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  • Among its most valuable players are Ms. Allen, a wise and adaptable pianist, and Ms. Spalding, a bassist and singer probably best known as the dark-horse standout of last year's Grammy Awards.

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  • But he is considered a dark-horse candidate to succeed Mr. Buffett because he is 67 years old.

    Buffett Successor List Gets Shorter

  • With those three coming back, PC could be a dark-horse contender for a top-half finish in next year's standings.

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  • Insurance giant American International Group Inc. has agreed to sell its Taiwan unit to a dark-horse bidder for US$2.16 billion in its second attempt to exit the market and recoup money it owes the U.S. government.

    AIG Plans $2.16 Billion Sale of Taiwan Unit

  • Meanwhile, the company agreed to sell its Taiwanese unit to a dark-horse bidder for $2.16 billion

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  • *** Business & Finance American International Group agreed to sell its Taiwan unit to a dark-horse bidder, a consortium dominated by Ruentex Group, for $2.16 billion in its second attempt to exit the market and recoup money it owes the U.S. government.

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  • Israeli central banker Stanley Fischer announced a formal bid to head the International Monetary Fund, positioning himself as a dark-horse candidate as the race enters its final stages.

    Fischer's 11th-Hour Entry Adds Twist to IMF Race

  • For that reason, a deep-pocketed, dark-horse bidder—whose name hasn't been bandied about—may still emerge as the winner.

    Bold-Face Hotel Buyer Has No Face

  • This was emerging as the dark-horse possibility—until Nova's statement game on Wednesday.

    Do the Yankee Rotation Shuffle

  • Still, in a relatively weak year for movies, "Margin Call," with its handful of early awards and a first-rate ensemble cast that includes Oscar winners Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons , has been slotted by some into the dark-horse Best Picture spot previously occupied by "The Hurt Locker" and 2011 contender "Winter's Bone."

    First-Time Director Rides the Award-Season Roller Coaster

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