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Mailbag for Friday, November 24, 2006

| Nov 24, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on using a credit card for the first time and prioritizing savings.

A permanent home for the Olympics?

Scott Jagow | Nov 24, 2006
Scott Jagow asks business of sports commentator Diana Nyad why San Francisco dropped out of the race for the 2016 Olympics, and why there's a push to base the games permanently in Athens.
Posted In: Sports

Black Friday frenzy

| Nov 24, 2006
Retail analyst Richard Hastings of Smyth-Bernard Sands gives his thoughts on the traditional start of the holiday shopping season from one of North Carolina's biggest malls.

Bad move SWIFT

Stephen Beard | Nov 24, 2006
The European Union's data protection panel says SWIFT broke privacy laws by handing over bank transfer records to the U.S. government. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Crime

Dude, you're getting a deal!

Stacey Vanek Smith | Nov 24, 2006
Computer vendors are slashing prices and offering other incentives to attract consumers. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at why computer retailers are worried about slow holiday sales.
Posted In: Science

Mixed bag for high-end bling

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Nov 24, 2006
Revenue for luxury retailers this holiday season could depend on which segment of wealthy Americans they're targeting. Ashley Milne-Tyte explains.

Runoff election in Ecuador

Dan Grech | Nov 24, 2006
The presidential race in Ecuador has come down to a radical leftist and a banana billionaire. As Ecuadorians prepare to head to the polls Sunday, Dan Grech has this preview.

Sweet sounds of comercio

| Nov 24, 2006
Jordana Gustafson introduces us to the unique sounds of commerce in the city of Puebla, Mexico.
Posted In: Mexico

Salute to the <i>Old</i>est carmarker

Stacey Vanek Smith | Nov 24, 2006
Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us back to the days of the first gas-powered "horseless motor carriage."

Job Files: Cranberry farmer

| Nov 24, 2006
Today we go to New England where cranberry farmers flood bogs to harvest the berries.