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Evidence of right whales found off Greenland

May 20, 2009 2:56 pm | by H. JOSEF HEBERT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists believe they have some good news about the endangered right whale, whose population in the Atlantic Ocean is struggling to come back.Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday they have found evidence of a significant...

Kinbauri Announces Legal Actions Against the Company

May 20, 2009 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kinbauri Gold Corp. ("Kinbauri") (TSX VENTURE: KNB)(FRANKFURT: 3KG.DE) announces that Jaguar Financial Corporation has commenced an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against Kinbauri, its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kinbauri Espana S.L. ("Espana"), the directors of Kinbauri, Glen...

City takes step to sell bonds to fund rebuilding, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 20, 2009 2:56 pm | by ALAN SAYRE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With money running tight, but buoyed by ratings upgrades, a city board took the first step Wednesday in selling up to $80 million in bonds to fund street repairs and other infrastructure projects backing up since Hurricane Katrina.On an 8-0 vote, the city's Board of Liquidation...

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HL:New credit card rules coming Thursday, Globe and Mail reports@

May 20, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will unveil new credit card regulations on Thursday, a day after the U.S. Congress passed a "bill of rights" for credit cardholders, the Globe and Mail reported.The newspaper said the Canadian measures are expected to include the imposition of a...

INDEX:Business, International, Justice, Politics@

May 20, 2009 2:51 pm | by Jim Brown@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Brian Mulroney wrapped up his testimony at a public inquiry Wednesday by insisting repeatedly he has no idea how his lawyers managed to negotiate a deal that halved his tax burden on $225,000 in income received from businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.Under grilling from Richard Auger, the...

Never mind: Sheriff's boat not stolen after all, CA

May 20, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Shasta County dispatchers put out the alert: Be on the lookout for a $60,000 sheriff's department boat, thought to be stolen on Lake Shasta.It turned out the boat merely wandered off on its own.A California Highway Patrol helicopter had circled overhead for more than three...

HL:NB lawyers lose appeal of case allowing non lawyers to do land titles@

May 20, 2009 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's lawyers have lost their bid to overturn a court ruling that allows non-lawyers to handle land-title registrations in New Brunswick.The Law Society of New Brunswick had asked the Court of Appeal to overturn an October 2007 Court of Queen's Bench ruling dealing with...

Anti-tobacco group wants higher taxes, smoking ban, ND

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A committee fighting tobacco use in North Dakota wants to raise tobacco taxes and ban smoking in public places and work areas.The Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee is holding meetings across the state to seek public comment. It proposes to raise the state excise...

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Fifth Third plans $750 million stock offer

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fifth Third Bancorp said Wednesday it will sell no more than $750 million in common stock as part of the company's commitment to add a $1.1 billion infusion after the government's stress test showed the bank needed a buffer to withstand losses.Fifth Third will sell the shares from...

Huntington Bancshares plans to add $675M in equity

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Huntington Bancshares Inc. said Wednesday it plans several actions to add about $675 million in regulatory common equity so it can be in a better position to repay bailout money.The actions include a $350 million discretionary equity issuance program and about $75 million from...

Worries over persistent job losses pound stocks, 16th Ld, US

May 20, 2009 2:45 pm | by TIM PARADIS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Another bad signal from the job market and concern over a possible downgrade of British government debt sent stocks sharply lower Thursday.Major stock indicators slid more than 1.5 percent, cutting nearly 130 points off the Dow Jones industrial average, after continuing claims for...

Suspect pleads guilty to supporting al-Qaida, 1st Ld-Writethru, MN

May 20, 2009 2:44 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A terror suspect who has spent 5½ years in solitary confinement while awaiting trial is relieved now that his case appears to be approaching an end, his attorney said Thursday.Mohammed Abdullah Warsame, 35, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of conspiring to provide...

Effort to drop contribution limits raises concerns, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TN

May 20, 2009 2:44 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal described by the House sponsor as a "radical departure" from Tennessee's current campaign finance laws is raising concerns from members of both parties in the Tennessee General Assembly.Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga said Thursday that his...

SC gov sues over $700M in stimulus money, 8th Ld-Writethru, SC

May 20, 2009 2:39 pm | by JIM DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said he wasted no time filing a federal lawsuit to trump legislators Wednesday after they overrode a veto and required him to seek $700 million in federal stimulus cash.He said the vote to force him to seek the cash was unconstitutional and...

HL:GrowthWorks signs deal to acquire Mavrix Fund Management for $2.2 million@

May 20, 2009 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — GrowthWorks Ltd. said Wednesday that it has signed a deal to buy Mavrix Fund Management Inc. (TSX:MVX) in a deal worth about $2.2 million.Under the deal, GrowthWorks will pay 25 cents per share for the money manager. Mavrix shares last traded for 23 cents on the Toronto Stock...

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