After three hours of contentious debate, the U.S. House unexpectedly rejected a bill for a $700 billion rescue package on Monday — 228 to 205 — that would create a government facility to buy troubled assets from banks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 777 points on the news.

After House and Senate leaders finalized a deal on Sunday, passage had appeared all but certain. But a revolt from rank-and-file members grew, scuttling the legislation — at least for now.

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