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Violence in Haiti

| Jan 4, 2006
After former Haitian President Aristide lost his job in 2004, hundreds of federal workers got sack as well. Some of them turned to a new line of work: Armed militias. Many say they'd gladly lay down their guns for good jobs, but the government calls them criminals. Reed Lindsay reports from Port Au Prince.
Posted In: Canada

Empty tank

Tess Vigeland | Jan 4, 2006
Today a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay $200,000 to settle charges that it faked trades of oil futures contracts. Tess Vigeland talks to Jeremy Leggett, author of "The Empty Tank: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Coming Global Energy Crisis."

Chocolate pollution

| Jan 4, 2006
There are plenty of smells anyone living in a city has to contend with. In Chicago, Jonathan Menjivar tells us about one distinct manufacturing smell that may soon be disappearing from the city forever.

China's non-democratic capitalism

| Jan 4, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich says China's embrace of capitalism shows that free markets don't necessarily need democracy to thrive.
Posted In: Economy

Jollibee thrives

Shia Levitt | Jan 4, 2006
Despite the rampant global rise of American fast food chains abroad, reporter Shia Levitt found one Filipino franchise that's holding its own.

Expiring drug patents

Janet Babin | Jan 4, 2006
Patent protection for drugs like Ambien, Zocor and Zoloft has expired, leaving them open to generic knock-offs. Janet Babin looks at what generic drug companies need to do to cash in.

Fuzzy figures

Bob Moon | Jan 4, 2006
Many companies listed in the S&P 500 factor company stock buybacks into quarterly earnings reports. The practice skews revenue reporting in the companies' favor, and as Bob Moon reports, it's completely legal.
Posted In: Wall Street

Move over, Bourbon Street

Stacey Vanek Smith | Jan 4, 2006
A new tour of hurricane-devastated areas in New Orleans starts today. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at how tragedy becomes a tourist attraction.

New Texans

| Jan 4, 2006
As many as one-third of Katrina evacuees who fled to Texas plan to stay, according to a new study. Larry Schooler looks at what the new arrivals could mean to the economy of the Lone Star State.
Posted In: Economy

Hungry little piggy banks

Hilary Wicai | Jan 4, 2006
Personal savings in 2005 dropped to their lowest level since the Great Depression, according to a new report. Hillary Wicai has more.
Posted In: Economy