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What's causing downshift in Harley sales?

| Apr 13, 2005
Harley-Davidson seems to have fallen off the hog. The motorcycle manufacturer cut its shipment and earnings forecasts for this year due to weak sales, and its stock tanked as a result. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports on what is driving the downturn.

On the run from land reform

| Apr 13, 2005
Many commercial farmers from Zimbabwe relocated to neighboring countries when land redistribution efforts began to push white farmers out of that country. Now, Gretchen Wilson reports on one family that's started over in Botswana.

Zippo lighters appear on no-fly list

| Apr 13, 2005
Federal regulations already ban lighters from airplane luggage. But new rules starting Thursday will extend the embargo to "Zippo-style" lighters. Think Zippo users are happy about that? How about the company? From WHYY in Philadelphia, Joel Rose reports.

The best deduction ever? Wedding expenses...

| Apr 13, 2005
Thank goodness it's not Friday - yet. Four days left to file your taxes. And then you don't have to think about W-2's, AMT's, or 1040s, for another year. Unless you're in the tax preparation business. For these folks, waving goodbye the filing deadline just means saying hello to audit season. As April 15th approaches, we've asked some tax pros to itemize some of their favorite deductions. This week: an accountant hears from a client who wants to deduct his daughter's wedding.

Retirement and Medicare - two crucial issues

| Apr 13, 2005
A Congressional panel takes up a bill today that deals with postal workers' pensions. But it could also have an effect on the rest of us. As Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, what's at stake is -- the price of a stamp. Also, in this edition of The Public's Business, Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says Social Security's problems mask a much bigger crisis.

Telecommuting in this age of high gas prices ...

| Apr 13, 2005
With their constituents paying $2.50 and up for a gallon of gas, Congress is debating a broad energy bill with incentives to, eventually, produce more fuel. But before Congress gets that all worked out, you may be looking for ways to ease the pain you've been feeling at the pump. Telecommuting may be an answer - even if your company doesn't have a formal policy on flexible work schedules. From the Work and Family Desk, Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports there's a right way to ask.

The Lexis-Nexis security breach, was bigger than you thought

| Apr 12, 2005
An unsettling disclosure from Lexis-Nexis, one of the nation's largest brokers of personal data. Last month, the company reported criminals might have tapped the personal records of 32,000 people. Today the company said the figure is really closer to 10 times that number. About 310,000 personal files. From Washington, Marketplace's Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Music group to sue students over downloads

| Apr 12, 2005
The Recording Industry says it's about to file suit against hundreds of college students. The charge: illegally downloading and distributing music and movies. We apologize if you think you've heard this somewhere before. There is a twist, however. The downloaders aren't accused of using the web as we've come to know it. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli tells us this time, it's about Internet-2.

Is it all in the tuxedo? The key to world peace? A tux?

| Apr 12, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Iraq today. On the way there, Rumsfeld told reporters the U.S. may cut troop strength as early as next year. If Iraqi security forces continue to improve. Commentator Ken Harbaugh has some advice for those security forces.Keep small business up and running.<p>Commentator Ken Harbaugh is a Navy pilot and teaches at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Another tragedy strikes Bangladesh

| Apr 12, 2005
In Bangladesh today, rescue workers sorted through the rubble of a collapsed sweater factory. They could hear sounds from under the concrete and steel - survivors calling for help. Bangladesh is notorious for industrial disasters. Miranda Kennedy reports on the latest tragedy...
Posted In: Canada

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