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Oct 20, 2006

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When China's bankers talk . . . will North Korea listen?

Oct 20, 2006
Condoleeza Rice goes all the way to China, has a bunch of meetings about North Korea, and says all the usual things. And what it all comes down to is what some key Chinese bankers decide? Ruth Kirchner reports.

ICBC raises $19 billion in IPO

Oct 20, 2006
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China raised $19 billion in its initial public offering, making it the biggest IPO ever. And maybe the world's riskiest. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

House investigators fired

Oct 20, 2006
The House Appropriations Committee has shut down its team of investigators. They specialized in exposing fraudulent government spending. John Dimsdale reports.

Panama considers wider, deeper appeal for canal

Oct 20, 2006
Panamanians vote Sunday on a government proposal to spend $5 billion on expanding the Panama Canal. The project would allow the newest and biggest ships. Kai Ryssdal talks about the plan with Carlos Barnes of Caterpiller — the bulldozer…

Not what he dreamed of

Oct 20, 2006
Charles McPhee turned his curiousity about dreams into a personality seven years ago. He called himself the Dream Doctor and started hosting a call-in radio show. But back in May callers started asking about something else. Kai Ryssdal reports.

Uninsured, cost-cutting hit HCA's profits

Oct 20, 2006
The Hospital Corporation of America reported a 14% drop in profits. It blamed increases in uninsured patients and the growth of outpatient care. Hospitals' revenue sources — such as hospital stays — are drying up. Diantha Parker reports.

Real estate's booming in Berlin

Oct 20, 2006
Faced with a $77 billion debt, Berlin's leaders are selling off public assets and privatizing public housing. And that's attracting some unusual buyers. Ethan Lindsey reports.
Berlin's Potsdamer Platz
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