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PODCAST: Weather to blame for low Walmart sales; Angelina Jolie surgery boosts film about breast cancer

May 16, 2013
Walmart sales are down and so are housing starts, but the weather could be to blame. Plus, a small film about breast cancer research gets an unexpected boost from Angelina Jolie's preventive mastectomy.
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PODCAST: Retailers react to Bangladesh; oil companies raided in Europe

May 15, 2013
A look at how new retail figures impact the economy. After last month's collapse at a garment factory, retailers around the world are responding in different ways. The European Commission is investigating a potential price manipulation scheme among oil companies. A Senate committee on governmental affairs looks at 380 ways “to make Washington more efficient.”

PODCAST: North American fossil fuel domination; cell phone theft

May 14, 2013
A new report says North America will once again dominate fossil fuel production. Cell phone theft in this country is on the rise, but there’s not really any incentive for the industry to help curb the increase. Housing seems to be in recovery mode in places like Phoenix, Arizona. But it may be tough for homebuilders to lure back construction workers.

PODCAST: Bloomberg admits snooping, Air Force seeks money-saving ideas

May 13, 2013
Retail sales inched up in April. Bloomberg News admits to allowing reporters to access private client data. And, the Air Force turns to rank-and-file members for cost-cutting ideas.

PODCAST: A budget surplus; an 'old' CEO at age 48

May 10, 2013
The federal government will post a surplus for April 2013. The CEO of online retail giant Alibaba says he's too old for the job at 48. And, Obamacare's PR push is gearing up for prime time.

PODCAST: Marijuana tax, stock stacks

May 9, 2013
Legalize it, but tax it! Colorado seeks to regulate marijuana sales. Paid sick leave is coming to New York City. And stocks are up above 15,000, when will they come down?

PODCAST: Shopping for surgery, going German for work

May 8, 2013
Out of work Europeans move to Germany. Hospital charges vary widely for the same procedure. And should the government limit the amount of tax-free retirement savings?

PODCAST: Jobs mystery, markets explained

May 7, 2013
Alleged discrimination against African-American temp workers. Jobs are opening up, but hiring is slow to follow. And what's got markets cheering around the world.

PODCAST: YouTubing for dollars? College prep for the summer

May 6, 2013
Could YouTube start charging? Summer vacation turns to college prep. And the least flexible part of the Workplace Flexibility Act.

PODCAST: Facebook gets a thumbs down, jobs are up

May 3, 2013
The next generation unfriends Facebook. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting the economy added 165,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent, beating analyst expectations.

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