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Russian military triumph leaves pro-West Georgia uncertain
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's failed attempt to retake South Ossetia may cost him dearly in Georgia, one of the strongest US allies in Russia's backyard.

States, cities ready to move on housing aid
The $4 billion in federal money will go for everything from rehab to foreclosure-prevention,

An Iraqi interpreter as chronicler of the war
As US soldiers come and go, Iraqi interpreters not only help them overcome language barriers but also serve as unofficial historians, pointing out the changes over five years of war.

U.S. limited in Georgia crisis
American effort to spread democracy wanes in post-Iraq era.

Poor see gains of 1990s reversed
Poverty has become more concentrated in the first half of this decade, says a report.

Roots of Georgia-Russia clash run deep
The war broadened Monday as Russian troops moved beyond rebel provinces into Georgia proper.

In California, foreclosure's next wave?
High prices and ebbing wages in Central Valley are helping push more homes into foreclosure.

Venezuela's Chávez riles critics with new decree
Chávez issued 26 laws last week, many of which resemble items in a constitutional reform package rejected by voters last December.

Stronger U.S. role likely in Afghanistan
The Pentagon wants more control over NATO there in light of Taliban resurgence.

Are stun guns too deadly? Louisiana case adds to debate.
A grand jury will decide whether to bring murder charges against a police officer.