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Another 'Slumdog' child star's home torn down, 4th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by ERIKA KINETZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The shanty home of another "Slumdog Millionaire" child star was torn down by Mumbai authorities Wednesday as they demolished part of a city slum where she lived.Munni Qureshi — the stepmother of 9-year-old Rubina Ali, who portrayed a young Latika, the Oscar-winning film's...

New Jersey's jobless rate climbs again in April, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Employment in New Jersey fell for the 15th month in a row in April.The unemployment rate edged up to 8.4 percent from 8.3 percent in March. However, the rate was lower than the national average of 8.9 percent.The Labor and Workforce Development Department says more than 14,000...

GM looks to drop La Junta dealer with 17 employees, 1st Ld-Writethru, CO

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by CATHERINE TSAI - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — First the southeast Colorado town of La Junta learned it was losing its Chrysler dealership. Now the town of about 7,500 could be losing its General Motors dealer too.Tri-County GM Inc. was among about 1,100 dealers nationwide to learn Friday that their franchise agreements wouldn't...


Company awaiting new NI 43-101 resource estimates

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OREX EXPLORATION INC. (TSX VENTURE: OX)(FRANKFURT: O5D) would like to provide its shareholders with the following corporate update.Updated Mineral Resources EstimateOrex has completed Phases 2A to 2C of its current drilling campaign and engaged InnovExplo Inc. of Val-d'Or, Quebec, to complete a...

Judge hears arguments in WaMu bankruptcy, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge declined Wednesday to rule immediately on a request by Washington Mutual Inc. for authorization to examine records of JPMorgan Chase & Co., which acquired the Seattle-based thrift's seized assets in September.The two companies are battling over...

New Hire Brings Proven Advertising and Restaurant Brand Pedigree

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —Noodles & Company, the quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sauteed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, has hired Dan Fogarty as the company's new vice president of marketing. Fogarty's first day at Noodles &...

Forest Oil prices stock offering at $18.25, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Forest Oil Corp. said on Wednesday that it has priced its planned offering of 12.5 million shares at $18.25 per share.That price falls a little below where the shares were trading on Tuesday — at $18.50, down 90 cents, or 4.6 percent.The natural gas company said it expects to issue...

EdF may launch retail bond issue, EU

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Electricite de France may seek to tap into France's small investors and savers by launching a bond reserved for retail investors, the company's chairman and chief executive said Wednesday.Speaking at EdF's annual shareholder meeting, Pierre Gadonneix said the company was studying the...


Eaton Vance 2nd-quarter profit falls 52 percent, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — Investment manager Eaton Vance Corp. on Wednesday said its fiscal second-quarter profit fell 52 percent as market declines continued to chip away at the value of the assets it manages, pushing down revenue for its advisory services.For the three months ended April 30, Eaton Vance...

Fitch Affirms Westamerica Bancorporation's Ratings; Outlook Stable Business Editors

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings of Westamerica Bancorporation (WABC) and its banking subsidiary Westamerica Bank. The Rating Outlook remains Stable.The affirmation reflects the company's continued consistently strong earnings performance,...

Xcel Energy to pay higher dividend July 20, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. said Wednesday the company raised its quarterly dividend by three-quarters of a penny, to 24.5 cents per share from 23.75 cents per share.The Minneapolis-based utility said its second-quarter dividend for common stock would be payable July 20 for shareholders of...

HL:The Canadian Press Business News Budget for Wednesday, May 20 2009@

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUSINESS EDITORS:@ Here are Canadian Press Business budget lines as of 10 p.m. ET. Plans may change as circumstances warrant.To contact Canadian Press Business by email, send messages to business(at) addition to the following, a story slugged BC-Economy has moved General (G)...

Sides wait as Culver, courts decide franchise fee, 1st Ld-Writethru, IA

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by MICHAEL J. CRUMB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A court ruling and decision by Gov. Chet Culver could make the difference in a debate over millions of dollars in utility franchise fees.At issue is a battle over fees charged by the city of Des Moines for natural gas and electrical customers, but the matter could soon...

State Farm settles Indiana hail damage claims, IN

May 20, 2009 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials say State Farm has agreed to pay the state $275,000 and review thousands of claims to settle complaints over its response to an April 2006 hailstorm.To date, 425 State Farm customers have complained to the Indiana Department of Insurance about the insurer's...

Flying in comfort _ or not

May 20, 2009 9:39 am | by HARRY R. WEBER - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Fares, fees and destinations aren't the only things that vary by airline.The width of your seat, the amount of legroom and the entertainment options available can make the time, well, fly by — or make a long flight feel a lot longer.Legroom is important to many fliers. Seat pitch —...


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