Born Ehrich Weiss, Harry Houdini, a rabbi's son, emigrated from Budapest to Appleton, Wis., in 1878. Courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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The Magic Of Harry Houdini's Staying Power

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After Quiet Season, MoveOn.Org Makes Presence Felt

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Candidates in the New York governor's race — Carl Paladino (from left), Jimmy McMillan, Andrew Cuomo, Charles Barron, Howie Hawkins, Kristin M. Davis and Warren Redlich — participate in Monday's debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Audrey Tiernan, Pool/AP hide caption

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Some Sparks But No Real Heat In N.Y. Gov. Debate

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New York Governor's Race Heats Up

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New York Governor's Race Grows Nastier

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Helene Martich smokes in a Times Square pedestrian island in New York City, something that would be illegal under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on smoking in city parks, beaches, and parts of Times Square. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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New Yorkers' Cigarette Breaks May Go Up In Smoke

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The story of sealing the BP's busted well once and for all still has drama. It just doesn't have dramatic pictures. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press hide caption

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BP Close To Final Seal Of Ruptured Oil Well. Yawn.

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The Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by Austrian Margarete (Grete) Schuette-Lihotzky in 1926. Courtesy MoMA hide caption

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A Kitchen Revolution Aimed At Freeing Women

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A family plays Monopoly in the kitchen of their home in Jericho, Vt. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Monopoly Game: Rules Made To Be Broken?

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The New Economics Of Fancy Playgrounds

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Teens, Older Workers Often Compete For Same Job

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Gulf Fund Administrator: Listen To The People

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