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After years of courtship, Redford commits to NM

May 25, 2009 11:11 am | by DEBORAH BAKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TESUQUE, N.M. (AP) — After a protracted courtship, Robert Redford is ready to make a commitment. To New Mexico, that is.The actor and director is building a house here and planning an offshoot of his Sundance film program in the state.He has flirted for decades with New Mexico: as a kid on family...

Israeli document: Venezuela sends uranium to Iran, ML

May 25, 2009 11:11 am | by MARK LAVIE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press.The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation that they...

Neb. vet still remembers his WWII Army buddies, NE

May 25, 2009 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — It may rank as one of the best lunch breaks Paul Larsen ever took.It happened in Normandy, France, during World War II.Larsen, now of Fremont, and his fellow soldiers were standing in line waiting to get their lunch. At the same time, a U.S. airplane was returning from a...

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General: People should visit graves, thank vets, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 25, 2009 11:11 am | by MURRAY EVANS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's adjutant general challenged those attending a Memorial Day service on Monday to begin their summer by visiting the graves of fallen soldiers and thanking veterans for their service.Maj. Gen. Myles Deering spoke at an annual ceremony held at the Oklahoma National...

INDEX:Business, Environment, Justice, Oil & Gas, Politics, Transport@

May 25, 2009 11:06 am | by Lisa Arrowsmith@Associated Press | News | Comments

EDMONTON — Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) pleaded guilty Monday to charges arising from two major derailments and spills in the space of two days in the summer of 2005.The railway agreed in provincial court to pay $1.8 million to resolve the cases in Wabamun, Alta., and Squamish B.C.The...

Consumer group pushes J & J on chemicals in shampoo

May 25, 2009 11:06 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A coalition of health, environmental and consumer groups is demanding that health products giant Johnson & Johnson remove tiny amounts of two chemicals suspected of causing cancer from its Johnson's Baby Shampoo and other products.In a letter sent late Friday by the Campaign...

Sen. Carper optimistic about Afghanistan's future, 1st Ld-Writethru, DE

May 25, 2009 10:50 am | by BEN NUCKOLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — The United States "dropped the ball" in Afghanistan when it committed its military to Iraq, but there is cause for optimism about the country's future, Sen. Tom Carper said Monday.Carper, D-Del., spoke in a teleconference from Pakistan after a two-day tour of war-ravaged...

City ordered to restore plants along Chattahoochee, GA

May 25, 2009 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — The city of Sandy Springs, which discovered after stripping what it considered invasive plants from along the Chattahoochee River that it was violating state environmental rules, will replace the vegetation.The state Environmental Protection Division, concerned about...

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US lawyers ask Afghan court to help Gitmo inmate, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 25, 2009 10:50 am | by HEIDI VOGT - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

KABUL (AP) — U.S. military lawyers asked Afghanistan's highest court Monday to demand the release of a Guantanamo prisoner they say was only about 12 years old — not 18, as the military maintains — when he was sent to the detention center in Cuba.Mohammed Jawad's lawyers say they are enlisting...

HL:Silicon producer Timminco gets supply agreement: shares halted@

May 25, 2009 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Solar panel grade silicon producer Timminco Ltd. (TSX:TIM) said Monday it has reached a supply agreement with German solar cell producer Q-Cells SE that contemplates delivery of 100 tonnes for 2009 with more to come up until 2013.Stock in the Toronto-based company soared ahead of the...

Oxford's 1st female Professor of Poetry resigns, EU

May 25, 2009 10:44 am | by RAPHAEL G. SATTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Oxford University's first female Professor of Poetry resigned Monday after acknowledging she had helped publicize charges that her rival for the post had sexually harassed a former student.Ruth Padel, the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin, made history at Oxford when she...

Ky. churches, charities fill storm recovery needs, 1st Ld-Writethru, KY

May 25, 2009 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churches and charities have stepped in to assist Kentucky residents waiting on federal assistance after major flooding earlier this month.The mud is mostly cleaned up and water service is back on in most places, but residents in several eastern Kentucky counties are waiting on...

Last exec faces judge in SC's biggest bankruptcy, SC

May 25, 2009 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The saga of Carolina Investors and its parent company HomeGold Financial Inc. is ending with the sentencing of the last of six executives convicted in the case.South Carolina Circuit Judge Edward Cottingham plans to sentence former HomeGold Chief Financial Officer Karen Miller...

Fear won't push out Polish neighborhood's holdouts, US

May 25, 2009 10:33 am | by JOHN SEEWER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The walls in Ted Nitkiewicz's living room hold a lifetime of memories.Framed bronze medals from the Polish Army tell of his two years at prison camps in Siberia. A black-and-white photo reveals the woman he met at one camp who became his wife. His life in America is on display...

HL:'Bruce' and 'Angus' among prehistoric sea monsters on display at Manitoba museum@

May 25, 2009 10:28 am | by Chinta Puxley@Associated Press | News | Comments

MORDEN, Man. — It's about as far from an ocean as you can get, and one of the last places you might expect to discover the remnants of a prehistoric sea monster that once ruled the marine world.But some of Canada's richest deposits of marine dinosaurs are found in the sand-like soil of Morden,...

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