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Reid joins Biden, Pelosi in misstatements, US

May 19, 2009 2:59 pm | by LAURIE KELLMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became the latest Democrat to stray into rhetorical trouble Tuesday, botching statements on three subjects in one news conference — including the fragile health of the chamber's most senior members.The Nevada Democrat reported that one of them,...

GM says still hasn't made deals with Treasury, UAW

May 19, 2009 2:53 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it does not expect to reach agreement on concessions with the United Auto Workers union or with the Treasury Department on its debt-for-equity exchange before a May 26 deadline.Both deals are part of the restructuring effort GM must complete by June...

Senate approves workers' comp judge plan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, OK

May 19, 2009 2:52 pm | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans have pushed another issue to a statewide vote to counter a gubernatorial veto — this time a plan to require Senate confirmation of Workers' Compensation Court judges.The Oklahoma Senate gave final approval on Tuesday to a joint resolution referring the issue to the...

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HL:Ex Caisse boss insists he deserved bonus despite historic financial losses@

May 19, 2009 2:52 pm | by Martin Ouellet@Associated Press | News | Comments

QUEBEC — The former head of Quebec's pension-fund manager found himself on the defensive Tuesday as he tried to justify the generous bonuses he received at a time when the institution was losing billions of dollars.Henri-Paul Rousseau argued the Caisse was hit by an unprecedented global economic...

Ohio Senate leader open to vote on more gambling, OH

May 19, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Senate president opposes expanded gambling but says he is open to putting the issue before voters.Senate President Bill Harris said Tuesday that he doesn't support placing a gambling initiative in the state budget. But the Republican from Ashland is open to placing an...

Ill. public info law could be strengthened, 1st Ld-Writethru, IL

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by CHRISTOPHER WILLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois residents who hit a brick wall when they seek information about what government does behind closed doors would gain new leverage under a proposal from Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.Madigan's plan would give her office new authority to investigate...

PPD names David L. Grange chief executive, US

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Drug development contractor PPD Inc. said Tuesday it has named David L. Grange chief executive, replacing Fredric N. Eshelman, who was named to the newly created post of executive chairman.Ernest Mario, who has served as the non-executive chairman of the company, has been...

Some Ala. car dealers to fight shutdown orders, AL

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The troubles in the automobile industry have provided a double blow to Pelham automobile dealer Susan Schein, but she isn't giving up.Schein got a letter last week saying her dealership agreement was being terminated by Chrysler LLC, which is doing the same at almost 800 car...

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Principal Financial Group names board chairman, US

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Financial services company Principal Financial Group Inc. said Tuesday it named President and Chief Executive Larry D. Zimpleman board chairman, effective Tuesday.Zimpleman replaces J. Barry Griswell, who has served as chairman since 2002 and will continue to serve on the...

House and Senate reach deal on DOD weapons, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 2:41 pm | by JIM ABRAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators, responding to a sense of urgency conveyed by President Barack Obama, reached quick agreement Tuesday on legislation to tighten controls over how the Pentagon purchases and develops weapons systems.Obama has stressed the importance of cutting costs and...

Omaha man blames casino drinks, drugs for big debt

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by KEN RITTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prominent Nebraska philanthropist accused of failing to repay $14.75 million to Las Vegas casinos is claiming he was plied with drinks and drugs while he ran up big gambling debts.A lawyer for Terrance "Terry" Watanabe said in a letter to a Nevada grand jury that hosts at Caesars...

HL:Canadians gathering more of their news from websites of mainstream media: poll@

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by Andy Blatchford@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Canadians are gathering more of their news from the websites of mainstream media organizations in a shift away from newspaper print editions and radio, a new poll suggests.Thirty-six per cent of respondents to The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey said they got more news from websites...

Southwestern Energy promotes COO Mueller to CEO, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Southwestern Energy Co. said on Tuesday that it promoted Steven L. Mueller to chief executive.Mueller has been with the independent oil and gas company since June, as president and chief operating officer.The company said Mueller has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas...

Jenni Rivera fined for failing to declare cash, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Singer Jenni Rivera was freed Tuesday after spending 15 hours in detention and paying a fine for failing to declare more than $50,000 in cash at Mexico City's international airport, her publicist said.The Mexican star was arrested after authorities found $52,167 in her hand...

Senators reject closing Gitmo prison without plan, 6th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison suffered a blow Tuesday when his allies in the Senate said they would refuse to finance the move until the administration delivers a satisfactory plan for what to do with the detainees there.As the Senate took up...

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