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HL:Canadian Banks to start reporting quarterly earnings this week@

May 24, 2009 7:10 am | by Gary Norris@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — From the woulda-coulda-shoulda file: Royal Bank stock(TSX:RY) was on sale in late February for less than $26, and the other Canadian banks were similarly discounted.Shares in the Royal, Canada's biggest bank, closed Friday at $42.25, still off from over $50 last September but up by 65 per...

HL:Spring rally showing signs of cracks following economic news@

May 24, 2009 7:10 am | by Malcolm Morrison@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market finished higher last week as the spring rally powered ahead for an 11th week, taking the main index up 32 per cent from the lows of early March.But some analysts are concerned that the rally could be set to stumble and that indexes could test the lows hit on March...

Mullen: Military to comply if gay ban law changes, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 24, 2009 7:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top military adviser said Sunday the Pentagon has enough challenges — including two wars — without rushing to overturn a decade-old policy that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military and incites political and social factions on both...

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Bob Schieffer Hosts Cbs' Face The Nation, 4th Add

May 24, 2009 7:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Mayville State starting new major, ND

May 24, 2009 7:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MAYVILLE, N.D. (AP) — Mayville State University is starting a new major in hopes of attracting more students — specifically Chinese students seeking to bolster their English.Vice president Keith Stenehjem says the initial goal is to add up to 20 new students majoring in communication in fall...

Suicide bomber kills 7 at Somali government base, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AF

May 24, 2009 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A foreign suicide bomber killed six guards and a civilian Sunday at a military base in the Somali capital, officials said, an attack that came after two weeks of intense fighting in war-torn Mogadishu.Two Islamic insurgent forces have formed an alliance and are trying to...

Analysis: Christie moves right in NJ gov's race, 1st Ld-Writethru, NJ

May 24, 2009 6:59 am | by BETH DeFALCO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Known as a corruption-busting prosecutor with strong name recognition and Republican Party backing, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie entered the Garden State governor's race as a formidable threat to incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine.But as poll numbers tightened...

Cuban's battle with SEC heating up, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TX

May 24, 2009 6:54 am | by DANNY ROBBINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are out of the NBA playoffs, and the spotlight is now following the team's controversial owner, Mark Cuban, to a different venue — federal court.The insider trading suit filed against Cuban by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last year is scheduled to...

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Foods Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Earnings Conference Call Webcast Business Editors/Food Writers

May 24, 2009 6:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

THOMASVILLE, Ga.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 24, 2009-- Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) will review first quarter fiscal 2009 earnings and take questions from analysts during a live webcast on May 27, 2009. Flowers Foods will release first quarter earnings on May 27 prior to the webcast.What: Flowers Foods...

Iowa advocates for disabled seek job opportunities, IA

May 24, 2009 6:18 am | by BOB ZIENTARAAssociated Press | News | Comments

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Keith Olson got to the Ames City Council chambers bright and early Thursday to set up chairs and tables for a meeting scheduled later that day."He

Iowa town rebuilds, says twister's scars remain, 1st Ld-Writethru, IA

May 24, 2009 6:06 am | by NIGEL DUARA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PARKERSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Dawn Wiegmann had pulled up to Tony's Tire and Exhaust recently, her daughter beside her, when a nearby train blew its whistle.Wiegmann's daughter began to shake and cry."You hear them say it sounds like a train whistle," Wiegmann said. "It was so loud, we couldn't hear it....

Chris Wallace Hosts Fox News Sunday, 3rd Add

May 24, 2009 5:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Tamil rebel leader lives? Rumors persist, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 24, 2009 5:51 am | by ARTHUR MAX - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — For die-hard followers, the almost mythic commander who led a terror-driven Tamil insurrection in Sri Lanka still lives — despite persuasive evidence to the contrary.This week the government declared it had finally killed Velupillai Prabhakaran and proclaimed victory...

John King Hosts Cnn'S State Of The Union, 23th Add

May 24, 2009 5:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Rap song by US soldier's son: Just come back alive, AS

May 24, 2009 5:51 am | by RAUL GALLEGOAssociated Press | News | Comments

FORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan (AP) — At least a couple of times a week, U.S. army Capt. Alfonso Johnson opens his laptop at his base in Afghanistan and plays a rap video — a clip with his young son singing of his fears his father will die in combat."I'm 11 years old, already grown...

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