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Voters opt for new government in Cayman Islands, CB

May 21, 2009 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Voters ousted the Cayman Islands sitting government, choosing an opposition party to lead the British territory through volatile economic times, according to official parliamentary election results released Thursday.McKeeva Bush's United Democratic Party won nine...

Mich. budget woes threaten horse racing schedule, 1st Ld-Writethru, MI

May 21, 2009 6:30 pm | by TIM MARTIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's horse tracks face large cuts in their live racing schedules this summer because of the state's budget problems.The Office of the Racing Commissioner announced layoffs Thursday as the result of an executive order issued by Gov. Jennifer Granholm and approved by state...

56 have been in NYC hospitals with swine flu, 4th Ld-Writethru, NY

May 21, 2009 6:30 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 50 people have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of swine flu in the city since the outbreak began, a Health Department spokeswoman said Thursday as the city planned to scrub down part of the massive Rikers Island jail complex because of the flu.Health Department...

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Japan should enhance effort to rely less on oil imports: gov't report+

May 21, 2009 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — Japan should step up its efforts to make the economy less dependent on imported oil, the government's annual report on energy resources said Friday, stressing the need for greater use of nuclear power and the development of new resources as well as energy-saving...

HL:Enerchem International names Kim Hubick as new chief financial officer@

May 21, 2009 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Enerchem International Inc. (TSX:ECH) named Kim Hubick as the company's new chief financial officer effective May 25.The company said Hubick has spent his career in various senior positions with both public and private companies.Enerchem is a producer and distributor of hydrocarbon...

White House says 'don't ask' policy under review, US

May 21, 2009 6:24 pm | by PHILIP ELLIOTT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House insisted Thursday that officials are working to overturn a policy that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, pushing back against Pentagon assessments that such efforts were low priorities and Democratic activists' complaint of slow...

Brazil: $435 million to aid flood victims, LT

May 21, 2009 6:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government says it is releasing $435 million to aid the victims of floods that have displaced nearly 380,000 people and killed 44 in the country's north and northeast.Vice President Jose Alencar signed a measure Thursday releasing the funds to civil defense departments of...

La. income forecast shrinks by another $30M, 2nd Ld-Writethru, LA

May 21, 2009 6:24 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's income estimates for next year's budget grew a bit grimmer Thursday after the state's revenue forecasting panel dropped the projections another $30 million.The revision, by the Revenue Estimating Conference, for the new fiscal year starting July 1 was a slight...

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House approves $7.2 billion state budget, 1st Ld-Writethru, OK

May 21, 2009 6:23 pm | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House approved final passage Thursday of a $7.2 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, paving the way for a planned adjournment of the Legislature's 2009 regular session on Friday.The House's bipartisan 92-7 vote followed almost three hours of...

Cities, counties receiving water stimulus funds, CA

May 21, 2009 6:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cities and agencies poised to sign contracts for water project stimulus money (Information on specific projects for most counties not immediately available):1. Eastern Municipal Water District, Riverside $38.4 million2. Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Riverside $36.5 million3. City of Millbrae, San...

/ CORRECTION - New Senior Housing Scheduled for Anchorage

May 21, 2009 6:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.ahfc.state.ak.us/ () —In the news release, "New Senior Housing Scheduled for Anchorage," issued earlier today by Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, we are advised by the company that the last sentence of the first paragraph should read "The AHFC board Tuesday approved loans totaling...

Money fund assets rose to $3.79T in latest week

May 21, 2009 6:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Total money market mutual fund assets rose by $2.33 billion to $3.79 trillion for the week, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $13.47 billion in the latest week to $1.276 trillion.Assets of taxable money...

Cliburn piano contest kicks off in Fort Worth, TX

May 21, 2009 6:22 pm | by ANGELA K. BROWN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Rock 'n' roll had its British invasion, and now classical music seems to be enjoying an Asian invasion.At the prestigious 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, nearly half of the 29 competitors are from Asian countries — six from China, four from Korea and three...

Names of 2 Conn. soldiers added to memorial wall, CT

May 21, 2009 6:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The names of two Connecticut soldiers who died in Iraq have been added to a memorial honoring military members killed in action in the Middle East.Marine Cpl. Christian Cotner of Waterbury and Army First Lt. Thomas J. Brown of Shelton were added to the state Capitol's Wall of...

HL:Saskatchewan radiologist under review shares concern about patients@

May 21, 2009 6:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YORKTON, Sask. — The Saskatchewan radiologist whose work has sparked a review of 70,000 exams says he shares the worry over his patients' health.In an email statement sent Thursday by his wife, Dr. Darius Tsatsi said his "main concern is patient safety." He said he is co-operating fully with the...

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