Apr 16, 2012

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Tax procrastinators can breathe easy as this year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. But many people across the country should be expecting a smaller refund than usual this time around. 'The Hunger Games' tops the box office for the fourth…

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'The Hunger Games' tops box office for fourth straight week

Apr 16, 2012
For the fourth week in a row, 'The Hunger Games' was number one at the box office over the weekend. Not since Avatar has a movie held onto the top spot for so long.

Iceland could adopt the Canadian loonie

Apr 16, 2012
Iceland is looking to possibly adopt the Canadian currency. How would that work, and might that affect either country's economies?

Largest school voucher program in U.S. to start in Louisiana

Apr 16, 2012
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to sign an education overhaul into law this week. It'll create one of the largest school voucher programs in the country.

PODCAST: Home and garden sales up, China lets in the markets

Apr 16, 2012
Tax procrastinators can breathe easy as this year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. But many people across the country should be expecting a smaller refund than usual this time around. 'The Hunger Games' tops the box office for the fourth…
A warm March means better home and garden sales, and a boost to overall retail numbers.
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China taking steps to open up its currency

Apr 16, 2012
China lords over its currency the way a pilot manages the air speed of a plane -- not much laissez-faire. Now, Chinese officials say the yuan will be allowed to float within a wider range.

World Bank directors to decide on new leader

Apr 16, 2012
Today the World Bank's directors are picking a new new president. The U.S. has nominated one candidate, and historically the American choice gets the job. But for the first time, there's another contender -- from the developing world.

A look at the Obama campaign's money strategy

Apr 16, 2012
From small donors, big donors and super PACs, where will the president be getting his campaign cash?

Another day, another patent war

Apr 16, 2012
Oracle and Google face off in court today in a lawsuit over the use of Java. It’s another chapter in the Silicon Valley serial: Patent Wars.

Second month of positive signs in retail

Apr 16, 2012
The Commerce Department reports retail sales rose more than expected in March, by a solid 0.8 percent.

Louisiana schools to undergo major reforms

Apr 16, 2012
This week Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to sign a controversial law that overhauls education in that state. The package of reforms will create one of the largest school voucher programs in the country.

OpenTable facing competition from the Food Network

Apr 16, 2012
OpenTable is about to get some competition from the Food Network, in the form of their new site called CityEats.

Retail numbers stay strong in March

Apr 16, 2012
Retail numbers faced their second month of strength in March, helped by the warm weather and the early Easter holiday.

2012 tax season: Later deadline, smaller refund?

Apr 16, 2012
Tax procrastinators, breathe easy. This year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. There's extra time because April 15th fell on a Sunday this year, and today is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.

Tax procrastinators can breathe easy as this year’s deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. But many people across the country should be expecting a smaller refund than usual this time around. ‘The Hunger Games’ tops the box office for the fourth week in a row, but can it really be the next ‘Avatar?’ Oracle and Google face-off today in Federal Court over claims that Google’s Android system is infringing on patent and copyrights on Oracle’s technology. Thus far this campaign season, Obama has been outraising his likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, but now the president faces a more challenging fundraising environment

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