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Private equity's looking a little dicey

Bob Moon | Jul 11, 2007
Market speculators are sending warning signals that private equity firms may not be able to pay back all the money they've borrowed for some of their huge deals lately. Marketplace's Bob Moon explains.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Dollar is losing some of its muscle

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Jul 11, 2007
The U.S. dollar is at a record low compared to the euro, and the lowest it's been in 25 years against the British pound. Why? Ashley Milne Tyte reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

There's good news on housing front?

Steve Tripoli | Jul 11, 2007
Economists at the National Association of Realtors are predicting home prices and new-home sales will rebound next year. But that's after the nation's first home-price decline in 40 years plays itself out. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Levi's may be dressed up to go public

| Jul 11, 2007
After almost a decade of saggy performance, Levi Strauss is looking a lot more fit these days. And that's sparking speculation that the jeans maker could be in a position to go public again. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson goes behind the seams.
Posted In: Retail, Wall Street

Cadbury finds itself in a sticky mess

Stephen Beard | Jul 11, 2007
Cadbury Schweppes is set to be sentenced by a British court for hygiene offenses, after it knowingly sold chocolate contaminated with salmonella. Stephen Beard takes a look at the case's impact on Cadbury's squeaky clean image.
Posted In: Retail

'No Child Left Behind' needs fixing

| Jul 11, 2007
The White House is pushing Congress to reauthorize the president's signature education plan before it automatically expires in September. Commentator Robert Reich has some changes he'd like to see included.

Turning the fleet green

Sarah Gardner | Jul 11, 2007
One of the biggest fleet managers in the nation is turning away from gas guzzlers toward a "greener" company car. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Auto

Google's ultimate mapping weapon

Dan Grech | Jul 11, 2007
Google may rule the search universe, but MapQuest still has a corner on the Internet mapping and direction market -- for now. Google this morning launched a new application that it hopes will catapult its ranking. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Science

Plutocrats rising

| Jul 11, 2007
The possibility that New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg might run for president has captivated Washington. And it's got commentator David Frum wondering why no one complains when a plutocrat seeks to buy political office.

Beware duty-free shopping wizardry

| Jul 11, 2007
Airport terminals may not be especially magical places, but watch out for witchcraft in all the airport shops, warns commentator Moira Manion. She's found clever forces at work to separate us from our money.
Posted In: Entertainment, Travel