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HL:First-time home buyers should be prepared, rather than surprised, by extra costs@

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by David Friend@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — First-time homebuyers are scouring the market for deals, hoping to take advantage of lower prices but real estate and mortgage experts caution that shoppers need to consider the wide array costs that come with buying a home — including ones that aren't immediately obvious.They say it's...

Iraqis say ex-US soldier should be put to death, 1st Ld-Writethru, ML

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by HAMID AHMED - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis expressed shock and disappointment Friday over an American jury's decision to spare the life of an ex-U.S. soldier convicted of raping and killing an Iraqi girl, with many calling for him to be retried or face charges in Iraq.Steven Dale Green, 24, of Midland, Texas, was...

RI Gov. backs tax cuts to boost sagging economy, 1st Ld-Writethru, RI

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by RAY HENRY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island must cut its tax rates to attract new employers to a state suffering from an 11.1 percent jobless rate, Gov. Don Carcieri told skeptical lawmakers Thursday.The fiscally conservative Republican made a rare appearance before the Democratic-dominated House Finance...

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Riding the recession: Selig pleased despite drop, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by RONALD BLUM - AP Baseball Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — While Major League Baseball's attendance is down 6.4 percent from a year ago and 20 of 30 teams have experienced drops, commissioner Bud Selig is pleased with how the sport is surviving a season of recession."The clubs are very aggressive now in the way they're reaching out. I...

Federal agency approves Exelon bid for NRG Energy, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal agency on Thursday approved utility company Exelon's proposal to buy power generator NRG Energy that NRG continues to reject as inadequate.The 4-0 vote by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is one of several state and federal regulatory approvals Chicago-based...

Dozens of groups oppose Wis. liability laws change, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by SCOTT BAUER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 50 businesses and organizations joined together Thursday to oppose Gov. Jim Doyle's bid to change Wisconsin's liability laws.The Democratic governor's proposal known as "joint and several liability" would increase the number of victims who could receive full damages...

Correction: Mattress Founder-Son, US

May 21, 2009 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — In a May 20 story about the founder of 1800Mattress, The Associated Press misidentified a trade publication. The correct name is Furniture Today, not Furniture World.

Mexico City ends swine flu alert, no cases in week, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 21, 2009 10:57 am | by ISTRA PACHECO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City lowered its swine flu alert level from yellow to green on Thursday, and the mayor said "we can relax" now that there have been no new infections for a week.Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said the change means the risk of contagion is low, the situation is under control and the...

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Adaltis Inc. Obtains $3 Million Bridge Loan

May 21, 2009 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Adaltis Inc. (TSX: ADS), an international in vitro diagnostic (IVD) company, today announced that it has issued promissory notes in the aggregate principal amount of $3 million to Clarity China Partners, L.P. and one of its affiliates and Victoria Square Ventures Inc. The notes are secured by...

Penn West Energy Trust Confirms May Cash Distribution

May 21, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Penn West Energy Trust (TSX: PWT.UN) (NYSE: PWE) ("Penn West") confirms that its May 2009 cash distribution will be CDN$0.15 per trust unit payable on June 15, 2009 to unitholders of record on May 29, 2009. The ex-distribution date is May 27, 2009.The CDN$0.15 per unit is equivalent to...

Tests show more swine flu immunity in older folks, 1st Ld-Writethru, MED

May 21, 2009 10:51 am | by MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — New test results show what scientists have suspected — people in their 60's and older have signs of greater immunity to the new swine flu virus.Scientists think it's because older people have been exposed to other viruses in the past that are more similar to swine flu than more...

Tessera Technologies shares climb on patent ruling, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Tessera Technologies Inc. soared Thursday, a day after a patent dispute ruling that could give a substantial boost to the company's earnings.Tessera, which provides miniaturization technology for electronics makers, won a ruling from the International Trade Commission over...

Awarded Full-Service Marketing and Creative Services Contract for Florida Project

May 21, 2009 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.delucchiplus.com () —In a statement issued today, Christine L. Delucchi, President of Delucchi+ (www.delucchiplus.com (http://www.delucchiplus.com) ), an innovative, strategic real estate marketing firm (http://www.delucchiplus.com/) located in Washington, D.C., announced that the agency...

War's end: Sri Lankans relieved but Tamils worried, AS

May 21, 2009 10:50 am | by ARTHUR MAX - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The ice cream man went to work with dread every day at Colombo's main rail station, a prime target for suicide bombers who once killed several teenage baseball players on a platform in front of his stand.With the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, the vendor and many other Sri...

Standard & Poor's raises WellCare outlook, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Standard & Poor's Ratings Service on Thursday raised its outlook on WellCare Health Plans Inc. to "positive" from "negative," saying the health insurer has paid back its debts and made some progress into concluding government investigations.The Tampa, Fla., Medicaid provider has...

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