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Former NY legislator sentenced to 10 years, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by TOM HAYS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Democratic state assemblyman and labor leader Brian McLaughlin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison after apologizing for abusing his authority in a multimillion-dollar scheme to enrich himself."Of course I'm very, very sorry for all my improper conduct and criminal...

Cedar Fair amusement parks hoping for good turnout, OH

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A list of Cedar Fair's amusement parks in the United States and Canada:— Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.— Kings Island near Cincinnati.— California's Great America in Santa Clara, Calif.— Canada's Wonderland near Toronto.— Kings Dominion near Richmond, Va.— Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C.— Worlds of...

Michigan reports 175 confirmed swine flu cases, MI

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials are reporting 175 confirmed swine flu cases in the state.That is 11 more than reported on a state Web site Monday.The cases are spread among 29 of Michigan's 83 counties. The state updated its figures Wednesday afternoon.Federal officials have determined the...

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Obama approves US-UAE nuclear cooperation deal, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by RICHARD LARDNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has approved plans for the U.S. to help the United Arab Emirates become the first Arab nation with a nuclear power industry that will fuel the country's growing demand for electricity.Obama's official backing of the pact, known as a "123 agreement," is...

Foes speak out against offshore oil proposal, CA

May 20, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A group of environmental leaders have criticized a proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that could bring the state $1.8 billion by allowing the first new oil drilling off California's coast in more than 40 years.The proposal would revive a project on the Santa Barbara...

On-Demand Financial Planning and Reporting Vendor Honored Among This Year's Most Promising Private Technology Ventures in North America

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.adaptiveplanning.com () —Adaptive Planning, the worldwide leader in on-demand financial planning and reporting solutions for companies of all sizes, announced today that Red Herring has named Adaptive Planning a winner in the software category for the "Red Herring 100 North America"...

Obama undoes Bush-era policy that undercut states, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by PETE YOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama White House on Wednesday undid a Bush administration policy that used federal regulations to undermine a wide range of state health, safety and environmental laws.Many of the federal regulations limited the ability of injured consumers to sue companies in state...

EPA fines companies for fouling Bay Area waterways, CA

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining two waste management companies for polluting San Francisco Bay area waterways.Agency officials say California Waste Solutions was cited for sending trash and other pollutants from three of its locations in Oakland and San Jose...

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Can a mop fight swine flu? Docs say probably not, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:14 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — In scores of schools across the United States, the mop has been the weapon of choice in the fight against swine flu.When hundreds of children fell ill with the virus at a Queens high school last month, authorities promptly closed the building and spent days disinfecting desks and...

House votes to nix criticized pay plan, IL

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to shelve the highly criticized way lawmakers get pay raises.The House voted 116-0 Wednesday to repeal the system by which an independent board decides pay raises for the General Assembly, executive branch and judges.The...

Obama attends economic advisory board meeting, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there has been "some return to normalcy" in areas of the financial markets that will be helpful to the economy overall, but added he remains concerned about what happens once the crisis ends."How do we create sound fundamentals on issues...

Jordan appointed to led NC State University board, NC

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina lieutenant governor has been named chairman of the trustee board at North Carolina State University.The board Wednesday appointed former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan to replace McQueen Campbell in the position. Jordan will serve as chairman through the middle of...

Watchdog: Transportation stimulus money at risk, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by JOAN LOWY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department is at risk of awarding economic stimulus aid to contractors who have defrauded the government, a government watchdog warned Wednesday.The department's inspector general, Calvin Scovel, issued an advisory that said the agency doesn't process or report...

Providence, RI, mayor amends student tax proposal, 4th Ld-Writethru, RI

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by ERIC TUCKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor David Cicilline on Wednesday amended his plan to tax students at the city's four private colleges and universities, suggesting instead that the schools could shoulder the fee themselves to make up for their tax-exempt status.Cicilline initially suggested a...

Fake Cherokee chief pleads guilty in Pa. fraud, 1st Ld-Writethru, PA

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by JOE MANDAK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Pennsylvania man who pretended to be a Cherokee Indian chief and billionaire oil tycoon pleaded guilty in federal court to a multimillion-dollar wire fraud conspiracy on Wednesday.Federal prosecutors said Robert Eugene Cheney, 79, who now lives in Las Vegas, and another...

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