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A Manhattan appeals panel on Monday threw out the remaining claims in veteran newsman Dan Rather’s $70 million suit against his former employer, CBS. Rather alleged CBS caved to political pressure by forcing him out of his anchor chair and denying him the opportunity to cover important news stories after he narrated a controversial 2004 broadcast about President George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era military service — a broadcast Rather said he believed was true. Under Rather’s 1979 contract, the network had no obligation to “use [Rather's] services or to broadcast any program” as long as it kept paying him his annual $6 million salary, a deal the network upheld until it fired Rather in June 2006, a unanimous panel of the Appellate Division, 1st Department, concluded.

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