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Friends remember Tacoma victim of sex attack, WA

May 21, 2009 8:29 am | by MIKE ARCHIBOLDAssociated Press | News | Comments

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — For years, few people knew Ryan Alan Hade's name.But what happened to him on a May afternoon in 1989 changed American law forever.For privacy reasons, he became known as "the little Tacoma boy" who was raped, strangled and mutilated by a convicted sex offender. His tragedy...

Supreme Court overturns profiling case, AR

May 21, 2009 8:29 am | by JON GAMBRELL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A partially obscured license plate gave police enough reason to pull over a Hispanic driver, the state's highest court ruled Thursday, overturning a state Court of Appeals ruling in a case one judge described as racial profiling.The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that...

Britain confirms 3 new cases of swine flu, EU

May 21, 2009 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British health authorities have confirmed three new cases of swine flu, bringing the country's total to 112.The Health Protection Agency said Thursday the new cases are all children living in the West Midlands. The children had all recently returned from an affected area in the U.S....

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HL:Olive Media buys Montreal-based Rosebud Media to expand in Quebec@

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Olive Media, an online advertising company, has expanded into Quebec with the acquisition of Montreal-based Rosebud Media, which owns a network of French-language sites.Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not revealed.With the acquisition, Olive Media said it will be...

Minn. dad in chemo dispute pleads for son's return, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by JEFF BAENEN - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — The father of a 13-year-old cancer-stricken boy who went on the run with his mother to avoid chemotherapy treatment pleaded Thursday for the return of his son, asking his wife to "do what's best for Danny.""If you're out there, please bring Danny home so we can decide as a...

Sector Snap: Capital raises batter bank stocks, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Regional bank stocks tumbled Thursday, led by a steep decline in Regions Financial Corp. shares, as several more banks announced plans to raise capital through stock offerings.The offerings have instilled some much-needed confidence in the banking industry, proving that companies...

Kan. county wants nursing homes to have generators, 1st Ld-Writethru, KS

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A county commission in southeastern Kansas is working to require nursing homes to have backup power for heating and cooling residents during power outages, something not currently mandated by the state.The Cherokee County Commission wants nursing homes to have a generator or...

Courtway wants to run Arkansas lottery, AR

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The interim leader of the University of Central Arkansas says he wants to be director of the Arkansas lottery.Tom Courtway said he plans no later than Friday to add his application to the 10 people already seeking the position.Courtway took over for Lu Hardin, who resigned...

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Fitch Downgrades 8 Classes of WBCMT 2005-C20; Revises Outlooks Business Editors

May 21, 2009 8:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Wachovia Bank Commercial Mortgage Trust (WBCMT), series 2005-C20, commercial mortgage pass-through certificates as follows:--$77.9 million class B to 'A-' from 'AA'; Outlook to Negative from Stable;--$27.5 million class C to...

RI workers suing jewelry maker for pay, benefits, 1st Ld-Writethru, RI

May 21, 2009 8:17 am | by KELSEY ABBRUZZESE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former employees of a shuttered Rhode Island jewelry maker filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging the company denied workers two months of pay and benefits after its abrupt closing.The Colibri Workers for Rights and Justice say they are entitled to the pay and benefits...

MN unemployment rate drops for 1st time in a year, 1st Ld-Writethru, MN

May 21, 2009 8:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate dipped slightly in April, its first decline in a year.The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March.Minnesota employers cut 9,500 jobs during the month, about half the number of jobs lost in March, according to new...

Geithner to attend G8 meeting next month in Italy, US

May 21, 2009 8:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will travel to Italy next month to attend a meeting of finance officials from the world's top eight industrialized powers, the department announced Thursday.The meeting will be held in Lecce, Italy, June 12 and 13.Besides the U.S., the Group of...

Ind. county sues legislator over software deal, IN

May 21, 2009 8:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ind. (AP) — A state legislator faces a lawsuit over her role in hiring a company providing computer software for property tax calculations in central Indiana's Clinton County.Rep. Jacque Clements has denied any wrongdoing in her work for the county. She was county auditor before her...

Canadian Solar upgraded, shares jump 4 pct, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian Solar Inc.'s healthy balance sheet, product line strategy and underappreciated stock prompted an analyst to upgrade the solar energy product manufacturer, sending shares jumping.Shares of Canadian Solar rose 38 cents, or 4.1 percent, to $9.70 in morning trading.Oppenheimer...

US troops seize 16.5 tons of drugs in Afghanistan, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 21, 2009 8:11 am | by FISNIK ABRASHI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KABUL (AP) — American and Afghan forces seized 16.5 tons (15 metric tons) of drugs and killed 34 militants during a three-day operation against a key insurgent stronghold in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. military statement said Thursday.The seizure was one of the biggest by foreign troops in...

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