12:14pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

BPA To Be Banned In Calif. Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Elena Korenbaum iStockphoto.com

California Gov. Jerry Brown's hand must be tired.

He signed 18 bills on children's health and safety into state law Tuesday. One of them, AB1319, prohibits the sale of any baby bottles or cups that contain more than 0.1 parts per billion bisphenol A.

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12:07pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Digital Life

Steve Jobs' Greatest Legacy May Be Impact On Design

Steve Jobs introduces new MacBook Air models at Apple headquarters on Oct. 20, 2010. Some say one of his greatest legacies is his impact on design.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Steve Jobs, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 56, was obsessed with computers from an early age. In 1975, when he was 20, Jobs was part of the Homebrew Computer Club — a group of early computer enthusiasts obsessed with making computers more popular.

"People [would be] all together in a room, jostling, bubbling with ideas, bringing in new technology, new chips, new displays, new networks, new software, everything new," says John Gage, a former member of the club.

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12:05pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Economy

Debt Crises Not A Damper For Some U.S. Businesses

Despite concerns about Congress and the European debt crisis, most U.S business owners remain optimistic and expect growth to continue this year, the heads of both General Electric and FedEx said Thursday.

"There's still a lot of growth," GE CEO Jeff Immelt told about 600 executives attending a conference on middle-sized businesses. "It's a long, slow recovery...but it is getting better."

FedEx CEO Fred Smith agreed, saying that shipments of goods continue to reflect a growing economy. "We don't see a contraction," Smith said. "Just slow growth; steady as she goes."

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12:00pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Performing Arts

Award-Winning Performer Leslie Uggams Shares Wisdom

The singer and actress began performing at age six and was soon doing dozens of shows each week at the famed Apollo Theater. Now, nearly six decades later, Uggams has won numerous awards, and she's planning to release a new album. She talks to Michel Martin about her forthcoming album and her life in the spotlight.

12:00pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Digital Life

Did Steve Jobs Narrow Or Widen Digital Divide?

Technology pioneer and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday at age 56. Michel Martin and technology contributor Mario Armstrong look at Jobs' legacy and review tributes to him that have come from various social media platforms and all around the world.

12:00pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Remembrances

Civil Rights Hero Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Dies

Michel Martin continues her conversation with talk show host Tavis Smiley, who recently finished his 18-city 'poverty tour.' They reflect on the life of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who died Wednesday at age 89. Rev. Shuttlesworth co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and in his fight for civil rights braved beatings and the bombing of his home.

12:00pm

Thu October 6, 2011
Economy

Economic Woes Changing Face Of Poverty

Among the nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty, 16 million are children. That's according to the Census Bureau. Commentator Tavis Smiley says statistics like these led him to journey on an 18-city 'poverty tour,' which he just finished. Tomorrow, he's launching a week-long series on his radio and TV programs about the tour. He tells Michel Martin about it. They also hear from Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, who joined Smiley for part of the poverty tour.

11:40am

Thu October 6, 2011
It's All Politics

With Christie Out, His Moneymen Go Shopping For A New Candidate

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 11:57 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turns to leave a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday after he announced that he will not run for president in 2012.

Mel Evans AP

With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (once again) declining to enter the Republican presidential primary race, his core group of financial industry fundraisers – a group that had been urging him to run – went looking for new candidates to endorse.

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John Freeman is the editor of Grantamagazine. A former president of the National Book Critics Circle, his criticism has appeared in publications around the world, including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Book Review. His latest book is The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox.

11:00am

Thu October 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Obama News Conference

President Obama is this hour holding a news conference at the White House. We're live-blogging, so be sure to hit your "refresh" button to see our latest additions. If you'd like to hear the news conference, click "LISTEN LIVE" in the box above.

Update at 11:12 a.m. ET. On Tax Cuts:

Republican lawmakers make the case that the president's $447 billion jobs bill relies too much on tax increases and not enough on spending cuts.

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