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Obama vows not to send troops to war without cause, 7th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 11:32 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama promised graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that, as their commander in chief, he will only send them "into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary."In his first address to military graduates, Obama also pledged to invest in the...

Union urges tax hike in radio, TV ads, IL

May 21, 2009 11:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The largest state employees' union in Illinois is running radio and TV ads urging lawmakers to approve an income tax increase to pay for needed public services."Backlog" — a television spot noting an Illinois State Police backlog of DNA tests that could identify criminals —...

Oregon School for Blind could close this summer, OR

May 21, 2009 11:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon School for the Blind may not survive the summer.House Bill 2834 calls for closing the 136-year-old school on Sept. 1. Lawmakers have considered six proposals since the mid-1980s to either to close the school or merge it with the Oregon School for the Deaf. This year's...

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Space shuttle landing held up by stormy weather

May 21, 2009 11:16 pm | by MARCIA DUNN - AP Aerospace Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Thunderstorms raking NASA's spaceport kept space shuttle Atlantis in orbit an extra day Friday, giving the crew unwanted downtime as they aimed for a landing the next day.After passing up two opportunities to land Friday at Kennedy Space Center, Mission Control thanked...

BW)(DR.-REDDY'S-LABORATORIES)(RDY.NYSE) Dr. Reddy's Receives Approval for Three INDs and Announces Reorganization of Its Drug Discovery Operations Business Editors/Health/Medical...

May 21, 2009 11:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HYDERABAD, India-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Dr. Reddy's announced that the first human subjects were successfully dosed in a phase I study with DRL 17822, a selective inhibitor of CETP, for the treatment of dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis and associated cardiovascular diseases. The compound...

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Japan stocks down on strong yen, AS

May 21, 2009 11:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese stocks fell Friday with exporters under pressure on the back of a strong yen, and sentiment weak amid concerns about a possible downgrade of British government debt that sent Wall Street lower.The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average lost 38.34 points, or 0.4 percent, to...

Yuma marine journalist to report from Afghanistan, AZ

May 21, 2009 11:05 pm | by JARED DORTAssociated Press | News | Comments

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — He joined the Marine Corps in the hope of being a part of something big.Now, Gregory Aalto's ready for the experience of a lifetime.Aalto, a 22-year-old lance corporal and journalist at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, was picked to cover the conflict in Afghanistan and follow the...

New UF budget contains $42.2M in cuts, layoffs, 4th Ld-Writethru, FL

May 21, 2009 11:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida announced $42.2 million in cuts to its budget Friday for the upcoming fiscal year.The proposed budget includes the elimination of about 150 staff and faculty positions. In addition, nine faculty members and 49 staff members will be laid off."Our...

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LEAD: Tokyo stocks down on strong yen, U.S. credit jitters+

May 21, 2009 11:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS AND PRICES)Tokyo stocks fell Friday as a stronger yen toppled exporters and investor sentiment slumped on jitters over the fate of the U.S. credit rating.The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended a choppy session down 38.34 points, or 0.41 percent, from...

Malaysia, Singapore eye changes to economic models, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 21, 2009 11:00 pm | by ALEX KENNEDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — Malaysia and Singapore said Friday they may tweak their economic models as a collapse in demand from the U.S. and Europe sends the Southeast Asian neighbors into recession.Malaysia plans to emphasize "greater creativity, innovation and high-value" as part of an effort to spark...

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit China, AS

May 21, 2009 11:00 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China's leadership will play host next week to one of its fiercest human rights critics — Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi — in a visit that symbolizes the complex and deepening relations between the two countries.Pelosi is coming at the invitation of her...

China: rich nations must cut emissions by 40 pct

May 21, 2009 10:54 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Wealthy nations, as history's biggest polluters, should cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, China says in a policy document on climate change. The government also rolled out fresh help for solar power and other "green energy."The reductions China is...

Northland Grants Options to Executive Chairman and Directors

May 21, 2009 10:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Northland Resources Inc. (Northland) (TSX: NAU)(OSLO: NAUR)(FRANKFURT: NBS) reports that it has granted the following incentive stock options to members of its Board of Directors: Anders Hvide, Executive Chairman, 500,000; Ralph Rushton, Director, 100,000; Birger Solberg, Director, 100,000; Frode...

Bush: It's 'liberating' to be out of office, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 10:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) — It was a humbling moment for the former commander in chief: President George W. Bush was walking former first dog Barney in his new Dallas neighborhood when it stopped in a neighbor's yard for relief."And there I was, former president of the United States of America, with a...

Tokyo stocks down on strong yen, U.S. credit jitters+

May 21, 2009 10:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: TO BE LED)Tokyo stocks fell Friday as a stronger yen toppled exporters and investor sentiment slumped on jitters over the fate of the U.S. credit rating.The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended a choppy session down 38.34 points, or 0.41 percent, from Thursday to...

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