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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...

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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...

Magna, Sberbank team up in Opel bid

May 23, 2009 12:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. says it is joining forces with Russia's biggest lender, Sberbank, in a bid to take a majority stake in General Motors Corp.'s Opel unit.In a statement released late Friday, Aurora, Ontario-based Magna for the first time offered...

NASA scraps landing for shuttle 2nd day in a row

May 23, 2009 12:34 am | by MARCIA DUNN - AP Aerospace Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Thunderstorms prevented space shuttle Atlantis from returning to its home base Saturday for the second day in a row, and kept the astronauts circling Earth after a successful repair job at the Hubble Space Telescope.The offshore storms, which later moved in, prompted...

Post-tornado, Windsor firms persevere, CO

May 23, 2009 12:24 am | by SHELLEY WIDHALMAssociated Press | News | Comments

WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) — One good thing came out of the Windsor tornado for business owner Brenda Cummings."We have good lighting, a great layout and more usable space than we had before," said Cummings, owner of Harmony Hand and Physical Therapy, 9299 Eastman Park Drive in Windsor.The tornado that...

Wounded Fort Carson vets face new battle at home, Adv23-24, CO

May 23, 2009 12:23 am | by BRIAN NEWSOMEAssociated Press | News | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The wobble starts when Ketti McClanahan closes her eyes. For 30 seconds, with her arms folded and her feet planted on a thick foam pad, the 51-year-old Army mechanic struggles to keep her balance. Her face fails to hide the frustration.But she knows that each exercise...

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Analysis: CIA's Panetta navigating tight course, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 12:13 am | by PAMELA HESS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Leon Panetta was hired to lead the CIA because of his deft touch with Congress, he's been earning his paycheck.Relations between the CIA and Capitol Hill are never easy because of the spy agency's inherent secrecy. But they reached a boiling point by the end of the Bush era,...

Build More: Denver's Road Home units ahead of pace, Adv23-24, CO

May 23, 2009 12:13 am | by MICHAEL BOOTHAssociated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Four years and tens of millions of dollars into Mayor John Hickenlooper's signature 10-year plan to end homelessness in Denver, organizers have created more than 1,500 housing units and settled on a philosophy:Build more.The opening of 66 new units for the homeless at the historic...

Wash. state woman 1st death under new suicide law, US

May 23, 2009 12:13 am | by RACHEL LA CORTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Linda Fleming was diagnosed with terminal cancer and feared her last days would be filled with pain and ever-stronger doses of medication that would erode her mind.The 66-year-old woman with late-stage pancreatic cancer wanted to be clear-headed at death, so she became the...

Fields of fear for Colorado illegal farm laborers, Adv23-24, CO

May 23, 2009 12:13 am | by FELISA CARDONAAssociated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — They lived in squalor — ratty tile floors, holes in the walls, mold, disgusting bathrooms, unsafe water — and worked jobs that left them bone-weary.They were migrant farmworkers, Mexicans who slipped into the country illegally and found work in the fields of northern Colorado, and...

Announces Technology License Agreement with Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. Business Editors/High-Tech Editors

May 23, 2009 12:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 23, 2009--O2Micro(R) International Limited (NASDAQ(R): OIIM) (SEHK: 0457), a leading supplier of innovative power management and security components, today announced that it has entered into a worldwide technology license agreement relating to...

US military: Iraq attacks down nearly 60 percent, 5th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 23, 2009 12:08 am | by CHELSEA J. CARTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — High-profile attacks in Iraq have fallen nearly 60 percent in the past year, the U.S. military said Sunday, though violence continues to plague the northern city of Mosul, where a suicide car bomber targeting an American convoy killed one Iraqi and wounded 45 others.Mosul is...

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Lance to add 70 jobs in Columbus, GA

May 23, 2009 12:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — With more people out of work, they are eating more snack foods, which in turn is adding 70 jobs in Columbus.Snack maker Lance Inc. announced Friday a new cracker line and increased candy bar production at its west Georgia plant through a $10.5 million expansion expected by late...

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