Jun 20, 2006

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Cautious mood on Wall Street

Jun 20, 2006
New housing starts last month were higher than expected. Those numbers out today brought some relief to the stock market, but investors remain cautious ahead of next week's Fed meeting. Bob Moon reports.

E-minis open oil trading to small investors

Jun 20, 2006
Oil is the most-traded commodity on the planet, but until recently there weren't many good strategies for the average investor who wants a piece of the action. Doesn't mean it's not risky though. Andrew Haeg explains.

Lobbying reform stalled

Jun 20, 2006
Former White House aide David Safavian was found guilty today of covering up his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But even as the justice system cracks down on lobbyist influence, Congress still can't police itself. Eric Niiler reports.

Is diesel the next alternative fuel?

Jun 20, 2006
Le Mans is one of the most grueling of all car races, and this year an Audi powered by diesel won it. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to L.A. Times auto critic Dan Neil about the remarkably quiet, clean race car…

Parsons loses another military contract

Jun 20, 2006
The Army Corps of Engineers has canceled another deal with military contractor Parsons. The company's now lost $400 billion worth of rebuilding deals in Iraq in a matter of weeks. Lisa Napoli has the details.

Raise the minimum wage

Jun 20, 2006
Tomorrow the Senate will consider a bill that would raise the minimum wage by more than $2 an hour. Commentator Beth Shulman says it's the right thing to do.

Looking to kick-start German economy

Jun 20, 2006
German soccer fans are hoping they'll make it to the World Cup final in July.German politicians are looking to get an economic boost in a country that's been in the doldrums for a couple years. Kyle James reports from Berlin.

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