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Features by Hilary Wicai

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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