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John Solomon The Washington Post When Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) rose to the Senate floor last summer and passionately argued for keeping the federal estate tax, he left one person with an interest in retaining the tax unmentioned. The multibillion-dollar life-insurance...
SAM ROBERTS The New York Times For what experts say is probably the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one, according to a New York Times analysis of census results. In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse, up from...
Sharon Jayson USA TODAY Her older daughter's birthday made Julie Printz realize she had gone overboard with a tea party for 15 kindergartners. "I tried to do something simple, but it escalated," she says. "I spent plenty, I'm sure. I got obsessed with the details. I put so much...
CNN.com A journalist who saw videotape of the Monday hangings of Saddam Hussein's half-brother and the dictator's former chief judge has described how one of the men was decapitated. New York Times reporter John F. Burns told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday evening that Barzan Hassan'...
Patrick Driscoll EXPRESS-NEWS The Texas Department of Transportation's full-tilt charge to build toll roads wherever possible and let private companies collect fees and profits for half a century or more could hit a wall this legislative session. TxDOT officials are asking for...
ANDREW D. SMITH The Dallas Morning News Dallas-area school districts spend nearly $20 million a year on extra pay for teachers with master's degrees. The payments make intuitive sense: Advanced training must help teachers teach better. But scores of studies show no ties between...
VALERIE KALFRIN and ANTHONY McCARTNEY The Tampa Tribune and CHIP OSOWSKI News Channel 8 A former Tampa Prep swim coach and teacher charged with secretly videotaping students as they undressed and tried on swimsuits will remain in jail without bond. Judge Walter Heinrich set...
CHRISTY HOPPE The Dallas Morning News Sometimes history remembers you for just staying alive: Apollo 13, the Unsinkable Molly Brown and maybe, just maybe, political survivor Rick Perry. As Mr. Perry stands poised Tuesday to take his third oath of office, on his way to becoming...
Dafna Linzer and Walter Pincus THE WASHINGTON POST Iraq is at a violent and "precarious juncture," while al-Qaeda is significantly expanding its global reach, effectively immune to the loss of leaders in battle, Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte told Congress...