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Tokyo stocks edge up on GDP data, resource shares rise on oil price+

May 19, 2009 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: TO BE LED)Tokyo stocks rose Wednesday morning after a record contraction in Japanese gross domestic product fell within expectations while rising crude oil prices lifted resource-related shares.The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended morning trading up 40.17 points,...

Kentucky Editorial Roundup, KY

May 19, 2009 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Excerpts from recent editorials from across Kentucky:The Kentucky Enquirer, Fort Mitchell; May 20Consumers can applaud the recently passed credit card reform bill, but as with any credit contract, they should read the fine print.The reforms will restrict many abusive, or at least irresponsible...

House votes to overhaul probate court system, CT

May 19, 2009 6:14 pm | by SUSAN HAIGH - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to overhaul the state's 300-year-old probate court system by slashing the number of courts, imposing regular schedules and requiring future judges to be attorneys.Supporters of the bill said they had no choice but to revamp the local...

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Former head of pension agency takes the Fifth, 3nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 6:09 pm | by DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former director of the government's pension agency invoked the Fifth Amendment on Wednesday when senators probed allegations that he had improper contacts with Wall Street firms while running the operation, which insures the pensions of one in seven Americans.Charles E.F....

Lanzamiento de Ron Brugal Extra Viejo

May 19, 2009 6:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIRAMAR, Fla.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — 20 de mayo de 2009-- Por primera vez, el excepcionalmente suave Ron Brugal Extra Viejo esta disponible en EE.UU. El lanzamiento consta de una coleccion mundial de ron de la familia Brugal, justo para el Dia del Padre e ideal para regalar a aquellos padres de gustos...

Voters across Indiana turn down school projects, IN

May 19, 2009 6:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Voters in three counties rejected millions of dollars in school projects in special elections in central and northern Indiana.In the Mooresville school district south of Indianapolis on Tuesday, voters rejected a proposed $50 million middle school 2,689 to 1,674 and a $45...

King Kong to return to Universal Studios in 2010, APFN

May 19, 2009 6:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — King Kong will be back, furry arms swinging, at Universal Studios Hollywood.The studio says in a release Tuesday that a new 3-D attraction featuring the great ape will open in summer 2010 as part of its famed tour.The tour's towering robotic King Kong was destroyed last June when...

2ND LD: Japan economy suffers worst slump in January-March qtr+

May 19, 2009 5:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS, 3RD LEAD TO FOLLOW)Japan's economy suffered a record contraction in the first three months of 2009, struck by weakness in both external and domestic demand amid the economic crisis, the government said Wednesday.The Japanese economy, as measured by...

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Mayor calls governor a liar, NV

May 19, 2009 5:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said Tuesday that Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons was lying when he said he'd support a gas tax increase if approved by the voters.Cashell is angry that Gibbons has said he'll veto the legislation authorizing the Washoe County Commission to increase the motor...

In Idaho, stress map outlines recession, ID

May 19, 2009 5:48 pm | by JESSIE L. BONNER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Crissy Gipe is a young mother trying to hold her family together through the recession in Council, a former timber town that has become a skeleton of itself.With the bills piling up, the utility shut-off notices arriving, her husband laid off since November and her own work...

2ND LD: New patient confirmed in Shiga Pref., H1N1 flu cases at 196 in Japan+

May 19, 2009 5:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSAKA, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO IN 2ND, 3RD GRAFS)A new patient infected with the new H1N1 influenza strain was confirmed in Shiga Prefecture on Wednesday in the first case detected outside Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, bringing the total number of people infected in Japan to 196.The...

Enid lawmaker won't keep pushing stem cell bill, OK

May 19, 2009 5:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Enid lawmaker says he won't continue his attempt to push a proposal that would provide funding for adult stem cell research.Republican Rep. John Enns says he made his decision after the state Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust voted earlier this week to provide $5.5 million...

Murder charge tossed against Del. shooting suspect, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 5:32 pm | by RANDALL CHASE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The murder case against a man charged in a shooting two years ago at Delaware State University that left one student dead and another injured will be dismissed because prosecutors withheld key evidence, a judge ruled Tuesday.Loyer Braden, 20, of East Orange, N.J., had been...

Colo. gov vetoes bill changing workers lockout law, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 5:27 pm | by P. SOLOMON BANDA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has vetoed a bill that would have given unemployment benefits to workers locked out during labor disputes, citing ongoing talks between union representatives and grocery store chains.A labor contract between the grocery store chains — King Soopers, City...

Metal Storm Launches New MAUL(TM) Weapon

May 19, 2009 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.metalstorm.com () —Metal Storm Limited (ASX: MST) (PINKSHEETS: MTSXY).Metal Storm Incorporated (MSI) has announced today that it is launching its latest lightweight weapon system, the GLH1851 Multi-shot Accessory Under-barrel Launcher (MAUL(TM)), at the International Infantry and Joint...

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