Two stories about chickens in today's show: First, how it makes economic sense to ship chicken carcasses to China for processing into nuggets that are then shipped back to the U.S. The question is key because the Agriculture Department just announced that it has approved four Chinese chicken processors to ship meat to the U.S. Also, the McDonald's Dollar Menu -- including chicken nuggets -- is … evolving. The company is testing a version that includes items priced at $1, $2 and even $5. Finally, we get a first look at some pricing of health care under the Obamacare overhaul.
As Congress weighs whether to authorize military action in Syria, some have asked Secretary of State John Kerry what became of the small arms military aid already promised to Syrian rebels. The short answer? It’s complicated. Also, the ratings agency S&P is accusing the U.S. government of suing it over the financial crisis because it was the only agency to downgrade U.S. debt.
Microsoft acquires Nokia in a $7.2 billion deal that aims to make Microsoft a player in the mobile-phone market. Next, after two years of radiation leaks, Japan steps in to get the worsening Fukushima disaster under control. What will nearly $500 million buy? One possibility is a wall of ice that will seal the reactors and their contaminated water from the ocean. And finally, Samsung goes all Dick Tracy.
Verizon Communications has agreed to buy out Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless, giving it full control of the most profitable mobile service provider in the country. The number of Americans using heroin has been on the rise, reaching epidemic proportions in rural areas and suburbs. It's the last holiday weekend this year and that's a big deal on the Jersey Shore, especially after recovering from Hurricane Sandy last year. And we hear about the one bright spot in the Vietnamese economy: coffee.
The 200-square-mile Rim Fire peels back the layers of the Sierra Nevadas’ economic ecology as the fire impacts timber sales, a tourist sector that ranges from camps and cottages to backpackers, and federal management of a huge area for the public’s benefit. A company called AdTrap is selling a white box about the size of a computer router, that, connected to your devices via WiFi (computers, tablets, smartphones) can block any ads. And finally, we look back at the week that was on Wall Street with the Weekly Wrap.