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A chill on retail sales?

Bob Moon | Feb 14, 2006
US retail sales surged 2.3% in January, nearly triple the expected increase. But retailers are already predicting weak sales in February, and they're blaming the weather. Bob Moon explains.

A royal subsidy for Big Oil

Scott Tong | Feb 14, 2006
The government will allow oil companies to pump billions in oil and natural gas from Federal land without paying it royalties -- despite record energy prices. Good thing or bad thing? Scott Tong has more.

Disney on-demand

Janet Babin | Feb 14, 2006
A new video-on-demand movie service launches today. Developed by Disney, MovieBeam plans to send high-definition movies to subscribers' homes. But as Janet Babin reports, they're entering a crowded market, and possibly getting into the action too late.

China, the Internet, and US business

Alisa Roth | Feb 14, 2006
Tomorrow, the House Subcommittee on Human Rights holds a hearing to talk about what role US companies should be playing in China's Internet. As Alisa Roth reports, it could be a while before the freedom of expression issues are resolved.

Reining in the dotcoms

| Feb 14, 2006
Commentator John Gapper explains why Google and other dotcoms have gotten themselves into trouble with national governments, and why regulation could be just around the corner.

The economics of lobbying

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 14, 2006
A report out this week shows that the lobbying industry is growing rapidly, but as Washington Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum tells Kai Ryssdal, companies are still getting their money's worth for what they spend on lobbyists.

My yummy Valentine

| Feb 14, 2006
Where to go for dinner on Valentine's Day? If you live in the Bay Area, there are all kinds of choices, both high- and low-end. But if you're really looking for an unusual culinary experience, the hottest ticket in town is a restaurant you can only find if you got the secret location in an e-mail this morning. Nancy Mullane reports.

Alum dating

| Feb 14, 2006
Some colleges are trying to help alums with their love lives. But as Brett Neely reports, the effort is also about hooking up the colleges with new funding sources.

Mattel's Bob Eckert on what makes a good toy

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 14, 2006
Toymakers are in New York this week, showing off their wares at the industry's big annual trade show. Kai Ryssdal talks with Mattel CEO Bob Eckert about what makes a good toy, and why such a fun business can be so tough.

NASCAR, meet Harlequin

Brian Watt | Feb 14, 2006
The racing circuit teams up with the publisher of romance novels to target female NASCAR fans. Brian Watt has more.

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