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NOLA mediation

| Feb 15, 2006
Owners of Katrina-damaged homes are frequently at odds with their insurance companies over claims. But a phalanx of mediators is trying to sort things out. Jen Banbury has more.

Privacy is as privacy does...

Alisa Roth | Feb 15, 2006
US Internet companies go before the House International Relations Committee today to answer questions about their involvement in Chinese censorship and political repression. Alisa Roth reports on whether the disclosures of cooperation could trigger a consumer backlash against the companies.

Markets to watch Bernanke testimony closely

| Feb 15, 2006
The new Fed Chief comes before the House Financial Services Committee today for a report on the state of the Federal Reserve. Eric Niiler reports that the financial markets are going to hang on every word.

Labor's new strategy

Hilary Wicai | Feb 15, 2006
Today, breakaway AFL-CIO members will offer their new strategy for countering the erosion of the union movement. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Economy

Administration's proposed cuts in aid to Latin America

Dan Grech | Feb 15, 2006
The 2007 budget call for nearly 30% less foreign aid to Latin America. Dan Grech says the growing rift between Washington and our neighbors to the south could have economic consequences.
Posted In: Economy

Medicaid to Medicare

Amy Scott | Feb 15, 2006
Today the federal government stops reimbursing states that picked up the tab during the Medicare prescription drug debacle earlier this year. Amy Scott repots on whether states have succeeded in moving eligible seniors off Medicaid rolls and into the new program.
Posted In: Health

FBI searches foreign cargo terminals

Stacey Vanek Smith | Feb 15, 2006
Just a day after the World Trade Organization gave the European Union a green light to impose sanctions on some US exports, FBI agents searched the Chicago cargo terminals of two foreign airlines on grounds of possible "anti-competitive" behavior. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Posted In: Economy

No smoking please, we're British

Stephen Beard | Feb 15, 2006
Last night, British lawmakers voted to ban smoking in all pubs, clubs, restaurants and offices in England. The ban is similar to laws on the books in California and other states. The English will have to stamp out their cigarettes by the summer of next year. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

A chill on retail sales?

Bob Moon | Feb 14, 2006
US retail sales surged 2.3% in January, nearly triple the expected increase. But retailers are already predicting weak sales in February, and they're blaming the weather. Bob Moon explains.

A royal subsidy for Big Oil

Scott Tong | Feb 14, 2006
The government will allow oil companies to pump billions in oil and natural gas from Federal land without paying it royalties -- despite record energy prices. Good thing or bad thing? Scott Tong has more.

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