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Eco-friendly small-town America

Sarah Gardner | Aug 23, 2006
Small cities are demanding higher energy efficiency standards and not just in "green" pockets of the country like California or the Pacific Northwest. Sarah Gardner visits one such town, deep in the heart of Red America.

Cutting North Korea's cash flow

Kai Ryssdal | Aug 23, 2006
The US is working to freeze North Korean bank accounts allegedly used in handling money the country gets from drug trafficking and other illegal activities. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Stephen Mihm of the University of Georgia.
Posted In: Canada

War-torn Kabul's first 5-star hotel

Miranda Kennedy | Aug 23, 2006
The Taliban has regained a foothold in many parts of Afghanistan, and security has worsened. But amid the violence, a few determined investors have given life to Kabul's first luxury hotel — and a symbol of hope. Miranda Kennedy reports.
Posted In: Canada

Time to redefine entitlements

| Aug 23, 2006
Commentator Steve Moore argues it's time to dust off the idea of replacing social security with private retirement accounts.

Californians movin' out

Jeff Tyler | Aug 23, 2006
It seems that "California Dreamin'" isn't quite as ideal as it used to be for many Americans. There's evidence that suggests people and businesses are headed out of state. Jeff Tyler has the story.

Housing market getting chilly

Stacey Vanek Smith | Aug 23, 2006
Yesterday Toll Brothers reported disappointing quarterly earnings. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at what's next for luxury homebuilder and the US housing market.

Immigration lawsuit

Scott Jagow | Aug 23, 2006
Labor law expert Harley Shaiken weighs in on a lawsuit filed yesterday in California against employers who hire illegal immigrants.

EU may ban US rice

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Aug 23, 2006
Japan banned US imports of long-grain rice over the weekend. Ashley Milne-Tyte takes a look at the stakes if Europe announces restrictions of its own today as expected.
Posted In: Canada

Coffee, tea or CHAOS

| Aug 23, 2006
Northwest flight attendants are hoping to win passengers to their side of the labor dispute. The workers are threatening to launch a job action dubbed CHAOS as early as Friday. Annie Baxter reports.

Insurers adapt to global warming

Janet Babin | Aug 23, 2006
According to a new study out today, some insurance companies are changing their policies to reflect the threats posed by global climate change. Janet Babin reports.

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