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Federal surveys detail scope of illegal drug use, US

May 26, 2009 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some statistics about illegal drug use in the United States, taken from the most recent available federal data:—Drug abuse — mostly of heroin, cocaine and marijuana — is responsible for more than 1 million admissions annually to medical facilities for treatment.—The percentage of people reporting...

Plum Creek establishes scholarship, MT

May 26, 2009 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Plum Creek Timber Co. is establishing a college scholarship in honor of Ian Davidson, who recently retired as chairman of the Plum Creek board.Seattle-based Plum Creek says the annual scholarship for a Montana high school senior will provide $5,000 for the first year of...

Bolivia denies supplying Iran with uranium, 5th Ld-Writethru, LT

May 26, 2009 11:21 am | by CARLOS VALDEZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia on Tuesday denied supplying uranium to Iran, while Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismissed Israeli allegations that the two countries have been aiding Tehran's nuclear program.Bolivian Mining Minister Luis Alberto Echazu said his country doesn't even produce the...

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Vast US illegal drug market fuels Mexican cartels, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 26, 2009 11:21 am | by DAVID CRARY - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mexican drug cartels battling viciously to expand and survive have a powerful financial incentive: Across the border to the north is a market for illegal drugs unsurpassed for its wealth, diversity and voraciousness.Homeless heroin addicts in big cities, "meth heads' in Midwest...

British Conservative leader calls for change, 4th Ld-Writethru, EU

May 26, 2009 11:21 am | by GREGORY KATZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Conservative Party leader David Cameron called Tuesday for sweeping reforms to Britain's political system, part of an aggressive damage-control campaign that has made him the only political figure to gain ground from a scandal over lawmakers' expenses.Cameron — widely expected to be...

1Q home prices fall by 19.1 pct to 2002 levels, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 26, 2009 11:21 am | by J.W. ELPHINSTONE - AP Real Estate Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — National home prices are at levels not seen since the end of 2002, but a closer look at data released Tuesday shows the worst may be over for some cities.The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller National Home Price index reported home prices tumbled by 19.1 percent in the first quarter...

Quantum3D Achieves 100 Percent Availability

May 26, 2009 11:21 am | News | Comments

Quantum3D announces that its Independence 2000TI technology insertion plan has delivered 100 percent availability for the F-15E Mission Training Center in Suffolk, United Kingdom.  

Kinbauri Closes Private Placement

May 26, 2009 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kinbauri Gold Corp. ("Kinbauri") (TSX VENTURE: KNB)(FRANKFURT: 3KG.DE) announces that further to its press release of earlier today, Kinbauri has closed its previously announced private placement of 6,000,000 Units at a price of $0.50 per Unit for gross proceeds of $3,000,000. Each Unit consists of...

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States demand details from Craigslist on screening, 1st Ld-Writethru, CT

May 26, 2009 11:16 am | by KATIE NELSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Attorneys general from seven states on Tuesday asked online classified site Craigslist for details on how it will keep pornography and prostitution off its newly created adult services section.The attorneys general made the request nearly two weeks after Craigslist agreed to...

State official apologizes for Kahana Valley order, HI

May 26, 2009 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A top state official has apologized for how she handled an eviction order last year against six families that had long lived in West Oahu's Kahana Valley.Department of Land and Natural Resources Director Laura Thielen met with the residents last week to apologize and to seek comment...

OSHA cites Wal-Mart in 2008 crowd death of worker

May 26, 2009 11:15 am | by FRANK ELTMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The death of a temporary employee who was crushed in a stampede of post-Thanksgiving shoppers at a Long Island Wal-Mart store could have been prevented, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed fining the world's largest retailer $7,000.The U.S. Department of Labor's...

Regulators OK surcharges on Michigan energy bills, APFN

May 26, 2009 11:15 am | by DAVID EGGERT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators on Tuesday approved adding fees to energy bills so utilities can meet new renewable power and energy-efficiency requirements.Starting Sept. 1, residential electric customers of Consumers Energy Co., the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, will pay $2.50 a...

Roadside blast kills 3 Americans in western Iraq, 11th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 26, 2009 11:15 am | by ROBERT H. REID - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — A roadside bomb blasted a U.S. convoy west of Baghdad, killing three Americans, including a State Department reconstruction official who had been a prominent figure in Illinois politics, U.S. authorities said Tuesday.The attack occurred Monday on the eastern outskirts of Fallujah,...

HL:The Canadian Press News Agenda for Wednesday, May 27, 2009@

May 26, 2009 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITORS:@ Following is a list of news events for May 27 as of 15:00 ET:x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage.Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times local unless otherwise noted.Queries about these events and stories in The Canadian Press report...

IGSM Announces Entering Digital Service Arena

May 26, 2009 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IGSM Group Inc. (PINKSHEETS: IGSM) is pleased to announce that the company's objectives are moving in a new positive direction by entering the Digital Service business.The company's board of directors has decided and voted for this change due the upcoming demand that is foreseen in the near future,...

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