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A subprime submarine?

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was on Capitol Hill today, where everybody wanted to know whether he thought the subprime market will torpedo the rest of the economy.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Washington

Looking for marked-down employees

The once high-flying Circuit City chain announced a major restructuring plan. It will replace more than 3,000 employees with people who'll work for less. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Retail

U.S.-South Korea trade deal stirs protests

Negotiators are scrambling to hammer out a huge free-trade deal with South Korea by week's end that would be the biggest trade agreement for the U.S. since NAFTA in 1993. But it has plenty of critics. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Canada

BK change not yet a whopper

Burger King says it's going to start getting eggs from free-range hens and pork from free-range pigs. Trouble is, there isn't enough free-range stuff to go around. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Retail

The other subprime

Subprime mortgages are getting all the bad press. But other kinds of subprime borrowing — from credit cards to fast-cash — are just as common, leaving more Americans paying more for loans. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Investing

Don't rush to judge private-equity firms

The recent boom in private equity transactions has been criticized by some analysts as unsustainable. But economist and commentator Glenn Hubbard wonders about that.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Key to newspapers' survival? Read further

The Poynter Institute released a study today all about how people read newspapers. And it may explain why many papers are getting a makeover. Lyn Millner reports.

Artists take on the pirates

Some of Morocco's most-ripped-off artists have been developing new ways to beat the bad guys who counterfeit their movie and music disks. John Laurenson reports.
Posted In: Entertainment