Marketplace PM for October 4, 2006

Episode Description 

Charges filed in HP spying scandal

California's attorney general today filed criminal charges against former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others involved in the corporate spying scandal. Amy Scott reports.

Housing slowdown fells lumber industry

Lumber prices have been cut down to their lowest weekly level in nearly five years — a drop that's followed the slowdown in the U.S. housing market. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Economy

Easing up the war on Canadian drugs

It's still illegal to import them, but starting next week U.S. Customs agents will no longer routinely seize packages of prescription drugs arriving by mail from Canada. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Mexico's tomato shortage spikes prices

Damaging storms have sent tomato prices in Mexico skyrocketing. The rise is hurting shoppers' pockets, stoking inflation fears and upsetting economic forecasts. Host Bob Moon speaks with Los Angeles Times reporter Marla Dickerson.

Rethinking investments in Thailand

Thailand's new military-backed government came to power in a bloodless coup, but foreign investors are nervous — and already prospecting for other locations, Megan Cossey reports.
Posted In: Canada

It's time to play the inequality card

Do Americans feel strongly enough about the widening wage gap that it can be a winning issue for Democrats in the upcoming midterm Congressional elections? Commentator Robert Reich says yes.

Will Vista be pirate-proof?

Preventing software theft has been an expensive problem for the tech industry, but Microsoft may have found a way to out-clever the most clever pirates with its new operating system. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Science

Robots didn't write <i>this</i> news story

But Thomson Financial has developed computer software that can compile corporate earnings data and write short news articles &mdash; sans humans. Flesh-and-blood reporter Sean Cole puts it to the test.