Marketplace PM for May 24, 2007

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Is that a glimmer of a housing turnaround?

Prices usually go up with demand. But there was a strange wrinkle in the home-sales figures announced today. Sales were up, but prices were down. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

U.S., China don't get much closer on trade issues

Two days of cabinet-level talks with China have come to a close, and the list of accomplishments is short. It's no coincidence, then, that congressional calls for sanctions just got louder. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

House finally moves on lobbying reform

After sweeping to power last fall and promising to clean up Washington, Democrats on Capitol Hill struggled for months to pass any lobbying reform legislation. Today the House finally took action. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

Only your wallet is broken, not the record

The Energy Department has updated its inflation calculations and what was reported earlier as a record high for gas prices is no longer so. Kai Ryssdal found out the new target price.
Posted In: Retail

Crumbs for kids

Commentator Eugene Steuerle says that focusing on children may be the only real way we'll ever straighten out the government's budget problems.
Posted In: Washington

Taking the animals out of testing

Animal testing in science and medicine has its limits — both ethical and practical. So scientists are working to develop experimentation that's cheaper, faster and, sometimes, more accurate. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Health

Your credit card statement may be getting clearer

For the first time in more than 25 years the Federal Reserve has proposed new rules about credit cards and how consumers can find out what they need to know. It's called Regulation Z, and Tess Vigeland has the details.
Posted In: Economy

A Dickens of a theme park

A group of British investors is pouring more than $120 million into England's newest tourist attraction: Dickens World. Our man in London, Stephen Beard, went for a sneak preview.

It's pronounced DIME-ler!

We appreciate your comments, but Kai's been getting it right when pronouncing the German carmaker's name. Here's another attempt to get us all on the same page.
Posted In: Auto