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Dow may be next private-equity target

Alisa Roth | Apr 9, 2007
KKR reportedly is interested in buying Dow Chemical for $50 billion, about a month after it announced a deal for Texas utility TXU for a then-record $32 billion. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Washington once again targets piracy

John Dimsdale | Apr 9, 2007
The U.S. trade representative is set to file two new complaints against China's counterfeit market with the World Trade Organization. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Lending bipartisan support to student loan changes

| Apr 9, 2007
Changing student-loan funding from the private sector to the federal government appears to be an idea gaining momentum. Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says it's one issue that's getting bipartisan backing.

To some, church cell towers send bad signal

Stephen Beard | Apr 9, 2007
Churches throughout England are facing uncertain financial futures, so they've been renting out space to earn some spare change. Some ecclesiastical authorities are not pleased. Stephen Beard reports.

If it looks like a cartel and acts like a <nobr>cartel . . .</nobr>

Kai Ryssdal | Apr 9, 2007
The world's largest natural gas exporters are considering working more closely together to set prices. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, correspondent for The Economist, discusses potential impacts with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Canada

One alarm you won't sleep through

Sean Cole | Apr 9, 2007
Do you want an alarm clock that rings and runs? Sean Cole reports on the morning torture device called Clocky that can't be stopped.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Can we get that shaving deduction?

Sean Cole | Apr 9, 2007
From beard taxes to yachts, history teaches that you never can tell how people will respond when you find a new way to tax them. Except that some of them will find some way to avoid paying it.
Posted In: Taxes

All the president's whiskey

Hilary Wicai | Apr 9, 2007
Turns out our first president wasn't the teetotaler some revisionists have made him out to be. In fact, Washington was once the nation's largest producer of whiskey. And now a rebuilt version of his distillery is open to the public.
Posted In: Washington

Natural gas cartel on the front burner

Stephen Beard and Scott Jagow | Apr 9, 2007
Rising energy costs and advances in technology have given new life to efforts to form an OPEC-like cartel for natural gas. It's probably a long way off, but if it happens, it won't be good for consumers.
Posted In: Canada

Breaking up immigration reform

John Dimsdale | Apr 9, 2007
President Bush is asking Congress for comprehensive immigration reform, but a sizable House caucus opposed to any form of amnesty wants to split up immigration issues and pass the less controversial measures.
Posted In: Immigration