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Mandatory evacuation orders in Key West, Fla., led some 15,000 tourists to flee the area Sunday as states of emergency were declared in Florida and Louisiana, with hurricane Ike lurking in the Caribbean. Forecasters say it could strike sometime this week anywhere between Texas and Florida. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) urged residents along the Gulf Coast to get ready to move north again for the second time in 10 days.

Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's largest savings and loan, Monday replaced Kerry Killinger as chief executive, adding him to the growing list of banking bosses ousted by their boards. The company's shares fell almost 12 percent.

Construction crews putting the final touches to the new I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, which replaces the one that collapsed Aug. 1, 2007, could finish 100 days early. The construction company earns a $200,000 bonus for each day the work is completed ahead of schedule.

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts, who has been recuperating from brain surgery, said he will postpone his return to Capitol Hill, originally expected this week as Congress reconvenes, to January. He will, however, work from home.


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