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Mixed signals on jobless numbers

Unemployment hit its highest rate since 1983, though the pace of layoffs let up in May. So have we turned a corner in this recession? Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Jobs
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FDIC limits weak banks' interest rates

The FDIC says it will stop weak banks from luring customers with interest rates that exceed the going market rate. As Janet Babin reports, it could save a lot of money in the long run.
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Diagnosis for Mass. health care: Pricey

Since Massachusetts reformed its health care system in 2006, it's achieved almost universal insurance coverage. But a new study says the overhaul is being undermined by rising costs and other issues. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Health
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Swine flu yields bad news for farmers

Farmers in the Southeast are worried they won't have enough help from seasonal migrant workers due to fallout from the swine flu. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Immigration
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U.S. credit rating could be headed down

The dollar's getting hammered today amid fears the U.S. could be headed for a lower credit rating. Yesterday, Standard & Poor's lowered its outlook for the United Kingdom. Is a U.S. ratings downgrade on the way? Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street
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GMAC next in line for Treasury bailout

GMAC already received $5 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program program back in December. Now, reports out say the Treasury Department is set to loan GMAC over $7 billion more. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Auto, Investing
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New agency could inspire turf war

The Obama administration wants a new federal agency to police home mortgages, mutual funds and credit cards, which right now is spread over several agencies. But exactly who will regulate what is still under consideration. Janet Babin reports.
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Obama wants cleaner cars by 2016

The Obama administration's new fuel efficiency standards will require vehicles to get at least 35 miles per gallon by 2016 and cost about $1,300 per car Automakers are expected to be on board. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Auto
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Wal-Mart electronics have room to beep

Wal-Mart is unrolling an expanded electronics section today that allows customers to play with gear previously under lock and key. The goal of the move is to snag former Circuit City customers. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Retail
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Preventing ads from topping Google

Ever since Google started selling ads above its search list, competitors have been able to place themselves above searches. But businesses may be able to use trademark confusion as legal means to stop the practice. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Internet

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