GOP Presidential Debate Somber
The Republican presidential candidates faced off for the final time in Iowa before the state's influential caucuses next month. The candidates were subdued and positive during the debate, despite the highly contentious race.
Film, TV Writers Strike Talks at Impasse
The contract talks between the striking screenwriters and the production studios are ground to a halt. The latest round of contract negotiations collapsed Friday, and the prospect of the two sides coming to an agreement in the near future seems increasingly dim. The strike began Nov. 5.
Home from India, a Reporter Still Moves to Its Beat
Laura Sydell's driver during her trip to Mumbai had a favorite tune: "Ganpat," from the Hindi film Shootout at Lokhandwala. Sydell confesses that she can't get the bouncy, mildly naughty song out of her head.
China Softens Stance on Emissions at Bali Meeting
China appears to be more positive about supporting a framework that will require it to cooperate in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. China is one of the world's biggest polluters and is under pressure to agree to changes at the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia.
Poll: Parents Still Trust Cold Meds for Kids
This fall, an FDA advisory committee recommended that cold medicines no longer be marketed for children under age 6; clinical trials found these over-the-counter drugs were no better than a placebo. An NPR/Kaiser/Harvard poll finds that most parents still cast a cautious vote of confidence in the drugs.
FDA Weighs Statin Drug Sales
Statin drugs that lower cholesterol have become popular. Merck, which manufactures the statin drug, Mevacor, thinks its product is safe enough to be sold without a prescription. An advisory committee for the Food and Drug Administration will meet to discuss whether that is a good idea.
Merck Recalls Children's Vaccine
Merck issues a recall on the common children's vaccine Hib, which guards against meningitis, pneumonia, and other serious infections. It's routinely administered to babies beginning around two months of age. The recall covers about 1.2 million doses of the vaccine distributed since April.
Fed Puts Up Billions for Auction
The Federal Reserve's move to infuse money into the banking system is getting mixed reviews. The plan aims to ease anxiety among banks afraid to lend to each other because so many have taken hits from the U.S. mortgage meltdown.
Green Exchange to Trade Carbon Credits
A new financial exchange is opening on Wall Street. It won't trade stocks. It'll trade carbon credits and other environmental offsets that help in the fight against global warming. This new Wall Street-backed Green Exchange could be a big step forward for the U.S.