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Tenn. saggy pants proposal likely to fall short, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TN

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to fail to get individuals to pull up their pants by fining them.The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday that the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Joe Towns of Memphis be sent to a summer committee for further study.The proposal...

Minn. to get $1.3 million federal labor grant, MN

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans who have been laid off from jobs in the auto industry could get some extra help from a federal grant going toward job training programs in the state.The U.S. Department of Labor announced the grant on Tuesday. It's worth up to $1.3 million and would assist about 307...

Reminder Business Editors/Education Writers

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HERNDON, Va.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) would like to remind students and the GEOINT Community that the application deadline for the USGIF 2009 Scholarship Program is on Friday, May 29. All applications must be received or...

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Catfish conspiracy nets Va. importer 5 years, CA

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Virginia fish importer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for selling $15.5 million worth of frozen Vietnamese catfish as flounder and other fish in the United States in a scheme to avoid paying import tariffs.U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez on Monday...

Feds subpoena Mary Easley's employment records, 4th Ld-Writethru, NC

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by MIKE BAKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal investigators on Tuesday subpoenaed several years of Mary Easley's employment records, adding to scrutiny of the former first lady's university job and potential perks given to her husband while he was in office.Subpoenas sent Tuesday to the North Carolina State...

HL:N.S. party leaders square off over economy, state of province's finances@

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by Keith Doucette@Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald was on the defensive Tuesday over his government's handling of the economy, facing accusations from both opposition leaders that he has led the province into a deep deficit.But in the first televised leaders debate of the provincial election, MacDonald...

Saks to offer $80 million in private offering, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Upscale department store retailer Saks Inc. said Tuesday it will offer $80 million in convertible notes due 2013 in a private offering to pay down debt and for general corporate purposes.Initial buyers will have the option to buy up to $10 million in additional notes to cover...

Obama's new rules will transform US auto fleet

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Carpenters will still haul materials around in pickup trucks, but they will cost more. Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity. The higher mileage and emissions standards set by the...

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HL:Lifestyles, Health and Travel stories for the week of May 18-23@

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eds: Here are the Health, Lifestyles and Travel stories for this week by The Canadian Press and The Associated Press. Additional stories will be listed in the daily Lifestyles budget advisory.If you have any questions, please call Health-Lifestyles editor Anne Tobin at 416-507-2141.@Monday, May...

Lawmakers advance many bills, 1st Ld-Writethru, NV

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With less than two weeks left in the 2009 legislative session, Nevada lawmakers voted Tuesday for bills dealing with foreclosures, energy conservation, medical ethics and elections.The Senate unanimously voted for Gov. Jim Gibbons proposal to make Nevada energy-independent...

Gaming board tables decision on Raton track, NM

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by TIM KORTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Gaming Control Board has postponed a decision on granting a casino license to a group seeking to build a Raton racetrack, citing concern about a $1.2 million contribution to the bid.The money in question was given by Marc Correra, treasurer of the track's effort....

HL:Scrapping Human Rights Tribunal could hurt Tories in next election: Elliott@

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by Maria Babbage@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A thorny proposal to scrap Ontario's Human Rights Tribunal could stir up the kind of controversy that sunk the Progressive Conservatives in the last provincial election, leadership hopeful Christine Elliott warned Tuesday.Rivals Tim Hudak and Randy Hillier both say they'd abolish the...

Longmont, Loveland newspapers switch to new press, CO

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERTHOUD, Colo. (AP) — The Longmont Times-Call and the Loveland Reporter-Herald have switched to a new press owned by their parent company, Lehman Communications Corp.Tuesday's editions were the first to be printed on the manroland Uniset 75 in a new plant in Berthoud, about 10 miles from Longmont...

HL:The Canadian Press News Agenda for Friday, May 22@

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITORS:@ Following is a list of news events for May 22 as of 11:45 p.m. ET: x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage. Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times local unless otherwise noted. Queries about these events and stories in The Canadian Press...

Yahoo searching for ways to show fewer Web links

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. is pruning Web links from its Internet search results as it strives to provide more immediate gratification and lure traffic away from the market leader, Google Inc.The Sunnyvale-based company previewed some of the upcoming improvements Tuesday as it updated...

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