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Jan 31, 2013

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President Obama's nominee to head the Pentagon, Chuck Hagel will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, where he's expected to be grilled on his views of Israel. But he's also prepared to talk business, including the Pentagon's contentious enegry bill. A controversial Chinese acquisition of an American company is going through, despite objections to putting U.S. technology in Chinese hands. China's largest auto parts maker is now cleared to buy A123 Systems, and critics are saying the deal will wipe out American jobs. And, it's quiz time again. Today, we test your knowledge of worldwide poverty.

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More hype than science behind some cancer screenings

Jan 30, 2013
A new report from Consumer Reports finds some cancer screenings are over-sold to the public.

At Hagel hearings, 'green' Pentagon could make some lawmakers see red

Jan 31, 2013
Lawmakers are likely to raise alternative fuel costs at Hagel confirmation hearing.

Chinese firm approved to buy U.S. electric car battery company

Jan 31, 2013
The U.S. government has approved China's largest auto parts maker Wanxiang's plans to buy A123 systems. The result might be a huge loss of jobs in America.

Globalist Quiz: Poverty in America versus the rest of the world

Jan 31, 2013
With nearly 50 million Americans living beneath the poverty line, we put poverty into perspective with today's quiz.

The New York Times says it was attacked by Chinese hackers

Jan 31, 2013
A look at how Chinese hackers broke into the computer systems of The New York Times.

How Americans think about the economy and their lives

Jan 31, 2013
When asked about how the economy directly impacts their lives, most Americans give the obvious answers -- and a couple of surprises too.

January layoffs down 24 percent from 2011

Jan 31, 2013
According to a new report, January layoffs were up 24 percent from December but down 24 percent from the previous year, which could indicate relatively low unemployment rates for the month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release the latest unemployment numbers on Friday.

The enduring impact of the fiscal cliff

Jan 31, 2013
The fiscal cliff debate may have ended on January 1st, but if you thought that was the last you'd heard of it, think again.

PODCAST: Super Bowl tickets at deep discount and a U.S. technology now in Chinese hands

Jan 31, 2013
Super Bowl tickets for sale at -- relatively -- low prices and a Chinese firm is approved to buy a U.S. electric car battery company.

Super Bowl tickets, at deep discount

Jan 31, 2013
There's still time to score tickets to this Sunday's Super Bowl. And this year, you're in luck: Ticket prices have gone down, way down -- to a relatively low $1,000.

President Obama’s nominee to head the Pentagon, Chuck Hagel will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, where he’s expected to be grilled on his views of Israel. But he’s also prepared to talk business, including the Pentagon’s contentious enegry bill. A controversial Chinese acquisition of an American company is going through, despite objections to putting U.S. technology in Chinese hands. China’s largest auto parts maker is now cleared to buy A123 Systems, and critics are saying the deal will wipe out American jobs. And, it’s quiz time again. Today, we test your knowledge of worldwide poverty.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC