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Barbour to travel to Iowa and New Hampshire, US

May 22, 2009 2:39 pm | by BETH FOUHY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has scheduled trips to Iowa and New Hampshire next month, fueling talk that the former chairman of the Republican National Committee may be eyeing a bid for his party's presidential nomination in 2012.But Barbour dismissed such speculation Friday,...

Publisher: 24 job cuts at The Herald-Dispatch, WV

May 22, 2009 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The publisher of The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington has eliminated 24 jobs.Champion Publishing Inc. said Friday the reductions represent 15 percent of the work force at the Champion Industries Inc. subsidiary.Marshall T. Reynolds, chairman and CEO of Champion, said the job...

Houston businessmen elected to lead A & M regents, TX

May 22, 2009 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Two Houston-area businessmen have been elected chair and vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.Morris Foster of Houston was elected chairman while James P. Wilson of Sugar Land was elected vice chairman.Both men will serve two-year terms after...

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Appeals court issues stay on phosphate mine, ID

May 22, 2009 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal appeals court has re-imposed an order halting preliminary plans to expand a phosphate mine in southeastern Idaho.A three judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order this week for the Smoky Canyon Mine. The J.R. Simplot Co. wants to expand...

Ohio Senate to consider court employee union issue, 2nd Ld-Writethru, OH

May 22, 2009 2:23 pm | by MATT REED - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several Republican state senators are troubled by a provision in the House-approved budget bill that would allow Ohio court workers to form employee unions, a spokeswoman for the GOP-led Senate said Friday.But it's unclear what action the Senate will take on the issue over the...

BankUnited Financial files Chapter 11, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The former holding company for BankUnited FSB filed for Chapter 11 protection on Friday, one day after the thrift was seized by federal regulators.The thrift itself was expected to reopen under the BankUnited name next week under ownership by a new investment...

HL:Alberta seeks EI assurances; PM rejects calls for a major revamp of the program@

May 22, 2009 2:23 pm | by Bill Graveland@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Alberta's premier is seeking assurances that his province will not be shortchanged under the Employment Insurance program.Premier Ed Stelmach met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday after the two men appeared at a joint announcement laying out federal and provincial money for...

Eritrea rejects accusations on Somali arms, UN

May 22, 2009 2:23 pm | by EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eritrea on Friday rejected U.N. Security Council accusations that it supplied weapons to Islamist opponents of Somalia's Western-backed transitional government and questioned the government's authority.In a letter to the council president, Eritrea's U.N. Ambassador Araya Desta...

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Some Mass. state parks to have no staff this year, 1st Ld-Writethru, MA

May 22, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Visitors at some state parks and forests will be on their own this season as budget cuts are forcing the Department of Conservation and Recreation to reduce the number of maintenance and seasonal staff.Although the facilities will remain open, parking and restrooms will not be...

G-8 ministers to discuss oil prices, regulation, energy saving+

May 22, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 23 (Kyodo) — Energy ministers of the Group of Eight major nations will gather in Rome for a two-day meeting starting Sunday to discuss issues ranging from stability in oil markets to cooperation in promoting energy-efficient technologies.Japan will press for the regulation of speculative...

CF Industries extends offer for Terra Industries, APFN

May 22, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — CF Industries Holdings Inc. said Friday it extended the expiration date of its unsolicited tender offer for all outstanding shares of Terra Industries Inc. to June 26.The offer was previously scheduled to expire on June 12.All other terms and conditions remain...

Iraq slaying verdict highlights combat stress, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by KRISTIN M. HALL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — There's no question ex-soldier Steven Dale Green raped and killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdered her parents and sister.Still, jurors in Kentucky couldn't agree this week whether to sentence the 24-year-old to death for heinous crimes he committed while serving in Iraq,...

Venezuela negotiating loans with Brazil bank, LT

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Venezuelan government is in talks with Brazil's national development bank for loans that could reach $4.3 billion.A spokesman with the National Development Bank says the loans would be mainly for infrastructure and industries.Paulo Braga says bank president Luciano Coutinho met...

President Casino to reopen as floodwaters recede, MO

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The President Casino on the Mississippi riverfront in St. Louis will reopen Saturday.Flooding on the Mississippi forced the casino to close on Tuesday. The management says it's safe to reopen as the high water recedes.The casino is owned by Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment...

HL:The Canadian Press News Agenda for Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25@

May 22, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITORS:@ Following is a list of news events for May 23 to May 25as of 5:46 p.m. ET: x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage. Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times local unless otherwise noted. Queries about these events and stories in The Canadian...

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