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Fewer Arizonans traveling for Memorial Day weekend, 1st Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 19, 2009 11:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Fewer Arizonans are expected to travel during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend because of the stalled economy and housing slump.Airfares, gas prices and hotel rates are down compared to the same time last year, but AAA Arizona projects 2.5 percent fewer people will take a holiday...

Report: Spanish police arrest 17 over terror links, EU

May 19, 2009 11:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MADRID (AP) — Spanish news reports say police arrested at least 17 people in the northern city of Bilbao on suspicion of helping to fund an Islamic terrorist group in north Africa.Leading Cadena SER radio said the 17, mostly Algerians and Moroccans, are believed to belong to a crime gang that used...

Experian full-year profit up 11 pct, EU

May 19, 2009 11:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British credit agency Experian PLC said Wednesday that full-year profit rose 11 percent, helped by a cost-saving program, but remained cautious about the outlook for the current year.For the year ending March 31, the company reported a net profit of $486 million compared to $437...

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Feds allow drug kingpin's wife to keep house, OR

May 19, 2009 11:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The wife of convicted drug kingpin Kent Allen Jones will get to keep a house, a sport utility vehicle and a collection of baseball cards that had been seized by the federal government.Margo Jones and two adult children, Eric and Carey Jones, went to court seeking to assert...

LEAD: Tokyo stocks rise on recovery hopes despite GDP, resource shares up+

May 19, 2009 11:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING HEADLINE AND LEAD GRAF, ADDING DETAILS AND PRICES)Tokyo stocks rose Wednesday for the second straight day despite data showing a record contraction in Japan's gross domestic product, as resource-related shares benefited from rising crude oil prices and...

Asian-American tops field in Latino district, CA

May 19, 2009 11:29 pm | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD - AP Political Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In an election that highlighted America's fluid racial landscape, an Asian-American candidate emerged as the leading contender to fill a U.S. House seat in an overwhelmingly Hispanic district.Democrat Judy Chu topped a field of 12 candidates Tuesday, making her the favorite to...

Senator: More oversight needed of pension agency, APFN

May 19, 2009 11:24 pm | by DEB RIECHMANN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rapidly deteriorating financial health of the federal agency that guarantees 44 million Americans' pensions is raising alarms in Congress, where key lawmakers are demanding tougher rules to insure vigilant oversight of its multibillion-dollar investment portfolio.The recession...

Activists seek Justice Dept. probe of insurers, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 11:24 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists backing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are asking the Justice Department to open a wide-ranging investigation of what they say is monopoly-like power in the hands of major insurers.The move by Health Care for America Now has consequences for the debate on...

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Meeting on 19 May 2009 Adopts All of the Submitted Resolutions Business Editors

May 19, 2009 11:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAINT ETIENNE, France-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Regulatory News:On 19 May 2009, Groupe Casino (Paris:CO) held in Paris its Special Meeting of holders of preferred non-voting shares and its Annual General Meeting of holders of ordinary shares.Both meetings approved the conversion of the...

Swine flu outbreak reveals military plans, gaps, US

May 19, 2009 11:23 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rapid spread of swine flu from Mexico surprised Pentagon officials, who had been focused on a possible Asian-borne pandemic in a response plan that would give the military a last-resort role in helping to impose quarantines and border restrictions.Drafted and overhauled...

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Lawmakers flood House with pet highway projects, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 11:23 pm | by JIM ABRAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are lots of bridges to cross and roads to travel for lawmakers bent on ending the time-honored practice of funneling money to their home states: at least 6,800 of them.It's as if the outcry over pet projects in big spending bills — commonly known as "earmarks" — never...

Japan stocks edge up despite grim GDP numbers, AS

May 19, 2009 11:23 pm | by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan stocks extended gains Wednesday as investors shrugged off dismal first quarter economic data and instead focused on signs that the worst may be over.The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average rose 54.35 points, or 0.6 percent, to 9,344.64. The broader Topix index climbed 0.7 percent...

Excerpts from recent Illinois editorials, IL

May 19, 2009 11:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State must cure plague of abandoned homes.When a single home is foreclosed, the pain is felt largely within those four walls.But when the number reaches 115,000, as it did in Illinois in 2008, and foreclosures in a single community reach 1,000, as they did in Austin in 2008, we all feel...

Rackspace Launches Rackspace Email 7.0, Business-Class Email Hosting That Costs 90% Less Than Exchange Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

May 19, 2009 11:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN ANTONIO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Rackspace(R) Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world's leader in hosting, has unveiled Rackspace Email 7.0, a major release of its business-class email hosting service. Rackspace Email 7.0 includes updates to its full-featured webmail app, such as right-click...

Citigroup CEO to speak at national summit, MI

May 19, 2009 11:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Citigroup Inc. CEO Vikram Pandit will speak at a national conference in Detroit on the future of manufacturing, technology, energy and the environment.Organizers of The National Summit June 15-17 announced Wednesday Pandit is among more than 60 leaders who will speak or participate...

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