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Ranchers tell USDA why they oppose animal ID plan, APFN

May 20, 2009 12:42 am | by SHANNON DININNY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Just 36 percent of ranchers are taking part in a federal program started five years ago to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak.U.S. Department of Agriculture officials found out why Monday, when 75 Western livestock producers gave them an earful during a meeting....

US vice president visits Serbia to boost relations, 1st Ld-Writethru, EU

May 20, 2009 12:42 am | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Serbia on Wednesday to try to patch up relations with the Balkan country despite deep differences over independence for the breakaway Kosovo province.Biden arrived from Bosnia, the first stop in a three-day tour of the Balkans meant...

Japan's April convenience store sales rise 4.3%, up for 12th month+

May 20, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — Japan's convenience store sales in April increased 4.3 percent from a year earlier to 598.01 billion yen on a same-store basis, up for the 12th consecutive month, aided by an increase in the number of customers purchasing cigarettes, the Japan Franchise Association said...

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LEAD: U.N. panel eyes 45% emissions cut for developed nations by 2020+

May 20, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO FROM 4TH GRAF TO BOTTOM)Developed countries as a group should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45 percent by 2020 from 1990 to lead the fight against climate change, according to a negotiating text released by the chair of a U.N. climate change...

Ready for World Games Main Stadium Inauguration Concert Business Editors/Entertainment Editors

May 20, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and the Vienna State Opera Chorus have arrived in Kaohsiung and are preparing for Wednesday's concert to celebrate the opening of the 2009 World Games main stadium.Four soloists from four different...

Toshiba to stop making mobile phones in Japan

May 20, 2009 12:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top chipmaker Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it will end production of mobile phones in Japan due to plummeting demand amid an economic slump.The company said its only domestic plant for mobile phones will halt operations in October. Toshiba's revenue for mobile phone business...

Key 10-year JGB yield rises slightly amid thin trading+

May 20, 2009 12:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese government bond closed a tad higher Wednesday on thin trading amid a lack of fresh cues after data showing a record contraction in Japan's gross domestic product released in the early morning fell within market expectations.In...

BioPartnering China 1.0 und BioEco 2009-Konferenz vom 25. bis 28. Juni Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 20, 2009 12:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SANTA CRUZ, Kalifornien (USA) — (BUSINESS WIRE)--20. Mai 2009-- Die von der Technology Vision Group LLC (TVG) organisierte Konferenz BioPartnering China 1.0 (BPC) bietet zusammen mit der International Conference for Bioeconomy (BioEco) internationalen und chinesischen Biowissenschaftern vier Tagen...

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Ky. governor recruiting biotech companies, KY

May 20, 2009 12:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear is planning to use a three-day biotechnology conference in Atlanta to recruit companies to Kentucky.Beshear is attending the Biotechnology Industry Organization's international convention this week.According to a statement from Beshear's office, the governor...

Officials at Ky. tracks rally for casino gambling, 2nd Ld-Writethru, RAC

May 20, 2009 12:05 am | by JEFFREY McMURRAY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It was a perfect spring afternoon for racing at Churchill Downs, yet the paddock was filled not with horses but Kentucky racetrack executives making a plea to help their struggling industry.Using the backdrop of the Twin Spires on a day races had been canceled in a...

SC health agency: No new swine flu cases, 1st Ld-Writethru, SC

May 20, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say the swine flu virus has tapered off in South Carolina, with no new confirmed cases over the past week.But officials say surveillance will continue because of concerns the virus will return this fall.The Department of Health and Environmental Control...

Milestone Placement in Remote Respiratory Monitoring Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 20, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BOULDER, Colo.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced a key milestone in the continued growth and use of the OxiNet(TM) III remote respiratory monitoring system in U.S. hospitals. With the recent system installation...

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Earn TechAmerica's Top High-Tech Innovation Awards Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

May 20, 2009 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IRVINE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009--Kofax plc (LSE:KFX), the leading provider of Intelligent Capture & Exchange solutions, today announced the company and its Chief Executive Officer earned top honors in two major categories of the 2009 TechAmerica High-Tech Innovation Awards. Kofax...

2ND LD: Court orders ex-U.S. serviceman to pay damages over robbery-murder+

May 19, 2009 11:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YOKOHAMA, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO FROM 4TH GRAF)A Japanese court ordered a former U.S. serviceman to pay 65 million yen (about $680,000) in compensation to relatives of a woman he killed and robbed in January 2006.However, the Yokohama District Court dismissed the relatives' demand that...

Australian doctor uses household drill to save boy, AS

May 19, 2009 11:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A doctor in rural Australia used a handyman's power drill to bore a hole into the skull of a boy with a severe head injury, saving his life.Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike on Friday in the small Victoria state city of Maryborough, hitting his head on the pavement, his...

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