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Tough Times Financing Small Businesses

Probably the toughest part of starting and running a small business--getting financing--has gotten even harder in recent years. We talk about the options out there for entrepreneurs trying to build a business in tough times.

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Chesapeake Energy CEO In Hot Seat Today

Shareholders of the natural gas driller at the center of the nation's hydraulic fracturing controversies are meeting in Oklahoma City. Aubrey McClendon, the controversial chief executive, faces many questions.
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Speculation Grows Over Spanish Bank Rescue

It's been a roller coaster week for Spain, amid speculation that it can't afford to rescue its troubled banks and might need European aid. Spain held a successful bond auction Thursday, but shortly afterward, the Fitch ratings agency downgraded the country's credit rating.
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Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco Is Big Hit

The taco is made with a shell of nacho cheese Doritos. Taco Bell's chief executive hailed it as a "flavor pairing waiting to happen." After a big media blitz, taco lovers have spoken — by buying 100 million Doritos Locos Tacos in about 10 weeks.
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Games Launched At Electronic Entertainment Expo

Renee Montagne talks to Harold Goldberg about E3, this week's video game expo in Los Angeles. Goldberg writes about the video game industry, and is the author of All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture.
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Will Economy Push Washington To Make A Deal?

President Obama is under pressure because of a slowdown in job growth. The Republicans say they're determined to prevent the Bush-era tax cuts from expiring in December. That could bring both sides back to the bargaining table.
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Despite Low Rates, Investors Rely On Treasuries

The interest rate on the 10-year Treasury bond issued last week fell to 1.5 percent. That means, if you bought such a bond and inflation stayed about where it is now, you wouldn't make any money. The rates on Japanese and German debt are even lower.

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