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Police arrested more than 190 antiwar demonstrators among several thousand who marched Saturday in Washington to end the war in Iraq. The arrests came after protesters, many of whom had laid down on the Capitol lawn in what they called a "die in," began climbing over police barricades.

Contract negotiations resumed Sunday between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers and its 73,000 GM members. Because the old deal expired Friday, workers were prepared to strike if several issues couldn't be resolved, including differences over who pays for retiree healthcare.

In dealing with Iran, the White House views diplomatic and economic means "by far the preferable approach" and "the one we are using," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday during a broadcast interview. The remarks countered speculation that the US is considering a military strike to address Iran's alleged links to terrorism and its desire to develop nuclear weapons.

About 5,000 people were evacuated from their homes in southern California as firefighters continued to battle a "very aggressive" wildfire Sunday in the San Bernardino National Forest. The cause of the blaze, which began Friday, remained under investigation.

Driven by a desire to avoid morning rush-hour traffic, 2.7 million more Americans are leaving home by 6 a.m. than did so in 2000, census data indicates, bringing the total to 15 million.

Chicago has contracted to buy as many as 300 hybrid vehicles, the Chicago Tribune reported. The goal is to increase the number of hybrids within the city's 5,400-auto fleet by 10 percent each year.

With high gasoline prices, Arlington, Texas, the largest US city (pop. 365,000) without public transportation, is seriously considering a proposal to begin running buses between Arlington and Fort Worth, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said his struggling football team would return to square one after a 38-0 loss to Michigan in a battle of struggling powers. Notre Dame, 0-3, has seen its defense outscore its offense, 7-to-6.

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