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One stamp good for 24 E.U. countries

| Dec 20, 2007
A new agreement allows visitors to 24 E.U. countries to put their passport away after the first time they enter. Megan Williams reports Europe expects it'll help tourism, but some Western European countries aren't happy.
Posted In: Travel

Central banks pump cash for cheap

Jill Barshay | Dec 20, 2007
Central banks around the world are pumping money into the global financial system to help ease the credit crunch. Jill Barshay also reports that instead of issuing penalty rates, they're lending money at a bargain.
Posted In: Economy

High-def differences highly confusing

| Dec 20, 2007
With cheaper high-definition TVs on the market, consumers now just have to decide which DVD format is better. Doug Krizner explores the differences with Andrew Edgecliffe Johnson of The Financial Times in London.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail

More write-downs to come

Janet Babin | Dec 20, 2007
Hit hard by the credit crisis, Bear Stearns and many other banks have taken huge write-downs. Janet Babin reports that with about 150 billion more of them to go, some large firms are seeking a cash infusion from overseas.
Posted In: Wall Street

Book a suite deal during the holidays

Jill Barshay | Dec 20, 2007
Now that the business travelers and foreign tourists are going home for the holidays, you can fetch a steal for that luxury suite you always wanted to book. Jill Barshay explores how cheap you can get a room.
Posted In: Travel

A Christmas tree you don't have to kill

Rachel Dornhelm | Dec 20, 2007
A three-year-old program in San Francisco lets customers pay $90 for a living tree that will later be replanted in an urban area that could use the green. Rachel Dornhelm reports this option is becoming more popular.

No merry gentleman in Denmark

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 20, 2007
Christmas tree farmers in Denmark have been accused of engaging in price fixing. Kai Ryssdal called one to get his reaction. But there wasn't a whole lot of yuletide spirit in the response.
Posted In: Retail

Russia retreats as Putin gets richer

| Dec 19, 2007
Time Magazine announced its Person of the Year today: Russian President Vladimir Putin. The magazine says Putin has put his country back on the map. Commentator David Frum agrees, but he says Putin is driving Russia to a dangerous place.

Spas give kids the treatment

Stacey Vanek Smith | Dec 19, 2007
Nearly 5 million pint-size primpers hit spas every year in this country. And the budding self-indulgent set is also hoping for spa toys under the Christmas tree. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail

Subprime woes just beginning for many

Steve Tripoli | Dec 19, 2007
While most Americans seem to be riding out the credit crunch, a large number are struggling to stay afloat. Steve Tripoli reports on the people increasingly swamped by a second wave of debt distress.
Posted In: Economy, Housing