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O'Malley won't rule out prison cell phone jamming

May 18, 2009 1:51 pm | by BRIAN WITTE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday he would consider going against federal law to hold a cell-phone jamming demonstration at a Maryland prison to help stop illegal cell phone use by prison inmates, but he hopes that won't be necessary.O'Malley's spokesman, Rick Abbruzzese, said...

Neb. lawmakers debate lethal injection bill, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NE

May 18, 2009 1:51 pm | by NATE JENKINS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers look ready to approve lethal injection as the sole method of execution after more than a year without legal means to carry out the state's death-penalty law.The Legislature debated for six hours on Monday, but didn't vote on, the measure (LB36) to replace the...

Con Edison of New York Declares Preferred Stock Dividends

May 18, 2009 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

http://www.conEd.com () —Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison of New York) (NYSE: ED) today declared the following quarterly dividends on its outstanding preferred stock, payable August 1, 2009, to stockholders of record as of July 15, 2009:Preferred Stock Dividend Per Share...

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AAA says no big increase in holiday travelers, NV

May 18, 2009 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — AAA says the economy continues to take a toll on people's travel plans.In the Mountain West region, including Nevada, the travel association says 2.7 million people expect to travel 50 miles or more over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. That's a roughly 1 percent decline from...

Fox network adding 6 new shows next season, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 1:50 pm | by DAVID BAUDER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox will try dancing in the fall to match its singing in the spring.It also will add four new comedies and budding late-night comic Wanda Sykes next season and give "Dollhouse" creator Joss Whedon another chance.The network was first up Monday among broadcast networks announcing...

Brewers big and small oppose beer tax increase, 1st Ld-Writethru, WI

May 18, 2009 1:50 pm | by SCOTT BAUER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brewers large and small joined together Monday to object to a proposed quintupling of Wisconsin's beer tax, the first increase in 40 years.MillerCoors joined with smaller craft brewers, the Wisconsin Grocers Association, the Tavern League and others to argue that raising the...

Aflac prices $850 million in senior notes

May 18, 2009 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Aflac Inc. said Monday it priced $850 million worth of 10-year senior notes.Proceeds will be used to repay an intracompany loan and for other general corporate purposes, Aflac said.The notes have a coupon of 8.5 percent.Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. are...

Goldman, Morgan Stanley apply to repay bailout, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 1:45 pm | by STEVENSON JACOBS - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have formally asked the Federal Reserve for permission to repay a combined $20 billion in federal bailout money.The requests are pending, and no decision has been made on whether the investment banks will get approval to repay the money and sever...

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KSP in special operation with Ohio, Michigan, 1st Ld-Writethru, KY

May 18, 2009 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky are working with their counterparts in Ohio and Michigan on Wednesday to increase their patrols for commercial motor vehicle violations on Interstate 75.The Kentucky State Police will be working with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Michigan State...

Iowa auditor criticizes state spending, 1st Ld-Writethru, IA

May 18, 2009 1:44 pm | by MIKE GLOVER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Legislature talked a lot about spending cuts, but the state auditor criticized lawmakers Monday for actually increasing overall spending by $68 million and using federal stimulus money to balance the budget.Auditor David Vaudt says the decision to spend $529 million in...

Penn Virginia to offer 3.5 million shares, APFN

May 18, 2009 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) — Penn Virginia Corp. said on Monday it plans to offer 3.5 million shares, which would raise almost $70.8 million based on Monday's closing price of $20.22.The oil and natural gas company said its underwriters also have a 30-day option to buy another 525,000 shares. The company...

Students' scores improve on state's standard tests, 4th Ld-Writethru, LA

May 18, 2009 1:44 pm | by KEVIN McGILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana public school students showed "exceptional growth" in their scores on the state's standardized tests this year, state Education Superintendent Paul Pastorek said Monday.He said the number of students achieving at least a "basic" level score increased in 28 of the...

Philly newspapers can use cash during bankruptcy

May 18, 2009 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Newspapers can continue to use its cash to fund operations through late June in a deal reached with creditors.The agreement between the newspaper company and senior lenders renders moot a scheduled hearing Tuesday on the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy.Philadelphia...

CrossHarbor wins exclusive Yellowstone Club, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 1:38 pm | by KAHRIN DEINES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Rival parties vying for control of a bankrupt Montana resort for the rich reached a court-approved deal Monday that gives a Boston-based investment firm control.CrossHarbor Capital Partners will pay $115 million for the Yellowstone Club, located near Big Sky in southwestern...

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May 18, 2009 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers painted starkly different pictures of a former Connecticut man being retried for the 2003 killing of his girlfriend's mother in Nashua, N.H.Defense lawyers told a jury in Nashua on Monday that 24-year-old William Sullivan Jr. is seriously mentally ill and belongs in a...

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