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U.S. senators say they are close to a deal on a bill that would include money for counseling people at risk of losing their homes, and incentives for communities and citizens to buy foreclosed properties. Jeremy Hobson reports.
A peculiar kind of unregulated financial instrument called a credit default swap was a key factor in why the Fed kept Bear Stearns from failing. Marketplace's John Dimsdale tells Kai Ryssdal about whether Congress might be applying some scrutiny.
The state of Ohio recently changed the rules of the game for its 60,000 employees. As of next month, flex time's not going to be so flexible anymore. Mhari Saito reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is challenging an Arizona immigration law that would allow the state to shut down businesses knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. Dan Grech reports.
An international group that sets computer file standards has made Microsoft's Office 2007 the world standard. Janet Babin tells us what the heck that means and why it matters.
In Georgia, you can't buy liquor in stores on Sunday. But lawmakers are considering a bill to allow Sunday sales, which has given hope to some Georgians looking to wet their weekend whistles. Susanna Capelouto reports.