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Conn. man gets special probation in bribery case, CT

May 26, 2009 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Conn. (AP) — A 74-year-old man accused of trying to bribe his Connecticut state representative with $40 will have his record cleared if he stays out of trouble for the next nine months.Hartford Superior Court Judge Hillary Strackbein granted Anthony Perrelli, of Madison, a special form of...

House OKs bill to make Ariz. 'Grand Canyon State', AZ

May 26, 2009 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has an official bird, an official flower and even an official neckwear but not an official nickname.That would change with Arizona officially adopting its commonly used nickname of "the Grand Canyon State" under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Arizona House.State...

L'Oreal, eBay agree to mediation in French dispute, EU

May 26, 2009 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — L'Oreal and eBay have agreed to settle a dispute in France over counterfeit cosmetics through mediation instead of going to court.A top Paris court earlier this month gave both companies until this Monday to consider a proposal of mediation. At a hearing Monday, the companies accepted,...

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HL:Top stories and photo for Tuesday, May 26, 2009@

May 26, 2009 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOP PHOTO: @RANKIN INLET, @Nunavut, SKP110, (Vertical) Closeup of Governor General Michaelle Jean eating the heart of a seal during a community feast.TOP STORIES:@OTTAWA @— The latest employment insurance data showing recipients have surged by more than 10 per cent in March is an graphic indicator...

Ellen Reid's 2009 National Indie Excellence Award Winners & Finalists are Announced! Publishing Writers/Business Editors

May 26, 2009 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 26, 2009-- Ellen Reid's 2009 National Indie Excellence Award Winners & Finalists have been selected. The contest recognizes small to mid-sized presses and independent and self-publishers who are emerging as a significant force in the book-publishing...

HL:Centerra Gold says work stopped at Boroo mine in Mongolia@

May 26, 2009 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) said Tuesday that unionized workers at its Boroo Mine in Mongolia have stopped work over a demand for more money.As a result mining and milling at Boroo has been suspended, the company said.Centerra said it believes this work stoppage is illegal, as there is a...

NJ man pleads to smuggling 16 million cigarettes, 1st Ld-Writethru, DC

May 26, 2009 1:01 pm | by MATTHEW BARAKAT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling nearly 16 million cigarettes he bought from undercover federal agents in Virginia to sell in New York and New Jersey.Mark A. Frondelli, 48, of Parlin, N.J., admitted as part of a plea agreement in U.S. District Court in...

PacTrust Bancorp, Inc. Announces $0.05 Quarterly Dividend Business Editors

May 26, 2009 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHULA VISTA, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 26, 2009-- First PacTrust Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FPTB), the holding company for Pacific Trust Bank (the "Bank"), announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of five cents ($0.05) per share on its outstanding common...

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Illinois Dems ask for Republican help on tax hike, IL

May 26, 2009 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The president of the Illinois Senate says Democrats lack the votes to raise income taxes and are looking for Republican help.President John Cullerton said Tuesday that he has personally appealed to Republican leaders in the House and Senate to help balance the budget.He...

2 top Obama officials to visit Kokomo, IN

May 26, 2009 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Two top Obama administration officials are headed to Indiana to visit Kokomo, which has been hard-hit by the crisis in the nation's automotive industry.The man who's leading President Barack Obama's efforts to help auto towns and workers will discuss the federal recovery efforts...

Merck says WHO pre-qualifies vaccine Gardasil, APFN

May 26, 2009 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Merck and Co. said Tuesday the World Health Organization granted prequalification to Gardasil, a vaccine intended to prevent the human papillomavirus, a disease that can cause cervical cancer.Merck said the WHO approval makes it possible for agencies like the United Nations...

HL:The envision Group acquires Vancouver-based Interproject Systems@

May 26, 2009 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — The envision Group, an Ottawa-based construction, environmental and business services company, has completed the acquisition of Vancouver-based Interproject Systems Inc. for an undisclosed price."The acquisition of IPS further broadens The envision Group's geographic presence in Western...

Massey sticks to 2009 production estimates, WV

May 26, 2009 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Massey Energy says it's sticking to its most recent production estimates.Richmond, Va.-based Massey said Tuesday the estimates it gave in April still stand. Massey told investors at the time it expected to produce between 38 million and 41 million tons of coal...

S & P raises outlook on GMAC ratings to 'Developing', APFN

May 26, 2009 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said Tuesday it has raised its ratings outlook on GMAC LLC and its mortgage subsidiary to "Developing," arguing that government support improves the company's chance to survive the auto industry crisis.S&P affirmed its non-investment grade "CCC/C"...

Congress moves to withhold detainee abuse photos, US

May 26, 2009 12:54 pm | by MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is moving to stop a federal court order that would disclose government information to the public — this time the photos of terrorist detainee abuse that President Barack Obama no longer wants to release.Just days after Obama reversed his position on the photos, Sens. Joe...

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