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HL:Vale Inco workers asked to give Steelworkers strike mandate in Thursday vote @

May 20, 2009 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUDBURY, Ont. — More than 3,300 members of United Steelworkers Local 6500 are being asked to give their union's bargaining committee a strong strike mandate in a vote to be held Thursday at Vale Inco Ltd. plants and at the union's head office.Contract talks between Local 6500 and Vale Inco began...

HL:Forzani fires back at Crescendo, says board nominees not as qualified@

May 20, 2009 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — The chairman of Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL) fired back at a New York investment firm which trying to put two nominees on the sporting goods retailer's board, saying the pair are not as qualified as those supported by the board.In a letter to shareholders Wednesday, chairman John Forzani...

UND center working on clean energy system

May 20, 2009 3:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A University of North Dakota research center is working on a clean energy system that converts used railroad ties into heat and power.The school's Energy and Environmental Research Center is teaming with a Manitoba company on the project. Aboriginal Cogeneration Corp. of...

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Calif. raises water allocation for farmers, cities, CA

May 20, 2009 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state is boosting summer water deliveries for 25 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland thanks to late spring storms this month.The Department of Water Resources is increasing water allocations through the State Water Project from 30 percent to 40 percent. Even...

S. Oregon gold mine operation faces lawsuit, OR

May 20, 2009 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Two environmental groups say the operator of the Benton gold mine in Southern Oregon has violated federal clean water laws, and they have filed a notice of intent to sue the company.The notice was filed this week by the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Ashland and the...

Citizen panel slashes pay for Calif. officials, US

May 20, 2009 3:42 pm | by STEVE LAWRENCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A citizens panel voted Wednesday to slash the pay of the California Legislature and other state elected officials by 18 percent, a day after voters offered their own rebuke by rejecting five budget-related measures drafted by lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The...

HL:Another group eyeing the Coyotes, wants to keep the team in Phoenix@

May 20, 2009 3:42 pm | by Chris Johnston@Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX — Jim Balsillie isn't the only potential bidder eyeing the Phoenix Coyotes.Coyotes minority partner John Breslow has formed a group interested in submitting a bid for the team, his lawyer Scott Cohen said Wednesday.Cohen declined to comment on reports that Breslow's group includes hockey...

Obama calls astronauts aboard shuttle Atlantis

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama told the astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday that they are an example of the dedication and commitment to exploration that represents America.During a lighthearted afternoon phone call from the Oval Office, the president also asked them to...

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Emergency school alerts to take effect in January, 1st Ld-Writethru, NY

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. David Paterson has signed legislation to require New York City schools to notify parents by e-mail, text messages or phone calls when there's a school emergency.Scheduled to take effect in January, the measure requires an alert system at each of the city's public schools,...

HL:Planned Criminal Code changes include fingerprinting without charge@

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by Terri Theodore @Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Police will be allowed to take fingerprints and mug shots of people they arrest even before charges are laid if proposed changes to Canada's Criminal Code are passed.It's one of six amendments introduced in the House of Commons on Wednesday that police say would streamline the justice...

Predicts American Idol Finale Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- For the last three weeks running, Biz360(R) Inc., the leading provider of media and market intelligence solutions correctly predicted the contestants that would be voted off the American Idol show, Matt Girard, Allison Iraheta and Danny Gokey....

NYC closes 2 more schools because of swine flu, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NY

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two more New York City public schools closed Wednesday amid concerns about swine flu, and students were told to stay away longer than planned from a school that lost an assistant principal to the disease.The announcement came as mourners paid respects at the administrator's funeral...

Brokers' former employer will pay $10M settlement, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by JOSH FUNK - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former employer of two ex-brokers who face fraud charges has agreed to pay $10.3 million in a settlement with 249 people over the improper selling of risky investments.An arbitration order filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority last week describes the terms of the...

Panama Canal sees cargo shipments fall with crisis, LT

May 20, 2009 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Panama Canal Authority expects 5 percent less cargo to pass through its locks in 2009 as the world economic crisis slows global trade.A report from the Authority's office of research and analysis says that cargo shipments have already dipped 2.4 percent to 179.3 million tons...

NY gov. predicts $6B budget deficit next year, 1st Ld-Writethru, NY

May 20, 2009 3:31 pm | by VALERIE BAUMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Calling himself a pessimist, New York Gov. David Paterson on Wednesday predicted the state budget deficit a year from now will be about double the official $2.5 billion projection made last month.The governor said he expects revenue to drop another $3 billion over the next 11...

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