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Mercky waters

Helen Palmer | Dec 12, 2005
The first federal lawsuit over Merck's painkiller Vioxx has ended in a mistrial. Helen Palmer looked into what a mistrial means for the 7,000 pending Vioxx cases.
Posted In: Health

Big Oil buys Big Gas; we still get Big Heating Bills

Tess Vigeland | Dec 12, 2005
Reports out today suggest that oil giant ConocoPhillips may buy Burlington Resources. As Tess Vigeland explained, it's all about the high price of natural gas.

Offering choice to avoid having to offer choice

John Dimsdale | Dec 12, 2005
The nation's largest cable companies have announced plans to offer packages of family friendly channels. This as lawmakers threaten to more tightly regulate the industry over decency concerns. John Dimsdale reports.

The Fed's new reserve?

Amy Scott | Dec 12, 2005
Tomorrow, most analysts expect the Fed to raise interest rates again, for the 13th time in a row. But as Amy Scott reports, that predictability is about to end.

The power of the "Top Ten" list

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Dec 12, 2005
They're rampant this time of year: 'Best Of' or 'Top Ten' lists to help us choose from the vast array of stuff out there. But how much do they actually affect what people choose to buy? Ashley Milne-Tyte investigated.

Shining the spotlight on hedcuts

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 12, 2005
The Wall Street Journal doesn't put photos on its front page; instead, it uses sketches known as "hedcuts." Now the Smithsonian has a special exhibit on hedcuts, and host Kai Ryssdal spoke to curator Anne Goodyear about it.

Economies of scale in India

Miranda Kennedy | Dec 12, 2005
How far does a public radio salary go in India? It turns out, pretty far. Miranda Kennedy reports on her relative high-wealth status.

Ford's restructuring

Scott Jagow | Dec 12, 2005
Newsweek Wall Street editor Allan Sloan talks to host Scott Jagow about whether Ford's proposed restructuring plans are too little, too late.
Posted In: Wall Street

Entrepreneurship in Cuba

Lisa Napoli | Dec 12, 2005
Author Rosa Lowenger talks to host Lisa Napoli about her new book, "Tropicana Nights," which looks at how one entrepreneur thrived in Cuba despite the centrally planned economy... and how new businesses are coming up.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Curbing lobbyist perks

| Dec 12, 2005
Congressional representatives turned lobbyists have special perks regular influence peddlers don't. But a new bill could level the playing field. Nancy Marshall Genzer has more.

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