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Conn. state agencies shut down by furloughs, 1st Ld-Writethru, CT

May 21, 2009 3:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An unpaid day off for Connecticut state employees means a four day holiday weekend for thousands of state workers but a shutdown of some services for state residents.Friday is an unpaid furlough day for most of the 55,000 state workers which is supposed to save the state...

Maine joins bogus charity sweep, ME

May 21, 2009 3:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has joined the federal government in a nationwide crackdown on bogus charitable solicitors.Attorney General Janet Mills and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the state's joined the Federal Trade Commission and 61 other agencies in 48 states and the District of...

RIM Executives Adopt Automatic Securities Disposition Plans

May 21, 2009 3:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Research In Motion Limited ("RIM" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today announced that Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, RIM's Co-Chief Executive Officers, have each adopted new automatic securities disposition plans ("ASDPs") in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission's...

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First US trial planned for Gitmo detainee, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 3:05 am | by DEVLIN BARRETT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Guantanamo detainee chosen for trial in the United States is a man officials say began his terrorist career on a bicycle delivering bomb parts and rose through al-Qaida ranks to become a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden.Ahmed Ghailani was in his twenties when prosecutors say...

Film & Television Awards Tout Composers of Year's Top Film, Television, & Cable Music Business Editors/Entertainment Editors

May 21, 2009 3:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- BMI, the leading music rights organization, honored the composers of music featured in the past year's top-grossing films, top-rated prime-time network television series, and highest ranking cable network programs tonight at its annual Film &...

Howard Co. council approves $1.4B operating budget, MD

May 21, 2009 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — The Howard County Council has approved a $1.4 billion operating budget.Taxpayers won't pay higher local tax rates under the budget approved Wednesday, but they will face higher water and sewer charges.The budget calls for nine county employees to be laid off and furloughs...

RI health insurers ask for rate increases, RI

May 21, 2009 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's largest health insurance companies are seeking rate hikes.Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher Koller says Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is proposing a 16.3-percent rate increase for businesses with 50 or more employees.UnitedHealthCare of New...

Court: Egypt tycoon to hang in slaying of pop diva, 6th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 21, 2009 2:55 am | by MAGGIE MICHAEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CAIRO (AP) — Suzanne Tamim shot to fame in an "American Idol"-style TV show, a green-eyed Lebanese beauty whose pop songs about love's agony mirrored her troubled life.Now, the man reported to be her secret lover — a married, politically powerful Egyptian tycoon — has been sentenced to hang for...

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Unmanned probes search for Navy chopper wreckage, US

May 21, 2009 2:55 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy and Coast Guard were scouring the ocean early Thursday for two more members of a Navy flight crew whose helicopter went down on a training flight from an aircraft carrier, killing at least three, authorities said.A team of Navy search and salvage specialists planned to use...

McClatchy tries to get more wiggle room under debt, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 2:54 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — McClatchy Co. is offering to buy back $1.15 billion in debt at a steep discount, a proposal that presumes the newspaper publisher's unsecured lenders will accept a fraction of the amount they are owed rather than risk getting even less if the company were to seek bankruptcy...

Worries over persistent job losses pound stocks

May 21, 2009 2:49 am | by TIM PARADIS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Another bad signal from the job market and concern over a possible downgrade of British government debt sent stocks sharply lower Thursday.Major stock indicators slid more than 1.5 percent, cutting nearly 130 points off the Dow Jones industrial average, after continuing claims for...

Surging China bank loans a concern, Fitch says

May 21, 2009 2:49 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China's record surge in bank lending, driven by government stimulus programs and lenders' profit targets, may be undermining the future health of the industry, Fitch Ratings said in a report Thursday.The report came amid growing doubts over whether China's economy is truly headed...

Court allows UK man to appeal extradition to US, EU

May 21, 2009 2:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Retired U.K. businessman Ian Norris has won permission to pursue a further appeal in his battle to avoid extradition to the United States where he faces trial on charges of obstructing justice.Norris and three other Morgan Crucible executives were indicted in Pennsylvania in 2003 on...

How Allen ascended from meek audition to 'Idol', US

May 21, 2009 2:43 am | by DERRIK J. LANG - AP Entertainment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not much has changed about Kris Allen since his mostly forgettable "American Idol" audition.Well, except for the winning-it-all part.When the 23-year-old college student from Conway, Ark., first auditioned with Leon Russell's "A Song for You" in Louisville, Ky., he seemed nothing...

22 foreign automakers to skip Tokyo Motor Show, AS

May 21, 2009 2:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — More than 20 major foreign carmakers, including General Motors Corp. and Germany's BMW AG, will skip the Tokyo Motor Show later this year to save costs, the organizer said Thursday, underlining a deepening slump in the global auto industry."It is unprecedented to see such a large...

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