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Fla. governor candidates talk flying, FL

May 21, 2009 6:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, a Democrat running for governor, is applauding a state agency for taking her suggestion and posting state plane travel logs on the Web.The initial entry for April shows Sink flew once — a one-way trip to Tampa, her hometown — while...

US House OKs safety plan for foreign aircraft work, US

May 21, 2009 6:03 pm | by JOAN LOWY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. inspectors would conduct more checks of overseas aircraft repair stations under a bill approved Thursday by the House of Representatives that seeks to deal with safety considerations as major U.S. airlines send maintenance work overseas.The European Commission has threatened...

Calif. tax rejection: Bad news for Oregon?, OR

May 21, 2009 6:03 pm | by RYAN KOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Tax increases are notoriously tough propositions in Oregon.Five years ago, for example, Oregonians overwhelmingly rejected new taxes to stave off deep budget cuts — twice.Democratic lawmakers are hoping this year will be different should Republicans succeed in referring $800...

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HL:Feds, Alberta, Calgary unite to pay up to $30 million for Sports Hall of Fame@

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by Donna Spencer@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Kerrin Lee-Gartner says her skis are ready.The Olympic gold medallist in women's downhill at the 1992 Games in Albertville, France, would love to see them in the new Canadian Sports Hall of Fame when construction is complete.The federal and Alberta governments and the City of Calgary...

RI rep.: Bush should be waterboarded for charity, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Democratic lawmaker says he'll donate $100 to charity for every second former President George W. Bush withstands waterboarding.State Rep. Rod Driver sent letters making the offer to Bush as well as to former Vice President Dick Cheney and ex-Secretary of State...

Air Force jet crashes near Edwards AFB in Calif., 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A military jet on a training mission crashed north of Edwards Air Force base in the desert on Thursday, authorities said. The fate of the two crew members aboard was not immediately known.The T-38 Talon went down at 1:15 p.m. nine miles north of the base, Senior...

Treasurys drop on worries over UK debt, supply

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Treasury prices dropped Thursday as credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's raised questions about the ability of governments to stimulate the economy with public spending.Standard & Poor's said Britain may have its rating cut because of rising debt levels, which would raise...

Huron Consulting Group names Shade president, COO, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Huron Consulting Group Inc., which provides financial and operational advice to businesses, said Thursday it named David M. Shade president and chief operating officer.Gary E. Holdren will remain chairman and chief executive, with Shade assuming the role of president, which Holdren...

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Perdue says she's committed to NC green economy, NC

May 21, 2009 6:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue says her energy reform plan will make North Carolina a leading state for the green economy by helping create jobs and spur investment.Perdue discussed her renewable energy initiatives Thursday while touring a solar panel farm in Cary operated by private...

Union leader: GM may end assembly at Tenn. plant, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 21, 2009 6:01 pm | by BILL POOVEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the United Auto Workers local in Spring Hill said more than 2,100 jobs at the General Motors Corp. plant in Tennessee are in real jeopardy.United Auto Workers Local 1853 President Mike O'Rourke said Thursday that in his opinion, the future of the jobs at...

Northwest Missouri State gets new president, MO

May 21, 2009 6:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A university vice president from Michigan has been named president of Northwest Missouri State.The Board of Regents announced the selection of John Jasinski on Thursday. He will be formally introduced at a news conference Friday on the Maryville campus.Jasinski will be the...

Riley says special session on PACT if agreement, 1st Ld-Writethru, AL

May 21, 2009 6:01 pm | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Bob Riley said Thursday he will call a special session of the Legislature to address financial problems with the state's prepaid college tuition plan if legislators develop a consensus about what to do and assure him it will pass quickly.Getting that "is going to be...

Legislation aimed at settling 43-year-old dispute, NM

May 21, 2009 6:01 pm | by SUE MAJOR HOLMES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A measure introduced in Congress would cap years of intense negotiations that led to a settlement in a 43-year-old fight over water rights claims in northern New Mexico.Democratic Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall on Wednesday introduced the Aamodt Litigation Settlement...

Chavez formalizes seizure of Williams Cos.' assets, LT

May 21, 2009 6:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez has formalized the takeover of two gas compression facilities belonging to Williams Cos. Inc.Chavez said Thursday that the seizure of the Tulsa, Okla.-based company's assets is expected to save Venezuela $564 million in the coming decade.State-run...

Olbermann responds to Limbaugh's 30-day challenge, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:00 pm | by DAVID BAUDER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC's Keith Olbermann says he'll stop talking about Rush Limbaugh for 30 days — provided Limbaugh doesn't talk about Limbaugh for the same period.It was a response to Limbaugh's challenge that the left-leaning cable channel not talk about him for a month, since "MSNBC is hoping to...

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