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Jul 7, 2008

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SEC considers easing accounting rules

Jul 7, 2008
The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering big changes to accounting rules that American companies have to live by -- like letting them use looser foreign standards. John Dimsdale reports.

Beer takeover attempt heating up

Jul 7, 2008
Belgian brewer InBev has filed papers to try to oust the entire Anheuser-Busch board in its effort to take over the American beverage company. Amy Scott reports.

More malls are shopping for tenants

Jul 7, 2008
With gas and food prices going through the roof and consumer confidence in the dumps, shopping malls are feeling the pain. Vacancies around the country have hit a 13-year high. Jeremy Hobson reports.

GM looks at cutting jobs, brands

Jul 7, 2008
While Ford and Chrysler have been downsizing, General Motors has stayed with the bigger-is-better mindset. But that might be changing. The Wall Street Journal's John Stoll explains to host Kai Ryssdal.

Racing after gay consumers

Jul 7, 2008
General Motors may be behind the curve when it comes to building cars people actually want to buy. But it's on the cutting edge when it comes to selling to one specific demographic group. Kyle Norris reports.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs for kids?

Jul 7, 2008
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that kids as young as 8 take drugs to lower their cholesterol if diets don't work. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports on whether kids might be the next big market for Big Pharma.

Teach kids patriotism at shopping camp

Jul 7, 2008
Summer camps say they're registering fewer kids this summer, with parents cutting back on expenses. But commentator Benjamin Barber says he's heard of one camp that might actually help the economy.

American firms opening doors for China

Jul 7, 2008
China is more often seen as a competitor than a friend to American business. But some Rust Belt companies are welcoming Chinese investment. Scott Tong reports.

Music from the episode

Knuddelmaus Ulrich Schnauss
My Patch Jim Noir
Bandages Hot Hot Heat
Daylight Matt and Kim