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Memorial Day also 30th anniversary of worst crash, IL

May 25, 2009 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (AP) — Memorial Day this year is also the 30th anniversary of the worst single-plane disaster in the history of U.S. commercial aviation — the crash near O'Hare International Airport of American Airlines Flight 191.May 25, 1979, was the Friday leading into Memorial Day, and...

Abu Dhabi to open development of natural gas field, ML

May 25, 2009 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company says four large tenders have been issued to develop a natural gas field in the emirate.In comments from a speech Monday carried by state news agency WAM, ADNOC CEO Yusuf bin Omeir bin Yusuf said the company would...

LEAD: Gov't lifts assessment of Japanese economy, 1st time since Feb. 2006+

May 25, 2009 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING WITH YOSANO'S NEWS CONFERENCE)The government on Monday raised its assessment of the Japanese economy for the first time in more than three years, citing a gradual pickup in external demand and falling corporate inventories, bringing new hope that the worst of...

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Hard-line Israeli party to introduce loyalty bill, 4th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 25, 2009 2:45 am | by MATTI FRIEDMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — An ultranationalist party headed by the Israeli foreign minister said Monday it has prepared legislation linking citizenship to an oath of allegiance, in what amounted to a threat to the country's Arabs to swear loyalty to the Jewish state or risk severe punishment.The bill follows...

Emissions cuts key to Paris climate talks, EU

May 25, 2009 2:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — France's environment minister urged the world's biggest polluters Monday to pull together and slash carbon emissions to slow what he called the probably irreversible tide of global warming.Just how far governments are willing to go is the key question at talks in Paris this week among...

G-8 ministers to seek transparent energy markets: draft statement+

May 25, 2009 2:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROME, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: LEAD STORY TO FOLLOW)Energy ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized economies will seek more transparency in energy markets as part of efforts to ensure oil price stability and call for "supervision" by authorities over the markets, a draft of their joint...

JICA's Ogata seeks boost in Japan's ODA, mulls aid for displaced people+

May 25, 2009 2:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 25 (Kyodo) — Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, urged the Japanese government Monday to seek to regain its major donor status by boosting its official development assistance.The former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees also told a news conference...

AutoZone, Big Lots, General Motors, Marvell Technology Group and DSW, Inc. Business Editors

May 25, 2009 2:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- Zacks.com releases the list of companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week's list includes AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), Big Lots (NYSE: BIG), General Motors (NYSE: GM), Marvell Technology Group (Nasdaq: MRVL) and DSW, Inc. (NYSE: DSW). To see more...

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Archbishop slams Irish Catholic orders over abuse, 4th Ld-Writethru, EU

May 25, 2009 2:13 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN (AP) — Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin slammed Irish Catholic orders Monday for concealing their culpability in decades of child abuse, and said they needed to come up with much more money to compensate victims.The comments from Martin, a veteran Vatican diplomat, were the harshest yet by...

HL:N.L. residents duck and cover during attacks from protective mother hawk@

May 25, 2009 2:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORTH WEST BROOK, N.L. — People near a community on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador have been taking some heat from a protective mother hawk.Several people have been attacked, suffering cuts to their heads and hands, near a walking trail in the North West Brook area.A sign has been put...

Sanofi wins swine flu vaccine order, EU

May 25, 2009 2:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Sanofi Pasteur, the world's largest vaccine maker, said Monday it has won a $190 million order from the United States government to make a swine flu vaccine.The company, a unit of French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis SA, said in a statement that it is "the first of what is expected to be a...

(NTT Com) Signs Definitive Purchase Agreement to Acquire Pacific Crossing Limited (Pacific Crossing) Business Editors/Telecommunications Writers

May 25, 2009 2:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HAMILTON, Bermuda-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- Pacific Crossing Limited, the operator of the most reliable trans-Pacific undersea cable network, PC-1, today announced that it had agreed to be acquired by NTT Com, the international and long distance service arm of NTT Corporation. NTT Com will...

ABN Amro reports euro886 million loss in 1Q, EU

May 25, 2009 2:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — ABN Amro Group reported a net loss of euro866 million ($1.21 billion) for the first quarter on Monday, due to losses at businesses owned by Royal Bank of Scotland PLC.In the same period a year ago, the group's predecessor ABN Amro Holding NV reported a net profit of euro3.6...

ABN Amro reports €886 million loss in 1Q, EU

May 25, 2009 2:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — ABN Amro Group reported a net loss of €866 million ($1.21 billion) for the first quarter on Monday, due to losses at businesses owned by Royal Bank of Scotland PLC.In the same period a year ago, the group's predecessor ABN Amro Holding NV reported a net profit of €3.6 billion. That...

Sri Lanka to add soldiers to prevent Tiger return, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 25, 2009 1:52 am | by KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's military said it plans to enlist at least 100,000 more soldiers to head off any resurgence of the separatist Tamil Tigers, who were routed by government forces last week to end a quarter century of civil war.The troop buildup comes amid concern that remnants of...

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