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Big Tobacco Declares War on FDA

For decades, the government has been warning consumers about the dangers of tobacco. That campaign will soon undergo a serious escalation, with the introduction of large, graphic antismoking messages on cigarette packs. The industry is fighting back, and may have the constitution on its side. But will it ultimately matter?

A Sneaky Way Companies Boost Their Stock Price

Of all the ways a company might become more valuable, this has got to be the most superficial: a simple change of name. And yet a study of corporate name changes shows that it works. From 1-800 Flowers.com to Philip Morris-Altria Group, here are some of the most noteworthy nominal transformations.

Where Charlie's Meltdown Is Fuel for Business

While painful (for most folks) to watch, the actor's explosion has created a bonanza for the tabloid mill. But on a broader level, Sheen has also offers a potential shot in the arm for companies across the spectrum, from media to pharmaceuticals.

Buzzword of the Week: Talking in Circles

In business jargon, it seems like round has come back around. We're hearing a resurgence of the defense-minded phrase "circling the wagons," as well as the extremely slippery phrase "circle back," which changes its meaning completely depending on who is saying it.