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Skiatook leaders plan $4.7M park to showcase trail, OK

May 25, 2009 6:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) — Skiatook city leaders say plans are being formulated to build a $4.7 million park that will cover almost 10 acres to try to feature the Osage Prairie Trail.Tulsa-based landscape architecture firm LandPlan Consultants presented the design plans to town trustees last week. Town...

Minot State to apply to Division II, 1st Ld-Writethru, ND

May 25, 2009 6:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — After mulling a move from the NAIA to NCAA Division II for years, Minot State University has decided to make a formal application.Athletic Director Rick Hedberg said the application will be made by the June 1 deadline. If everything goes well, he said, the school could be a...

Web service Twitter proposes TV competition series

May 25, 2009 6:24 am | by FRAZIER MOORE - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody's doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series.The social-networking service said Monday it has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the site, which invites...

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Ship to become 2nd largest intentional reef, US

May 25, 2009 6:24 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Aboard the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a massive World War II ship last used by the U.S. Air Force to track missiles and spacecraft, it's anything but business as usual.Crews are preparing the decommissioned ship for sinking Wednesday seven miles off Key West, where it will...

UN Security Council condemns NKorea nuke test, 8th Ld-Writethru

May 25, 2009 6:24 am | by EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council swiftly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Monday as "a clear violation" of a 2006 resolution and said it will start work immediately on another one that could result in new sanctions against the reclusive nation.Hours after North Korea defiantly...

HL:TSX Venture Exchange down 1.51 points to 1,095 at open@

May 25, 2009 6:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange stood at 1,095 down 1.51 points from Friday's close. The volume at 10 a.m. ET was at 28.6 million shares.

Iraqi trade chief resigns amid corruption scandal, 4th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 25, 2009 6:13 am | by SAMEER N. YACOUB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister has accepted the resignation of his trade minister, shortly before a move in parliament to oust him over alleged corruption in his department, the government said Monday.Trade Minister Falah al-Sudani submitted his resignation May 14. But Prime Minister Nouri...

HL:Golden Goose posts $195,560 loss in first quarter@

May 25, 2009 5:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Golden Goose Resources Inc. (TSXV:GGR), a Montreal-based junior gold explorer, reports a net loss of $195,560 for the first quarter, reversing a profit last year when the company booked a big income tax gain.Golden Goose said Monday it lost nil per share for the three months ended March...

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Temple bomb case hurtful reminder in NYC community, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 5:57 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Riverdale has a reputation as a tranquil piece of suburbia nestled in New York City.The hilly Bronx neighborhood boasts leafy estates, prestigious schools and sweeping views of the Hudson River. Residents tout the neighborliness of a place that feels both close to urbane charms and...

French court tries Church of Scientology, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 25, 2009 5:57 am | by PIERRE-ANTOINE SOUCHARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — The Church of Scientology could be dissolved in France if it is convicted in a trial that opened Monday in a Paris court, where the group and seven of its French leaders stand charged of organized fraud and illegal pharmaceutical activity.The group, considered a sect in France, has...

NOTE Ohio reference in graf 12; Eds: Multimedia: A color-coded interactive that allows users to see the Stress Index in counties across America, along with foreclosure, unemploymen...

May 25, 2009 5:52 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — The $1.6 million red Bugatti crouches in the showroom, flanked by Lamborghinis, Bentleys and a Rolls-Royce all polished to a shimmer. The nearby potted plants, however, are dusty and wilting. With super-luxury car sales here just half of what they used to be, they had to...

HL:Financials send TSX higher amid investor optimism over bank earnings@

May 25, 2009 5:47 am | by Malcolm Morrison@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday, with financials providing major support a day before Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) kicks off a slew of quarterly earnings reports from most of the big banks this week."I think the doomsday scenario for the financials is off the table — now...

Greece: deficit on target despite IMF warning, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 25, 2009 5:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's conservative government said Monday its plans to reduce the budget deficit were unchanged despite a warning from the International Monetary Fund that it could widen to 7 percent of Gross Domestic Product next year.Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanasiou said Greece...

SC schools await ability to build interest-free, 1st Ld-Writethru, SC

May 25, 2009 5:42 am | by SEANNA ADCOX - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina bill heading to the governor's desk could help rebuild dilapidated schools across the state, including a middle school that has become a symbol of the nation's education construction woes."This could be the answer to prayers for us," said Dillon 2...

Budget for American Indian museum grows, OK

May 25, 2009 5:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Even as most other state agencies likely will have to deal with budget cuts, an American Indian museum is preparing to receive more money under the proposed agreement between Gov. Brad Henry and legislators.Under the agreement, which is awaiting Henry's signature, the American...

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