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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...

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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...

Kyodo news summary -9-+

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

NEW YORK, May 21 (Kyodo) — ---------- Dollar sinks to 2-month low in upper 93 yen range in N.Y.NEW YORK - The U.S. dollar briefly dipped to a two-month low in the upper 93 yen range in New York on Thursday on dismal job data.The dollar slid to 93.96 yen, the lowest here since mid-March, before...

EPA to hear public comments on greenhouse gases, APFN

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

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is among those who plan to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a determination that greenhouse gases threaten public health.Nearly 200 environmentalists, businesses, government officials, students and others are scheduled to...

Pegasus moves trucks from de-icing to de-ashing, AK

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by ROB STAPLETONAssociated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Summer's here. De-icing is done for the year, but de-ashing has been added to the business plan at Pegasus Aircraft Maintenance.The ash from the March eruption from Mount Redoubt put a dent in may aviation-related businesses as flights were diverted to Outside airports....

Organization to Start Analysis of Anti-Malware Reviews Business Editors/Security Writers/Technology Writers

May 20, 2009 5:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUDAPEST, Hungary-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) has announced that it intends to provide public analysis of anti-malware reviews. This analysis will be done by comparing the testing methodology used in product reviews to AMTSO's standards...

DOC: Inmate who died was left in heat too long, 4th Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 20, 2009 5:40 pm | by JONATHAN J. COOPER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — The director of the Arizona Department of Corrections said Wednesday that an inmate who died after spending nearly four hours in the desert heat was left in an outdoor holding cell for twice as long as she should have been.Three corrections officers have been put on paid leave during...

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