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Pool hall files lawsuit over Neb. smoking ban, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 22, 2009 5:00 pm | by TIMBERLY ROSS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha pool hall has filed a lawsuit against the state, saying Nebraska's smoking ban is unconstitutional.In documents filed Wednesday in Lancaster County District Court, Big John's Billiards says the ban would hurt its business. It also says exemptions to the ban are...

UN financial summit likely delayed, 1st Ld-Writethru, UN

May 22, 2009 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is expected to postpone a summit on the global financial crisis from June 1-3 until later in the month because of conflicting events and the need for extra time to reach agreement on a final document.After extensive discussion, that dragged into...

Cap-and-Trade Emissions Cuts; White House Compils Media Reports -Part 2

May 22, 2009 5:00 pm | by Glenn BeckAssociated Press | News | Comments

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HL:Subcontractor penalized for dumping sewage from oilsands camps into river@

May 22, 2009 5:00 pm | by Carol Christian@Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — A subcontractor has been given a conditional sentence for his role in releasing sewage from oilsands work camps into a northern Alberta river.Rodney McCabe, of British Columbia, was sentenced Friday to 11 months of house arrest and his company, R & D McCabe Ltd., was fined...

Quinn: Aide made mistake with fundraising calls, 2nd Ld-Writethru, IL

May 22, 2009 4:45 pm | by DEANNA BELLANDI - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday a campaign aide made an embarrassing mistake by calling Springfield interest groups to raise political money and denied any intention of demanding contributions in exchange for special access to him.But representatives from two trade associations told The...

Strike leads to Wash. Spanish radio conflict, 2nd Ld-Writethru, WA

May 22, 2009 4:39 pm | by MANUEL VALDES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's first Spanish-language public radio station, a key source of information for the Latino community in the Yakima Valley, is scrambling to fill air time amid a dispute between a new station director and her newly unionized employees.A strike by the small work force...

3 Calif. men charged in $200 million scam, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 22, 2009 4:39 pm | by DON THOMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California's attorney general said Friday that he has charged three men with bilking investors out of $200 million through a series of business deals that collapsed.James Stanley Koenig, 57, of Redding, Gary T. Armitage, 59, of Healdsburg, and Jeffery A. Guidi, 54, of Santa Rosa,...

Coffee Company Presents Atlanta Green Expo which is set to kick off a Two-Day Event on May 30 and 31, 2009 Business Editors/Environment Writers

May 22, 2009 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 23, 2009-- Global GreenUp, LLC has released the detailed planning of its green-living and sustainability showcase to come to Atlanta (www.atlantagreenexpo.com)which is presented by Growers Alliance Coffee Company. This major showcase will be held on May 30th and...

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Gambling expansion fails in Illinois Senate, IL

May 22, 2009 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Senate has rejected a plan to significantly expand legalized gambling in Illinois.Democrats proposed casinos in Chicago, Rockford, and Park City in Lake County.But the measure died 28-28. It needed 30 votes to pass.Senate President John Cullerton — a Chicago Democrat —...

Koehler re-elected as German president, 7th Ld-Writethru, EU

May 22, 2009 4:13 pm | by GEIR MOULSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — German President Horst Koehler has won a second five-year term, a victory that gave a symbolic boost to Chancellor Angela Merkel's hopes of forming a center-right government after a national election this September.Koehler, a former International Monetary Fund head and a member of...

Venezuela mulls takeover of local Pfizer plant, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 22, 2009 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government may take temporary control of a shuttered medicine plant that belongs to Pfizer Inc., a top official said Friday, suggesting that the New York-based company should resume production.Venezuela's consumer protection agency planned to ask President Hugo...

HL:Nova Scotia Greens release platform, but have no illusions about victory@

May 22, 2009 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — Green Party leader Ryan Watson has no illusions about being Nova Scotia's next premier when voters cast their ballots on June 9th.But Watson, who released his party's platform Friday in Halifax, said that's not the point.He said he and the Green team want to provide a vision for the...

Saturday, May 30, NA

May 22, 2009 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today is Saturday, May 30, the 150th day of 2009. There are 215 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1431 - After being handed over by the church, who judged her a heretic, Saint Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France, by the English and their French...

State revenue projections down, 1st Ld-Writethru, WY

May 22, 2009 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's latest revenue projections show the state's general fund and budget reserve account revenues are expected to be $61.6 million lower for the current fiscal biennium than predicted in January.The state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Group released its latest...

tourisme du Mexique et d'autres partenaires de l'industrie du voyage ouvrent afin d'ameliorer la securite et l'agrement du voyage au Mexique Health Writers/Travel Editors

May 22, 2009 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (Etats-Unis) — (BUSINESS WIRE)--22 mai 2009-- AeroMexico, la compagnie aerienne internationale de l'Amerique latine, l'Office du tourisme du Mexique et d'autres partenaires de l'industrie du voyage s'associent pour encourager le public americain, canadien et d'autres pays a voyager au...

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