Marketplace AM for October 11, 2006

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Keeping the hard-line on Cuba sanctions

The federal government has created a new task force to crack down on companies and individuals that violate the 44-year old Cuban embargo. Dan Grech looks at what's behind the move.

Pfizer goes shopping for new drugs

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has made a relatively small purchase with some big implications. Helen Palmer explains why buying a small British vaccine company could be a shrewd move.
Posted In: Health

A colorful moment in TV history

On this day 56 years ago, CBS was issued the first color TV license by the FCC. Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us Back to Business, our look at the history of all things economic.

Subsidies favor big farms

A new study finds the lion's share of federal money that supports farm subsidies and research is going to big farms. That could leave small and medium-sized operations out in the cold, Amy Scott reports.

Woman tops China's rich list

For the first time, in China a woman tops the list of the nation's 500 richest people. Zhang Yin is worth a cool $3.4 billion according to the annual Hurun Report, and her story is literally rags to riches. Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada

Don't underestimate the cost of your commute

A new study suggests we better figure commuting costs into the equation when we decide where to live. They matter a whole lot, especially in less expensive cities. Scott Tong explains.

China's our best hope

Commentator Robert Reich looks at the international community's response to the supposed nuclear testing by North Korea — and says in this case, world leaders should listen to China.

War forces late harvest

Things are slowly returning to normal for the Lebanese economy, but Ben Gilbert looks at one industry that's still waiting to see whether this was a good year.
Posted In: Canada

Are nanomaterials safe?

Experts come before an FDA panel to debate the regulation of nanomaterials — teeny-tiny particles that are increasingly used in thousands of consumer products like face creams, eye shadows and sunscreens. Janet Babin reports.