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  • The What And When Of Health Care Overhaul
    The major health bill President Obama just signed has lots of moving parts — many of them take years to kick in. But there are a few key provisions that start helping people quickly.
  • GOP Weighs Health Care Strategy In Senate
    Health care overhaul is the law of the land, but Republicans could still make trouble for the package of "fixes" the House passed and sent to the Senate. Republicans are now offering amendments to force votes Democrats would rather not take.
  • Survey: Many U.S. Firms In China Feel Unwelcome
    More than a third of American high-tech companies in China feel unwelcome, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. This figure is the highest in four years and is a 12 percent jump from December. Most say the main problem is inconsistent interpretation of regulations.
  • Shortfall Threatens Illinois Pension System
    For years, Illinois lawmakers and governors have failed to set aside enough money for state pensions. In recent years, they've made matters worse by skipping some pension payments altogether, and borrowing money to make others. Illinois' pension funds could go broke within the next decade.
  • Immigration Advocates Press For Changes
    Thousands of people marched on the National Mall Sunday, demanding action on another one of President Obama's 2008 campaign promises: a comprehensive rewrite of the nation's immigration laws. The marchers want a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.
  • Coming To A Screen Near You: A 3-D Clash
    In the wake of the blockbuster success of Avatar, Hollywood studios are rushing to release more movies in 3-D. The problem: There are only a limited number of studios with 3-D technology, leading to a traffic jam of sorts that's coming in the next few weeks.
  • Stay-At-Home Dads Grapple With Going Back To Work
    As the recession left millions of Americans without a job, some men decided to stay home and take care of their kids. But as the economy improves, they're finding that re-entering the workforce isn't easy. Some say they're happy at home, while others face a hard time selling their daddy skills to employers.
  • Google To Phase Out Other China Businesses
    Google's decision to stop offering a censored search engine in China will also affect its other businesses in the country. Google, which has been providing filtered search to various Chinese Internet sites and mobile companies, now says it will phase out those businesses. China's state controlled media is also on attack. One paper accused Google of colluding with U.S. spies.
  • Lawmakers Weigh Future Of Fannie, Freddie
    Lawmakers are trying to figure out how to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while also shoring up the housing finance market in the wake of the financial meltdown. Republicans are ready to phase them out, but Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said any new plan should "preserve what was good but phase out what was too risky."
  • Hot Wings' Pain Now Felt By Restaurants, Too
    Once a novel way to use a throwaway chicken part — and sell more beer — the humble Buffalo wing is now an industry unto itself. But now, restaurants who sell them have a problem: Wing pieces are no longer cheap. Wholesale prices doubled in the past decade.

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