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I always thought Forrest Gump cheated. After three movie hours of chancing upon history and heartache he steers the ultimate middle ground and decides maybe there is a grand design to the universe and maybe we are also like feathers drifting randomly on the breeze -- that both are happening together at the same time.
Imploding euro? U.S. jobs outlook still scary? No matter. Boding well for the luxury market, the one percent seems destined to carry on, for another generation at least.

In the ritualized warfare that is earnings season, J.C. Penney Co. Inc. chief executive officer Ron Johnson lost a battle in the first quarter, posting a steeper-than-expected loss of $163 million.

Thumbnail image for lorna-scan003.jpgNell Freudenberger's "The Newlyweds" (Borzoi/Alfred A. Knopf) manages to do the opposite of what many chick-lit books do. Rather than make extraordinary lives seem dull, it makes ordinary ones seem fascinating.

It's the story of Amina Azid, who leaves Bangladesh for Rochester to marry George Stillman.

The human animal is a wondrous, industrious creature with finely tuned faculties that have been put to work reshaping the world.
What message is really being sent by envelopes stuffed with cash?

Wal-Mart, of course, is looking into allegations that it sped up its Mexican expansion with a series of bribes. And Avon has for years been looking into whether its entry into China had some illicit help.

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