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Push to end gov's race donor limits draws concern, 4th Ld-Writethru, TN

May 21, 2009 6:09 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal described by the House sponsor as a "radical departure" from Tennessee's current campaign finance laws is raising concerns from members of both parties in the Tennessee General Assembly.But it is also drawing the support of at least one potential beneficiary in...

LDK Solar falls to a loss in 1st quarter, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — LDK Solar Co., a maker of wafers for solar cells, on Thursday reported a first-quarter loss.The China-based company reported a loss of $22.5 million, or 21 cents per American depositary share. Last year, the company reported net income of $49.8 million, or 45 cents per ADS.Revenue...

Regulators seize Florida's BankUnited FSB, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators on Thursday shut down BankUnited FSB, a struggling Florida thrift whose closure is expected to cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. $4.9 billion.The failure of the Coral Gables, Fla.-based bank represents the second-largest hit to the FDIC's insurance fund so far —...

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Baucus: Health care money to help Libby victims, 1st Ld-Writethru7, MT

May 21, 2009 6:08 pm | by MATTHEW DALY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $6 million federal grant could be the first step toward declaring a public health emergency in asbestos-contaminated Libby, Mont., the state's senior senator said Thursday.Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., called the grant award "very significant" and said he was confident it would...

HL:Woman charged in Tori Stafford case helping police in search for body@

May 21, 2009 6:08 pm | by Allison Jones@Associated Press | News | Comments

The search for Victoria Stafford's body focused on a farmer's field Thursday, where the woman charged with abducting the Grade 3 student and being an accessory to her murder was taken by police who had investigated the site only one day earlier.Terri-Lynne McClintic was seen sitting slumped down in...

Fla. governor candidates talk flying, FL

May 21, 2009 6:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, a Democrat running for governor, is applauding a state agency for taking her suggestion and posting state plane travel logs on the Web.The initial entry for April shows Sink flew once — a one-way trip to Tampa, her hometown — while...

US House OKs safety plan for foreign aircraft work, US

May 21, 2009 6:03 pm | by JOAN LOWY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. inspectors would conduct more checks of overseas aircraft repair stations under a bill approved Thursday by the House of Representatives that seeks to deal with safety considerations as major U.S. airlines send maintenance work overseas.The European Commission has threatened...

Calif. tax rejection: Bad news for Oregon?, OR

May 21, 2009 6:03 pm | by RYAN KOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Tax increases are notoriously tough propositions in Oregon.Five years ago, for example, Oregonians overwhelmingly rejected new taxes to stave off deep budget cuts — twice.Democratic lawmakers are hoping this year will be different should Republicans succeed in referring $800...

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HL:Feds, Alberta, Calgary unite to pay up to $30 million for Sports Hall of Fame@

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by Donna Spencer@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Kerrin Lee-Gartner says her skis are ready.The Olympic gold medallist in women's downhill at the 1992 Games in Albertville, France, would love to see them in the new Canadian Sports Hall of Fame when construction is complete.The federal and Alberta governments and the City of Calgary...

RI rep.: Bush should be waterboarded for charity, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Democratic lawmaker says he'll donate $100 to charity for every second former President George W. Bush withstands waterboarding.State Rep. Rod Driver sent letters making the offer to Bush as well as to former Vice President Dick Cheney and ex-Secretary of State...

Air Force jet crashes near Edwards AFB in Calif., 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A military jet on a training mission crashed north of Edwards Air Force base in the desert on Thursday, authorities said. The fate of the two crew members aboard was not immediately known.The T-38 Talon went down at 1:15 p.m. nine miles north of the base, Senior...

Treasurys drop on worries over UK debt, supply

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Treasury prices dropped Thursday as credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's raised questions about the ability of governments to stimulate the economy with public spending.Standard & Poor's said Britain may have its rating cut because of rising debt levels, which would raise...

Huron Consulting Group names Shade president, COO, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Huron Consulting Group Inc., which provides financial and operational advice to businesses, said Thursday it named David M. Shade president and chief operating officer.Gary E. Holdren will remain chairman and chief executive, with Shade assuming the role of president, which Holdren...

Perdue says she's committed to NC green economy, NC

May 21, 2009 6:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue says her energy reform plan will make North Carolina a leading state for the green economy by helping create jobs and spur investment.Perdue discussed her renewable energy initiatives Thursday while touring a solar panel farm in Cary operated by private...

Union leader: GM may end assembly at Tenn. plant, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 21, 2009 6:01 pm | by BILL POOVEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the United Auto Workers local in Spring Hill said more than 2,100 jobs at the General Motors Corp. plant in Tennessee are in real jeopardy.United Auto Workers Local 1853 President Mike O'Rourke said Thursday that in his opinion, the future of the jobs at...

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