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LEAD: Japan's crude steel output drops 43.6% in April+

May 21, 2009 1:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO IN 3RD AND LAST 2 GRAFS)Crude steel production in Japan totaled 5.72 million tons in April, down 43.6 percent from a year earlier and marking the seventh consecutive monthly fall, the Japan Iron and Steel Federation said Thursday.The dismal figure reflects...

LEAD: Ex-Livedoor execs ordered to pay 7.6 bil. yen in compensation+

May 21, 2009 1:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO)The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ordered Livedoor Co., now LDH Corp., Takafumi Horie, the founder and former president of Livedoor, and other former Livedoor executives to pay about 7.63 billion yen in compensation for stock losses they caused the...

CenturyTel gets 3 more state approvals, LA

May 21, 2009 1:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONROE, La. (AP) — Telecommunications provider CenturyTel says its pending acquisition of Embarq has won regulatory approval in California, Oregon and Virginia.Monroe-based CenturyTel now has approvals from 31 of 33 needed states to complete the deal. The two companies provide service in those...

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BW)(URUGUAY-MINERAL-EXPLORAT)(UME.TSX VENTURE)(UGY.LSE) Uruguay Mineral Exploration Inc: Change of Nominated Adviser and Broker

May 21, 2009 1:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009--Uruguay Mineral Exploration Inc (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:UME) (LSE:UGY), a gold production and exploration company, announced today that Matrix Corporate Capital LLP has been appointed Nominated Adviser and Broker to the Company with...

Mass. state trooper pleads guilty to drug charge, MA

May 21, 2009 1:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts State Police trooper has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.Federal prosecutors say 64-year-old John T. Foley of Saugus made his plea Wednesday to charges of conspiracy and cocaine distribution.According to court records, the 36-year department veteran is...

US swine flu deaths hit double-digits, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MED

May 21, 2009 1:43 am | by MIKE STARK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Swine flu forced Christina Huitron to make a choice no mother should ever have to make.On Wednesday she told doctors to take her 21-year-old son off life support, making Marcos Sanchez the nation's 10th fatality associated with the newly discovered virus that continues to...

Corruption charges against Veon, aide dismissed, 4th Ld-Writethru, PA

May 21, 2009 1:37 am | by MARK SCOLFORO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Thursday threw out the corruption case against a former State Capitol power broker and his one-time aide, but prosecutors immediately vowed to refile charges.Prosecutors had accused former Rep. Michael Veon of Beaver County and his former aide, Annamarie...

SpongeBob's 10th Anniversary with SpongeBob's Truth or Square Entertainment Editors/TV Writers/Video Game Writers

May 21, 2009 1:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced plans for the fall 2009 release of SpongeBob's Truth or Square, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary year of SpongeBob SquarePants. SpongeBob's Truth or Square is currently in development for the...

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Dollar hits fresh 3-month low after Fed cuts growth projections+

May 21, 2009 1:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) — The U.S. dollar briefly hit a fresh three-month low in the lower 94 yen zone Thursday in Tokyo as the U.S. Federal Reserve's downgrading of its economic outlook discouraged hopes for an early economic recovery in the United States.At 5 p.m., the dollar fetched 94.76-78 yen...

BW)(CA-GLU-MOBILE/FAMILY-GUY)(GLUU.NASDAQ) Freakin' Sweet! Glu Mobile Launches Family GuyT: Uncensored for Mobile Phones Worldwide Entertainment Editors/Video Game Writers

May 21, 2009 1:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN MATEO, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- Glu Mobile Inc. (Nasdaq: GLUU), a leading global publisher of mobile games, today announced the worldwide launch of Family Guy: Uncensored, a new Java/Brew mobile game based on the top-rated Fox TV comedy Family Guy, with high-end devices to...

Police: Man, 84, fatally beaten with walking stick, MD

May 21, 2009 1:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — Court records state that an 84-year-old homeless man found dead behind a Baltimore gas station was beaten with his own walking stick.Thirty-five-year-old Hector Jose Posada of Pikesville was ordered held without bond Wednesday. He has been charged with first-degree murder in the...

Sweden helps SKorea convert food waste into biogas

May 21, 2009 1:20 am | by KELLY OLSEN - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean city of Ulsan lets water generated from processing food waste run off into the ocean, which can generate methane gas harmful to the environment.Now, with the help of a Swedish company, it is going to start converting that waste water into biogas, a type of...

Taiwan's economy shrinks record 10.2 percent in 1Q

May 21, 2009 1:14 am | by DEBBY WU - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's economy shrank by a record 10.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter on slumping exports, the government said Thursday, as it forecast a deeper contraction this year.Taiwan's Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting, and Statistics said the global recession...

Riley promoting services for Alabama's unemployed, 2nd Ld-Writethru, AL

May 21, 2009 1:14 am | by PHILLIP RAWLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Cornelius Johnson of Montgomery was using a computer to fill out a job application for Best Buy on Thursday when someone leaned over his shoulder and asked how hard it was to apply online.The question came from Gov. Bob Riley.The two-term governor is a lame duck, but he is...

On stand, Scrushy attacks former HealthSouth CFOs, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 1:14 am | by JAY REEVES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Fired HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy kept up his attacks Thursday on five former finance chiefs who linked him to a huge fraud, putting the blame squarely on them for the accounting swindle.Scrushy was on the stand for the second day in a lawsuit by HealthSouth...

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