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Conn. lawmakers consider trust funds for pets, 1st Ld-Writethru, CT

May 23, 2009 8:18 am | by STEPHANIE REITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — Behind every cat lounging on a chair or snoozing in the sun at the Last Post Sanctuary, there's the story of an owner who loved the animal enough to plan for its life without them.But in Connecticut and many other states, that planning is much more complicated than it sounds....

Utility rates in NJ may climb for some this summer, 1st Ld-Writethru, NJ

May 23, 2009 8:18 am | by ELI SEGALL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jerseyans who keep their TVs blaring and air conditioners blasting in the summer are used to paying high energy bills.But some may see their bills spike even higher this season.As part of a pilot program aimed at slashing consumption, Jersey Central Power & Light customers...

Slayings dashed dreams of rural Iraqi family, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 8:08 am | by BRETT BARROUQUERE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The beautiful, dark-haired girl in the photograph stands near a wall in pre-invasion Iraq. What is unseen and now lost, her family says, is her dream of moving to the big city and getting married."Abeer was a strong woman," said her aunt, Ameena Hamza Rashid al-Janabi. "She was...

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finalise la souscription du terrain de Bluff Springs situe dans le corridor de croissance Dallas-Fort Worth

May 23, 2009 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY, Alberta-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — 23 mai 2009--Walton International Group Inc. et Walton International Group (USA) Inc. ont annonce aujourd'hui l'achevement fructueux du placement des unites de partenariat limite dans Walton Bluff Springs Land, LP.Walton Bluff Springs Land, LP a cloture le 9...

Completes Bluff Springs Land Syndication in Dallas-Fort Worth Growth Corridor Business Editors/Real Estate Writers

May 23, 2009 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY, Alberta-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 23, 2009--Walton International Group Inc. and Walton International Group (USA) Inc. today announced the successful completion of placements of limited partnership units in Walton Bluff Springs Land, LP.Walton Bluff Springs Land, LP attained a final closing...

Maine-bound truck burns wood chips, ME

May 23, 2009 7:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A pickup truck that was modified in Alabama to burn wood chips for fuel was headed to Maine with its new owners behind the wheel of the bright green vehicle they call "Termite."Auburn, Maine, businessman Ford Reiche and his son George left Birmingham, Ala., last Tuesday, in...

HL:McGuinty to take on auto talks, economic portfolio as key minister departs@

May 23, 2009 7:47 am | by Maria Babbage@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Premier Dalton McGuinty will be more involved in the ongoing talks to save Ontario's ailing auto industry as one of his key ministers, Michael Bryant, departs for a plum job at a new corporation tasked with attracting investment to Toronto.Bryant, who will step down as economic...

Fighting in Mogadishu kills 3, wounds about 30, 5th Ld-Writethru, AF

May 23, 2009 7:42 am | by MOHAMED OLAD HASSANAssociated Press | News | Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Heavy shelling and gunfire in Mogadishu killed three people and wounded about 30 in the battle between government and rebel forces for Somalia's capital, witnesses said.It was the second day of an offensive by the U.N.-backed government trying to regain neighborhoods won...

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Board approves plan to protect children from abuse, OK

May 23, 2009 7:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state board approved a new plan designed to protect Oklahoma children from abuse and neglect by identifying programs available for at-risk parents.Officials hope the plan approved Friday by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth will get more communities involved in...

More than 950 cadets graduate at West Point, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 7:36 am | by MICHAEL HILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Cadets graduating from West Point were praised by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday for having the courage and patriotism to join the military in "a dangerous new century."Gates noted that the 970 members of the U.S. Military Academy's class of 2009 were...

Woman killed in east Baltimore fire, MD

May 23, 2009 7:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — A 51-year-old woman is dead after a rowhouse fire in east Baltimore.Fire department spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the woman was found dead on the second floor of the home on Ashland Avenue. She died of smoke inhalation and burns.Firefighters were called to the home around 8 a.m....

Museum opens high-tech gallery on recent genocides, US

May 23, 2009 7:20 am | by BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A common refrain from those who study the Holocaust is "never again." The words appear over and over in comments left by visitors at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.The past 15 years, however, have forced people to face the grim reality of genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda and more...

Insurgency takes toll on both Buddhists, Muslims, AS

May 23, 2009 7:15 am | by DENIS D. GRAY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KO TO, Thailand (AP) — The young Muslim man says he watched helplessly as soldiers broke his father's bones and punctured his lungs with vicious kicks. After seven hours of relentless torture, the Muslim religious leader died cradled in his lap.In a nearby village, a 7-year-old Buddhist girl still...

2 East Coast public accounting firms to merge, US

May 23, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two major East Coast public accounting firms are merging as of June 1 to create a 10-office firm with operations in New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, New York state and Grand Cayman.New York City-based Marcum & Kliegman LLP is merging with Florida-based Rachlin LLP. Marcum &...

Road to top of 14,264-foot Mount Evans opens, CO

May 23, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — The highway to the summit of Colorado's 14,264-foot Mount Evans has opened for the season.Colorado 5 on Mount Evans was partially open Friday, but traffic could head to the summit Saturday morning. It is billed as North America's highest paved highway.Trail Ridge Road through Rocky...

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