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HL:Harper, Netanyahu talk peace@

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke with Benjamin Netanyahu today about the Israeli leader's visit to Washington and the prospects for Middle East peace negotiations.A Harper spokesman said Canada will continue to encourage a two-state solution with all the parties involved in the peace...

Ohioans camp out for free chicken dinners, OH

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — People started lining up about dawn in suburban Cincinnati for a restaurant's offer of free chicken for a year.A Chick-fil-A franchise opening Thursday in Deerfield Township offered coupons for one free chicken dinner per week for a year to the first 100 adults in line.The line...

Coked Up Air

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by Ciaran Giles, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Air pollution has long been a fact of life in Spanish cities, but scientists now say it is not just smog that chokes people as they walk to work or stroll through the park. A new study has found the air in Madrid and Barcelona is also laced with at least five drugs — most prominently cocaine

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Delisting of Securities of Littlefield Corporation From NASDAQ OMX BX

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIREAssociated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON, May 20, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NASDAQ OMX BX announced today that it will file a Form 25 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to delist the common stock of Littlefield Corporation. The delisting will become effective ten days after the Form 25 is filed. NASDAQ OMX BX is taking this...

11 farmers' markets in Kan. now accept food stamps, APFN

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WHITING, Kan. (AP) — Vendors at 11 farmers' markets in Kansas are accepting food stamps, up from two last year.Eleven Kansas farmers' markets now take Vision Cards, the Electronic Benefits Transfer method for the Food Assistance Program in Kansas.Mercedes Taylor-Puckett, farmers market project...

Mexico economy shrinks 8.2 percent in 1Q, 6th Ld-Writethru, LT

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by THERESA BRADLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's economy shrank 8.2 percent in the first quarter, even before accounting for the impact of the swine flu, and appears headed for its biggest yearly contraction since the Tequila Crisis stalled growth in 1995.The decline was led by a 13.8 percent plunge in manufacturing...

What passed, what didn't in the Minn. Legislature, MN

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature adjourned on Monday, but the budgeting continues. More reductions are on tap as Gov. Tim Pawlenty prepares to balance the budget using emergency authority to fix a deficit. It's called unallotment.Here is a look at the major issues of the session.___

BW)(CA-EASTBOURNE-CAPITAL)(AMLN.NASDAQ) Fourth Independent Proxy Advisory Firm Recommends Change to Board of Directors at Amylin Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceutical Writers/Business E...

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Eastbourne Capital Management, L.L.C. today announced that independent proxy voting advisory firm Egan Jones Proxy Services has recommended that shareholders of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMLN) vote on Eastbourne's WHITE proxy card...

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Va. cuts 19 rest areas, reduces staff and mowing, APFN

May 20, 2009 12:25 pm | by BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Roadside grass will grow higher, 19 Interstate highway rest stops will close and highway workers will lose jobs as Virginia's road money dries up.Transportation Commissioner David Ekern outlined recommendations for funding cuts that are being presented Wednesday and Thursday to...

Declares Dividend Business Editors/Health/Fitness Writers

May 20, 2009 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COPPELL, Texas-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Mannatech, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX), a leading developer and provider of proprietary dietary supplements, weight management products and skin care solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on...

Bills, Fed Rules on Credit Cards, US

May 20, 2009 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A look at legislation with sweeping new rules for the credit card industry that Congress sent to the president on Wednesday, as well as pending Federal Reserve regulations.THE CREDIT CARDHOLDERS' BILL OF RIGHTS ACT:Takes effect nine months after enactment, except for requirement of notice before...

Rates DASNY School Revs $342MM Series 2009B & C 'A'; $18MM Series 2009D & E 'A+'; Outlook Stable Business Editors

May 20, 2009 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Fitch Ratings assigns the following ratings to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York's (DASNY) school district revenue bond financing program revenue bonds series 2009B through E, scheduled to be sold through negotiation the week of June 1,...

Carbon dioxide emissions drop in 2008, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 12:18 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is a positive note to the country's economic woes and last summer's $4-per-gallon gasoline: The nation in 2008 had a record decline in the amount of climate-changing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.The government reported Wednesday that energy-related carbon...

King County assessor pleads guilty, will resign, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 20, 2009 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — King County Assessor Scott Noble pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular assault for a wrong-way drunken driving crash on Interstate 5, and gave notice that he will resign before being sentenced.In exchange for the plea in King County Superior Court, lawyers from the state attorney...

Officials report swine flu-related death in Utah, 4th Ld-Writethru, UT

May 20, 2009 12:18 pm | by MIKE STARK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Health officials on Wednesday reported the first death associated with swine flu in Utah.Dr. David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, said a 21-year-old man died Wednesday at a Salt Lake City hospital. He said the man was overweight and had chronic...

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