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Norwegian learn to minister to vets in St. Cloud, 1st Ld-Writethru, MN

May 18, 2009 11:50 am | by KARI PETRIEAssociated Press | News | Comments

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — They fit right in to an area where lutefisk and lefse are as common as bratwurst and sauerkraut.Norwegian military chaplains Kyrre Klevberg and Torstein Holten are studying at St. Cloud VA Medical Center. The men moved with their families to the area in August to start a...

Fresno businessman, accused in Ponzi, kills self, CA

May 18, 2009 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say 1,200 people could be out up to $138 million, victims of what they described as a Ponzi scheme.The man the FBI says was behind the scheme, 67-year-old John W. Otto, committed suicide last week in Palm Desert. Otto ran an equipment leasing company based in...

Pea, lentil processing planned near Granville, 1st Ld-Writethru, ND

May 18, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GRANVILLE, N.D. (AP) — A new pea and lentil processing facility could be running this summer near Granville.The Granville Economic Development Corp. is asking Minot's economic development fund for $19,500 in interest buydown money on a Bank of North Dakota PACE loan for Simcoe Grain Processors. The...

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NE Pa. man gets 6-18 months for sexual assault, PA

May 18, 2009 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former state Republican committeeman from northeastern Pennsylvania is heading to jail for at least six months for a 2007 sexual assault conviction.A Monroe County judge sentenced 23-year-old John Curtin to six to 18 months in jail on Monday for assaulting a 17-year-old...

CrossHarbor wins Yellowstone Club auction, MT

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by KAHRIN DEINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Rival parties vying for control of the bankrupt Yellowstone Club have reached a court-approved deal that gives CrossHarbor Capital Partners ownership over the resort.Boston-based CrossHarbor will pay $115 million for the exclusive club. Of that, $35 million will be in cash and...

Payment errors continue to plague Medicare program

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal program with a history of making billions of dollars in erroneous payments for wheelchairs, oxygen machines and other medical equipment continues to grossly underestimate its own mistakes, according to federal investigators.The Medicare program spends about $10 billion...

Court: Sept. 11 detainee lawsuit cannot proceed, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot be sued by a former Sept. 11 detainee who claimed he was abused because of his religion and ethnicity, a sharply divided Supreme Court said Monday in a decision that could make it harder to sue top...

BC-TX-NAA-Rios-Treasury

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Contact: Edna Z. Ruano, Vice President of Communications of the New America Alliance, +1-214-635-1961, eruano@naaonline.orgDALLAS, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New America Alliance (NAA) applauds the nomination of Rosa "Rosie" Gumataotao Rios for United States Treasurer. As the premier...

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BC-FlyersRights-FAA-bill

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Contact: Mike Collins of FlyersRights.org, +1-202-494-6105, mikecollinspr@cox.netBill would let airlines decide how long to keep passengers on tarmacWASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legislation scheduled to come before the House of Representatives this week would let commercial...

bc-FlyersRights-FAA-bill 05-18

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-FlyersRights-FAA-bill 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 AIR TRA1/8SU3/8 POL LEG NPTTO STATE AND TRAVEL EDITORS:FAA Reauthorization Cleared for Takeoff, Passengers Left at GateBill would let airlines decide how long to keep passengers on tarmacWASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legislation...

bc-TN-ServiceMaster-call photo 05-18

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-TN-ServiceMaster-call photo 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 HMI HOU CHM1/8SU3/8 CCA-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS EDITOR:ServiceMaster Reports First Quarter 2009 ResultsMEMPHIS, Tenn., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The ServiceMaster Company recentlyreported its first quarter 2009 financial results through the...

bc-TX-NAA-Rios-Treasury 05-18

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-TX-NAA-Rios-Treasury 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 FIN1/8SU3/8 POL EXE HSP PERTO BUSINESS, NATIONAL AND POLITICAL EDITORS:New America Alliance Applauds Administration on the Nomination of Rosie Riosfor U.S. TreasurerDALLAS, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New America Alliance (NAA)applauds the...

BC-AS--China-Swine Flu Quarantine, AS

May 18, 2009 11:44 am | by WILL WEISSERT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINGANG, China (AP) — There are four of them waiting for us, tottering about the hotel parking lot in yellow biohazard suits."One question," says the translator, before he lets us out of a government van that's locked from the outside. "Would you like separate rooms or a room together?""We're...

Witness: Astor disparaged Parker Bowles, CORRECTION,1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 11:39 am | by SAMUEL MAULL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A witness testified Monday that late socialite Brooke Astor made an awkward remark to Britain's Camilla Parker Bowles and criticized Catherine Zeta-Jones' dress during a 1999 luncheon.Vartan Gregorian of the Carnegie Corp. foundation testified Monday that Astor told Parker Bowles,...

bc-CA-Shire-INTUNIV 05-18

May 18, 2009 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-CA-Shire-INTUNIV 05-181/8STK3/8 SHPGY1/8IN3/8 HEA MTC BIO1/8SU3/8 CHI TRITO BUSINESS, HEALTH AND MEDICAL EDITORS:Shire Announces Study Results of the Effects of INTUNIV(TM) (Guanfacine)Extended Release on Secondary Measures in Children with ADHD and OppositionalSymptomsSAN FRANCISCO, May 18...

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