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Venezuela ends mining concession for Gold Reserve, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 26, 2009 4:25 pm | by RACHEL JONES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela refused to renew a gold concession held by U.S. miner Gold Reserve Inc. on Wednesday as President Hugo Chavez seeks to boost state control over the nation's gold deposits.The Mining Ministry rejected the company's request to extend the contract for its Brisas del...

Poll: 61% of Michigan voters give Obama good grade, MI

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A poll of Michigan voters finds 61 percent say Barack Obama is doing an excellent or pretty good job as president, while 37 percent grade his performance fair or poor.Thirty-nine percent say his administration's policies have helped the U.S. auto industry, while 42 percent say...

Albuquerque district finds $16 million, NM

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools officials announced Tuesday they had located $16 million in a cash-reserves fund — money that had gone unreported for at least 10 years.Superintendent Winston Brooks said he was "quite frankly embarrassed on behalf of the district."Brooks credited...

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Obama raises money for Democrats out West, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 26, 2009 4:20 pm | by CHARLES BABINGTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hours after exercising a cherished presidential right Tuesday — naming a Supreme Court nominee — Barack Obama engaged in one of the office's grubbier traditions: raising money for an embattled lawmaker.The president launched a two-day, three-stop Western trip that will devote more...

Neb. governor vetoes bill on public resources use, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 26, 2009 4:19 pm | by JEAN ORTIZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman has vetoed a bill that would allow public employees and officials to use taxpayer-funded resources for some political and personal purposes.Heineman said Tuesday he believes the bill (LB626) could erode the integrity of public positions. The misuse or...

Neb. bill on foster-care disclosure approved, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by JOSH FUNK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have approved a bill requiring State Foster Care Review Board members to disclose any money they or their employers receive from the state Department of Health and Human Services.The bill (LB679) that passed the Legislature Tuesday now goes to Gov. Dave...

Japan posts slower export decline in April, AS

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's export slump eased in April, adding to growing evidence that the recession is loosening its grip on the world's second-biggest economy.Exports in April fell 39.1 percent from a year earlier, less than the 45.6 percent decline posted in March, the Ministry of Finance said...

Even for a president, a price cut for tickets, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even a president's popularity has limits in a recession.Democrats slashed ticket prices for a Wednesday fundraiser headlined by President Barack Obama from $2,500 to $1,000 — a 60 percent discount in tough economic times.Obama has two events scheduled this week on his first...

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Wednesday, June 3, NA

May 26, 2009 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today is Wednesday, June 3, the 154th day of 2009. There are 211 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1621 - Dutch West India Company receives a charter for New Netherland — covering parts of what is now New York and nearby states.1818 - The British annex the territories of the...

Bill would limit raises for Calif. universities, CA

May 26, 2009 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill to block California State University trustees from raising executives' salaries or giving bonuses in years when their state funding has been cut.Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, criticized recent raises. He says university...

Skeleton shows earliest evidence of leprosy

May 26, 2009 4:09 pm | by RANDOLPH E. SCHMID - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leprosy is one of mankind's most ancient scourges, mentioned in writing from ancient India to the Bible to the Middle Ages. Now researchers have uncovered what they say is the oldest case of the disease yet found. Analysis of a 4,000-year-old skeleton from India shows traces of...

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. Announces ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Investigation Regarding the Popular, Inc. U.S.A. 401(K) Savings & Investment Plan and the Popular, Inc. Puerto Rico ...

May 26, 2009 4:09 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIREAssociated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE, May 26, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Attorney Advertising. Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (www.erisafraud.com) today announced that it is investigating Popular, Inc. ("Popular" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:BPOPN) for potential violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended...

Japan reports trade surplus of 68.95 bil. yen in April+

May 26, 2009 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 27 (Kyodo) — (EDS: LEAD STORY TO FOLLOW)Japan reported a trade surplus of 68.95 billion yen in April, down 85.0 percent from a year earlier, amid recent signs of a bottoming out in exports, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.Japan saw its trade surplus falling for the 18th straight...

Tribes press government to clean up nuclear waste, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 26, 2009 4:08 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Two American Indian tribes say their pleas to have the federal government remove medical, uranium and other radioactive waste from their land near Tuba City have been ignored, and they want it cleaned up.Navajo and Hopi officials say the waste is contaminating the land and...

Consumer confidence soars

May 26, 2009 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Even with unemployment still rising and home prices still slumping, Americans are getting their confidence back in the economy.A widely watched barometer of confidence unexpectedly rose to the highest level since September, buoyed by an unexpected surge in the stock market, hopes...

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