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When China's bankers talk . . . will North Korea listen?

Condoleeza Rice goes all the way to China, has a bunch of meetings about North Korea, and says all the usual things. And what it all comes down to is what some key Chinese bankers decide? Ruth Kirchner reports.
Posted In: Canada

ICBC raises $19 billion in IPO

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China raised $19 billion in its initial public offering, making it the biggest IPO ever. And maybe the world's riskiest. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Canada

Uninsured, cost-cutting hit HCA's profits

The Hospital Corporation of America reported a 14% drop in profits. It blamed increases in uninsured patients and the growth of outpatient care. Hospitals' revenue sources — such as hospital stays — are drying up. Diantha Parker reports.
Posted In: Health

Panama considers wider, deeper appeal for canal

Panamanians vote Sunday on a government proposal to spend $5 billion on expanding the Panama Canal. The project would allow the newest and biggest ships. Kai Ryssdal talks about the plan with Carlos Barnes of Caterpiller — the bulldozer company.
Posted In: Canada

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

House investigators fired

The House Appropriations Committee has shut down its team of investigators. They specialized in exposing fraudulent government spending. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Not what he dreamed of

Charles McPhee turned his curiousity about dreams into a personality seven years ago. He called himself the Dream Doctor and started hosting a call-in radio show. But back in May callers started asking about something else. Kai Ryssdal reports.
Posted In: Health

Real estate's booming in Berlin

Faced with a $77 billion debt, Berlin's leaders are selling off public assets and privatizing public housing. And that's attracting some unusual buyers. Ethan Lindsey reports.
Posted In: Canada