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Wash. pension board sues over Lehman Bros. losses, APFN

May 20, 2009 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's pension investment board is suing to recover more than $100 million in losses from investments with Lehman Brothers, which went into bankruptcy protection last year.The Washington State Investment Board says the defendants are former Lehman officials, the...

DEP fines western Pa. company $34K for acid cloud, PA

May 20, 2009 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) — State environmental officials have announced a $34,187 fine against a chemical company for a toxic leak that caused and acid cloud that forced hundreds of western Pennsylvania residents to evacuate.Indspec Chemical Corp. already faces $121,500 in federal workplace safety fines...

Baker: GOP chair should not raise sexuality, 1st Ld-Writethru, AR

May 20, 2009 10:46 am | by ANDREW DeMILLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — State Sen. Gilbert Baker said Wednesday he does not think the Arkansas GOP chairman should be raising a state lawmaker's homosexuality as an issue during party appearances.State Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb when criticizing Democrats has reportedly mentioned the fact...

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Capital One cutting 180 jobs in Baton Rouge, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 20, 2009 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Capital One Financial Corp. said Wednesday that it will eliminate 180 jobs at a Baton Rouge telephone sales and loan processing service center.The McLean, Va.-based banking and credit card provider is consolidating the functions of telephone sales to small businesses,...

Recession makes vacation scheduling more complex

May 20, 2009 10:46 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners are likely to find a perennial summertime challenge, keeping their companies staffed during peak vacation times, even harder this year.Layoffs and jobs lost to attrition mean that many companies have leaner staffing, while employees still want to take time...

Maui Divers Jewelry want to buy Hilo Hattie, HI

May 20, 2009 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — A $1 million offer has been made to buy Hilo Hattie out of bankruptcy.Maui Divers Jewelry wants to acquire the Hawaiian souvenirs and aloha attire company.Maui Divers is Hawaii's largest jewelry manufacturer and retailer. It is owed more than $1 million by Hilo Hattie, which filed...

Senator says it's time to change immigration laws, 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 10:46 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Contending that U.S. borders are more secure than ever, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday it's time for the White House and Congress to overhaul immigration laws to stem the number of people coming into and living illegally in the U.S."We can pass strong, fair,...

Commission approves pay cut for Calif. officials, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 20, 2009 10:41 am | by STEVE LAWRENCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California commission voted Wednesday to slash the pay of the Legislature and other state elected officials by 18 percent, a day after voters offered their own rebuke by rejecting five budget-related measures drafted by lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The California...

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Details about Illinois' multiyear highway plan, IL

May 20, 2009 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a breakdown of the multiyear transportation improvement plan the Illinois Department of Transportation released Wednesday:___FUNDINGTotal: $11.25 billionFederal: $7.499 billionState: $3.047 billion, including $1.552 billion from the mini-capital plan lawmakers adopted in April.Local: $704...

House votes to allow guns in national parks, US

May 20, 2009 10:40 am | by MATTHEW DALY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has voted to allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.The House approved the measure, 279-147, on Wednesday, one day after the Senate acted.Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sponsored the measure, which would restore a Bush administration policy...

Illinois officials focus on 'maintenance' of roads, IL

May 20, 2009 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois isn't planning any new road work in the next five years unless lawmakers approve new money for a major construction plan.Officials released an $11.25 billion long-term road plan Wednesday. But Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig warned that there's very little...

Bill to protect reporters introduced in Wisconsin, 1st Ld-Writethru, WI

May 20, 2009 10:40 am | by SCOTT BAUER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Journalists would have protection from having to reveal confidential sources or information under a law proposed by two Democrats, one a former reporter.Wisconsin has court rulings offering some protections for reporters in Wisconsin but no state law.Judges need more guidance...

Selected recent California newspaper editorials, CA

May 20, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

May 27:The San Jose Mercury News: "Equal marriage rights will spread, even to California"In the evolution of social change, the world isn't flat; it's upside down.Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and Iowa — yes, Iowa — are in the vanguard deciding that gay and lesbian couples have the...

Michael Jackson postpones some London shows, EU

May 20, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Michael Jackson's representatives announced Wednesday that the elusive King of Pop will postpone several of his London comeback shows scheduled for this summer.The opening night at the 02 Arena had been set for July 8 but will be moved back to July 13, promoters said. In addition,...

Citizens Republic Bancorp chairman resigns, APFN

May 20, 2009 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc. said Wednesday that its chairman, William Hartman, has resigned.Hartman's resignation is effective May 26. He is also stepping down from his position as a member of the board of directors.Citizens Republic Bancorp said it plans to elect a new...

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