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Alaska's unemployment rate drops to 8 pct in April, APFN

May 22, 2009 7:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State labor officials say Alaska's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 8 percent for April.The Alaska Department of Labor says that's a drop of four-tenths of a percentage point. The March rate was revised down 0.1 percent to 8.4 percent.Regular claims for...

Sound Energy Urges Everyone to Contact 811 to "Call Before You Dig" to Schedule a Free Utility Locator and Marking Service Business Editors/Energy Writers

May 22, 2009 7:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BELLEVUE, Wash.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- With Memorial Day weekend marking the start of many outdoor home improvement projects, Puget Sound Energy urges everyone to contact the 811 "Call Before You Dig" hotline to schedule a free utility locator service before beginning any work that...

Steel Dynamics shares climb, APFN

May 22, 2009 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Shares of Steel Dynamics Inc. rose Friday as an analyst pointed to higher orders for the company's steel, a trend that could help lift quarterly earnings.But steel companies are still operating at their lowest rates in years as the global economic downturn pinches demand for the...

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Space Urine

May 22, 2009 6:59 am | News | Comments

NASA's Mission Control gave the Expedition 19 astronaut crew aboard the International Space Station a "go" to drink water that the station's new recycling system has purified.

Solar-power plant planned west of Phoenix, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 22, 2009 6:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona power provider is teaming up with two companies to build a solar-power plant west of Phoenix that could help it surpass a state-imposed alternative-energy requirement.The $1.5 billion plant, in combination with other Arizona Public Service Co. projects, would give the...

Bristol-Myers Squibb Welcomes "Help is Here Express" to New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Writers/Business Editors

May 22, 2009 6:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- With New Jersey's unemployment rate hovering around 8.3 percent, thousands of residents are facing the loss of health insurance. Many, however, may be eligible for patient assistance programs that help people without prescription drug coverage...

Higher ed funding increases 3 percent, OK

May 22, 2009 6:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chancellor Glen Johnson is praising lawmakers for supporting higher education this legislative session.He says higher ed got a 3 percent increase in state appropriations for the 2010 fiscal year starting July 1.Johnson said the system got an additional $25.5 million in...

Oklahoma measure to protect water rights passed, APFN

May 22, 2009 6:59 am | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill designed to protect Oklahoma water rights during the consideration of any proposed sale of water to out-of-state interests.Paul Sund, spokesman for Gov. Brad Henry, said the governor "supports the legislation and will...

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Merkin quits post at NYC synagogue, NY

May 22, 2009 6:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Ezra Merkin, the financier who invested billions of dollars of his clients' money with Bernard Madoff, has resigned as an officer of a wealthy New York City synagogue.Merkin declined the Fifth Avenue Synagogue's nomination to become chairman of its board of trustees on Wednesday....

Germany marks federal republic's 60th birthday, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 22, 2009 6:58 am | by MELISSA EDDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Friday marked the 60th birthday of its post-World War II federal republic, under which the country has become a stable and respected democracy with global political and economic clout.President Horst Koehler opened two-day celebrations of the May 23, 1949, proclamation of...

HL:GM and CAW assemble cost-cutting deal preserving base pay and pensions@

May 22, 2009 6:58 am | by Kristine Owram@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Canadian Auto Workers and General Motors have agreed to slash labour costs by more than $8,000 per worker — an important step towards protecting the company's Canadian operations under a new restructuring plan to be released at the end of the month.The deal announced Friday freezes...

A sip of the past as classic cocktails come back, US

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by CARYN BROOKSAssociated Press | News | Comments

On the American cocktail scene, newer, faster and cheaper is giving way to older, slower and it's worth it.Pre-Prohibition era cocktails — sort of the barkeep's equivalent of the horse and buggy — have begun elbowing their way onto big city bar scenes and into numerous cookbooks and...

Defense chief praises soldier in pink boxers, US

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American soldiers have more than their military might and training on their side in the war in Afghanistan. Some have pink underwear.Gates told an audience in New York about Specialist Zachary Boyd, routed from sleep by enemy fire on his post in...

Administrative Services Signs Contract to Export Administration Expertise to China Business Editors

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009--Noridian Administrative Services (NAS), Fargo, has signed a contract with the Chinese municipality of Xinxiang to serve as a third-party administrator for a groundbreaking new government social medical insurance program in China. The contract is the...

Analyst: New Sands casino helps Bally's expansion, APFN

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The use of Bally Technologies Inc.'s games at Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s new Pennsylvania casino helps expand the slot machine maker's market presence, an analyst said Friday.The $743 million Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened Friday and is Bally's 25th casino with more than 3,000...

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