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Pension funds challenge Chrysler plan in court, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for a pair of Indiana state pension funds and a state construction fund will head to U.S. District Court on Tuesday to challenge the legality of Chrysler's plan to exit bankruptcy protection.The appearance comes just a day before a hearing in bankruptcy court where...

Alabama governor approves stronger beer, 1st Ld-Writethru, AL

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has a new law allowing stronger beer to be sold in the state, which means previously banned specialty and imported beers can soon begin appearing in restaurants, bars and some retail stores.Gov. Bob Riley said he signed the bill Friday to immediately raise the...

2008, DataCert Posts Strong Q1 Results Business Editors/Software Writers/Legal Editors

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- DataCert, Inc., the leading global provider of legal operations management solutions, today announced strong first quarter financial performance, with a 20% increase in revenue and an 18% increase in total bookings for the first quarter over the same...

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Nemenhah leader defends group, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MO

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — Phillip "Cloudpiler" Landis was raised Mormon in western Washington and didn't think too much about what he considers his American Indian heritage until he went to prison."What better place to have to sit and reflect upon what motivates you," he says.Landis now leads the...

technologie DCI a Cardio3 BioSciences pour son essai clinique a base de cellules souches C-Cure@ Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — 22 mai 2009-- BIOTRONIK, une pionniere en matiere de technologies de monitoring distant sans fil destine aux patients equipes de dispositifs cardiaques, a annonce aujourd'hui un accord de partenariat avec la societe belge de biotechnologies Cardio3 BioSciences dans le...

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Brazil OKs extradition of drug lord to US, LT

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by MARCO SIBAJA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court approved the extradition to the United States of a Colombian-born drug lord accused of running one of the world's largest drug smuggling operations, the court said Friday.Pablo Rayo Montano was accused by the United States of being one of the world's...

HL:Taliban uses cellphones to send out news releases; has its own ringtones@

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by LuAnn LaSalle@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Text messages, ringtones and video crews are part of Taliban tactics in Afghanistan, say two Canadian journalists who have covered the wartorn country.After initially banning images and photographs, the Taliban has embraced technology and some of its current and former members are Apple...

Analysts say GM bankruptcy may not be all that bad, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — With General Motors' long-anticipated day of reckoning a little more than a week away, nearly all signs are pointing to the wounded auto giant limping its way into bankruptcy court, but experts say that might not be as bad as once expected.Car and truck buyers, they say, may not be...

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Woman pleads guilty to blackmailing developer, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 22, 2009 1:06 pm | by KAHRIN DEINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A woman pleaded guilty Friday to blackmailing a prominent Bozeman developer over an alleged prostitution ring under investigation by the FBI.Shannon Michelle Clark, a 36-year-old Bozeman resident, told U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush that she had a sexual relationship...

FDA: Pistachio plant knew some nuts were tainted, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Food safety inspectors say a California plant at the center of a salmonella scare knew some of its pistachios were tainted but continued shipping nuts for another six months.The Food and Drug Administration issued a sweeping national warning in March for consumers to avoid...

Bredesen signs landline deregulation into law, TN

May 22, 2009 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will no longer regulate the price of basic landline phone services under a bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Bredesen.That means state regulators no longer have a say over the price of phone services like directory assistance, caller ID and regional calls between...

HL:CBC's English-language service to lay off 180 employees next week@

May 22, 2009 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — CBC will lay off up to 180 employees in its English-language service next week, says Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC English Services.Stursberg made the announcement Friday to employees at the public broadcaster, said spokesman Jeff Keay.The CBC had projected in March...

Strong quake shakes tall buildings in Mexico City, 5th Ld-Writethru, LT

May 22, 2009 1:00 pm | by JULIE WATSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong earthquake swayed skyscrapers in Mexico City and rattled colonial buildings in neighboring Puebla state Friday, sending frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of...

Classic car becomes a television star, OK

May 22, 2009 1:00 pm | by RANDY COWLINGAssociated Press | News | Comments

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Recently a national television anchor and her sister found their transportation needs while traveling Route 66 in Claremore.Through a round about series of telephone calls ABC's Good Morning America weekend anchor, Kate Snow, linked up with Bill and Shirley Flint. Snow made...

Forum Communications lays off MN Capitol reporter, MN

May 22, 2009 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Forum Communications Co. is laying off one of its two reporters at the Minnesota Capitol.Reporter Scott Wente's job was eliminated.He covered five legislative sessions for Forum papers. Wente became a year-round Capitol reporter starting in 2006 after covering two sessions...

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