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Melco Crown Entertainment lowered to 'neutral', APFN

May 20, 2009 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — An analyst downgraded Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. Wednesday after the developer and owner of Macau casino resorts moved to a loss in the first quarter.The Hong Kong-based company lost $35.3 million, or 27 cents per share, for the period ended March 31. That compares with profit...

Regions Financial shares decline after stock offer, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Regions Financial Corp. shares fell Wednesday after the regional bank announced it would raise $1.25 billion through common and preferred stock offerings.Shares of the Birmingham, Ala.-based bank fell 28 cents, or 5.3 percent, to $4.96 in afternoon trading. Regions Financial shares...

Boats entering Idaho face inspections, 1st Ld-Writethru, ID

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials have approved a $1.8 million emergency measure to try to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of Idaho waterways.The state Board of Examiners approved the emergency money Tuesday as part of a plan that requires boats entering Idaho to be inspected and...

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Sparks approves hiring freeze til' Sept. 2010, NV

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The Sparks City Council has approved $1.7 million in city budget cuts and imposed a hiring freeze through September 2010 that members say should allow them to avoid any further layoffs.Sparks City Manager Shaun Carey said the spending cuts were accomplished through voluntary...

Kan. utility plans $380M in pollution upgrades, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by JOHN HANNA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Westar Energy Inc. announced plans Wednesday to spend up to $380 million upgrading pollution control systems on its coal-fired power plant outside Lawrence.The Topeka-based utility said the new equipment will reduce emissions of mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and...

Analyst: Bankruptcies buoy Epiq Systems, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Epiq Systems Inc. shares advanced in afternoon trading Wednesday after a KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst upgraded the company on momentum in its bankruptcy business.Shares of the Kansas City, Kan.-based company, which provides technology services to the legal industry, jumped $1.24,...

Exchange student in ND still missing, 4th Ld-Writethru, ND

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by BLAKE NICHOLSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a teenage exchange student from India who vanished from southeastern North Dakota might have traveled to Canada, or whether a cell phone message saying he was headed north was just a ruse to send searchers in the wrong direction.Officials...

Another 'Slumdog' child star's home torn down, 4th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by ERIKA KINETZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The shanty home of another "Slumdog Millionaire" child star was torn down by Mumbai authorities Wednesday as they demolished part of a city slum where she lived.Munni Qureshi — the stepmother of 9-year-old Rubina Ali, who portrayed a young Latika, the Oscar-winning film's...

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New Jersey's jobless rate climbs again in April, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Employment in New Jersey fell for the 15th month in a row in April.The unemployment rate edged up to 8.4 percent from 8.3 percent in March. However, the rate was lower than the national average of 8.9 percent.The Labor and Workforce Development Department says more than 14,000...

GM looks to drop La Junta dealer with 17 employees, 1st Ld-Writethru, CO

May 20, 2009 9:46 am | by CATHERINE TSAI - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — First the southeast Colorado town of La Junta learned it was losing its Chrysler dealership. Now the town of about 7,500 could be losing its General Motors dealer too.Tri-County GM Inc. was among about 1,100 dealers nationwide to learn Friday that their franchise agreements wouldn't...

Company awaiting new NI 43-101 resource estimates

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OREX EXPLORATION INC. (TSX VENTURE: OX)(FRANKFURT: O5D) would like to provide its shareholders with the following corporate update.Updated Mineral Resources EstimateOrex has completed Phases 2A to 2C of its current drilling campaign and engaged InnovExplo Inc. of Val-d'Or, Quebec, to complete a...

Judge hears arguments in WaMu bankruptcy, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware bankruptcy judge declined Wednesday to rule immediately on a request by Washington Mutual Inc. for authorization to examine records of JPMorgan Chase & Co., which acquired the Seattle-based thrift's seized assets in September.The two companies are battling over...

New Hire Brings Proven Advertising and Restaurant Brand Pedigree

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.noodles.com () —Noodles & Company, the quick-casual, globally inspired noodle restaurant that serves a balanced menu of freshly sauteed Asian, Mediterranean and American cuisine, has hired Dan Fogarty as the company's new vice president of marketing. Fogarty's first day at Noodles &...

Forest Oil prices stock offering at $18.25, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — Forest Oil Corp. said on Wednesday that it has priced its planned offering of 12.5 million shares at $18.25 per share.That price falls a little below where the shares were trading on Tuesday — at $18.50, down 90 cents, or 4.6 percent.The natural gas company said it expects to issue...

EdF may launch retail bond issue, EU

May 20, 2009 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — Electricite de France may seek to tap into France's small investors and savers by launching a bond reserved for retail investors, the company's chairman and chief executive said Wednesday.Speaking at EdF's annual shareholder meeting, Pierre Gadonneix said the company was studying the...

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