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Markets: Experts Predict That In 2009-2010 the Rates of the Russian Drill Pumps Market Growth Will Be At the Level of Year 2008 Business Editors

May 20, 2009 2:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009--Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/17a2d1/review of_the_russ) has announced the addition of the "Review of the Russian Drill Pumps Market" report to their offering.B2B Research Company has conducted a market research and a review...

2ND LD: Aso concerned as Japan economy suffers serious recession+

May 20, 2009 2:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: INCORPORATING STORY HEADLINED "LEAD: JAPANESE ECONOMY'S WORST PERIOD PROBABLY OVER: YOSANO")Prime Minister Taro Aso expressed concern Wednesday that the Japanese economy has been in a "severe" condition as it suffered the worst contraction since the end of World War II...

US dollar lower in European trading, EU

May 20, 2009 2:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. dollar was lower against other major currencies in European trading Wednesday morning. Gold rose.The euro traded at $1.3639, up from $1.3534 late Tuesday in New York.Other dollar rates:—95.83 Japanese yen, down from 96.42—1.1084 Swiss francs, down from 1.1162—1.1535 Canadian...

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Nebraska using stimulus funds for water management, NE

May 20, 2009 2:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $200,000 of federal stimulus money to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.Brian McManus of the Nebraska DEQ says his agency and the state Department of Natural Resources will use the money to enhance the...

SecureDoc Full-Disk Encryption to Protect Hospital Data Business Editors/Technology Writers

May 20, 2009 2:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- WinMagic (www.winmagic.com), the innovative leader in disk encryption, today announced that Mount Sinai Hospital, an internationally recognized health care centre affiliated with the University of Toronto, has selected WinMagic's SecureDoc full-disk...

Ahead of the Bell: SEC mulls investor access plan, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are considering a proposal to make it easier for shareholders to nominate directors for ballots of public companies, a change that has been pushed by investors and governance advocates.The Securities and Exchange Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday at a...

WVa gives tax breaks to flood victims

May 20, 2009 2:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Joe Manchin has suspended the state's sales and use taxes on certain home sales and materials for flood victims.Those affected by floods in Boone, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties will not have to pay sales tax on mobile homes, house trailers,...

DC fire chief: Budget woes could affect service, DC

May 20, 2009 2:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin says budget pressures his department is facing may affect service.Rubin said Tuesday that the department won't fill 80 positions and has had to cancel a cadet class.His remarks came in conjunction with the release of a national study sponsored by...

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Ahead of the Bell: Drop in oil reserves expected, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The Energy Department will likely report a 1.5 million-barrel drop in crude oil reserves on Wednesday for the week ended May 15, according to a survey by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The Energy Information Administration releases its weekly report at 10:30...

New Indian govt to make security top priority, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's new government will make security and promoting Hindu-Muslim tolerance a priority as it heads into a second term, while continuing its focus on raising the economic prospects of the country's millions of poor, officials said Wednesday.The declaration from Prime Minister...

LEAD: Death penalty finalized for woman in 1998 curry poisoning case+

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING MORE INFO)The death penalty given to a woman in a 1998 curry poisoning case in which four people died and 63 others fell ill has been finalized following the Supreme Court's dismissal of a petition against its guilty ruling last month, sources close to the...

Prince George's County considers pay raise limits, 1st Ld-Writethru, DC

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Four members of the Prince George's County Council have sponsored a bill that would keep future councils from getting pay raises when county employees don't get an increase.Union leaders and taxpayers have complained about the county's fiscal 2010 budget, which takes...

DeKalb Co. cop charged with sodomy, GA

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — A DeKalb County policeman finds himself on the opposite side of the law following his arrest on sex charges.Bettina Durant, a police spokeswoman, said the charges stem from a complaint filed in January that alleged 29-year-old Javier Alfredo Garces made inappropriate contact while he...

Talisman Energy Announces a Significant Discovery in Colombia

May 20, 2009 2:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Talisman (Colombia) Oil & Gas Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX: TLM) (NYSE: TLM) ("Talisman"), has announced a significant gas condensate field discovery in the Niscota Block of the Andes foothills, located 300 kilometres north east of Bogota, Colombia.In the Niscota...

Air France-KLM, Delta tie-up to reap $12B annually

May 20, 2009 2:07 am | by GREG KELLER - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc., Air France and KLM signed a deal Wednesday to combine two separate joint venture agreements into one to create a trans-Atlantic powerhouse that's expected to generate $12 billion in annual revenue, provide better travel options for customers and more closely align the...

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