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Medical providers get 'homework' to find savings, US

May 25, 2009 8:56 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A homework assignment from President Barack Obama is turning into a credibility test for medical providers.Obama, once a law professor, has instructed the health care industry to come back with specifics on its pledge to slow rising costs, helping to save the nation $2 trillion...

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HL:Sabretooth Energy shares up 245 pct after refinancing and new management@

May 25, 2009 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Shares of junior oilpatch firm Sabretooth Energy Ltd. (TSX:SAB) spiked nearly 245 per cent Monday after the company announced a multi-million dollar private placement, appointed a new board and management team and acquired a private oil and gas company.Calgary-based Sabretooth said it...

Global milk glut squeezes dairy farmers, consumers

May 25, 2009 8:50 am | by CHRISTOPHER LEONARD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BARNHART, Mo. (AP) — A collapse in milk prices has wiped away the profits of dairy farmers, driving many out of business while forcing others to slaughter their herds or dump milk on the ground in protest. But nine months after prices began tumbling on the farm, consumers aren't seeing the full...

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HL:Ottawa, Ontario to spend more than $1B on post-secondary infrastructure@

May 25, 2009 8:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The federal and Ontario governments will spend nearly $1.5 billion over the next two years on infrastructure projects at Ontario's universities and colleges.Industry Minister Tony Clement said Monday the money will give a short-term economic stimulus and help strengthen research and...

Boston 'Rockefeller' kidnapping trial begins Tues., US

May 25, 2009 8:50 am | by DENISE LAVOIE - AP Legal Affairs Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Con man or crackpot?A jury will have to decide whether a man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller was legally insane when he ran off with his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit or whether he is a consummate schemer who used aliases to insinuate himself into highbrow circles...

New push to allow NJ grocery stores to sell liquor, 1st Ld-Writethru, NJ

May 25, 2009 8:50 am | by BETH DeFALCO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's worsening budget troubles may open the door for a measure to allow supermarkets to sell beer and wine, something most states already allow.The measure has been stalled in the Legislature since last year, but given the tax revenue the state could make off increased...

OPEC likely to keep production targets steady, 1st Ld-Writethru

May 25, 2009 8:50 am | by GEORGE JAHN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

VIENNA (AP) — A jump in oil prices to six-month highs despite anemic world demand is working against hardline OPEC members advocating even costlier crude ahead of a meeting of the 12-nation organization — and in favor of those wanting to keep production levels steady.Formally, the meeting Thursday...

Wash Legislature's offices to be remodeled, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 25, 2009 8:49 am | by ADAM WILSONAssociated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state House of Representative's offices finally get their turn at an upgrade this summer as the state embarks on a long-planned, $20 million rehabilitation of the historic John L. O'Brien Building."The building has some pretty serious problems, including issues related to...

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HL:Investment industry regulator sets up 'whistleblower' service to fight fraud@

May 25, 2009 8:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Canada's investment industry regulator has set up a "whistleblower" service to help it fight financial wrongdoing.The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada says the new service will handle tips from the public on a range of concerns, from systemic wrongdoing to potential...

HL:The next decade: Return to growth, high loonie and western economic power@

May 25, 2009 8:43 am | by Julian Beltrame@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Canadians can look forward to a sustained period of strong growth in the next decade, but one that will be different from the rise that came a cropper in the last, says a new report.Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) economists say the next decade will bring major fundamental...

Mo. Supreme Court librarian retires after 35 years, MO

May 25, 2009 8:43 am | by BOB WATSONAssociated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — He came to the Supreme Court Library in 1974 for a temporary job as a nighttime assistant.Just over 35 years later, Tyronne Allen is to retire June 1 as the head librarian."When I first came, I didn't know much about the law, and I didn't know anything about legal...

Grace writing another check for Libby hospital, MT

May 25, 2009 8:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — W.R. Grace & Co. says it is giving $250,000 to St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Libby, for the 10th consecutive year.Grace operated a Libby vermiculite mine, which closed in 1990, and is being sued over sickness the plaintiffs blame on exposure to asbestos from the mine. Grace's...

Southwest, WestJet code-sharing delayed, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 8:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — A code-sharing program involving Southwest Airlines and the Canadian airline WestJet has been delayed because of difficult economic conditions."In response to the current economic environment, Southwest is focusing its immediate attention on several critical objectives, including...

Wash state won't make target for biofuels, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 25, 2009 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state won't reach its goal next month of having biofuels make up at least 20 percent of its fuel use in state vehicles and ferries.The state had set a June 1 target for alternative fuels to make up a fifth of its fuel use. But as of the end of last year, such fuel...

Questions from end of stair-climbing wheelchair, US

May 25, 2009 8:26 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's first stair-climbing wheelchair hit the market with a bang but disappeared with a whimper, a casualty of price that raises a big question: How much will society agree to pay for high-tech help for the disabled?Johnson & Johnson quietly sold the last iBOTs this spring,...

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