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Venezuela's social spending spree

Dan Grech | Jul 26, 2007
About 20 percent of the nation's GDP goes into health and welfare programs, thanks to high oil prices. Even if prices drop, President Hugo Chavez might be able to keep the social spigot open. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

Disney nixes on-screen smoking

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Jul 26, 2007
The movie ratings folks plan to crack down on films depicting tobacco smoking, and that's just bad for Disney's bottom line. The health of the audience is another factor. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Health

Shell profits from BP problems

| Jul 26, 2007
Royal Dutch Shell is reporting record earnings -- more than $8.5 billion in the second-quarter. Carl Mortished of The Times of London says Shell is benefitting from British Petroleum's difficulties.
Posted In: Canada

The U.S. Retirement Market, 2006

Chris Farrell | Jul 25, 2007
According to the latest Investment Company Institute study total U.S. retirement assets hit $16.4 trillion in 2006. That's up 11% from 2005 and 55%...

Credit market tightens on lenders

Kai Ryssdal | Jul 25, 2007
The bankers in the Chrysler sale say they aren't going to be able to sell off loans Chrysler's arranged in the deal, due to a credit-market squeeze. Kai Ryssdal talks to an executive in the credit market about what's going on.
Posted In: Investing

FBI wants funds for phone records

Steve Henn | Jul 25, 2007
The FBI has asked Congress for money to pay telecommunications companies to store customer data in case agents decide they need it. Watchdog groups worry about the temptation for an abuse of power. Steve Henn reports.

Should shareholders get more power?

Jeff Tyler | Jul 25, 2007
The SEC considered new rules that would give shareholders more influence over a company's board of directors. Some groups argue that giving shareholders more power would be an unnecessary burden on executives. Jeff Tyler reports.

Study: Friends influence your weight

Curt Nickisch | Jul 25, 2007
If your close friends become obese, it's likely you'll become obese, too. That's according to a study out today by the New England Journal of Medicine, which is framing obesity as a social disease. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Health

A quiet revolution of black leadership

| Jul 25, 2007
Senator Barack Obama and others are changing the rules of what it means to be a black leader. Commentator Marcellus Andrews says we should dump the idea that the only good government for black people is a black-only government.

Putting global warming on the plastic

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Jul 25, 2007
General Electric is introducing a credit card that allows shoppers to purchase carbon offsets as they spend. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

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