Features By Janet Babin

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Can BP really change?

Robert Dudley will officially take over the CEO spot at BP this Friday, Oct. 1, but he's been re-shuffling the BP administration. Will he be able to successfully change BP's image?
Posted In: Oil
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Wal-Mart eyes Africa for expansion

The big box chain is looking to tap the African market through the South African chain Massmart.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, Retail
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The dollars and cents of obesity

Marketplace's Janet Babin takes a look at the finds of a new study that examines the health and work-related impact of obesity.
Posted In: Health
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Insurance companies respond to health care reform

Insurance policies change as new provisions from health care reform go into effect Thursday.
Posted In: Health
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Some in Congress want biennial budget

The federal government's budget year ends September 30th. But Congress is nowhere near passage of a new one. Well, when you can't meet a deadline, why not try to push it back? Janet Babin reports.
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Increase in foreclosures to continue

Real estate data firm RealtyTrac is out with its foreclosure report for August. It says defaults and repos are up 4 percent from July's figures. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Housing
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Ritz-Carlton introduces loyalty program

Clutch the pearls! The posh Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced that it will start a frequent-stay rewards program for its guests.
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Using 'white space' for faster Internet

"White space" is what the Federal Communications Communication calls unused airwaves. The FCC is thinking about opening up some of that white space to the public -- which would result in better, faster Internet.
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Fashion's Night Out may not lead to sales

Fashion's Night Out started in New York City in the recession, as a way to get customers into stores. This year's FNO kicks off tonight, but will customers buy?
Posted In: Retail
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Apple loosens app-developer restrictions

Apple announced today that it'll relax is its app-development guidelines and published the apps store review guidelines. This was done in response to developers who criticized the limited technology allowed for app-development and the opacity of Apple's store review process.
Posted In: Law

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