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Salesforce.com 1Q profit nearly doubles, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sales management software maker Salesforce.com said Thursday its first-quarter profit nearly doubled as sales grew 23 percent, but it again lowered its revenue guidance for the full year, sending shares tumbling in late trading.The company said it earned $18.4 million, or 15...

Daily Summary May 21, 2009. MIDWEST CATTLE Direct Trade: In the direct slaughter cattle trade in the Five Major Marketing Areas,, WI

May 21, 2009 5:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas/Oklahoma; Kansas; Nebraska; Colorado; Iowa/Minnesota; Trading occurred inthe Southern Plains mid afternoon Thursday, live sales sold steady compared tolast week. Dressed sales in Nebraska and Iowa/Minnesota sold steady at 136.00-137.00. Dressed sales in Colorado sold steady at 136.00.Steers:...

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Baseball pitches diplomats, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 5:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITOR'S NOTE — An occasional look at how behind-the-scenes influence is exercised in Washington.By FREDERIC J. FROMMERAssociated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Not many fans get to go on the field for batting practice the first time they attend a baseball game. Nor do they get to schmooze with...

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Small business disaster loan deadline approaches, MN

May 21, 2009 5:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadline is approaching for residents in two Minnesota counties to apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.The deadline for small business owners and nonprofit organizations in Washington and Chisago counties to apply for loans is June 15.They are...

Lambert lovers mourn, but does 'Idol' loss matter?, US

May 21, 2009 5:09 pm | by JOCELYN NOVECK - AP National Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Lambert fans, take heart: At least your guy doesn't have to sing the hokey "No Boundaries," this year's much mocked "American Idol" ballad, ever, ever again.That dubious honor will go to winner Kris Allen.But there are other reasons Lambert lovers can dry their tears. Given the...

Probation ordered in Michigan false passports case, 1st Ld-Writethru, MI

May 21, 2009 5:09 pm | by ED WHITE - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An ex-convict was in a bar when he got an offer: Would he sell his identity for $1,000?Clifford Tillman agreed, and his birth certificate was used to get a U.S. passport for a Zimbabwe native in the Grand Rapids area. This willful deal seems like a different twist on...

Mayors urge Pawlenty to go easy on local aid cuts, MN

May 21, 2009 5:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mayors and their supporters are urging Gov. Tim Pawlenty to spare cities from the deepest cuts when he reduces the state budget.St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says cities can't take the level of cuts Pawlenty proposed earlier in the year.He says cities have slimmed their...

Nebraska nabs $1.8M of settlement with drug maker, NE

May 21, 2009 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska has gotten a cut of a $1.4 billion settlement to resolve allegations that a pharmaceutical manufacturer used deceptive marketing practices.A news release from the office of Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday that Eli Lilly paid nearly $1.8 million to...

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Porn star: panel to explore possible senate run, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 21, 2009 5:08 pm | by KEVIN McGILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Porn star Stormy Daniels said Thursday she has formed a committee to explore a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican David Vitter and will begin raising money for a potential 2010 campaign.Daniels, in an e-mail news release, said she will soon visit western and...

Star Gas Partners Amends Amended and Restated Unit Purchase Rights Agreement Business Editors

May 21, 2009 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STAMFORD, Conn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Star Gas Partners, L.P., (the "Partnership") (NYSE:SGU), a home energy distributor and services provider specializing in heating oil, today announced that it has amended its Amended and Restated Unit Purchase Rights Agreement, dated as of July 20,...

New bill seeks to put wine in NY supermarkets, 1st Ld-Writethru, NY

May 21, 2009 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new proposal to sell wine in New York supermarkets is surfacing in Albany after liquor store interests helped kill an earlier bill.But Democratic Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (mor-EL-ee) of Monroe County is proposing additional elements to the bill that would address...

Autodesk posts 1Q loss, plans job cuts

May 21, 2009 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Design and engineering software maker Autodesk Inc. posted a net loss for its fiscal first quarter Thursday, hurt by a sharp revenue drop, goodwill impairment and restructuring charges.The company also said it plans to cut about 430 jobs and close some facilities.For the...

Mass. Senate budget bans texting while driving, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved an amendment banning all Internet use while driving as part of its version of the state's upcoming budget.Drivers would be banned from sending text messages, e-mailing or reading the Internet while behind the wheel under the terms of the budget...

Treasury budget hikes aimed at tax collection, US

May 21, 2009 5:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the majority of additional money he is seeking for his department will be devoted to improve tax collection efforts.The Treasury's $13.4 billion budget request for fiscal 2010 represents a 5 percent increase over current spending. Geithner...

Zumiez predicts 2nd-quarter loss, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Sports apparel and equipment retailer Zumiez Inc. on Thursday forecast a second-quarter loss greater than analysts predicted.The company said it expects a loss of 17 cents to 14 cents per share in the second quarter on a same-store sales decline in the low-to-mid 20 percent...

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