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Rocket ride for natural gas

Alisa Roth | Jan 19, 2006
Natural gas prices are expected to hit record highs again this year, following three straight years of record growth. Alisa Roth looks at how industries that rely on natural gas have been coping with the increase.

The Turin Effect

Andrea Gardner | Jan 19, 2006
The advertising outlook for 2006 is rosy, thanks largely to the Turin Winter Olympics and the mid-term Congressional elections. Andrea Gardner has more.

Pledging for bird flu

Stephen Beard | Jan 19, 2006
In a summit that ended yesterday, global donors promised $1.9 billion to help fight bird flu. And it's not just governments promising support; business leaders flocked to London today to talk about how they could help. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Cementing a deal

Alisa Roth | Jan 19, 2006
After more than a decade and a half of stonewalling, the US and Mexico have reached a tentative agreement on importing cement. The deal would lower import duties on Mexican cement, and help ease shortages in much of the US. Alisa Roth reports.

CQ's finest

Brett Neely | Jan 19, 2006
A few days ago I got a chance to visit a local high school class (actually called middle schools here). Of course, it turned out it wasn't just...
Posted In: China

E-commerce, China style

Nate DiMeo | Jan 18, 2006
Want a book, a movie, a coffeemaker? You can order it on, or any other of the myriad online shopping sites. But in China, it's not so easy. For one thing, almost no one uses credit cards. Nate DiMeo talks to a Chinese entrepreneur about the e-commerce site she runs ( to bring American consumer culture to China.

Protests over land in Southern China

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 18, 2006
Protests turned deadly yesterday as villagers in Southern China demonstrated against what they see as unfair compensation for land seizure by the government. Jocelyn Ford traveled to the area today. As she tells Kai Ryssdal, this protest is unique, partly because unlike many similar rural protests, these villagers are in a socio-economic position to make a difference.

Booming baby business in China

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 18, 2006
China's hinterland can be forbidding place to do business. Cities in the west are not very cosmopolitan, and they're not as comfortable for foreign executives. But being successful in this challenging environment is crucial to many companies. Babycare, a US chain of child-care centers, has become a champion at doing business in this environment. Jocelyn Ford found out how.

Reporting on China's Disenfranchised: The Great Land Grab

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 18, 2006
First thing this morning, the phone rang....
Posted In: China

Sneaky banking practices

| Jan 18, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich bemoans a surprising bank practice that's keeping him from accessing his money.