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Mass. Senate votes 29-10 on sales tax increase, MA

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's how members of the Massachusetts Senate voted Tuesday on an amendment to raise the state sales tax from 5 percent to 6.25 percent. The vote was 29-10. A majority vote was needed to pass the increase, and the margin appears wide enough to withstand a gubernatorial veto. At least 14 votes...

Shell's rebel shareholders look for change, EU

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by ROBERT BARR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — A leader of the shareholder revolt against pay and bonuses at Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday that his group hopes the "no" vote to the company's compensation practices will inspire changes in company policies.Shell's remuneration report was voted down with 59.42 percent of...

Tenn. Senate delays fingerprinting proposal, 2nd Ld-Writethru, TN

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Senate sponsor of a proposal to let police take electronic fingerprints of traffic violators in Tennessee asked Wednesday for the measure to be deferred a week so that his colleagues can study it.Democratic Sen. Joe Haynes of Goodlettsville said senators on both sides of...

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Catfish conspiracy nets Virginia importer 5 years, APFN

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | 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...

A deal is a deal, especially with devilish McMahon, BKN

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by JIM LITKE - AP Sports Columnist - Associated Press | News | Comments

Vince McMahon is so good at attaching himself to even the smallest controversy that those custom suits he wears must be made out of Velcro.The World Wrestling Entertainment impresario's latest "look-at-me" opportunity comes courtesy of the Denver Nuggets, who simply made an honest mistake. Stan...

Analyst: ABInBev, SABMiller to grow in recession, APFN

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An analyst on Wednesday initiated coverage of the world's biggest brewers, saying Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller PLC are better positioned than rivals Carlsberg and Heineken because they are less exposed to recession-weary Europe.Morgan Stanley analyst Michael Steib gave...

HL:Action Energy appoints special committee to evaluate strategic alternatives@

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Action Energy Inc. (TSXV:AEC), a junior Calgary-based oilpatch company, says it has appointed a special committee of independent directors to evaluate strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value.These alternatives may include a sale, merger or other business combination involving...

CBS moves 'The Mentalist,' picks up 'Medium', 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by DAVID BAUDER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A couple of television crime-fighters are on the move: Patricia Arquette and "Medium" from NBC to CBS, and Simon Baker's "The Mentalist" to CBS' Thursday-night lineup.CBS, the last of the top four broadcasters to reveal its fall schedule to advertisers this week, said it was...

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NAR Grants Support Local Affordable Housing Initiatives

May 20, 2009 6:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.REALTOR.org () —The National Association of Realtors@ has awarded $49,050 to 16 local and state Realtor@ associations through the Housing Opportunity Fund grants program. The grants help local and state Realtor@ associations promote and expand affordable housing opportunities in their...

HL:Business staffing plans for Friday, May 22@

May 20, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUSINESS EDITORS:@ Here are CP Business staffing plans as of 4:30 p.m. ET. Plans may change as circumstances warrant.Queries should be addressed to business editor John Valorzi at 416-507-2146 or David Paddon on the business desk at 416-507-2138 or Craig Wong at 613-231-8631. To contact CP Business...

Nevada lawmakers advance energy, foreclosure bills, APFN

May 20, 2009 6:53 am | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — With less than two weeks left in the 2009 legislative session, Nevada lawmakers voted for bills dealing with foreclosures, energy conservation, medical ethics and elections.The Senate on Tuesday unanimously voted for Gov. Jim Gibbons proposal to make Nevada...

Cephalon spent over $182K lobbying gov't in 1Q, APFN

May 20, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biotech drugmaker Cephalon Inc. spent $182,303.54 lobbying the federal government in the first quarter, according to a recent disclosure form.The Frazer, Pa.-based company lobbied on a range of bills dealing with patent issues, Medicare reimbursement rates and the reimportation of...

Best Buy to carry the Palm Pre

May 20, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Best Buy Co. and RadioShack Corp. say they will carry Palm Inc.'s new Pre smart phone, offering customers instant rebates.Palm, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., announced this week that the highly anticipated phone will go on sale June 6.The Pre, with a touch screen and slide-out...

HL:Talisman Energy makes gas discovery in Colombia, oil offshore Norway@

May 20, 2009 6:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) said Wednesday it has made a "significant" gas field discovery in Colombia, a day after announcing an offshore Norway oil find it called "promising."The Calgary-based oil and gas major said the gas condensate field discovery was made in the Niscota Block of...

NPOs, Corporations, and Individual Fundraisers Sign On to Use New, Non-Cash Fundraising Tool

May 20, 2009 6:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.gazelle.com () —Gazelle (gazelle.com (http://www.gazelle.com/) ), the nation's largest company rewarding consumers for responsibly trading in their electronics, today announced the launch of its Gazelle for Good fundraising (http://www.gazelleforgood.com) service (gazelleforgood.com)....

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