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Countrywide Financial Corp. is promising to reach out to 82,000 of its borrowers and refinance or modify around $16 billion in home loans. Consumer advocates say it's about time. Bob Moon reports.
The Labor Department has announced new rules that make it easier for companies to automatically enroll workers in retirement plans like 401k's. And the government will favor investments that take some risks. Sarah Gardner reports.
In an effort to attract highly skilled immigrant workers, the European Union is proposing its version of the U.S. "green card" visa. It would offer faster approval and employment guarantees. And it has U.S. businesses worried. Dan Grech reports.
The Bush Administration has had a difficult time fully prosecuting organizations accused of financing terrorism. Kai Ryssdal talks with Dennis Lormel, who ran the FBI's terrorist financing task force, about uncovering these funding networks.
The insurance bill from the Southern California wildfires could total into the billions of dollars. Will that change how we live? Kai Ryssdal asked Martin Grace, a professor of risk management, what he thinks.
Sometimes it's not how much you pay but where you find things. Commentator Mary Annette Pember says for Native Americans, the town dump has historically been a key part of the economy.
Rising construction costs and concerns over global warming legislation have caused utilities to cancel plans for 16 new coal-fired power plants in recent months. Instead, they're opting for something much cheaper -- conservation. Sam Eaton reports.
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