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Following is a list of news events for May 25 as of 1:09 p.m. ET:

May 24, 2009 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage.Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times local unless otherwise noted.Queries about these events and stories in The Canadian Press report should be directed to the departments listed below (all phone numbers 416...

Russia sees Hamas taking more 'realistic' path, ML

May 24, 2009 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Sunday that Hamas is following a more "realistic" path after Israel's crushing war against the militant Palestinian group controlling the Gaza Strip.Sergey Lavrov, who met with the top Hamas political leader in Syria's capital on Saturday, urged...

Analysis: Nixon presses for more health education, MO

May 24, 2009 9:17 am | by DAVID A. LIEB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The money legally is theirs to spend as they choose.But Gov. Jay Nixon is delivering a message to Missouri's colleges and universities that he expects them to use $40 million in next year's budget to expand the number of classroom slots available for health care...

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For use in papers Monday, May 25, and thereafter., US

May 24, 2009 9:11 am | by THE ASSOCIATED PRESSAssociated Press | News | Comments

When KFC, a division of Yum Brands Inc., offered coupons online for a free meal, some of its stores ran out and traffic threatened to get out of hand at some locations.After dishing up more than 4 million free meals the first few days, the company began offering rain checks on the meal, intended as...

KFC: Grilled chicken frenzy brought good publicity

May 24, 2009 9:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Combine Oprah Winfrey's endorsement with a chicken giveaway and what do you get?For KFC, the result was an avalanche of attention, some positive, some negative, for its national rollout of Kentucky Grilled Chicken. The frenzy briefly overwhelmed the chain, which promised...

Program prepares seniors for job search, OK

May 24, 2009 9:05 am | by STEVE BIEHNAssociated Press | News | Comments

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — When older, low-income job seekers like Shirley Stephenson join the Experience Works program, they not only get on-the-job training, they also participate in a series of classroom sessions designed to further prepare them for employment.Experience Works is a nationwide...

Retirement on hold, MO

May 24, 2009 9:05 am | by VALERIE SCHREMP HAHNAssociated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After two decades at Bierbaum Elementary in south St. Louis County, after touching hundreds of young lives and after grading thousands of pages of homework, this was to be the year that Peggy Fitzpatrick retired.In fact, had everything gone as planned, right now Fitzpatrick would...

Lawmakers look to reinvent government, 1st Ld-Writethru, CT

May 24, 2009 9:05 am | by SUSAN HAIGH - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When Gov. M. Jodi Rell unveiled her two-year budget proposal in February, amid one of the worst fiscal crises ever to strike Connecticut, she suggested the cuts and agency closures were a mixed blessing.While painful, they were a chance to begin rolling back bureaucracy."This...

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Public shouldn't notice budget cuts, OK

May 24, 2009 9:05 am | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Over the next five weeks, state agency heads will be working out the details on how to comply with cuts of up to 7 percent included in a $7.2 billion state budget adopted by the Legislature for the fiscal year that begins July 1.Reductions in staff and services are likely at...

9 decades back, the flu was deadly in Arkansas, AR

May 24, 2009 9:05 am | by AMANDA O'TOOLEAssociated Press | News | Comments

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Jessie Holyfield still remembers the distorted taste of foods and the pounding headache she had nearly 90 years ago when her body battled a killer flu.Holyfield was 6 years old in the winter of 1918, and she and her sister played with dolls during the days when the deadly...

WA jails people for court debt; experts critical, WA

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington is among a handful of states that jail people for court debt or charges related to that debt. Criminal justice experts and advocates for the low income think that's wrong.They say it crowds the jails and penalizes the poor, making it harder for them to re-enter...

Court pick could face filibuster over 'feelings', 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's No. 2 Republican on Sunday refused to rule out a filibuster if President Barack Obama seeks a Supreme Court justice who decides cases based on "emotions or feelings or preconceived ideas."Sen. Jon Kyl made clear he would use the procedural delay if Obama follows...

Search focuses on Calif., Mexico for mom, sick son, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say the search for a woman and her sick 13-year-old son remains focused in southern California and Mexico.The Brown County sheriff's department said Sunday it is continuing to look for Daniel Hauser, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma, and for his mother...

Online magazine tries to be a lab for media future

May 24, 2009 9:04 am | by ANDREW VANACORE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Web edition of a cover story from Fortune this spring took a sharp turn from what you might expect at a 79-year-old magazine.Dispensing advice on finding a job during a recession, the piece had a soundtrack, a troupe of improv actors from Chicago and about 4,000 fewer words than...

Gillette prepares for annual stock convention, WY

May 24, 2009 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette will host the state's largest cattle industry event next month.The Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and trade show starts June 3 at Cam-plex Energy Hall and runs through June 6.The keynote speaker will be Steve Kopperud, an expert on activist assaults on animal...

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