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Oct 17, 2012

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Researchers in Europe are challenging the conventional wisdom of the yearly physical checkup. Parts of President Obama's health care reform have already been implemented without causing the expected fiscal fallout. A growing number of people are opting for cheap farm getaways. Mitt Romney claims battery maker A123's bankruptcy is another example of Obama's bad record of picking winners, but has the administration really performed as poorly as the GOP says?

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Health insurance industry healthier than predicted

Oct 17, 2012
Parts of President Obama's health care reform have already been implemented without causing the expected fiscal fallout.

Obama-backed battery maker goes bankrupt

Oct 17, 2012
Mitt Romney claims battery maker A123's bankruptcy is another example of Obama's bad record of picking winners, but has the administration really performed as poorly as the GOP says?

Study: Annual physicals 'overrated'

Oct 17, 2012
Researchers in Europe are challenging the conventional wisdom of the yearly medical exam.

Farm apprenticeships grow in popularity

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Oct 17, 2012
A growing number of people are taking up organic farming apprenticeships -- called WWOOFing for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.

Entertainment industry to launch new anti-piracy campaign

Oct 17, 2012
Some of the nation's largest Internet Service Providers are teaming with the music and recording industry to block access to web sites that don't follow copyright laws.

Pell grants: Comparing candidates' comments against the record

Oct 17, 2012
A conversation about education was woven among various topics at last night's presidential debate. In particular, Governor Romney and President Obama touched on the issue of college affordability.

Debates more significant than usual

Oct 17, 2012
Last night's second presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was fiery and full of pocketbook issues. Will the debate impact the short term polls and the final election outcome?

Housing construction hits four year high

Oct 17, 2012
New construction on apartments and single family houses reached its highest point in September in more than four years. New mortgage applications for home purchases were also up last week.

Michael Corbat selected to lead Citigroup

Oct 17, 2012
Yesterday, Vikram Pandit, the head of Citigroup, suddenly resigned saying it was time for new leadership. Pandit has been replaced by Michael Corbat, who was previously leading the bank's Europe, Middle East and Africa division.

Nike ends endorsement deal with Lance Armstrong

Oct 17, 2012
Nike announced this morning it has severed its endorsement deal with Lance Armstrong. The cyclist also says he is stepping down as chair of the Livestrong cancer charity he founded.

University of Phoenix to cut locations in half

Oct 17, 2012
The biggest for-profit college in the country, the University of Phoenix, is about to close half of its locations.

PODCAST: McDonald's gets the boot, housing starts hit a new roof

Oct 17, 2012
Lance Armstrong hits the end of the road at Nike. The new "Suddenly CEO" at Citigroup. Gallup's take on last night's debate. The biggest for-profit college in the country, the University of Phoenix, is about to close half of its locations.

Researchers in Europe are challenging the conventional wisdom of the yearly physical checkup. Parts of President Obama’s health care reform have already been implemented without causing the expected fiscal fallout. A growing number of people are opting for cheap farm getaways. Mitt Romney claims battery maker A123’s bankruptcy is another example of Obama’s bad record of picking winners, but has the administration really performed as poorly as the GOP says?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC