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Credit card users cutting back

Jul 31, 2008
Visa and MasterCard are still making plenty off our credit card use, but both companies report we're slowing our swiping of the plastic. Amy Scott reports.

Bill proposes FDA oversight of tobacco

Jul 31, 2008
A bill that would give the FDA power to regulate tobacco products cleared the House and will be taken up by the Senate in the fall. What would the measure mean for the tobacco industry? Steve Henn reports.

States sue EPA over lax policies

Jul 31, 2008
Five states are suing the EPA, accusing the agency of ignoring their requests to restrict pollution from ships, airplanes and off-road vehicles. Renita Jablonski reports.

Solar breakthrough simplifies storage

Jul 31, 2008
Scientists at MIT have made a breakthrough which may solve the biggest hurdle to the mass adoption of solar energy: a more efficient way to store it for later use. Dan Grech reports.

Firms struggle to extract oil from shale

Jul 31, 2008
The largest untapped oil source, enough to sustain U.S. demand for a century, may be right here at home in the Rocky Mountains. But first, we have to find a way to get it out. Janet Babin reports.

High heating oil prices loom over U.S.

Jul 31, 2008
With heating oil prices expected to top $5 a gallon this winter, consumers are worried about heating their homes and many fuel dealers are facing the threat of collapse. Jane Lindholm reports.

Best Beach Reads: 'The Hakawati'

Jul 31, 2008
Our series on the best Marketplace beach reads continues with commentator Mona Eltahawy and her recommendation: Rabih Alameddine's "The Hakawati."

A literary approach to business

Jul 31, 2008
Attention English majors: Turns out literature might give you a leg up in the business world. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with author Robert Coles about his collection of short stories exploring the workplace.