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Communist China contemplates wage gap

Oct 5, 2006
China's Communist Party meets in Beijing this weekend to discuss political and economic issues many Americans would recognize, such as how to maintain social harmony despite big disparities in wealth. Jocelyn Ford reports.

Mexico's tomato shortage spikes prices

Oct 4, 2006
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.

Charges filed in HP spying scandal

Oct 4, 2006
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.

It's time to play the inequality card

Oct 4, 2006
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.

Rethinking investments in Thailand

Oct 4, 2006
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.

Housing slowdown fells lumber industry

Oct 4, 2006
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.

Easing up the war on Canadian drugs

Oct 4, 2006
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.

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Will Vista be pirate-proof?

Oct 4, 2006
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.

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

Oct 4, 2006
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.

Baby à la benefits

Oct 4, 2006
France is bucking Europe's trend of declining birthrates by providing benefits such as guaranteed parental leave and large childcare subsidies. Eleanor Beardsley has the story.