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Accused NV water district official seeks dismissal, NV

May 26, 2009 4:36 pm | by SCOTT SONNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A lawyer representing one of the Nevada irrigation district officials indicted on federal fraud charges says the accused are victims of a "witch hunt" by overzealous special agents and confidential informants who are mostly disgruntled employees with axes to grind.Reno defense...

Sentencing delayed for Knox Co. convicted murderer, IL

May 26, 2009 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for a Galesburg man convicted in the fatal shooting of a Chicago man at a pub in western Illinois last year.A Knox County judge also was to hear Tuesday a motion for a new trial for 32-year-old Marlon Brown. Brown was found guilty in March of...

Highlights of Schwarzenegger's $5.5 billion cut, CA

May 26, 2009 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released nearly $5.5 billion in additional budget cuts Tuesday after abandoning plans to erase part of California's deficit with borrowed money.His finance team confirmed the state's deficit would reach $24.3 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The...

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Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation on Behalf of Shareholders of Data Domain, Inc. Business Editors/Legal Editors

May 26, 2009 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BENSALEM, Pa.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 27, 2009-- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that it is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Data Domain, Inc. ("Data Domain" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:DDUP) related to the Company's merger agreement with NetApp, Inc. to...

Venezuela ends mining concession for Gold Reserve, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 26, 2009 4:25 pm | by RACHEL JONES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela refused to renew a gold concession held by U.S. miner Gold Reserve Inc. on Wednesday as President Hugo Chavez seeks to boost state control over the nation's gold deposits.The Mining Ministry rejected the company's request to extend the contract for its Brisas del...

Poll: 61% of Michigan voters give Obama good grade, MI

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A poll of Michigan voters finds 61 percent say Barack Obama is doing an excellent or pretty good job as president, while 37 percent grade his performance fair or poor.Thirty-nine percent say his administration's policies have helped the U.S. auto industry, while 42 percent say...

Albuquerque district finds $16 million, NM

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools officials announced Tuesday they had located $16 million in a cash-reserves fund — money that had gone unreported for at least 10 years.Superintendent Winston Brooks said he was "quite frankly embarrassed on behalf of the district."Brooks credited...

Obama raises money for Democrats out West, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by CHARLES BABINGTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hours after exercising a cherished presidential right Tuesday — naming a Supreme Court nominee — Barack Obama engaged in one of the office's grubbier traditions: raising money for an embattled lawmaker.The president launched a two-day, three-stop Western trip that will devote more...

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Neb. governor vetoes bill on public resources use, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 26, 2009 4:19 pm | by JEAN ORTIZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a bill that would allow public employees and officials to use taxpayer-funded resources for some political and personal purposes.Heineman said Tuesday he believes the bill (LB626) could erode the integrity of public positions. The misuse or...

Neb. bill on foster-care disclosure approved, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by JOSH FUNK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have approved a bill requiring State Foster Care Review Board members to disclose any money they or their employers receive from the state Department of Health and Human Services.The bill (LB679) that passed the Legislature Tuesday now goes to Gov. Dave...

Japan posts slower export decline in April, AS

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's export slump eased in April, adding to growing evidence that the recession is loosening its grip on the world's second-biggest economy.Exports in April fell 39.1 percent from a year earlier, less than the 45.6 percent decline posted in March, the Ministry of Finance said...

Even for a president, a price cut for tickets, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even a president's popularity has limits in a recession.Democrats slashed ticket prices for a Wednesday fundraiser headlined by President Barack Obama from $2,500 to $1,000 — a 60 percent discount in tough economic times.Obama has two events scheduled this week on his first...

Wednesday, June 3, NA

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today is Wednesday, June 3, the 154th day of 2009. There are 211 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1621 - Dutch West India Company receives a charter for New Netherland — covering parts of what is now New York and nearby states.1818 - The British annex the territories of the...

Bill would limit raises for Calif. universities, CA

May 26, 2009 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill to block California State University trustees from raising executives' salaries or giving bonuses in years when their state funding has been cut.Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, criticized recent raises. He says university...

Skeleton shows earliest evidence of leprosy

May 26, 2009 4:09 pm | by RANDOLPH E. SCHMID - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leprosy is one of mankind's most ancient scourges, mentioned in writing from ancient India to the Bible to the Middle Ages. Now researchers have uncovered what they say is the oldest case of the disease yet found. Analysis of a 4,000-year-old skeleton from India shows traces of...

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