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Obama undoes Bush-era policy that undercut states, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by PETE YOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama White House on Wednesday undid a Bush administration policy that used federal regulations to undermine a wide range of state health, safety and environmental laws.Many of the federal regulations limited the ability of injured consumers to sue companies in state...

EPA fines companies for fouling Bay Area waterways, CA

May 20, 2009 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining two waste management companies for polluting San Francisco Bay area waterways.Agency officials say California Waste Solutions was cited for sending trash and other pollutants from three of its locations in Oakland and San Jose...

Can a mop fight swine flu? Docs say probably not, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:14 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — In scores of schools across the United States, the mop has been the weapon of choice in the fight against swine flu.When hundreds of children fell ill with the virus at a Queens high school last month, authorities promptly closed the building and spent days disinfecting desks and...

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House votes to nix criticized pay plan, IL

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to shelve the highly criticized way lawmakers get pay raises.The House voted 116-0 Wednesday to repeal the system by which an independent board decides pay raises for the General Assembly, executive branch and judges.The...

Obama attends economic advisory board meeting, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there has been "some return to normalcy" in areas of the financial markets that will be helpful to the economy overall, but added he remains concerned about what happens once the crisis ends."How do we create sound fundamentals on issues...

Jordan appointed to led NC State University board, NC

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina lieutenant governor has been named chairman of the trustee board at North Carolina State University.The board Wednesday appointed former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan to replace McQueen Campbell in the position. Jordan will serve as chairman through the middle of...

Watchdog: Transportation stimulus money at risk, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by JOAN LOWY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department is at risk of awarding economic stimulus aid to contractors who have defrauded the government, a government watchdog warned Wednesday.The department's inspector general, Calvin Scovel, issued an advisory that said the agency doesn't process or report...

Providence, RI, mayor amends student tax proposal, 4th Ld-Writethru, RI

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by ERIC TUCKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor David Cicilline on Wednesday amended his plan to tax students at the city's four private colleges and universities, suggesting instead that the schools could shoulder the fee themselves to make up for their tax-exempt status.Cicilline initially suggested a...

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Fake Cherokee chief pleads guilty in Pa. fraud, 1st Ld-Writethru, PA

May 20, 2009 3:08 pm | by JOE MANDAK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Pennsylvania man who pretended to be a Cherokee Indian chief and billionaire oil tycoon pleaded guilty in federal court to a multimillion-dollar wire fraud conspiracy on Wednesday.Federal prosecutors said Robert Eugene Cheney, 79, who now lives in Las Vegas, and another...

Bolstered by Record-Setting Year, Company Delivers Solid Performance

May 20, 2009 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.sitestar.com () —Sitestar Corporation (OTCBB: SYTE), a provider of residential, business and wholesale Internet access, web hosting and value-added products and services, today reported quarterly results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. The Company delivered solid results for key...

Chicago school told to repay $1M, 4th Ld-Writethru, IL

May 20, 2009 3:02 pm | by MICHAEL TARM - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — A private school in Chicago that mistakenly got a $1 million grant from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich meant for a fire-damaged church must repay all the money to the state.An administrative judge at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity issued the order Wednesday...

Feds get time to decide course of logging lawsuit, 1st Ld-Writethru, OR

May 20, 2009 3:02 pm | by JEFF BARNARD - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Obama administration has been given more time to decide whether it wants to defend the lawsuits challenging Bush administration plans to boost logging on federal forests in Western Oregon.In papers filed in the various federal court cases, administration lawyers say...

CommScope will offer $200M in senior notes, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — CommScope Inc., a network infrastructure maker, said Wednesday it will offer $200 million in senior subordinated notes, due 2015.Underwriters will have 30 days to buy up to an additional $30 million principal amount of the notes.The company also will offer 8 million common...

Congress takes aim at EU wine spat

May 20, 2009 2:57 pm | by SHANNON DININNY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A classic or vintage American wine?No such thing in European Union countries, where U.S. wineries have been barred from exporting any wines with labels that include any of a dozen traditional words or phrases to describe the wine or name the winery.Among them: chateau, classic,...

HL:RuggedCom reports sharp increase in profits, sales up from year ago@

May 20, 2009 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WOODBRIDGE, Ont. — RuggedCom Inc. (TSX:RCM) said Wednesday that it earned $15.7 million as revenue grew by more than 50 per cent.The Toronto-area company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the profit amounted to $1 per diluted share for the financial year ended March 31 compared with a...

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