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LEAD: Death penalty finalized for woman in 1998 curry poisoning case+

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING MORE INFO)The death penalty given to a woman in a 1998 curry poisoning case in which four people died and 63 others fell ill has been finalized following the Supreme Court's dismissal of a petition against its guilty ruling last month, sources close to the...

Prince George's County considers pay raise limits, 1st Ld-Writethru, DC

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Four members of the Prince George's County Council have sponsored a bill that would keep future councils from getting pay raises when county employees don't get an increase.Union leaders and taxpayers have complained about the county's fiscal 2010 budget, which takes...

DeKalb Co. cop charged with sodomy, GA

May 20, 2009 2:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — A DeKalb County policeman finds himself on the opposite side of the law following his arrest on sex charges.Bettina Durant, a police spokeswoman, said the charges stem from a complaint filed in January that alleged 29-year-old Javier Alfredo Garces made inappropriate contact while he...

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Talisman Energy Announces a Significant Discovery in Colombia

May 20, 2009 2:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Talisman (Colombia) Oil & Gas Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX: TLM) (NYSE: TLM) ("Talisman"), has announced a significant gas condensate field discovery in the Niscota Block of the Andes foothills, located 300 kilometres north east of Bogota, Colombia.In the Niscota...

Air France-KLM, Delta tie-up to reap $12B annually

May 20, 2009 2:07 am | by GREG KELLER - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc., Air France and KLM signed a deal Wednesday to combine two separate joint venture agreements into one to create a trans-Atlantic powerhouse that's expected to generate $12 billion in annual revenue, provide better travel options for customers and more closely align the...

ANSYS 12.0 With Panasas Parallel Storage Reduces Turnaround Time by 200+ Percent

May 20, 2009 2:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.ansys.com () —(http://www.panasas.com)Panasas, Inc. (http://www.panasas.com/) , the leading provider of high-performance storage for the world's most performance-intensive applications, and ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to...

Regions Announces Successful $1.85 Billion Capital Raise; Company Prices Common and Mandatory Convertible Preferred Offerings Business Editors

May 20, 2009 2:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE: RF) today announced that it has priced a public offering of 400 million shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $4 per share and a public offering of 250,000 shares of its 10% Mandatory...

Background Information on the 5G Wireless Communications Solar Expert Advisor David Slawson Business Editors

May 20, 2009 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- 5G Wireless Communications, Inc. (Pink Sheets: FGWC) www.cleanenergyandpower.com now has a solid team to push forward in the solar market.Bo Linton, the company CEO, stated, "I am very pleased Mr. David Slawson has joined our team as an...

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BW)(PA-BIO-IMAGING/ETRIALS)(BITI.NASDAQ)(ETWC.NASDAQ) Bio-Imaging Technologies Increases Its Offer to Acquire etrials Worldwide Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 20, 2009 2:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEWTOWN, Pa. & MORRISVILLE, N.C.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009--Bio-Imaging Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BITI) (d/b/a "BioClinica") and etrials Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: ETWC) ("etrials") jointly announce that, in response to an unsolicited offer received by etrials from an unrelated third party,...

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Warranty Coverage Not Impacted by Dealership Closings According to the Service Contract Industry Council Business Editors/Automotive Writers

May 20, 2009 2:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Vehicle owners nationwide who have purchased extended warranties from a dealer or third-party provider are questioning if their extended protection plans are still viable and wondering how they should file repair claims following the recent...

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Election commission dismisses claims vs Wal-Mart, US

May 20, 2009 2:01 am | by JON GAMBRELL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint by labor groups that accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of pressuring employees to vote against Democrats in the November election, though FEC staffers warned that the case was a "close call."Commissioners voted to end the...

Asian-American leads Latino district in Calif., US

May 20, 2009 1:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Japan economy shrinks at record 15.2 percent pace, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AS

May 20, 2009 1:56 am | by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy shrank at a record 15.2 percent annual pace in the first quarter, dragged down by plunging exports, thinner factory output and wary shoppers.But within the details emerged new hope. Economists said the worst is over for the world's second-largest economy. Many predicted...

NE Arkansas working to develop Rock'n'Roll Highway, AR

May 20, 2009 1:55 am | by LARRY STROUDAssociated Press | News | Comments

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) — Where Elvis Presley walked, adoring fans follow, even more than 30 years after his death — if they just know where to go."What you've got to realize is those folks we're trying to get in here will come to see where Elvis played. He's got the magic — the rest of us don't have,"...

China takes lead in EU talks, 7th Ld-Writethru, EU

May 20, 2009 1:50 am | by AOIFE WHITE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PRAGUE (AP) — China took the lead in talks with the European Union on Wednesday, warning Europe not to interfere in its internal affairs and promising to boost imports from the recession-hit bloc.Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao easily shrugged off EU pressure to commit to cutting greenhouse gas...

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