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Oct 12, 2006

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A model for universal health care?

Oct 12, 2006
About 46 million Americans don't have health insurance. Some states have stopped waiting on the federal government and put universal health care measures on their ballots. Leading the way: Massachusetts. Helen Palmer reports.

Record trade deficit not <i>all</i> bad news

Oct 12, 2006
Soaring oil prices sent the U.S. trade deficit to a record of almost $70 billion in August. But the government says record imports of oil sank a healthy gain in U.S. exports. Scott Tong reports.

AT&T, Bell South merger vote delayed

Oct 12, 2006
The FCC delayed the vote that would reunite key parts of Ma Bell 'til tomorrow, but didn't explain why. Lisa Napoli says telecom industry watchers think they know.

Wheat prices keep growing

Oct 12, 2006
A major drought in Australia has driven wheat prices up here in the US. Prices hit a 10-year high yesterday and investors are scared that there may be wheat shortages for months to come. Mike Rhee reports.

Turkey threatens boycott over genocide bill

Oct 12, 2006
France's parliament wants to make it a crime to deny Armenian genocide occurred at the hands of Turks during WWI. The measure hasn't even passed yet, but Turkey's already threatened a boycott of French goods. Alasdair Sandford reports.

Government accounting magic

Oct 12, 2006
Gas prices: down. Deficit: shrinking. All the good news had commentator and economist Austan Goolsbee feeling pretty good &mdash; until he poked into the government's numbers.

China bounds ahead in gene therapy

Oct 12, 2006
While U.S. research in areas of biotech medicine such as gene therapy has slowed, China is forging ahead. So a trickle of Americans with terminal cancer are seeking treatments there not available at home. Jocelyn Ford reports.

Clearance sale: Baja Fresh goes for $31 million

Oct 12, 2006
Wendy's announced today it's selling the Mexican grill chain to a group of investors for the bargain price of about $31 million &mdash; a fraction of the $275 million the burger chain paid for it in 2002. Sarah Gardner asks…