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Nintendo returns to the ring with 'Punch-Out!!'

May 19, 2009 9:17 am | by LOU KESTEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In the early 1980s, after Muhammad Ali retired, boxing was losing its mojo. It took two larger-than-life brawlers to bring star power back to the ring: Mike Tyson and Little Mac.They were the stars of the 1987 Nintendo game "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" If you had a Nintendo Entertainment System back...

Wash. unemployment rate stayed same in April, 2nd Ld-Writethru, WA

May 19, 2009 9:17 am | by RACHEL LA CORTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — For the first time in more than a year, Washington's unemployment rate hasn't had a monthly increase, but state officials on Tuesday cautioned it doesn't mean the worst is over.The state's jobless rate for April was an estimated 9.1 percent, the same as the revised rate for...

Commission rejects OSU's plans for science center, OR

May 19, 2009 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Plans to build the Linus Pauling Science Center at Oregon State University have been rejected by the Corvallis Historic Resources Commission, which says the structure would be incompatible with design and materials in nearby historic buildings.The Corvallis City Council heard...

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HL:'Model' villages around Kandahar aim to render Taliban 'irrelevant'@

May 19, 2009 9:17 am | by Colin Perkel@Associated Press | News | Comments

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Canada's reconstruction mission in treacherous southern Afghanistan is poised to embark on a new phase in the coming weeks with efforts focused on normalizing small population centres on the five main approaches to Kandahar, the country's second-largest city.The aim is to...

Ireland braces for report on Catholic child abuse, 2nd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 19, 2009 9:17 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN (AP) — For decades, thousands of Irish children suffered soul-crushing lives of forced labor, beatings and molestation in spartan institutions run by Roman Catholic religious orders. Campaigners for the abused believe that a measure of justice may finally be arriving — despite the church's...

Senate OKs bill to rein in credit card industry

May 19, 2009 9:17 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to rein in credit card rate increases and excessive fees, hoping to give voters some breathing room amid a recession that has left hundreds of thousands of Americans jobless or facing foreclosure.The House was on track to pass the measure...

Publisher of Offers.com, Celebrates Sixth Anniversary Business Editors/Marketing Writers

May 19, 2009 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Vertive, Inc., a leading performance marketing company, celebrated the company's sixth anniversary today. Vertive has created and published over 25 best-in-class Web sites for targeted vertical categories, and in 2009 launched Offers.com, the first...

U.S. Strategy Should Avoid Inflating Iran's Role in Middle East Instability, Exploit Constraints on Iranian Power and Seek Areas of Engagement, RAND Study Finds

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: National, Foreign editorsSANTA MONICA, Calif., May 19 (AScribe Newswire) -- Iran's rise as a regional power presents a key foreign policy and security challenge to the United States, but its reach may be more limited than Western conventional wisdom suggests, according to a RAND...

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Some think worst past in Germany, EU

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by MATT MOORE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — Germany's economy is sneezing and coughing amid rising unemployment and plunging production. But hopes are rising that the patient's worst symptoms have already come and gone.Fears have abated in recent days that Europe's largest economy will see a continued plunge in output like...

PSC OKs new NorthWestern Energy gas plant, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by MATT GOURAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Public Service Commission on Tuesday gave final approval for NorthWestern Energy's plan to build a new natural gas-fired power plant near Anaconda.The new plant is part of a plan to give the state's largest utility the capacity to generate some of its own power.The...

Principals part of Detroit schools fraud probe, MI

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by COREY WILLIAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Robert Bobb was charged with cleaning up the Detroit Public Schools' muddied finances.His efforts to weed out the corruption and fraud could lead to criminal charges against a number of employees, including principals, he said."We have investigations from principals ... from very...

Trek Bicycle voluntarily recalls 16,000 bikes, APFN

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trek Bicycle Corp. said Tuesday it is voluntarily recalling about 16,000 bicycles with JD suspension forks because they can lose alignment.The privately held Waterloo, Wis., company said improper alignment can cause the bicycle's front wheel to unexpectedly turn, potentially...

HL:Dune buggy crashes into woman during Victoria Day parade in Woodstock, Ont.@

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Police say a woman was treated for minor injuries after a Shriners dune buggy plowed into her during a Victoria Day parade in Woodstock, Ont.The buggies were driving in a circular formation in the parade when the woman in her 20s was hit.Oxford Community Police believe the woman...

JPMorgan shareholders want dividend back, 2nd Ld-Writethru

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by MADLEN READ - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase's shareholders aren't ecstatic. But they're nowhere near as angry as their counterparts at other big banks.One even asked Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon at the company's annual meeting Tuesday if there was any other CEO who has protected shareholder value better than he...

Utah government spending Web site goes live, UT

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State officials have unveiled a new Web site intended to show how government is spending taxpayer dollars.The Web site, transparent.utah.gov, provides a searchable database of line-item expenditures for state agencies since July.State officials expect to update the site, which...

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