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DEP chief urges action on Maine cleanup, ME

May 22, 2009 4:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's environmental protection chief says a firm ordered to clean up the former HoltraChem factory in Orrington should "drop its legal maneuvering."Commissioner David Littell issued his call to Mallinckrodt LLC one day after a federal judge refused to intervene over how to...

Swine flu deters Japanese from traveling to Hawaii, APFN

May 22, 2009 4:18 am | by JAYMES SONG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has seen a sharp drop-off in tourists from Japan in recent days because of swine flu fears, state officials said Thursday.Hawaii tourism liaison Marsha Wienert said since May 10, when the Japanese took "their concerns to another level," daily visitors arrivals from Japan have...

FFW Corporation Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

May 22, 2009 4:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FFW Corporation (OTCBB: FFWC) (5/21/09 Close: $11.10), parent corporation of Crossroads Bank, has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable June 30, 2009 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2009. The dividend represents a 4.76% increase over...

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Hawaii judge confirms Ilikai units sale to iStar, APFN

May 22, 2009 4:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HONOLULU (AP) — New York-based iStar FM Loans LLC has bought 203 foreclosed residential condo units and 16 foreclosed commercial units in the iconic Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki for $51 million.Circuit Judge Karen Blondin on Thursday confirmed the sale with iStar as the high bidder.The company was the...

Gates defends decision to close Guantanamo prison, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 4:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Obama administration had no choice but to order the shutdown of the prison at Guantanamo because "the name itself is a condemnation" of U.S. anti-terrorism strategy.In an interview broadcast Friday on NBC's "Today" show, Gates called the...

17K jobs lost, but Pa. jobless rate stays stable, PA

May 22, 2009 4:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's job losses continued to pile up in April, but new figures show the rate of loss eased during the month.The state Department of Labor and Industry said Thursday that Pennsylvania's employers slashed an estimated 17,300 nonfarm jobs in April.But that's after...

Ga. father gets 100 years for poisoning kids' soup, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 22, 2009 4:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was sentenced to 100 years in prison for poisoning his two children to extort money from Campbell Soup Co.William Cunningham was sentenced Thursday after a jury found him guilty of five counts of cruelty to children and two counts of aggravated assault, said...

Fairfax school board approves austere budget, DC

May 22, 2009 4:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Fairfax County School Board has unanimously passed a budget that will lead to larger classes, new schedules and a salary freeze.The $2.2 billion spending plan is $18 million and 800 positions lighter than this year's budget even though the number of students has grown by...

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Ahead of the Bell: Analysts cheer Autodesk cuts, APFN

May 22, 2009 4:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Analysts applauded cost cutting efforts at Autodesk Inc. on Friday, after the software maker's adjusted first-quarter earnings far outpaced expectations despite a sharp drop in revenue.Autodesk, late Thursday, reported adjusted earnings of 18 cents per share, compared with the...

ManageEngine Applications Manager Selected Best in Datacenter Management; ManageEngine Desktop Central Selected Best in Systems Administration

May 22, 2009 4:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.manageengine.com () —ManageEngine (http://www.manageengine.com/) , makers of a globally renowned suite of cost effective network, systems, applications and security management software solutions, today announced that Network Products Guide, an industry leading publication on information...

Cost, Convenience Determine Foreign Currency Exchange Patterns Business Editors

May 22, 2009 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- New research conducted by Travelex, the world's leading currency exchanger, indicates that US travelers are exchanging currency prior to leaving the country due to worries about fees, exchange rates and exchange locations at their destinations.The survey...

Power Installs a 416kW Solar Electric System on Budweiser Cold-Storage Facility Business Editors/Energy Editors/Technology Editors

May 22, 2009 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CYPRESS, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Perpetual Power has announced the completion of a 416kW DC solar installation on a Budweiser cold beer storage building in Contra Costa County, Calif. The Markstein Sales Company, a family owned business operating since 1919, and a distributor of...

Aeropostale 'impresses' but analysts look ahead, APFN

May 22, 2009 4:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Aeropostale Inc.'s first-quarter results impressed investors but analysts pointed out that the specialty retailer's good times are likely unsustainable."Aeropostale may have put up the best numbers in retail," Jefferies & Co. analyst Randal Konik wrote in a research note. Still,...

Miss. hospital group opposes tax for Medicaid, 1st Ld-Writethru, MS

May 22, 2009 4:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Hospital Association is opposed to Gov. Haley Barbour's proposed $90 million hospital tax to help pay for a Medicaid shortfall.MHA president Sam Cameron said Thursday his members are facing larger numbers of uninsured and Medicaid patients at their doors and a...

WVa town's tax problem worsens, WV

May 22, 2009 4:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — On the day Weston city leaders met with an IRS agent over the $420,000 in back taxes the town owes, it learned of yet another set of unpaid bills.Mayor Julia Spelsberg says the city learned Wednesday it missed two quarters of payments to West Viriginia's unemployment fund,...

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