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U.S. warns N. Korea of price for nuclear test+

May 26, 2009 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Kyodo) — The United States warned North Korea Tuesday of the price it will have to pay for its nuclear weapons drive unless it reverses course.State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said at a news briefing that Washington is open to restarting the six-party talks aimed at...

Michigan House OKs smoking ban with exceptions, 4th Ld-Writethru, MI

May 26, 2009 3:03 pm | by TIM MARTIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers again are searching for the elusive common ground that could lead to some sort of workplace smoking ban in the state.The Democrat-led Michigan House approved a bill by a 73-31 vote Tuesday that would ban smoking at most workplaces including restaurants and...

Venezuela edges closer to Mercosur entry, LT

May 26, 2009 3:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Venezuela has agreed to a tariff reduction schedule for goods traded between Mercosur nations.The move could ease the country's entry into the South American trade bloc.Brazil's Senate had refused to approve Venezuela's entry into Mercosur until it agreed to a set schedule...

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Former Fla. exec sentenced to 22½ years in prison, FL

May 26, 2009 3:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Orlando businessman charged with creating one of the largest employment tax-fraud schemes in the history of the Internal Revenue Services has been sentenced to 22½ years behind bars.A federal judge sentenced 48-year-old Frank Amodeo Tuesday for failing to collect and pay...

Hana Mining Reports

May 26, 2009 3:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hana Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: HMG)(FRANKFURT: 4LH) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of its brokered private placement announced on April 1, 2009 (the "Offering"). The first tranche consists of 10,502,000 units at a price of $0.25 per unit (the "Units")...

Venoco, Inc. CEO to Speak at Conference

May 26, 2009 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.venocoinc.com () —Venoco, Inc. (NYSE: VQ) announced today that Tim Marquez, CEO, will be speaking at the IPAA Oil & Gas Investment Symposium on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.The presentation will be available after market-close on Friday, May 29th via the...

Obama calls on Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 26, 2009 2:56 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called on Myanmar's government Tuesday to immediately free Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize-winner detained under house arrest since 2003.Suu Kyi is currently on trial in her country, accused of violating her detention by allowing an uninvited...

Experts not surprised by ruling to uphold Prop 8, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 26, 2009 2:56 pm | by PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gay marriage proponents had little chance of overturning Proposition 8 because California's notorious initiative process guarantees, in powerful legal language, voters' right to amend the state's constitution, legal analysts said Tuesday.In the end, the California Supreme Court...

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Court clears former EMC executive to work at HP, APFN

May 26, 2009 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday that a court order has cleared David Donatelli to begin working at the company, resolving a dispute with his former employer and HP rival, data-storage provider EMC Corp.Donatelli was appointed by HP in late April to serve as its executive...

Cuban silent after judge hears arguments, 3rd Ld-Writethru, TX

May 26, 2009 2:56 pm | by DANNY ROBBINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Mark Cuban was uncharacteristically reserved when he appeared in a federal courtroom Tuesday to hear attorneys argue the merits of the Securities and Exchange Commission's case against him for insider trading.Sitting in the front row of the gallery with members of his legal team, the...

HL:Premier Stelmach says Alberta deserves better treatment from Ottawa@

May 26, 2009 2:56 pm | by Jim Macdonald@Associated Press | News | Comments

EDMONTON — Premier Ed Stelmach is ramping up the rhetoric as Alberta tries to squeeze nearly $1 billion in additional health transfers and stabilization payments from Ottawa.Stelmach strongly suggested Tuesday that Alberta doesn't deserve such treatment, especially since the province's massive...

FBI: Ecorse officials took bribes from contractor, MI

May 26, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — Federal authorities say officials in a Detroit suburb accepted bribes while ignoring more than $2.5 million in fraudulent billings by a contractor.The allegations were disclosed in a court filing Tuesday. The government wants to keep a 2002 Porsche 911 Cabriolet that's...

Judge denies injunction to save children's home, IN

May 26, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Rush County circuit judge has denied an injunction that advocates sought to keep the state from closing the Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home near Knightstown.Attorney Everett E. Powell II says Judge David Northam issued the ruling Tuesday afternoon.Gov. Mitch Daniels'...

HL:Elton John announces boost for animation company with Ontario premier@

May 26, 2009 2:45 pm | by Victoria Ahearn@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Pop superstar Elton John says "gnomophobia" is partly to blame for the delay in getting his animated film, "Gnomeo and Juliet," brought to life.The British music legend made the joke to reporters on Tuesday after touring the city's Starz Animation Studio, which is creating the characters...

Canada's budget deficit to soar

May 26, 2009 2:45 pm | by CHARMAINE NORONHA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's finance minister said Tuesday the federal deficit will soar to a record 50 billion Canadian dollars ($44 billion) this fiscal year because the deep recession is wreaking havoc on the government treasury.Finance Minster Jim Flaherty said Tuesday that the revised budget will...

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