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Obama nominates top diplomats to London, New Delhi, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 27, 2009 5:00 pm | by PHILIP ELLIOTT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has picked a major Democratic fundraiser as ambassador to Britain, a theology professor to represent the United States at the Vatican and a former member of the 9/11 Commission to be the top U.S. diplomat in India.The White House on Wednesday announced a...

State signs off on 2 initiative proposals, 1st Ld-Writethru, AK

May 27, 2009 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state's top election official has certified two initiatives, one related to local property tax exemptions and the other about using public office to enrich oneself.Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell signed off on both initiatives Wednesday, sending organizers to the signature...

3 construction workers killed in Mexico landslide, LT

May 27, 2009 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says at least three bricklayers have been killed by a landslide at a construction site in the central state of Mexico.Municipal Public Safety Official Alfonso Hernandez says the men were building homes by a hill in the town of Huehuetoca on Wednesday when it...

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Big Dig company fined for overbilling, MA

May 27, 2009 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A company that did work on the Big Dig has been ordered to pay a $65,000 criminal fine for overbilling the highway project by claiming some workers were entitled to higher pay.Island Lath and Plaster, Inc. also received one year probation during sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District...

Q1 2009 Conference Call Invitation Reminder

May 27, 2009 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Q1 2009 Conference Call Invitation Reminder CEO Juan Jose Gal'lino and CFO Piero Dyer Coriat will be hosting a conference call presentation and Q&A session, Thursday 28 May 2009, at 02:00 p.m. CET (01:00 p.m. GMT, 08:00 a.m. EST, 05:00 a.m. PST).Call in numbers: Norway: +47 2415 9757 International:...

Correction: Bratz dolls story, CORRECTIVE, CA

May 27, 2009 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a May 26 story about a lawsuit involving the Bratz doll line, The Associated Press incorrectly reported information about a court ruling. A temporary court receiver previously appointed to take control of the Bratz brand and the assets of MGA Entertainment Inc. has not been...

Speakers Program to Educate Internal Staff on Overcoming Challenges in the Business World Business Editors

May 27, 2009 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALISO VIEJO, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 28, 2009-- USTSM Global (UST), a leading provider of services and solutions for Global 1000 enterprises, will launch an executive speaker's series sponsored by NowU, an internal volunteer organization that spearheads the development and executive...

Crist signs sweeping insurance measure, FL

May 27, 2009 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Crist has signed legislation that boosts property insurance rates by 10 percent on more than 1 million customers of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp.Crist signed the bill Wednesday. Supporters of the legislation (HB 1495) say Citizens customers...

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LEAD: Obama announces plan naming lawyer John Roos as next envoy to Japan+

May 27, 2009 4:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS)President Barack Obama announced his intention Wednesday to nominate California-based lawyer John Roos to become the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.If approved by the Senate, Roos, one of Obama's top fundraisers during his presidential campaign, will...

HL:Vancouver merchant awarded $600K over transit line construction mess@

May 27, 2009 4:43 pm | by James Keller@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — The damage done to at least one business located along the construction of a rapid transit line from downtown Vancouver to the city's airport outweighs the benefits of the project, a B.C. Supreme Court judge said Wednesday in awarding one merchant $600,000 in damages.The judgment is the...

IL Senate approves medical marijuana bill, US

May 27, 2009 4:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The push to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois has taken a big step forward.The Illinois Senate voted 30-28 in favor of a plan to let sick people use pot for relief from diseases like cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.The bill now goes to the Illinois House, where a...

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Tokyo stocks fall on U.S. recovery concerns, GM jitters+

May 27, 2009 4:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 28 (Kyodo) — Tokyo stocks opened lower Thursday on unease that rising U.S. Treasury yields may hamper economic recovery prospects in the United States, with ailing U.S. automaker General Motors Corp.'s likely bankruptcy adding to jitters after Wall Street's decline overnight.In the first...

Ex-Kentucky coach Gillispie sues over firing, 2nd Ld-Writethru, BKC

May 27, 2009 4:43 pm | by JEFFREY McMURRAY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie sued the school Wednesday, seeking at least $6 million he says he is owed on his deal after being fired without cause.Gillispie, who was dismissed last spring, was working under a memorandum of understanding but hadn't...

Hearing gathers flood testimony

May 27, 2009 4:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Local officials in North Dakota and Minnesota said they can work together on a permanent flood protection plan that qualifies for federal funding, despite recent complaints about some of the ideas.Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., held an official Senate hearing on flood protection...

Conn. Senate approves probate court reforms, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CT

May 27, 2009 4:38 pm | by STEPHANIE REITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's 300-year-old probate court system is poised for a major overhaul under legislation heading to Gov. M. Jodi Rell's desk.The state Senate voted 29-7 Wednesday to approve a bill that consolidates the current 117 probate court districts to between 44 and 50, part of...

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