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Sale of Topeka Life Insurance Company Postponed

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Overland Park-based Brooke Capital Corporation's pending sale of a Topeka based life insurance company has been put on hold. First American Life, which is a Brooke Corporation subsidiary, was set to be sold to First Trinity Financial Corporation, based out of Tulsa.

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Court Must Reconsider Asylum for Mali Woman

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Attorney General Michael Mukasey has rebuked a midlevel federal court on behalf of a Mali woman who fears genital mutilation if sent home. The appeals panel had spurned the Mali woman's request in April, in part because her genitals already have been mutilated.

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US House Approves Expansion of Trail of Tears

Posted: 09/22/2008 - The current Trail of Tears is being expanded by about 1,500 miles, which will double the current length. The U.S. House has approved a bill authorizing the expansion. The Trail of Tears is the route taken by Cherokee Indians when they were forcibly removed from their homes in the 19th Century.

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Soldier Retirees to be Honored in Ceremony

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Each month Fort Riley honors Soldiers and civilians who are retiring from service. This month’s ceremony will be conducted 9 a.m. Sept. 24.

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Washburn Unveils New Logo

Posted: 09/22/2008 - The logo change comes after the University of Wisconsin-Madison filed a lawsuit against Washburn for copyright infringement.

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Transition Team Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Updated: 09/23/2008 - Capt. Bruce E. Hays, 42, died of wounds suffered Sept. 17 in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was traveling in struck an improvised explosive device.

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Jury Trial Begins in Inn Murder

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Sterling Ray Hall, III was in court Monday for the first day of his jury trial in the shooting murder of Pam McMaster. McMaster was shot outside her room at the Topeka Regency Inn in May.

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Robinson Trial Expected to Last More Than 1 Month

Posted: 09/22/2008 - The capital murder case credited for prompting the passing of "Alexa's Law" began with jury selection Monday. Elgin Robinson, Jr. could face the death penalty for masterminding the death of 14-year-old Chelsea Brooks.

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Man Sentenced for Sex Crimes Against Children

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Oscar Garza, 41, of Topeka, was sentenced Friday to 13 years, nine months in prison for three counts of Aggravated Indecent Liberties Against a Child.

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NYC Cat Killer: It Was Self Defense

Posted: 09/22/2008 - At Animal Cruelty Trial, Ex-Ball Player Says He Was Protecting Himself When He Beat Girlfriend's 8-Lb. Tabby To Death.

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Highway Bridge to Close Tuesday For Repairs

Posted: 09/22/2008 - If the weather cooperates the ramp from westbound I-470 to westbound I-70 will be closed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for bridge deck repairs.

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Experts 'Solve' Mystery of Stonehenge

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Two British archeologists declared Monday that they have uncovered the core reason behind the construction of one of the world's best known and least understood landmarks.

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Witnesses: Fighting in Somali capital kills 30

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Somalia's warring sides pounded the capital with mortar rounds and gunfire Monday, killing 30 people - including a family of seven - as Islamic insurgents who want to topple the government gain significant power.

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Crime writer rushed from O.J. trial to hospital

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Celebrity crime writer Dominick Dunne was rushed Monday from the courtroom where he is covering the O.J. Simpson trial to a Las Vegas hospital after complaining of pain.

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US military frees Afghan journalist held 11 months

Posted: 09/22/2008 - An Afghan journalist detained for 11 months at the U.S. military base at Bagram alleged on Monday that his captors kicked him, forced him to stand barefoot in the snow and didn't allow him to sleep for days

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China's food safety chief quits over tainted milk

Posted: 09/22/2008 - The head of the Chinese agency that monitors food and product safety has resigned, state media announced Monday, pushed out by a scandal over tainted baby formula that killed four babies and sickened nearly 53,000.

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Europeans kidnapped in Egyptian desert near Sudan

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Kidnappers seized 11 European tourists and eight Egyptians during a Sahara desert safari to Gilf al-Kebir, a plateau famed for its prehistoric cave paintings. Egypt's foreign minister said Monday the tourists had been freed unharmed.

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Did Pakistan soldiers shoot at US helicopters?

Posted: 09/22/2008 - U.S. helicopters flew into Pakistan's militant-infested border region, but returned to Afghanistan after troops and tribesmen opened fire, intelligence officials said Monday. Washington denied the account.

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