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US Internet companies in China

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 15, 2006
Members of Congress hauled up executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Cisco for a tongue lashing today. The subject? The companies' role in helping the Chinese government censor Internet content. Elliot Schrage, a Vice President at Google, said the members may not understand what they're talking about.

Bird flu in Germany

Stephen Beard | Feb 15, 2006
Germany has become the latest European country to confirm that bird flu has reached its territory. Two dead swans were found to have the H5N1 virus. Veterinary experts have begun a 2-day meeting in Brussels to discuss further measures to combat the disease. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Cheating on income tax

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 15, 2006
The Internal Revenue Service has figured out how much money it's not collecting. The tax gap, as it's called, is big: $345 billion dollars a year. But the IRS has no real way to cut that down. Kai talks with David Cay Johnston of the New York Times.
Posted In: Economy

Bank of Wal-Mart

Sam Eaton | Feb 15, 2006
The House Judiciary Committee will take up a bill tomorrow that will ease rules on banks opening up branches across state lines. A provision in the bill is spurring a debate that could resonate with just about every corner of the country: Should Wal-Mart, which has become everything from grocer to pharmacist to bait-and-tackle shop for many American communities, also be allowed to get into the banking business? From the Sustainability Desk, Sam Eaton reports.

Union campaign

Hilary Wicai | Feb 15, 2006
Today Change to Win, the group of unions that broke away from the AFL-CIO, is launching its year-long effort to turn low-wage hotel jobs into middle class jobs. Some labor analysts say the campaign has the potential to make a big splash. Hillary Wicai reports.

Air cargo probe

Dan Grech | Feb 15, 2006
Authorities in Europe, Asia, and the US are investigating whether the airline industry has fixed prices on shipping cargo. No charges have been filed against any of the airlines, but authorities are contacting more than a dozen airlines around the world. From WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports.

The Iraqi stock market

| Feb 15, 2006
In the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq, looters destroyed the Baghdad stock market. So the operation moved to a dusty hotel's back room. Now the exchange has relocated to a posh new $2 million headquarters in central Baghdad -- with 15-foot barriers to ward off car bomb attacks. Ben Gilbert reports from Baghdad.
Posted In: Investing

Gulf Coast rebuilding

| Feb 15, 2006
While a Senate committee prepares for hearings today into how to rebuild the Gulf Coast, commentator Robert Reich argues that the government needs to lend a helping hand, not a bailout.

NOLA mediation

| Feb 15, 2006
Owners of Katrina-damaged homes are frequently at odds with their insurance companies over claims. But a phalanx of mediators is trying to sort things out. Jen Banbury has more.

Privacy is as privacy does...

Alisa Roth | Feb 15, 2006
US Internet companies go before the House International Relations Committee today to answer questions about their involvement in Chinese censorship and political repression. Alisa Roth reports on whether the disclosures of cooperation could trigger a consumer backlash against the companies.

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