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Nature design becomes Neb. license-plate winner, 4th Ld-Writethru, NE

May 22, 2009 12:17 pm | by ERIC OLSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Though unrepentant, the prankster who orchestrated the highjacking of online polling for Nebraska's new license-plate design says it's for the best that state officials threw out votes generated by his humor Web site.The state on Friday said the real vote winner was a gold,...

HL:Canadian dollar closed at 89.26 cents US, up 1.39 cents@

May 22, 2009 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar closed at 89.26 cents US, up 1.39 cents on Friday.The U.S. dollar stood at 112.03 cents Canadian, down 1.77 cents.Pound sterling closed C$1.7818, up 2.30 cents and US$1.5905, up 0.46 of a cent.The euro was worth C$1.5680, down 1.43 cents.Quotations provided by BMO...

State sues investment fund to recover millions, 1st Ld-Writethru, NM

May 22, 2009 12:11 pm | by BARRY MASSEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico agencies are suing to recover about $89 million in taxpayer money from what had been considered a safe harbor investment.The state treasurer's office and the New Mexico Finance Authority filed a lawsuit this week in state district court challenging a plan for the...


Ferrari: No deal yet between F1 teams and FIA, CAR

May 22, 2009 12:11 pm | by PAUL LOGOTHETIS - AP Auto Racing Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONACO (AP) — Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said no agreement was reached between Formula One teams and FIA president Max Mosley in talks on Friday over a planned budget cap.The Formula One Teams Association met with Mosley after Ferrari threatened to pull out of the series following the...

Pawlenty taps ex-lawmaker as legislative liaison, 3rd Ld-Writethru, MN

May 22, 2009 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty tapped a former lawmaker to be his legislative liaison after a rocky session.The governor's office announced the hire of former state Rep. Chris DeLaForest on Friday. He will replace Laura Bordelon as director of legislative and cabinet affairs starting June...

Presenting at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods' Diversified Financials Conference on June 4, 2009 Business Editors

May 22, 2009 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Loren Starr, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, and Aaron Uhde, Head of Investor Relations, of Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ) are scheduled to speak at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods' Diversified Financial Services Conference in New York on...

Upper Peninsula forest fires mostly contained, 3rd Ld-Writethru, MI

May 22, 2009 12:06 pm | by JOHN FLESHER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Crews had mostly reined in two wildfires in the Upper Peninsula, but officials said Friday the danger of others breaking out remained high across northern Michigan.Teams were winning the battle against fires in Marquette and Baraga counties, both of which began Wednesday...

Analysis: Obama debating Cheney is a plus for GOP, US

May 22, 2009 12:06 pm | by WALTER R. MEARS - AP Special Correspondent - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — In political debate, the side that keeps its arguments simple and repeats them again and again is likely to gain the advantage. It is an easier sale, especially when the topic is as scary as terrorism.That's how Republicans got the edge in the dispute over President Barack...


BW)(CA-CORTEX-PHARMACEUTICAL)(COR.AMEX) Cortex Receives Notice of Non-Compliance from NYSE Amex for Continued Listing Requirements Pharmaceutical Writers/Business Editors

May 22, 2009 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IRVINE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE Amex: COR) reported that it has received notice from the NYSE Amex LLC indicating that the company is not in compliance with certain of the Exchange's continued listing standards. Specifically, the notice indicated...

Altair Nanotechnologies announces $14M offering, APFN

May 22, 2009 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., which makes particles for paints, coatings and sensors, said Friday it plans to raise about $14 million in a registered direct offering of nearly 12 million shares at $1.17 each.Altair said it had entered into agreements with select institutional...

Neb. governor signs bill on safe-haven problems, NE

May 22, 2009 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman has signed a bill that devotes $16 million over the next two years to address problems highlighted by the drop-off of dozens of children last year under the safe-haven law.Heineman signed the bill on Friday. It costs about $130 million less than what was...

Utah Supreme Court to hear adoption case, 1st Ld-Writethru, UT

May 22, 2009 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court will hear arguments next month by Navajo Nation officials who want to undo a Salt Lake City couple's adoption of two children.Ricardo and Suzi Ramos adopted the children, now 3 and 9, in 2008. Two weeks after it was approved, the Navajo Nation...

Special courts aim to give veterans second chance, US

May 22, 2009 12:05 pm | by JIM SUHR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — After a high-speed back-and-forth with a driver he says nearly ran him off the road, Army Lt. Andrew Myatt was arrested by police in Illinois and accused of waving a pistol.But the 41-year-old soldier is getting help through a fledgling court program specifically for...

Hot dog sales sizzle as makers embroiled in suit

May 22, 2009 12:05 pm | by EMILY FREDRIX - AP Food Industry Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hot dog sales are set to sizzle as people look for ways to eat on the cheap and the summer grilling season starts. But the scramble to be top dog in the $2.1 billion market has sent the makers of Ball Park franks and Oscar Mayer wieners to court.The lawsuit focused on advertising...

Bush criticized by former 9/11 commission member, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 12:00 pm | by PETE YOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former member of the 9/11 Commission criticizes former President George W. Bush in a new book for not responding to pre-attack intelligence on Osama bin Laden's intentions.In "The Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11," Richard Ben-Veniste writes that...


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