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Heineman: Needs of police are key in plate design, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by ERIC OLSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman says he appreciates Nebraskans' passion for their license plates. But when it comes to the design of those plates, he believes substance is more important than style.Heineman on Tuesday unveiled the design for the plates that will be used starting in 2011. The...

Squeezed by economy, shoppers become swappers, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The turtleneck from designer Marc Jacobs costs hundreds of dollars at Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue. But at one Brooklyn bar, the charcoal-gray sweater was free for the taking — along with jeans, belts and shoes.The neighborhood watering hole called Sycamore will never be...

HL:Connacher Oil issuing shares and seeking bank funding for Algar SAGD restart@

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:CLL) is planning a share issue and exploring for bank lending to enable it to resume work on the mothballed Algar project in the Alberta oilsands.Connacher, with a current stock-market value of $285 million, did not specify the size or price of the share...

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2 more Maryland swine flu cases reported, MD

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland health officials say two more swine flu cases have been confirmed, bringing the state's total to 35.Health department spokeswoman Karen Black says all 35 have either recovered or are recovering.The outbreak has killed 80 worldwide, including 72 in Mexico and six in the...

Pawlenty: Minn. cuts will be public before July 1, MN

May 19, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he is moving quickly to come up with a plan for $2.7 billion in spending cuts and delayed state payments.Pawlenty says he will hold a cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss the plan and make his outline of cuts public before July 1.He is also taking...

Greenbrier bankruptcy case dismissed for new owner

May 19, 2009 10:36 am | by ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed The Greenbrier resort's bankruptcy case Tuesday, clearing the way for a new owner to make good on his pledge to return the iconic West Virginia property to its former glory and profitability.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin R. Huennekens granted the...

1 new swine flu case confirmed in Harrison Co., MS

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A fifth case of swine flu has been confirmed in Mississippi.The Mississippi Department of Health says the latest case is from a young adult male in Harrison County, who has fully recovered.The department earlier announced the first four cases, three in Harrison County and one...

Spokane distillery has plenty of volunteers, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by TOM SOWAAssociated Press | News | Comments

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Don Poffenroth and Kent Fleischmann get plenty of help at Dry Fly Distilling once their gin and vodka is ready for release.That help comes each Saturday at Dry Fly's Spokane distillery, where groups of volunteers work three-hour shifts bottling and packing the products for...

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US audit faults security spending in Afghanistan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by RICHARD LARDNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military command overseeing $15 billion in U.S. programs to develop Afghanistan's security forces cannot be sure the money is being managed effectively, a top government watchdog warned Tuesday.In its first audit report since being formed a year ago, the office of the Special...

NY auction house offers poem by a young Bob Dylan, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by ULA ILNYTZKY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Long before he became famous for such tunes as "Blowin' in the Wind," Bob Dylan's social consciousness and artistry were evident in a poem he penned about a little dog who met a tragic end.Dylan was just 16 — and still going by his given name Bob Zimmerman — when he wrote "Little...

SoCal sales, median prices in April vs. year ago, CA

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Home sales, median prices in April compared to a year ago in selected Southern California counties:COUNTY UNITS SOLD PERCENT CHANGE MEDIAN PRICE PERCENT CHANGEOrange 2,391 10.4 $380,000 -24.0Ventura 724 -6.1 $340,000 ...

First Office Building in Los Angeles to Receive Prestigious Gold LEED@ Certification in 'Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance' Category Business Editors/Building/Constru...

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CENTURY CITY, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Watt Plaza, a twin 23-story office tower complex encompassing 900,000 square feet in the heart of Century City, has been awarded Gold LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB O&M) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council,...

Movers roundup: State Street, American Apparel, APFN

May 19, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Among the stock activity stories for Tuesday, May 19, from AP Financial News:NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of State Street, a bank that specializes in serving institutional investors and wealthy customers, rose as two analysts upgraded their ratings on the bank.NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of American Apparel...

Compact Size, Big Performance

May 19, 2009 10:31 am | Nook Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Nook Industries  introduces its Small Diameter Ball Screw Assemblies designed for smaller footprint applications.

HL:Fierce competitor Christine Nesbitt brings detailed approach to speedskating@

May 19, 2009 10:29 am | by Shi Davidi@Associated Press | News | Comments

The blueprint for Christine Nesbitt's gold medal performance at the world single distances speedskating championships can be found jotted down on a few sheets of loose leaf paper.It covers every single stride of the 1,000 metres she raced at the Richmond Olympic Oval in March, containing simple...

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