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Worries over persistent job losses pound stocks, 14th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 5:49 am | by TIM PARADIS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Another bad signal from the job market and anxiety over a possible downgrade of British government debt sent stocks sharply lower Thursday.Major stock indicators slid at least 2 percent, cutting 160 points off the Dow Jones industrial average, after continuing claims for...

Premarket roundup: Fifth Third Bancorp, Hot Topic, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Among the premarket stories for Thursday, May 21, from AP Financial News:NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Fifth Third Bancorp fell in premarket trading, a day after the regional bank announced a stock offer and debt exchange program to help boost its capital base.NEW YORK (AP) — Hot Topic Inc.'s guidance...

HL:U.K. credit rating concerns, U.S. economic worries send stocks sharply lower@

May 21, 2009 5:44 am | by Malcolm Morrison@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A possibility of a rating downgrade of British government debt and renewed worries about an American economic recovery sent North American stock markets down sharply Thursday.Toronto's S&P/TSX composite index tumbled 282.85 points or 2.75 per cent to 9,949.59 as investors took some...

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HL:N.S. Liberals release campaign platform price tag of almost $528 million@

May 21, 2009 5:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Liberals have released their campaign platform promising cuts to small business tax, new education initatives and access to a doctor for every family.Party leader Stephen McNeil says the cost of their commitment amounts to almost $528 million over four years.McNeil says...

Arizona lawmakers battle over GOP budget proposal, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:44 am | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — The gloves are off for Arizona legislators debating majority Republicans' plan to solve the state's budget shortfall.To at least some Senate Republicans, the GOP leaders' budget-balancing proposal is a painful but overdue dose of financial realism for a state set up for a fall by...

Case closed in Verizon unlisted number complaint, MD

May 21, 2009 5:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Public Service Commission has closed the book on a Verizon Communications slip-up that caused about 11,000 unlisted telephone numbers to be published in a Washington County directory.The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail reported Thursday that state regulators took no...

WiNOG Partner to Host Fixed Broadband Conference at ITEXPO West 2009 in Los Angeles Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORWALK, Conn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) announced today that the company has teamed up with the Wireless Internet Service Providers Network Operators Group (WiNOG) to host a new conference track at its upcoming INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO...

Edith Wharton's Mass. estate restructures its debt, US

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts home of author Edith Wharton has agreed with creditors on a restructuring plan to reduce its debt.The estate is known as the Mount. It's near the Tanglewood summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Lenox, a tiny town in the Berkshires.Mount trustees...

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Trading On NYSE Amex; Common Stock to Be Removed From NASDAQ OMX BX (formerly Boston Stock Exchange) Business Editors/Energy Writers

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROCKVILLE, Md.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Argan, Inc. (NYSE Amex:AGX) today affirmed that its common stock continues to be traded on the NYSE Amex stock exchange which commenced on August 22, 2007. Argan's common stock will be removed from listing on NASDAQ OMX BX (formerly, the Boston Stock...

Couple withdraws money, flees after bank error, AS

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police launched an international search for two New Zealanders who allegedly took the money and ran after a bank mistakenly put 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) into their account.The couple, who operated a gas station in the northern city of Rotorua,...

Wife of ex-Gov. Blagojevich to star on reality TV, 4th Ld-Writethru, IL

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by MIKE ROBINSONAssociated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich's wife — best known for a foul-mouthed tirade federal investigators say they caught on tape before her husband's arrest — said Thursday that she'll help support her family by battling it out on a reality TV show with other quasi-celebrities.Patti...

Far-right anti-Israel campaign ads rankle Austria, 2nd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by VERONIKA OLEKSYN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's far-right Freedom Party is coming under fire for inflammatory newspaper campaign ads focused on Turkey and Israel ahead of next month's European elections.Critics from across the political spectrum — including the chancellor — say the ads are a crass attempt to shore up...

Lund Gold Ltd.: Blackfox Property Update

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lund Gold Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: LGD) ("Lund") is pleased to report that the Phase 1 Exploration at the Blackfox Property in Northern Ontario is complete. The Property is located approx. 225km east of Thunder Bay and approx. 70km west of the Hemlo Gold Deposit. The Property lies within an extension of...

Britain opens its doors to all Gurkha veterans, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by RAPHAEL G. SATTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The storied Nepalese warriors who have served Britain's military for nearly two centuries were given the automatic right Thursday to settle in Britain, gaining a hard-won victory after years of lawsuits and lobbying.The Gurkhas' fierceness has carried them through wars in the...

Subsidiary Receives Investment Certificate for the Lam Dong Wind Power Plant Business Editors/Energy Writers

May 21, 2009 5:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES & HANOI, Vietnam-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Cavico Corp. ("Cavico" or "the Company") (OTC BB: CVIC),a leading infrastructure development company in Vietnam, today announced that Cavico Transportation, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, received the investment certificate from...

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