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Health Care Expansions Hit Roadblocks

The governors of California, Illinois and Pennsylvania proposed sweeping plans to restructure health care this year, but none will finish 2007 having signed a bill.

Doubts Engulf an American Aid Plan for Pakistan

The ambitious $750 million five-year plan is imperiled by unresolved questions about whether the money could fall into the wrong hands in the restive region.

A School in Georgia as a Laboratory for Getting Along

At an unusual elementary school outside Atlanta, more than half the 380 students are refugees from some 40 countries.

Santa Makes the Rounds
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Photographs Slide Show: Santa Makes the Rounds

An American soldier dressed as Santa Claus arrived at an Army base in Baghdad on Monday with a sack of gifts.

Parents Defend School's Use of Shock Therapy

New York State officials trying to ban shock treatments have found an obstacle: parents of students given shocks.

Democrats Try to Rein In Fees on Consulting

Resentment has been building at how presidential elections have become gold mines for media consultants.

At Least 22 Said Killed in Northern Iraq Bombing

A suicide bomber in a pickup truck detonated explosives outside a residential complex in Beiji, Iraq, officials said.


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'The Nutcracker'

The Nutcracker Times photographer Sara Krulwich goes behind the scenes at the annual New York City Ballet production.


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Conserving Cuba, After the Embargo

Conserving Cuba, After the Embargo Thinking ahead to the effect of tourists and investors on a landscape of crucial habitats.

Birds, Bugs Named as Steroid Users!

Birds, Bugs Named as Steroid Users! Baseball players may not be the only animals looking to gain an advantage with steroids.

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Small-Car Stew, Stirred and Reheated

The new Ford Focus is a warmed-over version of the one that's been around since 2000.

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Training for a New Life Through a New Trade

A group called Brooklyn Woods seeks to provide a more promising path to people who are chronically unemployed.

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