Feb 23, 2007

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KFC fishes for a papal endorsement

Feb 23, 2007
During Lent, the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, many Catholics and some Protestants give up meat. To cash in, KFC is rolling out a new fish sandwich — and asking for a little plug from on high. Amy Scott…

If a tree falls in a forest, what about its offset?

Feb 23, 2007
Dell says it will ask consumers, when they buy a computer, to donate a few bucks toward planting trees. The idea is to offset the energy that PCs consume. But that gave commentator Richard Conniff some pause.

Wall Street's looking a little down

Feb 23, 2007
Things have been strong for so long in the markets that three down days in a row are raising some eyebrows. We asked Marketplace's Alisa Roth to find out what's going on.

Week on Wall Street

Feb 23, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

French town fights for its fizzy fortune

Feb 23, 2007
Officials of the little town where Perrier water comes from are giving lawyers for parent company Nestle some indigestion. John Laurenson went to the source in Vergeze, France.

Pulling on the power of the purse strings

Feb 23, 2007
Democratic senators are drafting a repeal of the 2002 authorization to go to war in Iraq. And in the House there are questions about a strategy of trying to cut off money for the war effort. John Dimsdale reports.

Hedging on Hollywood

Feb 23, 2007
Hedge funds and private equity groups are becoming the stars of Hollywood film financing, to the tune of billions of dollars. Pat Loeb reports.

Was jury's MP3 decision a sound ruling?

Feb 23, 2007
A federal jury's finding that Microsoft should pay $1.5 billion for infringing on Alcatel's MP3 patents surprised analysts and might spell trouble for hundreds of companies. Appeals are expected to be heard. Sarah Gardner reports.