Marketplace AM for August 1, 2006

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Alchemy's renaissance

In the 17th century, alchemists thought you could turn lead into gold. Today, alchemy is pretty much a dead science, but there are still a few people giving it some respect. Aries Keck has the story.
Posted In: Science

Time to save Doha is now

Commentator Zanny Minton-Beddoes argues that the window is closing fast on efforts to revive the Doha Round of world trade talks.

Offshore drilling's a gamble

The Senate is expected to pass a bill today opening the Gulf of Mexico to more oil and natural drilling. But will it actually take us toward energy independence? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Morning-after pill headed OTC?

Yesterday the FDA said it might allow over-the-counter sales of the morning-after contraceptive called Plan B. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks at what that could do for the company that makes it.
Posted In: Health

Flight attendants threaten to strike . . . again

Rank and file Northwest flight attendants yesterday turned down a compromise agreement to slash wages and benefits, setting up a possible crippling strike at the world's fifth largest airline. Annie Baxter reports.

Giving back to the grid

With scorching temperatures expected again today on the East Coast, Ashley Milne-Tyte takes a look at what some New York businesses are doing to take some of the strain off the power grid.
Posted In: New York

MTV quietly turns 25

The channel that popularized the music video turns 25 today, but don't expect any big celebration. Jeff Tyler tells us why

Bankruptcy up in Britain

Last year, Congress toughened the bankruptcy laws in this country. Britain went the other way and softened up its indebtedness law. Now that country's largest bank says it was a bad move. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Bush's new neighbor

President Bush heads to Crawford, Texas for his annual "working vacation" later this week. And he'll have a new neighbor: war protestor Cindy Sheehan. Scott Tong reports.

Tax shelters may have sprung a leak

Two billionaires are testifying for a Senate committee today that their use of offshore tax shelter accounts was above board. Their financial advisors told 'em so. But a new report from the Senate panel says, not really. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Washington

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