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U.S. Strategy Should Avoid Inflating Iran's Role in Middle East Instability, Exploit Constraints on Iranian Power and Seek Areas of Engagement, RAND Study Finds

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: National, Foreign editorsSANTA MONICA, Calif., May 19 (AScribe Newswire) -- Iran's rise as a regional power presents a key foreign policy and security challenge to the United States, but its reach may be more limited than Western conventional wisdom suggests, according to a RAND...

Some think worst past in Germany, EU

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by MATT MOORE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — Germany's economy is sneezing and coughing amid rising unemployment and plunging production. But hopes are rising that the patient's worst symptoms have already come and gone.Fears have abated in recent days that Europe's largest economy will see a continued plunge in output like...

PSC OKs new NorthWestern Energy gas plant, 1st Ld-Writethru, MT

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by MATT GOURAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Public Service Commission on Tuesday gave final approval for NorthWestern Energy's plan to build a new natural gas-fired power plant near Anaconda.The new plant is part of a plan to give the state's largest utility the capacity to generate some of its own power.The...

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Principals part of Detroit schools fraud probe, MI

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by COREY WILLIAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Robert Bobb was charged with cleaning up the Detroit Public Schools' muddied finances.His efforts to weed out the corruption and fraud could lead to criminal charges against a number of employees, including principals, he said."We have investigations from principals ... from very...

Trek Bicycle voluntarily recalls 16,000 bikes, APFN

May 19, 2009 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trek Bicycle Corp. said Tuesday it is voluntarily recalling about 16,000 bicycles with JD suspension forks because they can lose alignment.The privately held Waterloo, Wis., company said improper alignment can cause the bicycle's front wheel to unexpectedly turn, potentially...

HL:Dune buggy crashes into woman during Victoria Day parade in Woodstock, Ont.@

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Police say a woman was treated for minor injuries after a Shriners dune buggy plowed into her during a Victoria Day parade in Woodstock, Ont.The buggies were driving in a circular formation in the parade when the woman in her 20s was hit.Oxford Community Police believe the woman...

JPMorgan shareholders want dividend back, 2nd Ld-Writethru

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by MADLEN READ - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase's shareholders aren't ecstatic. But they're nowhere near as angry as their counterparts at other big banks.One even asked Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon at the company's annual meeting Tuesday if there was any other CEO who has protected shareholder value better than he...

Utah government spending Web site goes live, UT

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State officials have unveiled a new Web site intended to show how government is spending taxpayer dollars.The Web site, transparent.utah.gov, provides a searchable database of line-item expenditures for state agencies since July.State officials expect to update the site, which...

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Commission approves $1.7 billion budget, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a $1.7 billion budget Tuesday for work on state and federal highways, county roads and transit, rail and waterway projects during the fiscal year that will begin July 1.The commission also authorized about $41 million more in road...

Afri-Can Marine Minerals: Progress on Diamond Sampling Vessel

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Afri-Can Marine Minerals Corporation ("Afri-Can") (TSX VENTURE: AFA) has been informed by International Mining and Dredging Holding Ltd. (IMDH) that the equipment installation work on the contracted diamond sampling vessel MV DP The Explorer is near completion. IMDH expects that the work will be...

258th Consecutive Dividend Business Editors/Energy Editors

May 19, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Questar Corp.'s (NYSE:STR) board of directors today approved a $.1250 (12.5 cents) quarterly common stock dividend. The dividend, payable June 15, 2009, to shareholders of record on May 29, 2009, is the same as the previous quarter. This is the...

CSI: Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Television Shows Inaccurately Portray Violent Crime

May 19, 2009 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Health, Media editorsSAN FRANCISCO, May 19 (AScribe Newswire) -- Researchers at Mayo Clinic compared two popular television shows, "CSI" and "CSI: Miami," to actual U.S. homicide data, and discovered clear differences between media portrayals of violent deaths versus actual murders. This...

Family Offices Announces Addition of Respected Wealth Management Professional as Senior Strategist Business Editors/Financial Editors

May 19, 2009 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PALM BEACH, Fla.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- GenSpring Family Offices, the wealth management firm for ultra-high net worth families, announced today the addition of respected investment professional Jewelle Bickford. Based in New York, Ms. Bickford joins the firm as a Senior Strategist to...

Texas state fair officials want year-round rides, 1st Ld-Writethru, TX

May 19, 2009 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — The big Ferris wheel that soars above the State Fair of Texas could one day spin year-round.A plan unveiled Monday would add a roller coaster and other thrill rides to the 20-acre midway at Fair Park in Dallas. By 2012, a small amusement park pitched as a lower-cost rival to nearby...

King siblings oppose film deal struck by brother, 3rd Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 9:05 am | by ERRIN HAINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — DreamWorks Studios plans to tell the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s story on the big screen in a film to be co-produced by Steven Spielberg, the studio announced Tuesday.The studio describes it as a monumental project — but two of King's children threatened legal action over the film...

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