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More than 950 cadets graduate at West Point, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 7:36 am | by MICHAEL HILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Cadets graduating from West Point were praised by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Saturday for having the courage and patriotism to join the military in "a dangerous new century."Gates noted that the 970 members of the U.S. Military Academy's class of 2009 were...

Woman killed in east Baltimore fire, MD

May 23, 2009 7:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — A 51-year-old woman is dead after a rowhouse fire in east Baltimore.Fire department spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the woman was found dead on the second floor of the home on Ashland Avenue. She died of smoke inhalation and burns.Firefighters were called to the home around 8 a.m....

Museum opens high-tech gallery on recent genocides, US

May 23, 2009 7:20 am | by BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A common refrain from those who study the Holocaust is "never again." The words appear over and over in comments left by visitors at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.The past 15 years, however, have forced people to face the grim reality of genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda and more...

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Insurgency takes toll on both Buddhists, Muslims, AS

May 23, 2009 7:15 am | by DENIS D. GRAY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

KO TO, Thailand (AP) — The young Muslim man says he watched helplessly as soldiers broke his father's bones and punctured his lungs with vicious kicks. After seven hours of relentless torture, the Muslim religious leader died cradled in his lap.In a nearby village, a 7-year-old Buddhist girl still...

2 East Coast public accounting firms to merge, US

May 23, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two major East Coast public accounting firms are merging as of June 1 to create a 10-office firm with operations in New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, New York state and Grand Cayman.New York City-based Marcum & Kliegman LLP is merging with Florida-based Rachlin LLP. Marcum &...

Road to top of 14,264-foot Mount Evans opens, CO

May 23, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — The highway to the summit of Colorado's 14,264-foot Mount Evans has opened for the season.Colorado 5 on Mount Evans was partially open Friday, but traffic could head to the summit Saturday morning. It is billed as North America's highest paved highway.Trail Ridge Road through Rocky...

Parole Board hearings set for 2 convicted killers, MS

May 23, 2009 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state Parole Board has hearings scheduled for June for two people convicted in separate killings of Highway Patrol officers.Charles Montgomery Jr. was convicted of firing the shot that killed state trooper Billy Langham on Dec. 31, 1981.In the other case, Anita Krecic was...

Union agrees to concessions; papers closer to sale, 1st Ld-Writethru, ME

May 23, 2009 6:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sale of three Maine newspapers and affiliated Web sites could move a step closer to completion, if a union representing editorial employees at the Portland Press Herald and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville votes for concessions.Blethen Maine Newspapers put those papers...

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Iran's president faces campaign trail hurdles, ML

May 23, 2009 6:59 am | by ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Moments after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's underdog victory four years ago, the streets in scruffy south Tehran were in full celebration for their native son.Shops offered free sweets and tea. Women shouted prayers from open windows. The khaki-shirted basiji — the street vigilantes of...

2ND LD: Nurseries reopen, schools to resume classes in flu-affected areas+

May 23, 2009 6:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSAKA/KOBE, May 23 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING WELFARE MINISTRY INFO IN 4TH-6TH GRAFS)Nursery schools and day-care facilities reopened Saturday in Hyogo Prefecture and schools will resume classes Monday in Osaka Prefecture under Japan's new policy of relaxing restrictions in areas hit by the new strain...

HL:Cloak-and-dagger at StatsCan; is someone leaking secret data for profit?@

May 23, 2009 6:54 am | by Julian Beltrame@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Are journalists somehow managing to tip off market-influencing data while under lock-up in a dimly-lit room at the Statistics Canada campus?The intriguing question remains after the federal agency conducted two reviews — the latest coming after last week's inflation report — on rumours its...

Co. seeks $200M loan to build Miss. biofuel plant, 1st Ld-Writethru, MS

May 23, 2009 6:49 am | by TIMOTHY R. BROWN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Canadian company is seeking a $200 million federal loan to build its first U.S. biofuel plant in northeast Mississippi while working to complete a deal with a regional landfill to supply feedstock to the facility.Montreal-based Enerkem Inc. announced plans in March to build...

Pakistan's mystics in sights of Taliban, AS

May 23, 2009 6:48 am | by CHRIS BRUMMITT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Worshippers still flock to the grave of Rahman Baba, a Muslim mystic revered by millions in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But they now pray at a mound of rubble and twisted steel — all that remains of his tomb since militants bombed it.The blast in March was the most...

Don't call ex-Vice President Cheney a has-been, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 23, 2009 6:48 am | by DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dick Cheney refuses to be a has-been.The former vice president's voice appears to carry even more weight than it did in the waning days of the Bush administration.Some people want him to be quiet and disappear. Others are cheering the public relations tour that Cheney began...

New Calcasieu subdivision has Katrina cottages, LA

May 23, 2009 6:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The first of 34 Katrina cottages are being built in a new Calcasieu Parish subdivision in an effort to permanently house families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.The $3.92 million Fields Subdivision project began March 4. It's being managed by the Louisiana Recovery...

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