SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The largest discretionary depositors in the troubled Orange County investment pool have so far agreed to stay in the fund, despite last week's dramatic report of a potentially crippling $1.5 billion loss.

A final decision from all 187 members of the $7.8 billion pool is expected by tomorrow. In the meantime, county officials are working feverishly to head off a panic that could turn the "paper loss" into an actual loss.

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