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House keeps referendum option for distilleries, 1st Ld-Writethru, TN

May 20, 2009 11:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — County governments could still call a referendum on whether voters want to allow distilleries to be located in their communities under a bill that passed the House on Wednesday.The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas passed on a 67-27 vote after extensive...

Calif. wants US Supreme Court OK of video game ban

May 20, 2009 11:00 am | by PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reinstate a state law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.In February, the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the law as a free...

Traffic Cameras to Gain Wider Audience with TrafficLand Business Editors/Transportation Writers

May 20, 2009 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FAIRFAX, Va.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- TrafficLand(R), the largest authorized aggregator of live traffic video in the U.S., announces agreements with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to integrate traffic video from five major markets across the state into its national...

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HL:Coniagas Resources acquires two lithium properties in James Bay, Que.@

May 20, 2009 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Coniagas Resources Ltd. (TSXV:CNY) says it has struck separate agreements to acquire a 100 per cent stake in two lithium properties in James Bay, Que.The acquisitions, announced Wednesday, add to the company's land package in the James Bay area, where its Cyr property is located.Coniagas...

Chrysler exec says sales OK despite bankruptcy

May 20, 2009 11:00 am | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler LLC's Chapter 11 filing so far doesn't appear to be affecting May sales, a top executive said Wednesday.Early sales data shows Chrysler is on pace to sell 60,000 to 70,000 vehicles to individuals this month, better than expected considering its April 30 bankruptcy filing,...

Stocks erase gains after Fed reduces 2009 outlook

May 20, 2009 10:53 am | by SARA LEPRO - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank stocks led the market lower after the Federal Reserve cut its economic forecast and said unemployment could get worse.The Fed's prediction Wednesday that the jobless rate could approach 9.6 percent — worse than its previous forecast of 8.8 percent — was especially ominous for...

Ryan Blethen promoted at The Seattle Times, WA

May 20, 2009 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Times has named Ryan Blethen as editorial-page editor of the newspaper.Blethen, 36, had been associate editorial-page editor at the newspaper. He takes over from James F. Vesely, who retired.Blethen, the son of Times Publisher Frank Blethen, will oversee the editorial...

Modesto wins in dry cleaner pollution case, CA

May 20, 2009 10:53 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...

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Ohio amusement parks again open under recession, 1st Ld-Writethru, OH

May 20, 2009 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Amusement park operators preparing for their annual Memorial Day weekend rush are wondering how many customers will show up at their gates this summer — the second straight season under a recession.Gas prices and reduced consumer spending will again challenge the sports and...

AC casinos' profits fell 38 pct in 1st quarter, 1st Ld-Writethru, NJ

May 20, 2009 10:47 am | by WAYNE PARRY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Heaping on the bad news, Atlantic City's 11 gambling halls reported Wednesday that their first-quarter gross operating profits were 38 percent lower than in 2008.The casinos earned $151.2 million in all the first three months of 2009, compared with $243.8 million in the...

Appeals court affirms dismissal of Jakks lawsuit, APFN

May 20, 2009 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Jakks Pacific Inc., maker of Hannah Montana and Girl Gourmet toys, said Wednesday that a federal appeals court agreed to dismiss a lawsuit filed by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. that accused the toy maker of bribery and other actions.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

Wash. pension board sues over Lehman Bros. losses, APFN

May 20, 2009 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's pension investment board is suing to recover more than $100 million in losses from investments with Lehman Brothers, which went into bankruptcy protection last year.The Washington State Investment Board says the defendants are former Lehman officials, the...

DEP fines western Pa. company $34K for acid cloud, PA

May 20, 2009 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) — State environmental officials have announced a $34,187 fine against a chemical company for a toxic leak that caused and acid cloud that forced hundreds of western Pennsylvania residents to evacuate.Indspec Chemical Corp. already faces $121,500 in federal workplace safety fines...

Baker: GOP chair should not raise sexuality, 1st Ld-Writethru, AR

May 20, 2009 10:46 am | by ANDREW DeMILLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — State Sen. Gilbert Baker said Wednesday he does not think the Arkansas GOP chairman should be raising a state lawmaker's homosexuality as an issue during party appearances.State Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb when criticizing Democrats has reportedly mentioned the fact...

Capital One cutting 180 jobs in Baton Rouge, 1st Ld-Writethru, LA

May 20, 2009 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Capital One Financial Corp. said Wednesday that it will eliminate 180 jobs at a Baton Rouge telephone sales and loan processing service center.The McLean, Va.-based banking and credit card provider is consolidating the functions of telephone sales to small businesses,...

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