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3 Calif. men charged in $200 million scam, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 22, 2009 4:39 pm | by DON THOMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California's attorney general said Friday that he has charged three men with bilking investors out of $200 million through a series of business deals that collapsed.James Stanley Koenig, 57, of Redding, Gary T. Armitage, 59, of Healdsburg, and Jeffery A. Guidi, 54, of Santa Rosa,...

Coffee Company Presents Atlanta Green Expo which is set to kick off a Two-Day Event on May 30 and 31, 2009 Business Editors/Environment Writers

May 22, 2009 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 23, 2009-- Global GreenUp, LLC has released the detailed planning of its green-living and sustainability showcase to come to Atlanta (www.atlantagreenexpo.com)which is presented by Growers Alliance Coffee Company. This major showcase will be held on May 30th and...

Gambling expansion fails in Illinois Senate, IL

May 22, 2009 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Senate has rejected a plan to significantly expand legalized gambling in Illinois.Democrats proposed casinos in Chicago, Rockford, and Park City in Lake County.But the measure died 28-28. It needed 30 votes to pass.Senate President John Cullerton — a Chicago Democrat —...

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Koehler re-elected as German president, 7th Ld-Writethru, EU

May 22, 2009 4:13 pm | by GEIR MOULSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — German President Horst Koehler has won a second five-year term, a victory that gave a symbolic boost to Chancellor Angela Merkel's hopes of forming a center-right government after a national election this September.Koehler, a former International Monetary Fund head and a member of...

Venezuela mulls takeover of local Pfizer plant, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 22, 2009 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government may take temporary control of a shuttered medicine plant that belongs to Pfizer Inc., a top official said Friday, suggesting that the New York-based company should resume production.Venezuela's consumer protection agency planned to ask President Hugo...

HL:Nova Scotia Greens release platform, but have no illusions about victory@

May 22, 2009 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HALIFAX — Green Party leader Ryan Watson has no illusions about being Nova Scotia's next premier when voters cast their ballots on June 9th.But Watson, who released his party's platform Friday in Halifax, said that's not the point.He said he and the Green team want to provide a vision for the...

Saturday, May 30, NA

May 22, 2009 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today is Saturday, May 30, the 150th day of 2009. There are 215 days left in the year.Highlights in history on this date:1431 - After being handed over by the church, who judged her a heretic, Saint Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France, by the English and their French...

State revenue projections down, 1st Ld-Writethru, WY

May 22, 2009 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's latest revenue projections show the state's general fund and budget reserve account revenues are expected to be $61.6 million lower for the current fiscal biennium than predicted in January.The state's Consensus Revenue Estimating Group released its latest...

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tourisme du Mexique et d'autres partenaires de l'industrie du voyage ouvrent afin d'ameliorer la securite et l'agrement du voyage au Mexique Health Writers/Travel Editors

May 22, 2009 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (Etats-Unis) — (BUSINESS WIRE)--22 mai 2009-- AeroMexico, la compagnie aerienne internationale de l'Amerique latine, l'Office du tourisme du Mexique et d'autres partenaires de l'industrie du voyage s'associent pour encourager le public americain, canadien et d'autres pays a voyager au...

Calif. could run out of cash in 2 months, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 22, 2009 3:42 pm | by JUDY LIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will run out of cash in two months unless lawmakers act swiftly to close a widening deficit and pass a budget, two state finance officials warned Friday.Failure to balance the state's books quickly will trigger a financial storm much greater than the one the state...

Judge orders arrest of Brazil airline magnate, 1st Ld-Writethru, LT

May 22, 2009 3:42 pm | by MARCO SIBAJA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A judge issued an arrest warrant for an airline and bus company magnate who is one of Brazil's richest men in connection with accusations he ordered the killings of two men in a land dispute, court officials said Friday.The warrant for the arrest of Constantino de Oliveira,...

Max Furniture, a Leading Online Home Furniture Store, Is Among the Top 500 Largest Online Retailers in the United States, According to Internet Retailer

May 22, 2009 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.maxfurniture.com () —Max Furniture, based in Dallas, Texas, has been named to the 2009 Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. The Guide is a compilation of the 500 largest e-retailers in the US based upon 2008 internet sales as researched by Internet Retailer. The company was ranked as the...

Officials: NJ tax amnesty a success so far, NJ

May 22, 2009 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials say the state's tax amnesty program is proving to be effective, with nearly $25 million collected so far.And that has led the Division of Taxation to boost its goal for the program. Officials said Friday they now expect to raise about $200 million, or twice...

HL:Taiga Building Products reports drop in annual profit and sales@

May 22, 2009 3:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BURNABY, B.C. — Taiga Building Products Ltd. (TSX:TBL) reported a drop in annual profit on Friday compared with a year ago, as sales fell more than five per cent.The company said it earned $192,000 or a penny per share for the financial year ended March 31 compared with a profit of $2.2 million or...

Former La. lawmaker charged in racketeering case, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 22, 2009 3:36 pm | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana state representative was charged Friday with taking part in a scheme to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money earmarked for charitable and educational programs.The 34-count indictment handed up by a federal grand jury against former state Rep....

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