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Firm: SoCal median home price dips slightly, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:13 pm | by JACOB ADELMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The median home price in Southern California dropped slightly in April from March, but analysts and real-estate agents said the troubled housing market might still be nearing its bottom.The median price paid for homes in a six-county region of Southern California fell 1.2 percent...

Macusani Yellowcake Announces Proposed Private Placement

May 19, 2009 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Macusani Yellowcake Inc. ("Macusani" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE: YEL) announced today plans to raise $2,247,500 in a non-brokered private placement. Macusani is proposing to offer 8,990,000 million units at a price of $0.25 per unit, with each unit consisting of one common share and one-half of...

Swift Energy files shelf registration statement, US

May 19, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas producer Swift Energy Co. has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to offer up to $500 million of its equity or debt securities.The company said Tuesday it may offer "one or more of these securities from time to time in...

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List of top 20 shows in prime-time Nielsen ratings

May 19, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 18-24. Listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X'' in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.1. (1) "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 28.84...

Another 6,400 workers to lose jobs at HP, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday it plans to cut 6,400 more workers — or 2 percent of the company's total work force. The cuts are on top of the 24,600 layoffs HP is doing as part of its huge acquisition of technology services provider Electronic Data Systems, and will come...

Report: students lagging in biosciences, SD

May 19, 2009 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says the nation's middle and high school students are falling behind in life sciences, and that could leave the country's fast-growing bioscience industry with a shortage of qualified workers.It says students are showing less interest in taking life sciences and...

Sensitive data missing from National Archives

May 19, 2009 2:01 pm | by LARRY MARGASAK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives lost a computer hard drive containing massive amounts of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and Secret Service and White House operating procedures, congressional officials said Tuesday.One of former...

Members Ratify Merger; UFCW 8 Becomes Statewide Voice For Working Californians Business Editors/Labor Writers

May 19, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROSEVILLE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Members of UFCW 8-Golden State and members of Southern California UFCW Local 1036 in three counties - Inyo, Mono and Kern - have voted in overwhelming numbers to ratify an agreement to join forces.The ratification vote affirms UFCW 8's standing...

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Failed Colo. bank's property being auctioned off, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A 2007 Cadillac Escalade, lawn equipment and "fine quality leather furniture" that belonged to a failed Greeley bank are being sold in an online auction.The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. ordered the auction after closing New Frontier Bank on April 10.The FDIC had issued a...

House OKs bill that allows refusal of health care, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 19, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to shield doctors and pharmacists from penalties for refusing to provide health services because of religious or moral objections won approval Tuesday from the Louisiana House, but only after the measure was rewritten to limit its scope.Lawmakers restricted the...

CBS remains most-watched network, Nielsen says, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:00 pm | by FRAZIER MOORE - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS kept up its winning ways, remaining the most-watched network for the 11th straight week.And Fox again could lay claim last week to the top duo of shows: the Wednesday and Tuesday editions of "American Idol."The third-ranking show: ABC's Monday airing of "Dancing with the...

Bill would ban smoking in La. bars and casinos, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:00 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The full House will debate whether Louisiana's hazy, smoke-filled bars and casinos should become smoke-free, after the health care committee narrowly agreed to advance the proposed smoking ban.The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 8-7 to support the ban on smoking in...

New Emissions and Mileage Standards Cut U.S. Oil Consumption by 20 Percent

May 19, 2009 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Environment, Business editorsDURHAM, N.C., May 19 (AScribe Newswire) -- More oil will be saved through President Obama's new mileage and emissions standards than would be produced if both the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the currently restricted parts of the outer continental...

Wyo. gov backs $150M payment to retirement system, APFN

May 19, 2009 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Dave Freudenthal has endorsed the findings of an audit that says Wyoming needs to transfer $150 million into the state's retirement system to cover higher future pension benefits for teachers who have seen recent pay raises.The Legislature this year approved the payment...

Meltdown 101: Automakers and the new fuel rules, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:54 pm | by DAN STRUMPF - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are fully behind the Obama administration's new set of fuel-economy rules unveiled Tuesday. But make no mistake — these regulations will not be easy for them to meet.The new rules call for manufacturers to reach an overall fleet average of 35.5 mpg by 2016, with passenger cars reaching...

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