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Colo.'s first stimulus highway projects start, 3rd Ld-Writethru, CO

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Colorado began spending its $400 million transportation stimulus money on new highway projects Tuesday, starting with a $1.2 million paving project south of Denver.Gov. Bill Ritter attended a groundbreaking ceremony for that project in Littleton as workers began curbing and...

Massey shareholders to vote on board, resolutions, WV

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It's time for Massey Energy shareholders to vote on a pair of environmental measures and the re-election of Ohio State University President Gordon Gee to the Richmond, Va.-based coal producer's board.Massey wants Gee re-elected Tuesday. Environmentalists are pushing him to...

Ahmadinejad accused of trying to buy votes in Iran, 3rd Ld-Writethru, ML

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Opponents of Iran's hard-line president have accused him of trying to buy votes before the June presidential election by handing out checks and free vegetables to the poor.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government has defended the payments, saying the checks for 500,000 and 1 million...

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Miss. casino revenue drops 11.7 percent, MS

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Winnings from gamblers at Mississippi's state-licensed casinos slid 11.7 percent in April from March.But the report from the Mississippi State Tax Commission shows a drop of only 1.6 percent from April 2008.The casinos took in $205.4 million last month, compared with $232.8...

Analysts upgrade Principal Financial; shares rise, 1st Ld-Writethru, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Principal Financial Group Inc. rose Tuesday as two analysts upgraded their ratings on the financial services firm after it completed its second capital raise in recent weeks.Principal Financial shares rose 29 cents to $20.86 in midday trading. Shares of the Des Moines,...

Big changes in store for US credit cardholders, 9th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 8:53 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every American with a credit card will see sweeping changes in the market, with limits on sudden hikes in interest rates that drive consumers deeper into debt. Even cardholders who pay off their balance each month may face new annual fees or lose out on lucrative rewards...

Pentagon: No plans to end don't ask-don't tell, 1st Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 8:48 am | by LARA JAKES - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it has no plans to repeal the don't ask-don't tell policy for gay troops.Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Tuesday that the military's top leaders have only had initial discussions with the White House about whether gay troops should be open about their...

Itron shares soar after DOE decision, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Itron Inc. soared Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Energy boosted the size of grants available under a program aimed at developing a "smart" electric power grid nationwide.Itron, which makes energy meters for utilities, saw shares climb $6.44, or 12.9 percent, to...

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ABC's schedule for the fall TV season, US

May 19, 2009 8:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ABC's prime-time schedule for the fall:Monday8 p.m. — "Dancing With the Stars"10 p.m. — "Castle"Tuesday8 p.m. — "Shark Tank"9 p.m. — "Dancing With the Stars Results"10 p.m. — "The Forgotten"Wednesday8 p.m. — "Hank"8:30 p.m. — "The Middle"9 p.m. — "Modern Family"9:30 p.m. — "Cougar Town"10 p.m. —...

Firm: SoCal home price drops after stable 3 months, 1st Ld-Writethru, CA

May 19, 2009 8:48 am | by JACOB ADELMAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The median home price in Southern California dropped just over 1 percent in April from March after three months of essentially unchanged prices that raised hopes the market decline was nearing bottom, a tracking firm reported Tuesday.The median price paid for homes in a...

Kan. senator seeks to block Guantanamo move funds, 2nd Ld-Writethru, KS

May 19, 2009 8:48 am | by JOHN MILBURN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Sen. Sam Brownback and a growing number of his colleagues are lining up to oppose efforts by the White House to move suspected terrorism detainees to the United States.The concern, members of Congress say, is the potential security threat to Americans if the detainees are moved...

Broader tax base remains a goal, NV

May 19, 2009 8:47 am | by BRENDAN RILEY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford says broadening Nevada's tourist-dependent tax structure remains a major goal for him, but it's taking a back seat to the immediate need to produce a revenue plan to fund a nearly $7 billion state budget."There's the short term...

Merkin to cede control of funds that fed to Madoff

May 19, 2009 8:47 am | by SAMANTHA GROSS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — J. Ezra Merkin, the hedge fund manager who invested billions of dollars of his clients' money with Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff, has agreed to relinquish control of his funds to court-appointed trustees.The attorney general's office had requested the turnover agreement in...

Gains Industry's First WHQL-Certification for a Dedicated Virtual I/O System

May 19, 2009 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Xsigo Systems (http://www.xsigo.com/) , the technology leader in data center I/O virtualization (http://www.xsigo.com/) , today announced that the Microsoft Windows Hardware Qualification Lab (WHQL) has certified the Xsigo I/O Director (http://www.xsigo.com/) , the first such certification issued...

Mich. lawmakers aim to keep auto show in Detroit, MI

May 19, 2009 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Another bid to keep the North American International Auto show at Detroit's Cobo Center beyond 2010 is brewing in the Michigan Legislature.Senate Republicans introduced bills Tuesday to create a regional authority to oversee Cobo and an expansion that could allow the facility...

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