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Consultant pushes more ambitious streetcar plan, IA

May 23, 2009 3:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa. (AP) — An Omaha-based transportation consultant has changed his recommendations for proposed streetcar route in downtown Des Moines.The latest plan by Charlie Hales of HDR Engineering is for a four-mile route that would cost about $100 million to build. It is considerably more...

Mich. GOP head brings business outlook to the job, MI

May 23, 2009 3:18 am | by KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ron Weiser dealt with 106 different political parties while he was the U.S. ambassador to Slovakia.So the splits within the Michigan and national Republican parties don't really faze the new chairman of the state Republican Party. Nor does the challenge of working against a...

UN chief sobered by visit to Sri Lankan refugees, 4th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 23, 2009 2:32 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MANIK FARM, Sri Lanka (AP) — U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon flew over the scorched and deserted landscape of Sri Lanka's last battlefield Saturday, and urged the government to let more aid reach displaced Tamils complaining of hunger and separation from their families.The secretary-general said his tour of...

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9TH LD: Ex-S. Korean President Roh dead, left suicide note+

May 23, 2009 2:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SEOUL, May 23 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING ROH'S COFFIN TAKEN TO HIS VILLAGE)Embattled former South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun died Saturday morning after apparently jumping to his death from a mountain cliff near his residence in southeastern South Korea.Roh, who a former human rights lawyer and...

Obama salutes veterans this Memorial Day weekend, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama saluted veterans and urged his countrymen to do the same this Memorial Day weekend, saying the nation has not always paid them proper respect.In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama said people can honor veterans by sending a letter or care...

LEAD: Sumo: Hakuho, Harumafuji share lead ahead of final day+

May 23, 2009 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 23 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS)Ozeki Kotooshu dumped Hakuho to a shock first defeat Saturday while ozeki Harumafuji sent yokozuna Asashoryu crashing to a second loss, throwing the title race into confusion with one day remaining at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament.Hakuho, who is...

'CSI' writer sued by couple over show's characters, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A couple sued a writer for the CBS show "CSI," claiming two shady characters on the show were named after them in revenge for a real estate deal gone bad.Real estate agents Melinda and Scott Tamkin on Friday sued writer and producer Sarah Goldfinger for defamation and...

GOP: Alternative energy alone won't meet US needs, HFR, US

May 23, 2009 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will increase energy costs and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign oil if they focus solely on alternative energy, the Republicans say.In the party's weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Republicans support a more comprehensive...

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Completion delayed for new coal-fired power plant, 1st Ld, SD

May 23, 2009 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck, N.D., has delayed the projected completion date of a $2 billion power plant proposed for the Selby, S.D., area.Daryl Hill of Basin Electric says the project has not been scrapped but the timeline is being re-evaluated. The...

HL:Few on streets of Kandahar appear aware of Afghanistan's national elections@

May 23, 2009 1:51 am | by Colin Perkel@Associated Press | News | Comments

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Canadian soldiers out on a foot patrol through the streets of this restive southern city Saturday found a lack of local awareness of the country's pending national elections despite their importance.Time and again, members of the military group whose task is to engage...

LEAD: Baseball: Lions roar to win over BayStars+

May 23, 2009 1:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKOROZAWA, Japan, May 23 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING 2 GAMES)Kazuyuki Hoashi pitched four-run ball over eight innings and the Seibu Lions' bats came alive to beat the Yokohama BayStars 10-6 in interleague play on Saturday.Hoashi (2-2) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked one for Seibu, which...

Masonry firm to settle bias suit for $500,000, IL

May 23, 2009 1:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago masonry company has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.The federal agency announced Friday that U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber has approved the settlement with Northbrook-based...

Gates recommends F-35 as Japan's next main striker: sources+

May 23, 2009 1:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Kyodo) — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended the F-35 fighter jet to Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada early this month as Japan's next-generation mainstay fighter jet, sources close to Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday.Although Tokyo has yet to give up on...

Egypt: Intel chief and foreign ministers to US, ML

May 23, 2009 1:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says that the country's foreign minister and intelligence chief will travel to the United States to meet with President Barack Obama in the Egyptian leader's stead.Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and intelligence head Omar Suleiman are set to meet with...

SKorea, EU call for early conclusion of trade pact

May 23, 2009 12:39 am | by KELLY OLSEN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Leaders of South Korea and the European Union called Saturday for the early conclusion of a stalled free trade deal, though ministerial-level talks held just after their summit apparently achieved no breakthroughs.South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with Czech...

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