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Kyodo news summary -6-+

May 28, 2009 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 30 (Kyodo) — ---------- Aso, Medvedev agree on need for new U.N. resolution on N. KoreaTOKYO - Prime Minister Taro Aso and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed Saturday on the need for the U.N. Security...

Kyodo economic news summary -10-+

May 28, 2009 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 29 (Kyodo) — ---------- Sanyo to borrow 200 bil. yen in its largest-ever syndicated loanOSAKA - Sanyo Electric Co. will borrow 200 billion yen in the largest-ever syndicated loan for the company to repay debts and...

W.Va. gov says Marathon Oil cuts gas deliveries, APFN

May 28, 2009 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Joe Manchin is criticizing Marathon Oil for cutting off deliveries to independent gas stations in parts of West Virginia.The governor says in a statement issued Thursday afternoon that he's...

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ANALYSIS: Japan in need of sake brewery law that tells it like it is+

May 28, 2009 5:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIYAZAKI, Japan, May 29 (Kyodo) — The image of Japan's iconic drink has taken a knock following revelations of a scam operated by one of the country's major sake breweries.Brewery Bishonen Shuzoh Co. of Jonan, Kumamoto...

Overhaul of Ill. information law goes to governor, IL

May 28, 2009 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved a major overhaul of the state's laws on public documents and open meetings.The measure passed 58-1 in the state Senate on Thursday. The House had approved it earlier...

Los Angeles' first black fire chief to retire, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CA

May 28, 2009 4:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Douglas Barry, who became the city's first black fire chief as the department wrestled with claims of discrimination, hazing and sexism, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of August.Mayor Antonio...

Calif judge orders verdict in favor of Blue Shield

May 28, 2009 4:57 pm | by SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ruled that Blue Shield of California was right to drop the policy of a man because he misrepresented his medical history on a health insurance application.In a directed verdict signed Thursday...

Republicans fail in attempt to keep teacher cap, WI

May 28, 2009 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 16-year-old state law that effectively places a cap on teacher pay increases would remain in place for only one more year under the budget being finalized by a legislative committee.Gov. Jim Doyle and...

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Obama renews call for Israel to stop West Bank settlements+

May 28, 2009 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Kyodo) — President Barack Obama reiterated his call Thursday for Israel to freeze settlement activity in the disputed West Bank in order to advance the Middle East peace process with the Palestinians."I...

Tokyo stocks mixed on U.S. recovery hopes, selling for gain+

May 28, 2009 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 29 (Kyodo) — Tokyo stocks were mixed Friday as hope for a U.S. economic recovery was buoyed after a rally on Wall Street overnight, but upward momentum was curbed by selling for gain after two straight days of...

Orange juice emergency lands Oregon man in jail, US

May 28, 2009 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALOHA, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man spent Memorial Day in jail after dialing 911 to complain that a McDonald's worker was rude and didn't give him an orange juice he ordered.Raibin Osman of Aloha is accused of improper use of...

LEAD: Japan's April jobless rate rises to 5.0%, highest since 2003+

May 28, 2009 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 29 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS, 2ND LEAD TO FOLLOW)Japan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached a five-year high of 5.0 percent in April, the government said Friday, casting a shadow over hopes for an...

Mine worker finds richness in everyday life, AK

May 28, 2009 4:40 pm | by RENA DELBRIDGEAssociated Press | News | Comments

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Penny Schwegel knows life can bring tough times.The heavy equipment operator at Fort Knox gold mine also knows it's what you make of those and how you embrace opportunities that count in the long-run...

Kenai judge gets rare look at another system, AK

May 28, 2009 4:40 pm | by PHIL HERMANEKAssociated Press | News | Comments

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Traveling Outside, whether to visit family, do a little shopping or simply enjoy a little respite from the long, dark days of winter, often seems like going off to a different world with the abundance of...

Homer couple make home in old bomb shelter, AK

May 28, 2009 4:40 pm | by NAOMI KLOUDAAssociated Press | News | Comments

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — Stan Welles and his wife Nikki don't feel the occasional earthquakes that rumble through Homer every now and then. Safely enclosed in a bomb shelter built nearly 60 years ago, the thick walls and 13-inch...

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