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Allen, Lambert ready to launch music careers, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 3:09 pm | by LYNN ELBER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Allen said his "American Idol" victory won't alter his marriage or his music.Allen, who has been married for eight months, said he and wife Katy are ready to meet the challenges of fame."Things are definitely going to change, but we're really strong and she's really cool, so...

Racism's role in LA gang case rekindles debate, US

May 22, 2009 3:08 pm | by THOMAS WATKINSAssociated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors called their sweeping indictment of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang the biggest takedown of its kind in U.S. history.That was sure to grab attention, but details buried in the court documents were bound to touch a raw nerve: one of the Latino gang's primary...

Leader defends group in spotlight in chemo dispute, US

May 22, 2009 3:03 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — Phillip Cloudpiler Landis was raised Mormon in western Washington and didn't think much about what he considers his American Indian heritage until he went to prison."What better place to have to sit and reflect upon what motivates you," he said.Landis now leads the Nemenhah...

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Brewer applies for stimulus cash for education, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 22, 2009 3:03 pm | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer announced Friday that she has formally applied for more than $1 billion in federal stimulus money, most of which will prop up education spending in the face of the state's budget crisis.But Brewer is keeping lawmakers guessing on how she'll spend the rest.Although...

US education secretary urges school innovation, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CA

May 22, 2009 2:58 pm | by TERENCE CHEA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Friday urged California officials to use the current economic crisis as an opportunity to reform the state's ailing public schools.Duncan said he was worried about how the state's massive budget deficit would impact its public education...

Ford gives workers more time to consider buyouts

May 22, 2009 2:58 pm | by JOSEPH ALTMAN - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is giving its hourly workers five more weeks to decide whether they want to accept the company's buyout and early retirement offers.The original deadline was Friday, but Ford spokeswoman Angie Kozleski said the company is extending the date to June...

WVa businesses hit by flooding get a break, WV

May 22, 2009 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Businesses hit by flooding in six West Virginia counties are getting a tax-filing extension.Gov. Joe Manchin and Tax Commissioner Christopher G. Morris announced the extension Friday on sales and use tax filings. The extension gives the businesses one month extra, to June...

Regulators shut 2 failed banks in Illinois, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 2:52 pm | by IEVA M. AUGSTUMS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Regulators on Friday shut down two more banks, boosting the number of federally insured bank failures this year to 36.The latest banks seized were Strategic Capital Bank and Citizens National bank, both in Illinois. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will continue to insure...

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Treasurys fall further ahead of auctions, US

May 22, 2009 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Treasury prices fell further on Friday ahead of several big auctions next week and amid lingering concerns about the U.S. government's credit rating.The Treasury Department plans to auction off $101 billion of 2-year, 5-year and 7-year notes next week, which will put more supply...

Vt. Gov. Douglas vetoes nuke decommissioning bill, 1st Ld-Writethru, VT

May 22, 2009 2:46 pm | by DAVE GRAM - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For the second year in a row, Gov. Jim Douglas has vetoed legislation calling on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's owners to set aside more money for the plant's eventual dismantling.The governor also appeared to leave open the possibility of mothballing the plant on the...

Everett port ends golf ball surveillance, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 22, 2009 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — When golf balls began pelting the Port of Everett's shipping terminal, security officers trained their anti-terrorism cameras on the nearby hillside neighbors, hoping to catch the mystery duffers.But after residents complained of being spied on, port officials turned the...

Committee approves transportation package, 1st Ld-Writethru, OR

May 22, 2009 2:44 pm | by RYAN KOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers have moved out of committee a $300 million-per-year transportation package funded by increases in the gas tax and registration, title and license plate fees.Legislators estimate the increased fees will mean the typical Oregon household pays an additional $121.50 a year,...

Neb. girl, 5, hurt when dragged by school bus, 1st Ld-Writethru, NE

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

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl suffered critical injuries when she got caught while exiting her school bus and was dragged down a street in southwest Omaha.The Sarpy County sheriff's department says the bus driver did not see the child and drove away. The bus passed three houses before the...

Change in the air? Wind industry wants govt. lift, IL

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

CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to new sources of electricity, few things have moved faster over the past decade than wind.But the wind-power industry is looking for a bit of stability: a commitment from the federal government that could help pull it out of the doldrums of the past six months by...

Cartier claims Apple infringes its trademark, 1st Ld-Writethru, NY

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Luxury watch maker Cartier International has sued Apple Inc., saying the electronics giant is offering software that infringes on its designs without authorization.The trademark lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan. It sought a stop to the practice and unspecified...

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