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  • Debate over Immigration Policy at an Impasse
    After months of negotiations, Congress appears no closer to a consensus on an overhaul of immigration policy. But competing interests are starting to agree that leaving the dysfunctional system unchanged for now might not be the worst idea.
  • Rift Appears Among Iraq Insurgent Groups
    Three major Sunni insurgent groups have officially broken with al-Qaida in Iraq and its other allies. A new umbrella group called the Reformation and Jihad Front is no friend to the U.S. goal of democracy in Iraq. But analysts say it may represent the most significant setback yet for al-Qaida in Iraq.
  • China's 'Gold Farmers' Play a Grim Game
    Playing online games for 12 hours is a fulltime job for thousands of Chinese workers. They're accumulating virtual money — or "gold" — which they can sell for real cash. But it's a dull and labor-intensive job with limited payoffs.
  • Rings Resurface in Wreckage of Kansas Tornado
    Emma Faye Hargadine survived the tornado that destroyed Greensburg, Kan., but lost two rings precious to her. But family members used a garden rake to pick through the debris ... and they found the rings.
  • Cyclist Landis Gets Hearing in Doping Case
    Tour de France champion Floyd Landis has waged an aggressive PR campaign to keep his title after drug tests showed that he had taken banned drugs during last year's race. Landis will get a chance to appeal the test results in a hearing at Pepperdine University in California.
  • Cambodia Writes First History of Khmer Rouge
    A new history project helps Cambodia take a tiny step toward confronting the murderous four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. As many as 2 million people died, but the era is barely mentioned in school textbooks.
  • In Cambodia, Preserving a Musical Tradition
    When the Khmer Rouge carried out the genocide of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s, it also nearly obliterated Cambodia's arts and culture. Kong Nay, one of the last living masters of the Cambodian guitar, is trying to keep those traditions alive.
  • DaimlerChrysler Cuts Deal to Sell Chrysler Group
    The German auto giant DaimlerChrysler will sell a controlling stake of the struggling Chrysler Group for $7.4 billion. The buyer is a private-equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management. DaimlerChrysler will keep a 19.9 percent stake in the new Chrysler Holding LLC.
  • Musicians Collaborate from Afar on the Web
    Imagine if John had never met Paul. Well, these days Web sites are making it easier for would-be Lennons and McCartneys to collaborate without ever meeting each other in person.
  • For U.S. Automakers, A Tough 30 Years
    Chrysler's struggles reflect the change in the U.S. auto market over three decades. In 1977, General Motors owned more than half the entire U.S. market and the best-selling car in America was an Oldsmobile. Now, the best selling car in the U.S. is a Toyota Camry sedan.

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