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Economy Hammered by Toxic Blend of Ailments

On Thursday, the dollar plumbed new lows, the price of gold jumped above $1,000 for the first time and lenders raised home loans once again.

White House Offers Plan to Ward Off Credit Crises

The Bush administration outlined a plan that officials said was meant more to prevent future crises than to address the current one.

The Long Run
A Free-Spirited Wanderer Who Set Obama's Path

People who knew Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro well say they see her influence unmistakably in her son, Senator Barack Obama.

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First Lady Finds Positive Signs in Haiti
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First Lady Finds Positive Signs in Haiti

Laura Bush's visit to the poorest country in the hemisphere was aimed at putting a positive face on some of its numerous and seemingly intractable woes.

U.S. Is Examining Spitzer's Funds

Prosecutors are investigating whether Gov. Eliot Spitzer used campaign funds for meetings with prostitutes.

For Bronx School's Dancers, the Moves Are Irish

An Irish dance troupe is the unlikely pride of an elementary school in the Bronx.

Debt Collectors Try to Put on a Friendlier Face

Just in time for a recession, the debt collection industry is working to shed its reputation for hounding people.

Magazine Preview
What's the Real Racial Divide?

What do Hillary Rodham Clinton's big-state victories say about race in America?

Readers' Comments
Fear of Flying

How do you deal with a fear of flying?

Real Estate Editor

Bill Goss is answering reader questions this week.


Saving Who-Ville Is a Big Production

What distinguishes "Horton Hears a Who!" from the other recent Dr. Seuss film adaptations is that it is not one of the worst movies ever made.

A Vicious Attack on Innocent People, on the Screen and in the Theater

A Vicious Attack on Innocent People, on the Screen and in the Theater "Funny Games" subjects its viewers to a long spectacle of wanton and gratuitous brutality.

In Israel, a Tailored Home
In Israel, a Tailored Home

Painted concrete floors are just one of the many colorful details one couple used to decorate their home.

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Whole Lot of Shakin Going On
Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On

How much vibration is one willing to absorb when the price of a vehicle and most everything else about it is right?

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Out of the Raspberry Patch

Out of the Raspberry Patch The challenge of the toy business is that you have huge players like Toys "R" Us. We at F.A.O. Schwarz focus on higher-end toys.




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