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Straus criticizes Dems over voter ID, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TX

May 25, 2009 3:35 pm | by APRIL CASTRO - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Speaker Joe Straus broke away Monday from the Democrats who lifted him to power, calling them "obstructionists" and criticizing the partisan gridlock he says they have brought to the Texas House.Straus spoke out Monday as Democrats continued a fourth straight day of...

HL:Gov. Gen. eats slice of slaughtered seal's raw heart to show support for hunt@

May 25, 2009 3:25 pm | by Alex Panetta@Associated Press | News | Comments

RANKIN INLET, Nunavut — First she gutted it. Then she had the bleeding heart pulled out of its furry, flabby carcass. Finally, she swallowed a slice of the mammal's oozing organ.And when it was all over Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean wiped the blood of a freshly slaughtered seal off her crimson-spattered...

Peru and Japan start free-trade negotiations, LT

May 25, 2009 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru and Japan have launched the first round of negotiations for a planned free-trade pact as Peru's government pledges closer ties to Asia's markets.Access to markets, financial services, intellectual property rights and telecommunications, among other fields, will be negotiated...

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Utah foundations hit hard by tough economy, 1st Ld-Writethru, UT

May 25, 2009 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — From ballet dancers to cancer research, the entities that benefit from Utah charitable foundations may soon feel the pinch of the downturned economy.Foundations have used endowment earnings to inject about $130 million a year into programs that touch the lives of nearly every...

Freescale Energizes MeteringChina Conference with Advanced Smart Metering Technology Business Editors/High-Tech Editors

May 25, 2009 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- Imagine a self-healing electrical grid that is as intelligent and interactive as the Internet. Governments, service providers and system and component suppliers are collaborating to create such a robust grid by developing and implementing smart meter...

Govt announces money for green jobs, training, 4th Ld-Writethru, CO

May 25, 2009 3:05 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and two Cabinet secretaries unveiled national programs Tuesday to train workers for "green jobs" that make public housing more energy-efficient.Biden, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced their plans at a meeting of...

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May 25, 2009 2:59 pm | by Stuart VarneyAssociated Press | News | Comments

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Interview With Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

May 25, 2009 2:59 pm | by Stuart VarneyAssociated Press | News | Comments

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Interview With Former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger

May 25, 2009 2:59 pm | by Stuart VarneyAssociated Press | News | Comments

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Wichita police: No calls about mystery child, 1st Ld-Writethru, KS

May 25, 2009 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are trying to get more information about a young boy who came into a convenience store alone.Police said Monday that they have received no calls about the mystery child. The boy is believed to be about 4 or 5 years old.He walked into a QuikTrip convenience store...

Latin America stocks rise as Brazil confidence up, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 25, 2009 2:49 pm | by THERESA BRADLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Latin American stocks rose in light trading Monday as Brazilian consumer confidence rebounded slightly and investors bet a slew of economic reports due in the U.S. this week might show early signs of a global recovery.Brazil's benchmark Ibovespa index climbed 0.5 percent to...

LEAD: Obama urges international action after N. Korean nuclear test+

May 25, 2009 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING OBAMA'S NEW COMMENTS, CLINTON'S DIPLOMACY)President Barack Obama said Monday that North Korea's nuclear and missile tests constitute a "great threat to international peace and security" and urged international action on the reclusive country."North...

HL:Manulife Financial to raise $350 million in preferred share issue@

May 25, 2009 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Manulife Financial Corp. said Monday that it will raise $350 million in an issue of preferred shares.Manulife said it will issue 14 million Series 1 preferred shares priced at $25 per share to raise gross proceeds of $350 million.The insurer had initially planned an offering of up to 10...

Large tract of Mendocino Co. forest up for sale, CA

May 25, 2009 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WILLITS, Calif. (AP) — More than 2,000 acres of Mendocino County forest filled with redwood trees is up for sale to the public this week.Experts say forest purchases are not unusual by timber companies or conservation groups, but it's rare that a large redwood tract would go to a public...

Hometown street poles salute soldiers in war zones, US

May 25, 2009 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SULLIVAN, Ill. (AP) — A drive around the small central Illinois town of Sullivan is a lesson in patriotism. The lamp posts and telephone poles on two streets are adorned with white signs bearing the names of local military members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.The effort started in 2004, and...

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