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Zippo lighter-making plant begins 8-day shutdown, PA

May 21, 2009 4:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — Zippo Manufacturing Co. is shutting down its cigarette lighter plant in north central Pennsylvania for eight days because of the soft economy.The shutdown in Bradford begins Thursday and will end May 29.Company officials aren't saying how many workers are affected by the...

HL:Southwestern Resources says Hochschild cancels $22.5-million takeover deal@

May 21, 2009 4:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Southwestern Resources Corp. (TSX:SWG) said late Wednesday that a takeover deal for Hochschild Mining PLC has fallen through.The Vancouver-based company said Hochschild cancelled the $22.5-million deal after documents were released concerning the sale of Southwestern's troubled Boka...

HL:Paladin Labs strikes $51 million bought deal financing of common shares@

May 21, 2009 4:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Paladin Labs Inc. (TSX:PLB), a Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, said Thursday it has entered into a bought deal agreement with Cormark Securities Inc. and GMP Securities L.P., as co-lead underwriters, to sell three million shares at $17 each to raise $51 million.Paladin said...

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Zimbabwe premier says foreign reporters allowed, 4th Ld-Writethru, AF

May 21, 2009 4:25 am | by ANGUS SHAW - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says foreign journalists are free to report in the troubled southern African nation where many have previously been banned and others arrested and harassed.The veteran opposition leader who formed a coalition with longtime...

Ahead of the Bell: Fifth Third Bancorp

May 21, 2009 4:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Fifth Third Bancorp fell in premarket trading Thursday, a day after the regional bank announced a stock offer and debt exchange program to help boost its capital base.After the market closed Wednesday, the Cincinnati-based bank said it will raise $750 million through the...

LEAD: Japan, Pacific island nations meet in Hokkaido+

May 21, 2009 4:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHIMUKAPPU, Japan, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING, ADDING INFO, CHANGING DATELINE)The leaders of Japan and Pacific island nations gathered Friday for a two-day meeting in Hokkaido to discuss ways to deal with climate change and other issues facing the island nations.At the fifth Japan-Pacific...

Public gets say on Wal-Mart near Va. battlefield, 4th Ld-Writethru, VA

May 21, 2009 4:25 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ORANGE, Va. (AP) — Wal-Mart officials asked planners in a rural Virginia county Thursday to approve a Supercenter near a rolling green expanse where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met in battle in the Civil War.The proposal was welcomed by residents who said the 138,000-square foot store...

Independence Bowl sponsor: AdvoCare International, FBC

May 21, 2009 4:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A direct sales marketer of nutritional and skin care products is the new sponsor for the Independence Bowl.President and CEO Richard Wright says AdvoCare International LP of Carrollton, Texas, has agreed to a title sponsorship for the 2009 game and a five-year option.The...

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Arcandor, Metro discussing department store merger, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 4:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Kaufhof and Karstadt department stores could be combined under a new company to be called Deutsche Warenhaus AG, the two chains' owners announced Thursday in a joint statement.Chairmen Eckhard Cordes of Metro AG, which operates the Kaufhof chain, and Karl-Gerhard Eick of...

American Airlines pilot fails breath test, EU

May 21, 2009 4:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — American Airlines says a pilot scheduled to fly a plane to Chicago failed a breath test at London's Heathrow airport.Fort Worth, Texas-based American said the pilot was given the test Wednesday after airport security staff alerted police.The pilot, whom the airline declined to name,...

Embassy Suites Hotels@ Continues to Make a Difference in Families' Lives Through Money for College This Summer with the Help of Upromise@ Business Editors/Travel & Hospitality Wr...

May 21, 2009 4:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Embassy Suites Hotels continues to offer travelers more reasons to stay with the announcement today of its summer promotion with Upromise, a college savings rewards program that helps its 10 million members save money towards their dreams of higher...

Suntech Power posts 1Q profit, beats Street view, APFN

May 21, 2009 4:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. on Thursday reported a first-quarter profit, beating analyst expectations. The company also projected moderate revenue growth in the second quarter.The company also announced a public offering of 20 million American Depositary shares.The...

Amnesty: Nigeria govt crackdown uproots thousands, AF

May 21, 2009 4:20 am | by EDWARD HARRIS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday that a Nigerian military crackdown on militant fighters in the southern Delta has caused thousands of civilians to flee their homes and may have left hundreds of bystanders dead or wounded.The London-based rights group said in a statement...

Brocade's adjusted earnings, sales top Street view, APFN

May 21, 2009 4:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Technology company Brocade Communications Systems Inc. fell to a loss in its fiscal second quarter on stock-based compensation and other one-time charges, the company said Thursday.However, excluding special items, the San Jose-based network gear maker topped Wall Street...

Blenko marks WVa statehood with special piece, 1st Ld-Writethru, WV

May 21, 2009 4:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILTON, W.Va. (AP) — Once again, a famed glassmaker is helping celebrate the anniversary of West Virginia's statehood.Blenko Glass Co. is selling a limited run of 146 specially designed pieces for $146 each at its visitor's center in Milton.It will only be for sale at the visitor's center on...

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