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Building Costs Deal Blow to Local Budgets

In many parts of the country, state and local governments are struggling to pay for roads, bridges and other projects because of rising construction costs.

If Elected ...
Fiscal Mantra for McCain: Less Is More

Senator John McCain said that, if elected president, he would cut spending sharply while lowering taxes at the same time.

U.S. Race Captures World's Eye, and Holds It

From Berlin to London to Jakarta, the presidential candidates' destinies have become hometown news in a way that commentators cannot recall.

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Britain Seeks Essence and Finds Punch Lines
Pool photo by Tom Pilston
Britain Seeks Essence and Finds Punch Lines

Queen Elizabeth II after a ceremonial opening session of Parliament in 2006. A proposal to define the country's identity has been met with shrugs and British humor.

Age of Riches
At Elite Prep Schools, College-Size Endowments

Endowments at some independent schools have become so big that trustees have hired full-time money managers.

Officer in Scuffle Killed by Police in White Plains

A police officer was killed after he pulled his gun on a man and was fired at by Westchester County police.

French Trader Is Remembered as Mr. Average

Until J r me Kerviel was charged in an unprecedented banking fraud, there was nothing superlative about him.


A Friend Indeed

A Friend Indeed "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" is a ferocious, often brilliantly directed film.

New American Realism

New American Realism Emerges Sundance included films grounded in a sense of place and free of solipsism.

Detroit Auto Show
Dr. Jekyll Meets Mr. Hybrid

Gas guzzlers competed with alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.

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It's All About Focus

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