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Ahead of the Bell: Housing Starts, APFN

May 18, 2009 8:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Housing construction, which has been in a steep slump for three years, could be showing signs of stabilizing, although at very low levels.Construction of new homes likely rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 520,000 in April, from March's 510,000 units, according to the...

Krugman: US 'depressed economy' could last 5 years, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by KELLY OLSEN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States may emerge from recession as early as this summer, though further job losses mean a "depressed economy" could last as long as five years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said Tuesday."I think it's quite possible that industrial production in...

Prince George's school board backs out of HQ lease, 1st Ld-Writethru, DC

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Responding to a General Assembly bill that would take millions of dollars from the school system, the Prince George's County Board of Education voted Monday to terminate a lease for new headquarters.But the move will result in a penalty of $4.8 million. That brings the...


Airlines post rare improvement in customer survey

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by JOSHUA FREED - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new study shows airlines are doing a better job of taking care of the passengers they still have.Passenger satisfaction with airline service rose more than 3 percent earlier this year, according to a new University of Michigan study. That's the first time in six years that...

University of Michigan airline customer survey, HFR

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of Michigan surveyed airline customers earlier this year to gauge their satisfaction, and scored the airlines on a zero-to-100 scale.Airline, score, percent change from 2007Southwest Airlines, 81, 2.5 percentContinental Airlines, 68, 9.7 percentDelta Air Lines, 64, 6.7...

Firsts with 10.1-Inch Netbook Designed for Education Business Editors/High-Tech Writers/Education Writers

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROUND ROCK, Texas-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Dell believes every child should have the opportunity and tools to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the digital world. Critical to this is the availability of technology designed for the unique needs of K-12 students, teachers and school...

Receives Prestigious UK Safety Award Business Editors

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Fluor Limited, the U.K. operating arm of Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR), announced today that it was awarded the eminent Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Order of Distinction. The award is presented to organisations and companies that...

BW)(NY-SECURITYSTOCKWATCH)(GTO.BOURSE)(ASSA.B.STO)(VRNT.NQB)(ASS B.STO) Gemalto, ASSA ABLOY, and Verint Discuss Security Issues in Interviews Business Edit...

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RYE BROOK, N.Y.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- "Gemalto is the world leader in digital security solutions. We make a wide range of secure personal devices like EMV payment cards, SIM cards for cell phones, contactless payment cards, electronic passports and other government identity...


China boosts subsidies for car, appliance buyers, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 18, 2009 8:07 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — China will subsidize purchases of cars and home appliances to replace older models, expanding a program first introduced in rural areas to major cities, the government said Tuesday in its latest move to stimulate the economy.The decision by an executive meeting of the State Council...

''Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series" Explodes Online as the First Long Form Dramatic Machinima Production Entertainment Editors/Film Writers

May 18, 2009 8:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BURBANK, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Halcyon Games, a division of The Halcyon Company along with Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced the first full length Machinima series titled "Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series." Produced in association...

Semiconductor, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics und Silicon Image unterzeichnen langfristiges Abkommen zur Schaffung von Technologiespezifikationen fur Next-Generation-Speichers...

May 18, 2009 8:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUNNYVALE, Kalifornien (USA) — (BUSINESS WIRE)--18. Mai 2009--Hynix Semiconductor, Inc. (andere OTC-Markte: HXSCF), LG Electronics (KRX: 066570), Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (andere OTC-Markte: SSNLF), und Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIMG), haben heute die Grundung einer Branchenvereinigung zur...

Dell aims bright new netbook at younger students

May 18, 2009 7:51 pm | by JESSICA MINTZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Dell Inc., already the largest seller of PCs to schools worldwide, is trying to extend its lead with its first mini-laptop designed for young students at a time adult consumers and businesses are cutting back on technology spending.Dell's new Latitude 2100, unveiled Tuesday, is part...

Australia declares Coral Sea conservation zone, AS

May 18, 2009 7:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — The government on Tuesday announced a new conservation zone off Australia's northeast coast but rejected environmentalists' demands for a fishing ban in the Coral Sea.Environment Minister Peter Garrett said fishing boats and cruise ships would continue to have access to the 375,000...

Dollar edges up to mid-96 yen on hopes for U.S. housing sector+

May 18, 2009 7:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 19 (Kyodo) — The U.S. dollar rose to the mid-96 yen line Tuesday morning in Tokyo, benefiting from hopes that the worst could be over for the U.S. housing sector.At noon, the dollar fetched 96.45-50 yen versus 96.23-33 yen in New York and 95.38-40 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Monday.The euro...

Pacific bloc's tough line on Fiji criticized, AS

May 18, 2009 7:36 pm | by RAY LILLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tonga broke with its South Pacific counterparts Tuesday and said the region's main trade and diplomatic organization had been too harsh when it kicked out military-ruled Fiji for rejecting an ultimatum to restore democracy.The Pacific Islands Forum sought to intensify...


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