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Businessman, 9 relatives die in Brazil plane crash, 4th Ld-Writethru, LT

May 23, 2009 7:10 pm | by STAN LEHMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — A British-born Brazilian businessman and nine family members were among the 14 people killed when their twin-engine plane crashed and exploded near a coastal resort in northeastern Brazil, a spokesman for his company said Saturday.Roger Ian Wright, a founding partner at Sao Paulo...

Some Wis. car dealers could be in expensive bind, WI

May 23, 2009 6:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — State officials say they're scrambling to help Chrysler and General Motors franchises who could be stuck in a costly bind.Under Wisconsin law, car dealers can't sell new vehicles if they don't have franchise agreements. Chrysler has said it's canceling the franchises of 18...

Salem man hopes to make fuel from cow waste, OR

May 23, 2009 6:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem business is hoping to turn dairy waste into automobile fuel.Diesel Brewing would burn dairy waste to create butanol as a renewable fuel. The company plans to open a pilot plant in Salem by the end of the year that would burn a combination of wood and dairy waste."We are...

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Researchers study human impact on nature, HI

May 23, 2009 5:34 pm | by KARIN STANTONAssociated Press | News | Comments

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island think tank is leading a 20-year study focused on the intersection of human and natural systems.The Kohala Center, an independent academic institution, is partnering with Yale University to research the development of a long-range industrial ecosystem model...

Gender issues worsen Iraq's medical woes, ML

May 23, 2009 5:08 pm | by KATARINA KRATOVAC - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAQLAWIYAH, Iraq (AP) — This part of Iraq, says Dr. Ayad al-Hadithy, is so conservative that a man would rather have his pregnant wife die in labor than be touched by a male nurse or doctor.It's just one of the difficulties faced by U.S. and Iraqi officials as they struggle to nurse the war-ravaged...

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Springfield mayor explains campaign fund issues, OR

May 23, 2009 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken is fixing problems with some of his campaign finance reporting after inquiries by a Eugene newspaper.The Register-Guard reports that his mayoral campaign fund, Friends of Sid Leiken, paid his private consulting firm $2,300 in the past year.But...

Stimulus money eyed for Meridian project, SD

May 23, 2009 4:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The state Transportation Department is reviewing the possible use of some federal stimulus money to convert the Meridian Bridge at Yankton into a pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River.Vehicular traffic now uses the new Discovery Bridge that replaces the 85-year-old...

Report slams BIA Alaska roads program, 1st Ld-Writethru, AK

May 23, 2009 4:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal Interior Department is squeezing the flow of economic stimulus funds for the Alaska roads program of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.The action is a result of an inspector general's report alleging mismanagement."Given the history, we are proceeding with an...

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Venezuela rejects concerns from UN, OAS on media, LT

May 23, 2009 4:17 pm | by IAN JAMES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A top diplomat defended Venezuela's investigation into a leading anti-government television station, rebuffing the concerns of U.N. and OAS officials that President Hugo Chavez's government is threatening free speech.Venezuela's ambassador to the Organization of American...

Sunday, May 31, NA

May 23, 2009 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today is Sunday, May 31, the 151st day of 2009. There are 214 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1043 - Lady Godiva rides naked through the market square in Coventry, England.1520 - After being a hostage in Denmark, young nobleman Gustav Vasa slips back into Sweden to start a...

Neb. patrol to launch summer enforcement activity, NE

May 23, 2009 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol will be launching its traffic safety initiative "100 Days of Summer" in hopes of reducing the number of fatal crashed on Nebraska roads.The patrol plans to hold at least one traffic safety enforcement operation somewhere in the state. That could...

Ketchikan woman sues Juneau diocese, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AK

May 23, 2009 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A woman is suing the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, alleging sexual misconduct by a priest when she was a young student attending Holy Name Catholic School in Ketchikan in the mid-1980s.The Ketchikan woman, referred to only as Jane Doe in the complaint, says former...

Shannon Hills mayor out after plea, AR

May 23, 2009 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BENTON, Ark. (AP) — The mayor of the Saline County city of Shannon Hills has resigned after pleading guilty to tax charges.Sixty-three-year-old Larance Davis admitted he failed to file several years worth of state income tax returns in pleading guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor charge on...

Bill proposes higher fine for late tag renewals, OK

May 23, 2009 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma drivers who don't renew their license plates on time could soon face a much larger fine.A bill proposing to quadruple the fine for late automobile registration has been sent to Gov. Brad Henry's desk after the state House approved it Friday. Under the measure, the...

Gay US diplomats to receive equal benefits, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 3:20 pm | by MATTHEW LEE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that gay American diplomats will be given benefits similar to those that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy, U.S. officials said Saturday.In a notice to be sent soon to State Department employees, Clinton says...

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