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Casino winnings fall 7.1 percent in April, LA

May 19, 2009 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Revenue from Louisiana's state licensed casinos fell 7.1 percent in April from March.State police say the 13 riverboats, the downtown New Orleans casino and the four slot casinos at racetracks took in $202.6 million last month. That's down from $218.1 million in March.Last...

NY attorney general sues debt settlement firms, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is suing two debt settlement companies, accusing them of fraudulent business practices and false advertising.Cuomo says CSA-Credit Solutions of America Inc., of Richardson, Texas, and Nationwide Asset Services Inc., of Phoenix, and its...

Iraqis don't jog or spin, but fitness clubs are in, ML

May 19, 2009 8:41 am | by HAMZA HENDAWI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — Across a mirrored room from stationary bikes and an occasional treadmill, men in tank tops knock back protein shakes and pump iron to loud hip hop.It's a common scene in America — and the latest craze in Baghdad.In a city of few diversions and long cut off from the outside world, the...

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Covanta prices private offer of $400M in notes, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Covanta Holding Corp. on Tuesday priced $400 million in senior notes due 2014.The operator of facilities that turn waste into electricity said it also has granted the initial purchasers for the offering an option to purchase up to an additional $60 million in notes to cover...

$244M cut proposed for Ohio pre-K programs, 2nd Ld-Writethru, OH

May 19, 2009 8:36 am | by STEPHEN MAJORS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early childhood advocates say planned cuts to Ohio's pre-kindergarten programs will shortchange children at the most critical time in their development, but the Ohio Senate says it simply has no more money to offer.Early childhood education programs, including public preschool...

Abbas swears in new Hamas-free government, 2nd Ld-Writethru, ML

May 19, 2009 8:36 am | by MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday swore in a new government comprised mainly of members of his Fatah Party, but without representation of his bitter rivals from the militant Islamic Hamas group.The move underlines the failure of attempts to bridge differences...

Gov. files disclosure report, LA

May 19, 2009 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's personal financial disclosure report for 2008 shows he earned nearly $120,000 in state salary last year plus income from his final days as a congressman and stock market investments with his wife, Supriya.According to the filing, the Jindals held no other...

Pakistani army commander briefs NATO commanders, 2nd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 19, 2009 8:35 am | by SLOBODAN LEKIC - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — Pakistan's military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, briefed NATO's top officers on Tuesday about the fighting in northwestern Pakistan, where the army is conducting a major offensive against Taliban militants, officials said.Officials discussed plans to deepen ties between NATO...

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VW, Porsche say integration still on

May 19, 2009 8:30 am | by GEORGE FREY - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFURT (AP) — The board chairmen of German carmakers Volkswagen and Porsche appeared to change course Tuesday, announcing the two companies will work toward an integrated company.Ferdinand Piech, chairman of Volkswagen AG, and Wolfgang Porsche of Porsche SE expressed their intention in a joint...

2 Nebraska airports getting money for runway work, NE

May 19, 2009 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A total of $4.7 million has been approved for rehabilitating runways at two Nebraska airports.The office of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release Tuesday that $1.5 million has been granted to O'Neill Municipal Airport-John L. Baker Field in north-central...

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in India nuclear deal, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy said on Tuesday it has signed a nuclear power plant development agreement with Indian engineering and construction firm Larsen & Toubro Ltd.Terms weren't disclosed.General Electric and Hitachi set up GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in 2007 to serve the...

Disney exhibit teaches kids financial lessons, US

May 19, 2009 8:30 am | by MIKE SCHNEIDER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Not even the happiest place on Earth is spared the lessons of saving and investing in this era of recession.Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park on Tuesday opened an interactive game-based exhibit aimed at teaching kids ages 8 to 13 basic lessons in personal finance that would...

Solutions Product of the Year Award Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

May 19, 2009 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PLEASANTON, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Five9, Inc. announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has named the Five9 Virtual Call Center Suite as a recipient of a 2008 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award."Five9 is honored to add another 2008 Product of...

Paying homage to D-Day in tighter times

May 19, 2009 8:29 am | by ANGELA CHARLTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — A silent moment on France's most evocative shore, a thoughtful stroll over once-bloodied Normandy cliffs, a mug of cider with a Frenchman who remembers hearing the D-Day bombers as a scrawny child, hiding in his cellar.Keeping the memory of the D-Day invasion alive...

Obama's stance on two-state solution heartens EU, EU

May 19, 2009 8:29 am | by ROBERT WIELAARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday welcomed President Barack Obama's appeal to Israel to commit to a two-state solution — Jewish and Palestinian nations living side by side — calling it the "way forward" to peace in the Middle East.A day after Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister...

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