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By Compiled from wire service reports by Ross Atkin / July 27, 2007



Specifics of a just-completed US nuclear deal with India are scheduled to be publicly disclosed Friday. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns says the pact complies with US law, but some lawmakers expect the agreement to face stiff challenges in gaining congressional approval. The deal would allow India access to US nuclear fuel and equipment for the first time in 30 years.

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Ford Motor Co. enjoyed its first profitable quarter in two years, with second-quarter earnings of $750 million, the automaker reported Thursday.

Children of homeowners scored up to 9 percent higher on math and up to 7 percent higher on reading tests than their peers in rental housing, according to a new study released Thursday by the Center of Housing Policy and Enterprise Community Partners.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a raid Wednesday on 10 Los Angeles marijuana clinics approved to sell medical marijuana. The agency maintains that some clinics are involved in illegally selling the drug.

Sales of new single-family homes dropped 6.6 percent in June, the largest slide in five months, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The median sales price dipped 2.2 percent to $237,000.

The lead investigator of last summer's Comair plane crash in Kentucky that killed 49 of 50 people on board said Thursday that there were numerous causes, nearly all of them involving human errors.

A ban on cellphones for New York schoolchildren was partly lifted by a city council vote Wednesday that allows students to carry the phones to and from school. The Department of Education must figure out how to store the phones during the school day.

To help bring back endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Wednesday that 400,000 central California acres be designated as protected habitat. This would limit ranchers in grazing domesticated sheep, which compete for food with the bighorn.

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