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Mortgage fraud bill goes to Obama to sign, US

May 18, 2009 3:27 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Monday sent the president a bill to clamp down on mortgage fraud and set up a $5 million independent commission to investigate the cause of the worldwide financial meltdown.President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation, which received broad bipartisan...

Ariz. lawmaker say's he's 'done with taking it', 2nd Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 18, 2009 3:22 pm | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — A state legislator vowed Monday that he's "done nothing wrong" and will aggressively fight an Arizona commission's order that he be removed from office for campaign finance violations.Republican Rep. Doug Quelland of Phoenix told The Associated Press that he plans an administrative...

PR doctor arrested in prescription drug case, CB

May 18, 2009 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal agents say they have arrested a doctor suspected of illegally selling prescription drugs in northern Puerto Rico.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says Dr. Mohamed A. Zouairabani is accused of dispensing more than 250,000 tablets of the painkiller...

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House Dems oppose special session on tax credits, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 18, 2009 3:22 pm | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — State House Democratic leaders say Gov. Jan Brewer should not call a special legislative session on the creation of new school tax credits to replace private school vouchers that were ruled unconstitutional."Given our budget situation, we have other priorities we should focus on,"...

Lt. Gov. Herbert offers glimpse into his policies, 1st Ld-Writethru, UT

May 18, 2009 3:16 pm | by BROCK VERGAKIS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert said Monday he doesn't support civil unions between gay couples, but that he and the man he'll soon replace agree on many other issues.Herbert, a Republican, will take over the governor's office in the coming months if Gov. Jon Huntsman is confirmed...

Moody's downgrades Regions Financial ratings, APFN

May 18, 2009 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Moody's Investors Service said Monday it downgraded its ratings on Regions Financial Corp., expecting Regions to report losses at least through the rest of this year and into 2010 because of continued trouble in the credit markets.Moody's downgraded its senior rating to "Baa3" — one...

House OKs bill involving charity's governance, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 18, 2009 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House unanimously voted Monday to strip governing authority over the public teaching hospital in New Orleans from LSU and hand management and ownership to boards not tied to the university.The House's approval was not a surprise since the bill was proposed by...

Haitians welcome Clinton appointment as UN envoy, 10th Ld-Writethru, CB

May 18, 2009 3:11 pm | by JONATHAN M. KATZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton became the U.N.'s first special envoy to Haiti on Tuesday, bringing an unmatched combination of local popularity and global star power to help a country devastated by political turmoil, poverty and natural disasters.Haitians — at least...

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RI teen enters plea in fatal boating accident, 5th Ld-Writethru, RI

May 18, 2009 3:11 pm | by ERIC TUCKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A teenager charged as an adult under a short-lived state law after killing a friend in a boating collision two years ago admitted his role in the death Monday, reaching a plea deal to spare him and both families the ordeal of a trial.Ryan Greenberg, 18, pleaded no contest...

NC tax refund payments back on time after delays, NC

May 18, 2009 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's tax office is getting its refund payments out on time again, a month after the filing deadline.State Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay said Monday that refund requests are getting processed at their normal pace now that the state's cash flow problems starting in...

2-year Chancellor Byrne to resign in August, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AL

May 18, 2009 3:06 pm | by DESIREE HUNTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When state school board members filled the head post for Alabama's two-year college system with Bradley Byrne in 2007, they brought an end to a "revolving door" period that saw the reins change hands four times in less than a year.Now with Byrne's Monday announcement that he...

Public asked for input on Gunnison's prairie dog, CO

May 18, 2009 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GUNNISON, Colo. (AP) — The public will have a chance to weigh in on efforts to conserve the Gunnison's prairie dog.The Colorado Division of Wildlife is developing a conservation plan for the prairie dog and will take comments and ideas from the public in a daylong workshop Thursday at Western State...

Ricketts goes to banks for backing, BBN

May 18, 2009 3:05 pm | by RICK GANO - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Ricketts, who heads his family's nearly $900 million bid to buy the Chicago Cubs from Tribune Co., has turned to three banks for financing.The three banks that would finance $450 million are JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America, a person close to the family said Monday....

to Unisys Server Technology Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 18, 2009 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- TravelSky, the leading provider of information technology solutions for China's air travel and tourism industry, has renewed its commitment to Unisys (NYSE:UIS) server technology, extending licences with Unisys China for the Unisys ClearPath Dorado Model...

Latest quake highlights Los Angeles seismic danger

May 18, 2009 3:05 pm | by ALICIA CHANG - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest earthquake to hit the nation's second-largest city was a garden-variety temblor by California standards, rumbling through on a Sunday evening when most residents were home eating dinner or watching TV. The magnitude-4.7 quake shattered more nerves than glass, and...

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