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Ohio contractors watching Pentagon budget moves, 1st Ld-Writethru, OH

May 25, 2009 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pentagon's goal of converting more private contractors into civilian employees has some defense contractors based near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base worried.Defense Secretary Robert Gates' proposed budget would replace contractors with 13,800 government employees across...

HL:Critics say minister's opposition to nuclear waste shows flaws in energy plan@

May 25, 2009 1:20 pm | by Romina Maurino@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A Liberal cabinet minister's opposition to storing nuclear waste in his Sudbury riding shows the government's nuclear strategy is flawed and raises questions about plans to bring new energy projects online despite community outrage, critics charged Monday.The New Democrats said...

Utah demand for food stamps, aid increasing, UT

May 25, 2009 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah charities that provide food to low-income families say food stamp use grew 5 percent between March and April to more than 78,700 households.Crossroads Urban Center Director Glenn Bailey says he doesn't expect a slowdown anytime soon.Baileys says the number of households...


Q1 2009 Conference Call Invitation and Release Procedure

May 25, 2009 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Camposol Holding Plc.'s first quarter 2009 results are scheduled to be released on Thursday 28 May 2009. In connection with the earnings release a telephone conference will be held the same day at 02:00 p.m. (CET-Norwegian time), as described below.The quarterly results will be made available on...

HL:News report says Canadian journalist held hostage in Somalia is in failing health@

May 25, 2009 1:15 pm | by Dean Bennett@Associated Press | News | Comments

EDMONTON — A freelance Canadian journalist held hostage in Somalia says she may die in captivity and is begging the federal government to bring her home, according to a news report."The situation here is very dire and very serious. I've been a hostage for nine months. The conditions are very bad. I...

Chicago patient dies of swine flu, 3rd Ld-Writethru, IL

May 25, 2009 1:15 pm | by CARYN ROUSSEAU - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago resident became the first person in Illinois to die of swine flu, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Monday.It was the nation's 12th confirmed death from the illness. There have been 896 confirmed cases of swine flu in Illinois; most have been mild."With as...

INDEX: Painting, Culture (General), Arts (General), Plastic Art, Entertainment@

May 25, 2009 1:09 pm | by Victoria Ahearn@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — A Lawren Harris sketch bought for just $70 back in the 1950s fetched $175,000 Monday to become the biggest seller at the Sotheby's Canada spring auction."Mts: Emarald Lake" (sic), an oil on board depicting snow-capped peaks in British Columbia, went to an unidentified bidder in the room,...

PUC: Idaho Power must sell energy credits, 1st Ld-Writethru, ID

May 25, 2009 1:04 pm | by JOHN MILLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After complaints by Idaho Power Co.'s largest customers, regulators have ordered the state's biggest utility to sell about $2 million worth of renewable energy credits and use the money to benefit ratepayers, instead of retiring or banking the credits in expectation of new...


Maximum Savings On Capital Equipment Purchases Business Editors/Health Editors

May 25, 2009 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- Amerinet, Inc., a leading national healthcare group purchasing organization, announced the introduction of the Amerinet DI Q Review program, a no-cost, confidential partnership with medical facilities that ensures maximum savings on diagnostic imaging...

Ecuador: Canada oil company wins rights to explore, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 25, 2009 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Canadian oil company Ivanhoe Energy has won the rights to explore an Amazon oil block, the government said Monday.The Vancouver-based Ivanhoe will spend $4 billion to develop an area that could contain 4.5 billion barrels of extra-heavy crude, Ecuador's state oil company said....

Recent graduate goes overboard from cruise ship, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 25, 2009 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man believed to have gone overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico.The Coast Guard says 18-year-old Bruce O'Krepki reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Fantasy at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, about 150 miles southwest of...

Ill. town posts names of soldiers along streets, 2nd Ld-Writethru, IL

May 25, 2009 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SULLIVAN, Ill. (AP) — Residents of this small central Illinois town don't have to wonder which community members are serving Iraq and Afghanistan. All they have to do is drive around town.Lamp posts and telephone poles along two streets are adorned with white signs, each bearing the name of a...

HL:Silicon producer Timminco gets supply agreement: shares soar 49 per cent@

May 25, 2009 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Solar panel grade silicon producer Timminco Ltd. (TSX:TIM) said Monday it has reached a supply agreement with German solar cell producer Q-Cells SE that contemplates delivery of 100 tonnes for 2009, with more to come up until 2013.The agreement, which sent the company's shares up 49 per...

A Twitter-based competition show headed for TV?

May 25, 2009 12:53 pm | by FRAZIER MOORE - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody's doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series.The social-networking site has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the popular site, which invites 140-character...

Danone announces rights issue plan to raise euro3B, EU

May 25, 2009 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Groupe Danone SA on Monday announced a rights issue aimed at raising some euro3 billion (US$4.2 billion) to boost the company's financial and strategic flexibility.The offer to existing shareholders "in the near future" will be in the form of preferential subscription rights, a...


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