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Q: Which state has best geography whiz? A: Texas, 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 11:25 am | by BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top geography whiz breezed through questions about mountain ranges, rivers and world capitals Wednesday, but he was stumped when National Geographic Bee host Alex Trebek asked him to name one of his weaknesses."Um ..." said Eric Yang, 13, pausing. The Texas teen had...

California city wins in dry-cleaner pollution case, APFN

May 20, 2009 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Superior Court jury says two chemical companies must pay Modesto $18.3 million to remove dry-cleaning chemicals from the soil and groundwater.After 11 years of litigation and a 114-day trial, jurors in San Francisco County Superior Court decided Monday that Dow Chemical of...

SolarWinds shares climb during first trading day

May 20, 2009 11:25 am | by RACHEL METZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of SolarWinds Inc. climbed Wednesday during the network management software maker's first day of trading, marking the latest flicker of life in an IPO market that has barely registered a pulse this year.SolarWinds shares rose $2.19, or 17.5 percent, to $14.69 in afternoon...

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Activity Alert: Bears Bet on a Pullback for General Electric Company Business Editors

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Put volume surged Tuesday on General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). During the course of the session, traders on the International Securities Exchange (ISE) bought to open 35,427 put options on GE, compared to just 5,145 calls. In other words, bearish...

Grassley Bill To Reign In Government Charge Card Abuse Clears Committee

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr GRASSLEY-BILL skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009CHARLES GRASSLEYSENATORSENATEGRASSLEY BILL TO REIGN IN GOVERNMENT CHARGE CARD ABUSECLEARS COMMITTEECQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext...

California city wins in dry-cleaner pollution case

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Superior Court jury says two chemical companies must pay Modesto $18.3 million to remove dry-cleaning chemicals from the soil and groundwater.After 11 years of litigation and a 114-day trial, jurors in San Francisco County Superior Court decided Monday that Dow Chemical of...

Statement Of Congressman Kevin Brady On Oil Prices And The Economy

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr BRADY-OIL-PRICES skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009KEVIN BRADYREPRESENTATIVEHOUSESTATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY ON OIL PRICES AND THEECONOMYCQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext...

State treasurer says Maine bond ratings stable, APFN

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Treasurer David Lemoine says state officials have been informed that two Wall Street rating agencies are reaffirming Maine's bond rating.The reviews by Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service come in advance of the planned issuance of $141 million in general...

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UN Security Council declares Liberia "calm'', AF

May 20, 2009 11:19 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The U.N. Security Council said Wednesday it will re-evaluate the need for the 10,000-strong peacekeeping force in this nation emerging from a disastrous civil war.Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the 15-nation council, said the U.N. body found Liberia to be "calm" and...

Gold prices climb as dollar hits fresh lows, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 11:19 am | by SARA LEPRO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Gold prices climbed Wednesday, benefiting from more weakness in the dollar. Other commodities, including oil and grains, also rose.Gold prices gained ground as the dollar sank to a fresh low against the pound for the year and to its lowest level against the euro since...

Feingold, Sanders, Whitehouse Oversight Effort Could Result In $50 Million Saved

May 20, 2009 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr FEINGOLD-$50M-SAVED skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009RUSS FEINGOLDSENATORSENATEFEINGOLD, SANDERS, WHITEHOUSE OVERSIGHT EFFORT COULD RESULTIN $50 MILLION SAVEDCQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext...

After Legislative Victory, Inhofe Looks To Make Provision Permanent

May 20, 2009 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr INHOFE-VICTORY skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009JIM INHOFESENATORSENATEAFTER LEGISLATIVE VICTORY, INHOFE LOOKS TO MAKE PROVISIONPERMANENTCQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext...

Fannie Mae names new family mortgage business head, 1st Ld-Writethru

May 20, 2009 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fannie Mae on Wednesday named Karen Pallotta, a 19-year veteran of the government-backed mortgage guarantor, to head its single-family mortgage business, beginning June 1.Pallotta, 45, succeeds Thomas A. Lund, executive vice president, who is retiring June 30.She most recently...

Metaldyne closing Middleville plant, 110 lose jobs, MI

May 20, 2009 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Auto-parts supplier Metaldyne Corp. plans to close its plant in Middleville, putting 110 people out of work.Metaldyne spokeswoman Marge Sorge said Wednesday the plant will close by Aug. 31. Eighty-seven hourly and 23 salaried employees will lose their jobs.The plant makes...

Health Care Reform, Fraud Enforcement Legislation Bill Signing

May 20, 2009 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr GRASSLEY-HEALTH-CARE skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009CHARLES GRASSLEYSENATORSENATEHEALTH CARE REFORM, FRAUD ENFORCEMENT LEGISLATION BILLSIGNINGCQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext...

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