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Espanola's only Ford dealership shuts down, NM

May 21, 2009 6:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — Espanola's only Ford dealership has shut down.A statement from Ed Corley Sr. says economic conditions forced the Corley Auto Group to look at reducing the number of dealerships in New Mexico.A spokesman for the company, Stacey Corley, says Ed Corley Ford Mercury dealership had...

Foes speak out against Calif. offshore oil plan, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A group of environmental leaders have criticized a proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that could bring the state $1.8 billion by allowing the first new oil drilling off California's coast in more than 40 years.The proposal would revive a project on the Santa Barbara...

Toro cuts full-year forecast on weak economy

May 21, 2009 6:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Outdoor equipment maker Toro Co. cut its full-year earnings and sales forecast on Thursday, saying any improvement in the economy is unlikely to affect its fiscal-year results.The company said it now expects 2009 earnings between $1.60 and $1.80 per share. Previously, the...


Pay cut talks push Del. teachers to work to rule, DE

May 21, 2009 6:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware teachers from every public school district plan to rally in Dover to protest a proposed pay cut.Teachers and other state workers have scheduled a rally and candlelight vigil Thursday night at Legislative Mall.Delaware State Education Association Vice President Mike...

Justice Department moves to dismiss Clinton suit, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 6:42 am | by NEDRA PICKLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that argues that Hillary Rodham Clinton cannot legally serve as secretary of state.The suit filed by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is based on an obscure section of the Constitution called the emoluments...

Toro 2Q profit falls 41 pct on spending pullback

May 21, 2009 6:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Toro Co., which makes outdoor maintenance equipment, on Thursday posted a 41 percent drop in its second-quarter profit amid a spending pullback on outdoor projects and golf equipment.But the results beat Wall Street estimates, sending the stock climbing in morning trading....

Rodeo announcer killed in McCurtain Co. crash, OK

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VALLIANT, Okla. (AP) — A well-known rodeo announcer has been killed after a pickup truck crashed into him while he was riding a lawnmower in McCurtain County.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Mark Lynn McGee died at the scene of the crash at 6:05 p.m. Thursday about three miles north of...

Local Calif. gov't cuts put basic services at risk, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by SAMANTHA YOUNG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until now, the state's budget problems have been an abstraction to most Californians. That won't be the case much longer.Cities and counties that already have cut services, police and firefighters in a deepening recession could be in store for more cost-cutting in the months...


Paste magazine raises $166K in reader donations, US

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A week after asking readers for donations to keep afloat, music magazine Paste has raised more than half the needed cash.Editor-in-chief Josh Jackson said Thursday the suburban Atlanta-based monthly has raised $166,000 in donations. The magazine focusing on music, film and...

Investors must go after insurer to collect $10M, 1st Ld-Writethru, NE

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by JOSH FUNK - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A settlement between more than 200 investors and a former employer of one of their two ex-brokers facing fraud charges won't give investors $10.3 million, as it initially appeared.Instead, VSR Financial Services Inc. agreed to let former clients of Rebecca Engle and Brian...

Green Plains to buy 2 VeraSun plants for $123.5M

May 21, 2009 6:35 am | by DIRK LAMMERS - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. said Thursday that it's buying two Nebraska ethanol plants that were acquired by a lender during VeraSun Energy Corp.'s bankruptcy auction.Omaha, Neb.-based Green Plains said it has signed purchase agreements to buy the Ord and Central...

List of top 15 cable shows in Nielsen ratings, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 11-17. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses:1. NBA Playoffs: Orlando vs. Boston (Sunday, 8:07 p.m.), TNT, 5.89 million homes, 8.38 million viewers.2. NBA Playoffs: L.A. Lakers vs....

Nebraska bakery launching its own name brand, APFN

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska-based bakery that supplies coffee cakes, rolls and muffins to grocers nationwide will begin selling goods under its own label next month.Currently, most of the more than 200 million pastries the James Skinner Baking Co. makes each year are sold as store brands.Company...

LEAD: China, U.S. among Japan's concerns over hurdles for fair trade+

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO IN 8TH TO LAST GRAFS)China's planned compulsory certification of information technology security products and the controversial "Buy American" provision of the United States are among the inconsistencies with global trade rules that must be solved,...

Walesa: no global crisis, only faulty banking, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 6:34 am | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa said Thursday that he does not believe the world is living through a major economic crisis. Instead, the former Polish president sees problems in the global banking sector that require structural reform.Walesa, who in the 1980s led the...


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