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Analysis: NKorea's bomb test adds to atomic threat, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by ROBERT BURNS - AP National Security Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's nuclear test makes it no likelier that the regime will actually launch a nuclear attack, but it adds a scary dimension to another threat: the defiant North as a facilitator of the atomic ambitions of others, potentially even terrorists.It also presents another major...

HL:Tour operator says he does nothing wrong by offering Olympic tickets@

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — A second company has been caught in the crosshairs of Vancouver Olympic organizers over black-market ticket sales.But the president of Winnipeg-based Roadtrips Inc., says a lawsuit against his firm is nothing more than the 2010 organizing committee — known as VANOC — trying to make its...

HL:News report says Canadian journalist held hostage in Somalia in failing health@

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDMONTON — A freelance Canadian journalist held hostage in Somalia says she is sick and is begging the Canadian government to bring her home, according to a news report.The Agence France-Presse reports that Lindhout said in a Sunday phone interview that she does not have clean water and is only...

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Council predicts $80m in debt for RI communities, RI

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new report predicts Rhode Island's cities and towns will be more than $80 million in debt collectively in the next fiscal year unless they make dramatic cuts.The report by the business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council also says the shortfall could explode to...

HL:Nortel holds payments to some Canadian pensioners as it asks to reduce payouts@

May 25, 2009 11:39 am | by David Friend@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Battered telecom equipment company Nortel Networks Corp. (TSX:NT) is withholding lump sum pension payments to 180 terminated employees while it asks an Ontario court to approve lower payouts to reduce costs by $8.1 million.The payments, which were due on Monday, have been placed in limbo...

Engineering grad selling boiled crawfish, LA

May 25, 2009 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — When life hands you a lemon, put it into the crawfish boil.Grant Cassidy had a job offer from Caterpillar Inc. months before he graduated from Georgia Tech University with a degree in mechanical engineering. But on Dec. 18 — four days after he got his diploma — the company...

Bar owners buy into video poker plan, IL

May 25, 2009 11:23 am | by DAVID MERCER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Three video poker terminals sit in a dark, wood-paneled corner at the back of the Brass Rail bar, just behind the Indiana Jones pinball machine. Printed on each are the words "For amusement only."Owner Fote Backy says the machines charge a nickel a hand and don't pay...

Obama observes Memorial Day at Arlington cemetery, 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 11:22 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama avoided a racial controversy on his first Memorial Day in office by sending wreaths to separate memorials for Confederate soldiers and for blacks who fought against them during the Civil War.Last week, a group of about 60 professors petitioned the White...

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Manchin asks that 3 more counties get declaration, WV

May 25, 2009 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Joe Manchin is asking that three more counties be declared a federal disaster due to recent storms, flooding and landslides.On Monday Manchin asked that McDowell, Mercer and Raleigh counties get the declaration, which allows them to receive federal funding and...

HL:McGuinty wants national plan to guarantee seniors adequate retirement income@

May 25, 2009 11:17 am | by Keith Leslie@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Canada needs to hold a federal-provincial summit to talk about ways of guaranteeing an adequate retirement income for seniors who don't have pension plans, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said Monday.McGuinty dismissed an NDP call to create a provincial pension plan to help the two-thirds...

HL:The Canadian Press News Budget for Monday, May 25, 2009@

May 25, 2009 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here is a recap of top Canadian news as of 22:30 ET. An updated coverage advisory will move about 13:00 ET on Tuesday. If you have any questions, contact the National Desk at 416-507-2150.Copy moves by 18:00 ET unless otherwise noted; all times ET.For queries about non-Canadian Press syndicated...

Minn. cancer patient back home, sees doctor, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 11:17 am | by PATRICK CONDON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A 13-year-old cancer patient and his mother who spent a week on the run to avoid forced chemotherapy faced a court hearing Tuesday to determine the boy's medical fate.A custody hearing for Daniel Hauser was scheduled for 2:15 p.m. in Brown County. Daniel and his mother,...

HL:Manulife Financial to raise up to $250 million in preferred share issue@

May 25, 2009 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Manulife Financial Corp. said Monday that it will raise up to $250 million in an issue of preferred shares.Manulife said it will issue eight million Series 1 preferred shares priced at $25 per share to raise gross proceeds of $200 million.The underwriters have also been granted an option...

After years of courtship, Redford commits to NM

May 25, 2009 11:11 am | by DEBORAH BAKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TESUQUE, N.M. (AP) — After a protracted courtship, Robert Redford is ready to make a commitment. To New Mexico, that is.The actor and director is building a house here and planning an offshoot of his Sundance film program in the state.He has flirted for decades with New Mexico: as a kid on family...

Israeli document: Venezuela sends uranium to Iran, ML

May 25, 2009 11:11 am | by MARK LAVIE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press.The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation that they...

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