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Creditors have upper hand in disputes

Sep 27, 2007
What credit squeeze? The Federal Reserve says Americans are charging as much stuff as ever on credit cards. But a report out today from the consumer watchdog Public Citizen says that when we dispute those charges, cardholders lose almost every time. Helen Palmer reports.

Bracing for a housing ripple effect

Sep 27, 2007
Sales of new homes has hit a seven-year low, and home builders are obviously feeling the squeeze. But that's not the only industry that's going to feel the effects of what started with the meltdown in the subprime home loan market. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Housing

Wal-Mart will cash your checks, too

Sep 27, 2007
With so many people too poor of credit to have a bank account, high-fee check-cashing services are a lucrative business. And Mhari Saito reports that Wal-Mart also wants a piece of that action.

A click away from world domination?

Sep 27, 2007
Privacy advocates are seeing red flags around the proposed Google-DoubleClick merger. It would have more personal information than any company in the world -- not to mention it's an advertiser. Steve Henn reports.

Hispanic or Latino? Fill in the blank

Sep 26, 2007
An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission survey for workers that has had a box marked "Hispanic" has been changed to "Hispanic or Latino." Dan Grech takes a look at what's in a name.

Ratings agencies score low in D.C.

Sep 26, 2007
At a hearing today, U.S. senators tore into the three major credit rating agencies -- Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poors -- over their roles in the subprime meltdown. At the same time, the SEC said it's investigating conflicts of interest. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

Health-care deal just a start for GM

Sep 26, 2007
One of the key agreements in the new GM-UAW contract is a trust fund for employee and retiree health care benefits. It allows GM to erase tens of billions of dollars of liability from its books. But it still might not be enough. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto, Health, Jobs

UAW and GM strike a deal

Sep 26, 2007
The United Auto Workers and General Motors have come to a tentative agreement, effectively ending the union strike. GM spokesman Tom Wickham told Lisa Napoli the deal closed a major competitive gap.
Posted In: Auto

It's not easy selling green

Sep 25, 2007
As environmental businesses begin to flood the market, they're turning to corporate branders to set their wares apart from the pack. Claire Schoen listened in on brainstorming sessions between some San Francisco entrepreneurs and the branding company, Lexicon.

PowerSet searches for online niche

Sep 25, 2007
Last month Google handled 54% of all Internet searches in the United States, Yahoo 20%. Yet, that dominance isn't deterring a company called PowerSet from entering the search business. Leo LaPorte explained its efforts to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

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