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Never mind: Sheriff's boat not stolen after all, CA

May 20, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Shasta County dispatchers put out the alert: Be on the lookout for a $60,000 sheriff's department boat, thought to be stolen on Lake Shasta.It turned out the boat merely wandered off on its own.A California Highway Patrol helicopter had circled overhead for more than three...

HL:NB lawyers lose appeal of case allowing non lawyers to do land titles@

May 20, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's lawyers have lost their bid to overturn a court ruling that allows non-lawyers to handle land-title registrations in New Brunswick.The Law Society of New Brunswick had asked the Court of Appeal to overturn an October 2007 Court of Queen's Bench ruling dealing with...

Anti-tobacco group wants higher taxes, smoking ban, ND

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A committee fighting tobacco use in North Dakota wants to raise tobacco taxes and ban smoking in public places and work areas.The Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee is holding meetings across the state to seek public comment. It proposes to raise the state excise...


Fifth Third plans $750 million stock offer

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fifth Third Bancorp said Wednesday it will sell no more than $750 million in common stock as part of the company's commitment to add a $1.1 billion infusion after the government's stress test showed the bank needed a buffer to withstand losses.Fifth Third will sell the shares from...

Huntington Bancshares plans to add $675M in equity

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Huntington Bancshares Inc. said Wednesday it plans several actions to add about $675 million in regulatory common equity so it can be in a better position to repay bailout money.The actions include a $350 million discretionary equity issuance program and about $75 million from...

Worries over persistent job losses pound stocks, 16th Ld, US

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by TIM PARADIS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Another bad signal from the job market and concern over a possible downgrade of British government debt sent stocks sharply lower Thursday.Major stock indicators slid more than 1.5 percent, cutting nearly 130 points off the Dow Jones industrial average, after continuing claims for...

Suspect pleads guilty to supporting al-Qaida, 1st Ld-Writethru, MN

May 20, 2009 2:44 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A terror suspect who has spent 5½ years in solitary confinement while awaiting trial is relieved now that his case appears to be approaching an end, his attorney said Thursday.Mohammed Abdullah Warsame, 35, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of conspiring to provide...

Effort to drop contribution limits raises concerns, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TN

May 20, 2009 2:44 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal described by the House sponsor as a "radical departure" from Tennessee's current campaign finance laws is raising concerns from members of both parties in the Tennessee General Assembly.Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga said Thursday that his...


SC gov sues over $700M in stimulus money, 8th Ld-Writethru, SC

May 20, 2009 2:39 pm | by JIM DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he wasted no time filing a federal lawsuit to trump legislators Wednesday after they overrode a veto and required him to seek $700 million in federal stimulus cash.He said the vote to force him to seek the cash was unconstitutional and...

HL:GrowthWorks signs deal to acquire Mavrix Fund Management for $2.2 million@

May 20, 2009 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — GrowthWorks Ltd. said Wednesday that it has signed a deal to buy Mavrix Fund Management Inc. (TSX:MVX) in a deal worth about $2.2 million.Under the deal, GrowthWorks will pay 25 cents per share for the money manager. Mavrix shares last traded for 23 cents on the Toronto Stock...

Gov. Bobby Jindal-backed records bill advances, 3rd Ld-Writethru, LA

May 20, 2009 2:38 pm | by KEVIN McGILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation that Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said will open more governor's office documents to public scrutiny was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.Records relating to the "deliberative process of the governor" would remain secret under the measure, which...

Measure could derail school funding plan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, OK

May 20, 2009 2:38 pm | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution designed to counter an initiative petition seeking to compel lawmakers to significantly increase education spending.The resolution calls for a statewide vote on amending the Constitution to bar any formula for distributing...

Congress sends weapons acquisition bill to Obama, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 2:38 pm | by JIM ABRAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon money watchers will get greater powers to crack down on new weapons heading for huge cost overruns and terminate the serious budget-busting programs under a bill Congress is sending to President Barack Obama.The House passed the weapons acquisition overhaul bill 411-0...

Guantanamo Bay detention center milestones

May 20, 2009 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Key events in the history of the Guantanamo Bay detention center:— Jan. 11, 2002: First detainees arrive, hooded and shackled, from Afghanistan. The number of prisoners grows to 160 by the end of the month and to a peak of 680 after 18 months.— June 28, 2004: U.S. Supreme Court rules enemy...

Negative bar rating won't deter Pa. court nominee, 1st Ld-Writethru, PA

May 20, 2009 2:32 pm | by PETER JACKSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pittsburgh lawyer who won a Democratic nomination for Commonwealth Court said Wednesday she won't be deterred by her "not recommended" rating from a state bar review panel.Barbara Behrend Ernsberger, the only one of the 22 appellate court candidates in Tuesday's primary who...


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