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Criimi Mae Emerges From Bankruptcy

<TAB>After more than two years in bankruptcy, commercial mortgage company Criimi Mae Inc. has a plan in place to emerge from bankruptcy that is blessed by its creditors and the court.<@SM><@SM><TAB>U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Duncan W. Keir confirmed the plan in Greenbelt last week. His ruling had been anticipated after he called the plan

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Report: Auto Mechanics Exposed to High Asbestos Levels in Brakes

<TAB>Auto mechanics are being exposed to dangerous levels of cancer-causing asbestos used to line brakes and are not informed of the risk, a study commissioned by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has found.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Tests conducted by government-certified laboratories found asbestos contamination in gas stations and brake-repair shops in the District of Columbia and six states, the newspaper reported Thursday.

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Biotech Corn Problem Hurts U.S. Exports

<TAB>The government is reporting a steady drop in exports of corn, evidence that the mishandling of genetically engineered grain on Midwest farms is starting to damage U.S. markets overseas.<@SM><@SM><TAB>The Agriculture Department reported net sales of 517,700 metric tons for the week that ended Nov. 9, about half the weekly rate in October. Japan, by far the biggest U.S. customer, purchased less than 150,000 tons during the week, less than half its normal amount.

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