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Post office ends 24-hour counter service, IL

May 20, 2009 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service will cease round-the-clock service at its last 24-hour post office windows in the country, located in downtown Chicago.Officials with the U.S. Postal Service say they don't have enough customers to justify keeping the post office staffed all night with...

EPA administrator tours Wyoming wind farm, APFN

May 20, 2009 6:28 pm | by BOB MOEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The relatively nascent U.S. wind industry can help propel the country out of its economic doldrums and bring energy independence, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said.With about a dozen large turbines whirring in a light breeze around her, Jackson...

Mayor Nagin discusses recovery, race in speech, 2nd Ld-Writethru, LA

May 20, 2009 6:23 pm | by BECKY BOHRER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mayor Ray Nagin said in his last State of the City address that New Orleans is regaining its footing after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. But he appealed Wednesday night for unity to continue the push forward following the 2005 storm."We must all come together and heal our...

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of Directors Determines That Revised Proposal from Vista Equity Partners is a Superior Proposal Business Editors

May 20, 2009 6:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- SumTotal(R) Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMT), the market leader and a global provider of talent development solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has determined that a revised proposal received today from Vista Equity Partners...

Ga. contractor indicted in Ohio on fraud charges, OH

May 20, 2009 6:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Georgia contractor on charges of defrauding an Ohio company of nearly $1.7 million.Prosecutors say 39-year-old Vernon Menifee of Marietta, Ga., has said he needed the money for post-Hurricane Katrina construction projects.Menifee was indicted...

Chevron: No deal to sell building, LA

May 20, 2009 6:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chevron Corp. says it has received an offer from New Orleans about buying the energy giant's empty office building in the city — but hasn't agreed to sell it to anyone.Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday night that the city had signed a letter of intent to buy the building for $7.3...

Pa. city tries to collect old trash fees, PA

May 20, 2009 6:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The southeastern Pennsylvania city of Chester is trying to collect $3 million in delinquent trash collection fees.Mayor Wendell Butler says many people thought their trash fees were part of property tax payments, but that's not so.For a decade, the city's computer system...

HL:UBC study finds people with foreign names face discrimination in job market@

May 20, 2009 6:02 pm | by Sunny Dhillon@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — The answer to the age-old question "What's in a name?" may well be plenty of discrimination, according to a new University of British Columbia study.UBC economics professor Philip Oreopoulos says his study suggests that employers discriminate against people with foreign names even if...

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UA photo exhibit shows polar bears in home habitat, AK

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by ERICA GOFFAssociated Press | News | Comments

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — "I felt a need to encompass everything from the scientific end to the humanistic, or animalistic, end, as well as Native mythology and Native point of view," photographer Steven Kazlowski said of his work on photographing polar bears.Kazlowski's photographs, taken in...

Search continues for mother, son who fled chemo, US

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by AMY FORLITI - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — The search for a Minnesota mother who fled with her 13-year-old cancer-stricken son has turned to Southern California after authorities received a tip.But the officials leading the search acknowledged late Wednesday that Colleen Hauser and her son, Daniel, could already be...

Manitowoc County seeks employee cuts, WI

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Manitowoc County's unionized employees are being asked to take pay cuts, a wage freeze and potential increases in health insurance costs to cut expenses by around $2 million a year because of decreased revenues.County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer made the request Wednesday...

Oil firm slows output with Peru Indian strike, LT

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by ANDREW WHALEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An Argentine oil company is being forced to shut down operations in the northern Peruvian jungle because of a monthlong Indian protest that has blocked the only pipeline transporting oil out of the region.Pluspetrol, the main company selling oil to the state-operated oil pipeline,...

Northern Ky. lime plant lays off 43, KY

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUTLER, Ky. (AP) — A mine and lime plant in northern Kentucky has laid off 43 employees since last month.The facility near Butler in Pendleton County is owned by Pittsburgh-based Carmeuse Lime & Stone.Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Philip Johnson told the Lexington Herald-Leader that...

HL:PM rallies troops at Montreal fundraiser Wednesday@

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by Tobi Cohen@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — With Conservative support apparently at an all time low in Quebec, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought to rally the troops during a partisan fundraiser Wednesday in Montreal.Speaking before nearly 2,000 supporters who paid $150 a piece to attend the cocktail, Harper attacked Michael...

Alaska's newest senator settles in, AK

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by PAT FORGEYAssociated Press | News | Comments

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau's new senator is learning just how much work is involved in being a legislator, even when the Legislature is not meeting."I found out that you don't get the interim off, like everybody thinks," said Sen. Dennis Egan.And it's going to get tougher, after behind-the-scenes...

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