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The unemployment rate is what economists call a "lagging indicator," meaning it doesn't say much about where the economy is headed. Some economists are worried the job market is so weak that it could kill any recovery before it starts. Steve Henn reports
People are calling "Cash for Clunkers" a success, and a much-needed boost to the weakened auto industry. But the top "clunkers" traded in last week were all American-made cars, while the top sellers were Japanese. Bob Moon reports.
Clothing retailers think they have found the perfect recession-proof pattern: Plaid. It's unisex and can be put on just about any article of clothing. Now stores are banking on plaid items becoming a must-have next season. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
At the end of Lebanon's civil war, a series of laws was introduced to improve prospects for female entrepreneurs. Lebanese women have been playing catch-up to their male counterparts ever since. Now there is an emerging sector of services by women, for women. Don Duncan reports.