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Rates $250MM Florida Turnpike Revenue Bonds 'AA-'; Outlook Negative Business Editors

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the approximately $250 million State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) turnpike revenue bonds, series 2009A. In addition, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA-' rating on $2.5 billion in outstanding...

HL:Top court nixes bid to extend charter to Afghan prisoners@

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by Sue Bailey@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear arguments that Canadian troops in Afghanistan should apply the Charter of Rights in their dealings with prisoners.That leaves it to the Military Police Complaints Commission to investigate whether foreign captives delivered to Afghan...

Drink up: Space station recycling urine to water

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — At the international space station, it was one small sip for man and a giant gulp of recycled urine for mankind.Astronauts aboard the space station celebrated a space first on Wednesday by drinking water that had been recycled from their urine, sweat and water that condenses from...

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Economist: NH to lose 13,000 more jobs, NH

May 20, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An economist predicts that New Hampshire will lose another 13,000 jobs before the economy bottoms out a year from now.Dennis Delay previewed his forecast for New Hampshire on Wednesday, a day before the New England Economic Partnership is to release its forecast for the...

RI mayor's plan would let cities assess colleges, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence, R.I., Mayor David Cicilline wants the state to allow cities to assess private colleges $150 per student.Under his unusual proposal, it would be up to the colleges to decide whether to pay the fee or pass it on to their students.Cicilline originally suggested...

After 31-year run, Final Corning Classic at hand, GLF

May 20, 2009 2:07 pm | by JOHN KEKIS - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CORNING, N.Y. (AP) — Rosie Jones wasn't going to miss saying so long, not to her adoring public along New York's Southern Tier and the golf course she once dominated."The realization that the Corning Classic won't be here after this year really kind of hits home," Jones, the only repeat winner of...

HL:Google tool shows energy use by appliances, gadgets in homes@

May 20, 2009 2:07 pm | by LuAnn LaSalle@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Google has come up with a software tool that can show consumers on their home computer or anywhere they connect to the Internet how much electricity their appliances and gadgets are gobbling up.The search engine giant announced on Wednesday that it's partnering with eight utility...

American States Water stock offering yields $34M, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN DIMAS, Calif. (AP) — American States Water Co. said on Wednesday that it completed its offering of 1.15 million shares, including 150,000 shares issued on an option for over-allotments.The shares were issued at $31, yielding $34.2 million after fees.The company said it would use the money to...

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Dem governors group adds $750,000 more in Va. race, 1st Ld-Writethru, VA

May 20, 2009 2:07 pm | by BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The largest rush of out-of-state cash this early in a Virginia governor's race just got larger with another $750,000 from the Democratic Governors Association.The DGA made the donation Tuesday to Common Sense Virginia, a Virginia political action committee funded solely by DGA....

J & J seeks to arbitrate Schering Remicade deal, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has notified Merck & Co. that it plans to seek arbitration on whether it can pull out of a blockbuster drug partnership with Schering-Plough Corp. as that company sells itself to Merck for $41.1 billion.Merck said in a filing Wednesday with the Securities and...

Alabama prepaid tuition board will keep paying, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AL

May 20, 2009 2:01 pm | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The board of Alabama's prepaid college tuition program agreed Wednesday to keep paying tuition for the upcoming school year while it seeks a bailout from the Legislature that will take care of 48,000 participants.The board of the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan voted...

Deficit will darken Schwarzenegger's final months, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 2:01 pm | by JULIET WILLIAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise to power six years ago in California's unprecedented recall election was accompanied by expectations that the state's infamously dysfunctional finances would finally be fixed.But now that voters have overwhelmingly rejected a slate of...

Cayman Islands votes on constitution, legislature, CB

May 20, 2009 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Voters in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday were electing a new parliament and deciding whether the British Caribbean territory should have a new constitution.The 43 candidates vying a total of 15 seats in the Legislative Assembly have focused on issues including...

Unions blast Colo. gov. for vetoing lockout bill, 6th Ld-Writethru, CO

May 20, 2009 2:01 pm | by STEVEN K. PAULSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Colorado union workers say they're angry with Gov. Bill Ritter for vetoing a bill that would have given unemployment benefits to employees locked out during labor disputes.Workers said Wednesday the governor gave grocery chains an unfair advantage in contract talks by barring them...

Burr, Hagan fail to weaken tobacco regulation bill, NC

May 20, 2009 2:01 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has rejected legislation sponsored by North Carolina's two senators that would have weakened efforts to regulate tobacco for the first time.Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan offered their alternative bill as an amendment to legislation that...

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