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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.
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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...
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Taking a ride on the CAFTA bus ...

| Apr 12, 2005
Tomorrow the Senate holds hearings on the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA, for short. Some U.S. farmers like the idea. A new $1.5 billion market. Sugar growers and textile workers are dubious. They're worried about cheaper Central American imports. Now a group of Central American ambassadors is trying to build up support for CAFTA. And they're using a staple of American politicking to do it. Think of it as a whistle stop tour without the whistle. From WBHM, reporter Tanya Ott caught up with the tour as it pulled into Birmingham, Alabama.
Posted In: Canada

The best deduction ever? You decide ...

| Apr 12, 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. Today we hear from Steve Levey, an accountant in Denver.

Hank Greenberg and Eliot Spitzer take the stage

| Apr 12, 2005
Hank Greenberg, deposed head of insurance giant AIG, is scheduled to testify before Eliot Spitzer and other regulators today. Greenberg was in the news yesterday for another reason, too-he stepped down from the boards of The American Museum of Natural History and the Asia Society. As Alisa Roth reports, some other institutions may be getting nervous. Elliot Spitzer has become the boogey man in the nightmares of America's corporate leaders. But commentator Matthew Bishop wonders if New York's crusading attorney general should really be the one to keep them on their toes.
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Tax Day - the clock is ticking

| Apr 12, 2005
Just three more days 'til Tax Day. And folks who haven't filed yet may be in for a little surprise this year. For the first time since 1986, filers have the option of deducting sales taxes on their returns. From South Dakota Public Radio, Curt Nickisch reports. Attorney and commentator Conrad Teitell has seen taxpayers claim some odd deductions over the years. Some, he says could make you even sympathize with the IRS.
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Former AIG leader steps down from other posts

| Apr 11, 2005
The Oracle of Omaha was in Manhattan today. Warren Buffett spent the day answering questions from regulators.Buffett's not suspected of wrongdoing.But investigators do want to know more about some deals. Some transactions between a unit of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and insurance giant AIG. Tomorrow, the former head of AIG gets his chance to answer investigators' questions. We're hearing he won't have much to say. Published reports say Hank Greenberg will take the fifth.After almost 40 years at the helm of AIG, Greenberg's on his own. In recent weeks, he's been forced to sever all ties with the company he built up.And now Greenberg's stepped down from the boards of two important cultural institutions. Alisa Roth reports from New York.
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