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'Bernie Madoff Of The Midwest' To Plead Guilty

Russ Wasendorf Sr., the founder of an Iowa brokerage firm, is expected to plead guilty to embezzlement charges Monday. Wasendorf, of Peregrine Financial Group, has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors admitting to bilking 24,000 investors out of at least $100 million.
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Chicago Teachers Strike Heads Into Week 2

Roughly 350,000 students will be out of school until at least Wednesday. That's even after both sides agreed on a framework for a deal to end the strike. Union delegates say they need more time to talk over a deal with their fellow teachers.
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Romney Tries To Appeal To Hispanic Voters

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is in Los Angeles, where he'll do an interview with the Spanish-speaking U.S. network Telemundo. He'll also speak to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual convention. Later this week, he'll be in Miami for a forum on the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision.
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Gasoline Prices Expected To Start Dropping

Average prices for regular gasoline in the U.S. have risen about 50 cents a gallon since July. But as the summer driving season ends and demand declines, prices likely will begin to fall. By November, the national average is expected to be around $3.50 a gallon.
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Activists Make Push To Get IDs To Pa. Voters

Earlier this summer, Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court upheld the state's polarizing voter identification law. With Election Day nearing, the state's Supreme Court is considering a challenge to that decision. But voting rights activists are taking no chances, and are now trying to put a million photo ID cards in the hands of residents.
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Rabbi Shmuley Wants To Bring Shalom To The House

Until a few weeks ago, no one took Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's campaign for Congress seriously — not even the Republican National Committee. But then a superPAC created to support Shmuely received $500,000 from billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Now, the RNC believes the ultra-orthodox rabbi might have a shot.
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Don't Allow Iran's Nuclear 'Touchdown,' Netanyahu Warns

The Israeli prime minister, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, said Iran's nuclear program was "in the last 20 yards." He also denied he was taking sides in the U.S. presidential election.
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No Deal: Chicago Teachers To Continue Strike

The union's House of Delegates declined to vote on whether to end the strike Sunday after hearing details of a tentative contract agreement. Teachers will keep picketing Monday, one week after teachers walked out.

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