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Markets Rise On More Hopeful Economic Outlook

Good morning.

The top stories we've already posted about today:

— "'International Effort' Underway To Find Gadhafi."

— "Hurricane Watches Up In N.C. As Irene Chugs Toward U.S."

— "As Apple's Steve Jobs Steps Down, Tim Cook Steps Up."

Meanwhile, other major headlines of the morning include:

— "World Markets Rise As Worries Over U.S. Economy Ease." (The Associated Press)

— "Bernanke May Forgo Easing As Data Point Higher." (Bloomberg News)

— "Gold Falls $200 From Tuesday's Record High." (Reuters)

— In India, Anna Hazare Won't End His Fast "Unless His Demands Are Met." (Times of India)

— "U.S. May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages." (The New York Times)