Features By Hilary Wicai

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New rules would paint uglier deficit picture

What if future Social Security payments showed up on the government's present balance sheet? A sweeping new proposal for government accounting rules would do just that. Hillary Wicai looks at possible repercussions.
Posted In: Washington
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Retiring 'An Army of One'

The Army's announcing a new slogan today: "Army Strong." It's part of a $200 million advertising campaign to convince young Americans to sign up with Uncle Sam. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington
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Agreement would take junk out of food

President Clinton and the American Heart Association announced a deal with several major food companies to make school snacks healthier. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Health, Science
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School vending machines going on a diet

Snacks sold in schools will have to cut the fat, calories, sugar and salt under a new agreement announced today. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Health
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Houston's commuter experiment

Houston traffic ranks 5th worst in the country. So in a citywide experiment, commuters from 130 companies there volunteered to temporarily shift their work hours to see if that could help ease congestion. Hillary Wicai reports.
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Stricter rules, more lost luggage

As carry-on rules were tightened following the foiled London terror plot in August, passengers had to check more bags. A new report from the Department of Transportation says the rate of lost or mishandled bags jumped 25%. Hillary Wicai reports.
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A little relief for U.S. automakers

Toyota's fuel-efficient line continues to outsell the rest of the field, but lower gas prices have taken some pressure off domestic automakers. Even sales of trucks and SUVs have bounced back a bit as prices at the pump drop. Hillary Wicai reports.
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Americans spending much more on housing

The Census Bureau's latest stats on housing costs show that in almost every state people are spending a bigger chunk of their incomes on their homes. Hillary Wicai reports.
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Spending too much on housing

The Census Bureau's latest stats on housing costs are out today and in almost every state, people are spending a bigger chunk of their incomes on their homes. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Economy
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Netflix offers prize

If you can come up with a recommendation on how Netflix can improve its software, there's money in it for you — $1 million to be precise. Hillary Wicai reports.

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