama's Commerce Secretary

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Senior Democrats say New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg is among those at the top of a list of potential nominees being considered for the crucial Cabinet post. But they also say no announcement is imminent.

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Former Shawnee Heights Teacher Gets License Revoked

Updated: 01/29/2009 - The teaching license of a former Shawnee Heights teacher and coach has been revoked. An attorney for the State Department of Education said an SRS investigation in 2008 provided clear and convincing evidence Samuel Muff sexually abused a minor.

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Kansas Turns 148 Thursday

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Thousands of students joined Governor Sebelius Thursday to mark Kansas day. They sang "Happy Birthday" to mark the occasion.

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Water Hardness Above Average in Topeka

Updated: 01/29/2009 - If you've noticed your water at home seems harder than usual, that's because it is. Topeka city spokesperson Dave Bevens said Thursday many customers have been complaining about it.

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Obama Seeks GOP Help for Recovery Bill

Updated: 01/29/2009 - President Barack Obama hopes to get support from GOP members of the Senate for an economic stimulus measure. No House Republicans voted for it.

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Thomas, Lassiter Speak To Neighborhood Members

Updated: 01/30/2009 - The Topeka City Council is deliberating whether or not to approve the sale of the Sumner School to Zaire Thomas' World Outreach Ministries. Thomas, as well as Community First, spoke to a neighborhood association Thursday night.

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Kansas Senate Passes Deficit Bill

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Senators gave final approval to a budget deficit reduction bill Thursday. The vote was 25-14. The measure now goes to the House.

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Kansas Rep. Tiahrt to Announce Plans for 2010

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Congressman Todd Tiahrt says he'll announce his 2010 political plans Saturday in Topeka at a GOP annual meeting. He's already filed paperwork to run for Senate.

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2 KU Journalism Students Earn Top Honor

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Two Kansas University journalism students are earning high marks in their field. Two of the school's students placed first and second in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program in the in-depth writing category.

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First Black Iraqi Runs in Elections

Updated: 01/29/2009 - He calls himself the "Iraqi Obama" and hopes to channel President Barack Obama's good luck by becoming the first black Iraqi to win an election.

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Heartland Visioning One Step Closer to Goal

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Heartland Visioning members are one step closer to making Topeka a better place. They met Thursday at the Ramada Hotel to announce foundation teams and benchmark team chairs.

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New Emergency Facility Nearing Completion

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Stormont-Vail expects to complete its new emergency department in June. It will nearly triple the current ER space and increase emergency staff by 20-percent.

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Former ESU Registrar Charged with Felony Theft

Updated: 01/29/2009 - A former Emporia State University registrar is charged with felony theft. Jill Megredy is accused of stealing $4,100 between March 20 and May 20 of 2008 from the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, by writing herself checks from its local account.

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Authors to Washington Post: Save Book World

Updated: 01/29/2009 - Historians Robert Dallek and Sean Wilentz and author-essayist Barbara Ehrenreich are among the more than 100 writers who have signed an open letter asking The Washington Post not to shut down its stand-alone Sunday Book World section.

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