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Iowa auditor criticizes greater state spending, APFN

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by MIKE GLOVER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature talked a lot about spending cuts, but the state auditor criticized lawmakers Monday for actually increasing overall spending by $68 million and using federal stimulus money to balance the budget.Auditor David Vaudt says the decision to spend $529 million...

Transition Management Service in Australia Business Editors

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SYDNEY-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- Instinet Incorporated, a global leader in electronic trading and agency-only brokerage services, today announced that its Instinet Pacific Limited subsidiary has launched a new transition management offering for the Australian marketplace. Graham Cook, who...

Patients in St. Jude Medical Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Pilot Study Demonstrate Sustained Improvement in Depression Symptoms Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- According to the latest data in a clinical study supported by St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for depression may provide sustainable improvement in depression symptoms among patients with major depressive...

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NC shop sells wares using racial harmony, melody

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by MARTHA WAGGONER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The catchy jingle for The Red House Furniture Store says it all, but doesn't totally do it justice: "Where black people and white people buy furniture."It's helped make The Red House an Internet sensation thanks to a campy YouTube ad that's gotten nearly a million views by...

American Express says it will eliminate 4,000 jobs

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express said Monday it is eliminating about 4,000 jobs as part of a plan to slash another $800 million in costs for the remainder of the year.The layoffs represent about 6 percent of the New York-based credit card issuer's current global work force.Many of the affected...

New Avenues Opens New Location On South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, Georgia

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIREAssociated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA, May 18, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — New Avenues, your lease-to-own and retail source for quality, brand name furniture, announces the opening of its newest Georgia location at 3295 South Cobb Drive in Smyrna, Georgia.New Avenues stores are bigger, brighter and each one is beautifully packed...

NM state auditor returns contribution from broker, APFN

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by BARRY MASSEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas has returned a $10,000 campaign contribution from a company tied to a Santa Fe broker who received large fees as a placement agent on state investment deals.The contribution was made in 2007 by SDN Advisers, a financial firm affiliated...

Phoenix home prices still falling but not as fast, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 18, 2009 2:05 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Good news for homebuyers.A new Arizona State University study shows home prices in the Phoenix area have dropped by a record 37 percent since February 2008, and they're expected to drop even further.But ASU professor of real estate Karl Guntermann said that's good news for those...

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Ranchers still oppose animal ID, 1st Ld-Writethru, WA

May 18, 2009 2:04 pm | by SHANNON DININNY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Five years after the federal government started a program to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak, just 36 percent of ranchers are taking part.U.S. Department of Agriculture officials found out why Monday, when 75 Western livestock producers gave them an earful...

UOMO Media's The NE Inc. Wins Best Music Video

May 18, 2009 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UOMO Media Inc. (OTCBB: UOMO), a multi-channel entertainment company, announced its fully owned subsidiary, The NE Inc, received an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) for their collaboration with director Sean Wainsteim on the video "Weighty Ghost" by Halifax based icons Wintersleep. The video was...

Automakers, Obama announce mileage, pollution plan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 1:59 pm | by KEN THOMAS - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants drivers to go farther on a gallon of gas and cause less damage to the environment — and be willing to pick up the tab.Obama on Tuesday planned to announce the first-ever national emissions limits for cars and trucks, as well as require a 35.5 miles per...

Indictment deadline extended for Madoff accountant, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge has given prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to work out a possible plea deal for Bernard Madoff's (MAY'-dawfs) longtime accountant.An order signed by the Manhattan judge extends the deadline for the government to bring an indictment against David...

Con Edison, Inc. Announces 2009 Earnings Guidance

May 18, 2009 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.conEd.com () —Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) (NYSE: ED) today announced that it expects its earnings per share from ongoing operations for 2009 to be in the range of $3.00 to $3.20 a share. Earnings per share from ongoing operations excludes the net mark-to-market effects of the...

P.F. Chang's China Bistro expands to Mexico, US

May 18, 2009 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. said Monday it is expanding to Mexico, with the first location to open in Mexico City in the fourth quarter.The company will develop 30 restaurants in Mexico over the next decade via a license agreement with Alsea SAB de CV, an...

HL:Quebec looking to woo U.S. energy industry into increasing hydro imports@

May 18, 2009 1:59 pm | by Jessica Murphy@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — The Quebec government's ambitious plans to seduce the U.S. energy industry into upping imports of the province's hydroelectricity have as much chance of being rebuffed as embraced, critics and industry insiders said.Claude Bechard, the province's minister of natural resources, is in New...

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