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Biologists net Utah songbirds for annual inventory, 1st Ld-Writethru, UT

May 18, 2009 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GUNLOCK, Utah (AP) — Wildlife officials are capturing birds in five locations across the state as part of an annual songbird inventory.The birds are being banded with a serial number and wildlife biologist Keith Day said the information will go to the U.S. Geological Survey in Patuxent, Md. The...

US: Drugmaker Wyeth cheated Medicaid

May 18, 2009 1:02 pm | by DEVLIN BARRETT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday accused Wyeth, one of the nation's biggest drugmakers, of cheating Medicaid programs out of hundreds of millions of dollars by overcharging for a stomach acid drug.The Justice Department and more than a dozen states have joined in two whistleblower...

Point Illumination

May 18, 2009 1:01 pm | Schurter, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter’s vandal proof metal pushbutton switch with latching action now offers point illumination in addition to ring illuminated types. 

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San Antonio (CPS Energy), Texas' $560MM Electric & Gas Revs 2009B, C & D 'AA+' Business Editors

May 18, 2009 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA+' rating to San Antonio, Texas' (the city) electric and gas systems revenue bonds, series 2009B and 2009C (issued as Build America Bonds) and electric and gas systems revenue refunding bonds, series 2009D, issued on...

NJ mayors briefed on economic stimulus act, 1st Ld-Writethru, NJ

May 18, 2009 12:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey political leaders say the state will receive more than $17 billion in total benefits from the federal economic stimulus act over the next three years.At a meeting in Trenton on Monday, Gov. Jon Corzine and U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez briefed some...

LEAD: N.Y. stocks surge on better-than-expected retailer earnings+

May 18, 2009 12:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK, May 18 (Kyodo) — (EDS: RECASTING WITH END OF TRADING)New York stocks soared Monday in response to better-than-expected quarterly earnings by a major retailer that boosted investors' confidence in the U.S. economy.The 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell 62.68 points last...

In Ill. House, a majority of 1 can block bills, IL

May 18, 2009 12:56 pm | by CHRISTOPHER WILLS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Filling a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Providing tax relief. Blocking legislative raises. Improving government efficiency. What do they have in common? A single lawmaker blocked every one of those ideas from being debated in the Illinois House.Under the House's strange rules,...

Beckman Coulter plans $750M stock, note offerings

May 18, 2009 12:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Biomedical diagnostics instrument maker Beckman Coulter Inc. on Monday announced the pricing of a public stock offering and two senior note offerings expected to generate up to $750 million.Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes and to help finance the...

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Geithner: No plans to cap executive pay

May 18, 2009 12:56 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial sector executives should not fear government imposed caps on their salaries even as the Obama administration moves to influence how firms pay their employees. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Monday that government should place "broad constraints" on the...

Richmond schools face budget dilemma, 1st Ld, GA

May 18, 2009 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Richmond County school board is deciding how to deal with a $24.5 million budget shortfall and its options are grim, including furloughs.Finance director Anita Faglier says furloughs would apply to all employees, except bus drivers and 190-day certified employees, which...

Obama linking auto emissions, efficiency standards, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 12:50 pm | by KEN THOMAS - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to propose the first-ever national emission limits for cars and trucks as well as average efficiency requirements of 35.5 miles per gallon (57 kpl) by 2016 — all costing consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle.Obama's plan couples for the first time...

Nevada mining firm says Comstock looks promising, APFN

May 18, 2009 12:50 pm | by SANDRA CHEREB - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A young mining firm using modern day science to re-examine an Old West bonanza says Nevada's Comstock Lode still has buried riches to be recovered.GoldSpring Inc., in a mineral declaration report, estimates its Hartford/Lucerne complex near Virginia City contains reserves of more...

Settlement reached in 'Passion' lawsuit, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 18, 2009 12:50 pm | by ANTHONY McCARTNEY - AP Entertainment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a screenwriter's lawsuit against Mel Gibson over "The Passion of the Christ."A notice of settlement filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court stated that an agreement had been reached and was being put into writing. The filing asked a judge to...

Rates $533MM Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Securities CSMC 2009-4R Business Editors

May 18, 2009 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 18, 2009-- Fitch Ratings has assigned ratings and Rating Outlooks to Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Securities CSMC 2009-4R as follows:--$152,744,000 exchangeable class 1-A-1 'AAA'; Outlook Stable;--$125,789,000 class 1-A-2 'AAA'; Outlook Stable;--$8,985,000...

Changing NC tort standard for injured passes House, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NC

May 18, 2009 12:50 pm | by GARY D. ROBERTSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In North Carolina courts, an injured person hurt in a car accident or slipping on a wet floor can't recover damages in court if a jury determines the plaintiff was even slightly to blame for the trouble.An effort to change that rule of civil litigation so the plaintiff gets an...

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