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Oklahoma measure to protect water rights passed, APFN

May 22, 2009 6:59 am | by RON JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill designed to protect Oklahoma water rights during the consideration of any proposed sale of water to out-of-state interests.Paul Sund, spokesman for Gov. Brad Henry, said the governor "supports the legislation and will...

Merkin quits post at NYC synagogue, NY

May 22, 2009 6:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Ezra Merkin, the financier who invested billions of dollars of his clients' money with Bernard Madoff, has resigned as an officer of a wealthy New York City synagogue.Merkin declined the Fifth Avenue Synagogue's nomination to become chairman of its board of trustees on Wednesday....

Germany marks federal republic's 60th birthday, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 22, 2009 6:58 am | by MELISSA EDDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Friday marked the 60th birthday of its post-World War II federal republic, under which the country has become a stable and respected democracy with global political and economic clout.President Horst Koehler opened two-day celebrations of the May 23, 1949, proclamation of...

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HL:GM and CAW assemble cost-cutting deal preserving base pay and pensions@

May 22, 2009 6:58 am | by Kristine Owram@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — The Canadian Auto Workers and General Motors have agreed to slash labour costs by more than $8,000 per worker — an important step towards protecting the company's Canadian operations under a new restructuring plan to be released at the end of the month.The deal announced Friday freezes...

A sip of the past as classic cocktails come back, US

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by CARYN BROOKSAssociated Press | News | Comments

On the American cocktail scene, newer, faster and cheaper is giving way to older, slower and it's worth it.Pre-Prohibition era cocktails — sort of the barkeep's equivalent of the horse and buggy — have begun elbowing their way onto big city bar scenes and into numerous cookbooks and...

Defense chief praises soldier in pink boxers, US

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American soldiers have more than their military might and training on their side in the war in Afghanistan. Some have pink underwear.Gates told an audience in New York about Specialist Zachary Boyd, routed from sleep by enemy fire on his post in...

Administrative Services Signs Contract to Export Administration Expertise to China Business Editors

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FARGO, N.D.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009--Noridian Administrative Services (NAS), Fargo, has signed a contract with the Chinese municipality of Xinxiang to serve as a third-party administrator for a groundbreaking new government social medical insurance program in China. The contract is the...

Analyst: New Sands casino helps Bally's expansion, APFN

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The use of Bally Technologies Inc.'s games at Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s new Pennsylvania casino helps expand the slot machine maker's market presence, an analyst said Friday.The $743 million Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened Friday and is Bally's 25th casino with more than 3,000...

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Oklahoma House approves $7.2 billion state budget, APFN

May 22, 2009 6:53 am | by TIM TALLEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House approved final passage of a $7.2 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, paving the way for a planned adjournment of the Legislature's 2009 regular session on Friday.The House's bipartisan 92-7 vote Thursday followed almost three hours of...

MedAssets rises after upgrade on sales growth, APFN

May 22, 2009 6:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of hospital software provider MedAssets Inc. rose Friday following an upgrade from a Robert W. Baird analyst, who said he expects sales to get stronger in the second half of 2009 and 2010.Eric Coldwell raised his rating on the stock to "Outperform" from "Neutral," and set a...

China, Hong Kong announce new swine flu cases, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 22, 2009 6:47 am | by TINI TRAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The spread of swine flu could speed up with the onset of winter in the southern hemisphere, a World Health Organization expert said Friday as Australia raised its alert level and China and Hong Kong reported new cases.Dr. Julie Hall, a WHO expert on emerging infectious diseases in...

WWE happy to tag Nuggets owner Kroenke as villain, APFN

May 22, 2009 6:47 am | by RACHEL COHEN - AP Sports Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — WWE knows how to conjure up a villain.Less than 24 hours after announcing it was bolting Denver for Los Angeles because of a scheduling conflict, World Wrestling Entertainment was distributing a promotional image of chairman Vince McMahon and Nuggets and Pepsi Center owner Stan...

Ill. governor to face questions on construction, IL

May 22, 2009 6:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is likely to face questions about the fate of a massive public works program.Quinn has scheduled a news conference Friday morning to discuss high-speed rail. It will be his first public appearance since lawmakers sent him legislation for a...

Job losses up in 44 states as recession drags on

May 22, 2009 6:47 am | by JEANNINE AVERSA - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — All but six states lost jobs in April and double-digit unemployment persisted in every corner of the country as companies squeezed by the recession slashed payrolls.For the fifth straight month, California led the nation in net job losses, with 63,700 jobs disappearing in April....

Corporation to Participate in Goldman Sachs Lodging, Gaming, Restaurant and Leisure Conference Business Editors

May 22, 2009 6:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILWAUKEE-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009--The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS) today announced it will participate in the Goldman Sachs Lodging, Gaming, Restaurant and Leisure Conference being held on June 1-2, 2009 in New York City. Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer, will...

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