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Strapped states cut smoking-prevention funds, US

May 26, 2009 1:37 pm | by JOHN CURRAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — After 30 years smoking Marlboros, 53-year-old hospital maintenance man Dave Hanna was ready to quit.Thanks to the Vermont Quit Network, he didn't have to do it alone: Hanna got one-on-one counseling, nicotine therapy patches and support materials from a state-funded...

INDEX:Business, Entertainment, Hardware, Software, Television@

May 26, 2009 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A $3.2-million writedown of inventory by QuStream Corp. (TSXV:QVC), a specialist in high-definition TV technology, contributed to an 11-fold increase in the company's first quarter loss.The $5.8-million loss amounted to 25 cents per share and compared with a loss of $500,000 or two cents...

14 new cases lift Hawaii's swine flu total to 58, 1st Ld-Writethru, HI

May 26, 2009 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — The state on Tuesday confirmed 14 more people in Hawaii have contracted the swine flu virus, including the first two cases on the Big Island.The new cases raise the number of affected people statewide to 58.The state Health Department said 12 new cases have appeared on Oahu, and the...

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Terremark swings to 4Q profit, APFN

May 26, 2009 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Terremark Worldwide Inc., which runs Internet exchanges and provides other IT help, said Tuesday that it swung to a profit in the March quarter, but revenue fell short of expectations.The company also set a revenue target for the April-to-June quarter that was below analysts'...

Borders loss widens dramatically on charges, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 26, 2009 1:32 pm | by SARAH SKIDMORE - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bookseller Borders Group Inc. reported Tuesday that its loss widened significantly in its fiscal first quarter due to continued weak sales and more than $70 million in after-tax charges. But results still beat Wall Street expectations, sending shares up 11 percent in...

HL:Gays disheartened as California Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage ban@

May 26, 2009 1:31 pm | by Lee-Anne Goodman@Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON — Aja Aguirre has always lived in California, but she doesn't deny fighting the urge to move away due to the California Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage."It's so tempting to abandon the state that's always been my home because it's broken my heart,...

Progressive settles over wrong Mass. rate quotes, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 26, 2009 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The Progressive insurance company is paying the state $120,000 and reimbursing customers after volunteering that its Web site had provided inaccurate rate comparisons.The Ohio-based Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. began selling policies in Massachusetts on May 1, 2008, as part of...

Company Adds Design & Manufacturing In US

May 26, 2009 1:31 pm | News | Comments

PI (Physik Instrumente) is ramping up its manufacturing capabilities in the US. Last year, the company hired Philip Greene as VP of Engineering and Manufacturing.     

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HL:Laws same, enforcement techniques different at Cdn, Mexican borders: U.S. official@

May 26, 2009 1:26 pm | by Adelle Loiselle@Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT — A senior U.S. official who earlier stoked concerns that Canada's border would be treated no different than Mexico's said Tuesday that while the law governing the crossings is the same, the techniques used to implement it will be different.U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet...

Lee Co. authorities investigate shooting death, MS

May 26, 2009 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANNON, Miss. (AP) — An Okolona man faces a murder charge stemming from a shooting in southwest Lee County.Authorities say 26-year-old Marcus D. Randle of Okolona is accused in the death of 67-year-old Walter Shumpert, a resident of Lee County.During a news conference Tuesday, Sheriff Jim Johnson...

Texas conference committee adopts budget, APFN

May 26, 2009 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas House-Senate team of negotiators has signed off on the 2010-2011 state budget.The massive document, officially adopted by the committee Tuesday, spends more than $182 billion on state agencies and programs over the next two years.The budget next goes to each chamber for...

Synergex Announces Date of Upcoming Shareholders' Meeting

May 26, 2009 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Synergex Corporation ("Synergex" or the "Company") (TSX: SYX) announces today that its annual meeting (the "Meeting") of shareholders will be held at the offices of Synergex, 1280 Courtneypark Drive East, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1N6 at 4:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on June 30, 2009. The record date for...

Fitch Rates Atlanta, Georgia Water & Sewer Revs 'BBB+' Business Editors

May 26, 2009 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 26, 2009-- Fitch Ratings assigns a 'BBB+' underlying rating to Atlanta, GA's (the city) approximately $600 million water and wastewater revenue bonds, series 2009A. The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on June 8, 2009. Bond proceeds will be used to retire...

Officials: More might need help evacuating in 2009, 2nd Ld-Writethru, LA

May 26, 2009 1:26 pm | by BECKY BOHRER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — The sour economy might force more people to seek government help evacuating coastal Louisiana ahead of a hurricane this year, officials said Tuesday.Louisiana is planning for some 50,000 people needing to leave on government-secured buses, trains or planes if a mass...

Redwood Trust offers 13 million shares of stock, APFN

May 26, 2009 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Redwood Trust Inc., a real estate investment trust, said Tuesday it plans to offer 13 million shares of common stock.The company plans to use the proceeds to acquire residential and commercial real estate loans and mortgage securities. It may also be used to invest with...

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