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HL:Calendar of Canadian concerts for May 23 to June 21@

May 22, 2009 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A look at some concerts scheduled in the days ahead (check local organizers for details):NEW BRUNSWICKMay 29 - Disturbed with All That Remains, Moncton, Coliseum.May 31 - SNFU, Moncton, Manhattan.June 11 - 13 - The Stanfields, Fredericton, Dolan's Pub.June 13 - The Lost Fingers, Miriamichi, Moulin...

Judge refuses to delay reopening of SC attraction, 1st Ld-Writethru, SC

May 22, 2009 10:07 am | by MEG KINNARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge considering trademark infringement allegations against the new owners of the former Hard Rock Park in South Carolina refused Friday to delay the planned weekend reopening, saying any delay would be "catastrophic" for the struggling attraction.The $400 million —...

Security Council wants Myanmar's Suu Kyi released, UN

May 22, 2009 10:07 am | by EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday called for the release of all political prisoners in Myanmar including Aung San Suu Kyi and expressed concern at the "political impact" of the pro-democracy leader's trial.A press statement approved by all 15 council members reiterated the...


Deer breaks into Bolivar Co. school, MS

May 22, 2009 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROSEDALE, Miss. (AP) — Officials at a Bolivar County school will have to repair the damage left by a deer who broke through a glass window and left one classroom in shambles.West Bolivar Elementary principal Latonya Calhoun says the school's janitor told her early Wednesday that someone had broken...

Leading European art gallery plans NYC showroom, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading gallery of contemporary and modern art with showrooms in London and Zurich has announced it will be opening a branch in New York City.The four-story Hauser & Wirth gallery will be located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It's slated to open in September.Hauser & Wirth...

Bernanke: crisis has 'dominated my waking hours', 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 10:07 am | by JEANNINE AVERSA - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday said that battling the worst financial crisis to hit the United States since the 1930s has "dominated my waking hours" for the last 21 months.In remarks to graduates of Boston College School of Law in Newton, Mass., the Fed chief...

Bing says Patterson on board for new Cobo deal, 1st Ld-Writethru, MI

May 22, 2009 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — New Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will not stand in the way of a new Cobo Center expansion plan.The two leaders met Friday morning and discussed plans to keep the convention center in downtown Detroit.Patterson says the North American...

Fitch Assigns Outlook to National Commercial Bank Jamaica's DPR Program Business Editors

May 22, 2009 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has assigned a Negative Rating Outlook to the Jamaica Diversified Payment Rights Company future flow transaction.As part of a greater effort to increase transparency in ratings and in order to provide more forward looking information to the...


Official Cuban daily proposes 'Savings or Death!', CB

May 22, 2009 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban state media says the island should adopt the motto "Savings or Death!" to withstand tough economic times.Friday's proposal in an editorial by Granma director Lazaro Barredo is a play on the communist leadership's slogan "Socialism or Death!" Barredo says Central Bank president...

June 6th Conference in Boston Sponsored by The Emergence Project to Explore Myths and Misconceptions About 2012

May 22, 2009 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2012 theme, based on the notion that radical global transformation will take place over the next several years, has been gathering considerable media attention as it moves into mainstream awareness, according to organizers for an upcoming conference in Boston called "Understanding the 2012...

Delta Natural Gas Company, Inc. Announces Dividend Business Editors/Energy Writers

May 22, 2009 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WINCHESTER, Ky.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- The board of directors of Delta Natural Gas Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGAS) at a meeting held May 22, 2009, authorized a quarterly stock dividend of thirty-two cents ($.32) per share to be paid June 15, 2009 to all common shareholders of record as of...

Texas jobless rate unchanged at 6.7 pct in April, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas' unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent in April, according to figures the state's work force commission released Friday.Although the Texas unemployment rate is lower than the rising 8.9 percent national figure, it still exceeds the state's 4.6 percent rate a year...

Number of active oil rigs falls by 18

May 22, 2009 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by 18 this week to 900, down more than half from a year ago.Of the rigs running nationwide, 711 were exploring for natural gas and 180 for oil, Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday....

Good job news in April, unemployment drops, VT

May 22, 2009 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point in April, to 7.1 percent of the work force.It was the first drop in unemployment since early 2008.But last month's unemployment rate is still 2.5 percentage points higher than in April 2008.Labor Commissioner...

New Spaghetti & Meatballs Dish Launches in Washington, D.C. on May 27, 2009

May 22, 2009 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —Noodles & Company, the quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sauteed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, is introducing a new signature, comfort food dish to its Washington, D.C. menu -- Spaghetti & Meatballs. This...


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