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SC health agency: No new swine flu cases, 1st Ld-Writethru, SC

May 20, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say the swine flu virus has tapered off in South Carolina, with no new confirmed cases over the past week.But officials say surveillance will continue because of concerns the virus will return this fall.The Department of Health and Environmental Control...

Milestone Placement in Remote Respiratory Monitoring Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 20, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOULDER, Colo.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced a key milestone in the continued growth and use of the OxiNet(TM) III remote respiratory monitoring system in U.S. hospitals. With the recent system installation...

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Earn TechAmerica's Top High-Tech Innovation Awards Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

May 20, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IRVINE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009--Kofax plc (LSE:KFX), the leading provider of Intelligent Capture & Exchange solutions, today announced the company and its Chief Executive Officer earned top honors in two major categories of the 2009 TechAmerica High-Tech Innovation Awards. Kofax...

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2ND LD: Court orders ex-U.S. serviceman to pay damages over robbery-murder+

May 19, 2009 11:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YOKOHAMA, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO FROM 4TH GRAF)A Japanese court ordered a former U.S. serviceman to pay 65 million yen (about $680,000) in compensation to relatives of a woman he killed and robbed in January 2006.However, the Yokohama District Court dismissed the relatives' demand that...

Australian doctor uses household drill to save boy, AS

May 19, 2009 11:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A doctor in rural Australia used a handyman's power drill to bore a hole into the skull of a boy with a severe head injury, saving his life.Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike on Friday in the small Victoria state city of Maryborough, hitting his head on the pavement, his...

Fewer Arizonans traveling for Memorial Day weekend, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 19, 2009 11:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Fewer Arizonans are expected to travel during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend because of the stalled economy and housing slump.Airfares, gas prices and hotel rates are down compared to the same time last year, but AAA Arizona projects 2.5 percent fewer people will take a holiday...

Report: Spanish police arrest 17 over terror links, EU

May 19, 2009 11:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADRID (AP) — Spanish news reports say police arrested at least 17 people in the northern city of Bilbao on suspicion of helping to fund an Islamic terrorist group in north Africa.Leading Cadena SER radio said the 17, mostly Algerians and Moroccans, are believed to belong to a crime gang that used...

Experian full-year profit up 11 pct, EU

May 19, 2009 11:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British credit agency Experian PLC said Wednesday that full-year profit rose 11 percent, helped by a cost-saving program, but remained cautious about the outlook for the current year.For the year ending March 31, the company reported a net profit of $486 million compared to $437...

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Feds allow drug kingpin's wife to keep house, OR

May 19, 2009 11:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The wife of convicted drug kingpin Kent Allen Jones will get to keep a house, a sport utility vehicle and a collection of baseball cards that had been seized by the federal government.Margo Jones and two adult children, Eric and Carey Jones, went to court seeking to assert...

LEAD: Tokyo stocks rise on recovery hopes despite GDP, resource shares up+

May 19, 2009 11:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING HEADLINE AND LEAD GRAF, ADDING DETAILS AND PRICES)Tokyo stocks rose Wednesday for the second straight day despite data showing a record contraction in Japan's gross domestic product, as resource-related shares benefited from rising crude oil prices and...

Asian-American tops field in Latino district, CA

May 19, 2009 11:29 pm | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In an election that highlighted America's fluid racial landscape, an Asian-American candidate emerged as the leading contender to fill a U.S. House seat in an overwhelmingly Hispanic district.Democrat Judy Chu topped a field of 12 candidates Tuesday, making her the favorite to...

Senator: More oversight needed of pension agency, APFN

May 19, 2009 11:24 pm | by DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rapidly deteriorating financial health of the federal agency that guarantees 44 million Americans' pensions is raising alarms in Congress, where key lawmakers are demanding tougher rules to insure vigilant oversight of its multibillion-dollar investment portfolio.The recession...

Activists seek Justice Dept. probe of insurers, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 11:24 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists backing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are asking the Justice Department to open a wide-ranging investigation of what they say is monopoly-like power in the hands of major insurers.The move by Health Care for America Now has consequences for the debate on...

Meeting on 19 May 2009 Adopts All of the Submitted Resolutions Business Editors

May 19, 2009 11:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAINT ETIENNE, France-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Regulatory News:On 19 May 2009, Groupe Casino (Paris:CO) held in Paris its Special Meeting of holders of preferred non-voting shares and its Annual General Meeting of holders of ordinary shares.Both meetings approved the conversion of the...

Swine flu outbreak reveals military plans, gaps, US

May 19, 2009 11:23 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rapid spread of swine flu from Mexico surprised Pentagon officials, who had been focused on a possible Asian-borne pandemic in a response plan that would give the military a last-resort role in helping to impose quarantines and border restrictions.Drafted and overhauled...

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