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Ariz.'s April jobless rate 'essentially unchanged', APFN

May 21, 2009 11:41 am | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona unemployment improved slightly amid continued weakness in many industries in April, a development that was termed encouraging but not a sign that the state's economy has hit bottom.The Department of Commerce reported Thursday that Arizona's seasonally adjusted nonfarm...

HL:Calgary health-care workers file lawsuit over payroll and benefit errors@

May 21, 2009 11:36 am | by Bill Graveland@Associated Press | News | Comments

CALGARY — Calgary health-care workers have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the company that handles their payroll and benefits.The proposed class action against Telus Sourcing Solutions alleges that years of payroll errors, over- and under-payments and pension problems have left workers...

Canada, Brazil, Chile, Europe protest tax credit, US

May 21, 2009 11:36 am | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Canada, Brazil, Chile and the European Union protested an unintended tax break for U.S. paper companies Thursday, warning Congress that it could result in trade sanctions.Struggling U.S. paper companies recently discovered they could qualify for federal tax credits intended to...

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Meltdown 101: Which jobs reports tell full story?, US

May 21, 2009 11:35 am | by CHRISTOPHER LEONARD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

One week, a federal report says the number of people filing new claims for unemployment insurance has unexpectedly dropped, pointing to a slowdown in layoffs. Good news, right? Maybe not.Within weeks, another government report says the unemployment rate has climbed. Bad news? Not so fast: Soon a...

Detroit tries to turnaround failing school system, US

May 21, 2009 11:35 am | by COREY WILLIAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Just like the auto companies that fuel this city, struggling Detroit schools are undergoing a painful restructuring to avoid complete failure and bankruptcy.Next fall, 29 public schools will close, another 40 will be restructured, 900 teachers and staff will be pink-slipped and 33...

Stakeholder Group Recognized for Breakthrough Effort on Recycled Water Policy

May 21, 2009 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.acwa.com () —The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its 2009 Excellence in Water Leadership Award to the Recycled Water Stakeholders Group, a coalition of water and environmental interests that mounted a breakthrough effort last year to negotiate a new...

Microsoft: No defense hearing in EU case, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 21, 2009 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it has canceled its defense hearing against EU antitrust charges because senior regulators won't be able to attend.The software giant was due to present its defense at a June 3-5 hearing to counter charges that tying the Internet Explorer browser...

Miss. regulators target car warranty telemarketers, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MS

May 21, 2009 11:34 am | by TIMOTHY R. BROWN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi regulators are seeking a restraining order requiring telemarketers to halt unsolicited calls that warn people their automobile warranties are expiring and offer to sell them new service plans.Officials in about 40 states are investigating the companies behind the...

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Continues with International Distribution Business Editors

May 21, 2009 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- ZAGG Inc. (OTCBB: ZAGG), a leading producer of mobile electronics accessories including the popular invisibleSHIELD(TM) and award-winning ZAGGaudio(TM) brands, announces a trend of current and potential growth through their international...

Airport board cancels cab contract, LA

May 21, 2009 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Faced with allegations of bid-rigging in the awarding of a taxicab contract, the board that operates Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said it is canceling the contract with a Virginia company.The announcement Thursday came after two lawsuits were filed by...

Sector Snap: Coal companies slide, APFN

May 21, 2009 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of coal companies fell with the broader market Thursday as an analyst downgraded several players, saying they will be hurt by lower demand, competition from natural gas, swollen stockpiles and underutilized steel mills.Dahlman Rose analyst Daniel Scott downgraded Alpha...

Southwest sells and leases back more planes, APFN

May 21, 2009 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co., trying to pad its cash balance amid a downturn in travel, said Thursday it sold three planes for $104 million and leased them back.It was the second such transaction in just over a month at Dallas-based Southwest, bringing to six the number of planes it has...

Obama to unveil new trade framework soon: official+

May 21, 2009 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Kyodo) — President Barack Obama will release a new trade framework in the near future, a senior U.S. trade official said Thursday."The president believes that the United States needs a new framework for trade," said Everett Eissenstat, assistant U.S. trade representatives for...

NJ Assembly Republicans pledge budget opposition, NJ

May 21, 2009 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Assembly Republicans say they will unanimously oppose the state budget unless Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine adjusts the spending plan.The Republicans, led by Assemblyman Alex DeCroce of Morris Plains, want to see restoration of property tax rebates to homeowners and...

Radius Assigns Nueva California Property to Focus Ventures

May 21, 2009 11:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Simon Ridgway, President of Radius Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RDU)(OTCBB: RDUFF), is pleased to announce that Focus Ventures Ltd. ("Focus") has completed its due diligence on the Nueva California Property located in north-central Peru, and is proceeding with its agreement to acquire Radius's option...

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