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Ford, Dow Chemical execs plan national summit

Posted: 09/22/2008 - The leaders of two global companies say a convention on the future of manufacturing, technology, energy and the environment could help fuel a national plan to overcome industrial and economic upheavals.

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Woman whose dogs mauled neighbor gets 15 to life

Posted: 09/22/2008 - A judge has sentenced a dog owner to 15 years to life in prison, seven years after her canines fatally mauled her neighbor in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood.

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Gov. contractor pleads guilty to passport snooping

Posted: 09/22/2008 - A State Department contractor has pleaded guilty to illegally looking at the passport information of nearly 200 celebrities, athletes, actors and politicians over a three-year period.

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Record spending for the National Guard

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says funding for the National Guard has reached a record level. Gates adds the increase comes at a time of the largest mobilization of America's citizen soldiers since World War II.

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Markets volatile as investors await bailout plan

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Volatility is sweeping through the financial markets as investors await details of the government's plan to buy $700 billion in banks' mortgage debt. Stocks are falling sharply, taking the Dow Jones industrials down more than 200 points, while investors are seeking safety in hard assets such as oil, which has shot up more than $11 a barrel.

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Oil makes record one-day jump on anxiety over U.S. bailout

Updated: 09/22/2008 - Oil prices spiked more than $25 a barrel Monday -- the biggest one-day price jump ever -- as anxiety over the government's $700 billion bailout plan, a weak dollar and an expiring crude contract ignited a dramatic rally.

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French company EDF raises bid for Constellation

Posted: 09/22/2008 - A French nuclear power company is upping the ante for wholesale power supplier Constellation Energy Group Inc., offering to pay $8.50 per share more for the company, which has agreed to be sold to a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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Courthouse shooting trial moves forward in Atlanta

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Security is tight both inside and outside the Atlanta Municipal Courthouse as opening statements get under way in the trial of a man accused of killing a judge, a court reporter and a sheriff's deputy in a March 2005 shooting rampage.

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Murder trial for NC funeral director starts

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Jury selection is starting in the trial of a funeral director who is accused of plotting to have his wife killed while he was away on a diving trip.

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Coroner: Smoke, fire killed crew in SC jet crash

Posted: 09/22/2008 - A South Carolina coroner says a pilot and co-pilot killed in a Learjet crash died from smoke inhalation and burns, and two passengers were killed by impact-related injuries.

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Gov. contractor pleads guilty to passport snooping

Posted: 09/22/2008 - A State Department contractor has pleaded guilty to illegally looking at the passport information of nearly 200 celebrities, athletes, actors and politicians over a three-year period.

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Judge weighing more testing in death penalty case

Posted: 09/22/2008 - A judge is weighing whether to order more specific testing on evidence in a 1979 murder case in a move defense attorneys say could either implicate or clear their client.

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Carolinas still have isolated gas shortages

Posted: 09/22/2008 - There are still some isolated problems with gas supplies in parts of North and South Carolina. But a spokeswoman for AAA-Carolinas says the good news is that gas prices are slowly coming down.

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Genzyme opens new research center in Framingham

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Genzyme Corp. has opened a new 180,000-square foot science center in Framingham where researchers will work on discovering new treatments for a range of ailments including Parkinson's disease, cancer and heart disease.

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Iraq to begin paying Sunni volunteers next month

Posted: 09/22/2008 - A leading U.S. military commander in Iraq says the government there will begin paying the salaries of about 54,000 of the mostly Sunni fighters in Baghdad Province who joined the fight against al-Qaida.

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Democrats want pay limits, loan aid in bailout

Posted: 09/22/2008 - Senate Democrats are proposing to add government help for homeowners and limits on executive compensation to the government's $700 billion financial bailout of Wall Street.

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