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May 18, 2009 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.hepcchallenge.org () —In the news release, "78% of Americans Do Not Know They Are Infected With Hepatitis C," issued earlier today by Caring Ambassadors Program, we are advised by the company that the headline should read "78% of Americans Living With Hepatitis C Do Not Know They Are...

Southwest flight attendants ratify labor contract, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — By a wide margin, flight attendants at Southwest Airlines Co. have approved a new contract that gives them annual pay raises of 3 percent and bigger retirement contributions.The Transport Workers Union, which represents the flight attendants, said Monday the contract was ratified by...

Gold prices decline as stocks surge, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 12:20 pm | by SARA LEPRO - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Gold prices deflated Monday as renewed buying interest on Wall Street sapped demand for the precious metal. Oil and grain prices rose.Stocks soared Monday as investors cheered positive news on the housing and banking industries — two areas that have been at the center of the...

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BC-Cotton Bale

May 18, 2009 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

closed $6.25 to $8.05 a bale higher Monday. The average price for strict low middling 1 & 1-16 inch spot cotton advanced 89 points to 52.89 cents a pound Monday for the seven markets, according to the Market News Branch, Memphis USDA.

Calif. Assembly narrowly passes pay equity bill, CA

May 18, 2009 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Assembly has passed legislation to make it easier for Californians to challenge pay discrimination in the workplace.The bill is modeled after The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year. That law reversed a 2007 Supreme Court...

Democratic support for US climate bill broadens, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 12:20 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several key Democrats from industrial and oil states threw their support behind a draft climate bill Monday as a House committee began work on massive legislation that would impose the first U.S. limits on greenhouse gases.While Democratic sponsors of the 948-page bill called it...

AA, BA line up airports, pols to back immunity bid, US

May 18, 2009 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — More than 70 airports in the U.S. and Europe threw their support Monday behind a bid by American Airlines and British Airways to cooperate on trans-Atlantic flights without fear of breaking antitrust laws.Executives of many large and small airports echoed the airlines' argument that...

Budget cuts mean locked doors - and wasted trips, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 12:14 pm | by ANGELA DELLI SANTI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Teenagers couldn't get their learner's permits Monday as New Jersey greeted government furloughs at motor vehicle offices. Workers weren't paid. And Tom McCabe couldn't get a title for his motorcycle."Why?" asked McCabe, a finance worker who had driven 50 miles from Metuchen to...

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Stocks jump on renewed optimism on housing, banks, 18th Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 18, 2009 12:14 pm | by MADLEN READ - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Reassuring news about housing and banking on Monday convinced investors to return to the stock market.The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 235 points, making up three-quarters of last week's losses. All the major indexes rose about 3 percent.A better-than-expected profit report...

Himax Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

May 18, 2009 12:08 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIREAssociated Press | News | Comments

TAINAN, Taiwan, May 18, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Himax Technologies, Inc. ("Himax" or "Company") (Nasdaq:HIMX) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.For the first quarter of 2009, Himax reported net revenues of $125.7 million, representing a 45.7% decrease from...

Announces May 20 Webcast of Presentation at the JMP Securities Eighth Annual Research Conference Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 18, 2009 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009--Exelixis, Inc. (Nasdaq:EXEL) announced today that George Scangos, PhD, the company's president and chief executive officer, will present at the JMP Securities Eighth Annual Research Conference at 1:30 p.m. EDT / 10:30 a.m. PDT on...

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BW)(OH-AMERICAN-FINANCIAL)(AFG.NYSE)(AFG.NASDAQ) American Financial Group, Inc. Names New Officers Business Editors

May 18, 2009 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- American Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:AFG) (NASDAQ:AFG) announced that Brian S. Hertzman and Diane P. Weidner were each named Assistant Vice President of the company.Mr. Hertzman joined American Financial Group's Finance Department in 1991 and was...

Oklahoma grain prices, OK

May 18, 2009 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture reported the following closing prices Friday.U.S. No 1 HARD RED WINTER WHEAT: Mostly 6 to 8 cents higher. 5.82-6.40.Davis 5.82, Eldorado, Frederick, Lawton 6.12, Hobart 6.15, Weatherford 6.16, Clinton, Temple 6.17, Shattuck 6.21, Banner, El...

Demolition and Environmental Clean-up Officially Underway at Former Schlage Lock Facility Business Editors/Environment Writers/Building/Construction Writers

May 18, 2009 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- After years of roadblocks, demolition has started on the blighted 13-acre former Schlage Lock site in south San Francisco. Brownfield Partners (BP), the Denver-basedurban in-fill developer and transaction partner, is managing the demolition and...

Bill would ban terrorists from Wisconsin prisons, 1st Ld-Writethru, WI

May 18, 2009 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to keep terrorists out of the state's prisons.Rep. Dean Kaufert, a Neenah Republican, is preparing to introduce a bill that would prohibit the state Corrections Department from accepting anyone who was an inmate, prisoner or detainee at Guantanamo Bay...

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