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Easyspine@ Posterior Osteosynthesis System Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

May 19, 2009 9:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TROYES, France & AUSTIN, Texas-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009--LDR, a total spine solution company, announced they obtained approval in Japan to market their Easyspine posterior osteosynthesis system. The Easyspine system was approved by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on March 9,...

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4TH LD: Japan economy suffers worst slump in January-March qtr+

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

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING ECONOMIST COMMENTS IN 10-12TH GRAFS)Japan's economy suffered a record contraction in the first three months of 2009, struck by weakness in both external and domestic demand amid the economic crisis, the government said Wednesday.The Japanese economy, as measured...

Kenosha council on record: No Chrysler shutdown

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

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The Kenosha City Council has unanimously passed a resolution opposing Chrysler's plan to close its engine plant in the city by the end of 2010.The resolution praises the Kenosha workers and says the plant is a vital part of the local economy, providing $43 million in wages and...

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Oil hits six-month high before holiday weekend

May 19, 2009 8:31 pm | by CHRIS KAHN - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices hit a six-month high Wednesday, climbing above $62 a barrel after a government report showed a drop in U.S. oil supplies for the second straight week.Benchmark crude for July delivery rose $1.94 to settle at $62.04 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange before noon....

Melvin wins GOP nomination for Pa. Supreme Court, 4th Ld-Writethru, PA

May 19, 2009 8:31 pm | by PETER JACKSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday tapped Joan Orie Melvin to be their standard-bearer for an open seat on the state Supreme Court this fall, and both major parties settled nomination contests for the other two statewide appellate courts.With 95 percent of precincts...

3RD LD: Indonesian military plane crashes in Java, killing at least 58+

May 19, 2009 8:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

JAKARTA, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: UPDATING WITH ADDITIONAL DETAILS)An Indonesian military plan carrying 112 people crashed Wednesday in East Java Province, killing at least 58 people on board and on the ground, military and hospital officials said.The Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed at 6:20...

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Dollar falls into upper 95 yen zone on dismal U.S. housing, Japan GDP+

May 19, 2009 8:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — The U.S. dollar fell into the upper 95 yen range Wednesday morning in Tokyo on worse-than-expected U.S. housing data, while bleak Japanese gross domestic product data, which was within market expectations, also sparked dollar selling.At noon, the dollar fetched 95.60-65 yen,...

to Help Wireless Customers Save Money by Offering 'Mobile Makeovers' Business Editors/Telecommunications Writers

May 19, 2009 8:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BELLEVUE, Wash.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced today a new campaign dedicated to helping people save money on their wireless service, and unveils a familiar face to inform customers that T-Mobile has "the coverage you need at the price you want."T-Mobile is...

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Obama's financial watchdog plan faces big hurdles

May 19, 2009 8:10 pm | by MARCY GORDON - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is objecting to a plan being weighed by the Obama administration to create a new financial watchdog for consumers that would assume oversight of mutual funds.The SEC chief's split with the administration shows how hard it may be...

Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur I Rocket Carrying TacSat-3 Satellite For U.S. Air Force Business Editors/High-Tech Editors

May 19, 2009 8:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DULLES, Va.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 20, 2009-- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that its Minotaur I rocket successfully launched the Tactical Satellite-3 (TacSat-3) for the U.S. Air Force. The mission originated earlier today from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS)...

HP's profit drops, more layoffs looming, US

May 19, 2009 8:04 pm | by JORDAN ROBERTSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a gauge of how personal computer sales are faring, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s quarterly results clouded the issue rather than provided clarity.HP's profit dropped 17 percent to $1.72 billion and sales fell 3 percent to $27.4 billion in its fiscal second quarter, dragged down by...

AstraZeneca e-mails show debate on Seroquel risks, 4th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 8:04 pm | by LINDA A. JOHNSON - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Marketing executives at British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC for years blocked efforts by company scientists to raise concerns antipsychotic drug Seroquel caused weight gain and other problems, saying that would harm sales, plaintiff lawyers say.They say their claim is backed by...

Democrat claims seat in state Senate runoff, CA

May 19, 2009 7:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Democratic state assemblyman claimed a vacant state Senate seat Tuesday in a three-way runoff that offered little drama or suspense.Curren Price, a former Inglewood councilman in his second term in the Assembly, easily defeated Republican Nachum Shifren and Peace and Freedom...

3RD LD: Japan economy suffers worst slump in January-March qtr+

May 19, 2009 7:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING DETAILS, 4TH LEAD TO FOLLOW)Japan's economy suffered a record contraction in the first three months of 2009, struck by weakness in both external and domestic demand amid the economic crisis, the government said Wednesday.The Japanese economy, as measured by...

California voters reject state spending cap, 5th Ld-Writethru, US

May 19, 2009 7:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters have rejected a ballot measure that would have created a state spending cap while prolonging temporary tax increases.Proposition 1A was the centerpiece of efforts by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state leaders to fix California's ongoing fiscal problems....

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