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Beazer to refund millions to NC borrowers

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by MARTHA WAGGONER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Beazer Mortgage Corp., which ceased operations more than a year ago, will refund $2.5 million to more than a thousand borrowers in North Carolina as part of a settlement over claims the Atlanta-based company violated state lending laws, state banking and company officials said...

Aqua America upgraded to 'Buy' on strong 1Q profit, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Aqua America Inc.'s strong first-quarter results and recent share price drop prompted an analyst to upgrade the water and sewage utility Tuesday.Janney Montgomery Scott's Debra Coy upgraded the stock to "Buy" from "Neutral," saying in a client note that encouraging first-quarter...

Pa. starts rebate program for home solar systems, PA

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Home or small-business owners who go solar can get more than a third of their money back under a new Pennsylvania rebate program.Gov. Ed Rendell says he expects the $100 million approved for the Sunshine rebate program to be claimed fairly quickly. Rendell held a news conference...

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Earnings Preview: Hormel Foods to report 2Q, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by EMILY FREDRIX - AP Food Industry Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hormel Foods Corp. reports results for its fiscal second quarter on Thursday before the market opens. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period.OVERVIEW: Hormel, the maker of Spam, chili and Jennie-O Turkey products, is coming off a...

Fla. gov signs bill giving energy-saving rebates, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by HILARY LEHMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Florida will begin offering rebates on energy-efficient appliances in an environmentally friendly attempt to boost sales.Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday signed a bill, which gives rebates on energy-efficient appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers and freezers....

Mo. county official defends spending wards' money, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 19, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former Jasper County public administrator whose handling of the office is under investigation by two state agencies says she spent money from the accounts of county wards so those clients would remain eligible for certain benefits and public assistance.But at a status...

Commissioners expected to try veto override, IL

May 19, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County residents will know soon if a controversial 1 percentage point increase in the local sales tax stays or goes.County commissioners are expected at Tuesday's meeting to try to override board president Todd Stroger's veto of a tax repeal measure.Earlier this month,...

Raytheon gets $259.9 million Phalanx contract, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said on Tuesday that the U.S. Navy has awarded it a $259.9 million contract to overhaul and upgrade 57 Phalanx weapon systems along with equipment, spares, and technical support.The agreement is for 40 sea-based Phalanx systems and 17 Centurion...

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HL:Business staffing plans for Tuesday, May 19@

May 19, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUSINESS EDITORS:@ Here are CP Business staffing plans as of 4 p.m. ET. Plans may change as circumstances warrant.Queries should be addressed to David Paddon or Craig Wong on the business desk at 416-507-2138. To contact CP Business by email, send messages to...

Tiomin Reminds Shareholders to Vote Their Blue Proxy

May 19, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tiomin Resources Inc. ("Tiomin" or the "Company")(TSX: TIO) reminded shareholders today to vote their BLUE form of proxy in advance of the Company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 26, 2009.On the agenda for the meeting is the re-election of the current slate of directors as well...

Tennessee Editorial Roundup, TN

May 19, 2009 6:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The following is a roundup of recent editorials from Tennessee members of The Associated Press. In some cases, the editorials have been edited for length. They do not reflect an editorial position of the AP but represent the opinions of the newspapers from which they are taken.Bristol...

UK Commons speaker steps down over expense scandal, 5th Ld-Writethru, EU

May 19, 2009 6:50 am | by JENNIFER QUINN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The powerful speaker of the British House of Commons resigned Tuesday because of a backlash over excessive expense claims by lawmakers, marking the first time in three centuries a speaker has been forced out.Though Michael Martin has not been caught up in recent revelations about...

Montgomery Co. halfway house praised as model, DC

May 19, 2009 6:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A new report says a Montgomery County halfway house could serve as a national model for other prisoner re-entry programs.A study being released Tuesday by the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, says the county's Pre-Release Center forces inmates to find employment...

Magic-Celtics Game 7 sets cable viewership record, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Game 7 of the Magic-Celtics series is the most-viewed NBA second-round playoff game ever on cable.TNT says Orlando's 101-82 win Sunday was watched by 8.41 million viewers. The previous record was 7.65 million for Game 6 of Spurs-Lakers in 2004.___TNT is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

5TH LD: Japan new flu infections near 200, onboard checks to be phased out+

May 19, 2009 6:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 19 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING FIGURE IN 3RD GRAF)The government plans to phase out onboard quarantine inspections at airports to detect infections of the new strain of influenza to focus on measures to prevent the domestic spread of the new flu as the number of cases in Japan approached...

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