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I'm running late. Wait, my phone already told you.

May 19, 2009 12:57 pm | by JESSICA MINTZ - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — I'm running late. I'm stuck in traffic. I'm stopping by the market for a bottle of wine. I'm circling for a parking space. I'm just down the block. I'm right outside.Today, people trade these little updates with a string of cell phone calls and text messages. But companies including...

Federal officials get ready for hurricane season, US

May 19, 2009 12:57 pm | by EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a caution from President Barack Obama, federal disaster officials said Tuesday they are redoubling efforts to close gaps in their 2009 hurricane preparedness plans.At the same time, they warned at a news conference in Washington that any disaster preparation hinges on...

Texas senator says smoking ban measure is dead, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:57 pm | by JIM VERTUNO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN (AP) — Supporters of a proposed statewide ban on smoking in most indoor public places, including bars and restaurants, have given up for this Texas legislative session and declared the issue dead Tuesday.Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, author of the Senate version of the ban, said he doesn't...

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50 municipalities with highest per capita income, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here is a list of the 50 counties or municipalities with the highest per capita income in 2007:1. Teton County, Wyo., $132,7282. New York $120,7903. Loving County, Texas, $99,5934. Pitkin County, Colo., $93,4655. Marin County, Calif., $91,4836. Fairfield County, Conn., $81,5767. Westchester County,...

FEC dismisses claims against Wal-Mart, 3rd Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 12:57 pm | by JON GAMBRELL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint by labor groups that accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of pressuring employees to vote against Democrats in last November's election, though FEC staffers warned the case was a "close call."Commissioners voted to end the...

New budget proposal surfacing in Ariz. Legislature, 3rd Ld-Writethru, AZ

May 19, 2009 12:57 pm | by PAUL DAVENPORT - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican legislative leaders plan to have a Senate committee consider a new budget proposal on Wednesday that includes having a private company take over operations of three prisons to help close the state's big revenue shortfall.The Senate on Tuesday suspended rules to allow a...

AP Analysis: Resort towns attracted high-earners, US

May 19, 2009 12:52 pm | by MIKE SCHNEIDER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After two decades as a high-powered marketing executive, Scott Relf and his six-figure income moved from the cold of suburban Kansas City to the Florida coast. Because he could.Relf, 48, became a self-employed consultant in Naples for companies inventing new products and said...

Panel OKs bill to curtail La. school boards' power, 2nd Ld-Writethru, LA

May 19, 2009 12:51 pm | by KEVIN McGILL - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Legislation curtailing the power of local school boards to fire their superintendents or get involved in other personnel matters was approved Tuesday by a House committee despite strong opposition from school board members around the state.Rep. Steve Carter's bill would...

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State Street prices $500 million in senior notes, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOSTON (AP) — State Street Corp., which specializes in serving institutional investors and wealthy customers, said Tuesday it has priced $500 million of senior notes and expects proceeds of $498 million.State Street said the 4.3 percent senior notes due May 30, 2014 will be offered to the public at...

Expert: Nuke plant's dismantling costs may be low, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:51 pm | by DAVE GRAM - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A nuclear decommissioning expert got tough questions Tuesday on whether the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is saving enough to pay for its eventual dismantling.William A. Cloutier Jr. testified before the state's Public Service Board and answered questions from lawyers for two...

Array BioPharma gets $40M funding commitment, APFN

May 19, 2009 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Biotechnology company Array BioPharma Inc. said Tuesday it received a commitment for another $40 million in funding from one of its largest shareholders.The funding from Deerfield Management, a health care investment organization, adds to the $80 million the group gave Array...

HL:Meeting between UN, WHO heads and vaccine makers leads to few new donations@

May 19, 2009 12:50 pm | by Helen Branswell@Associated Press | News | Comments

A summit between flu vaccine makers and the heads of the UN and the World Health Organization produced no new concrete offers of donated vaccine, the WHO said Tuesday.While manufacturers acknowledged a global responsibility, at least one wanted to know who would pay for vaccine to be set aside for...

New Oklahoma River tower planned, OK

May 19, 2009 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. is planning to give more than $5 million to Oklahoma City to build a four-story tower along the Oklahoma River.Plans for the so-called Finish Line Tower are to be unveiled at a news conference at the Chesapeake Boathouse on Thursday that will include...

INDEX:Automotive, Business, Environment, International, Labour, Manufacturing, Politics@

May 19, 2009 12:44 pm | by Lee-Anne Goodman@Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to curb vehicle emissions is a double-edged sword for Canada — while Ottawa is getting the universal standards it was hoping for, automakers will now have to meet costly new regulations four years earlier than expected."The new standard is near...

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NMSU names interim president, NM

May 19, 2009 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University's regents have named a new interim president, Manuel T. Pacheco, who has been president of four universities outside New Mexico and interim president of one in the state.The regents approved a contract for $325,000 that also includes the use of...

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