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U.S. Ruling Backs Benefit Cut at 65 in Retiree Plans

A new regulation allows employers to establish two classes of retirees, with more comprehensive benefits for those under 65 and more limited ones, or none at all, for those older.

Major Retailers Feel the Squeeze From Consumers

Once seemingly invincible marquee chains like Coach, Starbucks and Abercrombie & Fitch are settling for ho-hum growth this winter.

City Is Doubling Police Program to Reduce Crime

Every new police officer in New York City will be sent onto the streets of some of the city's toughest neighborhoods as part of a broad anticrime operation.

Behind the Jackpot
The $50 Ticket: A Lottery Boon Raises Concern

Critics say that instant scratch-off games are more likely to contribute to problem gambling.

Despite Aid, Malnutrition in Darfur Rises
Stuart Price / African Union Mission in the Sudan, via Agence France-Presse
Despite Aid, Malnutrition in Darfur Rises

A report showed a sharp increase in child malnutrition rates, despite the efforts of thousands of relief workers.

Border Crossings
A Global Trek to Poor Nations, From Poorer Ones

Across the developing world, migrants move to other poor countries nearly as often as they move to rich ones.

The Long Run
Bridging 4 Decades, a Large, Close-Knit Brood

Of the Republican candidates, John McCain has the most children, yet they are largely absent from his campaign.


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The Pogies: Envelope, Please

The Pogies: Envelope, Please Welcome to the third annual Pogie awards. Formal attire is not required, but some measure of product improvement is.

Macro Photography, Microscopic Details

Macro Photography, Microscopic Details With an add-on or two, digital cameras make it easier to capture close-up shots.

Where Historic Town Houses Still Hold Court

A block on the Upper East Side is rich in details and unusually free of apartment houses.

How Ugly? Put a Bag on That Car
How Ugly? Put a Bag on That Car

Designed to maximize safety, the Aurora is known among some auto historians as the ugliest car of all time.

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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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