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Miss. governor meets with Chinese delegation, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:54 pm | by TIMOTHY R. BROWN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told a Chinese delegation that even in an economic recession, there are trade opportunities between the state and its partners in the Far East.Barbour on Thursday welcomed the delegation from Changzhou, Jintan County, and the Qishuyan District...

Kan. gov. signs bill on cockfighting, other crimes, KS

May 21, 2009 5:54 pm | by JOHN HANNA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill Thursday that will make cockfighting a felony in Kansas and strengthen laws against drug trafficking and assaulting law enforcement officers.The changes will take effect July 1."Safe communities are one of the reasons that businesses and...

Leading Sales and Marketing Solutions Company Recognized for Second Year in a Row by Stevie Awards

May 21, 2009 5:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.teletech.com () —Direct Alliance (www.directalliance.com (http://www.directalliance.com) ), a wholly owned subsidiary of TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEC) and a leading outsourcing provider of direct inside sales and marketing solutions, has been named a finalist in three different...

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ND park managers not sure what holiday will bring, ND

May 21, 2009 5:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Park managers in North Dakota say reservations for the Memorial Day weekend are running high but cool temperatures could keep people at home."One big difference over last year is the price of fuel. That was a major item for us last year," said Henry Duray, manager of Graham's...

Plots authorities say they've foiled since 9/11, US

May 21, 2009 5:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say they have foiled many home-grown terrorism plots since Sept. 11, 2001:— MAY 2003: A naturalized U.S. citizen from Kashmir living in Columbus, Ohio, is accused of planning to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, pleads guilty to supporting al-Qaida and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.—...

US scraps airport bomb detectors as ineffective, US

May 21, 2009 5:53 pm | by EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is scrapping a post-Sept. 11, 2001, airport screening program because the machines did not operate as intended and cost too much to maintain.The so-called "puffer" machines were deployed to airports in 2004 to screen randomly selected passengers for bombs after they...

Better Backs, Dry Legs Are Winners In UC Davis Business Plan Competition Business Editors

May 21, 2009 5:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DAVIS, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- A plan for cleaning wastewater with ultraviolet light won the $15,000 first prize in the annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition at the University of California, Davis, Wednesday night.The funding will help the students complete a prototype of the...

DSHS issues new plan for Colville, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 21, 2009 5:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A stinging review of the state Department of Social and Health Services' Colville office has the agency taking steps to improve its relationships with communities in north-central Washington.In a statement released Thursday, the agency said it takes the report's findings...

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OpenTable shares soar nearly 60 pct in IPO feast

May 21, 2009 5:47 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online restaurant reservation service OpenTable Inc. proved there's still an appetite for new stock offerings despite the sour economy.The San Francisco-based company's shares soared by $11.89, or nearly 60 percent, to close at $31.89 Thursday in their first day of trading on...

SEC says man faked news release to inflate stock, APFN

May 21, 2009 5:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Fort Myers man put out a fake news release, so that when it was reported in the media, a company's stock increased and made the man thousands of dollars.The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that it was pursuing civil action against...

Hard cases, hard decisions at Guantanamo, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 5:47 pm | by DEVLIN BARRETT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has lots of hard cases. But the hardest of them all, says President Barack Obama, will be those who cannot be put on trial or freed.For them, the U.S. is crafting some sort of detention policy that reminds civil liberties groups...

SPIN METER: Obama vs. Cheney, US

May 21, 2009 5:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITOR'S NOTE — An occasional look behind the rhetoric of public officials.By CALVIN WOODWARDAssociated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Two tough speeches conveying two radically different views of America's fight against terrorism and the nation's values unfolded in separate halls, minutes...

Computer virus strikes US Marshals, FBI affected

May 21, 2009 5:47 pm | by DEVLIN BARRETT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement computers were struck by a mystery computer virus Thursday, forcing the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to shut down part of their networks as a precaution.The U.S. Marshals confirmed it disconnected from the Justice Department's computers as a protective measure after...

Gregoire signs order to reduce greenhouse gases, 2nd Ld-Writethru, WA

May 21, 2009 5:47 pm | by PHUONG LE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed an executive order Thursday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The order includes aspects of a climate change bill that the governor had aggressively pushed but failed to pass in the recent legislative session.Among other things, it directs the...

GM's future rests with bondholders after UAW deal, 8th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 5:47 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers struck a deal with General Motors and the federal government Thursday to cut labor costs, close factories and change the way retiree health care is funded.The agreement could ease one of GM's biggest problems: The cost of its work force. But the automaker is...

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