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MTA strikes back?

Alisa Roth | Jan 30, 2006
More than a month after New Yorkers were left stranded in the cold by a transit strike, the union and the transit authority are still squabbling over a new contract. Is another strike in the offing? Alisa Roth takes a look.

Dutch solution no fix for New Orleans

Sam Eaton | Jan 30, 2006
As the Big Easy rebuilds in the wake of Katrina, some are calling for a Dutch-style network of levees and flood control structures. But a study to be presented this week warns such coastal protections would destroy the region's wetlands. Sam Eaton reports.

Beware the black worm

Janet Babin | Jan 30, 2006
More than 2 million computers have reportedly been infected by the black worm virus, a time-delayed gremlin that's supposed to make hard drives go haywire when it activates this Friday. But as Janet Babin reports from the Innovation Desk, it might be more marketing than menance.

Alcohol deaths

Stephen Beard | Jan 30, 2006
Britain has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths of any country in Europe. Stephen Beard reports on the economic toll.

Exxon profits

Scott Tong | Jan 30, 2006
A quick quiz...which company's revenue last year was greater than the gross domestic product of Saudi Arabia? It's Exxon -- which today reported the largest quarterly profits for a public company ever, $10.7 billion dollars in the last quarter of 2005. Marketplace's Scott Tong has details.

A new year for China

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 30, 2006
The new year got off to a tragic start in China yesterday, when an explosion at a fireworks factory in central China killed 36. Nevertheless, Chinese are optimistic about the Year of the Dog.

Arcelor takeover

Stephen Beard | Jan 30, 2006
Imagine if Microsoft launched a hostile takeover of Apple computer. Well, something akin to that is playing out in the steel industry right now. European steel-maker Arcelor has turned down a $23 billion dollar hostile bid from India's Mittal steel. From London, Stephen Beard on what this kind of deal might mean to you.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Greenspan -- Going, Going, Gone

| Jan 28, 2006
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." This week, Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan is about to retire. Let the economic blame game begin.
Posted In: Economy

"Day in the Work Life": Curl Catcher

| Jan 28, 2006
On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we ride the waves with a surf instructor.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Small Stock Index

| Jan 28, 2006
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <em>Marketplace Money</em> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance - "Small Stock Index." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy, Investing