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Delta and Northwest airlines lost $10.5 billion in the first quarter, with jet fuel costs a big chunk of that. The two companies are hoping to merge, but first they have to persuade antitrust officials. John Dimsdale reports.
The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a bill that would outlaw "genetic discrimination" -- cutting someone's insurance or job based on test results that show a predisposition for a disease. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
The price of rice is up 146% over a year ago. It's become expensive for Americans and dangerously scarce for the world's poorest consumers. Public policy professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen talks with Kai Ryssdal about the scarcity of the world's main grain.
A new marketing study has found Mac owners tend to think they're more extraordinary than the average Joe. They're also more likely than PC users to whiten their teeth, drive hybrids, drink Starbucks coffee and eat organic food. Andrea Gardner reports.
To reduce its dependence on foreign workers, Saudi Arabia's government is hiring more women and encouraging the private sector to do the same. But change isn't coming easily. Kelly McEvers reports from Riyadh.
The nationwide average price for a gallon of gas is now $3.53, and there's not much doubt it's going to hit $4 soon enough. But the Energy Department says gasoline demand is actually lower than a year ago. So what's going on? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.