Jul 23, 2007

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Policing the flood of imports to U.S.

Jul 23, 2007
More than 11 million cargo ships unload in U.S. ports every year. A new proposal would have each container inspected and scanned. But just how practical is that, and who would scan the data? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Starbucks heads south of the border

Jul 23, 2007
The seemingly everpresent coffee-and-lifestyle retailer is looking to perk up its stale stock numbers with a caffeinated push in Tijuana, the busiest border crossing in the world. Dan Grech reports.

Poll: Saying 'no' to globalization

Jul 23, 2007
A new poll finds that consumers on both sides of the Atlantic feel their lifestyles are threatened by cheap labor in China and India. Well-heeled executives should pay more taxes, too. Stephen Beard reports.

Fighting for the right to relax

Jul 23, 2007
There are laws on the books in 127 countries mandating vacation time for workers. But not in the U.S., where a lot of folks find they just can't afford to escape the grind in a competitive market. Wren Elhai reports.

Taking nonprofit hospitals to tax

Jul 23, 2007
The IRS is cracking down on hospitals that get tax breaks for providing charity care after a study finds many facilities spend just 1 percent of their revenue helping those who simply can't pay. Helen Palmer reports.

Keeping an eye on divesting investments

Jul 23, 2007
Mutual fund boards and money managers have basically one mission: get the best return for investors. Socially responsible investors often need to plow through the fine print. Curt Nickisch reports.

The real power of the Fed chief

Jul 23, 2007
Ben Bernanke has headed the Federal Reserve Board for 18 months now, and some still hang on his every word. But does he really have much power? Fortune editor-at-large Allen Sloan says yes and no...

Vodafone pressured on Verizon stakehold

Jul 23, 2007
One of the European telecom giant's biggest shareholders wants to drop its big stake in Verizon Wireless. But that won't go over well with other shareholders who like the U.S. firm. We get the lowdown from Andrew Parker.

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