Marketplace AM for August 25, 2006

Episode Description 

Radical thinking at Ford

Word that Ford is considering going private proved enticing for investors on Wall Street yesterday. Its stock rose more than two percent, but not everyone believes a move to privatize could really happen. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

More laptop battery woes

First it was Dell. Now Apple has issued a recall for 1.8 million lithium-ion batteries used in its laptop computers. Janet Babin asks are cell phones next?
Posted In: Science

Hotel strikes could hit three US cities

Workers at some big hotels in Chicago, San Francisco and Honolulu have voted to authorize a walkout if they can't reach a new contract agreement. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks at the potential impact.

The cost of Pluto's demotion

Yesterday a group of astronomers in Prague voted to demote Pluto from planet to a new category called dwarf planet. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at how much it'll cost businesses on our planet.
Posted In: Science

BofA selling Asia operations

Bank of America is selling its retail operations in Hong Kong and Macao to the Construction Bank of China for $1.2 billion dollars. Jocelyn Ford reports.

Britain to go even easier on shoplifters

Under a new sentencing proposal, persistent shoplifters in Britain would no longer be jailed. Retailers have reacted angrily to the plan, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Sporting corporate names

Host Scott Jagow and business of sports commentator Diana Nyad discuss where corporate sponsorship of sport venues and events might go next. Is anything in the sporting world not for sale?
Posted In: Sports

Hollywood still all about the money

Host Lisa Napoli and Daily Variety managing editor Michael Speier look at the fallout from Tom Cruise's messy divorce from Paramount Pictures.

Vioxx replacement

Merck is looking to replace its once-popular painkiller Vioxx with a new drug called Arcoxia. But after all the Vioxx lawsuits, are consumers game to try it? Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health