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NetEase posts higher 1Q profit, revenue, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — NetEase.com Inc., an Internet and online game services provider in China, said Wednesday its first-quarter profit and revenue jumped sharply, boosted by strong user loyalty for its games and "robust online communities."The quarter's sales, however, were still slightly below Wall...

Available on Apple App Store Business Editors/Golf Writers

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RENO, Nev.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Golfshot, an easy and efficient scorecard app that automatically generates tour quality statistics and allows golfers to share and compare their rounds, will be available on the Apple App Store beginning today.Shotzoom Software, maker of Golfshot, is...

Napolitano: Piracy among Coast Guard's challenges, 3rd Ld-Writethru, CT

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard faces an ever-broadening set of threats, including the rising scourge of piracy, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told graduating cadets at the military branch's academy Wednesday.Napolitano gave the keynote speech at the U.S. Coast Guard...

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Thune: reform bill goes too far, 1st Ld-Writethru, SD

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican Sen. John Thune says a credit card reform bill that he voted against has some provisions that go too far and might restrict access to credit for millions of American consumers.Thune and fellow South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson were among only five senators who voted...

Chrysler to lay off 992 in Belvidere, US

May 20, 2009 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — Chrysler plans to lay off 992 workers at its Belvidere assembly plant in northern Illinois and convert the plant to a one-shift operation.About 2,600 workers are employed at the Belvidere plant, which assembles Dodge Calibers, Jeep Patriots and Jeep Compasses. It's been idle...

DOJ expands strike forces to target Medicare fraud

May 20, 2009 9:21 am | by KELLI KENNEDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is multiplying by 10 the number of agents and prosecutors targeting Medicare fraud in Miami, Los Angeles and other strategic cities where officials say tens of billions of dollars are lost each year."We know these strike forces work," Attorney General Eric Holder said at a...

Hezbollah accuses US, Israel of plotting strife, 1st Ld-Writethru, ML

May 20, 2009 9:21 am | by BASSEM MROUE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group on Wednesday accused the United States and Israel of trying to foment strife between Sunni Arab countries and Shiite Iran.Hassan Nasrallah said it was the aim of the U.S. and Israel to set up Iran as the enemy of the Arab states, instead of...

HL:Genivar acquires 90-employee environmental engineering firm@

May 20, 2009 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTREAL — Jagger Hims Ltd., a 90-employee firm specializing in earth sciences and environmental engineering, has been acquired by the Genivar Income Fund (TSX:GNV.UN), one of Canada's largest engineering services firms.Founded in 1987, Jagger Hims has seven offices in Ontario that provide...

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Correction: Ask AP column, CORRECTIVE

May 20, 2009 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In an item on Antarctica in the May 15 edition of the Ask AP Q&A series, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S.-run Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula operates on New Zealand time and relies on transportation links in New Zealand. Palmer Station's transportation links are...

HL:Services track friends on multiple sites, address social-networking 'fatigue'@

May 20, 2009 9:15 am | by James Keller@Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — The online explosion of social-networking services in recent years has left some people with multiple personalities on numerous sites and little way to keep track of it all.But new websites called social-networking aggregators are trying to bring order to all the profiles, friends lists...

Sun-Telegraph in Nebraska names new editor, 1st Ld-Writethru, NE

May 20, 2009 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — The Sidney Sun-Telegraph has promoted Wayne Bauerkemper to editor.The 34-year-old Bauerkemper replaces Tamara Nelsen, who is no longer with the company.Bauerkemper had worked for the Sidney Daily Sun until 2004, when he joined the Scottsbluff Star-Herald as a copy editor.He...

Maine House votes down denial of corporate rights, ME

May 20, 2009 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House has overwhelmingly rejected legislation differentiating corporations from people when it comes to constitutional rights.Opponents said Wednesday that the bill, which is linked to the debate over water extraction, is obviously unconstitutional. Supporters sought...

NY brokers charged in $6.2 million fraud, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 20, 2009 9:14 am | by TOM HAYS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A Wall Street brokerage firm collected $6.2 million in illegal fees by duping hundreds of investors into buying stocks at inflated prices, a prosecutor said Wednesday.An indictment charged owners Joseph Sorbara and Steven Markowitz and 15 former employees of the now-defunct Joseph...

Management for Translation Industry through Expanded Interoperability of Plunet and Across Business Editors/Technology Writers

May 20, 2009 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES & BERLIN-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Plunet BusinessManager now has an extended interface to the Across Language Server; the interface was developed in close collaboration with customers of the two companies. Plunet has been more deeply integrated with Across than with any other...

Hertz shares drop on plans for stock and debt sale

May 20, 2009 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Hertz Global Holdings Inc. tumbled on Wednesday after the car and equipment rental company announced that it plans to sell shares and convertible notes to raise cash.Hertz shares dropped $1.38, or 17 percent, to close at $6.76. The stock has traded between $1.55 and $14.69...

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