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Ala. preacher gets probation in kickback case, 1st Ld-Writethru, AL

May 19, 2009 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A preacher convicted of giving more than $300,000 in kickbacks to a state senator in a long-running grant scheme avoided going to prison Tuesday when a federal judge sentenced him to house arrest and probation because of his poor health.U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre...

Lawmaker: Broader Nevada tax base remains a goal

May 19, 2009 10:14 am | by BRENDAN RILEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford says broadening Nevada's tourist-dependent tax structure remains a major goal for him, but it's taking a back seat to the immediate need to produce a revenue plan to fund a nearly $7 billion state budget."There's the short term...

United Technologies CEO outlines cost-cutting, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — United Technologies Corp. is cutting costs aggressively, particularly at its Carrier heating and air conditioning systems manufacturer as the business unit reels from the downturn in construction and transportation refrigeration, the chief executive officer said...

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Care to Cure Alzheimer's Conference to Help NH Families

May 19, 2009 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.alz.org/MANH () —The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter is offering the first "Care to Cure: the latest in research and care giving" conference for those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Open to families free of charge, and with a modest registration fee for health care...

Gov. signs Wash. school reform plan, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 19, 2009 10:09 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — A plan to overhaul Washington's K-12 education system was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire, but she vetoed parts of the measure focusing on preschool and gifted education.One of the bill's main architects, Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said he was disappointed the...

Altria cites smokeless items as key for business, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:08 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Altria Group Inc., the nation's largest tobacco maker, told its shareholders Tuesday that recent acquisitions and a focus on the growing area of smokeless products put it in a strong position for long-term growth.The maker of Marlboro, Parliament and Virginia Slims also...

HL:Mulroney paid taxes on only half of Schreiber cash@

May 19, 2009 10:08 am | by Jim Brown@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Brian Mulroney ended up paying income tax on only half the $225,000 he received from Karlheinz Schreiber to lobby for a controversial armoured vehicle project, a public inquiry heard Tuesday.And that was despite the fact the former prime minister didn't report the revenue to federal and...

Clinton details $110 mil. aid package for Pakistan+

May 19, 2009 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Kyodo) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday an emergency aid package for Pakistan worth $110 million that will back international efforts to relieve a humanitarian crisis in the country.She told reporters at the White House that the assistance is intended to...

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Judge drops suit over Iraq war's constitutionality, NJ

May 19, 2009 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two mothers of soldiers who served in Iraq have failed in their attempt to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of the war.U.S. District Judge Jose Linares dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday.The two women, along with the group New Jersey Peace Action, claimed...

Hearing begins on air quality permit for refinery, 3rd Ld-Writethru, SD

May 19, 2009 10:08 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...

Free and Open to the Public, the Tour Features a Barbeque Lunch and Door Prizes

May 19, 2009 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.granitehillestates.com () —Granite Hill Estates (GHE), the Kennebec Valley's premiere continuing care retirement community, will conduct its First Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the grounds of the GHE campus. Granite Hill Estates is located at 60...

Honored Bestowed on Quantenna for Being Among This Year's Most Promising Private Technology Ventures in North America

May 19, 2009 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.quantenna.com () —Quantenna Communications, Inc., a leading developer of silicon for high-speed, wireless high definition (HD) video home networking, announced today that it has been named as one of the "Red Herring 100 North America" for 2009. This prestigious annual award honors the...

Fed expands securities in consumer loan program, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:08 am | by JEANNINE AVERSA - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve starting in July will include a wider variety of commercial real estate securities in a program that's intended to spark consumer and business lending.Under the program begun in March, the Fed has provided $17 billion in loans to investors to buy newly issued...

Mena recovery taking shape, AR

May 19, 2009 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MENA, Ark. (AP) — The work to repair damage from last month's tornado in Mena has brought a building boom to the western Arkansas city at a time when most construction crews are feeling the effects of the recession.Three people were killed and dozens were injured in the April 9 storms. Hundreds of...

1 Child Reported Missing Every 9 Minutes in Canada

May 19, 2009 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It is a staggering statistic: an average of 60,000 children are reported missing every year in Canada. That's the equivalent of 1 child every 9 minutes. The numbers are overwhelming - especially when you consider that every single missing child in that statistic has their own unique story. Every...

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