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Officer: Would've 'been fine' if passenger obeyed, US

May 27, 2009 6:05 pm | by TERRY COLLINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man fatally shot by a transit officer on a train platform could have prevented his death had he obeyed orders, an officer who witnessed the shooting testified Wednesday.Officer Marysol Domenici said...

2ND LD: Obama announces plan naming lawyer John Roos as next envoy to Japan+

May 27, 2009 5:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO)President Barack Obama announced his intention Wednesday to nominate California-based lawyer John Roos to become the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.Obama made the announcement in...

Castro criticizes Cheney's defense of US methods, 1st Ld-Writethru, CB

May 27, 2009 5:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro criticized former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for defending American interrogation methods against terror suspects, saying in comments published Wednesday that torture should never be used to...

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U.N. downgrades economic forecast, cites plight of developing countries+

May 27, 2009 5:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 27 (Kyodo) — The United Nations said Wednesday the world economy would shrink 2.6 percent this year, as compared with the 0.5 percent drop projected in January, as it is mired in the worst financial and...

Brown Attorney Mark Geragos on Photographer Lawsuit News Editors

May 27, 2009 5:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 28, 2009-- The following statement was released today by Mark Geragos, attorney for Chris Brown, in response to a lawsuit filed by a photographer."This is a specious and frivolous lawsuit...

Swine flu fears aboard cruise ship off Australia, AS

May 27, 2009 5:42 pm | by ROD McGUIRK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — New swine flu cases are suspected aboard a cruise ship that had an outbreak among passengers during an earlier trip, and authorities are now considering a quarantine of the entire vessel and its 2,...

Low turnout mars Hawaii's digital vote

May 27, 2009 5:37 pm | by HERBERT A. SAMPLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — They built a new digital voting system, but the voters didn't come.There was some disagreement Wednesday over why only 6.3 percent of eligible voters used a new, first-in-the-nation digital voting procedure...

LEAD: U.N. members eying financial sanctions on N. Korea over nuke test+

May 27, 2009 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 27 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING)The five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Japan and South Korea are considering listing financial sanctions in a resolution they are working out in response to North...

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National security adviser: US safer under Obama, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 27, 2009 5:26 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's national security adviser laid out a sweeping rebuttal Wednesday to former Vice President Dick Cheney's charge that America is less safe under the new administration.Pointing to...

HL:Defiant Governor General defends seal-eating actions at festival@

May 27, 2009 5:21 pm | by Alexander Panetta@Associated Press | News | Comments

RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut — Michaelle Jean launched a passionate defence of Canada's seal hunt against international critics who have decried her participation in an Inuit seal-skinning ritual.The Governor General said in an...

Poor turnout clouds first-in-nation digital vote, 2nd Ld-Writethru, HI

May 27, 2009 5:21 pm | by HERBERT A. SAMPLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — They built a new digital voting system, but the voters didn't come.There was some disagreement Wednesday over why only 6.3 percent of eligible voters used new, a first-in-the-nation all-digital voting...

Kodiak experiences building boom, AK

May 27, 2009 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — There's a building boom under way in Kodiak with six buildings under construction.A ground breaking ceremony was just held for the new Koniaq Inc. headquarters, a two-story, 13,500-square-foot building...

Legislation OKs right to sue state over beating, TX

May 27, 2009 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A woman whose mentally disabled son was beaten so badly that he could no longer walk or perform basic functions would be allowed to sue the state under legislation approved by Texas lawmakers.The...

Saints deal bill wins passage in La. House, APFN

May 27, 2009 5:16 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House approved a central piece of Gov. Bobby Jindal's deal to keep the New Orleans Saints in the state: a bill that would allow the state to lease office space from team owner Tom Benson...

Neb. man pleads not guilty in Ponzi scheme, NE

May 27, 2009 5:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Papillion police officer accused of operating a Ponzi scheme that caused investors to lose about $4 million has pleaded not guilty to all 27 counts in a federal indictment.Matthew Anselmo of...

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