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After agreeing on new auto and light-truck fuel efficiency standards, the House could take up a broader energy bill by Wednesday. The first such congressionally mandated increase in 32 years calls for an industrywide average of 35 miles per gallon, up from the current requirement of 27.5.

Democratic leaders voted Saturday to strip Michigan of its 156 delegates to next year's national convention for defying party rules and scheduling its presidential primary Jan. 15, before the allowable dates for most states. A Michigan party spokesman said he expects the eventual nominee to insist that the state delegates be seated at the convention.

Mortgage industry executives hammered out a tentative bailout plan over the weekend to freeze interest rates on some US subprime loans for up to seven years, thereby averting a flood of foreclosures. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is expected to announce full details on Wednesday.

Eight public universities in Kentucky will team up tooffer incentives to lure back former students in hopes of doubling the number of college graduates by 2020, the state Council on Postsecondary Education has announced. Council statistics indicate that 11,000 Kentuckians between the ages of 25 and 50 have at least 90 college credits but no diplomas. Incentives may include tuition assistance and simplified admissions.

The University of Hawaii football team ran the nation's only major-college unbeaten record this year to 12-0 by overcoming a 21-point deficit to defeat Washington, 35-28, Saturday in Honolulu. Below, a UH player holds up a Honolulu front page with the headline, "Perfect!" after the game. Meanwhile, the nation's top-ranked teams both lost: No. 1 Missouri falling to Oklahoma, 38-17, and No. 2 West Virginia losing to Pittsburgh, 13-9.

For the first time since 1995, the US won tennis's Davis Cup, using a doubles win by twins Bob and Mike Bryan Saturday in Portland, Ore., to clinch victory over Russia. It was the 32nd time the US has won the men's team title.

Radio talk-show host Don Imus, who was fired by CBS eight months ago for a racially charged remark, will return as the host of a new program on WABC Monday in New York.

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