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Shell Oil Co. and Marathon Oil Corp. pulled nonessential workers from offshore platforms in the eastern and central Gulf of Mexico as a precaution in case tropical storm Fay should bear down on them. Forecasts called for the storm to miss offshore oil production areas but strike the Gulf coast of Florida Tuesday or Wednesday.

Qwest Communications reached a tentative three-year deal with the Communications Workers of America, which represents about 20,000 of its employees in 13 states. The agreement allows Qwest to concentrate on providing phone and Internet services at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

A rain-soaked earthen dam near the Grand Canyon broke Sunday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of residents from a village flooded in a downstream Arizona Indian reservation, a National Park spokeswoman said.

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