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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...

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...

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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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Casino winnings fall 7.1 percent in April, LA

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

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Revenue from Louisiana's state licensed casinos fell 7.1 percent in April from March.State police say the 13 riverboats, the downtown New Orleans casino and the four slot casinos at racetracks took in $202.6 million last month. That's down from $218.1 million in March.Last...

NY attorney general sues debt settlement firms, APFN

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

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is suing two debt settlement companies, accusing them of fraudulent business practices and false advertising.Cuomo says CSA-Credit Solutions of America Inc., of Richardson, Texas, and Nationwide Asset Services Inc., of Phoenix, and its...

Iraqis don't jog or spin, but fitness clubs are in, ML

May 19, 2009 8:41 am | by HAMZA HENDAWI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BAGHDAD (AP) — Across a mirrored room from stationary bikes and an occasional treadmill, men in tank tops knock back protein shakes and pump iron to loud hip hop.It's a common scene in America — and the latest craze in Baghdad.In a city of few diversions and long cut off from the outside world, the...

Covanta prices private offer of $400M in notes, APFN

May 19, 2009 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Covanta Holding Corp. on Tuesday priced $400 million in senior notes due 2014.The operator of facilities that turn waste into electricity said it also has granted the initial purchasers for the offering an option to purchase up to an additional $60 million in notes to cover...

$244M cut proposed for Ohio pre-K programs, 2nd Ld-Writethru, OH

May 19, 2009 8:36 am | by STEPHEN MAJORS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Early childhood advocates say planned cuts to Ohio's pre-kindergarten programs will shortchange children at the most critical time in their development, but the Ohio Senate says it simply has no more money to offer.Early childhood education programs, including public preschool...

Abbas swears in new Hamas-free government, 2nd Ld-Writethru, ML

May 19, 2009 8:36 am | by MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday swore in a new government comprised mainly of members of his Fatah Party, but without representation of his bitter rivals from the militant Islamic Hamas group.The move underlines the failure of attempts to bridge differences...

Gov. files disclosure report, LA

May 19, 2009 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's personal financial disclosure report for 2008 shows he earned nearly $120,000 in state salary last year plus income from his final days as a congressman and stock market investments with his wife, Supriya.According to the filing, the Jindals held no other...

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