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White House rewrites curbs on lobbying stimulus, US

May 29, 2009 3:46 pm | by ALAN FRAM - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House issued new rules Friday broadening some of its restrictions on lobbying for projects in the economic stimulus package, but retreating on others.All people will now be forbidden to have oral...

Sales down 16.5 percent, 1st Ld-Writethru, NV

May 29, 2009 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada merchants sold $3.6 billion in goods during March for a 16.5 percent slump compared with the same month a year ago, according to a state report Friday.The Taxation Department report shows that...

Jobless rate declines in Washington County, MD

May 29, 2009 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Ending a stretch of six consecutive months in which the unemployment rate went up, Washington County's jobless rate fell in April.According to figures released by the state on Friday, the county's...

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Regents vote to raise tuition at flagship campuses, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 29, 2009 3:46 pm | by KAHRIN DEINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Tuition is going up at the state's two flagship campuses in Missoula and Bozeman, after the Board of Regents approved the increase on a close 4-3 vote.Students at both Montana State University's...

Bush, Clinton appear on stage together in Canada, 1st Ld-Writethru, CN

May 29, 2009 3:40 pm | by ROB GILLIES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — Former President George W. Bush called ex-President Bill Clinton "his brother" and the two rarely disagreed in their first-ever appearance together on stage.The Republican and Democratic ex-presidents defended...

Company constitue Dow Coatings Materials suite a l'acquisition de Rohm & Haas Business Editors/Manufacturing Writers

May 29, 2009 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIDLAND, Michigan-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — 29 mai 2009--The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) a constitue une nouvelle unite commerciale tournee vers le marche des revetements suite a l'acquisition par Dow de Rohm and Haas en avril...

Death cases among early issues for new justice, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 29, 2009 3:40 pm | by MARK SHERMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a director of a Puerto Rican advocacy group in the 1980s, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was part of a three-person committee that equated capital punishment with racism.The Puerto Rican Legal...

Drummond denies suit's claim about Colombia terror, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 29, 2009 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama-based coal company on Friday denied claims made in a lawsuit that it funded a paramilitary group allegedly responsible for dozens of killings in Colombia, where the firm operates a large...

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HL:Police plan cleanup of vagrants, tent city on Fredericton waterfront@

May 29, 2009 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FREDERICTON — A committee of concerned officials are meeting twice weekly to discuss ways to deal with drug addicts, homeless people and tent dwellers who are inhabiting the Fredericton riverbank.The problem area is behind...

Icahn group appears to be winner of NJ Tropicana

May 29, 2009 3:35 pm | by WAYNE PARRY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A group including billionaire investor Carl Icahn appeared to have won the right to buy the Tropicana Casino and Resort at the bargain price of $200 million after no additional bids were submitted...

HL:Researchers look to study health, environment during 2010 Games@

May 29, 2009 3:29 pm | by Sunny Dhillon@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — What dirty air was to the Beijing Olympics, infectious disease will be to Vancouver's 2010 Games, say health science researchers.Academics from around the world gathered Friday for a conference on the health and...

Obama sure Sotomayor would restate 2001 comment, 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 29, 2009 3:18 pm | by BEN FELLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic...

HL:Nortel pension payment decision from Ontario judge expected to wait until next week@

May 29, 2009 3:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A decision on the defined benefit pension plans for a group of former Nortel Networks Corp. (TSX:NT) employees will have to wait until next week.An Ontario court judge was expected to issue a decision Friday, but...

Ariz. budget hole worsening in current fiscal year, 4th Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 29, 2009 3:13 pm | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — April was worse than expected for the state's finances, raising the possibility that Arizona could still have a $200 million shortfall on the books at the June 30 end of the fiscal year, legislative budget...

NYC construction unions announce cost-cutting pact, 1st Ld-Writethru, NY

May 29, 2009 3:13 pm | by AMY WESTFELDT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Construction unions announced a cost-cutting pact Friday they said would save up to 21 percent on challenged projects, but some officials doubted the savings would go far enough to restart stalled development...

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