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May 20, 2009 1:53 pm | by Peter Rakobowchuk@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Disrupting air travel would have little effect on stopping the spread of the H1N1 virus, the International Civil Aviation Organization said Wednesday adding restrictions that have been put in place ought to be withdrawn.ICAO's declaration is consistent with that of the World Health...

Computer Sciences posts higher 4Q profit, APFN

May 20, 2009 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Information technology services provider Computer Sciences Corp. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit more than doubled, boosted by gains from a tax audit settlement.For the three months ended April 3, the company earned $382.3 million, or $2.51 per share, up...

Ill. Senate panel OKs taxes, fees for construction, APFN

May 20, 2009 1:53 pm | by CHRISTOPHER WILLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate committee voted Wednesday to raise liquor taxes, expand gambling and increase driver fees to help pay for a $26 billion public works program meant to create hundreds of thousands of jobs.The full Senate was expected to vote on the plan later in the...

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Sanswire Files First Quarter 2009 Results on Form 10-Q

May 20, 2009 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.sanswire.com/ () —Sanswire Corp. (PINKSHEETS: SNSR) today announced that it has filed with the United States Securities & Exchange Commission its quarterly report for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 on Form 10-Q.For the quarter ended March 31, 2009, the Company reported a net loss of...

HL:Elliott attacks Hudak over scrapping human rights tribunal; a 'gift' to Liberals@

May 20, 2009 1:47 pm | by Maria Babbage@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Progressive Conservative leadership contender Christine Elliott attacked rival Tim Hudak Wednesday over a proposal to scrap the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, warning it will poison the party's chances of forming the next government.In a speech, she twice singled out Hudak for his...

HL:Microsoft ordered by court to pay Canadian software company i4i US$200 million@

May 20, 2009 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Microsoft Corp. was ordered by a U.S. court Wednesday to pay Canadian software company i4i Limited Partnership US$200 million for infringing on a patent over the way its popular Microsoft Word program handles documents.Douglas Cawley, a lawyer for i4i, said that the company will now seek...

Maui Divers Jewelry wants to buy Hilo Hattie, 1st Ld-Writethru, HI

May 20, 2009 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — Maui Divers Jewelry, Hawaii's largest jewelry manufacturer and retailer, has offered to buy Hilo Hattie out of bankruptcy for $1 million.Maui Divers, one of Hilo Hattie's creditors, is owed $1.3 million by the Hawaiian souvenirs and aloha attire company that filed for Chapter 11...

2 Hirshhorn Museum works by Eakins auctioned in NY, APFN

May 20, 2009 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Thomas Eakins paintings put up for auction in New York City by Washington's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden have been sold for a combined $461,000.Christie's auction house says a study for "William Rush and his Model" sold Wednesday for $122,500, slightly more than its...

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WellCare laying off 9 percent of its work force, APFN

May 20, 2009 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — WellCare Health Plans Inc. said Wednesday it is laying off 9 percent of its work force as part of a restructuring move.In all, the company said it will lay off 360 workers, partly because of its move to withdraw from Medicare Advantage fee-for-service plans in 2010. The company...

Alabama college savings plan hit with losses, AL

May 20, 2009 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's college savings plan has seen a 24 percent decline in assets over the last year due to the stock market drop and mortgage investment problems.The program manager, Van Kampen Investments, told the board of the Alabama Higher Education 529 Fund on Wednesday that...

GOP drops effort to rename Democrats 'Socialist', 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 1:45 pm | by BEN EVANS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday abandoned an effort to label their opponents the "Democrat Socialist Party," ending a fight within the GOP ranks that reflected the divide between those who want a more centrist message and those seeking a more aggressive, conservative voice.Supporters of...

Changes to gay marriage bill fail in NH House, 3rd Ld-Writethru, NH

May 20, 2009 1:45 pm | by NORMA LOVE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gay marriage is on hold in New Hampshire.Gov. John Lynch demanded changes to legislation that would have made the state the sixth to allow gay marriage before he would sign it, but those changes failed by two votes in the House on Wednesday.The House defeated an attempt to kill...

KBR's chief defends electrical work in Iraq, 6th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 1:40 pm | by KIMBERLY HEFLING - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief executive of the military contractor under scrutiny in the electrocution 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 Pentagon.William P. Utt, the...

Search for mother, son who fled chemo, heads West, US

May 20, 2009 1:40 pm | by AMY FORLITI - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) — The search for a Minnesota mother who fled with her 13-year-old cancer-stricken son to escape court-ordered chemotherapy has turned to Southern California after authorities received a tip.But the officials leading the search that continued Thursday acknowledged that Colleen...

Treasurys rise as Fed lowers economic outlook

May 20, 2009 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Treasury prices rebounded Wednesday as the Federal Reserve reduced its full-year economic outlook and said unemployment could hit nearly 10 percent.The central bank also indicated in minutes released from its meeting last month that it might increase the total amount of government...

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