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Mo. unemployment rate drops; job losses mount, MO

May 19, 2009 7:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's April unemployment rate fell by more than half a percentage point to 8.1 percent.The drop from 8.7 percent in March breaks a nearly yearlong string of rising unemployment and is the greatest monthly drop in joblessness since at least January 1976.But it's not...

Ind. treasurer: Chrysler deal caused fund losses, 1st Ld-Writethru, IN

May 19, 2009 7:28 am | by DEANNA MARTIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's treasurer won't invest any more money in the corporate debt of companies receiving federal funds after state pensions were stung by millions of dollars in losses in the Chrysler LLC bankruptcy.Treasurer Richard Mourdock says the administration of President Barack Obama...

ND gov vetoes horse racing commission overhaul, APFN

May 19, 2009 7:28 am | by DALE WETZEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. John Hoeven vetoed the North Dakota Legislature's proposed overhaul of the state Racing Commission, saying the plan was confusing and unworkable.Instead, the Legislature should study regulation of horse racing in the next year and prepare recommendations for the 2011...

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Merck plans multi-country cholesterol-drug launch, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 7:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — Drug developer Merck & Co. said Tuesday it will launch the cholesterol drug Tredaptive in several countries — including Mexico, the United Kingdom and Germany — by the third quarter.The drug is approved to treat the cholesterol conditions dyslipidemia and primary...

Reporter convicted for killing fish with shampoo, EU

May 19, 2009 7:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — A Danish TV reporter has been convicted of animal cruelty for killing 12 aquarium fish with shampoo for a consumer affairs show.The Glostrup City Court says Lisbeth Koelster poured 0.3 fluid ounces (10 milliliter) of a shampoo containing an anti-dandruff substance into a fish tank...

White House wins court fight on e-mail disclosure, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 7:28 am | by NEDRA PICKLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the office that has records about millions of possibly missing e-mails from the Bush White House does not have to make them public.The appeals court in Washington ruled that the White House Office of Administration is not an agency...

HL:Grain giant Viterra bulks up global reach with take over of ABB Grain of Australia@

May 19, 2009 7:28 am | by Jennifer Graham@Associated Press | News | Comments

REGINA — Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT) is moving to take over ABB Grain Ltd. of Australia in a C$1.4-billion, or A$1.6 billion, cash-and-stock deal that the Canadian company says will expand its global reach.The combination of Canada's largest grain-handling enterprise and the former Australian Barley...

Poll:51 pct of Swedes want new vote on euro, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 19, 2009 7:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A little over half of Sweden's voters want a new referendum on whether to adopt the euro as their currency, a survey showed Tuesday.According to Stockholm-based Novus Opinion, 51 percent of 1,000 respondents said they favored a new vote.Fourty-four percent were against, while the...

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Morgan Stanley prices 27.7 million shares of MSCI, APFN

May 19, 2009 7:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley said Tuesday it will raise $595.7 million as it sells off its remaining 27.7 million shares in indexing and analytics company MSCI Inc.The secondary offering of the New York-based company's stake in MSCI, which provides investment decision support tools, was priced at...

Daniels says cost of I-69 extension can be cut, IN

May 19, 2009 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A new $3.1 billion price tag for the extension of Interstate 69 between Indianapolis and Evansville can be reduced by ignoring some federal rules, Gov. Mitch Daniels said.Speaking Monday to a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana in Evansville, Daniels said...

The Thai Capital Fund Reports First Quarter Earnings

May 19, 2009 7:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Thai Capital Fund, Inc. (the "Fund") (NYSE Amex: TF) (NYSE Alternext US: TF), a closed-end management investment company seeking long-term capital appreciation through investment primarily in equity securities of Thai companies, today announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2009...

Democratic fundraiser convicted of corruption, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 7:22 am | by TOM HAYS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime fundraiser Norman Hsu was convicted Tuesday of violating campaign finance laws in a case that became an embarrassment to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other prominent Democrats he courted.A jury in federal court in Manhattan deliberated less than three hours...

'Heroes,' 'Chuck' part of NBC's time-share season, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 7:21 am | by DAVID BAUDER - AP Television Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is giving the equivalent of broadcast timeshares to "Heroes," ''Chuck" and some of its six new series to keep airing original fare in a schedule where the chief constant is Jay Leno.The network is building prime time and its hopes to escape fourth place around Leno and the...

ND company to handle Chinese city's health data, 2nd Ld-Writethru, ND

May 19, 2009 7:21 am | by DALE WETZEL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Chinese city has hired a North Dakota company to collect and analyze health data as part of a push to improve its residents' medical care, a company executive says.Noridian Administrative Services, of Fargo, will be building a data center and a call center in China to handle...

Tethys Petroleum Limited: First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

May 19, 2009 7:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tethys Petroleum Limited ("Tethys" or the "Company" (TSX: TPL)) today announced its first quarter 2009 financial results. These are the first results reported by the Company in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). The Company's previous financial results have been...

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