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Smurfit-Stone to put 250 employees back to work, MT

May 22, 2009 7:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. said Friday it would put 250 employees back to work beginning the first week of June as the company revs up the largest paper machine at its Frenchtown plant.Company spokesman Mike Mullin said some millworkers began earning a paycheck earlier...

LEAD: Japan pledges 50 bil. yen to support Pacific island nations+

May 22, 2009 7:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHIMUKAPPU, Japan, May 23 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING, ADDING INFO)Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso announced Saturday an offer of a total of 50 billion yen in aid to Pacific island nations for the next three years to help them counter climate change and other challenges.Concluding a two-day summit in...

Vietnam's inflation eases to 5.58 percent in May, AS

May 22, 2009 7:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A decline in transportation and telecommunication costs have eased Vietnam's inflation rate to 5.58 percent in May after a year of skyrocketing prices, the government said.The country's consumer price index fell to 9.25 percent last month, the General Statistics Office...

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President of Oklahoma State hospital to resign, OK

May 22, 2009 7:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences plans to resign this summer.John Fernandes announced Friday that he will be leaving his post July 1. Fernandes has led the Tulsa hospital and served as the dean of the university's medical school since...

Negotiations on polygamous hit a final snag, 2nd Ld-Writethru, UT

May 22, 2009 6:55 pm | by JENNIFER DOBNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State attorneys, a court-appointed fiduciary and leaders of a southern Utah polygamous church wrapped up 12 hours at the negotiating table Friday with split opinions about resolving a dispute over control of a land trust.Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said the sides were...

American Samoa wants minimum wage increase delayed, 1st Ld-Writethru, HI

May 22, 2009 6:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa Gov. Togiola Tulafono has asked Congress to delay the implementation of higher wage minimums in the U.S. territory, saying the rising wages have already pushed one tuna cannery out of business and may force the shutdown of another.The governor wrote...

HL:EDC economist tells exporters to look at emerging markets during recession@

May 22, 2009 6:19 pm | by Rebecca Penty New Brunswick Telegraph Journal@Associated Press | News | Comments

Emerging markets are the best places for exporters to focus attention during these uncertain economic times, says Export Development Canada's chief economist.Peter Hall, who is also vice-president of the agency, is advising companies to target the unabated economies of such burgeoning giants as...

Porn publisher Larry Flynt sued by brother, US

May 22, 2009 6:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — The brother of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is accusing his famous sibling of trying to force him out of the family's pornography business.Larry Flynt owns a building in downtown Cincinnati where his brother operates a Hustler retail store.In a lawsuit filed Friday in...

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LA Co. Sheriff's Sgt. charged with sexual assault, CA

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman and inappropriately searching two others in separate incidents while on duty.Mark Fitzpatrick pleaded not guilty to four felony counts and one misdemeanor Friday in Superior...

Boeing subsidiary gets $250M government contract

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BINGEN, Wash. (AP) — A Boeing Co. subsidiary located in the small Columbia River town of Bingen, Wash., has received a government contract with a potential value of $250 million.That's dramatically more than the $148 million in revenue generated last year by Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary...

Oakland hires new schools superintendent, CA

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland school board has hired the deputy superintendent of San Francisco's schools as its new superintendent.The board announced Friday that Tony Smith would become the district's first leader since a 2003 state takeover.The 42-year-old Smith is tasked with restoring...

FTC to impose fines on firms over bid rigging linked to land ministry+

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 23 (Kyodo) — Japan's Fair Trade Commission plans to order 10 companies to stop rigging bids for contracts on the driving of official Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry cars and to pay fines, sources familiar with the case said Saturday.The amount of the fines to be...

AIDS Funding Cuts Would Be 'Catastrophic,' Says AHF News Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 22, 2009 5:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 23, 2009--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nation's largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider, today criticized California state officials for planning draconian budget cuts that will jeopardize the public health by eliminating all funding for...

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Interview With Alaska State Senator Bill Wielechowski

May 22, 2009 5:58 pm | by Neil CavutoAssociated Press | News | Comments

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Interview With Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings

May 22, 2009 5:57 pm | by Neil CavutoAssociated Press | News | Comments

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