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Catfish conspiracy nets Va. importer 5 years, CA

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Virginia fish importer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for selling $15.5 million worth of frozen Vietnamese catfish as flounder and other fish in the United States in a scheme to avoid paying import tariffs.U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez on Monday...

Feds subpoena Mary Easley's employment records, 4th Ld-Writethru, NC

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by MIKE BAKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal investigators on Tuesday subpoenaed several years of Mary Easley's employment records, adding to scrutiny of the former first lady's university job and potential perks given to her husband while he was in office.Subpoenas sent Tuesday to the North Carolina State...

HL:N.S. party leaders square off over economy, state of province's finances@

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by Keith Doucette@Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald was on the defensive Tuesday over his government's handling of the economy, facing accusations from both opposition leaders that he has led the province into a deep deficit.But in the first televised leaders debate of the provincial election, MacDonald...

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Saks to offer $80 million in private offering, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Upscale department store retailer Saks Inc. said Tuesday it will offer $80 million in convertible notes due 2013 in a private offering to pay down debt and for general corporate purposes.Initial buyers will have the option to buy up to $10 million in additional notes to cover...

Obama's new rules will transform US auto fleet

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Carpenters will still haul materials around in pickup trucks, but they will cost more. Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity. The higher mileage and emissions standards set by the...

HL:Lifestyles, Health and Travel stories for the week of May 18-23@

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Eds: Here are the Health, Lifestyles and Travel stories for this week by The Canadian Press and The Associated Press. Additional stories will be listed in the daily Lifestyles budget advisory.If you have any questions, please call Health-Lifestyles editor Anne Tobin at 416-507-2141.@Monday, May...

Lawmakers advance many bills, 1st Ld-Writethru, NV

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With less than two weeks left in the 2009 legislative session, Nevada lawmakers voted Tuesday for bills dealing with foreclosures, energy conservation, medical ethics and elections.The Senate unanimously voted for Gov. Jim Gibbons proposal to make Nevada energy-independent...

Gaming board tables decision on Raton track, NM

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by TIM KORTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state Gaming Control Board has postponed a decision on granting a casino license to a group seeking to build a Raton racetrack, citing concern about a $1.2 million contribution to the bid.The money in question was given by Marc Correra, treasurer of the track's effort....

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HL:Scrapping Human Rights Tribunal could hurt Tories in next election: Elliott@

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by Maria Babbage@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A thorny proposal to scrap Ontario's Human Rights Tribunal could stir up the kind of controversy that sunk the Progressive Conservatives in the last provincial election, leadership hopeful Christine Elliott warned Tuesday.Rivals Tim Hudak and Randy Hillier both say they'd abolish the...

Longmont, Loveland newspapers switch to new press, CO

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERTHOUD, Colo. (AP) — The Longmont Times-Call and the Loveland Reporter-Herald have switched to a new press owned by their parent company, Lehman Communications Corp.Tuesday's editions were the first to be printed on the manroland Uniset 75 in a new plant in Berthoud, about 10 miles from Longmont...

HL:The Canadian Press News Agenda for Friday, May 22@

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITORS:@ Following is a list of news events for May 22 as of 11:45 p.m. ET: x-denotes wire, y-denotes picture, z-denotes graphics coverage. Copy from other events based on merit and availability. All times local unless otherwise noted. Queries about these events and stories in The Canadian Press...

Yahoo searching for ways to show fewer Web links

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. is pruning Web links from its Internet search results as it strives to provide more immediate gratification and lure traffic away from the market leader, Google Inc.The Sunnyvale-based company previewed some of the upcoming improvements Tuesday as it updated...

Race to repay bailout could shortchange taxpayers, US

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by DANIEL WAGNER - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The race to repay federal bailout money could end up reducing the amount that taxpayers eventually get back.Some banks that want out of the Troubled Asset Relief Program may be allowed to buy back the government's investments at below-market prices. That could cut into taxpayers'...

SEC says checks coming soon for AIG investors, US

May 19, 2009 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday that a federal court has approved distributing $843 million to investors in American International Group Inc.The distribution was ordered after the SEC alleged accounting fraud at AIG, saying the insuring giant falsified...

Puerto Rico man pleads guilty in tourist killing, 3rd Ld-Writethru, CB

May 19, 2009 2:27 pm | by DANICA COTO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rican man pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping, raping and killing a pregnant Georgia tourist who made a frantic phone call to her fiance from the trunk of her assailant's car.Eliezer Marquez Navedo pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, kidnapping and two...

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