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Mayors want to delay FasTracks tax increase vote, CO

May 21, 2009 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Colorado mayors want to delay a proposal to ask voters for a sales-tax increase to make up for a funding shortfall in the FasTracks project.The Metro Mayors Caucus agreed Wednesday to wait another year to go to voters because of the impending retirement of Regional Transportation...

Fewer Travelers Expected at LAX for Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2009 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.lawa.org () —Los Angeles World Airports officials expect 730,000 passengers to pass through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the Memorial Day travel period May 22-25, a decline of 10 percent compared to 2008.The drop in travelers for this traditional start of the summer...

House votes to crack down on tobacco black market, US

May 21, 2009 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved tougher enforcement measures against contraband cigarette sales that make money for criminals, but cost federal, state and local governments billions of dollars.The bill, which passed 397-11, is especially aimed at Internet sales. Sellers on the...

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Valero shares fall more than 4 pct after Dow deal, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Valero Energy Corp. fell in Thursday trading along with oil prices and just one day after the company said it would buy Dow Chemical's stake in a crude oil refinery in the Netherlands.Shares of the San Antonio-based company fell 92 cents, or 4.3 percent, to $20.70 in light...

Nonprofit targets 3 states for health lobbying, ME

May 21, 2009 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A national consumer group that's pushing for a public health care option is focusing its lobbying campaign this spring on Maine, North Carolina and Utah.Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, said it has been going door-to-door in the...

HL:Obama and Cheney butt heads in duelling speeches on Guantanamo, security@

May 21, 2009 10:32 am | by Lee-Anne Goodman@Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON — A defiant Barack Obama defended his intention Thursday to close the controversial Guantanamo military prison, calling the Cuban jail a "mess" that's jeopardizing national security by serving as a recruiting centre for al-Qaida.But the U.S. president had barely stepped away from the...

Earnings roundup: Hormel, GameStop, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Among the earnings stories for Thursday, May 21, from AP Financial News:MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hormel Foods Corp. said Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter profit edged up 4 percent as the maker of Spam and Dinty Moore stews sold more canned meats and Mexican products to budget-conscious...

HL:Jay Leno brings standup show to Ontario after hosting his last 'Tonight Show'@

May 21, 2009 10:32 am | by Bill Brioux@Associated Press | News | Comments

When you are about to take the biggest gamble of your career, where do you head? To a casino, of course.Jay Leno, who closes out 17 years as host of "The Tonight Show" on May 29 before embarking on a new, nightly, prime-time series, is taking his act to Casino Rama in Ontario cottage country.The...

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HL:Artists, promoters get creative to draw crowds to concerts in recession@

May 21, 2009 10:31 am | by Nick Patch@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The summer concert season is typically marked by extravagance: heavyweight bands, elaborate stage shows and packed festivals with extensive lineups of bands and even longer lineups for beer.But with most of the world mired in a deep recession, artists and promoters are being forced to get...

Ultron moving Buffalo operations to Ohio, NY

May 21, 2009 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ultron Lift Corp. says it will phase out its Buffalo operations and shift work to an Ohio facility.The move will eliminate about 60 jobs in Buffalo.Ultron makes lift gates for trucks.An Ultron executive says declining demand in a poor economy led to the decision to shift the...

Earnings roundup: Lenovo, Barnes & Noble, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Among the earnings stories for Thursday, May 21, from AP Financial News:NEW YORK (AP) — Lenovo Group, the world's fourth-largest personal computer maker, on Thursday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss due to falling demand for its computers.PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Barnes & Noble said Thursday that...

Movers roundup: PetSmart, Intuit, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Among the stock activity stories for Thursday, May 21, from AP Financial News:NEW YORK (AP) — PetSmart Inc. shares slid after a Goldman Sachs analyst downgraded the pet supplies retailer despite its better-than-expected earnings in the first quarter.NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Intuit Inc. jumped...

Louisiana House roundly defeats equal pay bill, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:26 am | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state mandate that would require businesses to give equal pay to men and women performing the same jobs was overwhelmingly defeated by the Louisiana House on Thursday, amid strong opposition from business groups.The 59-33 vote against the bill wasn't surprising. The House...

Calif. home sales, prices in April vs. year ago, CA

May 21, 2009 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Home sales and median prices in April compared to a year ago in select California counties. Sales and medians are estimated for Alameda and San Mateo counties because of late data availability.COUNTY UNITS SOLD PERCENT CHANGE MEDIAN PRICE PERCENT CHANGESan Francisco 402 -33.6...

Sector roundup: Homebuilders, regional banks, APFN

May 21, 2009 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Among the sector activity stories for Thursday, May 21, from AP Financial News:NEW YORK (AP) — Homebuilder stocks declined after an analyst note quashed hopes that the housing market was seeing the start of a recovery.NEW YORK (AP) — Regional bank stocks tumbled, led by a steep decline in Regions...

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