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bc-CT-Pratt-Whitney-F135 05-18

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-CT-Pratt-Whitney-F135 05-181/8STK3/8 UTX1/8IN3/8 ARO AIR CPR1/8SU3/8TO BUSINESS EDITOR:Pratt & Whitney F135 STOVL Exceeds and Completes Vertical Thrust RequirementEAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Pratt & WhitneyF135 short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant...

bc-WA-nCircle-Expands 05-18

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-WA-nCircle-Expands 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 CPR NET STW HTS1/8SU3/8 HSP LICTO BUSINESS, FOREIGN AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:nCircle Expands Global Partner Network in Latin America with ExcelerateSystemsnCircle, the leader in automated security and compliance auditingsolutions, now available through...

bc-PA-SRS-Energy-apoints photo 05-18

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-PA-SRS-Energy-apoints photo 05-181/8STK3/81/8IN3/8 CST HHP ENV UTI OIL1/8SU3/8 PER-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS:SRS Energy Appoints Three Senior-Level Executives- Developer of the Sole Power Tile(TM) Continues to Grow to SupportProduct Launch -PHILADELPHIA, May...

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Tamil rebel raised formidable force before demise, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The portly rebel leader with the bushy mustache and trusty Browning pistol turned a small band of poorly armed guerrillas into one of the world's most sophisticated and ruthless insurgencies.But Velupillai Prabhakaran also made a series of mistakes that led the Tamil...

Bizarre bird gets private beach in Indonesia

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A species of birds able to fly immediately after hatching from eggs buried beneath the tropical sand has just been given its own private beach in eastern Indonesia, a conservation group said Friday.Maleos — chicken-sized birds with black helmet-like foreheads — number from...

Crusading NY health chief picked to head CDC

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — For seven years, Dr. Thomas Frieden has been the nagging conscience of the nation's biggest city, the man who made sure New Yorkers couldn't smoke in bars or eat french fries cooked in artery-clogging trans fats.Now, the city's health commissioner will be taking his crusade against...

Obama wants to pump $475M into Great Lakes cleanup

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by JOHN FLESHER - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A budget proposal from the Obama administration would spend $475 million on beach cleanups, wetlands restoration and removal of toxic sediments from river bottoms around the Great Lakes.The spending represents a first step toward a multiyear campaign to repair decades of...

European scientists launch new space telescope

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by DANICA COTO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As American astronauts overhauled the aging Hubble, European scientists launched an even larger space telescope toward a far-flung orbit, hoping to help answer two questions: How did the cosmos begin and are we alone in it?"We are seeking the origins of the universe,"...

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Study looks at early Navajo use of smoke signals

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists and volunteers armed with special flares will fan out over part of the Four Corners region on Saturday to study how early Navajos could have used smoke signals to warn against invaders.There are more than 200 pueblitos — usually high on rock outcroppings...

Flourishing eagles feast on Maine's rare seabirds

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bald eagles, bouncing back after years of decline, are swaggering forth with an appetite for great cormorant chicks that threatens to wipe out that bird population in the United States.The eagles, perhaps finding less fish to eat, are flying to Maine's remote rocky islands...

UN: Growth of slums boosting natural disaster risk

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by BRIAN MURPHY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The rampant growth of urban slums around the world and weather extremes linked to climate change have sharply increased the risks from "megadisasters" such as devastating floods and cyclones, a U.N. report said Sunday.The study — which examines natural disaster...

Blue whales returning to former Alaska waters

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by MARY PEMBERTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Blue whales are returning to Alaska in search of food and could be re-establishing an old migration route several decades after they were nearly wiped out by commercial whalers, scientists say.The endangered whales, possibly the largest animals ever to live on Earth, have...

Astronauts finish repairs on Hubble telescope

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by MARCIA DUNN - AP Aerospace Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope on Monday, leaving it more powerful than ever and able to peer even deeper into the cosmos — almost to the brink of creation. The last humans to lay hands on Hubble outfitted the observatory with...

East Texas man set to die Tuesday, 1st Ld-Writethru, TX

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Michael Riley was a frequent customer at the Shop-A-Minit convenience store in Quitman in East Texas, so when he walked in and asked for ice cream on a Saturday morning, clerk Wynona Lynn Harris told him to help himself as she counted money.Riley pulled out a 10-inch...

'Golden Age' comics go up for auction in Dallas, APFN

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by JAMIE STENGLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — As a kid, Ralph Chicorel was careful with the comic books he faithfully bought for 10 cents at the drugstore in his Detroit neighborhood."I loved the artwork so much that I took real good care of them. I turned the pages very carefully," the 78-year-old said. "I relished, treasured...

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