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This Year Could Be a Lot Like Last Year
Investment strategists say the major economic and market trends of 2005 may continue. (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 04:04:49 GMT)

Oregon: State of wrong choices
I f we're fortunate, 2005 will be remembered as the year Oregonians woke up and started asking the right questions. For too many years, we've been fixated on the wrong ones: "What horrible decisions will our leaders make next? Why can't Oregon get back to its glory days? (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 05:05:37 GMT)

Mid Day - City
An advance wish to centenarians Rampyaari Jaiswal, Ichcha Mehta, Dr Mukund Joshi, John Mathias and all Mumbaikars. 'He took away the sole breadwinner of our family. (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 06:00:25 GMT)

This Year Could Be a Lot Like Last Year
Investment strategists say the major economic and market trends of 2005 may continue. (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 08:10:07 GMT)

Nigeria scam grabs dollars of gullible
Wanted: Americans to share in the fabulous wealth of African despot. Must be discreet, willing to fork over thousands of dollars in advance and, above all, gullible. (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 08:10:33 GMT)

City artist to refund Shs18 million GF billboard cash
THE Commission of Inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of the Global Fund (GF) has ordered a city artist to refund Shs18 million advanced to him to make billboards for a local NGO. (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 18:51:44 GMT)

Nigeria scam grabs dollars of gullible
Wanted: Americans to share in the fabulous wealth of African despot. Must be discreet, willing to fork over thousands of dollars in advance and, above all, gullible. (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 19:18:32 GMT)

Dow closes up 18, Nasdaq finishes up 2
Rising oil prices and the return of a bond market anomaly cut into Wall Street's early gains Wednesday, leaving stocks with only a modest advance. (Sun, 01 Jan 2006 22:31:35 GMT)

New lottery rules give more options for selling tickets
BISMARCK, N.D. - Lottery tickets may be used as store discount coupons, sold through drive-up windows and delivered to nursing homes under an assortment of proposed changes to the rules that govern North Dakota's statewide games. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 00:20:34 GMT)

Readers tell their tips for sticking with exercise routines
Whether you take your inspiration from looking at a less-than-perfect physique or from a bet involving cold, hard cash, it's time to gear up your get-in-shape program for 2006. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 00:34:04 GMT)

Seth Davis: Third annual Stock Report
For Hoop Thinkers like us, New Year's Day is an especially festive holiday. This is the week when college hoops begins its second season, also known as conference play. That means ranked teams will actually have to play real games against real opponents, sometimes even away from home. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 04:25:24 GMT)

AGO finds loan company operating illegally on Tinian
The Attorney General's Office has sued two persons for allegedly operating an unlicensed consumer loan company on Tinian that over-charged interest on their customers mostly government employees. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 05:10:34 GMT)

Prosser savors promise of wine industry boon
When Gary Hogue co-founded Hogue Cellars in Prosser in 1982, the state's wine industry was in its infancy, and some local farmers -- including Hogue's father -- were skeptical that grape-growing could be profitable in a state best known for apples, cherries and other traditional crops. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 05:49:57 GMT)

Credit unions intensify payday-lending efforts
Nearly three years after the state Legislature allowed credit unions to begin offering so-called payday loans, they have captured only a sliver of the state's $1 billion industry. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 05:50:57 GMT)

Commander of Sea, Myth and Tea Towel
Roger Knight's huge new biography of Horatio Nelson is so well-provisioned with sources and footnotes that it is hard to quarrel with. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 06:24:52 GMT)

NORTH DAKOTA: Lottery may get more options
BISMARCK - Lottery tickets may be used as store discount coupons, sold through drive-up windows and delivered to nursing homes under proposed changes to rules that govern North Dakota's statewide games. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 09:21:24 GMT)

Developers offering a new kind of suite deal with condo-hotels
The first near-Strip condo-hotels are scheduled to open in the first half of 2006, bringing a new hotel concept to Las Vegas. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:09:47 GMT)

New lottery rules give more options for selling tickets
Lottery tickets may be used as store discount coupons, sold through drive-up windows and delivered to nursing homes under an assortment of proposed changes to the rules that govern North Dakota's statewide games. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 18:12:46 GMT)

Cash Boost for Disabled Home Scheme
A CHARITY which helps vulnerable people in Worcestershire live in their own homes hopes to treble its number of residents. (Mon, 02 Jan 2006 19:23:20 GMT)

HK Bourse: Press Release from Chinese Estates Hldgs -7
CHINESE ESTATES HOLDINGS LIMITED (Incorporated in Bermuda with limited liability) (Stock Code: 127) (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 01:57:00 GMT)

Waiting for a breakout
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The past seven weeks were frustrating for bulls and bears alike, as the stock market went nowhere. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 05:02:06 GMT)

Europe stocks advance, led by oil and gas companies
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European markets stock markets advanced on Tuesday, helped by oil and gas companies after crude oil futures held above $61 a barrel and as employment grew in Germany, Europe's largest economy. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 09:16:46 GMT)

Ban all campaign cash from state lobbyists
When lawmakers gather in Nashville next Tuesday to convene the special session on legislative ethics, one issue that should be at the top of the list is banning campaign contributions from registered lobbyists. A ban on campaign contributions is long overdue. What's at issue here isn't free speech. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 11:14:14 GMT)

Fiscal carnage
When the General Assembly welcomed into Virginia lenders that target the poor, it opened a Pandora's box. And out leapt some ugly, dangerous practices that have since proliferated, preying on the poor and dampening, for many, the hope of success in the precarious climb out of poverty. It's up to the General Assembly to try to stuff as many of the vile things as possible back into the box, and (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 11:50:59 GMT)

Europe stocks advance, led by oil and gas companies
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- European stock markets advanced on Tuesday, helped by oil and gas companies after crude oil futures held above $61 a barrel and as German employment and European manufacturing figures proved better than expected. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 12:37:27 GMT)

InterMune Completes Divestiture of Infergen(R) for up to $135.5 Million in Cash
InterMune, Inc. announced today the completion of the sale of its United States and Canadian rights to Infergen® , approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infections, to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International . (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 13:30:00 GMT)

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas: Sixteen New Year's Resolutions You Don't Want to Keep
DALLAS----Jan. 3, 2006--While gearing up for the New Year, a lot of us make resolutions to improve our finances. However, most of those resolutions are forgotten, or are simply unmet because of holiday expenses. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 14:01:00 GMT)

South Florida show
Coastal Championship Wrestling is 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at the West Miami Rec Center, 1700 SW 62nd Ave. CCW Title: Bruno Sassi (champ) vs. Dok Rivers. Blackhart managed by Seth Gregg vs. The Real Deal Kenny Thiessen. Latin Sensation Ricky Vega vs. Shane McLane. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 15:19:57 GMT)

InterMune Completes Divestiture of Infergen(R) for Up to $135.5 Million in Cash
BRISBANE, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- InterMune, Inc. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 15:38:30 GMT)

European Stocks Rise, Led by UBS, Vodafone on Economy; BP Gains
Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- European stocks rose after reports on the region's manufacturing and German unemployment pointed to faster economic growth. UBS AG, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Vodafone Group Plc paced the advance. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 16:51:43 GMT)

European Stocks Rise, Led by UBS, Vodafone on Economy; BP Gains
Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- European stocks had their biggest gain in almost three weeks after reports on the region's manufacturing and German unemployment pointed to faster economic growth. UBS AG, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Vodafone Group Plc paced the advance. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 17:51:43 GMT)

Avanir scores $5 million milestone payment
Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AMEX: AVN, News) announced Tuesday that a Phase I study has been initiated in partnership with AstraZeneca UK Ltd. to evaluate the human safety of AZD2479, a compound under development as a reverse cholesterol transport enhancer. (Tue, 03 Jan 2006 18:39:43 GMT)

Take Profit Or Sell? Stock Action, Market Condition Are Big Factors
When your gains start to slip away, investors have a natural instinct to sell and cash in even a small profit. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT)

Luminent Mortgage Capital to Recognize Q4 Non-cash Impairment Charge on Spread Portfolio Assets in Advance of Portfolio
Beginning in the first quarter of 2006, Luminent intends to reposition its Spread Portfolio assets in order to improve profitability and dividend paying capacity. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 01:22:00 GMT)

Moldovan and Ukrainian presidents' joint declaration on situation in gas sector addressed to EU structures
On 1 January 2006, the Russian side reduced the volume of gas supplied to Ukraine, and completely stopped gas deliveries to Moldova. Although the conditions of Russian gas delivery to Ukraine and Moldova are fundamentally different, we consider, that it is impossible not to notice behind the Russian side's actions a scenario of energy pressure and blackmail, planned in advance, which is aimed at (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 06:21:01 GMT)

London afternoon: FTSE steady above 5,700
Expectations of slim losses in the US and a weak tobacco sector capped London's advance, with shares stuck in a tight range since mid morning, although Next remains well ahead. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 13:50:05 GMT)

09:40 ET Dow -2.00 Nasdaq +3.63 S&P -0.80
[BRIEFING.COM] As futures trade had foretold, the cash market started Wednesday's session in subdued fashion. There are few drivers to catalyze spirited action on either side of the aisle, and investors are sticking near the sidelines following yesterday's broad-based, Fed-induced afternoon rally. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 14:50:30 GMT)

Wednesday Jan 04, 2006
DAMARISCOTTA (Jan 4): Senior Spectrum’s Coastal Community Center located in the Overlook Building, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta will host its weekly Social Lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Following the social lunch Annette Russell, Financial Planner at Union Trust, will present ways to create a budget to manage debt and increase cash flow as well as determine and (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 15:58:30 GMT)

December 3, 2005 (Saturday):
Predictable as Ever? From my review of Aeon Flux : "I'll never understand why studios sometimes choose to withhold films from critics. The lack of advance screenings of Aeon Flux establishes an expectation that the film is likely to be tough to sit through. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 17:30:05 GMT)

Shreveport/Bossier Top Stories
Wednesday. January 4th The same man is believed responsible for holdups of three supermarket banks and two loan stores in Shreveport-Bossier City in the past three weeks. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 20:23:28 GMT)

Two people who pleaded no contest in money scheme were scammed themselves
MARTINEZ, Calif. - Two people who convinced friends and family to invest about $370,000 in an overseas cash scheme apparently also were victimized in the scam, prosecutors said. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 20:34:40 GMT)

Gift Card Accounting Scuffle
The rumblings over gift card sales and accounting continue to grow. The recent hubbub began after Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection Best Buy (NYSE: BBY - News) announced earnings that met expectations, but included a $0.04-per-share benefit by recognizing revenue on unused gift cards. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 20:58:07 GMT)

Cash Systems, Inc. to Present at the 8th Annual ICR XChange Investor Conference
LAS VEGAS----Jan. 4, 2006--Cash Systems, Inc. , a provider of cash access solutions for the gaming industry, today announced that the company will present at the 8th Annual ICR XChange Investor Conference in Naples, Florida, on January 13, 2006 at 9:15 a.m. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 21:01:00 GMT)

Inside the Underground Economy of Computer Gaming
A glimpse at the holiday sales of games and consoles reveals a robust and quickly growing market, but for some players and companies, money is being made far from the register's ring. (Wed, 04 Jan 2006 21:18:21 GMT)

Giants of yesteryear left helpless before advance of the Stamford Bridge colossus
All eras end, be they political, cultural or sporting, but it is not always obvious at the time. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 00:24:18 GMT)

Governor recommends funding to boost senior benefits
Gov. Matt Blunt and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced Wednesday their recommendation for a million-dollar increase in state funding to benefit low-income Missouri seniors. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 01:57:25 GMT)

Gates takes wraps off Windows Vista
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates took the wraps off its next-generation operating system known as Windows Vista on Wednesday, displaying features aimed at positioning the software giant as the entertainment hub for a future of digitally connected homes. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 02:49:06 GMT)

Man, 46, arrested on battery charge
Authorities say he grabbed an employee's hair after she refused to give him money at First American Cash Advance. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 07:11:56 GMT)

30 EASY WAY TO STASH YOUR CASH
WITH only bills and a still-smouldering credit card to show for the festive spending spree, most of us will be tightening our belts. One in three who splashed out in the post-Christmas sales will still be paying for their impulse purchases in March. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 09:17:59 GMT)

Gates takes wraps off Windows Vista
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took the wraps off its next-generation operating system known as Windows Vista on Wednesday, displaying features aimed at positioning the software giant as the entertainment hub for a future of digitally connected homes. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 09:55:40 GMT)

Lawmakers returning dubious cash
WASHINGTON - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning got $1,000 from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty this week to defrauding Indian tribes out of millions of dollars, while six other current and former Cincinnati lawmakers got more than $50,000 from the tribes Abramoff represented. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 10:43:23 GMT)

Most Asian Markets Advance
Most Asian markets advanced Thursday, partly boosted by overnight gains on Wall Street. Philippine stocks climbed to a 10-month high, while shares in Singapore and Japan closed higher than they have in more than five years. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 11:08:55 GMT)

Governor recommends funding to boost senior benefits
Gov. Matt Blunt and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced Wednesday their recommendation for a million-dollar increase in state funding to benefit low-income Missouri seniors. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 11:27:35 GMT)

NRG Energy, Inc. Provides Business Updates and Combined Company Guidance in Advance of its Financing Launch for the
PRINCETON, N.J.----Jan. 5, 2006--NRG Energy, Inc. provided financial, operational and strategic updates in advance of its launch of the financing for its pending acquisition of Texas Genco LLC . (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 11:53:00 GMT)

Most Asian markets advance
JAN. 5 6:08 A.M. ET Most Asian markets advanced Thursday, partly boosted by overnight gains on Wall Street. Philippine stocks climbed to a 10-month high, while shares in Singapore and Japan closed higher than they have in more than five years. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 12:02:48 GMT)

Most Asian Markets Advance
Most Asian markets advanced Thursday, partly boosted by overnight gains on Wall Street. Philippine stocks climbed to a 10-month high, while shares in Singapore and Japan closed higher than they have in more than five years. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 12:11:11 GMT)

Qualcomm buys Berkana for $56 million
LONDON — Mobile phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. has acquired Berkana Wireless Inc., a fabless vendor of radio frequency circuits made using CMOS manufacturing process technology, for $56 million in cash. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 13:25:27 GMT)

Marshal gets $115,000 in suit
A Las Vegas Municipal Court marshal who filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment is apparently settling with the city for cash and contributions to her retirement plan worth $115,000. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 16:39:46 GMT)

Qualcomm absorbs Berkana Wireless in $56 million deal
Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM, News) announced Thursday that the company has acquired Berkana Wireless Inc., a Silicon Valley-based fabless semiconductor company, for about $56 million in cash. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 16:53:56 GMT)

Trust the Black Box
Sucker! Jerry Cornelius [ Tuesday 2006-01-03 4:48 PM ] As someone who writes a fair amount of computer code, it was with some trepidation that I cast my early vote in the 2004 election using a “black box” voting machine--a PC, basically, preloaded with proprietary vote-tallying software. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 17:12:00 GMT)

Lawmakers returning dubious cash
WASHINGTON - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning got $1,000 from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty this week to defrauding Indian tribes out of millions of dollars, while six other current and former Cincinnati lawmakers got more than $50,000 from the tribes Abramoff represented. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 17:15:55 GMT)

Australian Dollar Heads for Weekly Rise on Interest-Rate Margin
Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The Australian dollar headed for its biggest weekly advance since June as investors bet the country's interest-rate advantage over the U.S. won't shrink anytime soon. (Thu, 05 Jan 2006 22:11:17 GMT)

Australian Dollar Heads for Weekly Gain on Interest-Rate Margin
Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The Australian dollar headed for its biggest weekly advance since June as investors bet the country's interest-rate advantage will hold. (Fri, 06 Jan 2006 04:41:17 GMT)

Cash infusion arrives for flood control work
Congress has given the Army Corps of Engineers an extra $225 million -- eight times the annual appropriation before Hurricane Katrina -- to expedite flood control work in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. (Fri, 06 Jan 2006 07:15:11 GMT)

Auditor claims health authority running out of cash
The Audit Commission has warned that one of the countries largest health authorities is so far in debt that it could run out of cash. (Fri, 06 Jan 2006 11:01:35 GMT)

Global Cash Access Expands Caribbean Market Presence by Signing Agreements with Six Gaming Establishments
LAS VEGAS----Jan. 6, 2006--Global Cash Access , a leading provider of cash access products and related services to the gaming industry, recently signed or renewed contracts with six gaming establishments in the Caribbean region. (Fri, 06 Jan 2006 13:30:00 GMT)

Armed robbery suspect remains on the loose
GRAFTON - Police are still searching this week for a man suspected in the armed robbery of the Advance Paychecks store on Wisconsin Avenue last Tuesday morning. (Fri, 06 Jan 2006 15:10:02 GMT)

European stock markets finish higher
JAN. 6 1:28 P.M. ET Major European markets touched new highs Friday after an advance in the technology sector and on jobless data from the U.S. that didn't stoke inflationary concerns. (Fri, 06 Jan 2006 23:03:08 GMT)

Businesses focus on transportation
V irginia's business community says the state's economy must move into the future on a better transportation system. Securing better roads, railroads, mass transit and transportation of all kinds is at or near the top of most groups' legislative wish list. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 01:53:10 GMT)

Here Comes the Baby, and an Itch to Overbuy
Often, the requirements in baby gear are more modest than the expectations. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 02:12:52 GMT)

Speed dating comes to Maymont
Haven't found that special someone to share your Valentine's Day with? Maymont's park-like setting might be the perfect place to find your match. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 03:58:30 GMT)

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE PERSONAL PROPERTY CONSISTING OF MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS WILL BE SOLD FOR CASH AT PUBLIC SALE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2006 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE ADDRESS BELOW TO SATISFY OWNER'S LIEN DUE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTES 83.806. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 05:17:12 GMT)

Business Calendar
To submit items: Send Sunday business calendar events to The Oregonian Business News Department no later than 17 days before the event. Fax: 503-294-4079; e-mail: money@news.oregonian.com. Only events sponsored by nonprofit organizations will be printed. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 05:20:54 GMT)

High living costs help perpetuate poverty
DELRAY BEACH — On payday, Megan Adams usually left work too late to reach the bank before it closed. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 05:48:28 GMT)

My opinion Jim Kiser: Legislative wishes: I've got a few
The Arizona Legislature convenes Monday, so here is my idiosyncratic but short legislative wish list: (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 10:28:15 GMT)

Post-holiday getaways
You made it through the holidays, and we think you deserve a vacation. One without in-laws or stressful last-minute shopping trips, just fun and sun and the people you love. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 12:12:53 GMT)

Corporations to the rescue
NEW YORK - The killer tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes of the past year have led to more aid from U.S. companies, which are increasingly reaching out to donate money and supplies and provide expertise, training and services. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 13:57:22 GMT)

Local lawmakers plan a slew of proposals
SIERRA VISTA — The hopper will be full of proposed bills when the Arizona Legislature goes into session on Monday. During the 2005 session, 1,311 bills were proposed, with 334 making it into law. (Sun, 08 Jan 2006 16:15:27 GMT)

E-cash replaces revenue stamps
Doha: Visa issuance and renewal fee can now be paid using a credit or ATM card since the revenue stamps have been done away with by the immigration department from January 1 this year. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 01:05:07 GMT)

Australian Dollar May Weaken as Retail Sales Unexpectedly Drop
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Australian dollar may weaken after a government report showed retail sales unexpectedly declined in November. A drop in retail sales reinforces expectations the Reserve Bank of Australia will keep interest rates unchanged, as it has done since March. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 02:11:17 GMT)

Lewis contributes at both ends, Leeds ties Wigan 1-1 in FA Cup.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.) and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.) SoccerTimes (Sunday, January 8, 2006) -- United States midfielder Eddie Lewis made a key defensive play early in the second half and his corner kick led to a late equalizer that allowed Leeds United to stay alive in the FA Cup. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 02:56:23 GMT)

Accident reminder of safety
natchez —The death of a Monterey youth in an ATV accident serves as reminder of the dangers associated with the popular off-road vehicles. And though there are many rules, warnings and opportunities for training, industry and government officials are looking at ways to make ATV riding safer. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 04:19:40 GMT)

BP, European Energy Stocks May Rebound as Oil Prices Recover
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- European energy stocks may regain their standing as market leaders as crude-oil prices sustain most of the past year's record-setting rally. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 04:19:48 GMT)

Buyout Firm Onex, Steelmaker Stelco: Canadian Equity Preview
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in the Canadian market today. This preview includes news that broke after markets closed Jan. 6. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the close. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 05:08:40 GMT)

Chain of tire stores offers traction for employees eager to move ahead
T en years ago, straight out of college, Joe Rector abandoned plans to become a high school teacher and coach. Instead, he went to work changing tires for Les Schwab. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 05:21:56 GMT)

Equity Trading, Hottest Wall Street Money Maker, May Climb 15%
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The worst year for U.S. stocks since 2002 was far from a bust for Wall Street's biggest firms. They're making more money from equity trading than ever before, feeding hedge fund demand for derivatives and expanding in Europe and Asia to tap better returns. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 05:41:47 GMT)

Australian Dollar Weakens as Retail Sales Unexpectedly Decline
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Australian dollar weakened as a government report showed retail sales unexpectedly declined in November, reinforcing speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will keep interest rates unchanged. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 06:26:37 GMT)

E-cash replaces revenue stamps - Qatar
E-cash replaces revenue stamps - Qatar (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 06:42:28 GMT)

Payday loan rates blasted
THE State Government has been accused of dragging its feet over plans to outlaw exorbitant interest rates charged to financially desperate people by so-called payday lenders. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 07:05:14 GMT)

PRESS RELEASE: Moody's Affirms Advance Agro B3 Bond Rating
Moody's Affirms Advance Agro's B3 Bond Rating; Outlook Stable (MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires January 09, 2006 02:34 ET (07:34 GMT) Copyright (c) 2006 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Moody's Affirms Advance Agro's B3 Bond; Outlook Stable (MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires January 09, 2006 02:36 ET (07:36 GMT) Copyright (c) 2006 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Moody's Affirms Advance (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 07:40:00 GMT)

Young's Mother Calls His Signals
Vince Young, who announced Sunday that he would make himself available for the NFL draft, had said he would do whatever his mother told him to do. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 08:15:59 GMT)

Monday's Asian Markets: Stocks Rise to 10-Year Highs; Yen Gains
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks climbed to their highest in almost 10 years as commodity prices rose. The yen gained against the both dollar and the euro. Australia's dollar fell. Japan's financial markets were closed for a holiday. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 09:31:22 GMT)

Payday lenders fill a needed void
Novelda Sommer's article on payday lending, "Squeezed in a pinch" (Dec. 21), failed to mention a few key facts. First, payday advance customers are not "unbanked"; they must have a bank account in order to complete a payday advance transaction. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 09:35:38 GMT)

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Are Little Changed; GM Shares Advance
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stock-index futures were little changed before companies such as Alcoa Inc. and Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. report results this week, kicking off the fourth-quarter earnings season. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 11:24:27 GMT)

U.S. Stock-Index Futures Are Little Changed; GM Shares Advance
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stock-index futures were little changed before companies such as Alcoa Inc. and Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. report results this week, kicking off the fourth-quarter earnings season. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 12:09:27 GMT)

Transfer request stands
Axed keeper Mark Schwarzer is insisting he will not be going back on his decision to leave the club. The Aussie international has told reporters Down Under that the time has come to move away from the Boro. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 13:02:02 GMT)

AirIQ, Onex, Ritchie Bros., Stelco: Canadian Equity Preview
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in the Canadian market today. This preview includes news that broke after markets closed Jan. 6. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names and prices are from the close. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 13:08:57 GMT)

London afternoon: HSBC leads FTSE advance
London looked steady ahead of the US open despite expectations of a slight dip on Wall Street following Friday's rally as broker comment kept HSBC and ICI out in front. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 13:55:06 GMT)

Equity Trading, Hottest on Wall Street, May Rise 15% (Update1)
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The worst year for U.S. stocks since 2002 was far from a bust for Wall Street's biggest firms. They're making more money from equity trading than ever before, feeding hedge fund demand for derivatives and expanding in Europe and Asia to tap better returns. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 14:24:37 GMT)

Boro draw Coventry in Cup
Boro will make their first ever appearance at Coventry's Ricoh Arena in the fourth round of the FA Cup if they overcome Nuneaton Borough in next week's third round replay replay. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 14:29:01 GMT)

Canadian Raw-Material Stocks Climb; S&P/TSX Is Little Changed
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian raw-material stocks including Teck Cominco Ltd. rose as zinc prices reached a record. A drop in telecommunications shares including Rogers Communications Inc. left the Standard & Poor's/TSX Composite Index little changed from an all-time high reached last week. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 16:08:40 GMT)

Alnylam Announces Product and Business Goals for 2006; Aims to Advance RNAi Therapeutic Clinical Pipeline, Execute on
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY), a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today its product and business goals for 2006, including financial guidance. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 16:08:59 GMT)

Canadian Raw-Material Stocks Climb; S&P/TSX Is Little Changed
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian raw-material producers including Teck Cominco Ltd. and Inco Ltd. advanced as zinc and copper prices reached all-time highs. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 17:08:40 GMT)

In case you missed it ...
Christmas is but a distant memory to most, but some Southern Nevadans received a late present. On Jan. 5, Clark County Credit Union split more than $12 million in annual dividends with its members, more than double CCCU's $5 million payout last year. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 18:11:14 GMT)

Canadian Raw-Material Stocks Rise; Teck Cominco, Inco Advance
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian raw-material producers including Teck Cominco Ltd. and Inco Ltd. advanced as zinc and copper prices reached all-time highs and nickel futures surged. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 19:38:40 GMT)

Michael's Dr. Dolittle Wants Payday
The King of Pop is getting sued by the king of his jungle. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 19:54:00 GMT)

Career Track Live
Washington Post columnist Mary Ellen Slayter comes online twice a month to answer your questions about getting ahead in your career. (Mon, 09 Jan 2006 20:49:15 GMT)

Credit Unions' Help for Low-Income Tax Filers Is Part of Larger Effort to Offer Alternatives to Predatory Financial
Wisconsin credit unions are hoping that their help for low-income tax filers this year will flow more "unbanked" Wisconsin consumers into the financial mainstream, where they will receive fairer pricing for services and -- beyond that -- help to gain a stronger financial footing. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 00:32:00 GMT)

Payday loan company to pay back former customers
People who paid exorbitant interest rates to a payday loan company could be in for a refund worth hundreds of dollars after a class-action lawsuit was settled between Instaloans and its clients. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 00:50:30 GMT)

Court rules in Algoma's favour, leaves date for shareholder meeting unchanged
TORONTO (CP) - A Toronto judge has dismissed a lawsuit from Algoma Steel's (TSX:AGA) biggest shareholder, saying the company does not need to fast-track a meeting at which its shareholders will vote on replacing the board. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 01:14:00 GMT)

Celera Genomics Acquires Full Ownership of Celera Diagnostics Joint Venture; Celera Genomics to Partner or Sell Small
Strategy to Reduce Cash Burn Substantially and Accelerate Move to Profitability; Conference Call at 10 a.m. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 04:30:56 GMT)

Local investment advisers welcome market’s advance
The Dow Industrials closed above 11,000 points Monday, but you would have been hard-pressed to find an obvious celebration among investment advisers in Grand Junction. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 06:09:39 GMT)

CRISIL assigns highest rating to ICICI Bank's securitisation program
CRISIL has assigned highest credit opinions, equivalent to a ‘CRISIL AAA (so)’ rating, to contributions received by the trust under the securitisation programme of ICICI Bank. The provisional credit opinions are based on the strength of the credit quality of the pool cash flows, ICICI Bank’s origination and servicing capabilities, the credit enhancement mechanism, the liquidity support mechanism, (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 10:50:55 GMT)

World news
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A Dutch company is selling replica Nazi helmets bearing pro-Dutch slogans in an early attempt to cash in on German-Dutch rivalry going into this summer's World Cup in Germany. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 13:14:39 GMT)

It's Hunting Season for Identity Thieves
H&R Block (NYSE: HRB - News) sent out an unwelcome promotional gift over the holidays -- free tax preparation software. The objectionable surprise wasn't the contents of the box; it's what was printed on the mailing label. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 13:51:16 GMT)

It's Hunting Season for Identity Thieves
The annual drive for potential fraud victims is on, and your mailbox is filling up with bait. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 13:51:16 GMT)

Payday loan company to pay back former customers
A payday loan company at the centre of a class-action lawsuit will repay more than $1 million to thousands of clients who were charged upwards of 60 per cent in interest and fees for some short-term loans. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:32:09 GMT)

OSS CEO Outlines Directions for Information Operations and Open Source Intelligence in Advance of Global Conference
Robert David STEELE Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, the principal international proponent for Open Source Intelligence since 1988, a period of eighteen years, outlined today the anticipated directions for Information Operations and OSINT, in advance of the international conference on these topics and on Peacekeeping Intelligence , taking place 16-20 January 2006. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:35:00 GMT)

Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Calls for a Mid-Cycle Stock Market Correction in 2006 before the Bull Market Resumes;
Depending on the degree to which earnings slow, the dollar declines, corporations and individuals put cash to work and a variety of other factors, we can envision a scenario where the markets experience a decline and then rebound to finish the year in the black, according to Robert Doll, president and chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch ( Nachrichten / Aktienkurs ) Investment Managers. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:39:20 GMT)

Dutch company selling orange plastic Nazi helmets
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch company is selling replica Nazi helmets bearing pro-Dutch slogans in an early attempt to cash in on German-Dutch rivalry going into this summer's World Cup in Germany. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 16:26:07 GMT)

Global Cash Access Products Used at New South Coast Hotel and Casino
LAS VEGAS----Jan. 10, 2006--South Coast Hotel and Casino, which opened in December and is located six miles south of Tropicana on Las Vegas Boulevard, has signed a contract to use the products and services of Global Cash Access , a leading provider of cash access products and related services to the gaming industry. (Tue, 10 Jan 2006 18:41:00 GMT)

Connetics Acquires PediaMed Sales Organization; Enters Pediatric Market With 80 Sales Territories; Announces Year-End
Connetics Corporation (Nasdaq:CNCT), a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes dermatology products, today announced it will acquire the sales organization of PediaMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company, for $12.5 million in cash. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 00:29:05 GMT)

In case you missed it ...
Christmas is but a distant memory to most, but some Southern Nevadans received a late present. On Jan. 5, Clark County Credit Union split more than $12 million in annual dividends with its members, more than double CCCU's $5 million payout last year. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 01:56:54 GMT)

P&O battle intensifies
Dubai Ports' $5.8bn takeover of British firm P&O is in doubt after a higher bid from Singapore rival PSA International. P&O says it has received a bid approach from PSA at 470 pence a unit in cash. Dubai Ports' offer is 443 pence a share. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 03:27:27 GMT)

Midwest meets cash flow goal
Midwest Air Group Inc. ended 2005 with lower fuel prices and more passengers, two trends that helped the Oak Creek-based company meet its cash flow goals for the year, a company executive said Tuesday. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 04:54:01 GMT)

Lenders cash in
Sebastian Straub, an admittance clerk at Denver Health Medical Center, waits outside Paycheck Loans, 1520 Stout St. in Denver, on Tuesday. Straub took out a $200 loan, paying $40 in interest, to tide him over until his next payday in a week and a half. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 07:19:14 GMT)

iWon Money & Investing
08:31 ET [BRIEFING.COM] S&P futures vs fair value: +0.6. Nasdaq futures vs fair value: +2.0. The cash market remains poised to start the session slightly higher. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 13:50:35 GMT)

Qualcomm Lands Berkana Wireless
Wireless networking giant Qualcomm ( Quote , Chart ) has acquired Berkana Wireless, a fabless vendor of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) made using CMOS manufacturing process technology, for $56 million in cash, the companies said. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 13:52:14 GMT)

President's Cup at Fairlanes
IT'S all systems go for the Sunday Bowlers Club (SBC) President's Cup on January 24 at the Fairlanes Bowling Center. Re-elected president Emie Orteza, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao, said the bowlfest will be an open competition that stakes a total of P25,000 as cash prizes. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 16:14:50 GMT)

European Stocks Advance, Paced by P&O, LSE, Mining Companies
Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- European stocks resumed their New Year's rally as takeover speculation boosted companies including Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., London Stock Exchange Plc and Serono SA. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 17:00:07 GMT)

Cash returns for new accounts
HSBC has launched a new campaign to attract savers by paying out interest in advance on the same day accounts are opened. The campaign, which runs until the end of March, is for deposits of over 300,000 baht, with fixed terms of between three to 24 months. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 20:08:41 GMT)

Chairman refuses records request
Jan 11, 2006: The chairman of the Oklahoma Consumer Credit Commission refused to release documents on Wednesday to a former board member, openly bucking legal advice from an assistant state attorney. (Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:11:00 GMT)

In case you missed it ...
Christmas is but a distant memory to most, but some Southern Nevadans received a late present. On Jan. 5, Clark County Credit Union split more than $12 million in annual dividends with its members, more than double CCCU's $5 million payout last year. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 00:41:14 GMT)

Japan's Bonds Advance After Yields at Two-Week High Spur Buying
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's 10-year government bonds rose as investors said yields near a two-week high were attractive after an auction of the debt met the highest demand since June. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 03:01:22 GMT)

Witnesses call for lending limits
SALEM -- Church leaders and consumer advocates urged legislators Wednesday to crack down on Oregon's booming payday lending industry, which charges soaring interests rates on short-term loans. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 05:01:28 GMT)

Japan's Bonds Advance After Yields at Two-Week High Spur Buying
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's 10-year government bonds rose as some investors said the highest demand at an auction since June suggested debt was worth buying with yields at a two-week high. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 06:46:22 GMT)

Japan's Bonds Advance After Yields at Two-Week High Spur Buying
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's 10-year government bonds rose as some investors bet the highest demand at an auction since June suggested debt was worth buying with yields at a two- week high. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:01:22 GMT)

Payday-loan businesses still operate
Businesses that loan consumers money until payday continue to operate in North Carolina despite a ruling condemning their business practices by the state's leading banking official. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:04:25 GMT)

Payday-loan businesses still operate
The N.C. banking commissioner's order to close applies only to Advance America, other lenders say. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:14:32 GMT)

Witnesses call for lending limits
SALEM -- Church leaders and consumer advocates urged legislators Wednesday to crack down on Oregon's booming payday lending industry, which charges soaring interests rates on short-term loans. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:21:21 GMT)

Japan's 20-Year Bonds Advance, Pushing Yield to Six-Month Low
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japanese 20-year government bonds gained, pushing yields to six-month low, as investors snapped up securities using money allocated for the final quarter of the fiscal year that ends in March. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 09:16:22 GMT)

Japan's 20-Year Bonds Advance, Pushing Yield to Six-Month Low
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Japanese 20-year government bonds rose, pushing yields to a six-month low, as investors snapped up securities using money allocated for the final quarter of the fiscal year that ends in March. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 10:31:22 GMT)

Woman Robbed At Knifepoint
A woman in Steubenville got quite a scare on her way out of work Wednesday. It happened at the National Cash Advance in the North Hollywood Plaza. A man approached her with a knife as she was leaving work. The woman was on her way to the bank with several money bags. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 13:32:18 GMT)

Backing off after the run
Stocks slipped Thursday morning, with investors using higher oil prices as an incentive to cash out of the recent rally. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 14:55:59 GMT)

Money Centers of America Helps Casino Operators Insource Cash Access With Introduction of OnSwitch(TM)
At the Western Indian Gaming Conference today, Money Centers of America introduced OnSwitch, a turnkey software solution that lets casino operators insource cash access operations such as ATM, cash advance, POS debit, retail merchant card processing, automated ticket redemption, and player's club redemptions. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 15:12:00 GMT)

Hooters Casino Hotel to Open with Global Cash Access Products and Services
LAS VEGAS----Jan. 12, 2006--The world's first Hooters Casino Hotel, a new 30,000-square-foot casino and hotel officially opening in February 2006, has signed a multi-year agreement to use the products and services of Global Cash Access , a leading provider of cash access products and related services to the gaming industry. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:08:00 GMT)

German Stocks Advance; E.ON, RWE, Munich Re Shares Pace Gains
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- German stocks rose, led by utilities E.ON AG and RWE AG. Munich Re shares advanced, extending gains from yesterday, when Citigroup Inc. raised the share-price estimate. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:29:50 GMT)

European Stocks Extend 2006 Rally; BP, Total, Rio Tinto Advance
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- European stocks extended their 2006 rally as oil reached a three-month high, lifting the earnings outlook for energy producers such as BP Plc and Total SA. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:59:57 GMT)

N.C. Banking Commission Shuts Down Payday Lenders
GREENSBORO, N.C. (NNPA) - North Carolina residents received an early Christmas present from State Commissioner of Banks Joseph Smith. (Thu, 12 Jan 2006 23:17:55 GMT)

Japan's Bonds May Advance on Concern Yen Gain to Keep Rates Low
Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's government bonds may rise on speculation gains in the yen against the dollar this month may prompt the central bank to hold off shifting monetary policy. (Fri, 13 Jan 2006 00:31:32 GMT)

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