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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...

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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...

Public rallying around doomed NH dealership, NH

May 19, 2009 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — One of the New Hampshire GM dealerships being cut loose by the auto company is circulating petitions in an attempt to stay open.Owner Ron Poulin, at Poulin Auto Country in Rochester, said residents, businesses, friends, the Chamber of Commerce and others have offered to help....

Justice Dept. files lawsuit against NC town, NC

May 19, 2009 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GARNER, N.C. (AP) — State prosecutors are suing a North Carolina town that refused to allow a drug and alcohol treatment program to house more than six recovering addicts in a single home.The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Garner and its town council on Tuesday in U.S. District Court...

New Obama rules will transform US auto fleet, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:53 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Carpenters will still haul materials around in pickup trucks, but they will cost more. Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity.The higher mileage and emissions standards set by the...

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Failed bank's cars, furniture being auctioned off, CO

May 19, 2009 1:53 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...

1st Quarter 2009 Direct Distribution Revenue Increases 42% vs. 1st Quarter 2008 Direct Distribution Results

May 19, 2009 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.clearant.com () —Clearant, Inc. (OTCBB: CLRA), owner of the Clearant Process@ which is designed to substantially reduce all types of pathogens in biological products, including HIV, today announced that revenues for the 1st quarter ended March 31, 2009 increased 2% to $0.47 million...

Hard-up governments take the fund out of festivals, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by PATRICK WALTERS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The leaders of the "Sunday Out" festival watched thousands brighten a gray day in early May by celebrating in the wet Philadelphia streets with multicolored umbrellas, rainbow-hued hats and colorful necklaces in the name of gay pride.But the mood darkened for the event's...

Construction worker dies at Taum Sauk, 1st Ld-Writethru, MO

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman was killed Tuesday while working on a concrete placement as part of the rebuilding project at the Taum Sauk reservoir, which collapsed more than three years ago.Ozark Constructors LLC said the 48-year-old worker was flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where she...

Conn. asks state agency to review 'stuck' children, CT

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are asking a state child welfare agency to track the trends that may be impeding some at-risk youths from getting help.The state Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to require the state Department of Children and Families to issue annual reports on what...

Forest Oil offering 12.5 million shares, APFN

May 19, 2009 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Oil and gas company Forest Oil Corp. said Tuesday it has started a registered underwritten public offering of 12.5 million shares.The underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy up to about 1.9 million additional shares.Forest plans to use the proceeds to repay debt.Shares fell...

Deeds, McAuliffe, Moran hold last primary debate, 2nd Ld-Writethru, VA

May 19, 2009 1:47 pm | by BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Five debates between Democrats running for Virginia governor find them largely agreed on what they'll do if elected and bickering over what they've said to get elected.On transportation, energy, public schools and jobs, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, former Democratic National...

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