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12th Graders Show Better Grasp of Market Forces Than Expected on U.S. Economics Test By SAM DILLON Published: August 9, 2007 The nation’s high school seniors performed significantly better on the first nationwide economics test than they did on other recent national exams in...
Fewer Mexican Immigrants Are Sending Money Back Home, Bank Says By JULIA PRESTON Published: August 9, 2007 This year a smaller percentage of Mexican immigrants in the United States sent money back to their homeland than in 2006, according to a report released yesterday by the...
It’s a Female Dog, or Worse. Or Endearing. And Illegal? By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM Published: August 7, 2007 The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its...
China threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Last Updated: 9:54am BST 08/08/2007 The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if...
Google Maps redraw the realm of privacy As street-level photos are added to the site, fears of intrusion arise. By Alex Pham and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers August 7, 2007 Google Inc. has been watching you, Southern California. A caravan of cars and trucks mounted with...
Mayhem ends, ball in hands of Mets fan Demian Bulwa and Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writers Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Once again, the polite disagreement over who exactly is the rightful owner of one of Mr. Bonds' baseballs produced blood, bruises and bedlam. Somebody...
Search engine revs up to look for billions of names August 7, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA -- A US Web firm is preparing to launch an ambitious Internet search engine that it hopes will eventually track down the names of the world's 6 billion people. Spock.com says that it has...
Court denies test drugs to dying patients Terminally ill people do not have the right to get unapproved, potentially lifesaving treatments, an appeals panel rules. By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 8, 2007 WASHINGTON -- People who are dying do not have...
Serve Breakfast in Class, Advocates for Poor Urge By JULIE BOSMAN Published: August 8, 2007 Advocates for poor children urged the city’s Department of Education yesterday to serve free breakfast in classrooms, saying that the practice of serving it in cafeterias failed to...