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HL:Alberta seeks EI assurances; PM rejects calls for a major revamp of the program@

May 22, 2009 2:23 pm | by Bill Graveland@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Alberta's premier is seeking assurances that his province will not be shortchanged under the Employment Insurance program.Premier Ed Stelmach met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday after the two men appeared at a joint announcement laying out federal and provincial money for...

Eritrea rejects accusations on Somali arms, UN

May 22, 2009 2:23 pm | by EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eritrea on Friday rejected U.N. Security Council accusations that it supplied weapons to Islamist opponents of Somalia's Western-backed transitional government and questioned the government's authority.In a letter to the council president, Eritrea's U.N. Ambassador Araya Desta...

Some Mass. state parks to have no staff this year, 1st Ld-Writethru, MA

May 22, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Visitors at some state parks and forests will be on their own this season as budget cuts are forcing the Department of Conservation and Recreation to reduce the number of maintenance and seasonal staff.Although the facilities will remain open, parking and restrooms will not be...

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G-8 ministers to discuss oil prices, regulation, energy saving+

May 22, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 23 (Kyodo) — Energy ministers of the Group of Eight major nations will gather in Rome for a two-day meeting starting Sunday to discuss issues ranging from stability in oil markets to cooperation in promoting energy-efficient technologies.Japan will press for the regulation of speculative...

CF Industries extends offer for Terra Industries, APFN

May 22, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — CF Industries Holdings Inc. said Friday it extended the expiration date of its unsolicited tender offer for all outstanding shares of Terra Industries Inc. to June 26.The offer was previously scheduled to expire on June 12.All other terms and conditions remain...

Iraq slaying verdict highlights combat stress, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by KRISTIN M. HALL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — There's no question ex-soldier Steven Dale Green raped and killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdered her parents and sister.Still, jurors in Kentucky couldn't agree this week whether to sentence the 24-year-old to death for heinous crimes he committed while serving in Iraq,...

Venezuela negotiating loans with Brazil bank, LT

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Venezuelan government is in talks with Brazil's national development bank for loans that could reach $4.3 billion.A spokesman with the National Development Bank says the loans would be mainly for infrastructure and industries.Paulo Braga says bank president Luciano Coutinho met...

President Casino to reopen as floodwaters recede, MO

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The President Casino on the Mississippi riverfront in St. Louis will reopen Saturday.Flooding on the Mississippi forced the casino to close on Tuesday. The management says it's safe to reopen as the high water recedes.The casino is owned by Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment...

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HL:The Canadian Press News Agenda for Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25@

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITORS:@ Following is a list of news events for May 23 to May 25as of 5:46 p.m. ET: x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage. Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times local unless otherwise noted. Queries about these events and stories in The Canadian...

Lawmakers: Miss. budget won't include hospital tax, 1st Ld-Writethru, MS

May 22, 2009 2:01 pm | by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top Mississippi lawmakers said Friday they are giving up on creating a hospital tax as they prepare a nearly $5 billion state budget for the coming fiscal year.Negotiators from the Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate are intensifying criticism of each other, and...

Obama in fresh overture to Cuba on immigration, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 2:01 pm | by MATTHEW LEE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fresh overture to Cuba, President Barack Obama is asking the communist government to resume talks on legal immigration of Cubans to the United States.Obama's proposal would reopen discussions that had been closed off by former President George W. Bush since they were last...

LEAD: N.Y. stocks end lower on economic concern+

May 22, 2009 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING WITH END OF TRADING)New York stocks ended slightly lower after ups and downs in lackluster trading on Friday.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 129.91 points Thursday, fell another 14.81 points to 8,277.32.The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite...

GM borrows additional $4 billion from government

May 22, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Corp. said Friday that it has borrowed an additional $4 billion from the Treasury Department, meaning the automaker has now accepted $19.4 billion in loans from the U.S. government.GM started taking government money in December and said it intended to borrow $2.6...

Lawmakers rush to finish budget, tax plan, 3rd Ld-Writethru, NV

May 22, 2009 2:00 pm | by BRENDAN RILEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Racing against the clock Friday, Nevada lawmakers delivered their $6.8 billion, two-year state budget and $781 million in tax increases to Gov. Jim Gibbons with time to spare.The rush to get the tax measure, SB429, to the Republican governor, who's expected to veto it, was...

Pepco seeks delivery rate increase for 2010

May 22, 2009 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pepco has asked the District of Columbia Public Service Commission for an increase in delivery rates.If granted, the request, made Friday, would add about 6.1 percent to monthly residential electric bills.A typical bill for a residential customer using 750 kilowatt-hours monthly...

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