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Healthscreen Secures Extension of Existing Loan Facilities

May 20, 2009 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Healthscreen Solutions Inc. (TSX VENTURE: MDU), the leading Canadian provider of physician practice enhancement services and electronic medical record software, announced today that it has amended its existing debt financing agreements with Wellington Financial LP to extend the maturity to May 14,...

Youthful Dylan poem was based on existing tune, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 12:04 pm | by ULA ILNYTZKY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Christie's auction house said Wednesday that an early Bob Dylan poem was based on an existing country tune."Little Buddy," estimated to fetch $10,000 to $15,000 once it goes on sale June 23, was "a revised version of lyrics of a Hank Snow song," Christie's said.Fans of the late...

Report: Working families struggle with budget, UT

May 20, 2009 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new report says up to one third of Utah's working families don't earn enough to cover basic costs like food, shelter and health care.The report from Voices for Utah Children says that even though 82 percent of Utah's low-income families are employed — 10 percent more than...

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Affirms Rogers Communications' Ratings at 'BBB' Business Editors

May 20, 2009 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings for Rogers Communications Inc. (Rogers) as follows:--Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BBB';--Senior unsecured notes at 'BBB';--Senior subordinated notes at 'BBB-'.The Rating Outlook is Stable. Approximately CAD8.1...

Saks shares drop after analyst cuts price targets, APFN

May 20, 2009 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Saks Inc. slid Wednesday after an analyst cut his price target for the luxury retailer and said it doesn't expect earnings to reach normal levels until 2012.Saks reported a loss of $5.1 million, or 4 cents per share, for the first quarter Tuesday compared with a profit of...

US diplomat seeks to ease tensions with Bolivia, LT

May 20, 2009 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat said Wednesday that Washington hopes for a "new direction" in troubled relations with Bolivia, where he arrived for talks with President Evo Morales.The visit by Thomas Shannon, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, comes eight...

Group says some home warranties may break SC law, SC

May 20, 2009 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A coalition of about 70 consumer and justice groups have sent a letter to South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster asking him to investigate home warranties they think violate state law.Fair Arbitration Now says builders often give homeowners a warranty as a gift, but...

Ebix buys Facts Services for $6.5 million, APFN

May 20, 2009 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Ebix Inc., which provides software to insurers, said Wednesday it bought Facts Services Inc. for $6.5 million in cash.Facts Services provides software and hardware for health care payers, specializing in claims processing, employee benefits, risk management, cost containment and...

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Accused drug cartel hitman to be arraigned, TX

May 20, 2009 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of belonging to a group of young hit men who were enforcers for a Mexican drug cartel was expected to be arraigned Friday in the shooting deaths of a man and his teenage nephew along a Texas highway.Federal prosecutors contend Armando Garcia, 22, was a member of...

Lawyers still arguing over jury's verdict, 1st Ld-Writethru, KY

May 20, 2009 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two disbarred lawyers convicted of defrauding former clients in a diet drug case are arguing over how much the jury ordered them to forfeit.Federal prosecutors say last month's verdict directs former lawyers William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham to pay $30 million in...

Sunstone Hotel Investors sells Napa hotel, APFN

May 20, 2009 11:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc., a hotel real estate investment trust, said Wednesday it sold a Marriott hotel in Napa, Calif., for $36 million to an undisclosed buyer.The sale is scheduled to close on Wednesday.Sunstone estimated that the 274-room property would require...

International Paper receives bond tender offers, APFN

May 20, 2009 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — International Paper Co. said Wednesday it had received about $874 million valid tender offers for a bond offering.The company accepted the offers, which represent 82 percent of the $1 billion-plus principal amount of the bonds outstanding before the tender offer was made. The offer...

Company to sell division, close SC plant, SC

May 20, 2009 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina-based company says it will sell its automotive cloth division to a management group and close one of its plants where 140 are employed.Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. announced the sale Wednesday, citing a desire to focus on other markets that already...

NJ gov defends rebate check elimination, NJ

May 20, 2009 11:52 am | by BETH DeFALCO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Wednesday defended his proposal to eliminate property tax rebates as part of a plan to close a looming budget gap, saying the public will understand and promising to restore the rebates as soon as the economy improves."The fact is, we don't...

Police question 2 men I-40 slayings, 1st Ld-Writethru, AR

May 20, 2009 11:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State police have questioned two of three people they have sought for information about two bodies that were found along Interstate 40 in North Little Rock.The remains of 24-year-old Ahki Hughes and 48-year-old Tammy Lawrence were found on May 9. Both suffered gunshot...

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