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Sales of existing homes fell 0.3 percent in May to their lowest level in four years, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday. The median price of homes sold was $223,700, down 2.1 percent from a year ago.

A Washington judge ruled in favor of family-owned dry-cleaning business Monday that was sued for $54 million over a pair of missing pants. The court ruled the incident didn't violate a consumer-protection act.

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline dropped 11 cents over the past two weeks to $3, according to the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 service stations.

Americans set a new record for charitable giving in 2006, donating nearly $300 billion for a 1 percent increase over 2005 when adjusted for inflation, according to the Giving USA Foundation. Individuals gave a combined 75.6 percent of the total, with 32.8 percent of that going to religious organizations, followed by 13.9 percent to educational causes.

A bus rented by a family for a reunion crashed on an interstate in southern Kentucky Monday, killing one person and injuring 66 others, officials said.

With a special one-day session Tuesday, Alaska lawmakers may be signaling a desire to shift the state capital from Juneau to Anchorage. The session will take up a bill to extend assistance to low-income seniors, but by meeting in Anchorage, some observers believe the session could be a first step to relocating the assembly from less-accessible Juneau.

Nearly 825,000 children between the ages of 6 and 17 rely on personal trainers to shape up, according to new data released by International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association.

Oregon State University's baseball team became the first squad in a decade to capture consecutive College World Series titles Sunday. In a rematch of last year's finalists, the Beavers swept North Carolina in the best-of-three series in Omaha, Neb. Below, OSU players piled on one another in celebrating their 9-3 win in Game 2, after a an 11-4 victory in Game 1.

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