WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last week ruled in favor of Prince George's County, Md., and its 2008 plan to furlough about 5,900 workers, overturning a lower federal court ruling and restoring a savings opportunity for the triple-A rated county.

The three-judge panel in the Richmond district unanimously sided with the county and struck down a U.S. district court's ruling from last August that rejected the furlough attempt.

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