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Marketplace AM for February 27, 2006

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An incentive for saving

Hillary Wicai looks at an innovative state program to encourage poor residents to save up for home ownership.
Posted In: Economy

Betting on home prices

Tess Vigeland talks to economist Eric Talley about a new derivative market that allows investors to bet on fluctuations in home prices.
Posted In: Economy

Bush's India trip

President Bush makes final preparations for his trip to South Asia this week. As Jessica Smith reports, US companies are particularly interested in his talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Bird flu summit

Bird flu experts from around the world assemble in Washington today to discuss how businesses can prepare for a possible outbreak. Eric Niiler reports.
Posted In: Health

Paid search gathering

Advertisers gather in New York today to discuss expanding their presence on search engines like Google and Yahoo. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Stem cell trial

Today court proceedings begin in the dispute over whether the State of California can spend $3 billion in taxpayer money to fund stem cell research. Rachel Dornhelm has more.
Posted In: Science

Economy's looking up

Leading economists have gazed deep into their crystal ball and pronounced the view a rosy one. Bob Moon reports that they see the economy surging back in the early part of the year.

New chromium regulations

Just as federal regulators are preparing new standards for chromium exposures, a new report charges the industry withheld data about chromium's health risks. Sam Eaton looks at the possible financial fallout.
Posted In: Science

Avon in Beijing

Avon just got Beijing's approval to sell its products door-to-door. Other major companies also have applications in the works. Beijing bureau chief Jocelyn Ford reports on why door-to-door sales were outlawed in Beijing, and what's changed.

Ports battle hits London

The battle over an Arab company's bid to run operations at six American ports will reach the high court in London today. An American firm will seek to block the takeover by the state-owned Dubai Ports World company. From the British Capitol, Stephen Beard reports.

The EU and the Palestinian Authority

The European Union is bucking the international trend by offering aid to the Palestinian Authority. But it's also trying hard to avoid giving the money directly to Hamas. Alisa Roth has more.
Posted In: Economy