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International Peace Garden grows, ND

May 24, 2009 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN (AP) — Construction is under way on an interpretive center and plant conservatory at the International Peace Garden that straddles the U.S.-Canada border.Park CEO Doug Hevenor says the building will include a cafe and a retail shop and should be finished by the fall.The...

State officials examine student achievement tests, SD

May 24, 2009 10:08 am | by CHET BROKAW - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials have started talking about changing the test given to high school students under the federal school improvement law called No Child Left Behind, but a decision will not be made for a long time, state Education Secretary Tom Oster says.While the annual...

Indy 500 fans tighten belts, make tough choices, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CAR

May 24, 2009 10:02 am | by RICK CALLAHAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For retired auto mechanic Dennis Hiemstra, it's become a tradition: Packing up the family, making the 240-mile drive south and attending the Indianapolis 500.To save money in tight times, their 20th trip was a bit different.Hiemstra, his daughter and four grandchildren ages nine...


Analysis: Kan. budget still looks messy next year

May 24, 2009 10:01 am | by JOHN HANNA - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Legislators and Gov. Mark Parkinson patched together a balanced budget for the state's next fiscal year, but they ducked enough tough decisions that similar problems are looming next year.Parkinson signed two bills last week that complete a $13 billion spending plan for state...

Investors await housing, consumer confidence news

May 24, 2009 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Investors have lost some of their bravado when facing bad economic news.Wall Street's mood deteriorated last week as investors began to question whether stocks' spring rally was premature. They were also stung by a Standard & Poor's warning about British government debt that...

No end in sight to Pittsburgh airport woes, PA

May 24, 2009 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh International Airport has seen dwindling traffic over the last decade due to flight reductions by US Airways, high fuel prices and the slumping economy — and officials say there is no end in sight.The airport, which once had more than 600 daily departures, offered 158...

Anschutz Corp. plans Wyoming wind farm, APFN

May 24, 2009 9:55 am | by MATT JOYCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — The near-constant wind whipping across the rugged hills and ridges of southern Wyoming could soon power one of the world's largest wind farms.Power Company of Wyoming, an affiliate of Denver-based Anschutz Corp., wants to build 1,000 wind turbines, starting a few miles south of...

East Aviation History is Ready for Take Off Business Editors/Aviation Writers/Travel Writers

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...

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...


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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