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J Dennis Hastert
United scaling back loan bid

United Airlines hopes to receive a conditional loan guarantee from the federal government this week that would be about $500 million less than the carrier has been seeking. The Air Transportation Stabilization Board rejected United's bid for a $1.6 billion loan guarantee last week, but sources close to the talks said Monday that the nation's second-largest carrier is working to submit modifications for a smaller loan guarantee. United officials declined to provide details. United executives have been meeting with the board's representatives in an attempt to reach an agreement that the government would back and which would help move the carrier out of bankruptcy. Two of...