Dec 21, 2006

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IBM cuts off stock options

Dec 21, 2006
IBM is following the lead of companies that are trying to make corporate compensation more transparent by cutting off stock options to it board of directors. Hillary Wicai reports.

Airlines fly into holiday season in the black

Dec 21, 2006
For the first time in five years, the U.S. airline industry expects to be profitable. This week's holiday travel is just icing on the cake, Dan Grech reports.

Robots have rights too!

Dec 21, 2006
Or at least they could one day soon, say researchers who've been studying possible scenarios for the next 50 years. They conclude robots might play a major role in the global economy. Stephen Beard has details.

Iran admits its energy industry is suffering

Dec 21, 2006
Iran has admitted that its nuclear stance is sapping foreign interest — and investment — in its oil and gas project. Stephen Beard reports.

Bad boys, bad for sponsors?

Dec 21, 2006
From on-court brawls to felony burglary, some professional athletes continue to behave in a less-than-professional manner. Will player misconduct hurt NBA and NFL bottom lines?

India ready to deal for duty-free trade

Dec 21, 2006
A revamped trade law means auto parts and jewelry imported from developing countries may now be taxed. But India might be willing to reduce its own tariffs to keep duty-free benefits in the U.S. Miranda Kennedy explains.

Jockeying for oil profits in Iraq

Dec 21, 2006
A new law is being drafted in Iraq that puts its central government in charge of oil revenues — but it's happening under intense pressure from parties who don't necessarily have Iraq's best interests in mind.

Women falling deeper into the wage gap

Dec 21, 2006
A new study shows that women have made big gains in the workplace over the past five years — until you compare their paychecks with men's. Hillary Wicai reports.

IRS sweetens reward for whistleblowers

Dec 21, 2006
A new law makes turning in income tax cheaters far more profitable, earning informants up to 30 percent of what the IRS recovers. Tax experts think it's a win-win solution, Steve Tripoli reports.

Good news for struggling former students

Dec 21, 2006
The Department of Education may limit the fees universities can charge for collecting on defaulted student loans. Sam Eaton reports.

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