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LEAD: Philippines confirms 1st case of new H1N1 flu+

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANILA, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS)Philippine health officials on Thursday confirmed the country's first case of the new H1N1 strain of flu in a 10-year-old Filipino girl who arrived in Manila on Monday from travels in the United States and Canada.Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a...

New French law on Internet piracy meets skepticism

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by DEBORAH SEWARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A thousand French Internet users a day could be taken off-line following approval of President Nicolas Sarkozy's pet project — an unprecedented law to cut the Internet connections of people who repeatedly pirate music and movies.As the husband of supermodel-turned-pop star Carla Bruni...

Transocean names Rosa to succeed Cauthen as CFO, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ZUG, Switzerland (AP) — Offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. said Thursday it named Ricardo Rosa, head of the company's Europe and Africa division, senior vice president and chief financial officer.Rosa, 52, will succeed Gregory L. Cauthen, 51, who is retiring. The appointment is effective...


HL:Imperial Tobacco Canada names Ian Muir as new president and CEO@

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Imperial Tobacco Canada, this country's largest cigarette maker, has appointed Ian Muir as its new president and chief executive.Muir replaces Benjamin Kemball, who has a new job to oversee British American Tobacco's operations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru, the...

State parks slated for opening amid budget woes, ID

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say all of Idaho's state parks will be open during the summer season, despite earlier threats some may be shuttered to offset state budget cuts.Robert Meinen, director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, says families will be turning to state parks...

Detroit papers say more readers kept than expected, 1st Ld-Writethru, MI

May 21, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Executives with Detroit's daily newspapers say they have kept more readers and subscribers than they expected, more than a month after reducing home delivery and increasing electronic offerings.Officials with The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and the partnership that handles their...

SC gov. sues state attorney general over stimulus, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by JIM DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First, South Carolina's governor refused to accept federal stimulus money for his state's struggling schools. Then the Republican vetoed a state budget that required him to take it.This week, Gov. Mark Sanford sued his own state's elected officials in federal court, arguing...

Humbled grad turns to new job-hunting strategy, DC

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by PETULA DVORAKAssociated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After relentlessly pounding the industrial carpet at scores of job fairs, firing off hundreds of cover letters and knocking on dozens of doors since November, Michael Volpe was desperate.The 25-year-old college graduate with a degree in physics and a couple of years with the Peace...


C.R. Mayer Lands Major Auburn University Village Door Contract

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —C.R. Mayer & Company ( and Special-Lite Doors have landed one of the biggest orders in Special-Lite history with the contract to provide doors and entranceways to The Village, Auburn University's ( new upscale 1,700-bed student...

Sensors Honored at Kiosk Europe Expo 2009 Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

METHUEN, Mass.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Command Strips for Touch Sensors, 3M Touch Systems' new and unique method for removing and integrating touch sensors, has received a coveted EAFS Self-Service 2009 Best Technology Award at the Kiosk Europe Expo 2009 in Essen, Germany, May 5-7, 2009....

Ratings Downgrades LB-UBS 2001-C2; Assigns Outlooks Business Editors

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Fitch Ratings downgrades and assigns a Rating Outlook to LB-UBS commercial mortgage pass-through certificates, series 2001-C2 as follows:--$19.8 million class F to 'AA-' from 'AA+'; Stable Outlook;--$16.5 million class G to 'A-' from 'AA-'; Stable...

Ariz. lawmaker urges study of gambling expansion, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona House Republican leader is urging his colleagues to consider expanding off-reservation gambling as a budget-balancing option to avoid tax increases and reduce spending cuts.House Majority Whip Andy Tobin on Wednesday sent legislative colleagues an e-mail with financial...

Dems. pick Denver lobbyist to replace Sen. Veiga, CO

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Democrats picked a Denver lobbyist to replace a vacancy left by Sen. Jennifer Veiga, Colorado's first openly gay lawmaker in the Legislature who is moving to Australia.A vacancy committee picked Pat Steadman over nine other candidates Wednesday night. Veiga resigned at the end of the...

Amid Ohio's economic woes, golf fans seek savings, GLF

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by RUSTY MILLER - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There may be no better place to witness two different worlds in the same economy than a professional golf tournament in Ohio.The pros drive up in luxury cars, wearing high-end ensembles that include a pair of shoes and a belt buckle worth several hundred dollars apiece. In the...

Taiwan confirms third case of swine flu, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 21, 2009 6:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan says it has confirmed its second and third cases of swine flu.Spokesman Shih Wen-yi of the Centers for Disease Control said Thursday the two patients are a 22-year-old female student who returned to Taipei a day earlier from New York via Hong Kong, and a 23-year-old...


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