Peace Talks Come and Go, but a Settlement Grows. The American president was pushing hard for a Mideast peace agreement when six Jewish families arrived on this West Bank hilltop early one morning with cribs, refrigerators, Israeli flags and flatbed trucks carrying mobile homes.

Baseball -- 1:09 PM

Postscript to Crosby's Wine Cellar Treasure. Major League Baseball owned the copyright to the 1960 World Series but had to buy the lone physical copy from the singer's estate.

T Magazine -- 1:08 PM

Scorecard | Lanvin Wins! Alber Elbaz's romantic wardrobe for contemporary power dressing wins with the critics.

Sports -- 12:59 PM

McNabb's in Town, but Talk's About Vick. Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia has become the second-biggest story around Sunday's game against the Redskins as Michael Vick grabs the spotlight at quarterback for the Eagles.

Home Page -- 12:59 PM

House Majority Still Uncertain, Republicans Say. Enough contests remain fluid that both parties head into the final four weeks of the campaign able to change the dynamic before Election Day.

Problems Seen in Process for BP Oil Spill Fund. About 31,000 claims have little or no documentation, and the people who filed them have been asked to provide more information.

Woods and Stricker Put U.S. in Lead at Ryder Cup. After a seven-hour rain delay on the opening day, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker returned to finish off a two-up win over Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter in fourball.

Europe -- 12:59 PM

Putin Chief Of Staff May Be Next Moscow Mayor - Paper. * Sergei Sobyanin seen as front-runner after Putin meeting

Putin Chief Of Staff May Be Next Moscow Mayor: Paper. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff has emerged as a front-runner for the post of Moscow mayor, Kommersant reported on Saturday -- a job in which he could help win votes in the 2011 parliamentary poll.

College Basketball -- 12:59 PM

A Stark Change of Scenery Re-energizes a Top Recruit. Nurideen Lindsey is trying to overcome the murder of two brothers and disaffection from basketball at a community college in Oklahoma. He could end up at St. John's next season.

Golf -- 12:49 PM

Stricker And Cink Set Tone as U.S. Charge 6 - 4 Up. NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) - Steve Stricker and Stewart Cink led the way as the United States opened up a 6-4 advantage over Europe after the second session of the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor on Saturday.

Sports -- 12:40 PM

Woods and Stricker Put U.S. in the Lead at Ryder Cup. A troubled year for Tiger Woods has gotten a whole lot better at the Ryder Cup.

Asia Pacific -- 12:40 PM

Top Bet for Nobel Peace Prize Is in Chinese Prison. When the police came for Liu Xiaobo on a December night nearly two years ago, they didn't tell the dissident author why he was being taken away again. The line in the detention order for his "suspected crime" was left blank.

Soccer -- 12:29 PM

Van Der Vaart Completes Memorable Week With Spurs Double. LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael van der Vaart's rip-roaring week continued on Saturday when he scored both goals as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Premier League.

Science -- 12:29 PM

New Goal for the Obese: Zero Gain in Pregnancy. A study of weight gain by obese women in pregnancy will try to keep them from putting on any pounds.

Observatory: Solving a Tonal Mystery in Orbit Around Saturn. Researchers found that the two-tone surface of the moon Iapetus is a result of dust, the moon's rotation on its axis, and water ice's refreezing.

Well: When Lowering the Odds of Cancer Isn't Enough. If someone invented a pill to cut a cancer risk in half, would you take it?

Cases: Exam-Room Rules: What's in a Name? Choosing between first names or titles in a doctor-patient relationship sets the tone for all communication.

Personal Health: Recipes to Set Teenagers on a Healthy Path. A new cookbook can be a resource to help steer adolescents away from fattening foods and toward a more wholesome diet.

Really?: The Claim: Flu Viruses Live Longer on Surfaces Than Cold Viruses. How long can a virus survive on your sink or doorknob?

Q & A: Fears About Ears. What is cochlear hydrops and what might help?

Observatory: Bones Show Early Divergence of Dinosaur Lineage. The fossils of a theropod from 215 million years ago, unearthed in New Mexico, support the idea that the major types of dinosaurs evolved early on.

For Bicyclists Needing a Boost, This Wheel May Help. It is not easy to reinvent the wheel, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are giving it their best shot.

Letters: Music of the Spheres (1 Letter). To the Editor:.

Letters: The Power of Shoes (1 Letter). To the Editor:.

Letters: Drugs, Reconsidered (2 Letters). To the Editor:.

Half a Lifetime Spent in Pursuit of Waterbirds. Theodore Cross spent the first half of his life oblivious to birds only to become one of their most ardent photographers and advocates in the second half.

Findings: Trusting Nature as the Climate Referee. An economist suggests imposing a tax linked to the earth's future warming.

Case Shined First Light on Abuse of Children. In 1874, it took the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to bring the case of a battered 10-year-old, Mary Ellen McCormack, before a New York court.

Did You Hear the One About the Former Scientist? Tim Lee, a biologist, has found a more rewarding career as a stand-up comedian.

In 2025, India to Pass China in Population, U.S. Estimates. India will become the world's most populous country in 2025, surpassing China, where the population will peak one year later because of declining fertility, according to U.S. projections.

Infants' Swine Flu Vaccine Is Recalled as Less Potent. Nearly a million doses may have been slightly less potent than required, federal officials said in announcing that the shots had been voluntarily pulled.

Weather Device Also Tracks Greenhouse Gas. Aboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder is used not only to aid forecasters, but also to gauge carbon dioxide flow and ocean evaporation.

State Energy Plan Promotes Clean, Efficient Alternatives. A New York board recommended increased reliance on natural gas and renewable energy sources like wind and sunshine.

A Gazillion Tiny Avatars. Viruses can cause havoc and misery, but they also cause other organisms to evolve.

Books on Science: A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing. A new book is a tribute to a Microsoft researcher, lost at sea in 2007, who argued that computing was transforming science.

In Surgery, a Tangled Tumor Meets Its Match. At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, surgeons spent 43 hours performing an ex vivo procedure on a man whose liver was engulfed by a cancerous tumor.

Observatory: Flies Get Tipsy and Aid the Study of Addiction. By exposing fruit flies to alcohol, researchers hope to gain genetic insight into human behavior.

Foes Unite to Support Bill on Old-Growth Forests. Timber executives and environmentalists announced that they would support legislation codifying and expanding protections of land in eastern Oregon.

Outside Climate Talks, Protesters March on the Hall. Demonstrators called for radical measures to curb global warming and sought to enter the conference center to hold a "people's assembly."

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Poor and Emerging States Stall Climate Negotiations. The Group of 77, a group of poor and emerging nations, has raised repeated objections to what its members see as the economic and environmental tyranny of the industrial world.

A Sultry World Is Found Orbiting a Distant Star. The planet, about 40 light-years away from Earth, is extremely hot and probably cloaked in a crushing atmosphere, astronomers said.

That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy. The federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose serious health risks.

U.S. Offer of Long-Term Aid Pushes Climate Talks Forward. With time running out on the stalled talks, the secretary of state gave new hope for a deal when she announced that the U.S. would help raise money to help poor nations combat climate change.

Most E-Mailed -- 12:28 PM

Cultured Traveler: The Paris That Awoke to Atget's Lens. In a city that maintains a strong reverence for its past, many of the scenes photographed by Eugène Atget still exist — untouched.

The BP-Spill Baby-Turtle Brigade. How a vast and well-organized group of amateur enthusiasts helped save their beloved creatures.

California Reduces Its Penalty for Marijuana. As the state struggles, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made possession of marijuana more like a traffic ticket.

Middle East -- 12:28 PM

Palestinians Say Talks With Israel Should Be Suspended. The Palestinian leadership said that four-week-old direct talks with Israel should be postponed as long as Jewish settlement housing was being built in the West Bank.

Syria's Assad Rebuffs Washington By Courting Iran. TEHRAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assured his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday that their ties were solid -- a view unlikely to please Washington which is working to isolate the Islamic state.

Golf -- 12:28 PM

Rain Delays Don't Spoil Ryder Cup's High Drama. Despite disruptions from foul weather, the essence of Sunday singles will still be intact when the teams from the United States and Europe settle the issue of which team is better equipped to hold the Ryder Cup for the next two years.

Europe -- 12:28 PM

Russian Forces Kill Five In North Caucasus - Report. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian counterterrorist forces killed as many as five people as they besieged two housing blocks in the restive southern region of Dagestan on Saturday, state-run news agencies reported.

Africa -- 12:28 PM

Kenya Sees Rise in Reports of Child Sex Abuse. Emma has gone to court every month for 2½ years to try and prove that a neighbor raped her mentally disabled 14-year-old daughter.

Pro Basketball -- 12:19 PM

Crittenton Eyes Return With Bobcats After Gun Flap. Javaris Crittenton had little chance to distinguish himself in his first two seasons in the NBA. Then he became famous last year for the wrong reason — as the "other guy" in the Gilbert Arenas gun saga.

T Magazine -- 12:17 PM

Photos of the Moment | Maison Martin Margiela. Scenes from the Paris Fashion Week photo diary of Alexandra Catiere.

Golf -- 12:08 PM

Struggling Woods Sends Shivers Rippling Through a Sport's Universe. Tiger Woods's fall from grace and lackluster performances have affected television ratings, attendance and what consumers think of him.

Asia Pacific -- 12:08 PM

Tortuous Path Ahead to Form Iraq Government. BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Attempts by Nuri al-Maliki to form a new government could be weeks, if not months, away from fruition because the prime minister is struggling to secure support from Kurdish and Sunni factions.

Politics -- 11:59 AM

The Saturday Word: Rally Back. Liberal activists gather in Washington this morning for a rally they hope will provide an antidote to recent Tea Party-inspired demonstrations.

Europe -- 11:58 AM

Thousands Protest In Rome Against Berlusconi. ROME (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators took part in a protest against Silvio Berlusconi in Rome on Saturday, days after the Italian Prime Minister survived a confidence vote in parliament that could have triggered early elections.

Business -- 11:50 AM

Aging Work Force Inspires Utility Worker Training. In the worst recession in memory, Helen Duguay discovered that climbing utility poles is a better career choice than selling real estate.

Home Page -- 11:50 AM

Send Us Your Photos: Tailgating Merriment. With the college football conference schedule kicking into high gear, readers are asked to submit pictures from tailgating parties.

Asia Pacific -- 11:38 AM

Prince Charles in Indian Capital for Sporting Meet. Britain's Prince Charles met with Indian President Pratibha Patil for informal talks Saturday, a day before the two are to jointly inaugurate the Commonwealth Games, ending a protocol tussle.

Americas -- 11:38 AM

In Election, Brazil's Silva Hopes for Victory Lap. The emcee's voice begins rising to a crescendo rivaling that of any Las Vegas ring announcer, a yell driving through a dense tropical rain that concisely explains what Brazil's adored president means to his nation.

Most E-Mailed -- 11:28 AM

Bank of America to Freeze Foreclosure Cases. It is the third major lender in the last two weeks to say it is freezing foreclosures and its decision could involve tens of thousands of pending foreclosure cases.

College Football -- 11:28 AM

Spartans' Coach Back in Hospital With Blood Clot. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is back in the hospital because of a blood clot in his leg and will miss the 24th-ranked Spartans' game against No. 11 Wisconsin on Saturday.

N.Y. / Region -- 11:18 AM

A Bridge Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 156-light necklace of the George Washington Bridge will shine in pink for the month of October. Chris Bonanno, a bridge electrician whose sister was diagnosed with the disease, came up with the idea.

T Magazine -- 11:17 AM

Model-Morphosis | Viktor & Rolf. The photographer Greg Kessler captures the transformations of Paris Fashion Week.

Pro Football -- 11:08 AM

Are Eagles Fans Ready to Embrace Michael Vick? Michael Vick's ascendancy to starting quarterback has won over some Philadelphia Eagles fans who originally balked at his signing, but many animal-loving football fans, who were among the most incensed upon his arrival in 2009, remain adamant in their opposition.

Most E-Mailed -- 11:08 AM

Critic's Notebook: From Picassos to Sarcophagi, Guided by Phone Apps. Sophisticated smartphone museum guides are inevitable. But the ones I tried show the form only in its infancy.

Atlanta Hats? Seattle Socks? Macy's Goes Local. After decades of acquiring and centralizing, Macy's has increased sales by rediscovering its multiple local roots.

Soccer -- 10:57 AM

Burst Pipe Delays Kick - Off At Sunderland - United Match. LONDON (Reuters) - A burst pipe above the Manchester United dressing room at Sunderland's Stadium of Light caused part of the ceiling to collapse and delayed the kick-off of their Premier League match by 20 minutes.

T Magazine -- 10:56 AM

Now Screening | Lanvin. The Spring/Summer 2011 collection from Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week.

Business -- 10:47 AM

ECB's Bini Smaghi Says Italy Faces Weak Growth. FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - Italy risks weak economic growth in the next decade due to a heavy public debt burden and lagging competitiveness, European Central Bank executive board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi said on Saturday.

Middle East -- 10:47 AM

Egypt Unearths 3,400-Year-Old Granite Statues. Egypt's antiquities chief says archaeologists have unearthed the upper half of a double limestone statue of a powerful pharaoh who ruled nearly 3,400 years ago.

Most E-Mailed -- 10:27 AM

Patient Money: More Turmoil Expected in This Year's Medicare Signup. The system is changing rapidly, in part because of requirements imposed by the new health care law. In some areas, there will be dozens, even hundreds, of coverage options.

Big Ten Network Alters Picture of College Sports. A land grab is under way in college athletics and nothing is driving the change more than the Big Ten Network.

T Magazine -- 10:26 AM

Quick-Change Artist | Melodie Monrose. The model Melodie Monrose of Wilhelmina Model Management gets reinvented five times.

N.Y. / Region -- 10:17 AM

Urban Forager | Fungus on the Lawn? Let's Eat! With the cooler weather and rain of the past few weeks, mushrooms - like oysters, puffballs and reishi - have been popping up throughout the five boroughs.

Home Page -- 10:17 AM

When History Speaks. A first-time visitor to Israel explores his family's past, from the shores of the Sea of Galilee to farms north of Tel Aviv to the galleries of remembrance in Jerusalem.

T Magazine -- 10:06 AM

Model-Morphosis | Lanvin. The photographer Greg Kessler captures the transformations of Paris Fashion Week.

Soccer -- 9:56 AM

Rooney Says He Can Re - Discover Form if Ferguson Plays Him. LONDON (Reuters) - Troubled Wayne Rooney said he would be fit for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro and wants Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson to give him a run in the side so he can re-discover his form.

Pogue's Posts -- 9:46 AM

Why Credit Cards? Instead of credit cards, why not transfer the money directly between purchaser and provider?

Home Page -- 9:46 AM

Movement of the Moment Looks to Long-Ago Texts. Books like "The Law," from 1850, and "The Road to Serfdom" from 1944, have risen to best-seller status among Tea Party followers.

Americans Bask in Ryder Cup Sun. Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton became the first American Ryder Cup rookies to win an opening session match since 1979, lifting the team to an early lead over the Europeans.

Europe -- 9:46 AM

Christian Democrats Hold Key Dutch Coalition Vote. AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Christian Democrat members met on Saturday to vote on a coalition pact with the Liberal party which would lead to a minority government backed by the anti-Islam Freedom Party.

Divers Join Efforts to Find US Balloonists. Scuba divers have joined in the search efforts for two American balloonists who went missing in the Adriatic Sea, but searchers say that hope of finding them alive is fading.

Business -- 9:36 AM

China's Wen Vows to Boost Cooperation With Greece. ATHENS (Reuters) - Premier Wen Jiabao said he expected China's ties with Greece would be expanded in all areas as he arrived in Athens on Saturday for a two-day visit to the crisis-hit country.

Most E-Mailed -- 9:36 AM

Op-Ed Columnist: The Terrible Election Race Race. Several states are having absolutely appalling campaign seasons. Here are a few of the very worst.

Middle East -- 9:36 AM

Spy Chief Says Iran Able to Fight Computer Worm. Iran's intelligence minister says the country has learned how to fight off a complex computer worm that some foreign experts have speculated was designed to target Tehran's nuclear program.

Asia Pacific -- 9:35 AM

Palestinians Say No Talks While Settlements Built. RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - There will be no direct negotiations with Israel while it builds settlements on occupied land where the Palestinians seek to establish a state, a spokesman for the Palestinian president said on Saturday.

Africa -- 9:35 AM

Nigeria: Death Toll in Bombings Rises to 12. A police spokesman says at least 12 people have died after dual car bombs struck Nigeria's capital during celebrations marking its 50th anniversary of independence.

Business -- 9:16 AM

France Has Not Held Secret FX Talks: Source. PARIS (Reuters) - France has not held secret talks with China as part of an effort to heighten coordination of exchange rates, a French presidential palace source said on Saturday, dismissing an earlier Financial Times report.

Europe -- 9:15 AM

Latvia Votes After Crisis. RIGA (Reuters) - Latvians were voting on Saturday after enduring the sharpest recession in the EU, and their verdict could determine the country's commitment to its IMF-led austerity programme and the goal of euro entry in 2014.

Students And Families Join French Pension Protests. PARIS (Reuters) - Families, students and private sector workers joined mass demonstrations on Saturday against the French government's pension reforms, and unions hoped as many as 3 million protesters would take to the streets.

Business -- 9:06 AM

Rate Cuts No Tool to Ignite Growth: Hungarian Central Banker. "Contrary to those who see further interest rate cuts as the way to economic recovery, the central bank must reduce long-term interest rates," National Bank of Hungary Vice Governor Ferenc Karvalits told a business forum.

Asia Pacific -- 8:56 AM

Wife Of Singapore Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew Dies. SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The wife of Singapore's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, has died at age 89, the Prime Minister's Office said on Saturday.

Wife of Former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew Dies. Kwa Geok Choo, the wife of Singapore's first prime minister and mother of its current leader, died Saturday. She was 89.

Kyrgyzstan Tense as Parliamentary Vote Nears: OSCE. ALMATY (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan is highly volatile after June's ethnic clashes and there are widespread fears of new violence before a crucial election next weekend, Europe's leading vote monitoring group has said.

Kyrgyzstan Tense as Parliamentary Vote Nears - OSCE. ALMATY (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan is highly volatile after June's ethnic clashes and there are widespread fears of new violence before a crucial election next weekend, Europe's leading vote monitoring group has said.

T Magazine -- 8:24 AM

Internal Logic. A California house with a radical floor plan challenges traditional designs for living.

Asia Pacific -- 8:24 AM

NKorea Asks South for Talks on Restarting Tours. North Korea asked for talks with South Korea on resuming cross-border tourist trips to a resort inside the North, state media said Saturday, a day after the rivals agreed to hold reunions for families separated by the Korean War.

Golf -- 8:13 AM

Duo Watson And Overton In Rare All - Rookie Victory. NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) - Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton became the first U.S. rookie pairing to triumph in an opening Ryder Cup session for 31 years when they defeated Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington 3 and 2 on Saturday.

Europe -- 8:13 AM

Nigeria Bomb Toll Rises: Was Warning Ignored? ABUJA (Reuters) - The death toll from car bombs that exploded near a parade marking Nigeria's 50th anniversary of independence rose to 12 on Saturday as reports emerged that authorities had been warned of an attack but failed to avert it.

Druids Recognized as Religion for First Time in UK. Druidry has been officially recognized as a religion in Britain under charity law.

Home Page -- 7:44 AM

World War II Memories, and an Instant Connection. For two men awaiting surgery, a chance meeting allowed them to bond over shared memories as soldiers on D-Day in Normandy.

U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 18 Militants in Pakistan. The two attacks come amid recent tensions with an ally Washington needs in its effort to stabilize Afghanistan.

Golf -- 7:33 AM

Rookies Overton, Watson Lead US to Early Edge. The United States has the early edge at the Ryder Cup, grabbing a 2½-1½ lead after the rain-delayed opening fourballs.

Europe -- 7:33 AM

Tropical Storm Nicole Kills Nine In Jamaica. MIAMI (Reuters) - Short-lived Tropical Storm Nicole triggered flash flooding that killed at least nine people in Jamaica and dumped heavy rain on Florida, Cuba, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas on Wednesday.

Sports -- 7:23 AM

Being a Rex Ryan 'Guy.' Trevor Pryce Explains.. Why do players love to play for Rex Ryan? Defensive end Trevor Pryce, who played for Ryan in Baltimore and who rejoined him this week, said it starts with loyalty.

Travel -- 7:14 AM

Letter: Grand Canyon in Winter. GRAND CANYON IN WINTER.

Heads Up | Ski Guide 2010: Now for Regular Skiers, the Ultra Terrain. Extreme ski touring has recently hit the mainstream thanks to the efforts of some intrepid entrepreneurs.

Check In, Check Out: Hotel Review: The Loden Hotel in Vancouver. With rooms starting at 219 Canadian dollars, the Loden is a welcome addition to the city's luxury hotels and in a prime location for both business and travel.

Foraging: Store Review: Oyama Sausage Company in Vancouver. This stall in the Granville Island Public Market has been quietly selling its popular housemade pâtés and sausages since 2001.

Affordable Skiing | Ski Guide 2010: Where Peaks Are High, and Prices Low. From cheap ski resorts in New England to cozy chalets in Aspen for under $150, a budget travel guide to 10 North American ski resorts.

Ski Guide 2010: The Back of Beyond in British Columbia. The isolated Sol Mountain Lodge is reached by helicopter, and vast, ungroomed slopes are reached on foot.

Ski Guide 2010: 36 Hours in Stowe, Vt.. The grande dame of Green Mountain ski resort towns just got a $400 million upgrade, but underneath all the glitz, it still feels like a quaint New England town.

Surfacing | Ski Guide 2010: On the Arty Side of the Tracks in White River Junction, Vt.. An artistic community has brought chic boutiques, cafes and galleries to a historic district, once just known for its train tracks.

Journeys | Ski Guide 2010: What's New, on and Off the Slopes. From Gore Mountain in New York to Mammoth Mountain in California, a roundup of what's new at North American ski resorts.

On the Road: 'Up in the Air' Spotlights Airlines' Highest Fliers. A new movie provides a glimpse at the perks airlines reserve for the passengers who contribute the most to their revenue.

Itineraries: Travel Industry Expects Only a Modest Recovery in 2010. Signs of improvement could falter if fuel prices increase or the fragile economic recovery takes a turn for the worse.

Practical Traveler: The Flight Before Christmas. A checklist of tips (and Plan Bs) for handling holiday air travel.

Frugal Traveler: Readers Go Even Deeper for the Cheap in New York. From restaurants to museums and theater tickets, readers share their tips for experiencing the best of the city on a budget.

Frugal Traveler: Frugal, but With Plenty to Give. There are several travel-related charities and nonprofits that can use some help, no matter how little you can afford to give.

Choice Tables: The Flavor of Bali, at Roadside Stands. From melt-in-your-mouth roast pig to just-caught sashimi, streetside food vendors, known as warungs, offer some of the island's best food.

Africa -- 7:13 AM

Nigeria Bomb Toll Rises. ABUJA (Reuters) - The death toll from car bombs that exploded near a parade marking Nigeria's 50th anniversary of independence rose to 12 on Saturday and reports emerged that the government had been warned of the attack but failed to act.

Business -- 6:54 AM

France Has Not Held Secret FX Talks - Source. PARIS (Reuters) - France and China have not had secret talks as part of an effort by Paris to heighten coordination of exchange rates, a French presidential source said on Saturday.

Asia Pacific -- 6:53 AM

Fortress Delhi Set For Biggest Commonwealths. NEW DELHI (Reuters) - With nearly 6,000 athletes already in Delhi and hundreds more streaming in by the day, the Indian capital was putting the final finishing touches to preparations for the biggest ever Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

On the Runway -- 6:52 AM

Haider Ackermann: Broken Hearts. At Haider Ackermann's superb show Saturday morning, the clothes delivered a rare emotional charge.

Middle East -- 6:34 AM

Abbas to Consult Aides on Fate of Mideast Talks. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was seeking the backing of dozens of senior Palestinians on Saturday for his refusal to keep negotiating with Israel without a slowdown in West Bank settlement construction.

Most E-Mailed -- 6:24 AM

CNN Fires Rick Sanchez for Remarks in Interview. Mr. Sanchez called Jon Stewart of Comedy Central a bigot and made contentious remarks about Jews in the media.

Sports -- 6:24 AM

Examining Mantle's Running Play From 1960. After writing about the discovery of a pristine kinescope of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates in Bing Crosby's old wine cellar, Richard Sandomir followed up Friday with an analysis of a critical base-running play in the game's ninth inning.

World -- 6:13 AM

U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 14 in Pakistan. The two attacks come amid recent NATO incursions into Pakistan that raised tensions with an ally Washington needs in efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.

Business -- 6:04 AM

IMF Says China Policy to Help Yuan Revalue. YALTA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Policy moves by the Chinese government to free the yuan from a dollar peg will help the Chinese currency rise, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, said on Saturday.

Europe -- 6:03 AM

65 Years After WWII, a Family Blank Is Filled. As a child, Frank Seiffers didn't have a fond impression of his older cousin, Cornelis Brouwenstijn. He says he thought of the young man as something of a scoundrel.

Asia Pacific -- 5:53 AM

Karzai Gives Pep Speech to Afghan Security Forces. President Hamid Karzai is calling on Afghanistan's police and army to prepare themselves to take charge of protecting and defending the nation after the eventual exit of international forces.

Business -- 5:34 AM

Ford CEO Sees Zero Net Debt By 2011: Report. MILAN (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to repay its net debt by the end of next year and return to an investment grade earlier than expected, Allan Mulally, chief executive of the No. 2 U.S. automaker was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Home Page -- 5:34 AM

Time for a Place in the Country? Prices for weekend properties have fallen, sellers are eager and buyers seem to be stirring at last.

Golf -- 5:34 AM

Europe Draw First Blood But U.S. Hold Early Cup Advantage. NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) - Europe drew first blood in the weather-delayed fourball matches at the Ryder Cup when Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer beat Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson 3&2 on Saturday.

Education -- 5:33 AM

The Way We Live Now: Is Michelle Rhee's Revolution Over? When people rebel against education reform.

National Briefing | New England: Massachusetts: Pact on Schools. Federal officials and the Boston public school system have reached an agreement over accusations that the district violated federal law by not providing English instruction to students with a limited grasp of the language.

Europe -- 5:23 AM

Train Derails on Norway-Sweden Border, Injuring 40. Police say a train has derailed on the Norway-Sweden border, injuring 40 people.

Middle East -- 5:13 AM

In 2nd Tape, Bin Laden Urges Pakistan Flood Relief. In a second audio recording in 24 hours, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden says Muslim nations haven't done enough to support relief efforts in flood-hit Pakistan.

Kurds to Discuss Iraqi Premier's Bid to Keep Power. A senior Kurdish official says Kurdish lawmakers will discuss whether to throw their support behind Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and likely seal his bid for a second term.

Baseball -- 5:13 AM

Padres 6, Giants 4: Special Year for Giants, but They Must Wait Another Day. The San Diego Padres staved off elimination in the National League West race with a 6-4 victory at San Francisco.

Asia Pacific -- 5:13 AM

Dozens Die in Indonesian Train Crash. At least 36 people were killed and dozens severely injured early Saturday in a collision between intercity trains.

World -- 5:04 AM

Dozens Killed in Train Crash in Indonesia. At least 36 people were killed and dozens severely injured early Saturday in a collision between intercity trains.

Home Page -- 4:44 AM

Indonesian Train Crash Kills Dozens. A train crash in central Indonesia on Saturday killed at least 36 people and injured dozens, several with severe burns and broken bones, officials and witnesses said.

Pro Football -- 4:34 AM

Packers WR Jones Wants to Atone for Fumble. Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones knows the importance of making the most of his opportunities in the team's high-powered passing game.

Middle East -- 4:34 AM

Syrian Leader Holds Talks With Close Ally Iran. Syrian President Bashar Assad is in Iran for talks that are likely to include the effect of international sanctions on Tehran and the political struggles in neighboring Iraq.

Europe -- 4:23 AM

Nobel Experts Predict Low-Key Prize After Obama. As the secretive Nobel Prize committees huddle for their final deliberations to select the 2010 winners, the question looms large: Are the jurors preparing another Obama-style shocker?

9/11 Conspiracy Theories Rife in Muslim World. About a week ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared to the United Nations that most people in the world believe the United States was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Middle East -- 3:53 AM

Bin Laden Calls For Pakistan Relief In New Tape - Web. DUBAI (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden called on Muslims around the world to mobilise to help victims of floods in Pakistan in what purported to be the second internet message from the al Qaeda leader in two days.

Bin Laden Calls For Pakistan Relief In New Tape: Web. DUBAI (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden called on Muslims around the world to mobilize to help victims of floods in Pakistan in what purported to be the second internet message from the al Qaeda leader in two days.

Baseball -- 3:53 AM

Park Sets MLB Win Mark For Asian - Born Pitchers. MIAMI (Reuters) - South Korean Park Chan-ho threw three innings of shutout relief to notch the win in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-1 decision over the Florida Marlins on Friday, setting a new standard for Asian-born pitchers.

Asia Pacific -- 3:43 AM

Dozens Killed, Injured In Indonesian Train Crash. PETARUKAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Dozens of people were killed or badly injured when two trains collided in Indonesia's central Java province early on Saturday, officials said.

Home Page -- 3:33 AM

Taking Pornography Low Tech. A small but influential roster of new pinup magazines look to the late 1960s and early 1970s, before the days of silicone implants, Photoshop and streaming HD video.

Health -- 3:33 AM

California Tightens Oversight of CT Scans. California's governor signed tough new legislation largely in response to the overdosing of hundreds of patients who underwent brain scans for stroke in 2008 and 2009.

New York -- 3:03 AM

Parrish Museum's ‘Underground Pop' Shows Allure of Homespun. "Underground Pop," at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, N.Y., highlights the tension between college-trained sophistication and fictions of naïveté.

Critics Root for Espada's Exit, but He's Dug In. The state Senate majority leader faces a tough battle in the primary, but he remains defiant and formidable.

Environment -- 3:02 AM

The BP-Spill Baby-Turtle Brigade. How a vast and well-organized group of amateur enthusiasts helped save their beloved creatures.

Automobiles -- 2:41 AM

Wheelspin: Crash Avoidance in Ireland, if the Passenger Catches His Drift. Driving on the other side of the road prompted a family to develop the Verbal Collision Avoidance System.

Behind the Wheel | 2010 Lotus Evora: Watching Its Weight but Hugging the Curves. It is to Lotus's credit that the four-seater Evora remains one of the most soul-stirring sports cars around.

Motoring: A BMW on the Trans-Atlantic Plan. One selling point for taking delivery of a car in Europe is the money saved by vacationers who drive their own car rather than paying for a rental.

Home Page -- 2:32 AM

White House Memo: White House Ponders Post-Election Outlook. The White House is preparing for a different relationship with Congress, where Republicans are expected to gain strength, and more advisers may call it quits.

Baseball -- 2:32 AM

Padres Slay Giants to Keep NL West Hopes Alive. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Diego Padres kept their National League West hopes alive by beating the Giants 6-4 in the opener of their do-or-die, three-game series in San Francisco on Friday.

Asia Pacific -- 2:11 AM

Officials: Suspected US Strike Kills 3 in Pakistan. A suspected American missile strike killed three people in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, two intelligence officials said, the latest in an unprecedented surge of such assaults on alleged militant hideouts near the Afghan border.

Americas -- 2:00 AM

Chile Miners Could Be Rescued This Month: Minister. COPIAPO, Chile (Reuters) - The 33 Chilean miners trapped for almost two months could be freed in the second half of this month as rescuers drill closer to their refuge deep below the Atacama desert, Chile's mining minister said on Friday.

Baseball -- 1:50 AM

Padres Deny Giants Division Title With 6-4 Win. Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Ryan Ludwick and Matt Stairs also connected and the San Diego Padres put San Francisco's potential clinching party on hold for at least a day with a dramatic 6-4 victory Friday night.

Most E-Mailed -- 1:41 AM

U.S. Apologizes for Syphilis Program in Guatemala. Officials called the study, which infected prisoners, soldiers and mental patients, "clearly unethical."

Arts -- 1:41 AM

Stephen J. Cannell, Prolific TV Writer, Dies at 69. Mr. Cannell wrote more than 1,000 episodes of various shows, primarily crime dramas, and created almost 20 series, including "The Rockford Files."

Arthur Holch, Emmy-Winning Documentarian, Dies at 86. Mr. Holch won an Emmy in 1992 for a documentary on Hitler youth, but his most famous documentary depicted the daily lives of blacks in 1961.

Travel -- 1:31 AM

Cultured Traveler: The Paris That Awoke to Atget's Lens. In a city that maintains a strong reverence for its past, many of the scenes photographed by Eugène Atget still exist — untouched.

Overnighter: In Tuscany, Carrara Tempts Eyes and Mouth. Less than two hours from Florence, the town of Carrara is wedged between the rugged mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean.

Check In, Check Out: Hotel Review: The Peninsula Shanghai. It's expensive, but if you can afford it, the hotel is a luxurious outpost on the Bund.

Journeys: Art Sprouts in Russia. The Russian village of Nikola-Lenivets, south of Moscow, is dotted with large sculptures made from local natural materials.

Sunday Book Review -- 1:31 AM

Graphic Books. Top 5 at a Glance 1. THE EXILE: AN OUTLANDER GRAPHIC NOVEL, by Diana Gabaldon and Hoang Nguyen 2. THE ADVENTURES OF OOK AND GLUK, by George Beard and Harold Hutchins 3. BLACKEST NIGHT, by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis 4. KICK-ASS, by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. 5. DARK TOWER:...

Children's Books. Top 5 at a Glance 1. MY MOMMY HUNG THE MOON, by Jamie Lee Curtis 2. SCAREDY-CAT, SPLAT!, written and illustrated by Rob Scotton 3. LEGO STAR WARS, by Simon Beecroft 4. HEADS, written and illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet 5. THE THREE LITTLE DASSIES, written and illustrated by Jan...

Hardcover Advice. Top 5 at a Glance 1. THE POWER, by Rhonda Byrne 2. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011, edited by Craig Glenday 3. POWER THOUGHTS, by Joyce Meyer 4. DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh 5. THE ORANGE REVOLUTION, by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Paperback Advice. Top 5 at a Glance 1. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman 2. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel 3. RADICAL, by David Platt 4. THE BELLY FAT CURE, by Jorge Cruise 5. THE NO ----- RULE, by Robert I. Sutton

Letters: 'The Plot Escapes Me'. Letters in response to James Collins's essay "The Plot Escapes Me."

Letters: 'Proofiness'. Letter in response to Steven Strogatz's review of Charles Seife's "Proofiness."

Letters: A Disparaging Word. Letter in response to Emma Brockes's review of Robert Gottlieb's "Sarah."

Letters: Rhetoric or Prophecy? Letter in response to James Campbell's review of "The Cross of Redemption," by James Baldwin.

Home Page -- 1:31 AM

New Sketch of a Madcap's Mad Life. A new book recounts the strange life and humor of Al Jaffe, the Mad magazine cartoonist.

Baseball -- 1:31 AM

Barton Homers Twice, Cahill Earns 18th Win for A's. Daric Barton homered in his first two at-bats, including a grand slam just inside the right-field foul pole, and Trevor Cahill pitched seven sharp innings for his 18th victory to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 9-0 on Friday night.

D'backs Beat Dodgers 7-5 to Stop 3-Game Skid. Adam LaRoche homered and drove in three runs to reach 100 RBIs for the first time, Zach Kroenke scattered two hits over five innings to earn his first major league win and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 on Friday night.

Business -- 1:21 AM

Talking Business: Still Stuck in Denial on Wall St.. A hedge fund manager who feels beat up on — and can't imagine why — might need a reality check.

Goldman Awards Free Shares to London Staff: Report. LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs has given its top London-based employees millions of pounds worth of free shares after a decision to cap their pay, Britain's Sky television reported on Saturday.

Goldman Awards Free Shares to London Staff - Report. LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs has given its top London-based employees millions of pounds worth of free shares after a decision to cap their pay, Sky television reported on Saturday.

N.Y. / Region -- 1:21 AM

Judge Backs 2004 Arrest of Protesters. Michael Marcavage and Steven C. Lefemine were taken into custody after refusing to move their anti-abortion signs farther from the site of the Republican National Convention.

New York -- 1:14 AM

For Paladino's Wife, the Past Is the Past. Cathy Paladino, whose husband, Carl, is the Republican candidate for governor of New York, speaks plainly about a personal problem they confronted -- an affair he had.

Child Welfare Agency Admits Fault in Death of Child, 4. The Administration for Children's Services initially blamed a private provider, but its contract had lapsed.

In Diverging New York Polls, Methods Mattered. Three surveys painted different pictures of the governor's race between Andrew M. Cuomo and Carl P. Paladino and the reason has more to do with polling practices than voting intentions.

Bedbugs Finding Their Way Into New York City Schools. New York City had 1,019 confirmed cases of bedbugs in the 2009-10 school year, according to Education Department records.

Promoting Healthy Eating, With 31 Other First Ladies. Michelle Obama and representatives from places as far-flung as Cameroon and Norway mingled with public school children on a Westchester County farm to encourage healthy habits.

Most E-Mailed -- 1:14 AM

Erfurt Journal: For Some Germans, Unity Is Still Work in Progress. As Germany prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of reunification on Sunday, a heated national post-mortem on the process is taking place.

Opinion -- 1:14 AM

Will TARP Turn to Gold? Will the Troubled Asset Relief Program, coming to an end on Sunday, go to the grave spurned despite the Obama administration's rosy predictions?

Letter: Primary Day Problems in New York City. Readers respond to an article about city election officials' first public accounting of the problems that occurred during the primary.

Letter: Making Oil Drilling Safer: A View From the Industry. A reader responds to an editorial about a bill that makes offshore drilling safer in the future.

Letter: An Israeli Speech at the U.N.. A reader responds to an article about a speech given by Israel's foreign minister at the United Nations.

Letter: Reading the Labels on Food Before Eating It. A reader responds to an article about a study which found Americans still aren't eating enough vegetables.

Editorial: Mr. Cuomo's Record. Voters need to hear more from the Democratic candidate for governor about his plans for ethics reform in Albany.

Editorial: Back to the Past. An authorization bill for the space program will leave NASA mired in past technologies and will postpone the development of new ones.

Editorial: G.E.'s Latest Maneuver. G.E. has asked the federal government to give it another year to decide whether to continue with the job of cleaning the Hudson River of toxic pollutants. The project must proceed.

Editorial Observer: 'Waiting for Superman' and the Education Debate. In the new education documentary "Waiting For Superman," there is anguish and joy aplenty. Nuance less so.

Letters: Joblessness, in Theory and in Practice. Readers respond to articles about the fallacies and realities of unemployment.

Letter: 'All Politics Is Local'. A reader responds to an article about Christine O'Donnell.

Letter: Religion and Law. A reader responds to an article about the results of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll.

Op-Ed Columnist: The Terrible Election Race Race. Several states are having absolutely appalling campaign seasons. Here are a few of the very worst.

Op-Ed Columnist: The Campaign Disconnect. Election Day is approaching, but neither party is focusing on the economic nightmare facing millions of American families.

Op-Ed Columnist: What's Dumb, Really? The Democrats must inspire youths and minorities, whom a poll finds are quite uninformed about the most basic political facts, to vote next month.

Too Funny for Words. Censorship, it seems, remains one of the most entertaining things on television.

Europe -- 1:14 AM

Agreement Reached in Anti-Counterfeiting Talks. Nearly 40 nations reached basic agreement on reducing copyright and trademark theft that causes losses of billions of dollars annually.

Books -- 1:14 AM

Hardcover Fiction. Top 5 at a Glance 1. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen 2. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks 3. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, by Stieg Larsson 4. BAD BLOOD, by John Sandford 5. MINI SHOPAHOLIC, by Sophie Kinsella

Science Knows Best. Moral solutions do not reside in religion but in science, Sam Harris writes.

The Hezbollah Project. A journalist examines Hezbollah, which is arguably the most successful radical Islamist movement in the Middle East.

The Uses of Enchantment. The life of Roald Dahl, who brought us hair toffee and the Chocolate River — and lived with pain and tragedy.

Living to Tell. Stephen F. Cohen presents a portrait of Gulag survivors he came to know.

Nonfiction Chronicle. A bodybuilding memoir; personal history from a terrorism expert; a study of businesses that prey upon the poor; and a journalistic account of three Americans' ordeal as hostages in Colombia.

Paperback Row. Paperback books of particular interest.

Last Monarch Standing. Ken Follett's novel follows royals and commoners through World War I and revolution.

Prairie Fires. For Antonya Nelson's complacent heroine, the death of an estranged friend triggers memories of their reckless youth.

Alien Nation. After a flu pandemic, this novel's hero, born to atheist parents, is adopted by a Christian pastor.

Learning to Be Lincoln. A Columbia professor tackles what would seem an obvious topic, Lincoln and slavery, and sheds new light on it.

Sibling Rivalry. In this novel, the arrival of the wife's gorgeous and unreliable younger brother wreaks havoc on a New York couple's marriage.

Hyperlinked. This novel's interconnected stories explore technology-saturated modernity.

Crime: Uncontrollable Urges. Mystery novels by Ruth Rendell, William Kent Krueger, William Heffernan and P. J. Brooke.

Learning to Be Washington. Ron Chernow brings his considerable literary talent to bear on the continued hunger of many Americans for more tales of the first president's exploits.

Editors' Choice. Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Lost and Found. Battling breast cancer, a journalist sees her family's new toy poodle as a "declaration of faith in the future."

Deliverance. A memoir by Ingrid Betancourt, who spent six years as a captive of Colombian rebels.

Up Front: Jerome Groopman. Jerome Groopman's children were born when the American family was transitioning from the Scotch-drinking Old Dad to the diaper-changing New Dad.

Paperback Trade Fiction. Top 5 at a Glance 1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson 2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson 3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave 4. HALF BROKE HORSES, by Jeannette Walls 5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction. Top 5 at a Glance 1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson 2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson 3. TRUE BLUE, by David Baldacci 4. THE SCARPETTA FACTOR, by Patricia Cornwell 5. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham

Birth Pangs. Annie Murphy Paul's balanced, common-sense study of the emerging field of fetal origins research is structured around her own pregnancy.

The Natural. Seven decades of sportswriting by Gay Talese, including his classic Esquire articles on DiMaggio, Floyd Patterson, Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali.

TBR: Inside the List. Ingrid Betancourt has her say in "Even Silence Has an End," which makes its debut on the hardcover nonfiction list this week at No. 6 .

Desperate Housewife. Lydia Davis's masterly translation of Flaubert's novel reintroduces us to its bored, empty heroine.

Asia Pacific -- 1:13 AM

Hidden Tigers. A primer on the geopolitical clout of investment funds, oil nations and, most of all, China.

Agreement Reached In Tokyo Anti - Counterfeiting Talks. TOKYO (Reuters) - Nearly 40 nations on Saturday reached basic agreement in international trade talks aimed at reducing copyright and trademark theft that causes losses of billions of dollars annually.

Business -- 12:52 AM

Risk Council Takes First Steps on Dodd - Frank. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new council of U.S. regulators charged with identifying risks to the financial system acted on Friday to begin implementing the new financial regulatory overhaul law.

Middle East -- 12:51 AM

Iraq's Shi'ite Union Backs Incumbent Maliki as PM. BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Shi'ite alliance backed incumbent Nuri al-Maliki as the next prime minister Friday after months of argument, but he still faces severe obstacles in his bid for a second term.

Politics -- 12:42 AM

Pact Ends California Budget Impasse. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and top lawmakers agreed to a compromise to close a $19.1 billion deficit and give California a budget.

Hockey -- 12:42 AM

Sedins Combine on Late Goal as Canucks Beat Ducks. Henrik Sedin scored a tiebreaking power-play goal on a pass from Daniel Sedin with 5:05 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 in an preseason game Friday night.

Business -- 12:31 AM

BHP Files Motion to Dismiss Potash Corp Lawsuit. TORONTO (Reuters) - BHP Billiton on Friday requested a U.S. court dismiss a lawsuit filed by Potash Corp, which alleges that BHP misrepresented material facts related to its $39 billion hostile bid for the world's largest fertilizer maker.

Multimedia/Photos -- 12:31 AM

When History Speaks. A first-time visitor to Israel explores his family's past, from the shores of the Sea of Galilee to farms north of Tel Aviv to the galleries of remembrance in Jerusalem.

Hockey -- 12:31 AM

Iginla Scores Twice as Flames Beat Oilers 5-1. Jarome Iginla scored twice to help the Calgary Flames beat Edmonton 5-1 Friday night, handing the Oilers their first preseason loss.

Baseball -- 12:31 AM

Beltre Heads to LA for Birth of Child. In a season ruined by injuries, the Boston Red Sox could always count on Adrian Beltre being in the lineup. Now, he might have played his last game for them.

Asia Pacific -- 12:31 AM

Essay: Midnight's Other Children. Even the sympathetic characters in Granta's issue of "Pakistan" are full of rage at America.

Business -- 12:12 AM

Citi Says CEO, CFO "Rebutted" Mayo's Criticisms In Meeting. NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said it "very clearly" rebutted prominent bank analyst Mike Mayo's criticisms in a much-publicized meeting with top executives.

Sports -- 12:11 AM

On Horse Racing: With Victory, Zenyatta Would Carry Perfect Mark Into Breeders' Cup. The undefeated Zenyatta carries the weight of the racing world on her powerful shoulders after Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, was retired.