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Performance show inside, 'Idol' mania outside

May 19, 2009 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — It's "American Idol" mania: Hundreds of fans, hungry for the finale to begin, have gathered outside the Nokia Theatre.Marcella Valdez and her boss, Rose Pickens, played hooky from their jobs at a radiology firm in Bakersfield, Calif., to watch Adam Lambert take on Kris Allen.Valdez,...

House OKs changes to Ore. initiative system, 1st Ld-Writethru, OR

May 19, 2009 4:07 pm | by RYAN KOST - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House approved a number of changes to the state's citizen ballot initiative system, all aimed at putting stricter regulations on what is seen as one of the nation's least restrictive.The bill, approved 52-7 Tuesday, came to the Legislature at the request of Secretary...

Venezuela's economy grows 0.3 percent in 1Q 2009, LT

May 19, 2009 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela says its economy grew 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2009, its slowest expansion since 2003.The Central Bank says sectors such as communications and construction led growth.Figures released Tuesday show the key oil sector contracted 4.8 percent following...

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US finds suspect materials in foreign drywall, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 4:01 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has found sulfur and other materials in a small sampling of Chinese-made drywall, which some officials and residents blame for sickening fumes and corroding metal in homes in several states.Several federal and state agencies including the...

States' rights resolution fails in House, for now, 1st Ld-Writethru, TX

May 19, 2009 4:01 pm | by JACKIE STONE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A controversial pro-states' rights resolution touted by Gov. Rick Perry was quickly killed on a technical point Tuesday.The resolution would have informed Congress that Texas claimed sovereignty and states' rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.Rep. Brandon...

Bank of America raises $13.5 billion selling stock

May 19, 2009 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday that in less than two weeks it has raised $13.47 billion through the sale of 1.25 billion shares at an average price of $10.77 each."We're pleased to have this portion of our capital plan completed," said Chief Financial Officer Joe Price,...

Japan economy shrinks at record 15.2 percent pace

May 19, 2009 4:01 pm | by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy shrank at a record 15.2 percent annual pace in the first quarter, dragged down by plunging exports, thinner factory output and wary shoppers.But within the details emerged new hope. Economists said the worst is over for the world's second-largest economy. Many predicted...

Elton John, Burrill, Greenwood and Health Care Leaders Headline Day Two of the 2009 BIO International Convention Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 19, 2009 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009--Sir Elton John addressed more than 3,000 global attendees today on the HIV/AIDS epidemic on day two of the 2009 BIO International Convention. This global event for biotechnology runs through Thursday May 21. BIO President and CEO Jim C. Greenwood also gave...

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ND regulators oppose 'cap and trade' carbon rules

May 19, 2009 3:55 pm | by DALE WETZEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota utility regulators oppose a "cap and trade" method of reducing gases that may promote global warming, saying it could double consumers' power bills without providing any discernible environmental benefit."We're talking about driving up the cost of everything that...

Flow Medical Announces Fifth Patent Issuance of Their Unique Percutaneous Aortic Valve Technology Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 19, 2009 3:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA ROSA, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Direct Flow Medical, Inc. a privately held, emerging medical device Company developing a next generation, minimally invasive implant to treat patients with heart valve disease announced today the issuance of its 5th patent on their Percutaneous...

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Mass. Senate votes to hike sales, alcohol taxes, 7th Ld-Writethru, MA

May 19, 2009 3:55 pm | by STEVE LeBLANC - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday approved a string of tax measures including a 25 percent increase in the sales tax, a new tax on alcohol and a municipal aid package allowing cities and towns to raise taxes on meals and hotel rooms.By a 29-10 vote, enough to overturn a threatened veto by...

Neb. governor signs 2-year budget with no vetoes, 1st Ld-Writethru, NE

May 19, 2009 3:49 pm | by ANNA JO BRATTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed a two-year, nearly $7 billion state budget Tuesday without vetoing anything.The spending plan closely mirrors what Heineman asked for in the first place. It relies heavily on federal stimulus dollars and the state's rainy-day fund to balance...

Survey finds slower decline of honeybee colonies

May 19, 2009 3:49 pm | by GARANCE BURKE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The decline of honeybee colonies has slowed slightly since last fall, but a mysterious combination of ailments is still decimating the insect's population, federal researchers say.U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers found that honeybee colonies declined by 29 percent...

HL:Phoenix judge to hear arguments on potential Coyotes relocation next month@

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by Chris Johnston@Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX — The wait continues for those hoping to see the Phoenix Coyotes move to Hamilton.Judge Redfield T. Baum wasn't prepared to tackle the relocation issue as part of the Coyotes' bankruptcy hearing on Tuesday and ordered all parties to return on June 22 to decide whether the franchise can be...

East Texas man executed Tuesday, 4th Ld-Writethru, TX

May 19, 2009 3:38 pm | by MICHAEL GRACZYK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man apologized repeatedly Tuesday as he was executed for fatally stabbing a convenience store clerk during a robbery more than two decades ago."I know I hurt you very bad," Michael Lynn Riley said to his victim's relatives, including her two daughters and...

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