May 17, 2007

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Low-income lending makes poverty worse

May 17, 2007
The credit industry has been allowed to aggressively pursue low-income borrowers and that's made a bad situation worse for many poor Americans. Chris Farrell says federal regulators are overdue to step in and stop the cycle of abuse.

It's not on the menu, but...

May 17, 2007
We'll take ours protein-style. It isn't hard to find regulars at some well-known fast-food restaurants ordering "secret" menu items. And allowing this off-the-menu behavior can be a very smart business move, Pat Loeb reports.

Starting at small forward. . . London

May 17, 2007
The NBA is capitalizing on its growing international appeal and opening up shop in London. The league says it wants to be closer to its European fans, whose numbers are growing by leaps and bounds, so to speak. Pat Loeb…

Brown is the new Blair

May 17, 2007
Britain is beginning to see hints that its economic bubble could burst, so perhaps Gordon Brown's less cheerful disposition will be an apt fit for the nation's mood when he takes over as prime minister next month. Stephen Beard reports.

Free trade deal or no deal

May 17, 2007
Both Republicans and Democrats seem to be having regrets about last week's free trade agreement, but some are hoping the fleeting moment of bipartisanship will last long enough to push a couple deals through. John Dimsdale reports.

Rethinking crop subsidies

May 17, 2007
Lawmakers will soon consider whether to insure crops that could serve as important sources of alternative fuels, but there are a lot of unanswered questions. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Lexus ups the ante in hybrid car market

May 17, 2007
Toyota is betting big on the future of the hybrid vehicle market with a super-deluxe luxury Lexus model, available in the U.S. sometime this summer. It's part of a growing "green" trend in the auto industry. Janet Babin reports.

The team

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