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KBR's CEO defends electrical work in Iraq, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief officer of the military contractor under scrutiny in the electrocution deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq said Wednesday the electrical codes it used in the buildings it maintained in the war zone "were known and thought to be acceptable" by the Army.William P. Utt, the...

Utah officials report 1st swine flu-related death, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

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

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State health officials are reporting the first death associated with swine flu in Utah.David Sundwall, executive director of the Utah Department of Health, says a 21-year-old man with swine flu died Wednesday morning at a Salt Lake City hospital.Sundwall says the man was...

NC human services alliance holds legislative rally, NC

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

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Advocates for the mentally ill want lawmakers to avoid what they call devastating cuts to services in next year's North Carolina state budget.More than 1,000 people — including patients and their families — visited the Legislature for their annual rally Wednesday. They want to...

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SUBS grafs 6-7 bgng: 'The sandbags ...' to CORRECT spelling of 'pallets.' Eds: With BC-ND--Midwest Flooding-Glance; INCORPORATES Midwest Flooding-Red-Fargo; Midwest Flooding-Fargo ...

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hundreds of sandbags that protected Jim Brenan's south Fargo home from Red River floodwaters are gone. Now he has deep ruts in what used to be his lawn, shattered sidewalks and a broken sprinkler system. But no complaints."It's still a little rough around the edges," said Brenan,...

Bob Evans Farms Announces Quarterly Dividend

May 20, 2009 2:19 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIREAssociated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 20, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (Nasdaq:BOBE) today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 16 cents ($0.16) per share on the company's outstanding common stock ($0.01 par value). The dividend is payable on June 15 to...

LEAD: N.Y. stocks fall on profit taking+

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

NEW YORK, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING WITH END OF TRADING)New York stocks shed earlier gains and ended moderately lower Wednesday on profit taking.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell 29.23 points Tuesday, lost an additional 52.81 points to 8,422.04.The tech-heavy Nasdaq...

Rural Michigan areas get boost through stimulus, MI

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Several rural Michigan communities will get loans or grants from the federal stimulus package to buy police vehicles, fire trucks, snow plows and other equipment.The money totals more than $4.7 million for 21 communities in Alger, Allegan, Antrim, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron,...

Synopsys posts better-than-expected 2Q profit, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Synopsys Inc., which makes software for developing and testing chips, said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit rose 23 percent, helped partly by higher sales, and beat Wall Street expectations. But the company trimmed the top end of its full-year revenue...

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Nucor buys land in Louisiana for possible plant, APFN

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Steel maker Nucor Corp. has paid $16.3 million for land in St. James Parish for a possible pig iron plant.That's according to Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, who described the 890-acre purchase in a statement Wednesday.Nucor announced last month it...

Analysis: Guantanamo a political win GOP needed, US

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by CHARLES BABINGTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have searched mightily for a good political issue this year as their traditional three Gs — gays, guns and God — have lost some steam. Now a fourth G — Guantanamo Bay — is handing them big boost, forcing President Barack Obama on the defensive.One of Obama's first acts...

Perdue aims to block NC water OK for Alcoa dams, NC

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is taking a second run at blocking a new federal license needed by a company to generate and sell electricity from dams along the Yadkin River for another 50 years.A state attorney on Wednesday unexpectedly asked to join a case involving Alcoa...

Rates $250MM Florida Turnpike Revenue Bonds 'AA-'; Outlook Negative Business Editors

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA-' rating to the approximately $250 million State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) turnpike revenue bonds, series 2009A. In addition, Fitch has affirmed the 'AA-' rating on $2.5 billion in outstanding...

HL:Top court nixes bid to extend charter to Afghan prisoners@

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by Sue Bailey@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday to hear arguments that Canadian troops in Afghanistan should apply the Charter of Rights in their dealings with prisoners.That leaves it to the Military Police Complaints Commission to investigate whether foreign captives delivered to Afghan...

Drink up: Space station recycling urine to water

May 20, 2009 2:13 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — At the international space station, it was one small sip for man and a giant gulp of recycled urine for mankind.Astronauts aboard the space station celebrated a space first on Wednesday by drinking water that had been recycled from their urine, sweat and water that condenses from...

Economist: NH to lose 13,000 more jobs, NH

May 20, 2009 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An economist predicts that New Hampshire will lose another 13,000 jobs before the economy bottoms out a year from now.Dennis Delay previewed his forecast for New Hampshire on Wednesday, a day before the New England Economic Partnership is to release its forecast for the...

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