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American Samoa wants minimum wage increase delayed, 1st Ld-Writethru, HI

May 22, 2009 6:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa Gov. Togiola Tulafono has asked Congress to delay the implementation of higher wage minimums in the U.S. territory, saying the rising wages have already pushed one tuna cannery out of business and may force the shutdown of another.The governor wrote...

HL:EDC economist tells exporters to look at emerging markets during recession@

May 22, 2009 6:19 pm | by Rebecca Penty New Brunswick Telegraph Journal@Associated Press | News | Comments

Emerging markets are the best places for exporters to focus attention during these uncertain economic times, says Export Development Canada's chief economist.Peter Hall, who is also vice-president of the agency, is advising companies to target the unabated economies of such burgeoning giants as...

Porn publisher Larry Flynt sued by brother, US

May 22, 2009 6:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — The brother of Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is accusing his famous sibling of trying to force him out of the family's pornography business.Larry Flynt owns a building in downtown Cincinnati where his brother operates a Hustler retail store.In a lawsuit filed Friday in...

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LA Co. Sheriff's Sgt. charged with sexual assault, CA

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman and inappropriately searching two others in separate incidents while on duty.Mark Fitzpatrick pleaded not guilty to four felony counts and one misdemeanor Friday in Superior...

Boeing subsidiary gets $250M government contract

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BINGEN, Wash. (AP) — A Boeing Co. subsidiary located in the small Columbia River town of Bingen, Wash., has received a government contract with a potential value of $250 million.That's dramatically more than the $148 million in revenue generated last year by Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary...

Oakland hires new schools superintendent, CA

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland school board has hired the deputy superintendent of San Francisco's schools as its new superintendent.The board announced Friday that Tony Smith would become the district's first leader since a 2003 state takeover.The 42-year-old Smith is tasked with restoring...

FTC to impose fines on firms over bid rigging linked to land ministry+

May 22, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 23 (Kyodo) — Japan's Fair Trade Commission plans to order 10 companies to stop rigging bids for contracts on the driving of official Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry cars and to pay fines, sources familiar with the case said Saturday.The amount of the fines to be...

AIDS Funding Cuts Would Be 'Catastrophic,' Says AHF News Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 22, 2009 5:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 23, 2009--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nation's largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider, today criticized California state officials for planning draconian budget cuts that will jeopardize the public health by eliminating all funding for...

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Interview With Alaska State Senator Bill Wielechowski

May 22, 2009 5:58 pm | by Neil CavutoAssociated Press | News | Comments

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Interview With Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings

May 22, 2009 5:57 pm | by Neil CavutoAssociated Press | News | Comments

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HL:GM dealership that has been a fixture in Calgary for 50+ years latest victim @

May 22, 2009 5:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — A General Motors dealership that has been a fixture in Calgary for more than 50 years is the latest victim in a nationwide closure announcement.Earlier this week, General Motors of Canada sent emails to about 245 of its 709 Canadian dealerships saying its relationship with them will end...

LA schools avert 3,700 layoffs with federal funds, CA

May 22, 2009 5:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District says it has more than halved the number of layoffs slated for June 30 with the help of federal stimulus funds and an early retirement program.Superintendent Ramon Cortines said Friday that about 2,000 teachers and 260 support personnel are...

Conn. lawmakers vote to ban BPA in food containers

May 22, 2009 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut House of Representatives has given final approval to a law banning the sale of plastic baby bottles, food containers and cups containing Bisphenol-A.The bill, if signed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, would take effect Oct. 1, 2011.BPA is commonly used to harden plastic...

Obama signs major credit-card reform bill+

May 22, 2009 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Kyodo) — President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Friday that bars credit-card companies from raising interest rates capriciously and limits the fees they can charge."With this bill we are putting in place some common sense reforms designed to protect consumers," he said at...

Pelosi and the CIA; What to Do with Detainees

May 22, 2009 5:16 pm | by Bret BaierAssociated Press | News | Comments

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