What Are They Smoking? Business. The high court overturns a nearly $80 million award intended to compensate a smoker's widow. It's a major victory for tobacco companies, especially now that Obama's quitting has made smoking uncool again. In other news, XM Radio and Sirius announce plans for a merger. Howard Stern will spend a two-hour show chuckling over the word merge.
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