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A union with non-democratic countries

| Oct 25, 2007
French President Nicholas Sarkozy wants to create a Mediterranean Union along the lines of its European counterpart. But critics of the proposed union think it won't fundamentally work with some of the countries involved. Megan Williams has more.

Potential for disaster in urban slums

Gretchen Wilson | Oct 25, 2007
Urban areas in lower and middle-income countries are growing fast, and the conditions of the slums are enough to call for humanitarian efforts. Gretchen Wilson gives us the story from one such area in Johannesburg.

Working in Russia is risky business

| Oct 25, 2007
Russian oil investor Mikhail Khodorkovsky is at the half-way point of his prison sentence for fraud and tax evasion, according to the government. Geoff Brumfiel reports why Russian businesses prosper if they're close in line with Putin.
Posted In: Crime, Investing

Congress tallies up subprime losses

Jeremy Hobson | Oct 25, 2007
Congress is projecting losses of over $100 billion in housing wealth from the subprime mortgage crisis, and not all of that comes from foreclosures. Jeremy Hobson reports a good chunk of loss comes from falling property values.
Posted In: Housing

Morning Commute: Shortest one ever

Lisa Napoli | Oct 25, 2007
Right after Lisa Napoli was hired as a reporter for Marketplace, she went searching for apartments close by. The first one she saw -- and ended up keeping -- was across the street.
Posted In: Jobs, Travel

Meager donations for wildfire victims

Jill Barshay | Oct 25, 2007
Over half a million people have left their homes to flee the threat of wildfires in Southern California. But despite the largest evacuation in the state's history, donations haven't exactly been flooding in. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Charity

Worth more than Facebook value

| Oct 25, 2007
Microsoft paid $250 million for a small stake in Facebook, winning out over websites like Google. But while Facebook expects $150 million in revenue this year, Google projects the site's value at $15 billion. Renita Jablonski tells us why.

If Sox win, the furniture's free!

Kai Ryssdal | Oct 24, 2007
Last spring, a Boston furniture company offered to refund the purchase price of whatever people bought -- if the Red Sox won the World Series. Game 1 is tonight.
Posted In: Retail, Sports

Farm bill feeds legislative battle

John Dimsdale | Oct 24, 2007
The five-year renewal of the farm bill is before a Senate committee, loaded with almost $300 billion in subsidies and programs. And once again it's stirring debate over the government's role in putting food on the table. John Dimsdale reports.

Zimbabwe's shelves are bare

Gretchen Wilson | Oct 24, 2007
It's almost impossible to find staples like bread or rice in Zimbabwe. With inflation officially at 6,000%, supermarkets have stopped stocking shelves. And that's forcing people to travel hundreds of miles and across the border to buy groceries. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Retail