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Sector Snap: Apparel retailers results improve, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apparel retailers, who have been steadily slashing inventory, cutting costs and tinkering with merchandise selections amid the consumer spending slowdown, showed improved quarterly results on Thursday, as several beat analyst expectations.Still, all cautioned the environment is...

Rep. Stark recovering, to return to work in June, US

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a month away from the Capitol, Rep. Fortney (Pete) Stark, D-Calif., said Friday he is recovering from pneumonia and intends to return to work in June.Stark, 78, who chairs a key health subcommittee, said he was released from the hospital about a week ago, is resting and...

Fitch Rates Park City, Utah, $13.5MM GO Bonds 'AA'; Outlook Stable Business Editors

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 22, 2009-- Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AA' rating to Park City, Utah's (the city) $13.5 million general obligation (GO) and refunding bonds, series 2009. Fitch also assigns an 'AA' rating the city's $10 million of outstanding series 2008 GO bonds and affirms the...

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SC legislative action for the week, SC

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 18th week of the legislative session:___STIMULUS: First, South Carolina's governor refused to accept federal stimulus money for his state's struggling schools. Then the Republican vetoed a state budget that required him to take it. This week, Gov. Mark Sanford sued his own state's elected...

Feds sending $83M in housing grants to Ohio, OH

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has awarded $83 million in housing grants to Ohio to boost the sagging economy.The Treasury Department announced the grants Friday as part of $330 million in funding to spur economic recovery in Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.The first...

Fitch downgrades First Midwest Bancorp ratings, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Fitch Ratings said Friday it has downgraded the long-term issuer default ratings of First Midwest Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary, First Midwest Bank, citing deteriorating credit quality and expected higher credit costs.The agency also assigned the bank and its holding company a...

Cuba Should Not Be Allowed To Rejoin The Organization Of American States (Oas) Outright, Lugar Says

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Pelosi Statement On President Obama'S Speech On National Security

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Security Of Americans Must Be The Top Priority

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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House Unanimously Approves Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Conference Report

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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NH governor says he will veto any gas tax hike, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by NORMA LOVE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch said Friday he will veto the state budget if it contains a gas tax increase.Lynch said he told legislative leaders he won't accept the 15-cent tax increase passed by the House and under consideration in the Senate. Lynch and lawmakers are at odds...

Lugar Cosponsors Bill Promoting Ag Exports To Cuba

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Initial jobless claims fall in Louisiana, APFN

May 22, 2009 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Initial claims for unemployment compensation in Louisiana fell 19.4 percent last week following the previous week when about 1,100 claims hit the rolls because of the shuttering of the Pilgrim's Pride chicken processing plant in Farmerville, the state Workforce Commission...

Sessions Reacts To President Obama'S Speech Today

May 22, 2009 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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Cardin Praises Obama For Reiterating The Need For Balance And The Rule Of Law While Protecting The American People

May 22, 2009 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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