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Some 270 people have contracted the H5N1 virus or avian flu, according to the World Health Organization, and 164 of them have died. It's the high death rate--greater than 50%--that has alarmed so many health officials. One drug that is on the market for patients is Tamiflu--made by Gildead Sciences. Sales of the drug have made a big turnaround over the last few years...
A not so shameless plug here as we'd like to toot our own horn--as we honor others. Last night, CNBC held it's third annual Executive Leadership Awards dinner--to recognize business leaders who make a difference. The event was at the Pierre Hotel in New York City--and CNBC's Melissa Lee covered it for "Squawk Box."
The U.S. Senate is almost through debating a bill to raise to the minimum wage. However--Republicans want to amend the bill with provisions including tax breaks for businesses in order to offset the costs of a higher minimum wage. Democrats don't want that. There's also a move to attach tax deferred compensation to the measure.
Are Americans saving too mcuh for retierment? It seems some people think so. Which is interesting considering the national savings rate is actually negative. Are we doing this all wrong? Laurence Kotlikoff is a professor of ecnomics at Boston University. He's among a group of economists and academics that believe people should be saving less and spending more....
The House Committee on Oversight and Government reform is looking into allegations the White House tried to suppress information on global warming and climate change. This comes as President Bush just signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control...
Carl Icahn wants to be on the board of Motorola. But why? Well, CNBC's David Faber gave his take on the situation during "Morning Call." Whatever the reason, Motorola's stock is going through the roof today on the news (might this be the reason?), up more that 6% at one point.
Prices for existing home sales nationwide rose just barely over 1% last year. That's not much compared with the double digit appreication in the previous years. And regionally--neighborhood to neighborhood--prices dropped and continue to fall.
Not to turn this into a home page for Microsoft's Vista--it does release tonight at midnight--but we thought you'd be interested in what Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had to say--as he talked with CNBC's Bill Griffeth about Vista and what lies ahead. Ballmer naturally stood by Vista--calling it a milestone that helps change the definition of the PC.
CNBC's Melissa Francis reported today on "speculation" that the Saudi Oil Minister, Ali Al-Nami, might be replaced when the Saudi monarchy shakes up its cabinet in February. Al-Nami has held the post for 12 years. Also of noteon oil--the New York Times reported over the weekend that the Saudis are committed to keeping oil prices at $50 a barrel.
The Democrats are back in power in Congress--but does that mean they have the confidence of the American people to lead? And are they better for business? It appears so according to a new WSJ/NBC poll. CNBC's John Harwood explained the numbers before a discussion on just why the Dems might be able to sing "Happy Days Are Here Again."