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Bolivia president seeks improved US relations, 2nd Ld-Writethru, LT

May 21, 2009 6:58 pm | by CARLOS VALDEZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales called for an about-face in relations with Washington on Thursday, saying past diplomatic spats can be overcome if the new U.S. government refrains from meddling in Bolivian affairs.Morales met with U.S. envoy Thomas Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State...

HECO cuts rate hike request, HI

May 21, 2009 6:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric Co. has agreed to cut a rate increase request for its 295,000 customers on Oahu.The reduction would save customers at least $10 million a year.HECO initially sought a 7.5 percent rate hike.But in a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the...

Ion Media gets bankruptcy court funding approval, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Ion Media Networks Inc., which owns or operates 60 TV stations in the U.S., said Thursday it has received approval to use its cash on hand and access $25 million in new funding to keep operating while in bankruptcy court proceedings.Ion on Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

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Kyodo news summary-10-+

May 21, 2009 6:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 22 (Kyodo) — ---------- N.Y. stocks end lower on economic concernNEW YORK - New York stocks ended slightly lower after ups and downs in lackluster trading on Friday.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which lost 129.91 points Thursday, fell another 14.81 points to...

Alaska's unemployment rate drops, AK

May 21, 2009 6:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State labor officials say Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 8 percent for April.The Alaska Department of Labor says that's a drop of four-tenths of a percentage point. The March rate was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.4...

Worcester bank rejects rival takeover bid, MA

May 21, 2009 6:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The parent company of Worcester-based Commonwealth National Bank says it's proceeding with a merger with Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bank, after rejecting a rival bid.CNB Financial Corp. said Thursday that it turned down an unsolicited takeover offer from West...

Owner of 14 newspapers in Minn., Wis. makes cuts, MN

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A company that owns newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin has announced it will furlough employees between now and the end of June.The Superior Publishing Group will furlough hourly employees for two days and salaried employees for one week. About half of Superior's 250...

Main events scheduled for May 24-31+

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — MAY 24 (SUN)-- Voting and vote counting for Saitama mayoral election.-- Energy ministers from Group of Eight countries to hold two-day meeting in Rome. MAY 25 (MON)-- Cabinet Office to release monthly government economic report for May.-- Foreign ministers of Asia-Europe...

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Pilgrim's Pride plant sale complete, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The sale of the closed Pilgrim's Pride chicken processing plant in Farmerville to California-based Foster Farms has been completed.Foster Farms agreed to buy the plant for $80 million. the state will contribute $50 million — half of the purchase price, plus another $10...

Ethics dispute resolved, 1st Ld-Writethru, NV

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by BRENDAN RILEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Sen. Warren Hardy's ethics dispute, which prompted a legislative attorney to advise that he not vote on a major tax plan because the case was pending, was resolved Thursday by the Nevada Supreme Court — and Hardy said he intends to vote for the plan.In the case involving...

HL:UFC boss confirms Cro Cop is back, but doubts The Iceman will return@

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by Neil Davidson@Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS — Despite rumblings to the contrary, UFC president Dana White believes former light-heavyweight champion Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell's fighting days are over.White, a longtime friend and former manager of Liddell, essentially announced Liddell's retirement after his loss to Mauricio...

NAACP branch chartered in Grand Forks, 1st Ld-Writethru, ND

May 21, 2009 6:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — NAACP members say they have started a chapter in North Dakota, one of the last two states to have such a group.Ronald Cooper is the president of the new state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He said the Grand Forks Northern Lights...

Federal board rejects challenge to I-40 project, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 21, 2009 6:45 pm | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal agency has authorized the relocation of an Oklahoma City railway line that lies in the path of the most expensive highway construction project ever undertaken in the state.In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, the Surface Transportation Board granted an application by...

Video shows 53 inmates escaping Mexican prison, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by JULIE WATSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Security camera footage shows that guards at a Mexican prison nonchalantly stood by as 53 dangerous inmates walked out — and didn't rush into action with their guns drawn until well after their convoy of escape vehicles had disappeared into the inky night.The footage, first...

Courant, Day take top SPJ honors, CT

May 21, 2009 6:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A first-person account of child pornography accusations against a Hartford doctor, and stories about foreign workers at Pfizer Inc. won top awards in the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual excellence in journalism awards.Judges singled...

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