At Medtronic, efforts by CEO Ishrak appear to be paying off Two years ago, when Omar Ishrak took over as CEO of Medtronic, the medical device manufacturer was struggling. Now, Medtronic's stock is up about 45 percent and sales are up. Ishrak has also won praise for fostering more openness about the effectiveness and reliability of Medtronic's products.7:20 a.m.
Klobuchar testing the waters with Iowa speech? The Washington Post listed Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar as one of 10 Democrats with the best shot at being the party's 2016 nominee. Klobuchar will be the keynote speaker at the North Iowa Democrats' "Wing Ding" Fundraiser, which takes place at the famous Surf Ballroom on August 16.7:43 a.m.
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Brazil's Evangelicals A Growing Force In Prayer, Politics
In Brazil, evangelical Christians have made inroads into the Catholic community with innovations like drive-through prayer centers and massive outreach fairs featuring popular pastors and pop stars. In a nation long dominated by Catholics, about 22 percent of Brazilians now identify as evangelical.
Police Hunt For Principal After Indian School Lunch Deaths
Police in the Indian state of Bihar say they are looking for the principal of the school where 23 children died last week. There is widespread anger in the state, and parents are said to have trashed the home of the principal, who left the area along with her husband soon after the children started to fall ill. Doctors believe the children were poisoned by insecticide.
'Abenomics' Get Vote Of Confidence In Japan
Voters in Japan handed a big victory to the ruling party in parliamentary elections Sunday. It's a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ambitious economic agenda, which goes by the name of Abenomics. Abe has pledged to stir up Japan's moribund economy, but it will mean challenging some entrenched interests.
Mickelson Wins Golf's British Open
NPR's Tom Goldman talks to David Greene about the competition over the weekend at the British Open. Phil Mickelson won the tournament for the first time.
Staying Healthy May Mean Learning To Love Our Microbiomes
Scientists are investigating the microscopic world that lives in and on our bodies. It's becoming clear that these tiny companions play a much more complex and important role in human health than thought. But we don't yet know enough about the microbiome to use it to prevent and treat disease.
GlaxoSmithKline Says Executives May Have Broken Chinese Laws
GlaxoSmithKline says that some of its executives appear to have violated Chinese laws. In response, the company is pledging changes in the way it operates — which would bring down the prices of some of its drugs in China. Chinese authorities accuse the company of bribing doctors and officials to boost sales and raise the price of medicines.
New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries
In the unregulated heyday before Prohibition, distilleries in New York produced whiskey, gin, rum and other spirits. Then the industry was all but wiped out for the next 80 years. But state laws regulating distilling have been loosened and now dozens of new distilleries have sprung up.
London Bookseller Forgoes Big Profit On J.K. Rowling Book
After it was revealed that J.K. Rowling was the real author of Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling, the price of a signed first edition jumped to more than $1,500 on sites like eBay. London bookshop owner David Headley could have taken advantage of that soaring value. Instead, he kept the price of the 250 signed copies he had at the cover price — about $26.