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Safety last

Money | Concerned about global warming and "oil addiction," Congress gets set to force Americans into more dangerous cars
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 8/04/07, 12:00 am

America's highways are safer than they have ever been. But they could be safer still, and they may become more dangerous than they have to be down the road.

The good news out of Washington last week was that highway fatalities fell in 2006. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 42,642 Americans lost their lives in traffic accidents last year, down from 43,510 in 2005. "To me, that is 868 families that didn't get the terrible call that a loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident," said NHTSA administrator Nicole Nason.

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Unfocused families

Money | Changing attitudes about children could have major economic consequences
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 7/21/07, 12:00 am

Sometimes the most important economic stories do not make it into the business sections of major newspapers.

A late June report from the Pew Research Center was one such story. Pew found that only 41 percent of Americans now view having children as "very important" to a successful marriage, down from 65 percent in 1990.

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Cracked foundation

Money | Builders, investors offer a bleak outlook on the housing market
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 6/30/07, 12:00 am

It's shaping up to be a cruel summer for the U.S. homebuilding industry, which only a few years ago seemed to be powering the American economy. The troubles are mainly of the economic variety, but homebuilders have also become part of the biggest domestic political fight of this election season-the debate over illegal immigration.

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