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Contrary to economists' expectations, manufacturing activity in the US rose in June for the first time in five months, the private Institute for Supply Management reported Tuesday. It attributed the increase to robust exports, especially to Europe.

Reconstruction of the World Trade Center is already over budget and years behind schedule, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported Monday. Critics call the situation "an international embarrassment," but authority chief Christopher Ward pledged that "clear and achievable" new timetables for the planned five office towers, transit hub, a performing arts center, and Sept. 11, 2001, memorial would be set by September.

Both sides in the contract dispute between the Screen Actors Guild and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said they'd continue to honor their old pact even though it expired at midnight Monday. The producers planned to detail their final offer to guild negotiators Wednesday but said they would not listen to counterproposals.

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