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Baseball is upon us - Will money win the World Series?

Mar 31, 2005
Baseball's Opening Day is Sunday, when the Boston Red Sox meet the New York Yankees to begin the season. Both teams are front-runners to win the World Series this year, and both have sky-high payrolls. Sports commentator Diana Nyad explains the connection.

Zimbabwe votes, Mugabe wins, economy stinks

Mar 31, 2005
Zimbabweans cast their votes today in a parliamentary election. We can safely project a winner. President Robert Mugabe and his party. This despite the fact that his country's economy is not what you'd call healthy. You may have heard of Mugabe's land reform program... The one to transfer farm ownership from whites to blacks. The scheme has been riddled with allegations of corruption. Still it looks like the President's managed to squeeze political profit out of this. Gretchen Wilson has the story.
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Zimbabwe's elections, and a bad economy.

Mar 31, 2005
Voters go to the polls today in Zimbabwe for parliamentary elections. Most will not be surprised if President Robert Mugabe's ruling party wins by a wide margin. The opposition has seized on the failing economy as a campaign issue. As Gretchen Wilson reports, even those earning money feel like losers.
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Jobs are plenty - in the world of closed captioning

Mar 30, 2005
Starting next year virtually all television programs will have to be closed captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing. That's job security for hundreds of trained stenographers who do the work. Problem is, there aren't enough of them to meet demand. Cathy Duchamp reports from Seattle.

Israel's budget - Ariel Sharon makes his play

Mar 29, 2005
It was budget day in Israel. If the budget doesnA¹t pass, the government automatically falls. Serious business. And this year, even more at stake. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has a plan to pull out of Gaza. Opponents tried to use the budget battle to derail that plan. It now appears Sharon outmaneuvered them all. The budget's been approved. As Nancy Updike reports, all it took was political savvy - and a lot of money.
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Oil and gas shortages: Is there a refinery shortage?

Mar 29, 2005
Oil prices fell slightly Monday - stopping at just over $54 a barrel. But don't get too excited. Demand is expected to keep the price of oil high in the coming months. There's also a scarcity problem. Not of the fuel itself, but as Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports, there's a shortage of refineries to turn oil into usable gasoline. Meanwhile, not everyone buys into the theory that high oil prices are here to stay. Commentator Vijay Vaitheeswaran says don't bet on it.
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New Delhi's poor use rural skills to better their lives

Mar 28, 2005
Police on an island off the Sumatran coast fear there may be scores dead after today's earthquake. Across Southeast Asia, countries issued tsunami warnings. But there were no reports of killer waves. The people of India often feel at the mercy of mother nature. Each year they hold their breath to see if the monsoons will bless the farm economy. Its not uncommon for farm folk to give up and head to the cities in search of a better life. But with only rural skills, many find themselves in the slums. That doesn't mean there can't be opportunities. In South Delhi, there's a local program called Project Return. As Judith Ritter reports, the idea is to try to make rural skills pay off in the big city.
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Exploring the United Nations and that Oil-for-Food program

Mar 25, 2005
There's a new report on the UN's oil-for-food program with Iraq. It's been prepared by a UN panel investigating charges of corruption and kickbacks. That panel is headed up by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volker. The new findings have not yet been made public. That won't happen until Tuesday. But some who have seen the new report are already talking. They've been talking to reporter Yochi Dreazen of the Wall Street Journal...
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Meet the diaper king of the West Bank!

Mar 25, 2005
It might be the toughest line the new Secretary of State has taken toward Israel so far. In an interview published today, Condoleeza Rice was asked about Israel's plans to expand a west bank settlement. She told the LA Times it's at odds with American policy and should come to a full stop. The so-called road map to Middle East peace includes reciprocal steps leading up to a Palestinian state. But as a practical matter, for a new nation to take root, it'll need a sustainable economy. In coming months, we plan to track how such an economy might come together. We'll be looking at specific businesses, the people behind them, and how they're adapting to change. Correspondent Nancy Updike begins her special series today in Nablus. That's where she met a enterprising man who knows how to handle ... messy situations.
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