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Panel shoots down ideas for Illinois ethics reform, 1st Ld-Writethru, IL

May 22, 2009 3:30 pm | by CHRISTOPHER WILLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois legislative panel mowed down one ethics idea after another Friday, triggering cries of protest from a commission appointed to clean up state government and politics.The defeats came on the same day that the state Senate canceled plans to vote on a package of...

A look at earmarks in the Ohio state budget plan, OH

May 22, 2009 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are some of the earmarks, or special projects, that are funded in the state budget plan approved by the Ohio House and under consideration in the Senate:—Nurse Education Assistance: $1.4 million over two years.—Boys & Girls Clubs: $2 million over two years.—Children's Hunger Alliance: $3...

HL:Goldcorp's performance tarnished by accusations in Central America at AGM@

May 22, 2009 3:25 pm | by Brenda Bouw@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Goldcorp Inc.'s (TSX:G) glittering performance in the current economic downturn was tarnished Friday by accusations that its mines are harming the surrounding communities in Central America.At the company's annual meeting Friday, community leaders and residents from communities near...

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Magid out as interim US Attorney in eastern Pa., 1st Ld-Writethru, PA

May 22, 2009 3:19 pm | by MARYCLAIRE DALE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Interim U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid is out after a 10-month run as the top federal prosecutor in eastern Pennsylvania.Magid is being replaced on a temporary basis by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Levy, who has held the position on an interim basis previously.Magid, who appeared...

State alleges Los Alamos lab well contaminated, 1st Ld-Writethru, NM

May 22, 2009 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Environment Department on Friday proposed a $1.87 million fine against the U.S. Department of Energy and managers of Los Alamos National Laboratory, alleging the lab failed to abandon a groundwater monitoring well that is leaking contamination.The state agency...

House adjourns, Senate to reconvene Tuesday, 4th Ld-Writethru, OK

May 22, 2009 3:14 pm | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House wrapped up its work Friday night, but the Senate abandoned plans to end the 2009 legislative session one week early after Republican leaders failed to win passage of a bill that would create a central information officer to take charge of the state's computer...

Autopsy conducted on inmate who died in Ariz. heat, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 22, 2009 3:09 pm | by JONATHAN J. COOPER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — An autopsy was done Friday on the body of an Arizona prison inmate who died after spending nearly four hours in triple-digit heat.Officials with the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office said results of the autopsy would be available in 45 to 90 days. They did not immediately...

Colonial BancGroup Provides an Update on Capital Infusion Business Editors

May 22, 2009 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Colonial BancGroup (NYSE: CNB) Chairman, CEO and President, Robert E. Lowder, announced today that the due diligence contingency under the stock purchase agreement dated March 31, 2009 has been satisfied. A second amendment to the stock purchase...

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Venezuela to pay $1 billion for Spanish bank unit, 4th Ld-Writethru, LT

May 22, 2009 3:09 pm | by FABIOLA SANCHEZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela agreed Friday to pay Spain's Banco Santander $1.05 billion to nationalize the bank's local unit, ending months of stalled talks and transforming President Hugo Chavez's government into the country's top financial player.The takeover of Banco de Venezuela will...

Allen, Lambert ready to launch music careers, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 3:09 pm | by LYNN ELBER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Allen said his "American Idol" victory won't alter his marriage or his music.Allen, who has been married for eight months, said he and wife Katy are ready to meet the challenges of fame."Things are definitely going to change, but we're really strong and she's really cool, so...

Racism's role in LA gang case rekindles debate, US

May 22, 2009 3:08 pm | by THOMAS WATKINSAssociated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors called their sweeping indictment of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang the biggest takedown of its kind in U.S. history.That was sure to grab attention, but details buried in the court documents were bound to touch a raw nerve: one of the Latino gang's primary...

Leader defends group in spotlight in chemo dispute, US

May 22, 2009 3:03 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKTON, Mo. (AP) — Phillip Cloudpiler Landis was raised Mormon in western Washington and didn't think much about what he considers his American Indian heritage until he went to prison."What better place to have to sit and reflect upon what motivates you," he said.Landis now leads the Nemenhah...

Brewer applies for stimulus cash for education, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 22, 2009 3:03 pm | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer announced Friday that she has formally applied for more than $1 billion in federal stimulus money, most of which will prop up education spending in the face of the state's budget crisis.But Brewer is keeping lawmakers guessing on how she'll spend the rest.Although...

US education secretary urges school innovation, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CA

May 22, 2009 2:58 pm | by TERENCE CHEA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Friday urged California officials to use the current economic crisis as an opportunity to reform the state's ailing public schools.Duncan said he was worried about how the state's massive budget deficit would impact its public education...

Ford gives workers more time to consider buyouts

May 22, 2009 2:58 pm | by JOSEPH ALTMAN - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is giving its hourly workers five more weeks to decide whether they want to accept the company's buyout and early retirement offers.The original deadline was Friday, but Ford spokeswoman Angie Kozleski said the company is extending the date to June...

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