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The chairman of DaimlerChrysler AG said Wednesday that the German-American automaker is in talks with unidentified buyers about the possible sale of its struggling Chrysler unit, the first official indication that a breakup could be in the works. Chrysler lost $1.5 billion last year.

The union representing 23,000 California State University faculty members reached a tentative deal Tuesday that's expected to end a two-year contract dispute at the nation's largest public university system. If teachers approve the deal in the next few weeks, tenure-track faculty members would receive a 21 percent average salary increase over four years, or from $74,000 to $90,749.

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The Federal Communications Commission decided Tuesday to maintain its ban on cellphone use by airplane passengers. The decision was driven by concerns about interference with ground signals and by an avalanche of public objections to lifting the ban.

Freelance journalist Joshua Wolf, who refused to turn over his footage of a 2005 San Francisco street protest, was released from federal prison in Dublin, Calif., Tuesday after cutting a deal with prosecutors to end his 226-day incarceration. Wolf agreed to hand over the video but refused to testify before a grand jury or identify protest participants.

Police arrested but later released a dozen University of Michigan student protesters in Ann Arbor Tuesday over their refusal to leave the college president's office. The students object to what they consider sweatshop working conditions at plants that manufacture licensed university apparel.

ChemNutra Inc., the Las Vegas company that imported contaminated wheat gluten that has led to a massive recall of pet food, said Tuesday that none of it was used in food for humans.

The University of Tennessee won its seventh NCAA women's basketball championship Tuesday night, beating Rutgers 59-46 to cap a 34-3 season. The Lady Vols, whose last title came nine years ago, were led by 6 ft., 4 in. Candace Parker, who was named the Final Four's most outstanding player.

Louisiana Sens. Mary Landrieu (D) and David Vitter (R) said Tuesday they have placed a hold on the confirmation of Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp Jr. to head the Army Corps of Engineers. Landrieu said she wanted more time to debate his role in rebuilding hurricane-ravaged Louisiana.

Retired football coach Eddie Robinson, who died Tuesday in Ruston, La., guided Grambling State University to 408 victories, the second-highest total in NCAA history.


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