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The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has said that Huawei and Chinese telecom-equipment supplier ZTE pose a security risk and the U.S. government should avoid using their equipment. The committee also recommended that American companies should be blocked from carrying out mergers involving two Chinese telecommunications firms. Meanwhile, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the number of people with a rare fungal meningitis has risen to 91. We look at what California can do about its record-breaking gas prices. And a new brand of tea called Runa has hit shelves and is getting recognition from some unusual investors.

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Soda companies to post calories at vending machines

Oct 8, 2012
Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper and Pepsi will roll out special vending machines next year.

What California can do about record gas prices

Oct 8, 2012
Not much short of encouraging an oil company to build new refineries. Tough state regulation of auto pollution cuts off California from sources of gas outside the state.

Meningitis outbreak shines light on 'compounding pharmacies'

Oct 8, 2012
Pharmacies linked to meningitis outbreak not regulated by FDA.

Congressional committee suspicious of Chinese companies' intentions

Oct 8, 2012
A U.S. congressional committee is set to call for investigations against Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies for alleged bribery and violations of U.S. immigration laws.

Small college Grinnell weighs big changes to financial aid

Oct 8, 2012
Grinnell is a very small liberal arts college in Iowa with a very big endowment: $1.4 billion. Why the financially sound institution is looking at how to control future costs.

Congress calls Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE a threat

Oct 8, 2012
A new report from the House Intelligence Committee calls for investigations into two Chinese telecommunications suppliers.

Social enterprises use morality to attract investors

Oct 8, 2012
Social enterprises increasingly use morality and fair trading claims to attract investors rather than customers. Runa Tea is one.

Red Bull sponsors record skydive attempt

Oct 8, 2012
Red Bull, the energy drink, sponsors Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive attempt. And the risks are real for everyone.
In this photo provided by Red Bull, Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria is seen before his jump during the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos on March 15, 2012 in Roswell, N.M.
Jay Nemeth/Red Bull via Getty Images

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has said that Huawei and Chinese telecom-equipment supplier ZTE pose a security risk and the U.S. government should avoid using their equipment. The committee also recommended that American companies should be blocked from carrying out mergers involving two Chinese telecommunications firms. Meanwhile, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the number of people with a rare fungal meningitis has risen to 91. We look at what California can do about its record-breaking gas prices. And a new brand of tea called Runa has hit shelves and is getting recognition from some unusual investors.

Music from the episode

Fireworks Marco Benevento
Never Here Elastica
Peace Hotel - Instrumental The Shanghai Restoration Project
Whiskey In The Jar Jerry Garcia, David Grisman