Feb 8, 2007

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Like an old habit . . .

Feb 8, 2007
After a decade of shying away from U.S. tobacco companies, it looks like Europe is ready to reinvest. Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group is set to buy American discount cigarette maker Commonwealth.

Landis doping decision delayed

Feb 8, 2007
Tour de France winner Floyd Landis may still race in that country again someday, but the scandal has been a drain on his finances — and other cyclists looking for sponsors.

Mutual fund shopping pays off

Feb 8, 2007
A little mutual fund comparison shopping can save you thousands of dollars, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Even students at an elite MBA school had a tough time choosing the best deal.

New effort to curb gang violence

Feb 8, 2007
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is unveiling a plan to suppress gang activity by targeting the city's worst gangs. Officials are up against more than 40,000 members in 700 gangs.

Sub-prime proves sub-par

Feb 8, 2007
The slowdown in the U.S. housing market has rippled all the way across the Atlantic. A British banking group has warned that bad debts will be much greater than expected.

Talking about North Korea again

Feb 8, 2007
The on-again, off-again talks over North Korea and nukes are on again with renewed signs of optimism. Namely that Washington may unfreeze bank assets of Pyongyang leaders if they're ready to talk disarmament.

High school dropouts cost taxpayers billions

Feb 8, 2007
Researchers at Columbia University say if we could cut the high school dropout rate in half, taxpayers would save $127,000 per new graduate.

Science ain't cheap

Feb 8, 2007
The White House has been talking a lot about global warming and energy security lately, but Chris Farrell says the President's budget lacks the commitment to do something about them.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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