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Advance Auto Parts 1Q profit beats expectations, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Advance Auto Parts Inc. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit rose 14 percent on strong sales to top Wall Street expectations.The auto parts retailer said it earned $93.6 million, or 98 cents per share, during the quarter that ended April 25, up from $82.1 million, or 86...

HL:Is swine flu a pandemic or pandemic-in-the-making? Experts offer varying opinions@

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by Helen Branswell@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Even among microbiologists and virologists, characterizing an influenza pandemic is a bit like, well, defining pornography."The old saying is: 'What's the definition of a pandemic strain?' 'Well, you can't really be sure but you'll know when you see one,'" says Dr. Walt Dowdle, a...

Report sheds light on Ireland's child-abuse horror, EU

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN (AP) — Eleven-year-old Tom Sweeney kept skipping school. Eight-year-old Mannix Flynn got caught stealing a box of chocolates. And Christine Buckley, barely a month old, was found guilty of being the child of an unwed mother.In the morally rigid Roman Catholic Ireland of old, such sins were...

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Homeland Security secretary plans visit to Detroit, MI

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Detroit and Ottawa next week to discuss border concerns and business issues with Canadian officials.The Homeland Security Department says the May 26-27 visit will include discussions of the Western Hemisphere Travel...

Peterson lawyers to fight effort to remove judge, 1st Ld-Writethru, IL

May 20, 2009 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers for former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson, who is accused of murdering his wife, said Wednesday they will challenge an effort by the Will County state's attorney to remove the judge assigned to the case.Andrew Abood, one of Drew Peterson's defense attorneys,...

Research to Restore the Fertility of Earth's Soils

May 20, 2009 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Agriculture editorsBELLEVUE, Wash., May 20 (AScribe Newswire) -- In keynote addresses at the FAO Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 28 and April 29, 2009, soil fertility experts from the Nutrition Security Institute, (NSI) a non-profit organization...

HL:Tories look to scheduling tactics to avoid election@

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by Alexander Panetta@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — The Conservatives are poised to kill off any chance of a spring election by using the parliamentary calendar to delay a possible non-confidence motion from the Liberals.The Tories have told some of their rivals that they will push back the Liberals' so-called opposition day — their easiest...

HL:Growth Works Ltd. signs deal to acquire Mavrix Fund Management@

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Growth Works Ltd. said Wednesday that it has signed a deal to buy Mavrix Fund Management Inc. (TSX:MVX) in a deal worth about $2.2 million.

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Frontier bankruptcy plan deadline extended, US

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A bankruptcy judge is giving Frontier Airlines more time to propose its own plan for emerging from Chapter 11.The Denver-based airline now has until Oct. 9 to propose a plan before creditors would be allowed to propose their own. The old deadline was June 4.Frontier filed for...

GAO: Military faces satellite gaps, US

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by DONNA BORAK - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Poor planning and unproven technologies on key Pentagon space programs have led to large cost overruns, delays and possible gaps in military satellite capabilities, according to congressional investigators.Delays of at least seven years in some satellite programs have led to...

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Local government cuts put basic services at risk, CA

May 20, 2009 2:25 pm | by SAMANTHA YOUNG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until now, the state's budget problems have been an abstraction to most Californians. That won't be the case much longer.Cities and counties that already have cut services, police and firefighters in a deepening recession could be in store for more cost-cutting in the months...

Ark. officials choose low bids for stimulus work, AR

May 20, 2009 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State highway officials have chosen the apparent low bidders for $84.3 million in projects to be funded by the federal stimulus package.Officials with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department on Wednesday opened bids on 32 projects to be funded by the...

DynCorp gets Army aviation work worth up to $170M, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — DynCorp International said on Wednesday that the U.S. Army has awarded it a contract to provide aviation maintenance support in Europe.The contract includes one base year and one option year, and would be worth $170 million if all options are exercised.DynCorp said it will...

Texas sect follower taught at Pulaski County Jail, 1st Ld-Writethru, AR

May 20, 2009 2:19 pm | by JON GAMBRELL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A follower of the House of Yahweh sect in Texas taught classes at the Pulaski County jail for more than four years, giving inmates lessons designed by the ministry's embattled leader, officials told The Associated Press.Sheriff Doc Holladay said the follower passed a...

Holdings, Inc. to Postpone Annual Meeting of Stockholders Business Editors/Financial Editors

May 20, 2009 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- UCBH Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBH), the holding company of United Commercial Bank (UCB(TM)), today announced that it will postpone its Annual Meeting of Stockholders scheduled for May 21, 2009, to allow time for the Company to complete the...

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