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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has signaled his intention to push for legislation shutting down "corporate inversions," techniques commonly used by companies to dodge the corporate income tax.
William T. Vollmann's 2005 novel Europe Central was a masterpiece. His latest work, a collection of ghost stories entitled "Last Stories and Other Stories" is flabby and cliched.
Many of the immigrant children now crossing the U.S.-Mexico border come from Central America, escaping conditions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
A Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, possibly shot down by a missile. And in Gaza, Israel has launched a ground offensive against Hamas forces.
Microsoft plans to eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs over the next year — about 14 percent of its global workforce. The cuts would be the largest in the company's history. Microsoft recently acquired Nokia's mobile phone business, which boosted its head count by 25,000 and most of the cuts will be in that area.