Marketplace AM for April 17, 2007

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Opting out of public financing

Fewer and fewer taxpayers are checking that little box to contribute $3 to the presidential election fund. But voters aren't the only ones saying no. Candidates are declining to use the fund. So is it worth keeping around?
Posted In: Taxes

Workplace discrimination complaints swell

There's been a steady rise in the number of women alleging unfair treatment in the workplace because of pregnancy, so today the government is looking into the matter.
Posted In: Jobs, Washington

Fortune 500 get richer

Fortune magazine has posted its annual list of America's largest companies, and this year was their most profitable ever. Some argue that's good news for everyone, but critics point out the profits are made on the backs of low-wage workers.
Posted In: Wall Street

Pounding the dollar

The British pound is at a 14-year high against the U.S. dollar: It now takes $2 to equal one pound. The strength of Britain's currency is boosting some industries there, but it could also be a sign of trouble to come.
Posted In: Canada

Space R&D blasting off in 5. . .

Right now the fifth space tourist is orbiting the earth. Price tag: $20 million. So space tourism isn't exactly taking off at light speed, but some think there's a lot of money to be made a lot faster in space-based research.
Posted In: Science

GM introduces Spark to India

American automakers have struggled to make headway in India's large and fast-growing market, but GM is making a renewed push for sales with the Chevrolet Spark.
Posted In: Auto, Canada

Delta OK'd for reorganization

Creditors have agreed to take a 20 to 30 percent hit and approve a reorganization plan that puts Delta on course to emerge from bankruptcy by month's end. It's great news for Delta — and maybe the U.S. airline industry.
Posted In: Travel, Wall Street

Losing control of the World Bank?

As pressure mounts for World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz to resign, a growing chorus of nations is beginning to ask whether the U.S. should always get to choose who heads the international organization.
Posted In: Canada

Just pay your taxes already

Today's the day. Pay up or file for an extension. Joan is a reformed tax-evader and she almost learned the hard way that the old saying is true, you really can't avoid death or taxes.
Posted In: Taxes

AARP wants double dose of health insurance

Private health insurance is getting to be a big business for America's largest senior lobby. AARP today announced an expanded deal with UnitedHealth. The goal: Double insurance sales to the 50+ crowd.
Posted In: Health

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