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From Errand to Fatal Shot to Hail of Fire to 17 Deaths

New details have emerged on an episode involving a Blackwater USA convoy that killed 17 people and left 24 wounded.

An Escape Plan Stayed Hidden at a Fatal Fire

Firefighters weren't aware of a plan to allow emergency use of the stairs in the former Deutsche Bank building.

Sports of The Times
The Garden Needed a Warning Label

The dark side of Madison Square Garden remained a secret until Anucha Browne Sanders took the stand.

Finding a Treasure in a Spare Satellite
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Finding a Treasure in a Spare Satellite

Richard Garriott's Soviet space collection includes a spare Sputnik satellite, a diving suit, left, and a space suit.

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In the Clouds, Sitting Watch Over Paradise

Mike Gates has been a fire lookout, a sky-high voyeur in the battle against wildfires, for the last 21 years.

Clinton Steals Obama's Fund-Raising Thunder

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said it had beaten Senator Barack Obama in donations since July.


Even in New York, Affordable Apartments

There are good neighborhoods in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn, within the reach of first-time buyers.

The Rerunning of the Bulls

When the Five Hundred didn't catch on, Ford decided to resurrect the name of a better-known vehicle, the Taurus.

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It's Only a Game, but It's Played at Work

Some bosses see online games as harmless, brief diversions (with emphasis on "brief" ).

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