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Sales of new homes has hit a seven-year low, and home builders are obviously feeling the squeeze. But that's not the only industry that's going to feel the effects of what started with the meltdown in the subprime home loan market. Alisa Roth reports.
Yale and Harvard have a lot of money to invest, and thanks to some smart decisions and investors they are likely to be well-funded for a very long time. But individuals really don't have the luxury of time these institutions have -- basically, to infinity. Steve Tripoli reports.
The federal government will pump another $20 billion into student aid, in part by cutting subsidies to lenders. Commentator Kim Clark says more money for college students is all well and good -- but we ought to check the math on how we factor those costs in the first place.
Thousands of so-called "no match" notices are due to be mailed out as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants, warning business owners that employees have invalid Social Security numbers. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports industries and livelihoods hang on the decision.
Using new water meters, South Africa's found a way to put conservation and commerce on the same page. But Gretchen Wilson reports human costs don't appear on the bill, and the disparity of who gets water -- and how much -- has the potential to be a flash point.
What credit squeeze? The Federal Reserve says Americans are charging as much stuff as ever on credit cards. But a report out today from the consumer watchdog Public Citizen says that when we dispute those charges, cardholders lose almost every time. Helen Palmer reports.
Author Devra Davis says in her new book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, we're going about it the wrong way -- treating the disease, while all but ignoring the lifestyle and environmental factors that lead to a greater risk of getting cancer in the first place.