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Former exec for fuel distributor claims fraud, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 23, 2009 6:27 am | by DAVID TWIDDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former president of a Kansas-based gasoline distributor that filed for bankruptcy in February is claiming he and the company were victims of fraud.Crescent Oil Co. Inc. and its subsidiaries, based in Independence, Kan., filed for Chapter 11 protection after it went into...

NC friends build wood boats by hand, NC

May 23, 2009 6:26 am | by LAURA MCFARLANDAssociated Press | News | Comments

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — The boat was in Robert Woody's head for years before he built it.He had no boat building experience. He had never taken a class in designing boats or watched one built start to finish.All Woody had was a vision of what it would look like and a longtime friend, Ronnie...

Obama's mining approach leaves industry wondering, WV

May 23, 2009 6:21 am | by TIM HUBER - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — No one's particularly pleased with the Obama administration's early approach to regulating the U.S. coal industry.The industry and big coal producing states are worried about stricter reviews of Appalachian surface mining permits by the Environmental Protection Agency that...

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Texas lake conditions solid for Memorial weekend, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TX

May 23, 2009 6:21 am | by SCHUYLER DIXON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WYLIE, Texas (AP) — Debby Wiley is ready for the Memorial Day weekend rush at the Dallas-area marina she manages.It's a much better feeling than she had three years ago, when drought conditions forced officials to move Collin Park Marina into the main part of Lavon Lake before the cove where it...

Paddle wheel restoration follows river passion, WV

May 23, 2009 6:15 am | by KYLA ASBURYAssociated Press | News | Comments

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — On Nov. 2, 1970, the Weber W. Sebald sank in the Kanawha River, and 38 years later, two Point Pleasant men decided it was time to recover some parts of the wrecked ship.Vernon Clifton and Bill Mallette have been involved with the river for many years, said Jackie...

Bonds will help improve university residence halls, 1st Ld-Writethru, SD

May 23, 2009 6:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Regents is selling a record $900 million in revenue bonds for projects at four state-run universities.Most of the work is for new or upgraded residence halls at South Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, Northern State University...

With ex-Google exec, AOL seeks another fresh start

May 23, 2009 6:10 am | by RACHEL METZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shortly before taking over as head of AOL in April, Tim Armstrong ripped out some office doors.The doors — made of glass and requiring a company key card to pass through — stood in AOL's New York headquarters, separating the offices of executives like former CEO Randy Falco and his...

Backers pleased by Iowa's energy efforts, 1st Ld-Writethru, IA

May 23, 2009 6:04 am | by MIKE GLOVER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two years into an effort to boost Iowa's alternative energy industry, the state has given $35 million to established businesses, startups and academics to spur growth in the state.In return, officials said Iowa has seen 2,300 new jobs and the state has taken its place as a...

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Obama looking for common touch in next justice, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 5:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he doesn't feel "weighed down" by a need to pick the next Supreme Court justice based on demographics, arguing that intellectual firepower and empathy with ordinary people are more important."You have to have not only the intellect to be able to...

Fashion heiress, economist push foreign aid plan

May 23, 2009 5:54 am | by JANE WARDELL - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — An unlikely duo of a fashion heiress and a Nobel Prize-winning economist is pushing a controversial plan to boost aid to the developing world by giving wealthy donors a greater say in how the money is distributed.Backed by the head of the United Nations and a bevy of billionaires,...

Baghdad has new security layer: street gates, ML

May 23, 2009 5:54 am | by HAMZA HENDAWI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — Even as the Iraqis are removing some of the concrete blast walls that divide Baghdad, authorities have quietly installed about 100 metal gates near a major Shiite shrine — a clear sign of ongoing security concerns as bombings continue.Perforated gates have been put up in the past...

Mayor proposes 6 furlough days for Tulsa workers, OK

May 23, 2009 5:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — City employees in Tulsa would be forced to take six unpaid furlough days under a new plan submitted to city councilors by Mayor Kathy Taylor that cuts $5 million in operating expenses out of her proposed budget.Taylor initially proposed four furlough days for city employees, but...

GOP: Alternative energy alone won't meet US needs

May 23, 2009 5:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP senator from the nation's leading coal-producing state contends Democrats will increase energy costs and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign oil if they focus solely on alternative energy.In the party's weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Sen. John Barrasso,...

Analysis: Iran looms over Obama Mideast peace bid, US

May 23, 2009 5:29 am | by MATTHEW LEE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — An increasingly emboldened Iran is both complicating and giving promise to the Obama administration's efforts to forge peace in the Middle East.President Barack Obama and his team are reaching out to Iran. At the same time, the Islamic Republic's hostile rhetoric, nuclear...

Airlines in Tulsa OK ticket tax hike, OK

May 23, 2009 5:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Airlines operating at Tulsa International Airport have approved a 50 percent increase in ticket taxes to pay for improvements to the passenger terminal at the airport.The Passenger Facility Charge, now $3 per ticket for departing passengers at Tulsa International, would increase...

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