Marketplace PM for March 15, 2006

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H&R Block accused of fraud

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has filed suit against H&R Block, accusing the tax preparer of encouraging customers to invest in retirement accounts it offers that cost more in fees than they return in interest. Bob Moon reports.

Free speech and campaign money

There's a fight brewing over political money and the Internet. It involves the Federal Election Commission, Congress and a whole slew of bloggers. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Theater owners consider silencing phones

Movie-theater owners are thinking about asking federal officials for permission to jam cellphone reception to stop annoying calls during films. Lisa Napoli looks at whether their proposal is likely to become reality.

Healthnet in Mexico

Healthnet, California's third-largest health insurer, today launched some new plans aimed at Latinos. It will sell policies that allow individuals or families to see doctors in the US or in Mexico--where they'd pay less. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Commentary: Put a lid on the debt ceiling

The Senate has until the end of the week to raise the debt limit. It will be the fourth time in five years Congress will let the nation go deeper into the red. Commentator Steve Moore says it's time for the buck to stop.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Charles Schwab: Putting himself out front

Kai Ryssdal talks with Charles Schwab about the evolution of the discount brokerage business and how he came to be the face of the company.
Posted In: Investing

Hot hands

There's a field of study on the "hot hands" theory and whether there's evidence for winning streaks in everything from basketball to the stock market. In honor of March Madness, Scott Tong dives in with some economists to see if more than just luck is involved.
Posted In: Economy, Sports

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