Monday Markets with Chris Farrell
Cathy Wurzer speaks with Minnesota Public Radio News' Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell about the sacrifice ratio, China's economy, and oil prices.8:25 a.m.
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Attack on Shiite Ceremony Kills 20 Iraqis
A Shiite religious ceremony in southern Baghdad is again marred by violence when gunmen open fire on pilgrims, killing 20. The annual event, which drew hundreds of thousands, was disrupted last year when rumors of suicide bombers in the crowds sparked a stampede that killed more than 1,000.
Saddam Refuses to Address Atrocities Charges
Saddam Hussein refuses to give his name or enter a plea on charges of crimes against humanity, as his second trial begins Monday. Along with six others, Saddam is accused of using chemical weapons in a scorched-earth operation that killed thousands of Kurdish rebels.
Marketing to Millions: China's Changing Tastes
China's economic boom is creating new opportunities for multinational corporations. How do they tailor their products and their strategies to attract millions of newly minted consumers? Think ancient beauty potions and tea-flavored toothpaste.
In China, Recovering from a Typhoon, and Drought
China is recovering from the worst typhoon since record-keeping started in 1949. The storm killed more than 400 people in the southeastern part of the country. In the Southwest, the country is suffering its worst drought in more than 50 years.
German Arrest in Bomb Plot Prompts High Alert
German authorities hold a 21-year-old student from Lebanon, charged in connection with two bombs found hidden in suitcases on German trains last month. Authorities warn of a heightened risk of a terrorist attack. They are searching for a second suspect.
Promoting Marriage to Reduce Poverty
A program in inner-city Baltimore aims to stem poverty by promoting marriage among unwed parents. The program seeks to improve the lives of the couples' children as well.
'Snakes,' NASCAR Spoof Win Weekend Snakes on a Plane slithered into the top spot at the box office over the weekend, trailed by the Will Farrell NASCAR spoof Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. And in third place was Oliver Stone's Sept. 11 drama World Trade Center.
Alternative Endings Benefit Directors, Studios
Directors and studios have always fought over how a movie should end. DVDs are increasingly becoming a vehicle to make everyone happy. The filmmaker gets to show the ending that was cut, and the studio gets to make an extra buck from consumers eager to see it. Beth Accomando of member station KPBS reports.
Ohio Senate Contest Shows Incumbent Seats Aren't Safe
Many incumbents are facing tougher reelection challenges than they anticipated. Mark Naymik, political writer for the Cleveland's Plain Dealer discusses a key U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Mike DeWine and Democratic House member Sherrod Brown.
Democrat Fights to Hold on to Washington Senate Seat
Renee Montagne talks with David Postman, chief political reporter for The Seattle Times. They discuss the U.S. Senate race in Washington state between Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell and Mike McGavick, who is expected to be the Republican challenger after next month's primary.