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Court hands control of Malaysia's Perak state to premier's party+

May 22, 2009 2:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 (Kyodo) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak scored a legal victory in his quest for control of Perak state on Friday when the Court of Appeal ruled that Zambry Abdul Kadir from his party is the state's rightful chief minister.The three-member bench of the appellate...

Stocks waver as investors worry about US debt load

May 22, 2009 2:55 am | by TIM PARADIS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fluctuated early Friday after a slide in the previous session as investors fretted over the health of government balance sheets.Trading began quietly ahead of the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.Investors are asking how the U.S. will pay for its programs to revive the...

HL:Yukon-Nevada Gold names new chief executive, chief operating officer@

May 22, 2009 2:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Yukon Nevada Gold Corp. (TSX:YNG) announced changes in its top executive ranks Friday, naming both a new chief executive officer and chief operations officer.The Vancouver-based mining company said Robert Baldock will serve as the new president and CEO, while long-time executive Graham...

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Montgomery County approves $4.4B budget, 1st Ld-Writethru, MD

May 22, 2009 2:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The Montgomery County council approved a $4.4 billion budget on Thursday, avoiding layoffs, but eliminating cost-of-living raises.The budget for fiscal 2010, which begins July 1, also reduces funding for programs for teens and the elderly and increases rates for public...

Ind. National Guard prepares for Iraq, IN

May 22, 2009 2:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Members of the Indiana National Guard's 1313th Engineer Company have a few days to spend with their families before heading to training in preparation for deployment to Iraq.About 160 members of the company were given a sendoff Thursday at the East High School gymnasium in...

Ask AP: Guantanamo inmates, 3 million job openings

May 22, 2009 2:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department says employers have millions of job openings. But how is that possible with the economy in a slump and the unemployment rate higher than it's been in years?Curiosity about the number of job openings inspired one of the questions in this edition of "Ask AP," a weekly Q&A column...

for the Fourth Annual 2009 eCrime Researchers Summit Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 22, 2009 2:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- The APWG and IEEE are inviting papers and research from electronic crime researchers for the fourth annual eCrime Researchers Summit (eCRS), the world's only peer-reviewed research conference dedicated to electronic crime research, scheduled to be...

Russia nears sale of Telenor stake in VimpelCom, EU

May 22, 2009 2:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian bailiffs said Friday they have ordered the appointment of a specialist to evaluate Telenor's 29.9 percent stake in mobile operator VimpelCom, paving the way for a possible sale.Russian court officers seized the stake after the Norwegian state-controlled giant Telenor refused...

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LEAD: Japan to launch $32 million anti-flu project at ASEM talks+

May 22, 2009 2:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING WITH MORE INFO)Japan will launch a $31.9 million, or 3.7 billion yen, project to fight the new strain of influenza when foreign ministers from Asia and Europe hold a two-day meeting from Monday in Hanoi, Foreign Ministry officials said Friday.Under the...

Pineville man sentenced for bankruptcy fraud, LA

May 22, 2009 2:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A 44-year-old Pineville man has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $355,119 in restitution for bankruptcy fraud.U.S. Attorney Donald W. Washington says Bobby D. Curtis concealed approximately $1 million in contracted business and assets of his...

Smokie Norful talks about his balancing act, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 2:37 am | by AIMEE MAUDE SIMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Smokie Norful arrived on the gospel scene in 2002 to the tune of "I Need You Now" and has gone on to win Dove, Stellar and Grammy awards for his soulful singing style and contemporary grooves. He's also been raising a family, is a church pastor and trying to balance his schedule.The...

China Primary Health Care Foundation Starts Training on B-CAD as Integral Part of its National Breast Screening Program

May 22, 2009 2:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attention: Business/Financial EditorsThe Medipattern Corporation (TSX VENTURE: MKI), a pioneer in the development of medical software solutions that help improve imaging workflow and productivity, is pleased to announce that it has commenced shipments to the China Primary Health Care Foundation...

UNESCO and Sun Microsystems Announce Joint Education and Community Development Effort Powered by Open Technologies Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 22, 2009 2:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- In an effort to support social and economic development, UNESCO and Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:JAVA) signed a Collaboration Agreement on Monday at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 09. At the signing ceremony, UNESCO's Assistant...

4TH LD: BOJ raises economic assessment for 1st time in nearly 3 yrs+

May 22, 2009 2:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: CLARIFYING 7TH GRAF, ADDING WITH MORE QUOTES OF SHIRAKAWA)The Bank of Japan on Friday raised its assessment of the nation's economy for the first time in two years and 10 months amid emerging signs of improvement in such areas as industrial output, signaling that the...

NJ's beaches ready for Memorial Day, NJ

May 22, 2009 2:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's beaches and lakes are bracing for the Memorial Day holiday crush of visitors who signal the unofficial start of the summer tourism season.AAA Mid-Atlantic says financial uncertainty is keeping more people from traveling this year. That spells concern from those who...

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