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CoStar Rises to Web

Real estate data giant CoStar Group Inc. has put its reservoir of listings in an online marketplace for buying and selling commercial property, and while some brokers see Internet-based real estate as a crucial supplement to the business, others are skeptical.

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Fifth Judge May Reject Clinton Case

After four colleagues excused themselves from the case, a recently appointed Arkansas judge says he has not decided whether to preside over President Clinton

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Perdue Chicken Catchers Vote on Unionization

Chicken catchers working for Perdue Farms Inc. were to decide in federally The labor election marks the first campaign to organize catchers working for Perdue, the third-largest poultry producer in the nation.<@SM><@SM>

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Botched Up Coupon Deals Let ‘Net Shoppers Grab Free Goods

The Fourth of July meant freedom from paying for goods at some online sites, where botched coupon deals let shoppers waltz out with free or nearly free deals.<@SM><@SM><TAB>During the last several weeks, computer glitches and pricing errors hit Buy.com Inc., Staples.com Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.-backed crafts retailer eZiba.com Inc. Watchful Net bargain hunters who trade tips on special message boards soon swooped in to load up on the steeply discounted or free goods. A malfunction at CMGI Inc.’s Web portal AltaVista Co. also falsely gave customers the right to claim freebies.

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Halka — Laptop at Her Side — Directs Economic Development

It’s 10 p.m. on a Sunday night and Marie C. Halka is still laboring over her laptop, checking her latest e-mails to stay primed for her job directing the conversion of a naval base into a business park as vice president of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.

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Deere Gets Charter For Savings Bank

Tractor maker Deere & Co. has obtained permission to operate a federally insured savings bank that will take over the company’s credit card business.<br /><br />The Office of Thrift Supervision announced Thursday its approval for Deere to open the bank, to be named FPC Financial and based in Madison, Wis.

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Marriott’s Cash Register Ringing

Better-than-expected earnings in the second quarter briefly pushed the stock price of Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. yesterday to a 52-week high of $38.88.<br /><br />It settled back to close at $37.75, still a 2.7 percent gain.<br /><br />Earnings per diluted share at the world’s largest lodging company reached 50 cents in the quarter ended June 16, a 19 percent increase over the 42 cents per share recorded in 1999’s second quarter. The 50 cents topped analysts’ consensus estimates of 48 cents per share.

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