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  • UAW Ends Strike Against GM
    The United Auto Workers and General Motors reach a tentative deal to end a two-day nationwide strike. The agreement shifts the burden of retiree health care from GM to the union and gives workers bonuses. Ratification is expected this weekend.
  • Labor Strikes Growing Far Less Common
    A national strike like the one against General Motors is rare. As the influence of labor unions has waned, so have strikes. There were 20 strikes and lockouts involving more than 1,000 people last year. In 1952, there were 470.
  • Family Wins Suit for Autistic Son's Health Care
    A New Jersey family who went all the way to the state's highest court just won an important victory for their autistic son.
  • Japan's New Leader Seeks to Revive Public Trust
    Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's new prime minister, moves quickly to form a new cabinet. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party is facing a crisis of public trust that is unprecedented in more than a half century.
  • Sect Leader Convicted of Accessory to Rape
    Jurors convict Warren Jeffs on charges of accomplice to rape. The leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints forced a 14-year-old follower to marry her 19-year-old cousin.
  • GI Bill's Impact Slipping in Recent Years
    At the end of World War II, the GI Bill helped create a new "middle class" in America, allowing those who served a chance for an education. The bill's legacy is still tangible, but today the funds it offers barely meet veterans' expenses.
  • Credit-Rating Executives Set for Hill Testimony
    Senators will grill executives of credit-rating agencies for their role in the subprime mortgage crisis at a committee hearing. Critics say firms such as Moody's and Standard & Poor's should have downgraded the bonds backed by risky home loans much earlier.
  • Glut of Homes Sparks Incentives, Auctions
    Homebuilders are starting to sound more like car dealers, asking customers, "What will it take to put you into this house?" With a glut of unsold houses already on the lot, some builders are offering special incentives to move the merchandise.
  • Web Site Names Become Big Business
    More than 100 million URLs have already been identified and purchased. So new business owners who want a specific URL must cough up big bucks for the name they want — or try a more creative naming approach.
  • An Online Identity Crisis?
    As more people create online identities, they're finding that they might not be so special, after all. Enter your name into a search engine and you might quickly learn that you're not unique.

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