Marketplace PM for December 12, 2005

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Mercky waters

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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