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Pineville man sentenced for bankruptcy fraud, LA

May 22, 2009 2:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A 44-year-old Pineville man has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $355,119 in restitution for bankruptcy fraud.U.S. Attorney Donald W. Washington says Bobby D. Curtis concealed approximately $1 million in contracted business and assets of his...

Smokie Norful talks about his balancing act, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 2:37 am | by AIMEE MAUDE SIMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Smokie Norful arrived on the gospel scene in 2002 to the tune of "I Need You Now" and has gone on to win Dove, Stellar and Grammy awards for his soulful singing style and contemporary grooves. He's also been raising a family, is a church pastor and trying to balance his schedule.The...

China Primary Health Care Foundation Starts Training on B-CAD as Integral Part of its National Breast Screening Program

May 22, 2009 2:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attention: Business/Financial EditorsThe Medipattern Corporation (TSX VENTURE: MKI), a pioneer in the development of medical software solutions that help improve imaging workflow and productivity, is pleased to announce that it has commenced shipments to the China Primary Health Care Foundation...

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UNESCO and Sun Microsystems Announce Joint Education and Community Development Effort Powered by Open Technologies Business Editors/Technology Editors

May 22, 2009 2:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- In an effort to support social and economic development, UNESCO and Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:JAVA) signed a Collaboration Agreement on Monday at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 09. At the signing ceremony, UNESCO's Assistant...

4TH LD: BOJ raises economic assessment for 1st time in nearly 3 yrs+

May 22, 2009 2:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: CLARIFYING 7TH GRAF, ADDING WITH MORE QUOTES OF SHIRAKAWA)The Bank of Japan on Friday raised its assessment of the nation's economy for the first time in two years and 10 months amid emerging signs of improvement in such areas as industrial output, signaling that the...

NJ's beaches ready for Memorial Day, NJ

May 22, 2009 2:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's beaches and lakes are bracing for the Memorial Day holiday crush of visitors who signal the unofficial start of the summer tourism season.AAA Mid-Atlantic says financial uncertainty is keeping more people from traveling this year. That spells concern from those who...

Ala. jobless rate remains at 9 percent, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AL

May 22, 2009 2:26 am | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate remained unchanged in April at 9.0 percent, marking the first time in 18 months the figure did not increase from the previous month."The fact that our unemployment rate has held steady since last month indicates that we may finally begin to see...

Biden links US aid to outcome of Lebanon election, 8th Ld-Writethru, ML

May 22, 2009 2:15 am | by SAM F. GHATTAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIRUT (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that future U.S. aid to Lebanon depends on the outcome of upcoming elections, a warning aimed at Iranian-backed Hezbollah as it tries to oust the pro-Western faction that dominates government.Confident its alliance will win, Hezbollah criticized...

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Father gets 100 year sentence for poisoning plot, GA

May 22, 2009 2:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Clayton County father convicted of poisoning his two children was sentenced to 100 years in prison.William Cunningham was sentenced Thursday after a jury found him guilty on seven counts of aggravated assault.Prosecutors said Cunningham laced his children's soup with...

Lawmakers to adjourn legislative session, OK

May 22, 2009 2:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are preparing to wrap up their regular legislative session one week early.The Legislature plans to adjourn on Friday after reaching agreement on a $7.2 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Senate-passed budget received final...

Chancellor praises increase in education funding, 3rd Ld-Writethru, OK

May 22, 2009 2:05 am | by MURRAY EVANS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson said Friday that lawmakers showed their priorities this year by increasing funding for education even as other state agencies suffered budget cuts.Johnson also said he hopes the increased funding means that state regents will...

LEAD: Goldman Sachs fund successfully concludes tender offer for USJ shares+

May 22, 2009 1:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSAKA, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS)An investment fund affiliated with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said Friday it has successfully concluded a tender offer to acquire shares in USJ Co., the operator of the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka Prefecture.The investment fund will...

US dollar mixed in Europe, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 22, 2009 1:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading Friday. Gold rose.The euro traded at US$ 1.3990, up from US$1.3889 late Thursday in New York.Other dollar rates:—94.62 Japanese yen, up from 94.23— 1.0867 Swiss francs, down from 1.0936—1.1252 Canadian...

3RD LD: Japan revamps policy to tackle new flu+

May 22, 2009 1:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 22 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING 1ST GRAF)The Japanese government adopted a new policy on battling new strains of influenza Friday amid the domestic outbreak of an apparently milder form of the infection, with the number of confirmed cases in Japan rising to 313.The new policy, intended to...

Indonesian imams OK Facebook _ but no flirting!, AS

May 22, 2009 1:44 am | by INDRA HARSAPUTRA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslim clerics debating the exploding popularity of Facebook in Indonesia said Friday that followers could use the networking site to connect with friends or for work — but not to gossip or flirt.The nonbinding ruling followed a two-day meeting of clerics in the world's...

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