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Neb. lawmakers want to join young-offender compact, NE

May 21, 2009 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have voted to join 35 other states in a compact meant to track juveniles who run away from home or move to another state while on probation or parole.Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha introduced the bill (LB237) that would add Nebraska to an updated Interstate...

House rejects probe into Pelosi CIA claims, 8th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 7:45 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Thursday defeated a Republican push to investigate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's assertion that the CIA misled her in 2002 about whether waterboarding had been used against terrorism suspects.Republicans Ron Paul of Texas and Walter Jones of North Carolina joined...

AMC Entertainment restates earnings, MO

May 21, 2009 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — AMC Entertainment Inc., the nation's second-largest theater operator, says an accounting mistake is forcing it to restate its earnings for the year.The Kansas City-based company announced this week in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was increasing...

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Mortgage rates dip, remain above record lows, US

May 21, 2009 7:45 am | by ALAN ZIBEL - AP Real Estate Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rates on 30-year mortgages inched downward this week, remaining below 5 percent for the tenth-consecutive week and just above record lows.Mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that average rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dipped slighly to 4.82 percent this week,...

HL:Onex prepared to raise up to $125M for capital improvements to Las Vegas resort@

May 21, 2009 7:45 am | by Kristine Owram@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) is prepared to raise up to $125 million in a rights offering for improvements to the Tropicana casino in Las Vegas, which the conglomerate expects to take over later this year.Onex president and chief executive Gerald Schwartz acknowledged that Las Vegas has been hit...

New Mexico OKs utility's efficiency programs, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Public Regulation Commission has approved Public Service Company of New Mexico's energy efficiency programs for 2009.The PRC announced Wednesday that the utility's program will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help increase awareness of energy...

Kirkland's moves to 1Q profit on rate benefit, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Home decor retailer Kirkland's Inc. said Thursday that it moved to a fiscal first-quarter profit, helped by a rate benefit and improved same-store sales.The company earned $3.5 million, or 17 cents per share, for the period ended May 2. It posted a loss of $2.6 million, or 13...

The Ms. Foundation for Women's 21st Annual Gloria Awards: A National Salute to Women of Vision, a Celebration of Gloria Steinem's 75th Birthday

May 21, 2009 7:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: National, Assignment editorsNEW YORK, May 21 (AScribe Newswire) -- Tonight the Ms. Foundation for Women will be joined by prominent members of the entertainment, business, philanthropic and not-for-profit communities in celebration of its co-founder Gloria Steinem's 75th birthday and the...

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Detroit papers: Keeping more readers than expected, US

May 21, 2009 7:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Executives with Detroit's daily newspapers say they have kept more readers and subscribers than they expected, more than a month after reducing home delivery and increasing electronic offerings.Officials with The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and the partnership that handles their...

SNS Silver Clarifies Status of Sunshine Mine in Idaho

May 21, 2009 7:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SNS Silver Corp. (TSX VENTURE: SNS) remains confident of its long-term goal to operate the legendary Sunshine silver mine near Kellogg, Idaho, adjacent to SNS Silver's Crescent silver mine. A lease of the mine held by Sunshine's former operator, Sterling Mining Co., was held re-assumable pursuant...

Fast-food operator reaffirms 10 percent EPS growth

May 21, 2009 7:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Yum Brands' top executive tells shareholders that the restaurant operator remains confident of reaching a target for earnings growth this year.Chairman and Chief Executive David C. Novak says Thursday at the company's annual meeting that he is "bullish" about long-term...

SunPower CEO to give $5 million to Marquette, WI

May 21, 2009 7:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A California couple is donating $5 million to Marquette University's College of Engineering to start an endowed chair for renewable energy systems.SunPower Corp. Chief Executive Thomas H. Werner says he believes the gift announced Wednesday night will attract students to the study...

Koreans in Japan not required to carry special permit under amendment+

May 21, 2009 7:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — Japan's ruling coalition and major opposition party agreed Thursday to scratch from a bill to revise the immigration law an article that requires permanent residents of Korean descent to always carry a special certificate to live permanently in Japan, Diet sources said.The...

Netanyahu says all Jerusalem to remain Israeli, 9th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 21, 2009 7:43 am | by MARK LAVIE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Thursday that all of Jerusalem will always remain under Israeli sovereignty, taking a hard line on a key Israeli-Palestinian peace issue just hours after his forces removed an unauthorized settlement outpost in the West Bank.The...

Univ. of Michigan, Google amend book scanning deal

May 21, 2009 7:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has amended a deal with Google Inc. to create digital copies of millions of library books and journals.The deal announced Wednesday amends a partnership started in 2004. That deal hit an obstacle when authors and publishers filed a federal court...

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