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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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Ex-Pa. sen. aide gets 30 mos. in prison, 2nd Ld-Writethru, PA

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

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A loyal aide to former Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Fumo was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in a federal prison for systematically destroying e-mail evidence while the FBI investigated his boss for corruption.Computer technician Leonard Luchko, 52, said he sat down on a curb and...

Tulare judge assesses pot growers for cleanup, CA

May 20, 2009 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Tulare County judge is making marijuana growers pay for the state's cleanup of environmental damage to public land.Judge James Hollman sentenced six defendants Wednesday to terms ranging from 16 months to three years for growing more than 4,000 plants at the Canebrake State...

LEAD: Clinton warns against nuclear-armed Iran+

May 20, 2009 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING GATES'S COMMENTS ON IRAN'S MISSILE TEST)U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that a nuclear-armed Iran is "going to spark an arms race" in the Middle East.In her congressional testimony, she said nuclear capability in Tehran is an...

Advance Auto Parts 1Q profit beats expectations, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Advance Auto Parts Inc. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit rose 14 percent on strong sales to top Wall Street expectations.The auto parts retailer said it earned $93.6 million, or 98 cents per share, during the quarter that ended April 25, up from $82.1 million, or 86...

HL:Is swine flu a pandemic or pandemic-in-the-making? Experts offer varying opinions@

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by Helen Branswell@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Even among microbiologists and virologists, characterizing an influenza pandemic is a bit like, well, defining pornography."The old saying is: 'What's the definition of a pandemic strain?' 'Well, you can't really be sure but you'll know when you see one,'" says Dr. Walt Dowdle, a...

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Report sheds light on Ireland's child-abuse horror, EU

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN (AP) — Eleven-year-old Tom Sweeney kept skipping school. Eight-year-old Mannix Flynn got caught stealing a box of chocolates. And Christine Buckley, barely a month old, was found guilty of being the child of an unwed mother.In the morally rigid Roman Catholic Ireland of old, such sins were...

Homeland Security secretary plans visit to Detroit, MI

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Detroit and Ottawa next week to discuss border concerns and business issues with Canadian officials.The Homeland Security Department says the May 26-27 visit will include discussions of the Western Hemisphere Travel...

Peterson lawyers to fight effort to remove judge, 1st Ld-Writethru, IL

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson, who is accused of murdering his wife, said Wednesday they will challenge an effort by the Will County state's attorney to remove the judge assigned to the case.Andrew Abood, one of Drew Peterson's defense attorneys,...

Research to Restore the Fertility of Earth's Soils

May 20, 2009 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Agriculture editorsBELLEVUE, Wash., May 20 (AScribe Newswire) -- In keynote addresses at the FAO Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 28 and April 29, 2009, soil fertility experts from the Nutrition Security Institute, (NSI) a non-profit organization...

HL:Tories look to scheduling tactics to avoid election@

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by Alexander Panetta@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — The Conservatives are poised to kill off any chance of a spring election by using the parliamentary calendar to delay a possible non-confidence motion from the Liberals.The Tories have told some of their rivals that they will push back the Liberals' so-called opposition day — their easiest...

HL:Growth Works Ltd. signs deal to acquire Mavrix Fund Management@

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Growth Works 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.

Frontier bankruptcy plan deadline extended, US

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A bankruptcy judge is giving Frontier Airlines more time to propose its own plan for emerging from Chapter 11.The Denver-based airline now has until Oct. 9 to propose a plan before creditors would be allowed to propose their own. The old deadline was June 4.Frontier filed for...

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