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High profits for low-end retailers

May 29, 2008
Tight economic times for consumers are meaning big jumps in profits for value retailers such as Costco and Big Lots. Bob Moon explains how stores are adapting to consumers' shrinking budgets.

Consumers reach for the plastic

May 29, 2008
Credit got many of us into this financial mess, but can credit get us back out? Many Americans think so, and credit card companies are happy to oblige. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Iraq asks neighbors for debt relief

May 29, 2008
The Iraqi government is asking Arab nations to forgive its debts, and one neighbor is more than eager to help. John Dimsdale reports.

Winners and losers in the food crisis

May 29, 2008
Rising food prices mean an opportunity for boosting agricultural infrastructure, but unless aid programs shift their focus, the incentives won't trickle down to the poorest regions. Jeff Tyler reports.

Apple's tech goes suburban

May 29, 2008
Apple's products continue to wow consumers, but commentator and Internet scholar Jonathan Zittrain argues the company's recent moves toward proprietary systems lock out the company's oldest fans.

Greenhouse bill heats business debate

May 29, 2008
A new Senate bill would cut U.S. greenhouse emissions by 70 percent. Most lawmakers agree on the goal but debate remains over how to design a system that's fair to businesses. Sam Eaton reports.

IndyCar tries to steer back on track

May 29, 2008
In recent years, IndyCar Racing has spun out, falling from one of the most exciting moments in sports to a distant second to NASCAR. Kai Ryssdal talks to sports expert Diana Nyad about the future of the IRL.

Hardcover book market goes soft

May 29, 2008
Publishing is a world of increased competition, shrinking margins and long waits to see any green. Jill Barshay reports on how publishing houses are coping with changing times.

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