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E.P.A. Says 17 States Can't Set Emission Rules for Cars

The E.P.A. said the proposed California rules were made moot by the energy bill signed into law by President Bush on Wednesday.

Congress Averts Higher Tax Bill for Middle Class

The alternative minimum tax has ensnared a growing number of middle-class Americans in recent years because the 1969 law was not indexed to inflation.

Iraqi Refugees Return, and Are Stranded

The government's inability to manage a reverse exodus has left the most vulnerable in an uneasy limbo.

News Analysis
Congress Continues Its Pursuit of Earmarks

It's been a difficult few years for earmarks, but the budget that Congress just passed still contained nearly 9,000 of them.

The Green House as Classroom
Andrea Mohin / The New York Times
The Green House as Classroom

Green show houses, like this one being built in Brooklyn, are appearing across the country, spreading a message about environmentally conscious building.

Giuliani in Hospital With Flu-Like Symptoms

Republican Rudy Giuliani was admitted to a hospital Wednesday night for flu-like symptoms, his campaign said.

In Charity and Politics, Clinton Donors Overlap

An examination of the William J. Clinton Foundation shows how its fund-raising has fostered potential conflict.

Obama's Vote in Illinois Was Often Just 'Present'

Barack Obama voted "present" nearly 130 times as a state senator, sometimes sidestepping sensitive issues.

Personal Tech

Gems in the Back of a Closet

Gems in the Back of a Closet Reviewing some unreviewed products before the dust on their boxes gets too thick.

Today's HDTV, or Next Year's?

Today's HDTV, or Next Year's? For consumers who care greatly about what advances are just around the corner, the only correct answer would be to wait.

In France, Swapping a Pied- - Terre for a Ch teau

For Cynthia and Stephen Taylor, a full-time move to Normandy seemed a natural extension of their American roots, because they had both grown up in the South.

A Wagon Survives the Slippery Slope

While many manufacturers are ditching station wagons, Volvo is offering a rugged new edition of its XC70.

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