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May 20, 2009 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today is Thursday, May 28, the 148th day of 2009. There are 217 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1674 - Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I declares war on France.1863 - The first black regiment from the North leaves Boston to fight in the American Civil War.1864 -...

Lexam Baca Project Update

May 20, 2009 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LEXAM EXPLORATIONS INC. (TSX VENTURE: LEX) wishes to update shareholders on the progress of the legal proceeding affecting its Baca Oil & Gas Project in Colorado.Today the federal District Court in Denver, Colorado conducted an evidentiary hearing and heard oral argument on a Motion for Preliminary...

Regions Financial to raise $1.85B in capital, US

May 20, 2009 4:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Regions Financial Corp. said Wednesday it will raise $1.85 billion in new capital through the public sale of 400 million common shares and 250,000 convertible preferred shares, as the regional bank looks to satisfy the Treasury's demand that it raise $2.5 billion to shore up...

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More protection for ships in pirate waters sought, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:59 pm | by ANN SANNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of a New York company whose freighter was attacked by pirates with rocket-propelled grenades off the coast of Somalia told Congress on Wednesday that the government should place armed personnel on U.S. ships carrying humanitarian cargo overseas.A Pentagon official...

Wyoming wind group to take stock of industry regs, 1st Ld-Writethru, WY

May 20, 2009 3:58 pm | by MATT JOYCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new task force charged with considering Wyoming wind development laws began Wednesday by taking measure of the current regulatory framework and soliciting input from a range of special-interest groups.The Wyoming Legislature created the wind energy task force to study...

Edmondson says 2 state gun laws will stand, OK

May 20, 2009 3:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Drew Edmondson says two Oklahoma laws that allow firearms to be stored in locked vehicles on company property will stand.The filing deadline passed Tuesday for appeals on a decision in the case rendered in February by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

HL:Vale Inco workers asked to give Steelworkers strike mandate in Thursday vote @

May 20, 2009 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUDBURY, Ont. — More than 3,300 members of United Steelworkers Local 6500 are being asked to give their union's bargaining committee a strong strike mandate in a vote to be held Thursday at Vale Inco Ltd. plants and at the union's head office.Contract talks between Local 6500 and Vale Inco began...

HL:Forzani fires back at Crescendo, says board nominees not as qualified@

May 20, 2009 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — The chairman of Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL) fired back at a New York investment firm which trying to put two nominees on the sporting goods retailer's board, saying the pair are not as qualified as those supported by the board.In a letter to shareholders Wednesday, chairman John Forzani...

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UND center working on clean energy system

May 20, 2009 3:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A University of North Dakota research center is working on a clean energy system that converts used railroad ties into heat and power.The school's Energy and Environmental Research Center is teaming with a Manitoba company on the project. Aboriginal Cogeneration Corp. of...

Calif. raises water allocation for farmers, cities, CA

May 20, 2009 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state is boosting summer water deliveries for 25 million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland thanks to late spring storms this month.The Department of Water Resources is increasing water allocations through the State Water Project from 30 percent to 40 percent. Even...

S. Oregon gold mine operation faces lawsuit, OR

May 20, 2009 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Two environmental groups say the operator of the Benton gold mine in Southern Oregon has violated federal clean water laws, and they have filed a notice of intent to sue the company.The notice was filed this week by the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center in Ashland and the...

Citizen panel slashes pay for Calif. officials, US

May 20, 2009 3:42 pm | by STEVE LAWRENCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A citizens panel voted Wednesday to slash the pay of the California Legislature and other state elected officials by 18 percent, a day after voters offered their own rebuke by rejecting five budget-related measures drafted by lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The...

HL:Another group eyeing the Coyotes, wants to keep the team in Phoenix@

May 20, 2009 3:42 pm | by Chris Johnston@Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX — Jim Balsillie isn't the only potential bidder eyeing the Phoenix Coyotes.Coyotes minority partner John Breslow has formed a group interested in submitting a bid for the team, his lawyer Scott Cohen said Wednesday.Cohen declined to comment on reports that Breslow's group includes hockey...

Obama calls astronauts aboard shuttle Atlantis

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama told the astronauts aboard space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday that they are an example of the dedication and commitment to exploration that represents America.During a lighthearted afternoon phone call from the Oval Office, the president also asked them to...

Emergency school alerts to take effect in January, 1st Ld-Writethru, NY

May 20, 2009 3:37 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. David Paterson has signed legislation to require New York City schools to notify parents by e-mail, text messages or phone calls when there's a school emergency.Scheduled to take effect in January, the measure requires an alert system at each of the city's public schools,...

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