Dec 29, 2006

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Entertainment lessons of 2006

Dec 29, 2006
American Idol still rules. There are no movie-making rules. And everything's going to get faster in '07. Daily Variety's Mike Speier reviews the year in entertainment.

Kim Jong Il finds a golden loophole

Dec 29, 2006
The Times of London says North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il could be planning to use London's gold market to get around financial sanctions. Stephen Beard reports.

Toyota stands alone

Dec 29, 2006
Analysts expect an across-the-board slump in new auto sales for December — except for Toyota. Sam Eaton has details.

Telecom wedding bells ringing?

Dec 29, 2006
It's the last business day of 2006 and AT&T wants to finish the year with FCC approval for its purchase of BellSouth. Last night it offered up some consumer-friendly concessions that might do the trick. Dan Grech reports.

Still golfing in the Northeast

Dec 29, 2006
Unseasonably warm weather is putting the hurt on New England's multi-billion dollar winter recreation industry, but the region's golf courses are basking in it. Curt Nickisch reports.

Pushing for 401k reform

Dec 29, 2006
The New Year may bring new momentum to efforts to improve investor protections in 401k retirement plans. Steve Tripoli reports.

Sloan Sessions: A year of private equity

Dec 29, 2006
Newsweek's Allan Sloan looks back at 2006 and says it was all about private equity money sloshing around on Wall Street — but the trend can't last through 2007.

What to do with all that extra cash. . .

Dec 29, 2006
Big investment banks on Wall Street are expected to hand out a record $24 billion in bonuses this season. Amy Scott asks some of the lucky recipients how they're going to spend theirs.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC