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Ala.: Special session on prepaid tuition possible, APFN

May 22, 2009 3:50 am | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Bob Riley said Thursday he will call a special session of the Legislature to address financial problems with the state's prepaid college tuition plan if legislators develop a consensus about what to do and assure him it will pass quickly.Getting that "is going to be...

State auditor offers mediation to gov, lawmakers, VT

May 22, 2009 3:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's state auditor is offering to try to broker a deal in the Statehouse deadlock over the state budget.Tom Salmon has offered to mediate the dispute between Republican Gov. Jim Douglas and the Democrat-controlled Legislature, who are at odds over the $4.5 billion budget...

500 Penelec workers strike in northwestern Pa., PA

May 22, 2009 3:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — About 500 workers with the utility company Penelec are on strike. The company provides power to customers in northwestern Pennsylvania, including Crawford, Erie, Venango and Warren counties.The striking workers are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical...

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Memorial Day finds Ohio gas prices at 2009 high, OH

May 22, 2009 3:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Memorial Day travelers are paying the highest gasoline prices of the year.Going into the long holiday weekend, the statewide average for regular is $2.44 per gallon, according to auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. Prices have jumped about...

Ackman group: 2 Target board members should resign, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 22, 2009 3:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A group associated with hedge fund manager William Ackman said Friday that two of Target Corp.'s board members should resign because they will no longer be working for the companies that they headed.Ackman, who runs Pershing Square Capital Management, wants several changes to the...

Ahead of Bell: Analysts lower Zumiez estimates, APFN

May 22, 2009 3:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A weaker-than-expected second-quarter profit outlook from Zumiez Inc. prompted two analysts to lower some of their estimates for the sports apparel and equipment retailer on Friday.Thursday, Zumiez predicted a quarterly loss of 14 cents to 17 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by...

High River Gold Provides Update on Strategic Alternatives

May 22, 2009 3:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Board of High River Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: HRG) ("High River" or the "Company") notes the recent increase in its stock price and wishes to provide an update on recent events.High River has previously updated the market with respect to certain operating difficulties, current liquidity and loan...

Terror plot suspects have lengthy criminal records, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 3:33 am | by JIM FITZGERALD - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The four men accused of plotting to bomb New York City synagogues and shoot down military airplanes with missiles are down-and-out ex-convicts living on the margins in a faded industrial city.One is a petty criminal who spent a day in 2002 snatching purses and shooting at...

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'Keyboard Cat' phenomenon spreads on Web, TV

May 22, 2009 3:33 am | by JAKE COYLE - AP Entertainment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A new Internet phenomenon has drawn the interest of millions — including Stephen Colbert.One of the most popular current online crazes is something called "Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat," a user-generated video meme.The formula is a simple. A clip is played of a pratfall or some...

'The Sims' return with more personality quirks

May 22, 2009 3:33 am | by DERRIK J. LANG - AP Entertainment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Maybe it's neat, childish, lucky, ambitious and insane — just depends on what traits gamers choose for their neighborhood of virtual playthings in "The Sims 3," Electronic Arts and Maxis' popular life-simulating game for the PC and Mac.Executive producer Ben Bell said it will...

Pope 2.0: Vatican launches Facebook application

May 22, 2009 3:33 am | by ARIEL DAVID - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Web surfers can now send virtual postcards of Pope Benedict XVI to their Facebook friends or follow the pontiff's travel on their iPhones.Under a papacy that has suffered communication woes, the Vatican is taking new, technologically savvy steps to bring its message to social...

Stinchcomb, extremo ofensivo de los New Orleans Saints, y el ex jugador de la NFL, Matt Stinchcomb, suministran alimentos a ninos y familias en estado de necesidad. Philanthropy ...

May 22, 2009 3:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATHENS, Georgia-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — 22 de mayo de 2009-- Jon y Matt Stinchcomb, nativos de Georgia, se han asociado con Feed The Children para suministrar a 400 familias cajas con alimentos y elementos para el cuidado personal el martes 26 de mayo a las 10:00 horas en el Centro de Aprendizaje HT...

FTSE 100 up 34.51 points at 4,379.98, EU

May 22, 2009 3:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Share prices on the London Stock Exchange were higher at midday Friday.At noon, the FTSE 100-share index was up 34.51 points at 4,379.98.

Nepal's Prachanda says Maoists don't intend to capture state power+

May 22, 2009 3:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KATHMANDU, May 22 (Kyodo) — Nepal's outgoing Premier Prachanda lashed out Friday at accusations that his party intends to capture state power by sacking the country's army chief.Addressing parliament on what could be his last day as caretaker premier, Prachanda said the action against Chief of Army...

Turkey and Brazil to explore for Black Sea oil, EU

May 22, 2009 3:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish president says Brazil and Turkey will jointly explore for oil in the Black Sea.President Abdullah Gul says Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras and Turkey's state-run research company TPAO signed an agreement Friday to invest US$800 million (€580 million) in...

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