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HL:Abbas ready to accept two-state deal@

May 25, 2009 8:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Mahmoud Abbas says he's ready to accept a two-state solution that would see a Palestinian state side-by-side with Israel.The president of the Palestinian Authority has been meeting Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon, who welcomes his commitment to the two-state formula.Cannon says that fits...

EU nations approve highly skilled visa plan, EU

May 25, 2009 8:03 am | by CONSTANT BRAND - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU nations gave their final approval Monday to a new visa program to attract highly skilled workers.Skilled workers will receive a single multiyear visa to work and move freely in the EU. Britain, Ireland and Denmark are not participating.The aim of the so-called "blue card" visa is...

HL:AECL rival offers to help Canada through Chalk River shutdown@

May 25, 2009 8:02 am | by Steve Rennie@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Atomic Energy of Canada's chief rival to build a nuclear power plant in Ontario has offered to help the federal government through the shutdown of the Chalk River reactor.France's Areva Group wrote to two Conservative cabinet ministers last week offering to help Canada find European...

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Google increasingly battles Facebook in search

May 25, 2009 8:02 am | by JAY ALABASTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Google has long been the king of search, dominating rivals including Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. But it increasingly sees social networks such as Facebook as challengers to its search engine, a company official said Monday.As people search out advice online for everyday, personal...

LEAD: Japan eyes ASEM statement condemning N. Korea nuclear test+

May 25, 2009 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HANOI, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING, INCORPORATING STORY HEADLINED 'NAKASONE EYES ASEM STATEMENT CONDEMNING N. KOREA NUCLEAR TEST')Japan on Monday proposed that the Asia-Europe Meeting forum issue a statement condemning North Korea's second nuclear test earlier in the day.Japanese Foreign...

Biologists studying turbines' effect grouse, 1st Ld-Writethru, WY

May 25, 2009 7:56 am | by MATT JOYCE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In the high-stakes game of preserving sage grouse, biologists say they're still figuring out how the birds will react to the influx of wind turbines rising up from the wide-open sagebrush plains where the birds evolved.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 15 months ago commenced...

Watertown, Yankton switch places on jobless list, SD

May 25, 2009 7:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In April, Watertown replaced Yankton with the highest unemployment rate among South Dakota's largest cities.Watertown's jobless rate rose by almost 1 percentage point during the month to 8.2 percent.Yankton, meanwhile, saw its rate decrease to 6.6 percent after climbing...

HL:Imperial Oil says it's going ahead with Phase 1 of Kearl oilsands project@

May 25, 2009 7:56 am | by Lauren Krugel@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) is charging ahead with its long-awaited Kearl oilsands project — a rare development in an industry that has all but ground to a halt in the economic downturn.The Calgary-based company said Monday the mining project northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., will cost...

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Ex-RI hospital exec awaits word on prison sentence, 4th Ld-Writethru, RI

May 25, 2009 7:51 am | by ERIC TUCKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former hospital executive is awaiting a federal court's decision on whether he must report to prison next month as he appeals his corruption conviction.Robert Urciuoli, the former president and chief executive of Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, was sentenced...

HL:SportsClick acquires Aqua Caddy patents and trademarks@

May 25, 2009 7:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — Sportsclick Inc. (TSXV:SCV) says it has acquired KelBel Inc., owners of the patents and trademarks for Aqua Caddy. The acquisition adds a new golf product to SportsClick's line of branded sports and promotional merchandise. SportsClick will issue 1.1 million common shares of the company...

HL:Funding for children's breakfast programs drops while number served is up@

May 25, 2009 7:51 am | by Judy Creighton@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A major Canadian children's nutrition program is finding itself spread thin as a result of funding cuts and an increase in the number of kids it serves.Breakfast for Learning, founded in 1992 by a group of editors at Canadian Living magazine to help feed hungry children, is also feeling...

Russia's Norilsk Nickel lost $449 mln in 2008, EU

May 25, 2009 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOSCOW (AP) — The world's largest nickel producer, Russia's Norilsk Nickel, on Monday said it made a $449 million net loss in 2008 after taking a $4.7 billion writedown on assets including mines outside Russia.The loss, which followed net profit of $5.3 billion a year earlier, came as base-metals...

Iowa City markets itself to same-sex couples, 1st Ld-Writethru, IA

May 25, 2009 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City may be marching down the aisle toward becoming a destination for same-sex couples looking to get hitched.An Iowa Supreme Court decision last month legalized same-sex marriages in the state, and now an informal committee is working to market Iowa City for same-sex...

SAfrica launches first Football for Hope center, AF

May 25, 2009 7:25 am | by CLARE NULLIS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African authorities have started building a new Football for Hope center — the first of 20 planned around the continent as part of a 2010 World Cup campaign to combat AIDS, poverty and crime and to uplift local communities that live far away from flashy...

NH using green paper to cut red tape in stimulus program, NH

May 25, 2009 7:24 am | by DAVID TIRRELL-WYSOCKI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has been spending federal stimulus money on transportation faster than most states, in part because it's using green paper to cut red tape.The U.S. Transportation Department says the state is among the top 10 in the percentage of stimulus money for transportation...

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