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WASHINGTON — Senate and House leaders agreed on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill Wednesday. The next two steps in the process — final Congressional action and President Obama’s signature — are estimated to be completed by the end of the week.
–www.nytimes.comSIBERIA — Two communication satellites collided 491 miles above Siberia on Tuesday, the first occurrence of its kind. The crash puts the NASA space station 220 miles above the earth into an elevated, but still minor, risk of being struck with debris.

WASHINGTON — The recent merger between ticket seller Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the world’s leading concert promoter, is currently being investigated by the Justice Department. The investigation is a response to concern that the merger would create a monopoly in the ticket selling industry.