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More from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Feb 21, 2012
How has Michigan rebounded from the days of the auto bailout, bringing its unemployment down from 14 to 9 percent?
Posted In: Michigan, Rick Snyder

PODCAST: Happy President's Day

Feb 20, 2012
The group that runs the Medical College Admissions Test -- or MCAT -- is rolling out a new exam in 2015 that will include questions about the psychological and social underpinnings of medicine. Ohio is betting big on casinos, opening up gambling later this year in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. As outdoor outfitter L.L.Bean celebrates its centennial this year, one of the company's oldest products is making a comeback. Happy President's Day!

Threatened species decision on koalas delayed

Feb 20, 2012
In Australia, conservationists are making the case that koalas are a threatened species. Government regulators aren't so sure.
Posted In: Australia, animals

PODCAST: Taxpayers lose on mortgage settlement, Ford's turnaround

Feb 17, 2012
What's the driving force behind Ford's turnaround? CEO Alan Mulally discusses from Detroit. Down South, reality TV is looking for new voices in the backwoods. Prices are rising -- for both food ingredients and gas. Britain and France are set to sign a nuclear energy deal. Whitney Houston's estate isn't making much money from all those "I Will Always Love You" plays. We explain why. Plus, what does the spectrum auction mean? And are taxpayers bailing out the banks again?

Mid-day Extra: More from Ford's CEO

Feb 17, 2012
Listen to an extended conversation with Ford CEO Alan Mulally, where he discusses whether consumers will want larger or smaller cars 20 years from now and the importance of emerging markets like China to the carmaker.
Posted In: Ford, Alan Mullaly

PODCAST: Is America accelerating?

Feb 16, 2012
Rupert Murdoch is facing tensions with his staff at The Sun after nine of its journalists were arrested in the last few weeks for alleged corruption. The rental car market in the United States has been dominated by American brands, but that could soon change. Commercial real estate experts are starting to see what will become of the hundreds of Borders store spaces that closed last year.

Facebook coming to non-smartphones in Africa

Feb 16, 2012
Facebook is teaming up with mobile phone maker Orange to provide its services to cell phones in Africa -- of the non-iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android variety.
Posted In: Facebook, cell phone, Africa

PODCAST: Don't call it a comeback

Feb 15, 2012
Congressional negotiators have agreed to a deal that would extend the payroll tax cut through the end of the year. Yesterday, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited the White House and the Pentagon before meeting with American business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Westminster Dog Show dropped Pedigree as a sponsor this year, saying its sad ads that promote adoption from animal shelters turned off its audience. And President's Day is fast approaching, but a lot of Americans don't take that day, or others, off -- and that could be a problem for the economy.

Xi Jinping visits Iowa... again

Feb 15, 2012
The soon to be president of China is visiting the U.S. this week, and today he is in Iowa. It turns out, he's been there before.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, Iowa

PODCAST: Retail sales and valentine hearts

Feb 14, 2012
Two former Bear Stearns executives accused of misleading investors about the quality of risky mortgages have settled with the federal government. Waffle House is transforming more than a hundred restaurants into Valentine wonderlands. President Obama is meeting today with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next president of China. And some experts are looking to Zynga's earnings to help predict how Facebook will fare in the coming months.

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