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Mailbag for Friday, June 16, 2006

| Jun 16, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: using a 529 college savings plan, gifting money for education expenses, and rolling over a defined pension account.
Posted In: Savings

EU bypasses Hamas to aid Palestinians

Scott Tong | Jun 16, 2006
The European Union says it will initially provide $126 million directly to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Fatah faction. The idea is to bypass Fatah's rival, Hamas, until it renounces violence. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

Airbus caught up in turbulence

Stephen Beard | Jun 16, 2006
With the sale date of its super-jumbo A380 plane pushed back and its stock price tumbling, the aircraft manufacturer is now struggling with internal politics that have come into the open. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Feds, N.J. battling over NSA phone records search

Bob Moon | Jun 16, 2006
The New Jersey state attorney general has been sued by the federal government for asking telephone companies to admit if they gave customer records to the National Security Agency. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Washington

GM workers face tough buyout decision

| Jun 16, 2006
Thousands of General Motors workers have just over a week to decide if they're going to be part of one of the biggest buyout programs in corporate history. Mhari Saito spoke to union workers at a GM plant near Cleveland.

The Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | Jun 16, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the week on Wall Street and what may be in store for the markets next week.
Posted In: Wall Street

What health care windows might Gates open?

Helen Palmer | Jun 16, 2006
Now that Bill Gates is devoting himself to philanthropic efforts, could he become the next John D. Rockefeller? Helen Palmer reports on what his changed role could mean to health care.
Posted In: Health

Cooling to the global warming debate

| Jun 16, 2006
Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," is getting some good reviews. But commentator Clive Crook says if you believe in democracy, you've got to be turned off by the global warming debate.

Cell phone banking in Soweto

Gretchen Wilson | Jun 16, 2006
In the 12 years since apartheid ended, Soweto has been transformed. The country even leads the world in some major technological realms. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

Straight Story: Retirement net

Chris Farrell | Jun 16, 2006
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, report after report points to gloomy financial prospects for retirees. But Chris sees blue skies, for those willing to work a bit longer.
Posted In: Retirement