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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...

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...

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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...

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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...

Lack of passengers may mean less funding for Pease, NH

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

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Pease International Airport stands to lose $850,000 because the number of people boarding flights has dropped.The airport has been eligible for $1 million a year from the Federal Aviation Administration since 1992, but doesn't expect to meet the required...

Guilty plea in $25 million currency fraud, GA

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

ATLANTA (AP) — The former operator of a foreign exchange trading firm called CRE Capital has pleaded guilty in a $25 million fraud scheme.Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old James G. Ossie of Atlanta cheated more than 120 investors who were promised return of initial deposits plus 10 percent...

HL:Top stories and photo for Thursday, May 21, 2009@

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

TOP PHOTO: @FERGUS, Ont., @NSD101, (Horizontal) Terri-Lynne McClintic lies in the back of a police vehicle as it leaves a search location where police were investigating the disappearance of eight year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford.TOP STORIES:@NEW CREDIT CARD RULES GIVE CLEARER INFO, MINIMUM 21-DAY...

Contractors say Blackwater supplied forbidden guns, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 5:02 pm | by MIKE BAKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The security firm formerly known as Blackwater armed some of its workers in Afghanistan despite U.S. military documents that prohibited them from carrying guns, said two former contractors who were fired after they were involved in a fatal shooting in the country.Justin Cannon...

HL:Feds, Alberta and Calgary join forces to cover $30 million cost of sports hall@

May 21, 2009 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — The federal and Alberta governments and the City of Calgary are joining forces to help pay for construction of the new Canada Sports Hall of Fame, which will cost about $30 million to build.The Canadian government will contribute up to $15 million, Alberta up to $10 million and Calgary...

NCS Building in talks with private equity firm

May 21, 2009 5:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — NCI Building Systems Inc. said Thursday it is in "advanced stages of negotiations" with a private equity firm to make a "substantial investment" in the company, and obtained waivers from some of its lenders needed to make the deal happen.The company, which makes nonresidential...

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