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General: School will meet increased troop demand, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 11:31 am | by KEVIN MAURER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — On the day Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Csrnko found out he was going to be a general in 2000, his commander asked him his goals. At the top of his list was to command the school that trains the Army's elite special operations soldiers.Now, 11 months after taking over the John F....

Explosive device detonates in Athens, no one hurt, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 20, 2009 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A bomb exploded Wednesday outside a business consultancy in central Athens, but no one was hurt, police said.The explosion occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m. (1700GMT), shattering nearby windows and damaging the office, which was on the third floor of an apartment building.The...

Coal co. recalls miners to work on flood recovery, WV

May 20, 2009 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Massey Energy Co. says it has called back 23 laid off workers to help with flood relief in southern West Virginia.Vice President of Surface Operations Mike Snelling says the miners were among approximately 60 laid off recently from Massey's Superior Surface...

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Conn. House votes to open health insurance plan, 2nd Ld-Writethru, CT

May 20, 2009 11:31 am | by SUSAN HAIGH - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut legislators voted Wednesday to open the state's employee and retiree health insurance plan to municipalities, small businesses and nonprofit agencies even though the governor had already vetoed a similar bill.Supporters of the change, led by Democratic House...

Utility facing pressure to bolster green energy, 1st Ld-Writethru, ID

May 20, 2009 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power Co. shareholders are scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to require the utility to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The proposal is opposed by the board of IdaCorp, Idaho Power's parent company.If shareholders approve the proposal, Idaho Power would be...

Senate Passes Gallegly Bill To Honor President Reagan

May 20, 2009 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr GALLEGLY-BILL skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009ELTON GALLEGLYREPRESENTATIVEHOUSESENATE PASSES GALLEGLY BILL TO HONOR PRESIDENT REAGANCQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext 599sales@cq.comwww.cq.comCQ...

LEAD: U.S. economy to contract up to 2.0% in 2009, Fed says+

May 20, 2009 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: MORE DETAILS)The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it anticipates that the U.S. economy will contract 1.3 percent to 2.0 percent in 2009, a faster pace of decline than it forecast in February.But President Barack Obama said the same day the U.S. economy is showing...

BDI Pharma, Inc. Surpasses XYNTHA Distribution Projections

May 20, 2009 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.bdipharma.com () —BDI Pharma, Inc. (BDI), the preeminent national wholesaler of specialty biopharmaceutical products, announced today that its Q1 distribution of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' XYNTHA Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) -- the manufacturer's new Plasma-Free and Albumin-Free...

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Q: Which state has best geography whiz? A: Texas, 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 11:25 am | by BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top geography whiz breezed through questions about mountain ranges, rivers and world capitals Wednesday, but he was stumped when National Geographic Bee host Alex Trebek asked him to name one of his weaknesses."Um ..." said Eric Yang, 13, pausing. The Texas teen had...

California city wins in dry-cleaner pollution case, APFN

May 20, 2009 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Superior Court jury says two chemical companies must pay Modesto $18.3 million to remove dry-cleaning chemicals from the soil and groundwater.After 11 years of litigation and a 114-day trial, jurors in San Francisco County Superior Court decided Monday that Dow Chemical of...

SolarWinds shares climb during first trading day

May 20, 2009 11:25 am | by RACHEL METZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of SolarWinds Inc. climbed Wednesday during the network management software maker's first day of trading, marking the latest flicker of life in an IPO market that has barely registered a pulse this year.SolarWinds shares rose $2.19, or 17.5 percent, to $14.69 in afternoon...

Activity Alert: Bears Bet on a Pullback for General Electric Company Business Editors

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Put volume surged Tuesday on General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). During the course of the session, traders on the International Securities Exchange (ISE) bought to open 35,427 put options on GE, compared to just 5,145 calls. In other words, bearish...

Grassley Bill To Reign In Government Charge Card Abuse Clears Committee

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr GRASSLEY-BILL skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009CHARLES GRASSLEYSENATORSENATEGRASSLEY BILL TO REIGN IN GOVERNMENT CHARGE CARD ABUSECLEARS COMMITTEECQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext...

California city wins in dry-cleaner pollution case

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A Superior Court jury says two chemical companies must pay Modesto $18.3 million to remove dry-cleaning chemicals from the soil and groundwater.After 11 years of litigation and a 114-day trial, jurors in San Francisco County Superior Court decided Monday that Dow Chemical of...

Statement Of Congressman Kevin Brady On Oil Prices And The Economy

May 20, 2009 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

xfdpr BRADY-OIL-PRICES skedPRESS RELEASEMay 20, 2009KEVIN BRADYREPRESENTATIVEHOUSESTATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY ON OIL PRICES AND THEECONOMYCQ Transcriptions, LLC1255 22nd Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20037Transcript/Programming: Tel. 301-731-1728Sales: Tel. 202-419-8500 ext...

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