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Palestinians demand Obama action follow words, 5th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 19, 2009 10:47 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — A key Palestinian official demanded Tuesday that President Barack Obama follow up his tough talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and force Israel to stop West Bank settlement construction and accept creation of a Palestinian state.Without action to reinforce Obama's...

Surprise drop in housing data checks market's rise, 17th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:42 am | by MADLEN READ - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A record low in housing construction has investors doubting the economy again.Stocks closed narrowly mixed in light trading Tuesday as the surprise drop in construction and a cautious outlook from retailer Home Depot Inc. led energy and utility stocks to pare gains.Construction of...

SD hearing begins on permit for $10B refinery, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 10:42 am | by CHET BROKAW - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Hyperion Resources' proposed $10 billion oil refinery in southeastern South Dakota will be a clean, modern plant that helps the nation reduce its dependence on oil from overseas, a lawyer for the company said Tuesday at the start of a hearing on its application for a state air...

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Manulife Brompton Advantaged Bond Fund Announces Distribution

May 19, 2009 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manulife Brompton Advantaged Bond Fund (TSX: MBB.UN) is pleased to announce a distribution in the amount of $0.07388 per Class A Unit and per Class F Unit to be paid on June 12, 2009 to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 29, 2009.Each distribution covers the period from the...

Dividend Growth Split Corp. Announces May Distributions

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dividend Growth Split Corp. (TSX: DGS)(TSX: DGS.PR.A) is pleased to announce that a monthly distribution in the amount of $0.10 per class A share will be paid on June 12, 2009 to class A shareholders of record at the close of business on May 29, 2009.Recent improvement in equity markets has...

Elite West Point program preps FDNY for terrorism, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by COLLEEN LONG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Fire Capt. John Feehan escaped death in the Sept. 11 attacks, worked for months on the smoldering pile and mourned the loss of his father and friends who died there — so he considered himself pretty knowledgeable about terrorism.Now, with the help of an elite course taught at West...

Heineman: Needs of police are key in plate design, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by ERIC OLSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman says he appreciates Nebraskans' passion for their license plates. But when it comes to the design of those plates, he believes substance is more important than style.Heineman on Tuesday unveiled the design for the plates that will be used starting in 2011. The...

Squeezed by economy, shoppers become swappers, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The turtleneck from designer Marc Jacobs costs hundreds of dollars at Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue. But at one Brooklyn bar, the charcoal-gray sweater was free for the taking — along with jeans, belts and shoes.The neighborhood watering hole called Sycamore will never be...

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HL:Connacher Oil issuing shares and seeking bank funding for Algar SAGD restart@

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:CLL) is planning a share issue and exploring for bank lending to enable it to resume work on the mothballed Algar project in the Alberta oilsands.Connacher, with a current stock-market value of $285 million, did not specify the size or price of the share...

2 more Maryland swine flu cases reported, MD

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland health officials say two more swine flu cases have been confirmed, bringing the state's total to 35.Health department spokeswoman Karen Black says all 35 have either recovered or are recovering.The outbreak has killed 80 worldwide, including 72 in Mexico and six in the...

Pawlenty: Minn. cuts will be public before July 1, MN

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he is moving quickly to come up with a plan for $2.7 billion in spending cuts and delayed state payments.Pawlenty says he will hold a cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss the plan and make his outline of cuts public before July 1.He is also taking...

Greenbrier bankruptcy case dismissed for new owner

May 19, 2009 10:36 am | by ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed The Greenbrier resort's bankruptcy case Tuesday, clearing the way for a new owner to make good on his pledge to return the iconic West Virginia property to its former glory and profitability.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens granted the...

1 new swine flu case confirmed in Harrison Co., MS

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A fifth case of swine flu has been confirmed in Mississippi.The Mississippi Department of Health says the latest case is from a young adult male in Harrison County, who has fully recovered.The department earlier announced the first four cases, three in Harrison County and one...

Spokane distillery has plenty of volunteers, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by TOM SOWAAssociated Press | News | Comments

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann get plenty of help at Dry Fly Distilling once their gin and vodka is ready for release.That help comes each Saturday at Dry Fly's Spokane distillery, where groups of volunteers work three-hour shifts bottling and packing the products for...

US audit faults security spending in Afghanistan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by RICHARD LARDNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military command overseeing $15 billion in U.S. programs to develop Afghanistan's security forces cannot be sure the money is being managed effectively, a top government watchdog warned Tuesday.In its first audit report since being formed a year ago, the office of the Special...

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