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UN study advises caution over dams

May 21, 2009 12:37 am | by MICHAEL CASEY - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BANGKOK (AP) — A dam-building spree in China poses the greatest threat to the future of the already beleaguered Mekong, one of the world's major rivers and a key source of water for the region, a U.N. report said Thursday.China is constructing a series of eight dams on the upper half of the Mekong...

China repeats opposition to international exchanges with Taiwan+

May 21, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING, May 21 (Kyodo) — China repeated Thursday its opposition to foreign countries holding official exchanges with Taiwan, ahead of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's planned trip to Central America via the United States."China is opposed to Taiwan holding official exchanges with any country,"...

3RD LD: Lay judge system starts in Japan amid lingering concerns+

May 21, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING, ADDING INFO)Japan joined the ranks of many other countries Thursday by introducing an aspect of the judicial system that enables ordinary citizens to try criminal cases, but its debut was overshadowed by criticism over the controversial lifetime secrecy...

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China shares down on renewed economic jitters, AS

May 21, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese shares fell Thursday on renewed doubts about the country's economic recovery, led by resources and financial shares.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dropped 40.79 points, or 1.5 percent, to 2,610.62. The Shenzhen Composite Index for China's second exchange slipped 2.2...

Shareholders in Japan's Livedoor win damages

May 21, 2009 12:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Shareholders won damages Thursday from Takafumi Horie, founder of Internet startup Livedoor Co., in a class-action lawsuit that claimed people had been duped into making dubious investments in the Japanese company.A court official confirmed the ruling but declined to elaborate. Kyodo...

New materials to help avoid charity fraud, TN

May 21, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State and federal officials have released new education materials to help consumers recognize and avoid charitable solicitation fraud.As part of "Operation False Charity," the Federal Trade Commission and 48 states — including Tennessee — have issued a new consumer alert...

SC lawmakers limit payday lending on final day, 6th Ld-Writethru, SC

May 21, 2009 12:05 am | by SEANNA ADCOX - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators wrapped up their regular session Thursday by approving restrictions on the payday lending industry that will limit the number of loans to one at a time and track customers who incur them.Legislators called it the most significant legislation passed...

Comptroller recommends review of Project Edison, TN

May 21, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee comptroller's office has recommended a review of Project Edison following complaints by state lawmakers and employees.The $135 million project is replacing and centralizing the state's payroll administration, financial management, information technology and...

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$36 million in DOJ stimulus money to Ga., GA

May 21, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia law enforcement will receive a boost from more than $36 million in federal stimulus funds for public safety programs.Georgia's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will divide the money between state and local programs. Officials say some of the cash will go to victim and...

ARM Connected Community Business Editors/Technology Writers

May 21, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Symsource Limited today announced it is a new member in the ARM(R) Connected Community, the industry's largest ecosystem of ARM technology-based products and services.As part of the ARM Connected Community, Symsource will gain access to a full range of...

Demonstrate Best-in-Class Converged Video Delivery Solutions at ANGA Cable 2009 Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 21, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- At ANGA Cable 2009 stand H.21, Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) will feature its latest generation of digital video and HFC broadband access solutions for live or on-demand video delivery to any device-including TVs, PCs and mobile phones. Harmonic's...

BW)(CA-JAZZ-SEMICONDUCTOR)(TSEM.NASDAQ)(TSEM.TASE) Xceive Ramps Volume Production Using Jazz Semiconductor's 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS Process for Silicon Tuner in Flat Panel TVs B...

May 21, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2009-- XceiveCorporation,the market leader in hybrid silicon tuners with proven success in PC, television and the digital home, and Jazz Semiconductor(R), a Tower Group Company (NASDAQ:TSEM) (TASE:TSEM), and the leader in...

Key 10-year JGB yield rises slightly in directionless trading+

May 20, 2009 11:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond closed slightly higher Thursday amid directionless trading.In interdealer trading, the yield on the No. 300, 1.5 percent issue gained 0.005 percentage point from Wednesday's close to 1.425 percent.The price of the...

LEAD: Woman killed, another injured in attack in Akita city+

May 20, 2009 11:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AKITA, Japan, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING VICTIMS' NAMES, DETAILS)One woman was killed and another woman seriously injured after being slashed by an unidentified attacker Thursday at a lumber company's office in Akita city, police said.The attacker, believed to be a woman, fled the scene, they...

Cable & Wireless full-year profit drops 13 pct, 2nd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 20, 2009 11:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British telecommunications company Cable & Wireless PLC on Thursday reported a 13 percent drop in full-year profit, due mainly to an increase in restructuring costs.For the year ending March 31, the Britain's second-largest telecoms company had a net profit of 143 million pounds ($226...

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