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Rodeo announcer killed in McCurtain Co. crash, OK

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VALLIANT, Okla. (AP) — A well-known rodeo announcer has been killed after a pickup truck crashed into him while he was riding a lawnmower in McCurtain County.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Mark Lynn McGee died at the scene of the crash at 6:05 p.m. Thursday about three miles north of...

Local Calif. gov't cuts put basic services at risk, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by SAMANTHA YOUNG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until now, the state's budget problems have been an abstraction to most Californians. That won't be the case much longer.Cities and counties that already have cut services, police and firefighters in a deepening recession could be in store for more cost-cutting in the months...

Paste magazine raises $166K in reader donations, US

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A week after asking readers for donations to keep afloat, music magazine Paste has raised more than half the needed cash.Editor-in-chief Josh Jackson said Thursday the suburban Atlanta-based monthly has raised $166,000 in donations. The magazine focusing on music, film and...

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Investors must go after insurer to collect $10M, 1st Ld-Writethru, NE

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by JOSH FUNK - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A settlement between more than 200 investors and a former employer of one of their two ex-brokers facing fraud charges won't give investors $10.3 million, as it initially appeared.Instead, VSR Financial Services Inc. agreed to let former clients of Rebecca Engle and Brian...

Green Plains to buy 2 VeraSun plants for $123.5M

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by DIRK LAMMERS - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. said Thursday that it's buying two Nebraska ethanol plants that were acquired by a lender during VeraSun Energy Corp.'s bankruptcy auction.Omaha, Neb.-based Green Plains said it has signed purchase agreements to buy the Ord and Central...

List of top 15 cable shows in Nielsen ratings, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 11-17. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:1. NBA Playoffs: Orlando vs. Boston (Sunday, 8:07 p.m.), TNT, 5.89 million homes, 8.38 million viewers.2. NBA Playoffs: L.A. Lakers vs....

Nebraska bakery launching its own name brand, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska-based bakery that supplies coffee cakes, rolls and muffins to grocers nationwide will begin selling goods under its own label next month.Currently, most of the more than 200 million pastries the James Skinner Baking Co. makes each year are sold as store brands.Company...

LEAD: China, U.S. among Japan's concerns over hurdles for fair trade+

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO IN 8TH TO LAST GRAFS)China's planned compulsory certification of information technology security products and the controversial "Buy American" provision of the United States are among the inconsistencies with global trade rules that must be solved,...

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Walesa: no global crisis, only faulty banking, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa said Thursday that he does not believe the world is living through a major economic crisis. Instead, the former Polish president sees problems in the global banking sector that require structural reform.Walesa, who in the 1980s led the...

Ross Stores 1Q profit rises 15 percent, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — Discount retail chain Ross Stores Inc. said Thursday its first-quarter profit rose 15 percent as consumers were attracted to its bargain prices amid the recession. The company raised its full-year profit forecast and its shares jumped in morning trading.The Pleasanton,...

AIB Group (UK) appoints new Managing Director

May 21, 2009 6:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Board of AIB Group (UK) ("AIB") NYSE: AIB has today announced the appointment of Mr Nick Treble, currently Group Chief Risk Officer, at AIB Group to the position of Managing Director AIB Bank (GB & NI).-Ends-For further information, please contact: Ronan Sheridan Group Press Officer AIB Group...

HL:New federal credit card rules give clearer info, minimum 21-day grace period@

May 21, 2009 6:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The countless Canadian consumers willing to pay the often hefty price of relying on a credit card are getting a break from federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty — although some critics aren't convinced that it's much of a reprieve at all.Flaherty unveiled new rules Thursday that will cost...

HL:Stuart Olson to build Central Utilities plant at Edmonton International Airport@

May 21, 2009 6:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDMONTON — The Churchill Corporation (TSX:CUQ) says its Stuart Olson Constructors Inc. unit has been chosen as lead the construction of the Central Utilities Plant project as part of the current Edmonton International Airport expansion.The project is part of a $1 billion construction plan between...

SC gov. sues state attorney general on stimulus, 1st Ld-Writethru, SC

May 21, 2009 6:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Details are emerging in South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's lawsuit over federal stimulus money.The lawsuit posted Thursday on the federal court's Internet site names Attorney General Henry McMaster as the defendant, as the chief enforcer of South Carolina laws. The suit says...

Planned Parenthood and SD at odds over script, SD

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

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Planned Parenthood attorneys have asked for a federal court injunction to stop the state of South Dakota from imposing sanctions over the requirements in a 2005 law that makes doctors tell women seeking abortions that the procedure ends a human life.Planned Parenthood,...

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