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Chico's shares rise on upgrade, APFN

May 26, 2009 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Chico's FAS Inc. rose on Tuesday, after an analyst said the women's apparel retailer's turnaround efforts are working and upgraded the stock ahead of its first-quarter earnings report.Women's apparel retailers have been among the hardest hit in the apparel sector amid the...

Couple gives $10M to Medical College of Wisconsin, WI

May 26, 2009 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Waukesha couple is giving $10 million to the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop devices for detecting and treating disease.The donation comes from philanthropists Robert and Patricia Kern. Robert Kern founded Generac Power Systems, Inc., which makes power generators.The...

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Game news: 'Wii-Fit' leads to boom in 'exergaming'

May 26, 2009 7:14 am | by LOU KESTEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Real news from the virtual world:— ACTIVE VOLCANO: Nintendo's "Wii Fit" exercise program has topped the video-game sales charts since its debut a year ago. But come on, folks: Surely you've mastered the sun salutation and the downward-facing dog by now and you're ready for something more...

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Cattle on feed numbers up in South Dakota, APFN

May 26, 2009 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Dakota's large feedlots held 230,000 cattle on feed for the slaughter market as of May 1. That's 10,000 more than a year earlier and 5,000 more than the previous month.The figures are from feedlots containing at least...

Ala. industry recruitment law expands incentives, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AL

May 26, 2009 7:14 am | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The financial help that Alabama has extended to new manufacturing industries for 60 years will now be offered to research and development businesses, corporate headquarters and alternative energy companies.Gov. Bob Riley held a ceremonial signing Tuesday for a law that...

Irish President to Mount Holyoke Grads: 'The World Needs You'

May 26, 2009 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Education, Assignment editorsSOUTH HADLEY, Mass., May 26 (AScribe Newswire) -- Mary McAleese, the eighth president of Ireland, addressed the 594 women receiving degrees from Mount Holyoke College Sunday, as well as a crowd of more than 4,000 family members, friends, and well-wishers. The...

HL:Canadian dollar is trading at 89.17 cents US, up 0.16 of a cent at 11 a.m. ET@

May 26, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar traded at 89.17 cents US, up 0.16 of a cent on Tuesday. The U.S. dollar was trading at C$1.1215 down 0.20 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.7869 down 0.12 of cent and US$1.5933, up 0.18 of a cent.The euro was at C$1.5681, down 0.58 of a cent.Quotations provided by...

Maine House set to debate $5.8 billion budget, APFN

May 26, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House has given a procedural green light for debate on an $5.8 billion state budget.Representatives voted Tuesday morning on the general fund spending package for the coming two years. The budget includes provisions for payless shutdown days for state employees — 10...

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Food company to build bakery and create 172 jobs, NC

May 26, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A specialty food company says it plans to build a commercial bakery in central North Carolina that will add more than 170 jobs over the next three years.Nonni's Food Co. said Tuesday it plans to invest $27 million in building a bakery in Yadkinville.The Illinois-based company...

HL:Petroflow Energy temporarily suspends drilling, lowers its Q1 loss@

May 26, 2009 7:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Petroflow Energy Ltd. (TSX:PEF) said Tuesday it has temporarily suspended its drilling activity due to the recession and reported it dramatically lowered its first-quarter loss."The company will continue to be flexible in its capital spending in order to respond to changes in commodity...

Raytheon gets contract for Navy jet radar retrofit, APFN

May 26, 2009 7:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said on Tuesday that the Navy has awarded it a $54 million contract to install new advanced radar equipment in existing F/A-18 fighter jets.The Waltham, Mass.-based company said the contract calls for APG-79 radars to be installed to replace...

HL:Petroflow Energy lowers its Q1 loss, temporarily suspends drilling@

May 26, 2009 7:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Petroflow Energy Ltd. (TSX:PEF) dramatically lowered its first-quarter loss while sales were down 29 per cent. Net loss was $17,822 or nil a share compared with year-earlier loss $2.2 million or seven cents a share. Revenue was $1.9 million, down from $2.8 million. The oil and gas company...

REMINDER/Canadian Space Agency: Note to Editors

May 26, 2009 7:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On May 27th, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Bob Thirsk will launch on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan to begin an historic long-duration spaceflight as a member of the first six-person crew aboard the International Space Station.The Canadian Space Agency in collaboration with...

Appoints Dr. Lars Podlowski to its Board of Directors Business Editors/Energy Editors

May 26, 2009 7:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. & MUNICH, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 26, 2009--Skyline Solar, a manufacturer of High Gain Solar (HGS) arrays for the commercial, industrial, government and utility markets, today announced the newest appointment to the Skyline Board of Directors, Dr. Lars Podlowski. Dr....

Musicians criticize Charlotte Symphony budget cuts, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NC

May 26, 2009 7:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Members of the Charlotte Symphony Players' Association have written a letter protesting the Arts & Science Council's decision to cut orchestra funding by more than half.The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that the council decided last week to give the Charlotte Symphony...

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