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April revenue figures for Louisiana casinos, LA

May 19, 2009 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Winnings from gamblers at Louisiana's state-licensed casinos in April 2009, with attendance and average loss per customer:Shreveport-Bossier CityMarket total — $64.8 millionBoomtown — $7.5 million, 111,776, $67.26Eldorado — $13.6 million, 260,191, $52.10Horseshoe — $20.2 million, 170,921,...

Filly's victory draws 10.9 million TV viewers, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Alexandra's victory in the Preakness Stakes drew the most viewers to the second-leg of racing's Triple Crown in five years and the second-most in 20 years.According Nielsen Media Research numbers released Tuesday by NBC, 10.9 million people watched the race portion of NBC's...

Guilty plea in Home Depot fraud, GA

May 19, 2009 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — A former employee of The Home Depot Inc. has admitted scheming to defraud the company out of about $1.5 million through kickbacks paid by suppliers.Ronald Douglass Matheny II of Chattanooga, Tenn., pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to...

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4 new cases lift Hawaii's swine flu total to 30, HI

May 19, 2009 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — The state has confirmed four more people have contracted the swine flu virus, raising the number of affected people to 30.The four include one adult and three children. State Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said Tuesday that all are recovering. None required...

Sri Lanka weighs UN request for battlefield access, 6th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 19, 2009 12:43 pm | by ARTHUR MAX - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Aid groups and the U.N. appealed to be allowed to survey the aftermath of the final battle of Sri Lanka's civil war and pushed for unfettered access to some 280,000 Tamils displaced from the former combat zone.While the nation celebrated the crushing of the 25-year Tamil...

Decommissioning expert says estimates might be low, 1st Ld-Writethru, VT

May 19, 2009 12:43 pm | by DAVE GRAM - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A nuclear decommissioning expert got tough questions Tuesday on whether the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is saving enough to pay for its eventual dismantling.William A. Cloutier Jr. testified before the state's Public Service Board and answered questions from lawyers for two...

NH Senate panel recommends gay marriage amendment, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NH

May 19, 2009 12:38 pm | by NORMA LOVE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gay marriage faces two more hurdles if New Hampshire is to become the sixth state to allow gays to marry — votes in the Senate and House on Wednesday.Gov. John Lynch said last week he won't sign the already approved gay marriage legislation unless the language includes...

Airgas raises quarterly dividend by 13 percent, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) — Industrial gas maker Airgas Inc. on Tuesday said it raised its quarterly cash dividend by 13 percent to 18 cents per share from 16 cents per share.The dividend is payable June 30 to shareholders of record as of June 15."This dividend increase is a way to reward our shareholders...

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Analog Devices posts lower 2Q profit, sales, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) — Chip designer Analog Devices Inc. posted sharply lower profit and sales for its fiscal second quarter Tuesday amid the economic turmoil that has dampened global chip demand.Still, the company said the results were better than planned, while the quarter's costs were lower than...

Columbus McKinnon adopts poison pill plan, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Crane maker Columbus McKinnon Corp. said Tuesday it has adopted a poison-pill plan that would allow its current shareholders to buy more of the company if a potential acquirer buys a large stake.The company said its board declared a dividend distribution of one "preferred share...

NFL extends CBS and FOX deals through 2014 season, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Football League has extended its deals with broadcast partners CBS and FOX through the 2014 season.The separate two-year extensions Tuesday give CBS, which televises AFC games, the rights to broadcast the Super Bowl following the 2013 season. The site for Super Bowl...

Lawmakers seek tighter oversight of credit raters, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 12:37 pm | by MARCY GORDON - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Tuesday proposed tightening oversight of Wall Street's credit rating agencies as regulators move to reshape supervision of the industry widely criticized for failing to give investors adequate warning of the risks in subprime mortgage securities.At issue is government...

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May 19, 2009 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Missouri newspapers:___May 26.Southeast Missourian, on raising dropout age:High school students in Missouri currently can drop out when they turn 16. Under a law adopted by the just-ended session of the Missouri Legislature, they will now have to wait...

Colo. gov. praises Obama plan to cut car emissions, CO

May 19, 2009 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to curb vehicle emissions nationally will likely mean Colorado won't adopt its own vehicle standards.Earlier this year, Gov. Bill Ritter asked state health officials to investigate establishing emissions standards that are tougher than federal rules, part...

HL:Cardero Resource stock falls as US$200-million deal appears in doubt @

May 19, 2009 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Cardero Resource Corp. (TSX:CDU) stock fell 23 per cent Tuesday in the first trading since a Chinese company told the company it won't proceed with a planned purchase of the Pampa de Pongo iron ore property in Peru unless the US$200-million price is reduced.Cardero's shares fell 32...

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