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Aug 21, 2009

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Segments From this episode

Are homes sales a sign of a turnaround?

Aug 21, 2009
Existing home sales surged in July as buyers took advantage of lower prices. Is it a sign the housing crisis is relenting? Steve Henn reports.

Bernanke sees economy growing soon

Aug 21, 2009
At a meeting of central bankers, Ben Bernanke said a return to growth in the near term appears likely. Tess Vigeland gets an analysis of the Federal Reserve chief's address from Michael Bernstein of Tulane University.

Lead poisoning hits China's children

Aug 21, 2009
China is dealing internally with two lead-poisoning scandals at once. More than 2,000 children have been affected from metal-smelting facilities near rural Chinese villages. Scott Tong reports from Hunan province.

Weekly Wrap: Stocks, cars, health care

Aug 21, 2009
Fortune magazine's Leigh Gallagher and Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon talk with Tess Vigeland about overly optimistic investors, the impact of Cash for Clunkers, and the health care debate.

Twitter searches for tweet success

Aug 21, 2009
The social networking site faces two big challenges: It's not making money and its popularity is becoming a liability. So it's considering selling consumer information to businesses. Jeff Tyler reports.

Breaking free from the spending fix

Aug 21, 2009
Some consumers find credit cards are as addictive as cigarettes or alcohol. But programs like Debtors Anonymous offer plastic junkies the support to quit for good. Tess Vigeland reports.
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