Oct 18, 2007

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Unions unmoved by Sarkozy's reforms

Oct 18, 2007
Only a small fraction of trains in France are running as workers strike against President Sarkozy's reforms. Eleanor Beardsley looks into whether Sarkozy will win his first battle with the unions.

Wall Street wasn't banking on profits

Oct 18, 2007
Several banks are reporting profits this week, and despite analysts' grim expectations, they're not doing so badly. But that doesn't mean there may not be trouble ahead. Jill Barshay reports.

Will Social Security explode?

Oct 18, 2007
The first of 76 million baby boomers filed for Social Security this week. But economics correspondent Chris Farrell says there's no need to worry about a system overload. He talks to Scott Jagow.

Mining law might go modern

Oct 18, 2007
U.S. mining law has gone unchanged for more than a century, and large corporations have taken advantage of the free pass given to the original miners of the Western frontier. But Sam Eaton tells us that could soon change.

Homeowners brace for subprime leap

Oct 18, 2007
About 2 million subprime loans set up with teaser rates will expire over the next 18 months, leaving homeowners with much higher mortgage payments. But finding a better loan deal to prepare for the jump isn't easy. Mhari Saito reports.

Modernization doesn't happen in a day

Oct 18, 2007
Rome's second film festival opens today and brings a bit of Hollywood glamour to the ancient city. Rome correspondent Megan Williams tells Doug Krizner the event is the first in decades to bring in modern culture.

British Airways spreads its wings

Oct 18, 2007
There's competition in the air at London's Heathrow airport, and British Airways is responding to new international partnerships with merger ideas of its own. Scott Jagow talks to David Robertson of the Times of London.

Kids' cold medicine under scrutiny

Oct 18, 2007
The FDA is meeting with an advisory panel about problems with children's cold medicines. Some companies have pulled products off the shelves, but that only amounts to a small fraction of the market. Jeff Tyler reports.

Chile has trouble with a lot of money

Oct 18, 2007
Thanks to careful frugality and skyrocketing copper prices, Chile will have $20 billion saved up. But some Chileans want the government to spend more. Dan Grech reports.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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