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HL:Sense of 'urgency' developing over situation in Afghanistan: Cdn ambassador@

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by Colin Perkel@Associated Press | News | Comments

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Canada's ambassador to Afghanistan concedes the international community underestimated how hard it would be to help get the country back on its feet.Ron Hoffmann says there is now a sense of urgency to show tangible progress in Afghanistan.He says Afghans themselves are...

McMinn County eyes Bowater tax, TN

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — McMinn County officials say they feel comfortable that they will get 2009 property taxes from AbitibiBowater.The newsprint company, which has a plant in Calhoun, filed for bankruptcy court protection in April.County back tax attorney David Siklosi told the county budget...

Ex-Kentucky coach's house goes on the market, KY

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — His Realtor doesn't know what former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie plans to do next, but he has listed his house for sale.Asking price for the 11,800-square-foot house on one acre in Jessamine County is $1.5 million.Realtor Whitney Pannell met with Gillispie, who...

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Stimulus funding for MARTA approved, 2nd Ld-Writethru, GA

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by GREG BLUESTEIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Metro Atlanta officials moved to save the city's mass transit agency from drastic service cuts on Wednesday by voting to approve an emergency infusion of $25 million in federal stimulus money for the ailing system.MARTA chief executive Beverly Scott said the system will likely still...

TRA investigating extended auto warranty calls, TN

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Regulatory Authority is seeking the help of consumers registered on the state's Do Not Call registry and receiving unsolicited calls from companies attempting to sell extended auto warranties.The agency says the calls are being made in violation of both state...

NC group: State should enhance elder fraud laws, NC

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina think tank that studies state government programs said the state should enact new laws to protect the elderly against fraudsters out to steal their money.The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research said in a report issued Wednesday that North Carolina...

Ga. park rangers face furloughs, GA

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia park rangers will be facing one-day-a-month furloughs beginning in July, as the state heads into its busy summer outdoor season.The furloughs will affect most employees of the state Department of Natural Resources. The Environmental Protection Division is so far exempt.DNR is...

Legislators to send payday lending bill to gov, SC

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will get the money that lawmakers approved last week, including an overhaul of the state's payday lending laws.Senate and House leaders Wednesday will ratify that bill along with an overhaul of the state's ports authority and legislation that...

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Members of The Red Hat Society Are Utilizing Custom Microsite to Create Personal Brand Identities Through Picture Trading Cards

May 27, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://overnightprints.com () —OvernightPrints.com (http://www.overnightprints.com/) , the world leader in waterless (green) online printing, announced today a partnership with The Red Hat Society, an international network of women with close to 40,000 chapters in more than 25 countries. The...

Portland jobless rate climbs above Ore. average, OR

May 27, 2009 12:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — There's no place to hide in this recession.Though large cities are considered more likely to outperform rural communities during economic downturns, the Portland area's unemployment rate is now higher than the statewide figure.April's 1.1 percentage-point jump in seasonally...

Key 10-year JGB yield rises to 5-week high on U.S. rates, stock gains+

May 26, 2009 11:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 27 (Kyodo) — The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond, a benchmark for long-term interest rates, rose Wednesday to its highest in over five weeks on selling spurred by higher U.S. long-term interest rates and gains in U.S. and Tokyo stocks.In interdealer trading, the...

European truck sales slump 42 percent in April, EU

May 26, 2009 11:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — European sales of trucks, vans and busses slumped by a record 42.4 percent in April, car makers' association ACEA said Wednesday, as an economic recession saw businesses shy away from buying new vehicles.The group, which represents commercial vehicle makers Scania AB, Man AG,...

No solution on GM's Opel at Berlin meeting

May 26, 2009 11:50 pm | by MELISSA EDDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — All-night talks hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the future of General Motors Corp.'s Opel unit ended without decisions as new details emerged of its financial needs, the German economy minister said Thursday.German officials had hoped to set up an arrangement under which...

No solution on GM's Opel at Berlin meeting, 13th Ld-Writethru, EU

May 26, 2009 11:45 pm | by MELISSA EDDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — All-night talks hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the future of General Motors Corp.'s Opel unit ended without decisions as new details emerged of its financial needs, the German economy minister said Thursday.German officials had hoped to set up an arrangement under which...

LEAD: N. Korea warns of military response to inspection of ships+

May 26, 2009 11:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING, May 27 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS)North Korea on Wednesday called South Korea's decision on Tuesday to join the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative "a declaration of war" against it and warned it will respond militarily to any attempt to inspect its ships.In a statement issued...

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