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2ND LD: G-8 calls for greater transparency in oil futures markets+

May 25, 2009 7:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROME, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING WITH CLOSE OF MEETING, ADDING INFO IN 4TH, 9TH-LAST GRAFS)Energy ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations and some emerging economies called for greater transparency and supervision of oil futures markets on Monday as part of their efforts to...

HL:Ursa Major gets exclusive right to explore merger with Canadian Arrow@

May 25, 2009 7:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUDBURY, Ont. — Canadian Arrow Mines Ltd. (TSXV:CRO) and Ursa Major Minerals Inc. (TSX:UMJ) are considering a strategic merger that would lead to the creation of a mid-tier nickel producer in Ontario.The companies said Monday they envision an equity swap that would have Ursa Major buy Canadian...

Police: Robber's revealing mask gives him away, TN

May 25, 2009 7:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis police said too-large eye holes in a mask worn by a would-be robber gave his identity away to the restaurant manager.The manager told police that because of the giant holes, she immediately recognized the man trying to rob the store Saturday morning as 18-year-old...

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Minn. Historical Society cuts less than feared

May 25, 2009 7:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Historical Society said it's planning for an 8.6 percent cut in its budget, much less than the 15 percent cut it feared a month ago.Historical Society director Nina Archabal said the cuts will not be as drastic as the earlier plan, but there will still be...

Maine lawmakers ready for final push, ME

May 25, 2009 7:19 am | by FRANCIS X. QUINN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers were offered an extended holiday weekend to look at the lengthy and complicated general fund budget package that the Appropriations Committee has forwarded to the full Legislature for voting.The measure was posted online Friday morning. House and Senate members...

State Editorial Rdp, TX

May 25, 2009 7:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A sampling of editorial opinion around Texas:

Long past heyday, oldest black Ala. city in peril, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 7:19 am | by JAY REEVES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HOBSON CITY, Ala. (AP) — The cafes, the school and the roller rink are long gone from Alabama's oldest black city. Empty homes and businesses line the narrow streets.Hobson City no longer has a police or fire department, and weeds have overgrown the oldest part of the cemetery and a park in this...

HL:Canadian dollar is trading at 88.84 cents US, down 0.42 of a cent at 11 a.m. ET@

May 25, 2009 7:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar traded at 88.84 cents US, down 0.42 of a cent on Monday. The U.S. dollar was trading at C$1.1256 up 0.53 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.7899 up 0.81 of cent and US$1.5901, down 0.04 of a cent.The euro was at C$1.5765, up 0.85 of a cent.Quotations provided by the...

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Cemetery staff, mostly veterans, proud of work, MS

May 25, 2009 7:12 am | by J.R. WELSHAssociated Press | News | Comments

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — On 54 acres of ancient oaks and green grass, more than 17,000 veterans and their families at rest were honored Monday during a Memorial Day remembrance.Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers of the 2nd Air Force spoke at the ceremony. It was the latest of many services held at the National...

British expenses scandal heads to EU parliament, 2nd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 25, 2009 7:07 am | by DAVID STRINGER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The British lawmakers' expenses scandal spread to Europe on Monday, as Prime Minister Gordon Brown ordered his European legislators to meet stricter accountability rules amid fears that similar abuses could be taking place at the European Parliament.For more than two weeks,...

Lawmaker: Billboard fees need to be increased, SD

May 25, 2009 7:07 am | by SETH TUPPER - The Daily Republic - Associated Press | News | Comments

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Billboards in South Dakota can be as much as 2,400 times the size of a license plate, but it's typical for a motorist to pay a bigger state fee for a plate than a sign company pays for a billboard.Part of the reason for that surprising contrast is that South Dakota's billboard...

Heroes Will Guarantee 'Veterans Only' Rentals Business Editors/Community Editors/Government Writers

May 25, 2009 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- The developers of Homes for Heroes, a housing development proposed for the Sepulveda Veterans Administration complex in Los Angeles, announced today that they will guarantee that only veterans will be permitted to rent apartments.A Community of Friends...

US troops remember dead comrades in Afghanistan, AS

May 25, 2009 6:57 am | by HEIDI VOGT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KABUL (AP) — Army Sgt. Juan Hendricks lost two men in a bomb blast four months ago. Col. David Everett lost a friend in March who was hit by a suicide attacker. And last week, Master Sgt. Chantell Smith lost the woman she called "Rock Star Roz" to a roadside bomb on the edge of Afghanistan's...

HL:South African mine ministry approves Homeland Energy's Eloff project@

May 25, 2009 6:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — South Africa's mining ministry has granted formal approval for the Eloff coal project, which is half owned by Homeland Energy Group Ltd. (TSX:HEG) and half the Canadian coal company's partner.The Eloff project contains an estimated 250.3 million tonnes of coal on a measured and indicated...

Washington area is a job haven for new grads, DC

May 25, 2009 6:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington area is attracting recent college graduates because the chances of landing a job here remain high despite the economic downturn.The area is "adding jobs in (service-providing industries), and in health care and in the federal sector," said George Mason University...

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