Marketplace PM for November 7, 2005
The $250 million being spent on ballot measures in California's special election makes it one of the most expensive elections of its kind in US history. Consumer advocate Jamie Court reflects on what's at stake.
It's often illegal to use creative works without permission. But what if you can't find the owner? As Jessica Smith reports, the US Copyright Office is worried that this issue is stifling the creative marketplace.
The president said today the US government doesn't torture terror suspects. But his Defense Department budget request is tied up in a dispute with Senators over just how codified that policy is. Hillary Wicai reports.
One analyst predicts a bird flu pandemic could send KFC sales down 20% in the US or Europe, despite assurances that cooked chicken is safe. To fight back, the colonel's cooking up an ad campaign. Amy Scott reports.
With profits plunging in the pharmaceutical industry and r&d costs on the rise, companies are looking for the next big drug. As Stacey Vanek Smith reports, they're starting to get their sea legs.