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Crist signs Fla. economic development bills, 1st Ld-Writethru, FL

May 21, 2009 8:37 am | by BILL KACZOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Crist signed new laws Thursday intended to boost Florida's economy, including measures to reduce impact fees on new development and provide tax incentives for businesses to locate in low-income communities.Crist, also a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate,...

Altus Group Income Fund Announces May Distributions

May 21, 2009 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Altus Group Income Fund ("Altus") (TSX: AIF.UN) is pleased to announce its distributions for the month of May 2009. The cash distribution will be $0.10 per unit.Payment will be made on June 15, 2009 to unitholders of record as at May 31, 2009.About Altus Group Income FundAltus Group is the leading...

Bristow posts lower 4Q profit on exchange rates, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Bristow Group Inc., which provides helicopter airlift services to offshore oil rigs, said Thursday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit slipped 3.9 percent, as an unfavorable exchange rate offset a growth in revenue.The company said its net earnings after payment of preferred stock...

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Mass. Senate nixes plan to allow slots at tracks, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MA

May 21, 2009 8:31 am | by STEVE LeBLANC - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has rejected proposals to allow the state's dog and horse tracks to add 2,500 slot machines each and to delay a voter-mandated ban on greyhound racing.But the Senate backed a plan to join the multi-state lottery game Powerball, which could generate $25 million...

Sector Snap: Airline shares down slightly, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Airline shares dipped slightly on Thursday, despite a noticeable drop in oil prices.With most airline shares below $10, movement of a few pennies could swing the shares 2 percent or more. The Amex Airline Index was down 1.4 percent.Shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. lost 7 cents to...

Woman, Harrah's settle suit over slots jackpot, 1st Ld-Writethru, NJ

May 21, 2009 8:30 am | by WAYNE PARRY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A 79-year-old woman and Harrah's Resort Atlantic City have settled a lawsuit accusing the casino of cheating her out of an $86,000 slots jackpot.Angela Domino of Egg Harbor Township sued when the casino told her she had won just over $20,000 instead of the bigger amount...

Va community college tuition to rise, 1st Ld-Writethru, VA

May 21, 2009 8:30 am | by ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at Virginia's community colleges will see tuition and fees increase by $6.55 per credit hour for the 2009-10 school year.In-state students at almost all state community colleges will pay $92.70 per credit hour, up from $86.15. An in-state student taking 30 credit hours...

Friends remember Tacoma victim of sex attack, WA

May 21, 2009 8:29 am | by MIKE ARCHIBOLDAssociated Press | News | Comments

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — For years, few people knew Ryan Alan Hade's name.But what happened to him on a May afternoon in 1989 changed American law forever.For privacy reasons, he became known as "the little Tacoma boy" who was raped, strangled and mutilated by a convicted sex offender. His tragedy...

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Supreme Court overturns profiling case, AR

May 21, 2009 8:29 am | by JON GAMBRELL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A partially obscured license plate gave police enough reason to pull over a Hispanic driver, the state's highest court ruled Thursday, overturning a state Court of Appeals ruling in a case one judge described as racial profiling.The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that...

Britain confirms 3 new cases of swine flu, EU

May 21, 2009 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British health authorities have confirmed three new cases of swine flu, bringing the country's total to 112.The Health Protection Agency said Thursday the new cases are all children living in the West Midlands. The children had all recently returned from an affected area in the U.S....

HL:Olive Media buys Montreal-based Rosebud Media to expand in Quebec@

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Olive Media, an online advertising company, has expanded into Quebec with the acquisition of Montreal-based Rosebud Media, which owns a network of French-language sites.Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not revealed.With the acquisition, Olive Media said it will be...

Minn. dad in chemo dispute pleads for son's return, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by JEFF BAENEN - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — The father of a 13-year-old cancer-stricken boy who went on the run with his mother to avoid chemotherapy treatment pleaded Thursday for the return of his son, asking his wife to "do what's best for Danny.""If you're out there, please bring Danny home so we can decide as a...

Sector Snap: Capital raises batter bank stocks, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Regional bank stocks tumbled Thursday, led by a steep decline in Regions Financial Corp. shares, as several more banks announced plans to raise capital through stock offerings.The offerings have instilled some much-needed confidence in the banking industry, proving that companies...

Kan. county wants nursing homes to have generators, 1st Ld-Writethru, KS

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A county commission in southeastern Kansas is working to require nursing homes to have backup power for heating and cooling residents during power outages, something not currently mandated by the state.The Cherokee County Commission wants nursing homes to have a generator or...

Courtway wants to run Arkansas lottery, AR

May 21, 2009 8:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The interim leader of the University of Central Arkansas says he wants to be director of the Arkansas lottery.Tom Courtway said he plans no later than Friday to add his application to the 10 people already seeking the position.Courtway took over for Lu Hardin, who resigned...

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