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Whale of a deal
The economy hasn't sunk the luxury boat market. Ask bay area retailer MarineMax and builder Westship World Yachts, who just linked up.

Stocks: There is hope after all
The markets stage a rally as talk of a quick end to the Iraq crisis builds confidence.

OSHA issues safety guidelines for nursing home workers
WASHINGTON -- Nursing homes are the first industry to get government guidelines that suggest ways to reduce workplace injuries, replacing the legal requirements Congress rolled back two years ago after businesses complained they were too burdensome and costly.

Business Today
UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS: The Labor Department reported new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell by a seasonally adjusted 15,000 to 420,000. Even with the decline, the level of claims pointed to a stagnant job market. The more stable, four-week moving average of claims, which evens out weekly fluctuations, rose last week to a two-month high of 419,750.

Robert Trigaux: Give a hand for Florida's cozy corporate boards
Given the rising backlash against poorly policed corporations, you would think companies and their boards of directors might be sensitive these days to potential conflicts of interest. After all, directors are tough watchdogs who represent shareholder interests and keep a leash on corporate executives. Right?

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