Frank floats plan to give TARP-related loans to unemployed homeowners who can’t pay mortgage

Frank floats loan plan for unemployed homeowners

Bredesen says dealing with bleak budget outlook presents his ‘most difficult time as governor’

Budget hearings get under way amid bleak forecasts

Michigan caseworkers worry about threats from people they are trying to help

Mich. caseworkers worry about threats from clients

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Nissan, FedEx, others form group to develop course for $124B investment in electric cars

Group urges gov’t to invest in electric cars

New Greenpeace chief brings experience fighting poverty, racism to environmental campaign

New Greenpeace chief has fought apartheid, poverty

La. has more than a dozen film and TV projects on tap; New Orleans set to break filming record

Louisiana seeing busy fall filming season

NEW ORLEANS — With hurricane season ending, film and TV production in south Louisiana is picking up, and New Orleans is on track to break last year’s filming record.

Ky. budget chairman: State will likely have to deal with revenue shortage without higher taxes

Ky. budget chairman rules out tax hike next year

Environmentalists say Puerto Rico governor rolling back environmental protection

Environmentalists alarmed by Puerto Rico policies

With Pfizer leaving, residents of Conn. city say fight over waterfront land was unnecessary

Pfizer move a new blow to Conn. city in land fight

Bernanke: Fed will keep eye on sliding dollar, but pledges anew to hold rates at record-lows

Bernanke: Fed will keep eye on sliding dollar

LA pushes for repayment for $3M Jackson memorial despite no law forcing Staples Center to pay

LA pushes to get repaid for $3M Jackson memorial

ND regulator praises energy conservation software

Software should help ND ratepayers conserve energy

Nation’s largest gay, lesbian newspaper publisher closes its doors

Nation’s largest gay newspaper publisher closes

Human Genome Sciences faces FDA regulatory delay on anthrax treatment

Human Genome sees FDA delay with anthrax treatment

Reports: Startup of Iran’s Russian-built nuclear reactor delayed until next year

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Feds: Kuwaiti company conspired to defarud US, tried to overcharge for food used for troops

Feds: Kuwaiti company conspired to defraud US

ND state senator advocates health insurance premium tax cut

ND state senator wants insurance premium tax cut

UN nuclear agency: Iran’s once-secret nuclear facility to start enriching uranium in 2011

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Beazer Homes CEO could face charges over incentive compensation; SEC recommends civil action

Beazer Homes CEO McCarthy may face civil charges

Report: Millions of couples, retirees may have to repay some of Obama tax credit

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Talk of wind tax in Wyoming Legislature whips up debate

Talk of Wyoming wind tax whips up debate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming lawmakers will soon take up the thorny issue of whether to impose new taxes on wind energy development, a proposal that developers say could stunt the fledgling industry’s growth in Wyoming.

Health care issues: Shortage of primary care doctors and incentives to attract more

Health care issues: Shortage of doctors

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Henderson: GM to start paying back $6.7 billion worth of government debt by end of 2009

Henderson: GM to begin repaying aid by year-end

Hawaii governor proposes plan to end controversial teacher furloughs, school-year reductions

Hawaii gov’s plan would restore classroom days

Carter says attacking Iran to end embassy hostage crisis would have killed 20,000 Iranians

Carter defends his handling of Iran hostage crisis

Holders of lost savings bonds dating to World War II say Treasury not making them easy to find

Lost war bonds not easy to find

HELENA, Mont. — Holders of lost savings bonds dating back to World War II say its not nearly as easy to track down the lost money as the U.S. Treasury Department claims in an ongoing lawsuit.

Fearing roadblock to drilling, Alaska fights to take polar bears off threatened species list

Alaska fights to reverse polar bear listing

Japan economy beats 3Q expectations; exports, stimulus fuel biggest GDP rise since 2007

Japan 3Q GDP surprises with 4.8 percent growth

AP Source: GM to start paying back $6.7 billion worth of government debt by end of 2009

AP Source: GM to begin repaying aid by year-end

Planned Iranian news agency yields first story line: Will elite military force act as editors?

Iran media plans stir talk of elite force at helm

Stocks set for higher opening ahead of busy week of economic data, retailers earnings

Stock futures point toward higher opening

NEW YORK — Stock futures rose modestly Wednesday after U.S. and Japanese central banks reaffirmed plans to keep interest rates low in an effort to drive economic growth.

Census: Small US cities have better quality of life but economic picture is steadily worsening

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