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Google challenges Microsoft in the office

Google is rolling out a new office product called Google Apps. It hits the market just as Microsoft is peddling its latest office software. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks at whether Bill Gates and company ought to be worried.

Underground fuel tanks need costly repairs

Underground fuel storage tanks, like those at your corner gas station, are leaking. And the Government Accountability Office says it will cost $12 billion for the clean-up. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Golden State raises ante for 2008 campaign

A California Assembly committee today voted to move up next year's presidential primary from June to February. If signed by the governor, candidates' campaign costs will rise considerably.

Expect higher prices — it's natural

The announcement that Whole Foods will pay about $565 million for its smaller rival, Wild Oats, worries commentator Alex Markels. He says the deal will just add to the rising prices of natural foods — like organic kale.
Posted In: Retail

Taking real estate to a new dimension

If you've got a working knowledge of theoretical physics you can buy near San Francisco for less than 20 bucks. Nathanael Johnson explains.

Inflation? I don't want to hear it!

What do you do if your economy is overheated and inflation is spiraling out of control? If you're the Argentina president, you shoot the messenger. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Economy

Equal winnings on a silver platter

Wimbledon, the world's oldest tennis tournament, has awarded smaller prizes to women for all of its 123 years. But no more. Amy Scott reports on the changing times at the All England Club.
Posted In: Sports

Vulture fund circles over Zambia's debt

A businessman bought part of Zambia's debt and now he's trying to collect. It's prompted a lawsuit that could affect Third World debt-forgiveness programs. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Investing