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US dollar mixed in late European trading, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading Thursday afternoon. Gold fell.The euro traded at US$1.3768, down from US$1.3807 late Wednesday in New York.Other dollar rates:—94.65 Japanese yen, down from 94.89—1.1037 Swiss francs, up from 1.0993—1.1449...

ICA Fluor awarded $268M cryogenic plant project, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IRVING, Texas (AP) — ICA Fluor, the industrial construction joint venture of Mexico's Empresas ICA and Fluor Corp., said it was awarded a project for the construction of a cryogenic plant by Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica.ICA Fluor said it will book its share of the approximate $268 million...

Delphi attorney says talks continue, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 7:02 am | by BREE FOWLER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Talks between Delphi Corp. and members of President Barack Obama's automotive task force continue in hopes of reaching a deal on a plan to lift the auto supplier out of bankruptcy protection before a crucial deadline passes.Delphi Attorney Jack Butler said Thursday that the talks,...


Senator: No health insurance for illegal migrants, US

May 21, 2009 7:02 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal immigrants won't be entitled to medical insurance under the health legislation Congress is working on, a leading lawmaker said Thursday.Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said the health overhaul would cover nearly everyone — 94 percent to 96 percent of the population — but not...

New York & Co. posts 1Q loss of $4.9M; shares drop, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — New York & Co. on Thursday posted a fiscal first-quarter loss and said it would lose about the same amount in the second-quarter.The company's shares fell 94 cents, or 21 percent, to $3.63 in midmorning trading.The clothing retailer said its loss for the quarter ended May 2 was $4.9...

Brazil unemployment dips slightly to 8.9 percent, LT

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil says unemployment dipped slightly in April but is still at one its highest levels in close to two years.The government statistics agency said Thursday that the jobless rate hit 8.9 percent in the month.That's down from 9 percent the previous month — a level not seen since...

LEAD: Philippines confirms 1st case of new H1N1 flu+

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANILA, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS)Philippine health officials on Thursday confirmed the country's first case of the new H1N1 strain of flu in a 10-year-old Filipino girl who arrived in Manila on Monday from travels in the United States and Canada.Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a...

New French law on Internet piracy meets skepticism

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by DEBORAH SEWARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — A thousand French Internet users a day could be taken off-line following approval of President Nicolas Sarkozy's pet project — an unprecedented law to cut the Internet connections of people who repeatedly pirate music and movies.As the husband of supermodel-turned-pop star Carla Bruni...


Transocean names Rosa to succeed Cauthen as CFO, APFN

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ZUG, Switzerland (AP) — Offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. said Thursday it named Ricardo Rosa, head of the company's Europe and Africa division, senior vice president and chief financial officer.Rosa, 52, will succeed Gregory L. Cauthen, 51, who is retiring. The appointment is effective...

HL:Imperial Tobacco Canada names Ian Muir as new president and CEO@

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Imperial Tobacco Canada, this country's largest cigarette maker, has appointed Ian Muir as its new president and chief executive.Muir replaces Benjamin Kemball, who has a new job to oversee British American Tobacco's operations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru, the...

State parks slated for opening amid budget woes, ID

May 21, 2009 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say all of Idaho's state parks will be open during the summer season, despite earlier threats some may be shuttered to offset state budget cuts.Robert Meinen, director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, says families will be turning to state parks...

Detroit papers say more readers kept than expected, 1st Ld-Writethru, MI

May 21, 2009 6:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Executives with Detroit's daily newspapers say they have kept more readers and subscribers than they expected, more than a month after reducing home delivery and increasing electronic offerings.Officials with The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and the partnership that handles their...

SC gov. sues state attorney general over stimulus, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by JIM DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First, South Carolina's governor refused to accept federal stimulus money for his state's struggling schools. Then the Republican vetoed a state budget that required him to take it.This week, Gov. Mark Sanford sued his own state's elected officials in federal court, arguing...

Humbled grad turns to new job-hunting strategy, DC

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by PETULA DVORAKAssociated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After relentlessly pounding the industrial carpet at scores of job fairs, firing off hundreds of cover letters and knocking on dozens of doors since November, Michael Volpe was desperate.The 25-year-old college graduate with a degree in physics and a couple of years with the Peace...

C.R. Mayer Lands Major Auburn University Village Door Contract

May 21, 2009 6:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments () —C.R. Mayer & Company ( and Special-Lite Doors have landed one of the biggest orders in Special-Lite history with the contract to provide doors and entranceways to The Village, Auburn University's ( new upscale 1,700-bed student...


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