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Royal Caribbean halts Mexico calls due to flu

April 28, 2009 6:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean Cruises says it's suspending port calls indefinitely in Mexico until more is known about the swine flu outbreak.The company says the move affects its Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.Royal Caribbean has four ships that regularly stop in Mexico and two...

Farmers worry 'swine flu' nickname may sink profit

April 28, 2009 6:57 pm | by MICHAEL J. CRUMB - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Like the virus itself, the name "swine flu" is spreading quickly. For the pork purveyors and hog farmers who make up the nation's $15 billion pork industry, that's a disaster.It doesn't seem to matter that the strain may not come entirely from pigs and cannot be spread by...

US wants ingredient in swine flu vaccine by May

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. scientists hope to have a key ingredient for a swine flu vaccine ready in early May, but are finding that the novel virus grows slowly in eggs — the chief way flu vaccines are made.Even if all goes well, it still will take a few months before any shots are available for the...

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Tuesday's Treasury bond market at a glance

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Key barometers in the Treasury market late Tuesday, compared with late Monday. Price changes in the 10-year note and 30-year bond are per $1,000 invested:10-year bond -8.44 +7.5030-year bond -19.69 +8.13___Yield Pvs Session1-month bill 0.04 0.053-month bill ...

Dollar 3-month interbank rate down ahead of Fed

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — The cost of three-month dollar loans between banks fell modestly to a six-year low Wednesday as the U.S. Federal Reserve wraps up its latest two-day meeting.After the Fed's $1.2 trillion measures last month to kick start the economy, including buying Treasury bonds from banks through...

Wells Fargo CEO sees 'rays of hope' in economy

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wells Fargo's CEO thinks the recession may be nearing an end, but still isn't feeling optimistic enough to set a timetable for repaying the $25 billion that U.S. taxpayers invested in the bank last fall."There are rays of hope," John Stumpf said Tuesday at Wells Fargo's annual...

Business journalism association to move to ASU

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — The headquarters for a national business journalism professional association is moving from the University of Missouri School of Journalism to Arizona State University.The Society of American Business Editors and Writers, known as SABEW, will make the move to ASU's Walter Cronkite...

Meltdown 101: What is the Conference Board?

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO - AP Retail Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The closely watched Consumer Confidence Index soared in April to the highest level seen since November, according to the Conference Board, which puts out this measure of public sentiment each month.Just what is this Conference Board, and who gets to be a member? Why does their...

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Product Recalls: nail polish remover

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The following recall has been announced:— Personal Care Products is recalling non-acetone nail polish remover because it could cause chemical burns to the fingers of users. Personal Care has received two complaints of burns to the fingers. The product was sold nationwide in small discount retail...

GM plans to sell Saturn this year, 2 years early

April 28, 2009 6:56 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp.'s Saturn brand will either be sold or phased out by the end of this year, nearly two years faster than previously announced, the brand's top executive said Tuesday.Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak said the brand, once billed as a different kind of car...

Apparel maker VF's 1st-qtr profit falls one-third

April 28, 2009 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of apparel maker VF Corp. fell after hours Tuesday after the company painted a bleaker picture of the fall and remainder of the year than investors were hoping for, cutting its revenue and earnings guidance as its first-quarter profit fell 33 percent.VF shares fell $4.38, or...

North Dakota seeks companies to move incorporation

April 28, 2009 1:18 pm | by DAVID KOENIG - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Shareholders at a small but growing number of companies will be voting on proposals to ditch Delaware or other states and incorporate in North Dakota.Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp., Continental Airlines Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. are among the latest companies to announce that...

Strong dollar hurts Pfizer, Bristol-Myers results

April 28, 2009 1:03 pm | by LINDA A. JOHNSON - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Pfizer Inc. reported lower first-quarter profit Tuesday as sales suffered for drugs including the blockbuster Lipitor, while rival Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. was a rare bright spot among drugmakers this quarter, posting an increase in sales.Still, both companies saw their profits...

Treasury gives $121.8M to 12 banks under bailout

April 28, 2009 12:58 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has approved 12 more banks to participate in the $700 billion financial rescue program.The 12 institutions will receive a total of $121.8 million, Treasury said Tuesday, with about half going to Standard Bancshares Inc. of Hickory Hills, Ill.The government...

Updated Version

April 28, 2009 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CONTEC announces the release of its CPU-SB304-FIT Series, an updated version of its din-rail mountable microcontroller featuring Intel’s 1.0GHz ULV Celeron M.

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