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Powell fires back in debate over GOP's future, US

May 24, 2009 9:28 am | by DOUGLASS K. DANIEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderate Republicans to conservative Republicans: Turn down the volume — especially on Rush Limbaugh — and open your minds. The party's future might be at stake.Such warnings about the GOP's right wing, along with finger wagging about a "shrill" and "judgmental" tone, marked the...

Mass. announces open enrollment for health program, MA

May 24, 2009 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The 175,000 people in Massachusetts' Commonwealth Care system have the right to switch insurers if they want.An open enrollment people begins Monday and extends through June 25.State officials say participants happy with their current insurer don't have to do anything. Nor do people...

Hard times soften hearts in Ohio's capital city, OH

May 24, 2009 9:28 am | by BY MEREDITH HEAGNEYAssociated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The economic crisis has made many Americans anxious and fearful. But here's the silver lining: Some religious leaders and academics say we might be better people by the time it's over.A recession can inspire frugality, yes, but also volunteerism, compassion and a shift in...


Bondsmen upset by policies that free more people

May 24, 2009 9:23 am | by IVAN MORENO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Budget cuts and the cost of maintaining an overcrowded jail forced Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden to begin releasing inmates accused of lesser crimes without bond. Other police agencies across the country are following suit — to the chagrin of bail bondsmen who say their...

Harold Hamm Bio box, ND

May 24, 2009 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Biographical information on Harold Hamm:NAME — Harold Glenn HammAGE-BIRTH DATE — 63; Dec. 11, 1945.TITLE: — Chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources Inc., based in Enid, Okla.EDUCATION — Hamm, the 13th child of sharecroppers, graduated from high school. He holds an honorary...

Billionaire oilman marks 20 years of ND drilling, ND

May 24, 2009 9:23 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Billionaire oilman Harold Hamm lands his corporate jet, jumps in a truck and drives the back roads of western North Dakota every few weeks, eyeballing his rigs and wells like a farmer checking his crops."I learn a lot when I'm out here," Hamm said on a recent trip, eating...

W.Va. lawmakers' stay at Capitol hinges on budget, 2nd Ld-Writethru, WV

May 24, 2009 9:18 am | by LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Legislature must complete two separate sessions before the new budget year begins July 1, and lawmakers face a tight timetable.The House and Senate convene Tuesday, and their main goal is to craft and pass a state budget. They must reduce what Gov. Joe...

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...

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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