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Phillips-Van Heusen 1Q earnings slide 47 percent

May 19, 2009 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., which makes Calvin Klein, Van Heusen and other clothing brands, said first-quarter earnings slid 47 percent amid lower revenue and restructuring costs, but results still topped Wall Street expectations.Profit sank to $24.7 million, or 48 cents per share,...

Feds will be in NH to explain prison jobs, NH

May 19, 2009 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — Federal prison officials will be in New Hampshire next month to explain what jobs will be available at the new prison in Berlin.Sen. Judd Gregg said the Federal Bureau of Prisons will be in the state June 2, 3 and 4 to hold employment, job training and business opportunity...

HL:Currency gains quadruples Velan's third-quarter profit to $16.2 million@

May 19, 2009 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Industrial valve maker Velan Inc. (TSX:VLN) reported Tuesday that its third-quarter earnings quadrupled to $16.2 million on currency gains from its North American, Korean and Portuguese operations.The Montreal-based maker of valves for the oil and gas industry said the profit amounted to...

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Judge dismisses Cleveland's suit over foreclosures, 1st Ld-Writethru, OH

May 19, 2009 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming subprime mortgage foreclosures by 21 banks created a public nuisance that hurt property values as Cleveland emerged as an epicenter of the nation's foreclosure crisis.U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi said in a ruling Friday that the...

Domestic partner bill approved, NV

May 19, 2009 1:30 pm | by RACHELLE GINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a bill that gives domestic partners, whether gay or straight, many of the rights and benefits that Nevada offers to married couples.On a voice vote, senators endorsed Assembly amendments to SB283, sending the...

Neb. governor signs 2-year budget with no vetoes, APFN

May 19, 2009 1:30 pm | by ANNA JO BRATTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a two-year, nearly $7 billion state budget Tuesday without vetoing anything.The spending plan closely mirrors what Heineman asked for in the first place. It relies heavily on federal stimulus dollars and the state's rainy-day fund to balance...

Ala. 'Survivor' to keep tending cattle after win, 1st Ld-Writethru, AL

May 19, 2009 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's latest reality star and newly minted millionaire says his newfound wealth won't keep him from his day job tending cattle in Mobile County.James "J.T." Thomas, 24, took home the $1 million prize on the last season of the CBS network's "Survivor" and plans to return to...

First Financial Corporation Declares Semi-Annual Dividend

May 19, 2009 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.first-online.com/ () —The directors of First Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: THFF) have declared a semi-annual dividend of 45 cents per share payable on July 1, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business June 15, 2009. Today's declaration increases the total dividend paid in...

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4 Va. localities make top 50 income list, VA

May 19, 2009 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four Virginia localities are among the top 50 when it comes to per capita income.Alexandria, Arlington County and Fairfax County, including Fairfax City and Falls Church, took the No. 12 through No. 14 spots with average incomes ranging from more than $70,000 to close to...

Comcast, DirecTV, Cox up in customer satisfaction

May 19, 2009 1:29 pm | by DEBORAH YAO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast Corp. showed the biggest gain in customer satisfaction among cable and satellite TV operators, a survey showed Tuesday.Philadelphia-based Comcast's overall score rose 9.3 percent from the prior year, according to the University of Michigan's American Customer...

Promontory Compliance Solutions, specialiste de la lutte contre le blanchiment de capitaux, met en vedette ses strategies de gestion des risques lors de sa conference inaugurale ...

May 19, 2009 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — 19 mai 2009-- Promontory Compliance Solutions, qui aide les grandes societes de services financiers a mieux gerer leurs risques de conformite par l'emploi de meilleures technologies, presentera l'etat actuel des initiatives de lutte contre le blanchiment de capitaux...

LEAD: N.Y. stocks turn down on dismal housing data+

May 19, 2009 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 19 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING WITH END OF TRADING)New York stocks turned down Tuesday on dismal housing data for April.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which gained 235.44 points Monday, fell 29.23 points to 8,474.85.The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index, a 52.22 point...

HL:Today in History - May 24-30, 2009@

May 19, 2009 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today in History @May 24, 2009 @By The Canadian Press@On this date 190 years ago, in 1819, Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London. She was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III. She became the heir to the throne because the three uncles who were ahead of...

Obama: Reducing spread of nukes a high priority, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:23 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparing for a July summit on the issue with his Russian counterpart, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said it is "absolutely imperative" that the United States take the lead in reducing the spread of nuclear weapons.Obama's vision for a world free of such weapons was the...

Calif. voters uninspired by special election, CA

May 19, 2009 1:23 pm | by SAMANTHA YOUNG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Almanza didn't think her vote in California's special election would do much to change the state's financial problems.So the 55-year-old Sacramento resident sat out Tuesday's election, as it appears most of the state's registered voters did when faced with a complex,...

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