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May 25, 2009 1:09 pm | by Victoria Ahearn@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A Lawren Harris sketch bought for just $70 back in the 1950s fetched $175,000 Monday to become the biggest seller at the Sotheby's Canada spring auction."Mts: Emarald Lake" (sic), an oil on board depicting snow-capped peaks in British Columbia, went to an unidentified bidder in the room,...

PUC: Idaho Power must sell energy credits, 1st Ld-Writethru, ID

May 25, 2009 1:04 pm | by JOHN MILLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After complaints by Idaho Power Co.'s largest customers, regulators have ordered the state's biggest utility to sell about $2 million worth of renewable energy credits and use the money to benefit ratepayers, instead of retiring or banking the credits in expectation of new...

Maximum Savings On Capital Equipment Purchases Business Editors/Health Editors

May 25, 2009 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- Amerinet, Inc., a leading national healthcare group purchasing organization, announced the introduction of the Amerinet DI Q Review program, a no-cost, confidential partnership with medical facilities that ensures maximum savings on diagnostic imaging...

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Ecuador: Canada oil company wins rights to explore, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 25, 2009 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Canadian oil company Ivanhoe Energy has won the rights to explore an Amazon oil block, the government said Monday.The Vancouver-based Ivanhoe will spend $4 billion to develop an area that could contain 4.5 billion barrels of extra-heavy crude, Ecuador's state oil company said....

Recent graduate goes overboard from cruise ship, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man believed to have gone overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.The Coast Guard says 18-year-old Bruce O'Krepki reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Fantasy at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, about 150 miles southwest of...

Ill. town posts names of soldiers along streets, 2nd Ld-Writethru, IL

May 25, 2009 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SULLIVAN, Ill. (AP) — Residents of this small central Illinois town don't have to wonder which community members are serving Iraq and Afghanistan. All they have to do is drive around town.Lamp posts and telephone poles along two streets are adorned with white signs, each bearing the name of a...

HL:Silicon producer Timminco gets supply agreement: shares soar 49 per cent@

May 25, 2009 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Solar panel grade silicon producer Timminco Ltd. (TSX:TIM) said Monday it has reached a supply agreement with German solar cell producer Q-Cells SE that contemplates delivery of 100 tonnes for 2009, with more to come up until 2013.The agreement, which sent the company's shares up 49 per...

A Twitter-based competition show headed for TV?

May 25, 2009 12:53 pm | by FRAZIER MOORE - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody's doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series.The social-networking site has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the popular site, which invites 140-character...

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Danone announces rights issue plan to raise euro3B, EU

May 25, 2009 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Groupe Danone SA on Monday announced a rights issue aimed at raising some euro3 billion (US$4.2 billion) to boost the company's financial and strategic flexibility.The offer to existing shareholders "in the near future" will be in the form of preferential subscription rights, a...

HL:TSX Venture Exchange closed down 0.08 points to 1,096.43@

May 25, 2009 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The TSX Venture Exchange closed at 1,096.43, down 0.08 points from Friday's close. The volume at 4 p.m. was at 142.01 million shares.Among the most active companies, Great Western Minteral Group Ltd. (TSXV:GWG) rose $0.02 to $0.10, Snowfield Development Corp. (TSXV:SNO) $0.01 to $0.03;...

Legislation big and small in peril, APFN

May 25, 2009 12:38 pm | by KELLEY SHANNON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A work slowdown by Texas House Democrats was meant to stop a voter identification law. But other bills in the path of destruction deal with hurricane insurance, local road projects, solar energy incentives and even trans fats in restaurant foods.Endangered legislation could...

HL:Ontario Teachers' exit from BCE comes as telecom market tightens@

May 25, 2009 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Neither side is commenting, but the apparent exit of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan as a major shareholder of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) comes as Canada's largest telecommunications company confronts rising competitive challenges in a sluggish economy.About 44.4 million BCE shares changed...

Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan honor their fallen, ML

May 25, 2009 12:32 pm | by CHELSEA J. CARTER - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — American troops on Memorial Day honored their fallen on two battlefields, one war winding down and another ramping up. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military remembered the toll so far on the troops — more than 4,900 dead — with the outcome still unclear.In Iraq, soldiers and...

PCC student makes bid to save energy, OR

May 25, 2009 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland Community College student wants to stop the waste of electricity that powers idle school computers when students and staff aren't around.Jason A. Smith, who is studying to be an electrical engineer, proposes having the computers automatically switch to standby mode...

HL:Gas prices break through $1 per litre mark as demand increases@

May 25, 2009 12:32 pm | by Lauren Krugel@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — The average price of gasoline across Canada has risen above $1 per litre for the first time in seven months.The last time prices surpassed that threshold was the week of October 21, according to data compiled by Calgary consultant firm MJ Ervin & Associates.Jason Toews of the...

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