BASEL, Switzerland – BASEL, Switzerland (AP) - Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG says it's produced a first batch of experimental swine flu vaccine.
The vaccine hasn't been tested and cannot be used in humans yet. It was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines.
But because vaccines grown in cells account for less than 5 percent of the world's flu vaccine capacity, Novartis' announcement is unlikely to provide a major boost to the world's pandemic vaccine supply.
LANSING – The Great Lakes Loons beat the Lansing Lugnuts last night 3-2 at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts dropped to 0 and 5 in extra-inning games in 2009, all home games. The Loons and Lugnuts play the third game in their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.
CHICAGO – Scott Podsednik hit an RBI single off Joel Zumaya with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, giving the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 rainy win over the visiting Detroit Tigers.
The start of the game was delayed nearly three hours by showers. The Tigers almost made it an even longer day when Curtis Granderson hit a tying, two-run homer off closer Bobby Jenks with two outs in the top of the ninth.
DETROIT – Mike Babcock is excited about Game 7. Not restless, nervous or anxious.
The Detroit Red Wings coach has every reason to be relaxed and confident. He's the leader of the Stanley Cup champions, who can repeat with one more win at their home rink -- a friendly place where they are 11-1 in the playoffs.
Of course they hoped to wrap up another title Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against the Penguins, but they fell short in a 2-1 loss.
Now they have another chance to reclaim the Cup at home in the deciding game tonight.
DALLAS – A second wave of thunderstorms has swept through north-central Texas. A powerful system ripped shingles from roofs, knocked down trees and left hundreds of thousands in the dark. In west Dallas, reverse 911 calls and firefighters moving door-to-door are urging more than 5,000 households to evacuate because of flooding concerns.
The earlier system broke up by mid-afternoon Thursday after unleashing more than 8 inches of rain in parts of Dallas. The storms canceled some 400 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Southern Poverty Law Center says the suspect in the fatal shooting of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum recently transferred the domain name of his racist Web site to a man in southwestern Michigan.
Records show James von Brunn created www.holywesternempire.org in October 2000.
The hate-crime watchdog group says Steve Reimink acquired the domain name around the first of this month. The group designated it as a hate Web site in 2003.
LANSING, MI – Republican state senators unveiled an education reform plan Thursday that would allow teachers and parents to decide if their local public school is failing. If both agree the school is failing, a charter school would take its place.
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers are trying to come up with a plan to avoid laying off 104 Michigan State Police troopers next month. The layoffs were approved last month by House and Senate budget committees in response to a fiscal crisis.
House and Senate leaders are scrambling to find alternate funding sources for some other way to avert the layoffs.
LANSING, MI – The state Supreme Court has ruled a victim's dying utterances cannot be used to prosecute a man suspected of killing him. The court says the defendant should either get a new trial, or the charges should be dropped.
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses reduced their inventories more than expected in April as they worked to get stockpiles more in line with falling sales.
The Commerce Department says businesses cut inventories 1.1 percent in April, a bit more than the 1 percent drop economists expected. The government also revised the March figure to a drop of 1.3 percent, compared with the 1 percent decline originally reported.
GENEVA – The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic - the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.
The move came Thursday as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.
In a statement sent to member countries, WHO says it decided to raise the pandemic alert level from phase 5 to 6, meaning that a global outbreak of swine flu has begun. The decision was made after the U.N. health agency held an emergency meeting on swine flu with its experts.
BERLIN – German and British economy ministers have met to discuss ways to save General Motors' European assets in case a deal with Canadian parts maker Magna International falls through.
German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told reporters today the government only has a memorandum of understanding from Magna to acquire GM unit Adam Opel -- which includes Britain's Vauxhall. It's still talking with other bidders.
PARIS – Air France's chief executive says he is "not convinced" that faulty speed monitors caused the crash of Flight 447.
Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told journalists on Thursday that replacement external speed monitors - or Pitot tubes - for jet models of the same type as the crashed plane arrived three days before the fatal accident.
Airbus ordered the replacements on April 27 after pilots noted a loss of airspeed data in flight on Airbus A330 and A340 models.