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Apr 5, 2012

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President Obama is slated to sign the JOBS Act into law later today.  It's a plan to spur hiring by easing some regulations on
small businesses looking for investors, and one provision legalizes something called "crowdfunding." In Spain, the debt crisis continues to worsen, leaving many worried that it will follow in the footsteps of troubled Greece. The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back on the heels of his first PGA win in two years.

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Tiger Woods still a winner for advertisers

Apr 5, 2012
The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back in form on the heels of his first PGA win in two years. Regardless of whether he wins, TV executives are counting on Tiger to pump up the ratings.

Michigan and Detroit agree on deal to help city's deficit

Apr 5, 2012
The city of Detroit has a projected a deficit of more than $200 million his year -- and it could run out of money by June. Last night, Detroit's city council narrowly passed a controversial deal with the State of Michigan.

PODCAST: Americans paying off debt, not so much in Spain

Apr 5, 2012
President Obama is slated to sign the JOBS Act into law later today. It's a plan to spur hiring by easing some regulations on small businesses looking for investors, and one provision legalizes something called "crowdfunding." In Spain, the debt crisis continues to worsen, leaving many worried that it will follow in the footsteps of troubled Greece. The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back on the heels of his first PGA win in two years.
A couple walk past a closed down orthopedic shop on November 10, 2011 in Madrid, The current eurozone debt crisis has left Spain with crippling economic problems.
Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The 24-hour billionaire

One New York Times reporter recently received the best assignment ever: to play billionaire for a day. We chat about what his day was like, and what surprised him.
General view of Rolls Royce at the Rolls-Royce Hamptons Brunch Produced By Rand Luxury on July 23, 2011 in Watermill, New York. What would it be like to be a billionaire for a day, complete with a chauffeured Rolls Royce?
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Rand Luxury

What doesn't work in the JOBS Act

Apr 5, 2012
Today, President Obama signs the JOBS Act. The legislation could provide more investment for small business. But critics say the bill could rollback regulations.

JOBS Act boosts startups through 'crowdfunding'

Apr 5, 2012
With the JOBS Act, small companies can now get off the ground by selling stock on the Internet to everyday people -- without going through the hassle of a stock exchange.

Early jobs report shows planned layoffs falling

Apr 5, 2012
This morning, the job placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that the number of planned layoffs dropped last month to a 10-month low -- a good sign as we await unemployment numbers from the government tomorrow.

The regional differences in the U.S. job market

Apr 5, 2012
Are some cities doing better than others when it comes to recovery, and a positive outlook for jobs in the near future?

Spain continues to struggle against debt problems

Apr 5, 2012
Government borrowing costs reach a five month high in Spain, having many worried that the country will soon take the biggest problem in Europe crown from Greece.

Budget issues hurt Greece's 2012 Olympic plans

Apr 5, 2012
Today, the Greek Athletics Federation laid out what it sees as a "bleak future" for sports. The federation has suspended track and field events as part of budget cutbacks. That puts into question Greece's ability compete in the London Olympics this summer.

Good news for the U.S., bad news for Europe

Apr 5, 2012
While the U.S. reported the lowest number of applicants for unemployment benefits last month, Spain is reviving worries about the situation in Europe.
A man looks at screens at Madrid's Stock Exchange. Spain had trouble selling some of its government debt today. That's revived worries about the situation in Europe.
PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images

Is the European debt crisis resurfacing?

Apr 5, 2012
There are some economic headwinds blowing strong right now. And one of them is coming from Spain where a disappointing bond auction yesterday sent government borrowing costs to a 5 month high and renewed fears about the European Debt Crisis.

President Obama is slated to sign the JOBS Act into law later today.  It’s a plan to spur hiring by easing some regulations on
small businesses looking for investors, and one provision legalizes something called “crowdfunding.” In Spain, the debt crisis continues to worsen, leaving many worried that it will follow in the footsteps of troubled Greece. The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back on the heels of his first PGA win in two years.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC