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  • "Technology produced by A123 and funded by U.S. taxpayers should not simply be shipped off to China so that the military applications" can be reproduced abroad, said Sen. Chuck Grassley. (Associated Press)

    Foreign bids called critical to A123 sale

    The prospect of Massachusetts-based high-tech battery-maker A123 Systems landing in the hands of a Chinese competitor has angered some lawmakers, but a group of highly paid lawyers — including a former Senate staffer who earned more than $1,000 per-hour — kept the sale from falling apart amid mounting criticism on Capitol Hill.

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