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'Golden Age' comics go up for auction in Dallas, APFN

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by JAMIE STENGLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — As a kid, Ralph Chicorel was careful with the comic books he faithfully bought for 10 cents at the drugstore in his Detroit neighborhood."I loved the artwork so much that I took real good care of them. I turned the pages very carefully," the 78-year-old said. "I relished, treasured...

Pension funds recovering some, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MT

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Like the stock market, Montana's public pension funds are slowly starting to recover, but are still well below peak levels.Through May 8, Montana public pension funds' combined assets were $5.9 billion. Carroll South, executive director of the state Board of Investments, said...

NYC outbreak throws wrench into parents' days, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NY

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Flowers and candles piled up Monday outside a school whose assistant principal died of swine flu as thousands of New York City parents scrambled to make arrangements for children at 12 schools closed because of the outbreak.Mitchell Wiener, 55, died Sunday evening after being sick...

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ZigBee Smart Energy To IEC

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee(R) Alliance announces it is proposing use of the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a basis for an IEC standard. The IEC is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical and electronic industries. 

Lithuania president-elect questions parental leave, 3rd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by LIUDAS DAPKUS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The first woman to be elected president of Lithuania said Monday the government must slash spending and questioned whether the country can afford its generous parental leave benefits.A day after her landslide win, European Union budget chief Dalia Grybauskaite pledged to...

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May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-IL-CareerBuilder 05-181/8STK3/8 GCI MNI MSFT1/8IN3/8 CPR WEB WRK1/8SU3/8 SVYTO BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:Thirty-Five Percent of Workers Aren't Planning to Take a Vacation This Year,CareerBuilder's Annual Survey Reveals-Half of Employers Expect Workers to Stay in Touch While Away-CHICAGO,...

Pakistan denies it is expanding nuclear arsenal, 4th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by ZARAR KHAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan denied Monday it was expanding its nuclear arsenal, a week after the top U.S. military officer said there was evidence it was doing so.Pakistan is battling a growing insurgency by Islamist militants with links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Washington is considering giving...

bc-PA-Siemens-ASNR-2009 photo 05-18

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-PA-Siemens-ASNR-2009 photo 05-181/8STK3/8 SI1/8IN3/8 HEA MTC STW CPR1/8SU3/8 TDS-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS, HEALTH AND MEDICAL EDITORS:Siemens Demonstrates Groundbreaking Approach to Stroke Diagnosis at ASNR 2009Rapid volume perfusion acquisition, intuitive post-processing and remoteaccess...

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Low-Carbon Vehicles

May 18, 2009 9:01 am | by Jean H. Lee, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Urban visionaries in London and Seoul, two of the world's busiest capital cities, foresee buses gliding through their streets with speed, ease and efficiency — without emitting the exhaust fumes that scientists say are contributing to global warming. 

US tightens off-balance-sheet loan rules

May 18, 2009 8:39 am | by MARCY GORDON - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The board that sets U.S. accounting standards on Monday moved to end the use of a bookkeeping device that allowed banks to park hundreds of billions of dollars in loans off their balance sheets and that has been blamed for stoking financial companies' losses as the housing market...

Earnings Preview-Target Corp.

May 18, 2009 8:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Discount retailer Target Corp. reports earnings for the first quarter on Wednesday. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion related to the period.OVERVIEW: Target Corp. is struggling with slower sales and rising delinquencies in its credit card...

Jurors warned about using Internet searches

May 18, 2009 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Jurors in Rhode Island are getting new instructions that focus on new technologies.Judge Joseph Rodgers Jr., the state's presiding justice, has added warnings against the use such things as Internet searches and text messaging to the standard juror warnings against watching...

Craigslist CEO asks SC AG to apologize for threat

May 18, 2009 8:29 am | by MEG KINNARD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Craigslist's chief executive demanded an apology from South Carolina's attorney general Monday, saying the prosecutor's threat to file prostitution charges against the company was unreasonable and unfair.Attorney General Henry McMaster threatened last week to prosecute...

Got an unusual name? Facebook may think it's fake

May 18, 2009 8:24 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Istanbul woke up one recent Wednesday to find herself locked out of the Facebook account she opened in 2007, one Facebook suddenly deemed fake.The stay-at-home mom was cut off not only from her 330 friends, including many she had no other way of contacting, but also from the...

Integrated VW-Porsche company seems less likely, 3rd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 18, 2009 8:23 am | by OLIVER SCHMALE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WEISSACH, Germany (AP) — A power struggle among members of two of Germany's oldest industrial families, the Porsches and the Piechs, is threatening to derail a deal to integrate the already intertwined Volkswagen AG and Porsche SE — suddenly deep in debt.VW's chairman Ferdinand Piech failed to turn...

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