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Educators to get cash for top graduation increases, 1st Ld-Writethru, IN

May 18, 2009 2:42 pm | by RICK CALLAHAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — High schools that achieve the biggest graduation rate increases between now and next spring could receive up to $20,000 — money that would be split among each school's principal and select staff members.State Superintendent Tony Bennett said Monday the goal of the new program is...

Report: Interim LSU hospital costly, inefficient, LA

May 18, 2009 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Interim LSU Public Hospital is costly, inefficient, administration-heavy and still reacting to the effects of Hurricane Katrina rather than looking for ways to improve efficiency, a consultant says.Louisiana State University said Monday that it will cut 300 jobs and make...

Senate confirms Obama's pick for FDA chief, US

May 18, 2009 2:37 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to oversee food and drug safety, two areas that are vital to consumers and widely seen as in critical need of improvement.Dr. Margaret Hamburg, a bioterrorism expert, will be sworn in as the 21st commissioner of the Food...

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Napster cuts price to $5 per month, APFN

May 18, 2009 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Digital music company Napster said Monday it cut its price to $5 per month for unlimited access to its music streaming service and five unrestricted MP3 downloads.Subscribers can also buy additional MP3s priced between 69 cents and $1.29.Last September, Best Buy said it would buy...

HL:NHL, Moyes, Balsillie await Tuesday's bankruptcy hearing for Coyotes@

May 18, 2009 2:37 pm | by Chris Johnston@Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX — One day before the future of the Phoenix Coyotes was set to become clearer, the NHL received some major support in its attempt to block the sale of the team.The three other major North American pro sports leagues all filed court statements Monday asking the bankruptcy court to respect the...

Mo. Supreme Court rejects execution delay, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MO

May 18, 2009 2:37 pm | by CHRIS BLANK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Religious leaders who have worked in prison with convicted killer Dennis Skillicorn urged Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday to spare his life.Skillicorn, 49, is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, and state and federal courts so far have rejected requests for delays....

British Virgin Islands signs tax treaties, CB

May 18, 2009 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (AP) — The British Virgin Islands is closer to getting off an international "gray list" of global tax havens.The Caribbean territory said Monday it has signed tax information exchange agreements with the Nordic group of countries at Iceland's Embassy in Denmark.The...

S & P places Coeur d'Alene Mines on CreditWatch, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 18, 2009 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday placed Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. on CreditWatch with positive implications, but warned that the mining company may require more funding for its capital spending plan.The ratings, including Standard & Poor's "CCC" corporate credit rating,...

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Court candidate Granholm to be at White House, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 2:31 pm | by BEN FELLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, one of President Barack Obama's candidates for the Supreme Court, will be at the White House on Tuesday for an event about the auto industry. That is the "primary" purpose of her visit, anyway, as the White House put it.Granholm will be on hand...

Encore to buy $53 million in oil-producing land

May 18, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Encore Energy Partners LP said Monday it will purchase $53.8 million of oil-producing land in Texas, Montana and North Dakota that includes over 100 oil wells.The company plans to purchase lands in Val Verde County, Texas, for $28 million in cash and other properties in...

Latin America stocks soar on hope for US recovery, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 18, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Latin American stocks surged Monday as improved housing data and banking outlooks in the U.S. suggested the recession in the region's top trading partner may be easing, potentially boosting credit and demand for Latin American exports.Brazil's benchmark Ibovespa index soared 5...

NH jobless rate up slightly for April, NH

May 18, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's jobless rate rose slightly in April, to 6.3 percent.The state Department of Employment Security says that seasonally adjusted figure was up only a tenth of a percentage point from March but 2.6 percentage points from a year earlier.The number of unemployed...

S & P index swaps Flagstar with Bank of the Ozarks, APFN

May 18, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Standard & Poors said Monday that bank holding company Bank of the Ozarks Inc. will replace Flagstar Bancorp Inc. on the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on May 26.Flagstar received a capital investment from MattlinPatterson Global Advisors LLC, which S&P said will cause...

Crist signs bill giving energy-saving rebates, 1st Ld-Writethru, FL

May 18, 2009 2:25 pm | by HILARY LEHMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Florida will begin offering rebates on energy-efficient appliances in an environmentally friendly attempt to boost sales under a bill signed into law Monday.Gov. Charlie Crist signed the bill, which gives rebates on energy-efficient appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators,...

Therapeutics CEO Frank Reynolds Nominated as 'CEO of the Year' Business Editors/Health Editors

May 18, 2009 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- InVivo Therapeutics President and CEO Frank Reynolds has received several nominations for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council 'CEO of the Year' award. As a nominee for a 2009 Mass Technology Leadership Award, Reynolds is being...

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