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  • WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine's campaign disclosure law requiring it to release its donor list.

  • WASHINGTON-- The White House is acknowledging an attempt to infiltrate its computer system, but says it thwarted the effort and that no classified networks were threatened. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters the White House is equipped with mitigation measures that identified the attack, isolated it and prevented its spread.

  • O'Donnell, who jumped to CBS last year after more than a decade at NBC News, replaced Erica Hill within the trio of "CBS This Morning" hosts that also include Charlie Rose and Gayle King.

  • As the government closed the books Sunday with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, which required borrowing 32 cents for every dollar it spent, budget analysts have little confidence in either man's plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of factory activity rose to 51.5.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. builders trimmed their activity for a second straight month in August as a solid gain in home construction failed to offset declines in nonresidential activity and government projects. Overall construction spending dipped 0.7 percent in August, compared to July, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

  • Oct 1- U.S. Commerce Department seasonally adjusted annual rates of construction spending, with comparisons:.

  • Oct 1- U.S. Commerce Department seasonally adjusted annual rates of construction spending, with comparisons:.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- U.S. construction spending in August fell by the most in a year as a rebound in residential projects was offset by weak non-residential structures and public sector project outlays, a government report showed on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by Bank of America Corp's. Merrill Lynch unit of a ruling that allowed black brokers who accused it of bias to pursue their lawsuit as a class action.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a Michigan blogger's challenge to the use of full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs of passengers at airport checkpoints.

  • WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.

  • Todd Akin has backed almost $100 million for pet projects in recent years, including money for home-state military programs and local highway work. During his Republican Senate primary this summer, Akin even aired a television ad proudly defending his effort to bring home federal dollars for production of military armor in his district.

  • The Supreme Court term that begins Monday holds the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights. University of Texas, to be argued Oct. 10, the court will weigh Texas' limited use of race to help fill out its incoming classes.

  • Pacific Gas& Electric Co. wants to use big air guns to emit strong sound waves into a large, near-shore area that includes parts of marine reserves to make three-dimensional maps of fault zones, some of which were discovered in 2008, near its Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

  • NEW YORK-- New York City's 2013 mayoral race doesn't fully kick off until after voters are done picking a president.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. manufacturing likely shrank in September for the fourth straight month, a troubling sign that growth will stay weak. Economists surveyed by FactSet forecast that the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index was unchanged at 49.6. Europe's financial crisis has plunged much of that region into recession.

  • CAIRO, Oct 1- The IMF has delayed sending a team to Cairo to negotiate a $4.8 billion loan while the Egyptian government works to complete its economic reform programme, a newspaper quoted the country's Finance Minister as saying. Egypt was due to receive a team from the International Monetary Fund at the end of September to discuss the terms of the loan.

  • As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,200 facilities, will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per facility this coming year, according to government estimates.

  • WASHINGTON-- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions of dollars on television ads to help boost Republican congressional candidates, launched an extensive effort on Monday to mobilize voters. It also will include information on House and Senate races and a comparison of the candidates on the issues.