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HL:The Canadian Press World News Budget - Thursday, May 21, 2009.@

May 21, 2009 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are the budgeted stories as of 19:30 ET. The editor handling World news in Toronto can be reached at 416-507-2165.WASHINGTON @ — It was a day of duelling speeches on Thursday as U.S. President Barack Obama outlined his reasons for closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison only to be rebutted...

Firm: Calif. median home price down slightly, 2nd Ld, CA

May 21, 2009 9:01 am | by JACOB ADELMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tracking firm says the median home price in California declined slightly last month from March.MDA DataQuick says in a report released Thursday the statewide median price sank just 0.9 percent to $221,000 in April, from $223,000 in March.The figures marked a third consecutive...

Funding Assists Community Targeted by Hate Crime in Edmonton

May 21, 2009 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton - Mill Woods -Beaumont, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today announced funding support for security infrastructure enhancements at the Markaz-ul-Islam Society of Edmonton - a place of worship and Islamic Centre for...

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Report places blame for Mass. Pike's Easter delays, 1st Ld-Writethru, MA

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The decision by a former turnpike executive to "control costs and preserve revenue" was among the reasons cited for the miles-long traffic backup on the Massachusetts Turnpike on Easter Sunday that left drivers sitting in long lines at tolls, according an internal report released...

Qwest Foundation Marks the Second Anniversary of NetSmartz411 Parenting Writers/Business Editors

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- In marking its second anniversary at an event on Capitol Hill today, NetSmartz411, the "Internet Safety Helpdesk," sponsored by the Qwest Foundation and operated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) (NCMEC), has provided more than...

Canada proposes credit card holder protections, 1st Ld-Writethru, CN

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by CHARMAINE NORONHA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — Canada proposed new regulations aimed at protecting credit card users on Thursday, a day after the U.S. Congress approved legislation that would make sweeping changes to the credit card industry.The proposed amendments in Canada are not as far-reaching as those drawn up by the U.S....

Companies spar over Iowa wind energy surplus, 1st Ld-Writethru, IA

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is producing so much wind energy that companies are competing to sell the surplus.MidAmerican Energy, which has 1,300 megawatts of wind energy capacity in Iowa, has filed a request with state regulators to approve more than 1,000 megawatts of wind generation at...

HL:Alberta landowners seek leave to appeal proposed power line to Supreme Court@

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Landowners who lost a fight to block a power line from Lethbridge in southern Alberta into Montana want the Supreme Court of Canada to hear their case.They are seeking leave to appeal a ruling earlier this month by the Alberta Court of Appeal.In a split decision, the Appeal...

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Tenn. Senate delays 'cap and trade' measure, TN

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has again delayed action on a resolution declaring that Tennessee won't participate in a federal system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Brentwood, the resolution's main sponsor, proposed an amendment Thursday to tweak...

History at Hilton Hotels and Beyond Business Editors/Travel & Hospitality Writers/Travel Editors

May 21, 2009 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Hilton Hotels & Resorts encourages travelers to explore some of the greatest tastes, sights and sounds in United States' history through a variety of historical packages and promotions. History buffs can walk the halls of the first hotel to...

Federal charge filed for faking breast cancer, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TN

May 21, 2009 8:50 am | by BILL POOVEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A former Chattanooga city employee accused of faking breast cancer and duping the city, co-workers and a church out of more than $100,000 now also faces a federal fraud charge.A one-count federal bill of information filed Wednesday accuses 38-year-old Keele Maynor of...

Analysis: Obama seeks middle ground on Guantanamo, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 8:50 am | by STEVEN R. HURST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — In soaring rhetoric, Barack Obama ran through his logic for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, deliberately planting himself on the middle ground between his conservative critics — led by Dick Cheney — and those to the left who accuse the new president of failing to restore...

NOAA forecasts 9 to 14 tropical storms this season, US

May 21, 2009 8:49 am | by RANDOLPH E. SCHMID - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricanes will strike the United States this season and Americans must be prepared, federal forecasters said Thursday. They predicted nine to 14 named tropical storms this year.Current projections call for a near normal year for hurricanes, Gerry Bell, lead Atlantic hurricane...

Piper Trust Awards Grants Over $2 Million for Arts, Children and Healthcare

May 21, 2009 8:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Arts, Health, Family editorsPHOENIX, Ariz., May 21 (AScribe Newswire) -- Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded $2.18 million in grants to Maricopa County nonprofits, with grants ranging from mentoring and enrichment activities for children and youth, to Back-to-School grants for...

Intuit shares jump on strong 3rd-quarter results, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:49 am | by EILEEN AJ CONNELLY - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Intuit Inc. jumped Thursday after the personal finance software maker posted results above analyst estimates for its fiscal third quarter.The stock rose $2.29, or 9.1 percent, to $27.51 by midday, with volume well ahead of normal daily trading.Late Wednesday, Intuit posted...

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