May 6, 2013 Proponents of the bill, currently before Congress, say collecting taxes from online sales should be relatively simple for retailers. But with close to 10,000 tax jurisdictions around the country, some online businesses say collecting the taxes and navigating potential problems will be a costly burden.
May 6, 2013 When Americans marry noncitizens, their spouses become eligible for green cards and many of the benefits of citizenship — unless the couples are gay or lesbian. Some Democrats are hoping to extend the same benefits to same-sex couples by amending the immigration bill before the Senate.
May 6, 2013 Anthony Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, takes place in war-torn Chechnya — a world of perpetual violence, fear and exploding land mines. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the characters are so vivid and the language so brilliant you want to stay there.
May 6, 2013 Unless you have an icebreaker or a helicopter, you'll probably only see this remote Russian nature preserve in photos. It's inhospitable and practically inaccessible, but the island's wildlife — including arctic fox, polar bears and musk oxen — are a strong draw for scientists and photographers.
May 6, 2013 There are two types of gondolas in Venice — the fancy, expensive tourist boats, and then the traghetto, the everyday boat used by locals. But the traghetto is quickly disappearing, and gondola enthusiasts have harnessed 21st century technology to save this ancient form of transportation.