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INSIDE WASHINGTON: Hired hands for sensitive tasks

May 20, 2009 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EDITOR'S NOTE — An occasional look at how Washington works behind the scenes.By RICHARD LARDNERAssociated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by an internal audit that found troops were issued body armor that failed critical ballistic testing, Army officials canned the private laboratories they'd...

Germany to Google: Erase raw street-level images

May 20, 2009 9:33 am | by MELISSA EDDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — A data protection official for Germany said Wednesday that Google had yet to meet a key request that photos gathered for its panoramic mapping service be erased after they are sent to the United States for processing.Johannes Caspar, the head of the Hamburg regional office for data...

Western Digital to sell facility to Hitachi, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Hard drive maker Western Digital Corp. said Wednesday it agreed to sell a Malaysia manufacturing facility to a unit of Japan's Hitachi Ltd.Financial terms were not disclosed. Western Digital's employees at the facility will become employees of the buyer.The factory makes...

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HL:Optimism returns about economic prospects as steep fall slows@

May 20, 2009 9:32 am | by Julian Beltrame@Associated Press | News | Comments

OTTAWA — The hair-raising plunge in the world and Canadian economies this winter is showing signs of levelling off as new evidence emerged Wednesday pointing to improving conditions.Economic growth is till months away, say economists, but with each "less bad" indicator that is posted, fear of...

Colo considers more oversight of 4-state generator, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:32 am | by JUDITH KOHLER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — A power struggle is brewing as state regulators consider increasing oversight of Colorado's second-largest electricity provider to help the state move toward a clean-energy future.Regulators are taking comments on proposals that range from continuing their hands-off approach to...

Cornell Cos. lowers fiscal 2009 outlook, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Shares of Cornell Cos. slipped on Wednesday, after the correctional facility company lowered its fiscal 2009 profit outlook mostly below Wall Street expectations, expecting a facility to remain empty for the year.Shares slipped $2.57, or 13.6 percent, to $16.32 in afternoon...

7 in NY charged in Craigslist prostitution ring

May 20, 2009 9:32 am | by MARCUS FRANKLIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven New Yorkers were indicted on charges of running a 24-hour prostitution ring on Craigslist as the Web site's CEO struck back to keep South Carolina's attorney general from pursuing criminal charges against the company.Five of the seven New York residents were arrested Wednesday...

HL:The Canadian Press Sports Budget, Wednesday, May 20@

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For questions or suggestions, contact night sports editor Curtis Withers at (416) 507-2154 or sports(at)thecanadianpress.com. General Sports Editor Neil Davidson can be reached at (416) 507-2155 or neil.davidson(at)thecanadianpress.com. All times ET.HOCKEY@PHOENIX@ — Jim Balsillie isn't the only...

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Workers at Obama suit maker pin hopes on new offer, 3rd Ld-Writethru, IL

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by TAMMY WEBBER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A British company said Wednesday that it has made its third and final bid for struggling menswear maker Hartmarx Corp., an offer that would spare the company from liquidation and likely save thousands of jobs.Emerisque Brands did not say how much it was willing to spend,...

NetEase posts higher 1Q profit, revenue, APFN

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — NetEase.com Inc., an Internet and online game services provider in China, said Wednesday its first-quarter profit and revenue jumped sharply, boosted by strong user loyalty for its games and "robust online communities."The quarter's sales, however, were still slightly below Wall...

Available on Apple App Store Business Editors/Golf Writers

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RENO, Nev.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Golfshot, an easy and efficient scorecard app that automatically generates tour quality statistics and allows golfers to share and compare their rounds, will be available on the Apple App Store beginning today.Shotzoom Software, maker of Golfshot, is...

Napolitano: Piracy among Coast Guard's challenges, 3rd Ld-Writethru, CT

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard faces an ever-broadening set of threats, including the rising scourge of piracy, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told graduating cadets at the military branch's academy Wednesday.Napolitano gave the keynote speech at the U.S. Coast Guard...

Thune: reform bill goes too far, 1st Ld-Writethru, SD

May 20, 2009 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican Sen. John Thune says a credit card reform bill that he voted against has some provisions that go too far and might restrict access to credit for millions of American consumers.Thune and fellow South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson were among only five senators who voted...

Chrysler to lay off 992 in Belvidere, US

May 20, 2009 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — Chrysler plans to lay off 992 workers at its Belvidere assembly plant in northern Illinois and convert the plant to a one-shift operation.About 2,600 workers are employed at the Belvidere plant, which assembles Dodge Calibers, Jeep Patriots and Jeep Compasses. It's been idle...

DOJ expands strike forces to target Medicare fraud

May 20, 2009 9:21 am | by KELLI KENNEDY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is multiplying by 10 the number of agents and prosecutors targeting Medicare fraud in Miami, Los Angeles and other strategic cities where officials say tens of billions of dollars are lost each year."We know these strike forces work," Attorney General Eric Holder said at a...

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