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BANK COMPLIANCE officers say the new fair-lending examinations go beyond mortgages to cover subprime and auto lending as well. Page 2

THE HEADS of the House and Senate Banking committees met to try to revive financial reform legislation that is stalled in conference committee. Page 2 NATIONAL/GLOBAL

U.S. BANKS that piled into China at the start of this decade argued they were in it for the long haul. But the long haul is looking longer than ever. Page 4 COMMUNITY/REGIONAL

INDIANA'S STAR Financial, on a quest to double its assets to more than $2 billion in five years, is moving its headquarters to downtown Fort Wayne. Page 8 Investment Products

WHO'S ON TOP in the variable annuities business? That depends on whom you ask. A dispute triggered by a press release shows rivalries intensifying. Page 10 Special Report

THE BASICS of the credit card business are the same as ever, but the scale is larger, as the biggest issuers have taken their lending portfolios to new heights. Card companies are experimenting with the Internet and taking new looks at debit cards, ATMs, and smart cards.

Magazine supplement Technology COMPUTER SCIENCES has agreed to acquire TRW Data Services, an image technology service provider. Page 9 On-Line Banking THE IDENTITY of RSA Data Security, the leading name in data encryption technology, is getting stronger as its parent company takes the RSA moniker. Page 14 Mortgage FREDDIE MAC got the VIP treatment in a recent bond offering from a General Motors unit. Page 18

AS FANNIE MAE and Freddie Mac start to buy a wider variety of loans, investors are covering the new risk-based fees. Page 19 Markets

SHORTLY AFTER joining Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a former Morgan Stanley bank analyst has added six banks to DLJ's coverage. Page 29

BANK STOCKS CONTINUED to slide, with indexes hitting their lowest levels in 11 months. Page 30

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