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Japan economy shrinks at record 15.2 percent pace

May 19, 2009 4:01 pm | by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy shrank at a record 15.2 percent annual pace in the first quarter, dragged down by plunging exports, thinner factory output and wary shoppers.But within the details emerged new hope. Economists said the worst is over for the world's second-largest economy. Many predicted...

Elton John, Burrill, Greenwood and Health Care Leaders Headline Day Two of the 2009 BIO International Convention Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 19, 2009 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009--Sir Elton John addressed more than 3,000 global attendees today on the HIV/AIDS epidemic on day two of the 2009 BIO International Convention. This global event for biotechnology runs through Thursday May 21. BIO President and CEO Jim C. Greenwood also gave...

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ND regulators oppose 'cap and trade' carbon rules

May 19, 2009 3:55 pm | by DALE WETZEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota utility regulators oppose a "cap and trade" method of reducing gases that may promote global warming, saying it could double consumers' power bills without providing any discernible environmental benefit."We're talking about driving up the cost of everything that...

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Flow Medical Announces Fifth Patent Issuance of Their Unique Percutaneous Aortic Valve Technology Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 19, 2009 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA ROSA, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Direct Flow Medical, Inc. a privately held, emerging medical device Company developing a next generation, minimally invasive implant to treat patients with heart valve disease announced today the issuance of its 5th patent on their Percutaneous...

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Mass. Senate votes to hike sales, alcohol taxes, 7th Ld-Writethru, MA

May 19, 2009 3:55 pm | by STEVE LeBLANC - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday approved a string of tax measures including a 25 percent increase in the sales tax, a new tax on alcohol and a municipal aid package allowing cities and towns to raise taxes on meals and hotel rooms.By a 29-10 vote, enough to overturn a threatened veto by...

Neb. governor signs 2-year budget with no vetoes, 1st Ld-Writethru, NE

May 19, 2009 3:49 pm | by ANNA JO BRATTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a two-year, nearly $7 billion state budget Tuesday without vetoing anything.The spending plan closely mirrors what Heineman asked for in the first place. It relies heavily on federal stimulus dollars and the state's rainy-day fund to balance...

Survey finds slower decline of honeybee colonies

May 19, 2009 3:49 pm | by GARANCE BURKE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The decline of honeybee colonies has slowed slightly since last fall, but a mysterious combination of ailments is still decimating the insect's population, federal researchers say.U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers found that honeybee colonies declined by 29 percent...

HL:Phoenix judge to hear arguments on potential Coyotes relocation next month@

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by Chris Johnston@Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX — The wait continues for those hoping to see the Phoenix Coyotes move to Hamilton.Judge Redfield T. Baum wasn't prepared to tackle the relocation issue as part of the Coyotes' bankruptcy hearing on Tuesday and ordered all parties to return on June 22 to decide whether the franchise can be...

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East Texas man executed Tuesday, 4th Ld-Writethru, TX

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by MICHAEL GRACZYK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man apologized repeatedly Tuesday as he was executed for fatally stabbing a convenience store clerk during a robbery more than two decades ago."I know I hurt you very bad," Michael Lynn Riley said to his victim's relatives, including her two daughters and...

Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Investigates Breach of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of IDM Pharma, Inc.

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIREAssociated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 19, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Levi & Korsinsky ("L&K") is investigating breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the board of directors of IDM Pharma, Inc. ("IDM Pharma") or the "Company") (Nasdaq:IDMI) arising out of their attempt to sell the Company to Takeda...

GM still hasn't made deals with Treasury, union, US

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it does not expect to reach agreement on concessions with the United Auto Workers union or with the Treasury Department on its debt-for-equity exchange before a May 26 deadline.Both deals are part of the restructuring effort GM must complete by June...

Board and Other Travel Industry Partners Promote Safe, Enjoyable Travel to Mexico Health Writers/Travel Editors

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- AeroMexico, the global airline of Latin America, the Mexico Tourism Board and other travel industry partners are joining together to encourage people in the United States, Canada and other countries to travel to Mexico. This collaborative marketing...

Farm markets in Louisiana, LA

May 19, 2009 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Farm market reports from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture:LIVESTOCK: Weekly summary of Louisiana livestock markets held for the week ending May 29.CATTLE: 5,349. TRENDS: Compared to last week, slaughter cows and bulls sold steady to 3 lower. Feeder steers sold mostly...

List of homicides tied by DNA to unknown killer, 1st Ld-Writethru, WI

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Milwaukee police released a timeline of killings linked by DNA testing to an unknown assailant. Here are the dates, including background information from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel accounts:1986Oct. 10 — Deborah L. Harris, 31. Strangled, found in a local river.Oct. 11 — Tanya L. Miller, 19....

Lawmakers debate budget bills, OK

May 19, 2009 3:21 pm | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers debated funding bills for state agencies Tuesday and questioned their spending priorities in a tight budget year as the Legislature moved closer to a planned adjournment on Friday.The House and Senate have taken up dozens of budget limitation and other...

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