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Encore buys oil-producing land in Williston Basin, MT

May 18, 2009 4:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Encore Energy Partners LP says it will purchase natural gas-producing land in Texas, and oil- and gas-producing land in Montana and North Dakota for a total of $53.8 million.Encore plans to purchase natural gas-producing properties in the Vinegarone Field in Val Verde...

Pentagon says Iranian weapons still coming to Iraq, US

May 18, 2009 4:00 pm | by ANNE GEARAN - AP National Security Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says U.S. soldiers are still finding large numbers of Iranian-made weapons in Iraq, despite's Iran's denials.Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says a large cache of Iranian explosives was found a week ago, and the top U.S. general in Iraq recently told reporters about...

Democrats outline budget for next 2 years, OR

May 18, 2009 3:55 pm | by RYAN KOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers plan to raise $800 million in new taxes while cutting $2 billion in state services to balance a budget that has been sunk by the economic downturn.Those figures translate into shorter school years, bigger class sizes, severe cuts to state-subsidized day care and the...

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Obama nominee opposed by many GOP state senators, IN

May 18, 2009 3:55 pm | by MIKE SMITH - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thirty-one Republican state senators have asked U.S. Sens. Evan Bayh and Dick Lugar to oppose the nomination of an Indiana University law professor nominated by President Barack Obama for a senior position in the U.S. Department of Justice.In a letter May 15, the state senators...

Governor's pay cut urged, NV

May 18, 2009 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, said Monday the governor should tell lawmakers he'll take the same pay cut that state workers face.Horsford noted that legislation cutting salaries for the governor and other constitutional officers won't take...

St. Joseph Livestock Slaughter Close

May 18, 2009 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Estimated Receipts: 200Compared to last week, a light test of slaughter steers and heifers sold 1.00 lower. Slaughter cows sold 1.00-2.00 lower on the big healthy cows, but demand was light for cows under 900 lbs or those that appeared to be unsound with prices ranging...

UW, state speak up to keep federal livestock lab, 1st Ld-Writethru, WY

May 18, 2009 3:38 pm | by MEAD GRUVER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The president of the University of Wyoming and others in the state say the federal government should keep a livestock disease laboratory in Laramie and not move it to Iowa.Scientists study West Nile virus, bluetongue and other diseases at the Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease...

Monday's Canadian Briefs

May 18, 2009 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spy agency gets new secret rulebookOTTAWA (AP) — The federal government has laid down new rules for Canada's spy agency following high-profile scandals in which Canadians were tortured overseas.The ministerial directions to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service also come as the agency takes on...

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Trial of Suu Kyi may dash change in US policy, US

May 18, 2009 3:33 pm | by FOSTER KLUG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has been considering whether a softer approach on Myanmar could spur democratic change in the military-run country, but the trial starting this week of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi may dash the possibility of a new U.S. policy.State Department...

UN chief likely to visit Sri Lanka, 1st Ld-Writethru, UN

May 18, 2009 3:33 pm | by EDITH M. LEDERER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will likely visit Sri Lanka later this week where among his top priorities will be helping over 250,000 people who fled recent fighting and pressing for their speedy return home, U.N. officials said Monday.Ban's chief of staff, Vijay Nambiar, is...

Napster cuts music plan to $5 a month

May 18, 2009 3:33 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Napster.com on Monday cut the price of its online music streaming service to $5 a month from $12.95, and threw in five song downloads for customers in a move to better compete with rival iTunes.The Los Angeles-based company gained notoriety in the early years of music downloading...

Bill seeks to slow rate of home foreclosures, NV

May 18, 2009 3:27 pm | by RACHELLE GINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawmakers were urged Monday to pass a measure aimed at ending the downward spiral of home foreclosures in Nevada, which has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation.Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, told the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee that her AB149...

Mortgage fraud bill goes to Obama to sign, US

May 18, 2009 3:27 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Monday sent the president a bill to clamp down on mortgage fraud and set up a $5 million independent commission to investigate the cause of the worldwide financial meltdown.President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation, which received broad bipartisan...

Ariz. lawmaker say's he's 'done with taking it', 2nd Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 18, 2009 3:22 pm | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — A state legislator vowed Monday that he's "done nothing wrong" and will aggressively fight an Arizona commission's order that he be removed from office for campaign finance violations.Republican Rep. Doug Quelland of Phoenix told The Associated Press that he plans an administrative...

PR doctor arrested in prescription drug case, CB

May 18, 2009 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal agents say they have arrested a doctor suspected of illegally selling prescription drugs in northern Puerto Rico.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says Dr. Mohamed A. Zouairabani is accused of dispensing more than 250,000 tablets of the painkiller...

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