Dec 17, 2007

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Some companies are hungry to grow

Dec 17, 2007
There was plenty of applause on Wall Street today for the news that air-conditioner company Trane sold for a cool $10 billion to Ingersoll Rand. Companies flush with cash are stepping in to keep the economy moving. Jill Barshay reports.

Retail chains on stock buy-back spree

Dec 17, 2007
With only seven shopping days left until Christmas, sales aren't living up to expectations -- which weren't that high to begin with. Retail management, on the other hand, is on a buying binge. Dan Grech reports.

Should telecoms be let off the hook?

Dec 17, 2007
Debate continues in the Senate over rules governing electronic surveillance. The sticking point on the bill at hand is whether telecommunications companies should be immune from lawsuits over their cooperation with the government in warrantless searches. John Dimsdale reports.

Drought stirs up dust between states

Dec 17, 2007
A meeting of governors for Georgia, Florida and Alabama didn't resolve their fight over ever-shorter water supplies. But they did promise to make peace before they meet again in two months. Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports on how things got so bad.

Safe drinking water gets harder to tap

Dec 17, 2007
Water is the subject of a new book called "Blue Planet Run." Kai Ryssdal talked with its author and photographer Rick Smolan about how so much of the water we do have is polluted and unusable.

'Look at my giant bra!'

Dec 17, 2007
Sales of women's clothing are down about 6 percent this holiday season. A report cites boring fashions as one of the factors. But commentator Sandra Tsing Loh says her recent shopping spree was anything but dull.

Does cashing out mean selling out?

Dec 17, 2007
When social entrepreneurs' mission-oriented businesses get big enough they also attract serious buyers. Steve Tripoli reports on how some business owners have dealt with the dilemma of turning over the mission to someone else.

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