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Frederick County bridge repair proposal approved, MD

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick County Commissioners have approved a citizen's proposal to repair a covered bridge in the county.Dean Fitzgerald said he wants to donate time and labor to replace the Roddy Road covered bridge's roof. He's the president of Fitzgerald's Heavy Timber Construction...

Affirms Archer Daniels Midland's IDRs at 'A/F1'; Outlook Stable Business Editors

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the long- and short-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) and outstanding debt ratings of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) as follows:--Long-term IDR at 'A';--Senior unsecured debt at 'A';--Convertible notes at 'A';--Credit...

Nevada gov vetoes gas tax hike bill, among others, APFN

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by BRENDAN RILEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — As promised, Gov. Jim Gibbons on Thursday vetoed a measure that would authorize the Washoe County Commission to enact a voter-approved gas tax increase to raise money to finance transportation projects.The bill was among four measures rejected by the Republican governor....

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Bronson says he's not running for Fla. governor, 4th Ld-Writethru, FL

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by BILL KACZOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson announced Thursday that he's not running for governor "at this time," but left the door slightly ajar in the event of unforseen circumstances before next year's election.The decision is expected to clear the way for Attorney...

Argentine economy expands 2.7 pct in March, LT

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina says annual economic growth quickened slightly to 2.7 percent in March, still less than half of last year's 6.3 percent rate.The national statistics institute on Thursday said growth topped the 2.3 percent expansion seen in the 12 months ended in February.It...

US judge: House arrest, probation for ex-Fumo aide, 1st Ld-Writethru, PA

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by MARYCLAIRE DALE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A second computer technician who destroyed evidence for former state Sen. Vincent Fumo was sentenced to six months of house arrest and four years of probation.A federal judge spared 39-year-old Mark Eister of Camp Hill a prison term Thursday after prosecutors did not oppose...

HL:U.S. forecasters say near-normal hurricane season most likely for Atlantic coast@

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by Melanie Patten@Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — A U.S. government agency is predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season for this year, but Canadian forecasters are playing down the accuracy of long-term storm predictions.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for a 50 per cent probability of a near-normal...

HL:Four of 10 who watch Mulroney inquiry see illegality in his action@

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — More than 40 per cent of the people following the inquiry into the Mulroney-Schreiber affair believe there was illegality on Mulroney's part, a new poll suggests.The inquiry is looking at the business dealings between Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber, although it is specifically...

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Pacific Sunwear of Calif. posts smaller 1Q loss, APFN

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Teen-focused retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. on Thursday posted a smaller first-quarter loss that topped Wall Street expectations, despite a drop in same-store sales.Pacific Sunwear reported a loss of $8.7 million, or 13 cents per share, compared with a loss of...

Boca Raton man charged in $44m Ponzi scheme, FL

May 21, 2009 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Boca Raton businessman has been charged with running a $44 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded dozens of investors.Five counts of mail fraud were lodged Thursday against 37-year-old Michael Riolo. Each charge carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.Federal...

Xerox CEO Mulcahy retiring, Burns to replace her, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 4:51 pm | by ANDREW VANACORE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Xerox Corp. said Thursday that Chief Executive Anne Mulcahy will retire July 1, to be succeeded by Ursula Burns, the printer and copier maker's president. She will make Xerox the largest U.S. company to be headed by a black woman.The move has been in the works since Burns, 50,...

Utah State lab says NASA space instrument complete, 1st Ld-Writethru, UT

May 21, 2009 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NORTH LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory has announced completion of a $72 million NASA instrument that will help scientists see deep into the universe in search of the origins of star systems.The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer was built at the Utah State...

Sears Holdings earns $26 million in first quarter, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 4:51 pm | by ASHLEY M. HEHER - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. reversed a year-ago loss and posted a profit of $26 million for its first quarter on Thursday, as it worked to manage inventory in its stores.The results amounted to a profit of 21 cents per share, which is markedly better than a year earlier, when the retailer...

After clampdown, credit cards may hike fees

May 21, 2009 12:50 pm | by MADLEN READ - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — New rules for credit card companies will clamp down on when they can hike interest rates and force them to spell out their terms in plain English. But opening your monthly statement could still be a dizzying experience.The wide variety of fees that card issuers charge — balance...

Stimulus funds for repair of Governor's Mansion, 4th Ld-Writethru, TX

May 21, 2009 12:50 pm | by JAY ROOT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — While Gov. Rick Perry is criticizing Washington bailouts, state lawmakers are planning to use $11 million in federal stimulus money to help rebuild the badly burned Texas Governor's Mansion.Top budget negotiators said Thursday that a House-Senate committee agreed on the...

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