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GM still hasn't made deals with Treasury, union, US

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it does not expect to reach agreement on concessions with the United Auto Workers union or with the Treasury Department on its debt-for-equity exchange before a May 26 deadline.Both deals are part of the restructuring effort GM must complete by June...

Board and Other Travel Industry Partners Promote Safe, Enjoyable Travel to Mexico Health Writers/Travel Editors

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- AeroMexico, the global airline of Latin America, the Mexico Tourism Board and other travel industry partners are joining together to encourage people in the United States, Canada and other countries to travel to Mexico. This collaborative marketing...

Farm markets in Louisiana, LA

May 19, 2009 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Farm market reports from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture:LIVESTOCK: Weekly summary of Louisiana livestock markets held for the week ending May 29.CATTLE: 5,349. TRENDS: Compared to last week, slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to 3 lower. Feeder steers sold mostly...

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List of homicides tied by DNA to unknown killer, 1st Ld-Writethru, WI

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Milwaukee police released a timeline of killings linked by DNA testing to an unknown assailant. Here are the dates, including background information from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel accounts:1986Oct. 10 — Deborah L. Harris, 31. Strangled, found in a local river.Oct. 11 — Tanya L. Miller, 19....

Lawmakers debate budget bills, OK

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers debated funding bills for state agencies Tuesday and questioned their spending priorities in a tight budget year as the Legislature moved closer to a planned adjournment on Friday.The House and Senate have taken up dozens of budget limitation and other...

SC gov's veto message notes power struggle, SC

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 33-page veto message from Gov. Mark Sanford Tuesday showed a struggle for control of the state. Sanford's vetoes knocked all but a few of the spending portions on the $5.7 billion budget and he went to lengths to explain it all and assert his authority.Here's the governor's explanation of why he...

Congress reaches deal on weapons for Pentagon, US

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by JIM ABRAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators from the House of Representatives and the Senate, responding to a sense of urgency conveyed by President Barack Obama, quickly agreed Tuesday on legislation to tighten controls over how the U.S. Defense Department buys and develops weapons systems.Obama has stressed...

Tuesday's Canadian Briefs

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tuesday, May 19OTTAWA (AP) — Patients in line for medical tests to diagnose cancer and heart ailments may have a longer wait as hospitals try to conserve a scarce supply of isotopes, doctors say.The latest shutdown of an Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. nuclear reactor at Chalk River, Ontario — which...

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Xcel Energy boosts power of Colorado plant

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Two new units have boosted capacity at Xcel Energy's Fort St. Vrain plant to nearly 1,000 megawatts, making it the largest gas-fired power plant in Colorado.The plant near Platteville, about 40 miles northeast of Denver, will be able to generate enough electricity for 750,000 homes....

Connecticut calls for 'green cleaning' in schools, 1st Ld-Writethru, CT

May 19, 2009 3:16 pm | by STEPHANIE REITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Environmentally friendly maintenance products and "green cleaning" practices will soon be mandatory in all Connecticut public schools.The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday requiring school districts to adopt "green cleaning" methods similar to those already in...

NY man imprisoned in $2 million tax refund scam, NY

May 19, 2009 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A man has been thrown behind bars for 57 months for using a corrupt letter carrier in Manhattan to cash in on more than $2 million in tax refund checks from bogus returns.Luis Mercedes was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy, receiving stolen mail and other charges...

Bill would expand Ariz. fingerprinting requirement, AZ

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona legislators are moving to require that more people get fingerprint checks.Under legislation to be considered Tuesday by a Senate committee, the fingerprinting requirement would newly apply to people applying to become foster and adoptive parents and to all Department of...

North Dakota's a leader in babies, ND

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Activity in North Dakota's oil patch may have helped create a different sort of boom in the state: babies.Young adults have been moving to the state — or staying — because of a strong economy, spurred largely by growth in the state's oil patch, said Richard Rathge, the state...

Political headaches weaken Ill. pol Stroger, IL

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by DEANNA BELLANDI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Already weakened by years of controversy, the leader of one of America's largest counties is being pummeled by new political scandals, including one that saw him oust his own cousin from her job.Cook County Board President Todd Stroger also has been dogged by the disclosure of a...

HL:Calgary sponsorship summit to build bridges between athletes and CEOs@

May 19, 2009 3:10 pm | by Donna Spencer@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — The 2010 Olympics have kept sponsorship money for Canada's athletes from drying up in this struggling economy.A sponsorship summit is planned for Calgary later this year to help keep the money flowing to Olympic medal hopefuls. WinSport Canada is bringing athletes, corporations and the...

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