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Deal trims fine in fatal 2007 Md. mine collapse, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MD

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Federal regulators have agreed to reduce to $100,000 from $180,000 the fine levied against a western Maryland coal company for a 2007 accident that killed two miners, the firm's lawyer said Monday.The proposed settlement between the Mine Safety and Health Administration and...

Analyst raises Brinker Int'l to 'Overweight', APFN

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Cost control efforts and signs of growing stability in the casual dining sector led an analyst to boost Brinker International Inc.'s rating on Monday.Shares of the restaurant operator, which runs Chili's Grill & Bar and other chains, climbed $1.45, or 9.4 percent, to $16.88 in...

NYC security guards reach contract, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NY

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A tentative contract has been reached for New York City municipal security guards, including those who work at the Staten Island Ferry terminals.The labor deal involves FJC Security Services of Long Island and AlliedBarton Security Services of Conshohocken, Pa.AlliedBarton said...

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May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-Viral-Hepatitis-Discu photo 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 HEA MTC IDC PHA1/8SU3/8 TDS-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS EDITOR AND HEALTH EDITOR AND MEDICAL EDITOR:World Health Assembly Forced to Postpone Decision on Viral HepatitisGENEVA, Switzerland, May 18 /PRNewswire/ --- Global Epidemic Kills One...

Holocaust denial widespread among Israeli Arabs, ML

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by ARON HELLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — More than 40 percent of Israel's Arab citizens say the Holocaust never happened, and barely one half think Israel has a right to exist, according to a survey published Monday. But the academic who directed it said the results were likely more statements of protest than belief.Sammy...

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May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-CT-Pratt-Whitney-F135 05-181/8STK3/8 UTX1/8IN3/8 ARO AIR CPR1/8SU3/8TO BUSINESS EDITOR:Pratt & Whitney F135 STOVL Exceeds and Completes Vertical Thrust RequirementEAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Pratt & WhitneyF135 short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant...

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May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-WA-nCircle-Expands 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 CPR NET STW HTS1/8SU3/8 HSP LICTO BUSINESS, FOREIGN AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:nCircle Expands Global Partner Network in Latin America with ExcelerateSystemsnCircle, the leader in automated security and compliance auditingsolutions, now available through...

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May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-PA-SRS-Energy-apoints photo 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 CST HHP ENV UTI OIL1/8SU3/8 PER-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:SRS Energy Appoints Three Senior-Level Executives- Developer of the Sole Power Tile(TM) Continues to Grow to SupportProduct Launch -PHILADELPHIA, May...

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Tamil rebel raised formidable force before demise, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The portly rebel leader with the bushy mustache and trusty Browning pistol turned a small band of poorly armed guerrillas into one of the world's most sophisticated and ruthless insurgencies.But Velupillai Prabhakaran also made a series of mistakes that led the Tamil...

Bizarre bird gets private beach in Indonesia

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A species of birds able to fly immediately after hatching from eggs buried beneath the tropical sand has just been given its own private beach in eastern Indonesia, a conservation group said Friday.Maleos — chicken-sized birds with black helmet-like foreheads — number from...

Crusading NY health chief picked to head CDC

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — For seven years, Dr. Thomas Frieden has been the nagging conscience of the nation's biggest city, the man who made sure New Yorkers couldn't smoke in bars or eat french fries cooked in artery-clogging trans fats.Now, the city's health commissioner will be taking his crusade against...

Obama wants to pump $475M into Great Lakes cleanup

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by JOHN FLESHER - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A budget proposal from the Obama administration would spend $475 million on beach cleanups, wetlands restoration and removal of toxic sediments from river bottoms around the Great Lakes.The spending represents a first step toward a multiyear campaign to repair decades of...

European scientists launch new space telescope

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by DANICA COTO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As American astronauts overhauled the aging Hubble, European scientists launched an even larger space telescope toward a far-flung orbit, hoping to help answer two questions: How did the cosmos begin and are we alone in it?"We are seeking the origins of the universe,"...

Study looks at early Navajo use of smoke signals

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists and volunteers armed with special flares will fan out over part of the Four Corners region on Saturday to study how early Navajos could have used smoke signals to warn against invaders.There are more than 200 pueblitos — usually high on rock outcroppings...

Flourishing eagles feast on Maine's rare seabirds

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bald eagles, bouncing back after years of decline, are swaggering forth with an appetite for great cormorant chicks that threatens to wipe out that bird population in the United States.The eagles, perhaps finding less fish to eat, are flying to Maine's remote rocky islands...

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