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May 24, 2009 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 24, 2009--His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, unveiled a new era in Middle East aviation today when he revealed the first of flydubai's 50 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.flydubai is Dubai's first low cost carrier and...

Idaho Department of Correction to cut jobs, 1st Ld-Writethru, ID

May 24, 2009 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Correction is cutting 38 positions this summer and taking other steps to save about $4.7 million, the agency's director says.Brent Reinke said the job cuts will save about $2 million, and requiring remaining workers to take four to 10 days off without...

Mark Cuban's battle with SEC heating up, US

May 24, 2009 9:39 am | by DANNY ROBBINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are out of the National Basketball Association 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...

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Economy doesn't stop Hispanic retailers opening, AZ

May 24, 2009 9:39 am | by DALE QUINNAssociated Press | News | Comments

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two major retail chains looking to cash in on Spanish speakers are opening stores in Tucson — demonstrating the growing buying power of Hispanics, even during tough economic times.El Super, a Los Angeles-based grocer, and La Curacao, an electronics and appliance retailer that...

Click and save: Online class cuts insurance rates, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 24, 2009 9:34 am | by VALERIE BAUMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who shell out about $50 to take a leisurely trip down a cartoon road with just a few clicks of the mouse can end up shaving hundreds of dollars off some of the nation's highest car insurance premiums.Under a program launched this month, New York joins 26 other states...

Medical examiner's office seeks help to ID remains, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 24, 2009 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office has begun cataloguing all of its unidentified remains in hopes that a Texas university program may be able to use DNA to identify the dead.Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says the medical examiner's office has found 125 cases involving...

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HL:GG Jean pushes government to build university for Inuit@

May 24, 2009 9:34 am | by Alexander Panetta@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean is making a rare break from ceremonial circumspection to publicly urge the government to build a university for Canada's Inuit.In a vice-regal plunge into policy advocacy, Jean proposes a university in the Arctic so Inuit youth can get a degree close to home and...

Terrorism arrests: snitch, sting, then controversy, US

May 24, 2009 9:28 am | by DEBORAH HASTINGS - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — It usually starts with a snitch and a sting operation, followed by a great deal of publicity and controversy.Case in point: Four Muslim men charged last week with plotting to blow up synagogues and military planes. The informant is a convicted felon and Pakistani immigrant who...

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Powell fires back in debate over GOP's future, US

May 24, 2009 9:28 am | by DOUGLASS K. DANIEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderate Republicans to conservative Republicans: Turn down the volume — especially on Rush Limbaugh — and open your minds. The party's future might be at stake.Such warnings about the GOP's right wing, along with finger wagging about a "shrill" and "judgmental" tone, marked the...

Mass. announces open enrollment for health program, MA

May 24, 2009 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The 175,000 people in Massachusetts' Commonwealth Care system have the right to switch insurers if they want.An open enrollment people begins Monday and extends through June 25.State officials say participants happy with their current insurer don't have to do anything. Nor do people...

Hard times soften hearts in Ohio's capital city, OH

May 24, 2009 9:28 am | by BY MEREDITH HEAGNEYAssociated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The economic crisis has made many Americans anxious and fearful. But here's the silver lining: Some religious leaders and academics say we might be better people by the time it's over.A recession can inspire frugality, yes, but also volunteerism, compassion and a shift in...

Bondsmen upset by policies that free more people

May 24, 2009 9:23 am | by IVAN MORENO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Budget cuts and the cost of maintaining an overcrowded jail forced Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden to begin releasing inmates accused of lesser crimes without bond. Other police agencies across the country are following suit — to the chagrin of bail bondsmen who say their...

Harold Hamm Bio box, ND

May 24, 2009 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biographical information on Harold Hamm:NAME — Harold Glenn HammAGE-BIRTH DATE — 63; Dec. 11, 1945.TITLE: — Chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources Inc., based in Enid, Okla.EDUCATION — Hamm, the 13th child of sharecroppers, graduated from high school. He holds an honorary...

Billionaire oilman marks 20 years of ND drilling, ND

May 24, 2009 9:23 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Billionaire oilman Harold Hamm lands his corporate jet, jumps in a truck and drives the back roads of western North Dakota every few weeks, eyeballing his rigs and wells like a farmer checking his crops."I learn a lot when I'm out here," Hamm said on a recent trip, eating...

W.Va. lawmakers' stay at Capitol hinges on budget, 2nd Ld-Writethru, WV

May 24, 2009 9:18 am | by LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Legislature must complete two separate sessions before the new budget year begins July 1, and lawmakers face a tight timetable.The House and Senate convene Tuesday, and their main goal is to craft and pass a state budget. They must reduce what Gov. Joe...

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