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Mars lander finds minerals suggesting past water

Posted: 09/29/2008 - NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered two minerals on Mars that suggest water was there in the past. Scientists reported Monday that the minerals - calcium carbonate and sheet silicate - don't usually form without the presence of liquid water.

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Stocks Take Record Tumble Monday, Down 777 Points

Updated: 09/30/2008 - Congressional rejection of the $700 billion rescue plan sparked the steepest nosedive in Wall Street history Monday. The Dow suffered its largest one day loss ever.

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'666' road sign thefts bedeviling roadways

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Is the Garden State Parkway the highway to hell? Or is the New Jersey Turnpike the road to damnation? Someone keeps stealing the metal signs at mile marker 66.6 along the heavily traveled toll roads, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is having a devil of a time keeping up with the thefts.

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Britney: I can do 'way better' than 'Piece of Me'

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Britney Spears thinks her clip "Piece of Me" leaves room for improvement - despite winning three MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month. "It's a cool video, but I think by far I've done videos that are way better," the singer said Monday in an interview with New York's top 40 radio station Z100. "So I was really shocked that ... it got the award."

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Ex-teacher in Neb. gets 6 years in sex case

Posted: 09/29/2008 - A former teacher who fled to Mexico with a 13-year-old student so she could have sex with him was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison. Kelsey Peterson, 26, had pleaded guilty in July to a charge of transporting a minor across state lines to have sex and avoided a similar charge that would have carried a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence.

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Ex-teacher gets 6 years for sex with boy, 13

Posted: 09/29/2008 - A former teacher who fled to Mexico with a 13-year-old student so she could have sex with him was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison.

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Prosecution rests robbery case against OJ Simpson

Posted: 09/29/2008 - The man who told a jury that O.J. Simpson asked him to bring guns and "look menacing" during a hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers acknowledged Monday he didn't tell police that last October.

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Insurer sued over Heath Ledger's $10 million policy

Posted: 09/29/2008 - A trustee for Heath Ledger's daughter has sued an insurance company over a $10 million policy the actor took out seven months before his death in January from a drug overdose.

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McCain says Obama policies will deepen recession

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Lagging in the polls, Republican presidential candidate John McCain unleashed a blistering attack Monday on his Democratic rival, saying the race comes down to a simple question: "Country first or Obama first?"

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Dow takes a dive as bailout bill fails in Congress

Posted: 09/29/2008 - The failure of the bailout package in Congress literally dropped jaws on Wall Street and triggered a historic selloff - including a terrifying decline of nearly 500 points in mere minutes as the vote took place, the closest thing to panic the stock market has seen in years.

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Mom tells cops icy bodies in freezer are her kids

Posted: 09/29/2008 - A mother told police that child-sized human remains uncovered in her basement freezer were those of her two adopted daughters, and police believe that she is responsible for their deaths.

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House nixes $700B bailout bill in stunning defeat

Posted: 09/29/2008 - In a vote that shook the government, Wall Street and markets around the world, the House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, leaving both parties and the Bush administration struggling to pick up the pieces. The Dow Jones industrials plunged nearly 800 points, the most ever for a single day.

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Weather measurements help military with air drops

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Apparently it does take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. The military has improved the accuracy of its airdrops of supplies and other materials by up to 70 percent, thanks to technology developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Report: Everglades in decline as restoration lags

Posted: 09/29/2008 - A multibillion-dollar effort to restore Florida's Everglades has made little progress amid funding shortfalls, bureaucratic red tape and disagreements, according to a congressionally mandated report that warns the vast wetland is in peril.

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Mars lander finds minerals suggesting past water

Posted: 09/29/2008 - NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered two minerals on Mars that suggest water was there in the past. Scientists reported Monday that the minerals - calcium carbonate and sheet silicate - don't usually form without the presence of liquid water.

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Iraq works to reverse doctor brain drain

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Iraq announced Monday it will let doctors carry firearms, one of several measures aimed at trying to keep medical workers from leaving the war-torn country.

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Emporia City Commission Hears Arguments on Smoking Ban

Updated: 10/10/2008 - Emporia City Commissioners held a public meeting Monday night to hear from residents on both sides of the smoking ban issue. Proponents say this is a public health matter, while opponents say the ban will hurt Emporia businesses.

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Strike against MGP in Atchison Continues

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Union members at MGP Ingredients in Atchison walked off the job Saturday morning. No new talks are scheduled with the company to try to reach agreement on a new contract.

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