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A hundred years of smokes

Kai Ryssdal | Mar 12, 2007
Allan Brandt, professor of the history of medicine at Harvard University, talks about his new book, "The Cigarette Century," with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Tell your boss you'll be in later

Kyle James | Mar 12, 2007
A group in Denmark is trying to convince companies that they can increase productivity if they make life easier for late risers. Kyle James reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Sloan Sessions: Horizontal double dummy

Scott Jagow | Mar 12, 2007
How did McClatchy get that $160 million tax break when it sold the Minneapolis Star-Tribune last week? Turns out it's thanks to a little-used type of merger that's pretty smart.
Posted In: Wall Street

New storm trackers in Chicago

| Mar 12, 2007
Hurricane futures begin trading on the Merc today. It's a new way for businesses to hedge against hurricane losses, and building it required a new way of classifying the storms.
Posted In: Wall Street

Houston, we have new headquarters

| Mar 12, 2007
Halliburton announced yesterday that it's moving its headquarters from Houston to Dubai. Better oil exploration and production opportunities, they say. That Dubai has some of the world's most liberal tax and investment laws probably doesn't hurt either.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

A sub-prime epidemic

Hilary Wicai | Mar 12, 2007
The nation's largest independent sub-prime lender may be the latest victim of the housing slowdown. New Century Financial says the banks that keep its money flowing are cutting the lifelines.
Posted In: Housing

More and more emergency spending

John Dimsdale | Mar 12, 2007
Latest emergency spending bill: The White House wants another $100 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Democrats have attached additional dollars for domestic items. But somebody's gotta lose. . .
Posted In: Washington

Sugar-coating a subsidy crisis

Stephen Beard and Scott Jagow | Mar 12, 2007
The E.U. is poised to slash sugar subsidies — a move that could ruin producers in Africa and the Caribbean. So Barbados is hoping to find a high-end market for its ultra-sweet, ultra-expensive sugar.
Posted In: Canada

Insider trading stomps London market

Stephen Beard | Mar 12, 2007
The dark cloud of insider trading was cast over a $19 billion bid for Britain's largest pharmacy chain, Boots, last week. Inconvenient timing for regulators who'd just announced that 25% of London deals are preceded by suspicious trading activity.
Posted In: Canada

Enough with earnings projections!

Lisa Napoli | Mar 12, 2007
In an effort to make American business more competitive, the Chamber of Commerce is urging public companies to stop wasting time on earnings forecasts.
Posted In: Wall Street