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Franklin Co. hospital in better financial shape, MS

May 19, 2009 1:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEADVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Franklin County Memorial Hospital has rehired some of its workers laid off in June and officials say the facility is back on solid ground financially.Sonny Dickey, the hospital's chief executive officer and mayor of Meadville, says the hospital is under new management and...

Arch in Utah national park called world's biggest, US

May 19, 2009 1:27 am | by MIKE STARK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state geologists and a group of intrepid volunteers say they've finally answered a nagging geological question: What's the longest natural arch in the world?The answer, they say, is Landscape Arch in Arches National Park in southeastern Utah.Of course, it all depends on...

Dollar rises to upper 96 yen zone on hopes for U.S. housing sector+

May 19, 2009 1:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 19 (Kyodo) — The U.S. dollar rose to the upper 96 yen level Tuesday in Tokyo on growing expectations that the U.S. housing sector has come through the worst, but the currency was capped ahead of the release of Japan's gross domestic product data scheduled for Wednesday.At 5 p.m., the...

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Malawi votes for president in latest round of feud, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AF

May 19, 2009 1:22 am | by RAPHAEL TENTHANI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Voters were choosing Tuesday between re-electing Malawi's president or replacing him with a candidate backed by his predecessor — in the latest round in a five-year feud that has triggered rioting, an impeachment bid and parliamentary paralysis.The race between President...

Silva meets Chinese premier on Beijing visit, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 19, 2009 1:21 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Brazil's president met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao Tuesday on the second day of a visit focused on boosting ties between the two developing world giants that are demanding a greater say in the global financial order.Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was due to meet later in the...

Recession reaches oil-rich Norway, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 19, 2009 1:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OSLO (AP) — The recession has hit oil rich Norway, long after the global finance crisis sent many other countries' economies into a slump, the government agency Statistics Norway said Tuesday.The country is now in a recession, defined as a shrinking of the national economy two quarters in a row....

Stocks rise despite surprise drop in housing data

May 19, 2009 1:11 am | by LOUISE WATT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — European stocks closed higher Tuesday, although stronger gains from earlier in the day faded as downbeat U.S. housing construction data tempered optimism about an economic rebound. Wall Street fluctuated narrowly between positive and negative territory.In early trading, European...

Mitsubishi UFJ reports $2.6 billion annual loss

May 19, 2009 1:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. sank into losses for the fiscal year ended March 31, battered by write-downs on securities amid a market plunge, but Japan's top bank said Tuesday it expects to return to profit this fiscal year.Last week, Japan's two other megabanks, Mizuho...

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AP Top Missouri News at 3:58 a.m. CDT, MO

May 19, 2009 1:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ole Miss beats W. Kentucky 7-4 to remain unbeatenOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Matt Snyder broke out of his slump at just the right time.Snyder was 2-for-23 entering the fifth inning of Saturday's game with Western Kentucky, but hit a three-run home run to help the Rebels advance to Sunday's...

Canadian Zinc Options Tuvatu Gold Project, Fiji

May 19, 2009 1:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Zinc Corporation (TSX: CZN)(OTCBB: CZICF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an Option Agreement on the Tuvatu Gold Project in Fiji.Tuvatu is a high grade gold deposit located on the island of Viti Levu, Fiji, in the heart of the Pacific "Rim of Fire," and located...

Americas Insurance to underwrite new La policies, LA

May 19, 2009 1:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Americas Insurance Co., which took on nearly 1,000 homeowner policies that had been covered by Louisiana's insurer of last resort, said it is entering the voluntary homeowners' market.The company said it expects to underwrite new policies in most Louisiana parishes.Louisiana...

Horses, inmates find care, comfort in each other, US

May 19, 2009 1:05 am | by JIM SUHR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Pete Luce was a bundle of nerves the first time he stood next to a towering former racehorse, knowing he could be seriously injured or killed with one kick.Months later, Luce moves easily among the one-ton animals at a Virginia prison in a program that allows inmates to...

Altor and Bure Assume Ownership of Carnegie Investment Bank AB Business Editors

May 19, 2009 12:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM, Sweden-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Regulatory News:Today, all shares in Carnegie Investment Bank were transferred to Altor and Bure. The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority and the appropriate authorities in the countries in which Carnegie is active have granted the required...

China boosts subsidies for car, appliance buyers

May 19, 2009 12:44 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China will subsidize purchases of cars and home appliances to replace older models, expanding a program first introduced in rural areas to major cities, the government said Tuesday in its latest move to stimulate the economy.The decision by an executive meeting of the State Council...

Iraq rejects Kurdish plans to export gas to Europe, ML

May 19, 2009 12:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Oil Ministry has rejected plans by Kurdish authorities to unilaterally export gas from their semiautonomous region to Europe through a pipeline that runs to Turkey.Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said Tuesday oil and gas must be marketed by the ministry and revenues go to...

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