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Starbucks isn't playing his tune

Sean Cole | Oct 30, 2007
In addition to coffee and sweets, Starbucks is now selling music CDs, with sales in the millions. So it's not surprising that unknown artists are knocking on its doors. Well, one artist in particular. Sean Cole explains.

Letters from our listeners

Kai Ryssdal | Oct 30, 2007
Kai Ryssdal reviews some of the letters we've received about our coverage and commentaries on, among other things, the farm bill, Oregon voters, books on tape in Atlanta, and the Boston Red Sox.

Chavez puts Venezuela's future on oil

Dan Grech | Oct 30, 2007
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is spending billions on social programs and international aid. If the price of oil comes down, Venezuela could find itself over a barrel. Dan Grech does the math.

Cheaper rates for using more power?

Lisa Napoli | Oct 30, 2007
Differential pricing for utilities is nothing new -- paying less for electricity used during off-peak hours. But in Los Angeles, city officials floated a slight variation on that theme -- lower rates for people who use more electricity. Lisa Napoli reports that it's a growing trend.

Cost of U.S. spying efforts released

Steve Henn | Oct 30, 2007
For the first time in almost a decade the federal government has pulled back the curtain on the American intelligence budget. In 2007 the country will spend $43.5 billion to spy on its enemies -- plus another $10 billion for the Pentagon that's still classified. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Crime

Product-safety chief rejects extra funds

John Dimsdale | Oct 30, 2007
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is half the size it once was, which means it's been busy dealing with this year's record number of recalls. Yet, its acting head Nancy Nord says she doesn't want extra money that Congress is offering. John Dimsdale explains what's going on.
Posted In: Retail

No more for product safety, please

Steve Henn | Oct 30, 2007
Congress is considering a bill that would give the Consumer Product Safety Commission more money, staff and power. But the head of the agency says she doesn't want the bill to pass. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Retail

Publications want lower postal rates

Jeremy Hobson | Oct 30, 2007
Small publications are hurting from an increase in postal rates last July, and Congress is holding a hearing on how much they should pay for mailing. But Jeremy Hobson reports a lowered postal rate is unlikely.

A new process to approve patents

Jeremy Hobson | Oct 30, 2007
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants to change the rules to streamline the processing of new applications. But a lawsuit is threatening to prevent those changes from happening. Jeremy Hobson has more.

UBS reports losses in third quarter

Stephen Beard | Oct 30, 2007
Swiss bank UBS reported its first quarterly loss in almost five years, and much can be blamed on investments in mortgage-backed securities. Stephen Beard reports the crisis might be far from over.
Posted In: Economy