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E.Ky. coal mine cuts 85 jobs, KY

May 19, 2009 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) — More mining jobs in eastern Kentucky are being cut due to the troubled economy.The Harlan Daily Enterprise reports that Cumberland River Coal cut the jobs of 85 miners in Letcher County last week.Cumberland River Coal parent company, St. Louis-based Arch Coal, cited an...

No. of new influenza patients tops 10,000 worldwide, 78 dead+

May 19, 2009 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — The number of people infected with the new strain of influenza A topped 10,000 in 42 countries and regions as of early Wednesday Japan time, according to government announcements and media reports.The number of people infected with the H1N1 virus totaled 10,217. Deaths from...

Fitch affirms Boston Scientific debt ratings, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Fitch Ratings affirmed on Tuesday non-investment grade debt ratings for medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. and revised its outlook to "Positive" from "Stable."Fitch affirmed "BB+" ratings for the company's senior unsecured notes, unsecured bank credit facility and its...

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Local Water Leaders to Gather on East Steps as Part of ACWA Conference

May 19, 2009 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.acwa.com () —Hundreds of local water leaders and stakeholders will gather on the East Steps of the State Capitol tomorrow to call for action on long-term solutions to the state's water supply challenges.The rally, organized by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), takes...

Output of flu vaccine will not begin until mid-July: WHO+

May 19, 2009 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA, May 19 (Kyodo) — The World Health Organization said Tuesday production of a new influenza vaccine will not start at least until mid-July, about one month later than previously thought.The WHO disclosed the finding in a report it has prepared amid spreading infections of the new strain of...

American Dental Education Association Receives Grant From W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Help Improve the Oral Health of Vulnerable Children

May 19, 2009 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATTENTION: Health, Health Policy editorsWASHINGTON, May 19 (AScribe Newswire) -- The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to create academic-community partnerships that will improve the lives of children who lack access to dental...

Judge won't toss lawsuit over Hilton movie flop, US

May 19, 2009 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — A judge in Miami won't throw out a lawsuit claiming Paris Hilton didn't live up to her promotion contract for the 2006 movie "Pledge This!"U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno ruled Monday there are enough issues in dispute for a trial to begin on June 8.The court-appointed receiver for...

NBC's schedule for the fall TV season, US

May 19, 2009 8:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC's prime-time schedule for the fall:Monday8 p.m. — "Heroes"9 p.m. — "Trauma"10 p.m. — "The Jay Leno Show"Tuesday8 p.m. — "The Biggest Loser"10 p.m. — "The Jay Leno Show"Wednesday8 p.m. — "Parenthood"9 p.m. — "Law & Order: SVU"10 p.m. — "The Jay Leno Show"Thursday8 p.m. — "SNL Weekend Update...

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Colo.'s first stimulus highway projects start, 3rd Ld-Writethru, CO

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Colorado began spending its $400 million transportation stimulus money on new highway projects Tuesday, starting with a $1.2 million paving project south of Denver.Gov. Bill Ritter attended a groundbreaking ceremony for that project in Littleton as workers began curbing and...

Massey shareholders to vote on board, resolutions, WV

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's time for Massey Energy shareholders to vote on a pair of environmental measures and the re-election of Ohio State University President Gordon Gee to the Richmond, Va.-based coal producer's board.Massey wants Gee re-elected Tuesday. Environmentalists are pushing him to...

Ahmadinejad accused of trying to buy votes in Iran, 3rd Ld-Writethru, ML

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Opponents of Iran's hard-line president have accused him of trying to buy votes before the June presidential election by handing out checks and free vegetables to the poor.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government has defended the payments, saying the checks for 500,000 and 1 million...

Miss. casino revenue drops 11.7 percent, MS

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Winnings from gamblers at Mississippi's state-licensed casinos slid 11.7 percent in April from March.But the report from the Mississippi State Tax Commission shows a drop of only 1.6 percent from April 2008.The casinos took in $205.4 million last month, compared with $232.8...

Analysts upgrade Principal Financial; shares rise, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Principal Financial Group Inc. rose Tuesday as two analysts upgraded their ratings on the financial services firm after it completed its second capital raise in recent weeks.Principal Financial shares rose 29 cents to $20.86 in midday trading. Shares of the Des Moines,...

Big changes in store for US credit cardholders, 9th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every American with a credit card will see sweeping changes in the market, with limits on sudden hikes in interest rates that drive consumers deeper into debt. Even cardholders who pay off their balance each month may face new annual fees or lose out on lucrative rewards...

Pentagon: No plans to end don't ask-don't tell, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 8:48 am | by LARA JAKES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it has no plans to repeal the don't ask-don't tell policy for gay troops.Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Tuesday that the military's top leaders have only had initial discussions with the White House about whether gay troops should be open about their...

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