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Vietnam’s Stock Market to Open July 20 — With Two Members

Vietnam will launch its long-awaited stock market in Ho Chi Minh City on July 20 but so far only two companies are listed, State Securities Commission Chairman Nguyen Duc Quang said Friday.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The government has been planning a stock exchange for several years, but had postponed the launch because of a lack of companies willing to list and concerns the market will expose Vietnam’s financial system to unnecessary risk.

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Secret Government Database Keeps Tab on Doctors’ Problems

In a database kept secret from patients, the government has recorded the names of nearly 500 doctors and dentists across the country who have been slapped with at least 10 disciplinary actions and malpractice payments over the last decade.<@SM><@SM><br /><br />One of every seven U.S. doctors and one of every eight dentists has at least one malpractice payment or disciplinary report in the National Practitioners Data Bank, which the Department of Health and Human Services has been compiling since 1990.

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Invitrogen Acquiring Stock of Life Technologies, Dexter in $1.9B Deal

<a href="http://www.lifetech.com">Life Technologies Inc.</a> is about to be swallowed by one of the biggest fishes in the gene pool.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Rockville company announced Sunday that it is merging with Invitrogen, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based leader in the life sciences industry. <a href="http://www.invitrogen.com">Invitrogen</a> is also acquiring Connecticut-based Dexter Corp., which owns 75 percent of Life Tech

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On The Money: Identity Theft Is Increasing Problem, So Guard Your Personal Information

California attorney Mari J. Frank vividly remembers the telephone call she received four years ago that turned her life upside down.<@SM><@SM><br /><br />“Some bank I had never heard of wanted to know when I was going to repay the $11,000 I owed,’’ she said. Frank thought at first there had been some simple mixup in names or account numbers. But the bank official had her name, her Social Security number and her date of birth on his records.

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Northern Virginia Competing With Orioles?

An academic analysis shows that a Major League Baseball team in northern Virginia would bring good economic news to that region but bad news to Baltimore and its Orioles.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The <a href="http://baseballinva.org/download/GMUAnalysis.pdf">research</a> by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says a stadium in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., would generate more than $8.6 billion in economic impact, including $693 million in state and local revenues in its first 30 years of operation.

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Heafner to Buy American Tire Distributors

Heafner Tire Group, Inc. said it will acquire American Tire Distributors, the wholesale operations of Merchants, Inc.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The ATD transaction, which is subject to completion of financing and other items, is expected to close within 20 days. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Bank BuyF&M National Corp. said it agreed to buy Atlantic Financial Corp. for $70.6 million, or $16.85 a share, to extend its reach into the Tidewater, Va., market. Winchester, Va.-based F&M owns nine banks with 125 branches in Virginia, West ...

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