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  • The Only Game in Town

    The Only Game in Town

    A sparkling, eclectic collection of sports profiles from the pages of The New Yorker.

  • L'Oréal trial: heiress Bettencourt's tax shelters, gifts alienate belt-tightening French

    L'Oréal trial: heiress Bettencourt's tax shelters, gifts alienate belt-tightening French

    The trial of a photographer charged with trying to defraud L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt started today, but was suspended to examine secretly made tapes in which Bettencourt discussed tax shelters with an adviser. Disaffection with elite privileges is rising in France.

  • Plastic bags: Untapped tax gold mine?

    Plastic bags: Untapped tax gold mine?

    Plastic bags have been taxed in Washington, D.C., since January, bringing the city nearly $1 million for river cleanup. But can a bag tax bring revenue in the long term?

  • Supreme Court allows sex-abuse case to proceed against the Vatican

    Supreme Court allows sex-abuse case to proceed against the Vatican

    Supreme Court refuses the Vatican's request for dismissal, allowing a priest sex-abuse case in Oregon to proceed against the Holy See. The complaint seeks money damages from the church.

  • Gallery Top 2010 World Cup controversies

    VUVUZELAS: Worldwide audiences and soccer stars – including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi – have complained about the incessant high-pitched whine of the long plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, seen here at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. That reignited calls to ban the vuvuzela, but FIFA chief Sepp Blatter put an end to that discussion early in the tournament. A Cape Town businessman has touted his design for a slightly quieter vuvuzela that reduces the tuneless horn's sound output from a deafening 134 decibels to a more manageable 121 decibels. That sounds good.

  • France's World Cup soccer woes rock French society

    France's World Cup soccer woes rock French society

    The meltdown of France's World Cup team - both on and off the pitch - have shaken all walks of French society. The team has become a metaphor for everything seen as wrong in France today – politics, race, wealth, and too much individualism.

  • Terrorism & Security Israeli diplomat expelled from Ireland over Dubai assassination plot

    Ireland now joins Britain and Australia in expelling Israeli diplomats over their government's connections to the Dubai assassination plot that killed a Hamas leader in January.

  • Saville report on Bloody Sunday massacre exonerates victims

    Saville report on Bloody Sunday massacre exonerates victims

    Nearly 40 years after 14 Catholic civil rights marchers were killed by British soldiers in Derry, Northern Ireland, the UK's Saville report on Bloody Sunday exonerated the marchers. But prosecutions look unlikely, analysts say.

  • Police arrest 178 in global credit card scam

    Police arrest 178 in global credit card scam

    European and US authorities have arrested 178 people in connection with a global credit card scam worth over 20 million euros.

  • Greece collapsing into recession

    Paper Economy Greece collapsing into recession

    Industrial production has fallen off a cliff, consumer confidence has plunged to historic lows, business confidence has made a sudden reversal and the leading index is turning down fast.