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Taiwan's economy shrinks record 10.2 percent in 1Q

May 21, 2009 1:14 am | by DEBBY WU - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's economy shrank by a record 10.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter on slumping exports, the government said Thursday, as it forecast a deeper contraction this year.Taiwan's Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics said the global recession...

Riley promoting services for Alabama's unemployed, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AL

May 21, 2009 1:14 am | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Cornelius Johnson of Montgomery was using a computer to fill out a job application for Best Buy on Thursday when someone leaned over his shoulder and asked how hard it was to apply online.The question came from Gov. Bob Riley.The two-term governor is a lame duck, but he is...

On stand, Scrushy attacks former HealthSouth CFOs, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 1:14 am | by JAY REEVES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Fired HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy kept up his attacks Thursday on five former finance chiefs who linked him to a huge fraud, putting the blame squarely on them for the accounting swindle.Scrushy was on the stand for the second day in a lawsuit by HealthSouth...

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Transportation board looks at Conn. toll issue, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CT

May 21, 2009 1:09 am | by STEPHANIE REITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Drivers won't see tolls revived on Connecticut highways anytime soon, but officials say the issue is far from dead.Members of the state Transportation Strategy Board on Thursday decided to postpone making a recommendation to the General Assembly, saying too many questions...

Health This Week with Don Baillargeon, 5/21

May 21, 2009 1:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.healththisweek.com () —Health This Week with Donald Baillargeon is an internationally syndicated television program about the many ways people are exploring to live better, healthier and longer lives.Free information about the featured guests can be requested by sending an email to...

Senate to vote on delaying new paper ballot rules, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 21, 2009 1:04 am | by ERIK SCHELZIGAssociated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate is expected to vote soon on whether to delay starting a new Tennessee law that requires a paper trail from voting machines.The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-3 on Wednesday to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of...

Vt. teachers union backing Legislature's budget, VT

May 21, 2009 1:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest teacher's union spoke out against Gov. Jim Douglas' budget proposal while pushing the Legislature to defend its offering.Lawmakers and the Republican governor sit at an impasse over the fiscal 2010 budget which begins July 1.During the legislative session,...

Acknowledged as Prominent Algae-to-Oil Company on Capitol Hill Business Editors/Environment Writers

May 21, 2009 1:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB:OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced that its breakthrough technology was recognized in testimony provided...

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Britain's debt outlook lowered to negative

May 21, 2009 1:03 am | by PAN PYLAS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Britain faces the unsettling possibility of seeing its debt rating downgraded, after credit ratings firm Standard & Poor's said Thursday it has revised the country's outlook to negative from stable.Though the ratings agency reaffirmed the country's long-term triple-A credit rating —...

European surveys point to easing recession

May 21, 2009 12:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The recession afflicting the 16 nations that use the euro eased further in May, closely watched surveys found Thursday, reinforcing hopes that growth may emerge possibly by the end of the year.The monthly purchasing managers' surveys for the manufacturing and services sectors — key...

Ex-aide praises late deposed Chinese premier, AS

May 21, 2009 12:53 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A former aide to deposed Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang says he and three other men helped Zhao record and compile his memoirs, published this month just before the 20th anniversary of the crackdown that saw him thrown out of office.Zhao, who died in 2005, was purged after the military...

Markets: Gypsum Product Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its Foreign Trade 2009 Edition Business Editors

May 21, 2009 12:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBLIN-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/f23c1a/gypsum_produc —man) has announced the addition of Supplier Relations US, LLC's new report "Gypsum Product Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its Foreign Trade 2009 Edition" to their...

UN study advises caution over dams

May 21, 2009 12:37 am | by MICHAEL CASEY - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BANGKOK (AP) — A dam-building spree in China poses the greatest threat to the future of the already beleaguered Mekong, one of the world's major rivers and a key source of water for the region, a U.N. report said Thursday.China is constructing a series of eight dams on the upper half of the Mekong...

China repeats opposition to international exchanges with Taiwan+

May 21, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING, May 21 (Kyodo) — China repeated Thursday its opposition to foreign countries holding official exchanges with Taiwan, ahead of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's planned trip to Central America via the United States."China is opposed to Taiwan holding official exchanges with any country,"...

3RD LD: Lay judge system starts in Japan amid lingering concerns+

May 21, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING, ADDING INFO)Japan joined the ranks of many other countries Thursday by introducing an aspect of the judicial system that enables ordinary citizens to try criminal cases, but its debut was overshadowed by criticism over the controversial lifetime secrecy...

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