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Smithsonian seeks partner to run its second-oldest building

The Smithsonian Institution issued a request for an outside group to renovate and operate one of its oldest buildings on the National Mall, saying the museum complex lacked the necessary money from Congress.

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About 12 homes evacuated for gas leak

<p><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">At least a dozen homes have been evacuated in Chevy Chase after a construction crew apparently broke a six-inch underground gas line.</span></font></p>

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Regional Perspectives

These days many center cities, from Boston to San Diego, are attracting empty nesters and young professionals to new condos and refurbished older buildings.

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Existing home sales take largest drop on record

Sales of existing homes plunged by a record amount in September while median home prices dropped by the largest amount in nearly a year, reflecting deepening problems in the troubled housing market.

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Countrywide to offer refinancing on $16B worth of subprime loans

Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation&rsquo;s largest mortgage lender, said Tuesday it will begin calling borrowers to offer refinancing or modifications on $16 billion in loans that have&nbsp; interest rates that are set to adjust by the end of 2008.

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