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Valero in South Dakota for farmer meetings, SD

May 19, 2009 8:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials from oil refiner Valero Energy Corp. are in South Dakota Tuesday to meet with local farmers and suppliers.Valero recently purchased seven ethanol plants from Sioux Falls-based VeraSun Energy Corp., part of the largest biofuel buyout in terms of production...

Nigeria says anti-militant operations restarted, 1st Ld-Writethru, AF

May 19, 2009 8:09 am | by NATHANIEL IBIGOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's armed forces relaunched operations Tuesday against militants in the southern oil region of Africa's biggest crude producer, officials said.Military spokesman Lt. Col. Rabe Abubaker said security forces were searching for an underground arms depot.Witnesses reported...

Training begins at Jordan-US anti-terrorism center, ML

May 19, 2009 8:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian military official says training has started at a new anti-terrorism center jointly set up by Jordan and the United States.Col. Adnan Abbadi, who heads the center, says it will train elite special forces units in anti-terrorism skills. He says the trainees are...

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Activists: Paper co threatens Indonesia orangutans, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 19, 2009 8:08 am | by ROBIN McDOWELL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the world's largest paper companies plans to clear a large swath of unprotected forest in Indonesia being used as a sanctuary for critically endangered orangutans, according to environmental groups working in the area.Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper has received a...

Somali official warns pirates may become warlords, 2nd Ld-Writethru

May 19, 2009 8:08 am | by EILEEN NG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hijacking ships for ransom off the coast of Somalia has made rich men of many pirates who could become the strife-ridden African country's new warlords, a Somali official said Tuesday.The stark warning delivered at an international piracy conference adds urgency to the...

Poll: Nearly half of Nevadans would oust Sen. Reid, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NV

May 19, 2009 8:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nearly half the respondents in a Nevada newspaper poll said they would vote to replace Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, while about one in three say they would re-elect him.Along with the 45 percent who said they'd oust the four-term Democrat, 17 percent of the 625...

Activity Alert: Put Activity Heats Up on Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Business Editors

May 19, 2009 8:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Puts were a popular choice Monday on Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (NYSE: GNK). During the course of the session, traders on the International Securities Exchange (ISE) bought to open 1,896 puts on GNK, compared to just 230 calls. In other words,...

Senators reject Guantanamo closure without plan, 6th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 8:03 am | by ANDREW TAYLOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison suffered a blow Tuesday when his allies in the Senate said they would refuse to finance the move until the administration delivers a satisfactory plan for what to do with the detainees there.As the Senate took up...

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Kennedy picks 1st woman for state's US Attorney, 3rd Ld-Writethru, MA

May 19, 2009 8:03 am | by DENISE LAVOIE - AP Legal Affairs Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Carmen Ortiz, an assistant U.S. attorney who prosecutes white-collar crime, has been recommended to President Barack Obama as the next U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy announced Tuesday.Ortiz would be the state's first Hispanic and first female U.S. attorney....

Mass. Senate begins budget debate talking taxes, 3rd Ld-Writethru, MA

May 19, 2009 8:03 am | by STEVE LeBLANC - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate launched its budget debate Tuesday by sorting through dozens of tax plans, including a proposal to raise the state sales tax from 5 percent to 6.25 percent.The Senate quickly rejected by a 28-11 vote a proposal to increase the state income tax rate from 5.3...

Vistior Announces Completion of Private Placement

May 19, 2009 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vistior Capital Limited ("Vistior") (TSX VENTURE: VCL) announces the completion of a private placement (the "Transaction") by Visitor of up to 6,771,429 common shares (the "Seafield Shares") of Seafield Resources Ltd. ("Seafield") (TSX VENTURE: SFF) at a price of $0.035 per share for aggregate...

Boeing completes 747-8 Freighter fuselage, WA

May 19, 2009 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing has completed the assembly of the forward fuselage for the first 747-8 Freighter.It has more than 13 of the additional feet that will make the 747-8 about 18 feet longer than a 747-400.The fuselage also will be stretched 5 feet aft of the wing. Overall, the 747-8...

Kan. gov. signs bill boosting unemployment fund, 1st Ld-Writethru, KS

May 19, 2009 8:02 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill Tuesday allowing Kansas to tap into $69 million in federal stimulus funds to help with unemployment benefits.The legislation allows more out-of-work Kansans to qualify for benefits. It also extends unemployment benefits by another 26 weeks for...

N.Y. stocks fluctuate in morning on mixed economic data+

May 19, 2009 7:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 19 (Kyodo) — New York stocks fluctuated on Tuesday morning on mixed economic data.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which gained 235.44 points Monday, slid 2.87 points to stand at 8,501.21 points at 11:20 a.m.The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index, a 52.22 point gainer, inched...

WVa leading push to help firms conserve energy, WV

May 19, 2009 7:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Industries of the Future program is getting $733,000 to help companies cut their energy consumption 25 percent within a decade.The U.S. Department of Energy funding is intended to help form partnerships in West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and eastern...

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