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Some Ala. car dealers to fight shutdown orders, AL

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The troubles in the automobile industry have provided a double blow to Pelham automobile dealer Susan Schein, but she isn't giving up.Schein got a letter last week saying her dealership agreement was being terminated by Chrysler LLC, which is doing the same at almost 800 car...

Principal Financial Group names board chairman, US

May 19, 2009 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Financial services company Principal Financial Group Inc. said Tuesday it named President and Chief Executive Larry D. Zimpleman board chairman, effective Tuesday.Zimpleman replaces J. Barry Griswell, who has served as chairman since 2002 and will continue to serve on the...

House and Senate reach deal on DOD weapons, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 2:41 pm | by JIM ABRAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators, responding to a sense of urgency conveyed by President Barack Obama, reached quick agreement Tuesday on legislation to tighten controls over how the Pentagon purchases and develops weapons systems.Obama has stressed the importance of cutting costs and...

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Omaha man blames casino drinks, drugs for big debt

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by KEN RITTER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prominent Nebraska philanthropist accused of failing to repay $14.75 million to Las Vegas casinos is claiming he was plied with drinks and drugs while he ran up big gambling debts.A lawyer for Terrance "Terry" Watanabe said in a letter to a Nevada grand jury that hosts at Caesars...

HL:Canadians gathering more of their news from websites of mainstream media: poll@

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by Andy Blatchford@Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Canadians are gathering more of their news from the websites of mainstream media organizations in a shift away from newspaper print editions and radio, a new poll suggests.Thirty-six per cent of respondents to The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey said they got more news from websites...

Southwestern Energy promotes COO Mueller to CEO, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Southwestern Energy Co. said on Tuesday that it promoted Steven L. Mueller to chief executive.Mueller has been with the independent oil and gas company since June, as president and chief operating officer.The company said Mueller has over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas...

Jenni Rivera fined for failing to declare cash, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 19, 2009 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Singer Jenni Rivera was freed Tuesday after spending 15 hours in detention and paying a fine for failing to declare more than $50,000 in cash at Mexico City's international airport, her publicist said.The Mexican star was arrested after authorities found $52,167 in her hand...

Senators reject closing Gitmo prison without plan, 6th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison suffered a blow Tuesday when his allies in the Senate said they would refuse to finance the move until the administration delivers a satisfactory plan for what to do with the detainees there.As the Senate took up...

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Tenn. saggy pants proposal likely to fall short, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TN

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has become the latest state to fail to get individuals to pull up their pants by fining them.The House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday that the measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Joe Towns of Memphis be sent to a summer committee for further study.The proposal...

Minn. to get $1.3 million federal labor grant, MN

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans who have been laid off from jobs in the auto industry could get some extra help from a federal grant going toward job training programs in the state.The U.S. Department of Labor announced the grant on Tuesday. It's worth up to $1.3 million and would assist about 307...

Reminder Business Editors/Education Writers

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HERNDON, Va.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) would like to remind students and the GEOINT Community that the application deadline for the USGIF 2009 Scholarship Program is on Friday, May 29. All applications must be received or...

Catfish conspiracy nets Va. importer 5 years, CA

May 19, 2009 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Virginia fish importer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for selling $15.5 million worth of frozen Vietnamese catfish as flounder and other fish in the United States in a scheme to avoid paying import tariffs.U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez on Monday...

Feds subpoena Mary Easley's employment records, 4th Ld-Writethru, NC

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by MIKE BAKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal investigators on Tuesday subpoenaed several years of Mary Easley's employment records, adding to scrutiny of the former first lady's university job and potential perks given to her husband while he was in office.Subpoenas sent Tuesday to the North Carolina State...

HL:N.S. party leaders square off over economy, state of province's finances@

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by Keith Doucette@Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald was on the defensive Tuesday over his government's handling of the economy, facing accusations from both opposition leaders that he has led the province into a deep deficit.But in the first televised leaders debate of the provincial election, MacDonald...

Saks to offer $80 million in private offering, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Upscale department store retailer Saks Inc. said Tuesday it will offer $80 million in convertible notes due 2013 in a private offering to pay down debt and for general corporate purposes.Initial buyers will have the option to buy up to $10 million in additional notes to cover...

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