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Bush Signs Law to Widen Legal Reach for Wiretapping

People familiar with the law said that it provided a legal framework for much of the surveillance without warrants that was being conducted in secret.

Bid to Root Out Lead Trinkets Falters in U.S.

Despite federal efforts to eliminate the threat of lead in children's jewelry, hundreds of thousands of tainted items are still being sold across the country.

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Fearful of Restive Foreign Labor, Dubai Eyes Reforms

After several years of labor unrest in the United Arab Emirates, the government is seeking peace with the migrant workers who make local citizens a minority.

Career Women in Japan Find a Blocked Path
Ko Sasaki for The New York Times
Career Women in Japan Find a Blocked Path

Women have had trouble reaching positions of authority despite an equal opportunity law. Yukako Kurose said she was forced into a dead-end job after she had a baby.

Mortgage Maze May Increase Foreclosures

The complex design of mortgage securities is confounding homeowners struggling to avoid defaulting on their loans.

Ex-Home Depot Chief to Take Reins at Chrysler

Robert L. Nardelli, ousted from Home Depot amid shareholder discontent, has been picked to lead Chrysler by its new owner, Cerberus Capital Management.

Shooting of 4 College Friends Baffles Newark

The authorities struggled to explain one of Newark's most chilling slaughters in recent memory after three young friends were lined up and shot dead Saturday.


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ArtsBeat Blog: London Theater Journal

London Theater The revival of "Philistines" is an example of the British theater doing what the British theater does best, writes Ben Brantley.

Patti's Turn, if Not Always Rose's

Patti LuPone's performance in "Gypsy" was summer's galvanizing event, writes Charles Isherwood.

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First Came Style ; Now, Substance

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