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Wash state won't make target for biofuels, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 25, 2009 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state won't reach its goal next month of having biofuels make up at least 20 percent of its fuel use in state vehicles and ferries.The state had set a June 1 target for alternative fuels to make up a fifth of its fuel use. But as of the end of last year, such fuel...

Questions from end of stair-climbing wheelchair, US

May 25, 2009 8:26 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's first stair-climbing wheelchair hit the market with a bang but disappeared with a whimper, a casualty of price that raises a big question: How much will society agree to pay for high-tech help for the disabled?Johnson & Johnson quietly sold the last iBOTs this spring,...

Canada's Globe and Mail replaces editor, APFN

May 25, 2009 8:26 am | by ROB GILLIES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — The publisher of Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper says editor in chief Ed Greenspon is stepping down.The newspaper's publisher and Chief Executive Phillip Crawley said in an e-mail to employees on Monday that Greenspon is being succeeded by business editor John Stackhouse.Crawley...

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The fame paradox: Pay attention to me, on my terms, 2nd Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 25, 2009 8:21 am | by TED ANTHONY - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Look at me. Look at my life, my body, my antics, my kids, my home. It's OK — come on in. It's a fair deal: I'm getting famous, you're getting entertained. Everybody's happy. What's the problem?But ... whoa. Wait. Stop. I didn't sign on for THIS. Why are you looking at me? How dare you look at me!...

HL:Rare Element shares soar 41 per cent on TSXV, company says no material news@

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Rare Element Resources Ltd. (TSXV:RES), a Vancouver-based mineral developer, saw its stock soar 41 per cent Monday on the TSX Venture Exchange, but the company said there was no material undisclosed news to warrant the market jump.Rare Element stock rose 39 cents to $1.34, a jump of 41...

HL:Laid-off workers could learn new skills while accessing EI under federal plan@

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHAWA, Ont. — Helping laid-off workers upgrade their skills as the world waits for the economy to rebound makes more sense than a Liberal plan to reform Employment Insurance payments, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said Monday.But now isn't the time to ask voters which plan they prefer...

Hard Creek Increases Measured Resource to 213 Million Tonnes

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hard Creek Nickel Corporation (TSX: HNC) is pleased to announce a new resource estimate for its wholly owned Turnagain Property, located 70 km east of Dease Lake, BC. This estimate is an update from a HNC news release dated June 17, 2008, that summarized a resource estimate by AMEC Americas Limited...

Truck stop businesses hurt by recession too, WI

May 25, 2009 8:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — Truck stop workers say the recession has hurt the trucking industry and that's hurting them.Michael Willkomm is the third generation in his family to be in the fuel business. He runs the truck stop in Sturtevant that has an Iron Skillet restaurant and Mobil service...

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HL:SportsClick acquires Aqua Caddy patents and trademarks for C$165,000@

May 25, 2009 8:10 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 the Aqua Caddy golf product.The acquisition, announced Monday, adds a new golf product to SportsClick's line of branded sports and promotional merchandise, the Halifax company...

HL:TSX Venture Exchange is trading at 1,089.90 down 6.61 points at noon ET@

May 25, 2009 8:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange was trading at 1,089.90 down 6.61 points on Monday. The volume at noon was at 70.9 million shares.

Crisis spurs spike in 'suburban survivalists'

May 25, 2009 8:09 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Six months ago, Jim Wiseman didn't even have a spare nutrition bar in his kitchen cabinet.Now, the 54-year-old businessman and father of five has a backup generator, a water filter, a grain mill and a 4-foot-tall pile of emergency food tucked in his home in the expensive San Diego...

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...

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...

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