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Schwarzenegger's third budget reform attempt flops, CA

May 19, 2009 1:23 pm | by JULIET WILLIAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to permanently fix California's "broken budget system." But three times now he has tried and failed to smooth out the state's roller coaster revenues.Voters on Tuesday resoundingly rejected his latest effort, a package of budget-balancing...

Asian-American tops field in Latino district, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 19, 2009 1:23 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...

Senators seek probe of regional airlines' safety, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:23 pm | by JOAN LOWY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four senators, including the chairman of the Senate's aviation panel, have asked a government watchdog to investigate safety enforcement at regional airlines.In a letter released Tuesday, the senators told Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel that the...

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New Orleans gets 2013 Super Bowl, its 10th, 1st Ld-Writethru, FBN

May 19, 2009 1:23 pm | by TIM REYNOLDS - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New Orleans is a Super Bowl city again.NFL owners voted Tuesday to play the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, the first time the championship game will be played there since Hurricane Katrina shredded parts of the Louisiana Superdome. The hurricane caused 1,600 deaths and...

Tucson Citizen won't resume publication, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 19, 2009 1:22 pm | by ARTHUR H. ROTSTEIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson Citizen won't be forced to resume daily publication.A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Arizona Attorney General's office failed to show the Citizen's owner, Gannett Co., violated antitrust laws by ending daily publication of the 138-year-old afternoon paper on...

The Advocate to lay off 49 employees, LA

May 19, 2009 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge says it plans to lay off 49 employees.Publisher David Manship says the national recession forced the cost-cutting move. He says the cuts will involve every department of the newspaper and involve full-time and part-time employees.Manship...

WWE makes most of Denver Nuggets arena overbooking, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:22 pm | by JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment thrives on outlandish story lines and characters, but the company finds itself embroiled in a real-life controversy with the Denver Nuggets. And WWE's bombastic owner is making the most of it.The plot: Who has rights to Denver's Pepsi Center on...

Saks 1st-qtr loss beats forecast; TJX posts profit, US

May 19, 2009 1:22 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Saks Inc. said Tuesday that its cost cutting left it with a smaller loss than expected in the first quarter, but demand remains weak for its luxury offerings, while discounter TJX Cos. earned 8 percent more than a year earlier as frugal shoppers took advantage of bargains.Saks,...

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Senator seeks regional airline safety probe

May 19, 2009 1:22 pm | by JOAN LOWY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate's aviation panel is asking a government watchdog to investigate safety enforcement at regional airlines.Sen. Byron Dorgan said in a letter Tuesday to the Transportation Department's inspector general that the circumstances of the crash of Continental...

Treasury prices mixed after drop in housing starts

May 19, 2009 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Treasurys finished mixed Tuesday along with stocks after new home construction dropped to the lowest pace on record.The government presented investors with more evidence that the economy is still weakening. Construction of new homes and apartments sank 12.8 percent in April, the...

Washington state jobless rate stays same in April, APFN

May 19, 2009 1:16 pm | by RACHEL LA CORTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — For the first time in more than a year, Washington's unemployment rate hasn't had a monthly increase, but state officials on Tuesday cautioned it doesn't mean the worst is over.The state's jobless rate for April was an estimated 9.1 percent, the same as the revised rate for...

Federal stimulus cash helps 2 Michigan airports, MI

May 19, 2009 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two more Michigan airports are getting help from the federal stimulus package.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday announced grants totaling $2.5 million for the two Michigan projects.The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $1.7 million to Sawyer International...

Medtronic warns of defect with 37,000 pacemakers, 1st Ld-Writethru

May 19, 2009 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medtronic Inc. has warned doctors that 37,000 of its pacemakers may have wiring defects that can cause them to malfunction.The medical device company said in a letter to physicians that the defect affects a subset of its Kappa and Sigma pacemakers, causing them to not respond or...

Daily Summary May 19, 2009. MIDWEST CATTLE Direct Trade: Slaughter cattle trade in the Five Major Marketing Areas, Texas/Oklahoma;, WI

May 19, 2009 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas; Nebraska; Colorado; Iowa/Minnesota. Not enough sales for an adequatemarket trend.Steers: Live basis; (all Grades: 0 head).Dressed Basis; (all Grades: 160 head) 136.00.Heifers: Live Basis; (all Grades: 0 head).Dressed Basis; (all Grades: 0 head). Auction markets:Dunlap, IA Slaughter Cattle...

Safety board urges changes at American Airlines, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 1:16 pm | by DAVID KOENIG - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Safety regulators said Tuesday that American Airlines should figure out how it missed mechanical problems with a jet engine that caught fire during a 2007 flight, and then fix its maintenance program.The safety officials also made several technical recommendations to the Federal...

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