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$4.2 Billion Deal Highlights Drug Profits From Rare Diseases

Shire's purchase of ViroPharma is all about a medicine to prevent life-threatening swelling attacks caused by a genetic mutation. The drug, called Cinryze, costs more than $4,600 for each treatment. The annual bill can run hundreds of thousands of dollars for each patient.
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When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

Lobbyists are known for their influence, but perhaps less obvious is that lobbyists often write legislation — sometimes word for word. In a recent example, media reports showed how bank lobbyists had a hand in drafting a House bill aimed at rolling back financial regulations.
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Prince Charles: Organic Innovator, Biscuit Maker

Two decades ago, the heir to the throne of England foresaw the potential and value in organic agriculture. The first product Duchy Originals launched was the Oaten Biscuit, and it's still a top seller today.
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Why It's So Difficult To Predict The Job Numbers

The October unemployment numbers cast a brighter picture than economists expected. NPR's Senior Business Editor, Marilyn Geewax talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about what the strengths and weaknesses of the economy are right now, and why it's been so difficult to read.
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Home Ownership At Lowest Level In Nearly Two Decades

The home ownership rate in the U.S. is at its lowest since 1995. That's despite what was thought to be a rip-roaring recovery in real estate, and a long stretch of record low mortgages. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Bloomberg Business Week contributor Roben Farzad.
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Amazon Taps Post Office For Sunday Deliveries; A Win-Win?

The Postal Service has struck a deal. Starting with New York and Los Angeles, it will deliver Amazon's packages on Sundays. More cities will be added next year. The early analyses are that both sides of the deal will benefit.
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Amazon, The U.S. Postal Service And The Push To Expand Same-Day Delivery

Amazon will use the U.S. Postal Service for Sunday deliveries in New York and Los Angeles with plans to expand the service to other cities. How the push toward same-day delivery is transforming online shopping and the retail industry.

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Western Media In China: Living With The 'Anaconda'

Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But experts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.
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Are Flesh-Eating Zombies The Future Of Television?

AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.
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Amazon Offers Sunday Delivery In Selected Cities

The U.S. Postal Service is teaming up with online retail giant Amazon to deliver packages on Sundays. Residents of Los Angeles and New York can now take advantage of the additional delivery day at no extra charge. Amazon plans to expand Sunday delivery to more cities next year.

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