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HL:Imperial Tobacco Canada names Ian Muir as new president and CEO@

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Imperial Tobacco Canada, this country's largest cigarette maker, has appointed Ian Muir as its new president and chief executive.Muir replaces Benjamin Kemball, who has a new job to oversee British American Tobacco's operations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru, the...

State parks slated for opening amid budget woes, ID

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say all of Idaho's state parks will be open during the summer season, despite earlier threats some may be shuttered to offset state budget cuts.Robert Meinen, director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, says families will be turning to state parks...

Detroit papers say more readers kept than expected, 1st Ld-Writethru, MI

May 21, 2009 6:56 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...


SC gov. sues state attorney general over stimulus, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by JIM DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First, South Carolina's governor refused to accept federal stimulus money for his state's struggling schools. Then the Republican vetoed a state budget that required him to take it.This week, Gov. Mark Sanford sued his own state's elected officials in federal court, arguing...

Humbled grad turns to new job-hunting strategy, DC

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by PETULA DVORAKAssociated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After relentlessly pounding the industrial carpet at scores of job fairs, firing off hundreds of cover letters and knocking on dozens of doors since November, Michael Volpe was desperate.The 25-year-old college graduate with a degree in physics and a couple of years with the Peace...

C.R. Mayer Lands Major Auburn University Village Door Contract

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —C.R. Mayer & Company ( and Special-Lite Doors have landed one of the biggest orders in Special-Lite history with the contract to provide doors and entranceways to The Village, Auburn University's ( new upscale 1,700-bed student...

Sensors Honored at Kiosk Europe Expo 2009 Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

METHUEN, Mass.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Command Strips for Touch Sensors, 3M Touch Systems' new and unique method for removing and integrating touch sensors, has received a coveted EAFS Self-Service 2009 Best Technology Award at the Kiosk Europe Expo 2009 in Essen, Germany, May 5-7, 2009....

Ratings Downgrades LB-UBS 2001-C2; Assigns Outlooks Business Editors

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Fitch Ratings downgrades and assigns a Rating Outlook to LB-UBS commercial mortgage pass-through certificates, series 2001-C2 as follows:--$19.8 million class F to 'AA-' from 'AA+'; Stable Outlook;--$16.5 million class G to 'A-' from 'AA-'; Stable...


Ariz. lawmaker urges study of gambling expansion, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona House Republican leader is urging his colleagues to consider expanding off-reservation gambling as a budget-balancing option to avoid tax increases and reduce spending cuts.House Majority Whip Andy Tobin on Wednesday sent legislative colleagues an e-mail with financial...

Dems. pick Denver lobbyist to replace Sen. Veiga, CO

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Democrats picked a Denver lobbyist to replace a vacancy left by Sen. Jennifer Veiga, Colorado's first openly gay lawmaker in the Legislature who is moving to Australia.A vacancy committee picked Pat Steadman over nine other candidates Wednesday night. Veiga resigned at the end of the...

Amid Ohio's economic woes, golf fans seek savings, GLF

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by RUSTY MILLER - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There may be no better place to witness two different worlds in the same economy than a professional golf tournament in Ohio.The pros drive up in luxury cars, wearing high-end ensembles that include a pair of shoes and a belt buckle worth several hundred dollars apiece. In the...

Taiwan confirms third case of swine flu, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 21, 2009 6:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan says it has confirmed its second and third cases of swine flu.Spokesman Shih Wen-yi of the Centers for Disease Control said Thursday the two patients are a 22-year-old female student who returned to Taipei a day earlier from New York via Hong Kong, and a 23-year-old...

Kansas seeks FEMA disaster funding, KS

May 21, 2009 6:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are asking a federal agency for assistance to defray costs associated with the winter storm that hit the state in late March.Gov. Mark Parkinson sent the request Thursday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's regional office. Preliminary damage...

Patriots WR Randy Moss tries hand as NASCAR owner, 1st Ld-Writethru, CAR

May 21, 2009 6:49 am | by MIKE CRANSTON - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Randy Moss is going from rule breaker to rule maker as a NASCAR owner in the Camping World Truck Series.For much of his football career, the NFL receiver was known as much for his tangles with authority as his spectacular playmaking. But Moss has steered clear of trouble the...

Another lawsuit in All American Futurity fallout, RAC

May 21, 2009 6:49 am | by TIM KORTE - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The owners of the runner-up in last year's All American Futurity have filed a lawsuit in state court, seeking to gain a voice in an appeal over the suspension of the winning horse's trainer.The lawsuit was filed last week in state district court in Santa Fe, adding another...


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