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Mass. governor to embark on summer listening tour, MA

May 25, 2009 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick plans to visit 15 state communities as part of summer-long tour aimed at learning more about how state government can do better.The governor's schedule, released Monday, starts with a town hall meeting Tuesday night in the Cape Cod town of Dennis.Patrick plans to...

New Castle County Council to vote on budget, DE

May 25, 2009 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The New Castle County Council will vote Tuesday on an unprecedented budget.The spending plan includes a 25 percent property tax increase — the second-largest in county history. If approved, it would push the average tax bill up by about $100 to $501. It would also raise...

HL:Canadian dollar closed at 89.01 cents US, down 0.25 of a cent@

May 25, 2009 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar closed at 89.01 cents US, down 0.25 of a cent on Monday. The U.S. dollar stood at 112.35 cents Canadian, up 0.32 of a cent.Pound sterling closed C$1.7881, up 0.63 of a cent and US$1.5915, up 0.10 of a cent.The euro was worth C$1.5739, up 0.59 of a cent.Quotations...

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Mexico spending $90M on celebrity ads for tourism, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 25, 2009 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — If the rich, famous and pretty are returning to Mexico's beaches now that officials say the swine flu epidemic is waning, won't everyone else?That's the message of a $90 million campaign aimed at luring tourists scared off by the outbreak, which has killed at least 86 people...

Canada says deficit larger than expected, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CN

May 25, 2009 12:11 pm | by ROB GILLIES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's finance minister said Monday the federal deficit will be substantially more than projected because the economic slowdown has been worse than expected.Finance Minster Jim Flaherty predicted in January a deficit in Canada for the first time in more than a decade, and said...

Memorial Day observed in ND, 3rd Ld-Writethru, ND

May 25, 2009 12:11 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Memorial Day ceremonies in North Dakota were held in a lot of the usual places, and also one unusual one.Observances were held, as they are every year, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan, the Liberty Memorial Bridge between Bismarck and Mandan, and the All...

HL:Sirois, Belzberg chosen by BDC to oversee new Canadian venture fund@

May 25, 2009 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Charles Sirois and Brent Belzberg, two of Canada's leading venture capitalists, have been selected to oversee a new fund that will have more than $300 million to invest in promising private companies.Tandem Expansion Fund, a federal government initiative through the Business Development...

Study: Few retail clinics in poor neighborhoods, APFN

May 25, 2009 12:05 pm | by CARLA K. JOHNSON - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Walk-in retail clinics in grocery and drugstore chains can help the uninsured find health care, proponents say. But a new study suggests most retail clinics aren't in the poorest neighborhoods.Like most businesses, they go where the money is — to more affluent neighborhoods, which...

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Danone announces rights issue plan to raise €3B, EU

May 25, 2009 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Groupe Danone SA on Monday announced a rights issue aimed at raising some €3 billion (US$4.2 billion) to boost the company's financial and strategic flexibility.The offer to existing shareholders "in the near future" will be in the form of preferential subscription rights, a statement...

INDEX: University, Government, Students, Parties And Movements, Education, Politics@

May 25, 2009 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — The Liberals got top marks Monday in an all-party report card on higher education from the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations.But it's not a sign the group supports Stephen McNeil's party for the June 9 provincial election."We did an evaluation of all the party platforms and the...

Ore. to change tracking of high school dropouts, OR

May 25, 2009 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEND, Ore. (AP) — State education officials plan to change the way they report on Oregon's high school drop out rate this coming school year by releasing data based on how many students graduated within four years.The new measurement system will also begin to categorize students who earn GEDs...

Analysis: NKorea's bomb test adds to atomic threat, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by ROBERT BURNS - AP National Security Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's nuclear test makes it no likelier that the regime will actually launch a nuclear attack, but it adds a scary dimension to another threat: the defiant North as a facilitator of the atomic ambitions of others, potentially even terrorists.It also presents another major...

HL:Tour operator says he does nothing wrong by offering Olympic tickets@

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — A second company has been caught in the crosshairs of Vancouver Olympic organizers over black-market ticket sales.But the president of Winnipeg-based Roadtrips Inc., says a lawsuit against his firm is nothing more than the 2010 organizing committee — known as VANOC — trying to make its...

HL:News report says Canadian journalist held hostage in Somalia in failing health@

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDMONTON — A freelance Canadian journalist held hostage in Somalia says she is sick and is begging the Canadian government to bring her home, according to a news report.The Agence France-Presse reports that Lindhout said in a Sunday phone interview that she does not have clean water and is only...

Council predicts $80m in debt for RI communities, RI

May 25, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new report predicts Rhode Island's cities and towns will be more than $80 million in debt collectively in the next fiscal year unless they make dramatic cuts.The report by the business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council also says the shortfall could explode to...

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