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2 sailors charged in Portsmouth, NH, beating, NH

May 23, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Two sailors from a nuclear submarine have been charged with beating a man and leaving him unconscious on a Portsmouth, N.H., street.Police say an officer found the 48-year-old victim a few minutes before midnight Friday night. He is reported in intensive care with a...

Stone firm cited after worker hurt, VT

May 23, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Barre company that makes granite signs and memorial stones has been cited by state work safety inspectors after a worker was injured on the job.Houle Brothers Granite Co. was cited by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration.Greg Florucci was working on top of a...

HL:Community members call for Victoria Stafford memorial to help them heal@

May 23, 2009 12:25 pm | by Allison Jones@Associated Press | News | Comments

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — The unimaginable, crushing grief the parents of Victoria Stafford are experiencing is echoed in this small southwestern Ontario community, which banded together to pray the little girl would return home safely and is now looking for a way to move forward after news of her...

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Farm credit still available in Montana, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 23, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Farmers and Bankers say that farm loans used to put grain in the ground and feed the cows are still readily available in Montana.Federal Reserve banks across the country are reporting that lenders are requiring more collateral from farmers as the rate of loan repayment...

Ahmadinejad says predecessor humiliated Iran, 1st Ld-Writethru, ML

May 23, 2009 12:20 pm | by ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ISFAHAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's hard-line president accused his reformist predecessor on Saturday of humiliating the country by suspending a key part of its nuclear program.President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is facing a tough battle for re-election next month, used a news conference with Iranian...

Perryville leaders working to fill Merchant's Row, KY

May 23, 2009 12:10 pm | by DAVID BROCKAssociated Press | News | Comments

PERRYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — By next summer Vicki Goode hopes that after festivities surrounding the Perryville Battlefield end, business activity on Merchants Row downtown will keep right on going.Goode, manager of the Perryville Revitalization Main Street Program, said the group is working with the...

Bowling Green eyes commuter air service, KY

May 23, 2009 12:10 pm | by ROBYN L. MINORAssociated Press | News | Comments

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — As Bowling Green eyes the potential for commuter air service, the city's main plane man says there are a number of interested airlines."This is something we worked to get for years," said Ron Swartz, manager for the Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset. Since January,...

Lawmakers eye budget talks, contingency plan, IN

May 23, 2009 12:04 pm | by MIKE SMITH - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — What if?The two words frame the biggest question of the special legislative session Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to call next month: What if lawmakers don't pass a budget by June 30, when the current two-year spending plan expires?The Daniels administration is taking a "don't...

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Parents fight new in-home care rules for disabled, TN

May 23, 2009 12:04 pm | by MARIANN MARTINAssociated Press | News | Comments

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — The words come out slowly and with great effort."School." ''Wash." ''Eat."Thirty-two-year-old Caleb Sorrels shows visitors around the house where he lives with a full-time staff member. He points at the dishwasher, which he has just finished loading, and the dryer he loves...

the Face of Appalling Silences, Celebrated Human Rights Lawyer Tells Santa Clara University School of Law 2009 Graduating Class Legal Writers/Education Editors

May 23, 2009 11:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 23, 2009-- Use your diplomas as microphones to speak up in the face of "appalling silences," Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) told the 280 graduating members of Santa Clara University School...

US Energy Sec: World wants stable oil prices

May 23, 2009 11:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROME (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Saturday that the world wants oil prices to remain stable, warning that a new spike could harm the economic recovery.Speaking in Rome where he is attending an energy meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries opening Sunday, Chu said...

Idaho mortgage modification company closes, 1st Ld-Writethru, ID

May 23, 2009 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A company that advertised help for distressed homeowners and became the target of an Idaho attorney general's office investigation has closed, leaving behind unpaid employees and up to $1 million in civil claims.Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed a lawsuit against...

Century-old shooting unsolved, not forgotten, CT

May 23, 2009 11:28 am | by JONATHAN SHUGARTSAssociated Press | News | Comments

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — When Paul Mendelssohn, the first Jewish officer to join the Waterbury Police Department, stood up to confront four masked men who burst onto a trolley he was protecting, he would make another bit of history.While doing his job, the 26year-old was shot in the heart the victim...

Ceremony honors patients buried at state hospital, CT

May 23, 2009 11:23 am | by JENNIFER SPRAGUEAssociated Press | News | Comments

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — It would be 95 years before James Byrnie's family found him.After decades of searching, Byrnie, who disappeared in 1902, was located in a tranquil cemetery on Silvermine Road, where patients of Connecticut Valley Hospital were buried in numbered, anonymous graves between...

Troubled Lawrence ed chief faces new problems, 1st Ld-Writethru, MA

May 23, 2009 11:23 am | by RUSSELL CONTRERAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — In his nine years as Lawrence superintendent, Wilfredo Laboy has been a lightning rod for criticism in the poor, heavily Latino city.The 58-year-old educator failed a state literacy test three times, got into a physical altercation with a former school committee member and billed the...

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