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No more for product safety, please

Steve Henn | Oct 30, 2007
Congress is considering a bill that would give the Consumer Product Safety Commission more money, staff and power. But the head of the agency says she doesn't want the bill to pass. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Retail

Publications want lower postal rates

Jeremy Hobson | Oct 30, 2007
Small publications are hurting from an increase in postal rates last July, and Congress is holding a hearing on how much they should pay for mailing. But Jeremy Hobson reports a lowered postal rate is unlikely.

A new process to approve patents

Jeremy Hobson | Oct 30, 2007
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants to change the rules to streamline the processing of new applications. But a lawsuit is threatening to prevent those changes from happening. Jeremy Hobson has more.

UBS reports losses in third quarter

Stephen Beard | Oct 30, 2007
Swiss bank UBS reported its first quarterly loss in almost five years, and much can be blamed on investments in mortgage-backed securities. Stephen Beard reports the crisis might be far from over.
Posted In: Economy

Finance work holds barriers for women

Jill Barshay | Oct 30, 2007
A new survey of females in finance finds it's difficult for women to advance working in hedge funds or private equity. Jill Barshay looks into why these fields get a bad rap.

Spending it all on a good scare

Scott Jagow | Oct 30, 2007
Halloween is go time for the haunted house industry, and keeping a big scare operation running can be costly. Scott Jagow talks to the owner of the "Bates Motel," a large-scale, farm-based spook attraction.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Jobs

'Do Not Call' ever again

Alisa Roth | Oct 30, 2007
The "Do Not Call" list that prevents telemarketers from dialing you will expire next year. But Congress might pass a bill that would make registration permanent. Alisa Roth has more.

Another Fed rate cut a possibility

John Dimsdale | Oct 30, 2007
Investors are hoping the Federal Reserve will announce another rate cut after it meets today. John Dimsdale reports the economy is in better shape, but a cut could still be possible.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Fake Steve Jobs has real 'Options'

Kai Ryssdal | Oct 29, 2007
Since early 1996, Dan Lyons has been maintaining a blog with the name Fake Steve Jobs. He was unmasked as the author this past summer, wrapping up a tech-world whodunit. Now he's got a book out as Fake Steve called "Options." He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books

Nuclear power industry gets recharged

| Oct 29, 2007
After years of resistance from the public, the nuclear industry is attempting a comeback. It has already won $12 billion in taxpayer subsidies and is pushing for even more. Sarah Gardner reports.