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Manitowoc County seeks employee cuts, WI

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Manitowoc County's unionized employees are being asked to take pay cuts, a wage freeze and potential increases in health insurance costs to cut expenses by around $2 million a year because of decreased revenues.County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer made the request Wednesday...

Oil firm slows output with Peru Indian strike, LT

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by ANDREW WHALEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An Argentine oil company is being forced to shut down operations in the northern Peruvian jungle because of a monthlong Indian protest that has blocked the only pipeline transporting oil out of the region.Pluspetrol, the main company selling oil to the state-operated oil pipeline,...

Northern Ky. lime plant lays off 43, KY

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUTLER, Ky. (AP) — A mine and lime plant in northern Kentucky has laid off 43 employees since last month.The facility near Butler in Pendleton County is owned by Pittsburgh-based Carmeuse Lime & Stone.Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Philip Johnson told the Lexington Herald-Leader that...

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HL:PM rallies troops at Montreal fundraiser Wednesday@

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by Tobi Cohen@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — With Conservative support apparently at an all time low in Quebec, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought to rally the troops during a partisan fundraiser Wednesday in Montreal.Speaking before nearly 2,000 supporters who paid $150 a piece to attend the cocktail, Harper attacked Michael...

Alaska's newest senator settles in, AK

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by PAT FORGEYAssociated Press | News | Comments

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau's new senator is learning just how much work is involved in being a legislator, even when the Legislature is not meeting."I found out that you don't get the interim off, like everybody thinks," said Sen. Dennis Egan.And it's going to get tougher, after behind-the-scenes...

Kyodo news summary -9-+

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 21 (Kyodo) — ---------- Dollar sinks to 2-month low in upper 93 yen range in N.Y.NEW YORK - The U.S. dollar briefly dipped to a two-month low in the upper 93 yen range in New York on Thursday on dismal job data.The dollar slid to 93.96 yen, the lowest here since mid-March, before...

EPA to hear public comments on greenhouse gases, APFN

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by PHUONG LE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is among those who plan to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a determination that greenhouse gases threaten public health.Nearly 200 environmentalists, businesses, government officials, students and others are scheduled to...

Pegasus moves trucks from de-icing to de-ashing, AK

May 20, 2009 5:56 pm | by ROB STAPLETONAssociated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Summer's here. De-icing is done for the year, but de-ashing has been added to the business plan at Pegasus Aircraft Maintenance.The ash from the March eruption from Mount Redoubt put a dent in may aviation-related businesses as flights were diverted to Outside airports....

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Organization to Start Analysis of Anti-Malware Reviews Business Editors/Security Writers/Technology Writers

May 20, 2009 5:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUDAPEST, Hungary-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) has announced that it intends to provide public analysis of anti-malware reviews. This analysis will be done by comparing the testing methodology used in product reviews to AMTSO's standards...

DOC: Inmate who died was left in heat too long, 4th Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 20, 2009 5:40 pm | by JONATHAN J. COOPER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — The director of the Arizona Department of Corrections said Wednesday that an inmate who died after spending nearly four hours in the desert heat was left in an outdoor holding cell for twice as long as she should have been.Three corrections officers have been put on paid leave during...

La. House OKs new "career" diploma plan, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 20, 2009 5:34 pm | by DOUG SIMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a plan to ease standardized testing requirements for struggling middle school students, despite criticism that it would produce more dropouts who struggle with math, reading and writing.The proposal is aimed at lowering Louisiana's dropout...

La. House OKs new "career" diploma plan, LA

May 20, 2009 5:34 pm | by DOUG SIMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a plan to ease standardized testing requirements for struggling middle school students, despite criticism that it would produce more dropouts who struggle with math, reading and writing.The proposal is aimed at lowering Louisiana's dropout...

Senate confirms No. 2 official at Interior, US

May 20, 2009 5:19 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans relented and allowed the Senate to confirm President Barack Obama's pick for the No. 2 job at the Interior Department on Wednesday.David Hayes, an environmental lawyer, was confirmed by voice vote after the GOP senators who had opposed his nomination said Interior...

BECK for May 20, 2009 - Part 1

May 20, 2009 5:19 pm | by Andrew NapolitanoAssociated Press | News | Comments

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NYC to post school attendance amid swine flu scare, 4th Ld-Writethru, NY

May 20, 2009 5:19 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two more New York City public schools closed Wednesday amid concerns about swine flu, and students were told to stay away longer than planned from a school that lost an assistant principal to the disease.The announcement came as mourners paid respects at the administrator's funeral...

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