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HL:Auditor general wants to lift the lid on MPs' expenses@

May 19, 2009 2:15 pm | by Tim Naumetz@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — Canada's auditor general wants to lift the lid on expense claims and other spending by MPs and Senators.Sheila Fraser began preliminary talks with the House of Commons and Senate earlier this year, well before the expense-claim scandal erupted in Britain.Fraser's office said Tuesday she...

HL:Silverstone shareholders approve takeover by Silver Wheaton@

May 19, 2009 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANCOUVER — Shareholders of Silverstone Resources Corp. (TSXV:SST) approved Tuesday a takeover of the company by Silver Wheaton Corp. (TSX:SLW).The deal was approved by 74.67 per cent of the votes cast by the Silverstone shareholders.Under the agreement, Silverstone shareholders will receive 0.185...

New NJ budget plan ends most property tax rebates, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Most New Jersey homeowners, already paying the highest property taxes in the nation, will not see a property tax rebate check next year under Gov. Jon Corzine's revised 2010 budget proposal.The updated budget, released Tuesday by Treasurer David Rousseau, keeps rebates for...

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NC appeals court upholds tax bill for Wal-Mart, 1st Ld-Writethru, NC

May 19, 2009 2:15 pm | by GARY D. ROBERTSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its efforts to get a $33 million tax refund, upholding a trial judge's ruling that found a complex corporate structure was used primarily to avoid corporate income taxes.In a unanimous opinion, the...

Analysis: Pawlenty's move changes balance of power, MN

May 19, 2009 2:14 pm | by MARTIGA LOHN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty left Democrats sputtering when he vowed to balance the state budget on his own, without the Minnesota Legislature.It was a move that changed the contours of the session's final days.Democrats may have miscalculated by sending Pawlenty a full slate of budget...

NM: Emissions, mileage plan victory for state, 1st Ld-Writethru, NM

May 19, 2009 2:14 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials are applauding the Obama administration's plan for curbing vehicle emissions and requiring manufacturers to make vehicles that are more fuel efficient.New Mexico is one of 14 states that has been embroiled in a battle with the federal government and...

Grassley probes ex-Army surgeon's Medtronic links, 2nd Ld-Writethru

May 19, 2009 2:13 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Republican Senator is investigating a former Walter Reed Medical Center surgeon who the Army says forged signatures and falsified data in a study touting the benefits of an implant from Medtronic.Sen. Charles Grassley has long been a critic of the drug industry's...

Firm: SoCal median home price dips slightly, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:13 pm | by JACOB ADELMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The median home price in Southern California dropped slightly in April from March, but analysts and real-estate agents said the troubled housing market might still be nearing its bottom.The median price paid for homes in a six-county region of Southern California fell 1.2 percent...

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Macusani Yellowcake Announces Proposed Private Placement

May 19, 2009 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Macusani Yellowcake Inc. ("Macusani" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE: YEL) announced today plans to raise $2,247,500 in a non-brokered private placement. Macusani is proposing to offer 8,990,000 million units at a price of $0.25 per unit, with each unit consisting of one common share and one-half of...

Swift Energy files shelf registration statement, US

May 19, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas producer Swift Energy Co. has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to offer up to $500 million of its equity or debt securities.The company said Tuesday it may offer "one or more of these securities from time to time in...

List of top 20 shows in prime-time Nielsen ratings

May 19, 2009 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 18-24. Listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses. An "X'' in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation.1. (1) "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 28.84...

Another 6,400 workers to lose jobs at HP, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday it plans to cut 6,400 more workers — or 2 percent of the company's total work force. The cuts are on top of the 24,600 layoffs HP is doing as part of its huge acquisition of technology services provider Electronic Data Systems, and will come...

Report: students lagging in biosciences, SD

May 19, 2009 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report says the nation's middle and high school students are falling behind in life sciences, and that could leave the country's fast-growing bioscience industry with a shortage of qualified workers.It says students are showing less interest in taking life sciences and...

Sensitive data missing from National Archives

May 19, 2009 2:01 pm | by LARRY MARGASAK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives lost a computer hard drive containing massive amounts of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and Secret Service and White House operating procedures, congressional officials said Tuesday.One of former...

Members Ratify Merger; UFCW 8 Becomes Statewide Voice For Working Californians Business Editors/Labor Writers

May 19, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROSEVILLE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 19, 2009-- Members of UFCW 8-Golden State and members of Southern California UFCW Local 1036 in three counties - Inyo, Mono and Kern - have voted in overwhelming numbers to ratify an agreement to join forces.The ratification vote affirms UFCW 8's standing...

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