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Kansas defends sign law on adult stores, 2nd Ld-Writethru, KS

May 18, 2009 9:14 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A state law restricting billboards that advertise for strip clubs and sex shops does not violate the First Amendment, lawyers for Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six argued Monday.The arguments came in court papers in response to a federal lawsuit filed by a company that...

Colorado dealership on GM cutoff list fights back, 3rd Ld-Writethru, CO

May 18, 2009 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — One Colorado car dealership on GM's closure list wants customers to help it fight to keep its franchise.Hajek (HIGH'-yek) Chevrolet in Longmont was one of about 1,100 General Motors dealers receiving letters Friday that said the company would be dropping them by late next...

Report: Indiana racinos lead industry job growth, US

May 18, 2009 9:14 am | by WAYNE PARRY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Revenue and jobs at the nation's gambling halls fell last year as Americans became less willing to risk their money, according to a report released Monday by the national gambling industry's trade association.The study by the American Gaming Association found revenue...

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Sri Lankan president declares victory over rebels, 14th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 18, 2009 9:14 am | by RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president declared his country "liberated from separatist terror" Tuesday as state television broadcast images of the Tamil Tiger rebel leader's body after it was recovered from the battlefield.But in his victory address to parliament, President Mahinda...

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May 18, 2009 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-TN-Cumberland-Pharma. photo 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 BIO HEA MTC PHA WEB MLM1/8SU3/8 PDT-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS, HEALTH AND MEDICAL EDITORS:Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Provides Hospital In-Service Webcast forAcetadote(R)NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Cumberland...

Woody Allen, American Apparel settle suit for $5M

May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by TOM HAYS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen agreed Monday to a $5 million settlement in his lawsuit accusing American Apparel of using an image parodying him as a rabbi without his permission.Both sides announced the settlement — to be paid by American Apparel Inc.'s insurance company — on the morning a trial was...

Iowa gets $7.5M to clean up lead, IA

May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will receive $7.5 million in federal stimulus money to remove lead in low-income housing.The money comes from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program, which is providing $100 million to eliminate lead-based paint and other health...

Quake gives Southern California a 'serious jolt', 6th Ld-Writethru, CA

May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Laid-back Southern California got a big jolt when a moderate earthquake swept across the region.Fortunately, the Sunday night temblor shattered more nerves than windows, causing no major damage or injuries. Still, the mental aftershocks lingered Monday.Carel McEachern, 58,...

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Wisconsin governor signs smoking ban into law, 3rd Ld-Writethru, WI

May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by SCOTT BAUER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Jim Doyle signed Wisconsin's smoking ban into law Monday, snuffing out a smoldering argument that for years pitted anti-smoking advocates against bar owners and patrons.The Tavern League ultimately signed off on the ban, largely because it won't take effect until July 5,...

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May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-IL-Chicago-June-issue 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 ENT PUB MAG1/8SU3/8 PDTTO BUSINESS AND CITY EDITORS:Chicago StraightConnecting the Dots Between Blago, Obama, Emanuel, and AxelrodCHICAGO, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama's November victoryand the arrest of Rod Blagojevich in December...

Long wait for justice, SD

May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by PETER HARRIMAN - Argus Leader - Associated Press | News | Comments

FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — Irvin Schoenwetter's big right hand is roughened by hard work.Dirt from the tires he handles all day darkens his fingernails.For more than 20 years, few people wanted to shake that hand.That's because Schoenwetter, 43, served seven years in prison, accused of raping his...

Supreme Court actions on Monday, US

May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Monday, the Supreme Court:—Overturned an appeals court ruling that allowed a Pakistani Muslim to sue FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft over the harsh conditions of his confinement following his arrest in New York less than two months after...

Stocks jump on renewed optimism on housing, banks

May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by MADLEN READ - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Reassuring news about housing and banking on Monday convinced investors to return to the stock market.The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 235 points, making up three-quarters of last week's losses. All the major indexes rose about 3 percent.A better-than-expected profit report...

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May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-Pure-Salmon-Cermaq 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 ENV FOD1/8SU3/8 POL ENI FORTO ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATIONAL EDITORS:Pure Salmon Campaign Urges Cermaq to Protect Wild Salmon, Relocate SalmonFarmsCoalition Visits Norway, Highlights Major Problems Plaguing Global FarmedSalmon IndustryOSLO, Norway, May 18...

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May 18, 2009 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-CO-Fruit2day-NewDrink 05-181/8STK3/8 DF1/8IN3/8 REA FOD1/8SU3/8 PDTTO BUSINESS, FOOD AND RETAILING EDITORS:Fruit2day(R) Launches in the United States, Gives U.S. Consumers a Whole NewWay to Eat FruitNew Drinkable and Edible Fruit Snack Hits Produce Aisles NationwideBROOMFIELD, Colo., May 18...

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