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Jul 24, 2012

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This year, President Obama, Mitt Romney and the super PACs supporting them are expected to air millions of dollars worth of ads during the Olympic Games. In the U.S., there's a new report out today that says home prices have actually risen, but banks aren't ready to start increasing their loans to homebuyers. Manufacturing company Caterpillar recently reported some pretty good earnings -- so why are they pushing for employee concessions? Sesame Street is moving into the franchising business, opening preschools and after-school clubs in India. And Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died yesterday. We look at the progress women have made since her historic flight.

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'Modern Family' actors suing over contracts

Jul 24, 2012
Five actors from the popular, Emmy award-winning television show say their contracts are illegal under California law.
Winners for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical 'Modern Family' pose with the trophy at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., January 15, 2012.
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A decision to leave Penn State's football team

Jul 24, 2012
As of last weekend, 18-year-old cornerback Ross Douglas was headed to Penn State to play football as a Nittany Lion; he's now de-committed in the wake of the NCAA sanctions on the school. He and his mother talk about the difficult decision.
An area of the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood sits empty after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012 in State College, Pa. As of last weekend, 18-year-old cornerback Ross Douglas was headed to Penn State to play football as a Nittany Lion; he's now de-committed in the wake of the NCAA sanctions on the school.
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Measuring women's progress in science since Sally Ride's flight

Jul 24, 2012
The passing of astronaut Sally Ride is occasion to mark the gains women have made in math and science since her historic space flight, and reflect on the challenges that remain.

What's up, Europe? Small talk turns to finance in Italy

Jul 24, 2012
A number of Southern Italian cities, including the entire province of Sicily, are on the verge of bankruptcy.
A general view of the church of San Giuseppe in Taormina, Italy on the island of Sicily.
Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Presidential campaigns see Olympics as fertile ground for ads

Jul 24, 2012
But is there a risk negative ads will turn off viewers?

Who gets Medicaid and who doesn't?

Jul 24, 2012
It's supposed to be a health care program for the poor. But over the years, the definition of poor has changed.

Home prices firm up but lenders stay skittish

Jul 24, 2012
Housing prices continue to firm up, but banks still aren’t confident in the housing or job markets to loan to anyone but the safest borrowers.

Sesame Street steps into Indian education business

Jul 24, 2012
Sesame Street has long licensed toys. Now it has entered the for-profit preschool market in India by franchising its curriculum.

Should workers share company profits?

Jul 24, 2012
At some prospering businesses like Caterpillar, which reports earnings tomorrow, record corporate profits do not necessarily raise workers pay.

This year, President Obama, Mitt Romney and the super PACs supporting them are expected to air millions of dollars worth of ads during the Olympic Games. In the U.S., there’s a new report out today that says home prices have actually risen, but banks aren’t ready to start increasing their loans to homebuyers. Manufacturing company Caterpillar recently reported some pretty good earnings — so why are they pushing for employee concessions? Sesame Street is moving into the franchising business, opening preschools and after-school clubs in India. And Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died yesterday. We look at the progress women have made since her historic flight.

Music from the episode

Bess St. White Denim
Swagger Mocean Worker
The Matador Has Fallen Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi
The Matador Has Fallen Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi