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Bush criticized by former 9/11 commission member, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 12:00 pm | by PETE YOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former member of the 9/11 Commission criticizes former President George W. Bush in a new book for not responding to pre-attack intelligence on Osama bin Laden's intentions.In "The Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11," Richard Ben-Veniste writes that...

Lawmakers to move $300M transportation package, 2nd Ld-Writethru, OR

May 22, 2009 12:00 pm | by RYAN KOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After months of dealmaking, lawmakers have unanimously approved a $300 million-per-year transportation package funded through increases in the gas tax and registration, title and license plate fees.Legislators estimate the increased fees will mean the typical Oregon household...

Nevada unemployment rate rises slightly in April, APFN

May 22, 2009 12:00 pm | by BRENDAN RILEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's unemployment rate rose slightly in April to 10.6 percent, its highest level in a quarter of a century, but an analyst remained hopeful because the number of jobless residents dropped by about 100.Monthly figures released Friday by the Department of Employment,...

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Obama signs law curbing surprise credit card fees, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 12:00 pm | by PHILIP ELLIOTT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama warned overeager shoppers and greedy credit card companies alike on Friday to act responsibly as he signed into law a bill designed to protect debt-ridden consumers from surprise charges.The White House staged a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden, an...

Fitch affirms UMB Financial, subsidiary ratings

May 22, 2009 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Fitch Ratings on Friday affirmed all of the ratings for UMB Financial Corp. and its principal banking subsidiary.Fitch kept the long-term issuer default rating, or IDR, at "A'' and the short-term IDR at "F1+."The ratings are considered investment grade. The outlook remains Stable.The...

Nomination of Robert Seguin as C2C Director

May 22, 2009 11:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yves Gagnon, president of C2C Gold Corporation Inc. (the "Company" or "C2C")(TSX VENTURE: C2C), is pleased to announce the nomination of Mr. Robert Seguin, as director. Mr. Seguin is the managing partner of Westmount Capital since 2006. Senior Manager with over 23 years of institutional sales &...

Iowa gov. signs bill aiding dependent adults, 1st Ld-Writethru, IA

May 22, 2009 11:54 am | by MIKE GLOVER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Chet Culver signed into law a measure Friday that tightens state regulation of centers that house dependent adults, a change prompted by an eastern Iowa case in which mentally disabled men were living in a ramshackle house and working at a meatpacker for minimal...

British Airways offers 2-for-1 business seats, 1st Ld-Writethru

May 22, 2009 11:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — In another sign of the weak travel market, British Airways is offering a 2-for-1 sale on business-class seats from the United States to London.Tom Parsons, chief executive of Texas-based discount travel Web site Bestfares.com, said the per-person cost to fly business-class between New...

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Iran reformists hope for high election turnout, 2nd Ld-Writethru, ML

May 22, 2009 11:54 am | by ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's reformists are hoping a high turnout in the upcoming presidential election would help them oust hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who they say pushed the country deeper into international isolation and economic trouble.The outcome of the June 12 vote may decide the...

Hewlett-Packard spent $840K lobbying gov't in 1Q, APFN

May 22, 2009 11:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. spent $840,000 lobbying in the first quarter, more than double what the technology company spent a year ago, according to a recent disclosure filing.HP is known for its cost-cutting — a hallmark of chief executive Mark Hurd's four years atop the company, the...

Wis. panel backs creation of domestic partnerships

May 22, 2009 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's same-sex couples are a big step closer to having their relationships recognized by the state.The Legislature's budget committee voted 12-4 Friday for a plan allowing gay and lesbian couples who live together to form domestic partnerships and receive some of the same...

US moving closer to swine flu vaccine, 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 11:53 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inching closer to a swine flu vaccine, the government is beginning to analyze two candidates for the key ingredient to brew one.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to deliver one or both to vaccine manufacturers by the end of next week so scientists can begin the...

3rd drug death at Saline Co. Jail, AR

May 22, 2009 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BENTON, Ark. (AP) — The most recent of three deaths at the new Saline County Jail was caused by a drug overdose.Saline County officials say a toxicology report that arrived Wednesday shows that Johnny Thompson, who died December 18th, had five different drugs in his system. Thompson was picked up...

Move to online public notices looms over papers

May 22, 2009 11:48 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The tough economy means the growing suburb of Apex can't replace some computers and police vehicles. So the town's mayor is pleased to save $13,000 by posting public notices of rezoning requests and major land development plans on the town's Web site, rather than in the local...

Raymor Announces the Resignation of Mr. Rene Caron as Director

May 22, 2009 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Raymor Industries Inc. ("Raymor") (TSX VENTURE: RAR) announces that it has received the resignation of one of its board members, Mr. Rene Caron in his capacity as director of Raymor and its subsidiaries. Mr. Caron will however continue to act as interim Chief Financial Officer of Raymor until the...

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