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John King Hosts Cnn'S State Of The Union, 23th Add

May 24, 2009 5:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

John King Hosts Cnn'S State Of The Unionxfdsu CNN-STATE-OF-UNION 23thadd xfdsuXXX that face us.SHOUKRY: We will certainly do our part, Egypt has been doing its part consistently. We have a strong relationship with the United States, a strategic alliance. And we value that alliance and will provide...

Rap song by US soldier's son: Just come back alive, AS

May 24, 2009 5:51 am | by RAUL GALLEGOAssociated Press | News | Comments

FORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan (AP) — At least a couple of times a week, U.S. army Capt. Alfonso Johnson opens his laptop at his base in Afghanistan and plays a rap video — a clip with his young son singing of his fears his father will die in combat."I'm 11 years old, already grown...

China confirms 4 new cases of new flu+

May 24, 2009 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING, May 24 (Kyodo) — China over the weekend confirmed four new cases of new H1N1 influenza A infections, bringing the total to eight confirmed cases on the mainland and seven in Hong Kong.The latest case on the mainland involved a 2-year-old girl in the province of Fujian.The Chinese Health...

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Netanyahu: We'll build in existing settlements, 5th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 24, 2009 5:40 am | by AMY TEIBEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel will continue to build homes in existing West Bank settlements, defying U.S. calls to halt settlement growth.The comments came days after a contentious visit to the White House and threatened to widen a growing rift with the...

2ND LD: Baseball: Ortiz, Kokubo help Hakws continue strong interleague run+

May 24, 2009 5:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 24 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING 2 GAMES)Jose Ortiz and Hiroki Kokubo each hit two-run homers as the Softbank Hawks beat the Yakult Swallows 8-5 Sunday for their fourth straight victory.Ortiz and Kokubo connected off Ryo Kawashima (3-3) in the third and fifth innings, respectively. Ortiz added...

Detroit city council member's property taxes: $68, 5th Ld-Writethru, MI

May 24, 2009 5:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit City Council member who paid $68 in property taxes this year because city records indicate her home doesn't exist, said she thought damage caused by a tornado was the reason her bill was so low.But JoAnn Watson couldn't recall exactly when the tornado struck her well-kept...

US: 4 al-Qaida members detained in Afghanistan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 24, 2009 5:24 am | by FISNIK ABRASHI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KABUL (AP) — U.S. coalition troops detained four suspected al-Qaida members during a raid in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, while a roadside bomb in the south killed a NATO service member, officials said.The U.S.-led troops captured the four in the city of Khost, close to the border with Pakistan,...

LEAD: Baseball: Ortiz, Kokubo help Hakws continue strong interleague run+

May 24, 2009 4:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 24 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING HIROSHIMA-SEIBU GAME)Jose Ortiz and Hiroki Kokubo each hit two-run homers as the Softbank Hawks beat the Yakult Swallows 8-5 Sunday for their fourth straight victory.Ortiz and Kokubo connected off Ryo Kawashima (3-3) in the third and fifth innings, respectively....

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PUC to discuss wind energy, SD

May 24, 2009 4:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WINNER, S.D. (AP) — The state Public Utilities Commission will hold another in a series of informational meetings about wind energy development in South Dakota.It will be June 9 in Winner.Commissioners plan to discuss the opportunities and obstacles to wind energy development in the state....

Campgrounds, RV parks spend green to go 'green', MI

May 24, 2009 4:44 am | by JAMES PRICHARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HOPKINS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — There's a lot about Clay's Park Resort that appeals to Janet Durtschi, including its ongoing effort to get "greener."She and her husband, Donald, have bought seasonal memberships to the northeastern Ohio campground for the past seven years. When there, she enjoys...

LEAD: DPJ-backed Shimizu projected to win Saitama mayoral election+

May 24, 2009 4:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAITAMA, Japan, May 24 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING VOTER TURNOUT AT 4TH GRAF)Hayato Shimizu, supported by the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, is certain to win Sunday's Saitama mayoral election, beating five rivals, including the incumbent backed by the ruling camp, according to Kyodo News...

LEAD: Schools in flu-hit Osaka, Hyogo reopen after 1-week closure+

May 24, 2009 4:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KOBE, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING COMMENTS OF GOV'T SPOKESMAN, TEACHER, STUDENTS, UPDATING FIGURES, OTHER INFO)Schools in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures resumed classes Monday after closing for about a week, in line with Japan's new policy of relaxing restrictions in areas hit hard by a new strain...

Afghanistan's rebuilding looms as sequel to Iraq's, US

May 24, 2009 4:23 am | by RICHARD LARDNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job of rebuilding Afghanistan is shaping up as an ominous sequel to the massive, mistake-riddled U.S. effort to get Iraq back on its feet.Since 2001, the U.S. has committed nearly $33 billion for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan. Yet as President Barack Obama sends more...

Fix is hard for Medicare, Social Security finances

May 24, 2009 4:23 am | by TOM RAUM - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no easy fix.Medicare and Social Security will go broke sooner rather than later because of the recession. With millions of baby boomers beginning to leave the work force, the cost of these popular benefit programs threatens to swamp the government in debt in the coming...

Liberals ask how they lost gun, Guantanamo votes, US

May 24, 2009 4:18 am | by CHARLES BABINGTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated liberals are asking why a Democratic-controlled Congress and White House can't manage to close the Guantanamo prison or keep new gun-rights laws from passing.After all, President Barack Obama pledged to shut down the military detention center on Cuba for suspected...

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