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SBA shake-up

Rachel Dornhelm | Apr 26, 2006
The oft-criticized head of the Small Business Administration Hector Baretto has stepped down. Rachel Dornhelm looks at the challenges his likely successor, Steven Preston, will face.

Tax Freedom Day

Hilary Wicai | Apr 26, 2006
For the average American taxpayer, wages earned between the start of the year and today will all go toward paying off his tax bill. This year's Tax Freedom Day falls three days later than last year's. Are we paying more taxes? Hillary Wicai has the answer.

Foreign clout

| Apr 26, 2006
Lawmakers are set to begin discussing ways to tighten scrutiny of business deals involving foreign companies in the wake of the Dubai Ports World imbroglio. But as Steve Tripoli reports, some businesses are saying not so fast.

WTC progress?

Alex Cohen | Apr 26, 2006
After weeks of balking, developer Larry Silverstein has agreed to plans to rebuild the World Trade Center site. Now it's up to the site's owners to jump on board. Alex Cohen reports.
Posted In: New York

Digital divide is narrowing

Miranda Kennedy | Apr 26, 2006
The Economist and IBM said in their e-readiness report released today that for the first time ever, some parts of China and India are on par with developed nations. From New Delhi, Miranda Kennedy reports.

EU cracks down on counterfeiters

Kyle James | Apr 26, 2006
The European Union is releasing a draft law today that would impose stiff fines and prison terms for those hawking things like fake Louis Vuitton bags. From Berlin, Kyle James reports.
Posted In: Canada

Microsoft gets in the game

Scott Tong | Apr 26, 2006
Microsoft has bought an advertising agency that has a modern day twist. Think ad placement in your video games. Scott Tong explains.

Petroleum 101

Scott Tong | Apr 25, 2006
Although President Bush said the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice would investigate possible price gouging, he blamed the escalation of fuel costs on the growing demand for oil and lack of new US refineries. Scott Tong reports.

Mixed signals from Venezuela

Alisa Roth | Apr 25, 2006
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been cracking down on foreign oil companies doing business in his country, the world's fifth largest producer of oil. The question is how far can he push before the foreign companies get fed up and leave? Alisa Roth reports.

Standing room only

| Apr 25, 2006
High fuel costs are being blamed for airlines' loss of profits and the rise of ticket prices. Here's one solution: Airbus is toying with the idea of introducing standing-room-only seats. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Chris Elliot of the New York Times about the plan.