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Hezbollah's growing regional role piques Arabs, ML

May 20, 2009 10:05 pm | by HAMZA HENDAWI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIRUT (AP) — Arab governments are starting to see the fingerprints of Lebanon's Hezbollah all over the Middle East, adding to their growing alarm over Iran's power and a widening Sunni-Shiite rift.The worry comes at a time when Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group and political party backed by Iran,...

CORRECTING and REPLACING LiveDeal Announces Richard F. Sommer Appointed Chief Executive Officer Business Editors/High-Tech Editors

May 20, 2009 10:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Fourth graph, first sentence of release should read: Richard F. Sommer, former CEO of ZipRealty, had served on the Board of Directors of ZipRealty since September 2006. (sted Richard F. Sommer, former CEO of ZipRealty, has served on the Board...

NZ power companies gouged $2.6 bln in extra profit, AS

May 20, 2009 9:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's four biggest electricity producers used their market power to gouge 4.3 billion New Zealand dollars ($2.6 billion) in extra profits from consumers over a six-year period, an antitrust regulator said Thursday.But the Commerce Commission said the four...

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Louisiana Editorial Roundup, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 20, 2009 9:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some recent editorials in Louisiana:May 26, 2009The Times-Picayune, New OrleansOn: Governor's recordsAt the urging of Gov. Bobby Jindal, state senators last week amended and passed a bill that purports to bring transparency to the governor's office by eliminating the office's blanket exemption in...

Mayor's aide: new deal for Jerusalem Palestinians, ML

May 20, 2009 9:34 pm | by KARIN LAUB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli official put in charge of Jerusalem's Arabs said he believes treating them more fairly will strengthen Israeli claims to all the disputed city, and says he's seeking ways to legalize thousands of unlicensed Arab homes vulnerable to demolition.With Israeli control comes...

Judge wants state to end tobacco stops during suit, OK

May 20, 2009 9:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Vehicles used by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to transport tobacco should not be stopped until a ruling is made on part of a lawsuit filed against the Oklahoma Tax Commission by the tribe, a federal judge says.U.S. District Judge Terence Kern made the request of the Tax...

Recording shows CSU board worried about perception, 5th Ld-Writethru, CO

May 20, 2009 9:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Members of the Colorado State University board expressed concern about the public perception that they were hiring a "good old boy" before deciding to name one of their colleagues as the sole finalist for the chancellor's job.But they voiced support for board Vice...

BOJ starts policy meeting, likely to upgrade economic assessment+

May 20, 2009 9:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — The Bank of Japan began a two-day policy meeting Thursday and is expected to revise upward its economic assessment, while holding its key interest rate steady at 0.1 percent.If the central bank upgrades the assessment, it would be the first time in two years and 10...

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Singapore economy shrank 14.6 pct in first quarter, AS

May 20, 2009 9:18 pm | by ALEX KENNEDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's economy shrank less in the first quarter than first estimated, suggesting the island's hard-hit manufacturing and finance sectors improved in March.Gross domestic product fell an annualized, seasonally adjusted 14.6 percent in the first quarter from the previous quarter...

Indonesian clerics want rules for Facebook

May 20, 2009 9:13 pm | by INDRA HARSAPUTRA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslim clerics are seeking ways to regulate online behavior in Indonesia, saying the exploding popularity of social networking sites like Facebook could encourage illicit sex.Around 700 clerics, or imams, gathering in the world's most populous Muslim nation on Thursday...

Texas, feds reach agreement on state school fixes, US

May 20, 2009 9:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to spend $112 million over five years to fix problems in the state's 13 large residential facilities for the mentally disabled.The Austin American-Stateman reports that David Morales, Texas' deputy attorney general...

Mo. pipeline explosion sparks fire, no injuries, MO

May 20, 2009 9:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROCHEPORT, Mo. (AP) — A break in a natural gas pipeline sparked a fire visible for miles in central Missouri late Wednesday. Authorities in Howard County say there were no injuries and no reports of property damage.The rupture occurred sometime after 9 p.m. in a rural part of the county just north...

2ND LD: Lay judge system starts in Japan amid lingering concerns+

May 20, 2009 9:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO)Japan joined the ranks of many other countries Thursday by having a judicial system that enables ordinary citizens to try criminal cases, but many members of the public remain reluctant to serve as "lay judges," while some experts are critical of the...

World markets slump amid slew of bad news

May 20, 2009 9:02 pm | by PAN PYLAS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — World stock markets plunged Thursday as more big job losses in the U.S. further diminished hopes that the world's largest economy would soon be growing again and a leading rating agency warned that Britain may face a downgrade to its debt rating.In Europe, Germany's DAX dropped 138.27...

Sony to slash suppliers as CEO's mettle tested

May 20, 2009 8:57 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. said it will halve the number of parts suppliers to slash costs under a turnaround plan that's testing the mettle of Chief Executive Howard Stringer.The Japanese electronics and entertainment company plans to cut purchasing costs by 500 billion yen ($5.3 billion), or 20...

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