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HL:The next decade: Return to growth, high loonie and western economic power@

May 25, 2009 8:43 am | by Julian Beltrame@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Canadians can look forward to a sustained period of strong growth in the next decade, but one that will be different from the rise that came a cropper in the last, says a new report.Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) economists say the next decade will bring major fundamental...

Mo. Supreme Court librarian retires after 35 years, MO

May 25, 2009 8:43 am | by BOB WATSONAssociated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — He came to the Supreme Court Library in 1974 for a temporary job as a nighttime assistant.Just over 35 years later, Tyronne Allen is to retire June 1 as the head librarian."When I first came, I didn't know much about the law, and I didn't know anything about legal...

Grace writing another check for Libby hospital, MT

May 25, 2009 8:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — W.R. Grace & Co. says it is giving $250,000 to St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Libby, for the 10th consecutive year.Grace operated a Libby vermiculite mine, which closed in 1990, and is being sued over sickness the plaintiffs blame on exposure to asbestos from the mine. Grace's...

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Southwest, WestJet code-sharing delayed, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 8:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — A code-sharing program involving Southwest Airlines and the Canadian airline WestJet has been delayed because of difficult economic conditions."In response to the current economic environment, Southwest is focusing its immediate attention on several critical objectives, including...

Wash state won't make target for biofuels, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 25, 2009 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state won't reach its goal next month of having biofuels make up at least 20 percent of its fuel use in state vehicles and ferries.The state had set a June 1 target for alternative fuels to make up a fifth of its fuel use. But as of the end of last year, such fuel...

Questions from end of stair-climbing wheelchair, US

May 25, 2009 8:26 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's first stair-climbing wheelchair hit the market with a bang but disappeared with a whimper, a casualty of price that raises a big question: How much will society agree to pay for high-tech help for the disabled?Johnson & Johnson quietly sold the last iBOTs this spring,...

Canada's Globe and Mail replaces editor, APFN

May 25, 2009 8:26 am | by ROB GILLIES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — The publisher of Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper says editor in chief Ed Greenspon is stepping down.The newspaper's publisher and Chief Executive Phillip Crawley said in an e-mail to employees on Monday that Greenspon is being succeeded by business editor John Stackhouse.Crawley...

The fame paradox: Pay attention to me, on my terms, 2nd Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 25, 2009 8:21 am | by TED ANTHONY - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Look at me. Look at my life, my body, my antics, my kids, my home. It's OK — come on in. It's a fair deal: I'm getting famous, you're getting entertained. Everybody's happy. What's the problem?But ... whoa. Wait. Stop. I didn't sign on for THIS. Why are you looking at me? How dare you look at me!...

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HL:Rare Element shares soar 41 per cent on TSXV, company says no material news@

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Rare Element Resources Ltd. (TSXV:RES), a Vancouver-based mineral developer, saw its stock soar 41 per cent Monday on the TSX Venture Exchange, but the company said there was no material undisclosed news to warrant the market jump.Rare Element stock rose 39 cents to $1.34, a jump of 41...

HL:Laid-off workers could learn new skills while accessing EI under federal plan@

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHAWA, Ont. — Helping laid-off workers upgrade their skills as the world waits for the economy to rebound makes more sense than a Liberal plan to reform Employment Insurance payments, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said Monday.But now isn't the time to ask voters which plan they prefer...

Hard Creek Increases Measured Resource to 213 Million Tonnes

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hard Creek Nickel Corporation (TSX: HNC) is pleased to announce a new resource estimate for its wholly owned Turnagain Property, located 70 km east of Dease Lake, BC. This estimate is an update from a HNC news release dated June 17, 2008, that summarized a resource estimate by AMEC Americas Limited...

Truck stop businesses hurt by recession too, WI

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — Truck stop workers say the recession has hurt the trucking industry and that's hurting them.Michael Willkomm is the third generation in his family to be in the fuel business. He runs the truck stop in Sturtevant that has an Iron Skillet restaurant and Mobil service...

HL:SportsClick acquires Aqua Caddy patents and trademarks for C$165,000@

May 25, 2009 8:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — SportsClick Inc. (TSXV:SCV) says it has acquired KelBel Inc., owners of the patents and trademarks for the Aqua Caddy golf product.The acquisition, announced Monday, adds a new golf product to SportsClick's line of branded sports and promotional merchandise, the Halifax company...

HL:TSX Venture Exchange is trading at 1,089.90 down 6.61 points at noon ET@

May 25, 2009 8:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange was trading at 1,089.90 down 6.61 points on Monday. The volume at noon was at 70.9 million shares.

Crisis spurs spike in 'suburban survivalists'

May 25, 2009 8:09 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Six months ago, Jim Wiseman didn't even have a spare nutrition bar in his kitchen cabinet.Now, the 54-year-old businessman and father of five has a backup generator, a water filter, a grain mill and a 4-foot-tall pile of emergency food tucked in his home in the expensive San Diego...

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