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Fighting for better military marriages

| Mar 24, 2005
At Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, the 2nd battalion air defense artillery regiment is getting ready to go to Iraq again. That means lots of training. But last weekend's assignment was geared toward what the Army calls Building Strong and Ready Families. The battalion's mission - bettering their marriages. From Marketplace's Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai reports.

Major League Soccer - a success story

| Mar 24, 2005
Major League Soccer kicks off its 10th season in a week. Two new teams will be playing this year, and MLS has a $150 million contract with Adidas. New soccer-only stadiums are being built. Commentator David Carter points out this was a league all but written off when it started.

Chile and United States - are smaller trade deals the ticket?

| Mar 23, 2005
The presidents of the U.S., Mexico and Canada met today in Texas. They'll tighten up border security. They'll ease up trade barriers to better compete with Asia. And they also agreed to disagree on a few things. Like the U.S. ban on Canadian beef. And U.S. competition with Mexican sugar farmers. These trade disputes persist - even though the three are linked by the massive North American Free Trade Agreement. When it comes to trade deals, might smaller be better? From the Americas Desk at WLRN in Miami, Dan Gretch reports on what you might think of as a case study. Call it the Chilean connection.
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Bond markets - the traders are getting nervous

| Mar 23, 2005
We spent a lot of time on interest rates yesterday. After all, the Feds did say it was jacking up short term rates again. That might have some of you thinking it's time to lock down a decent mortgage. Those short term interest rates do not generally drive mortgage rates up or down. If you want to know what to expect in home loans, look to the bond market. Unfortunately, you won't like what you see. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Federal Election Commission turns to the Web ...

| Mar 23, 2005
Money and politics and the Internet. When the talk turns to politics online, how do you regulate who's paying to get out the message? Can you regulate it? Tomorrow, the Federal Election Commission takes up these questions. Our own Scott Tong tells us it probably won't be pretty.

Sears K-Mart merger may have some victims

| Mar 23, 2005
Sears holds a special meeting of its shareholders tomorrow. They'll vote on the company's proposed $11.5 billion dollar merger with K-Mart. Something lost in all this is the fate of some 800 Sears stores known by insiders as "dealerships". These individually-owned stores contributed more than $1.5 million to Sears' bottom line in 2003. That doesn't mean they'll survive. Martha Woodroof reports from Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Posted In: Wall Street

Mergers, mergers, and more mergers. The urge to merge ...

| Mar 23, 2005
Sears and K-Mart aren't the only ones. There's MGM Mirage and Mandalay Resort Group... MCI and Verizon...or perhaps Qwest communications. The urge to merge is back in the air. Which means company captains are talking about synergies again. Newly merged companies that are greater than the sum of their parts. Marketplace commentator Robert Reich remembers all too well. <br />Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is author of "Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America".

Real estate - still the best investment?

| Mar 23, 2005
Sales of existing U.S. homes fell 0.4 percent in February, while home prices rose at double-digit percentage rates, a trade association report showed Wednesday. But sales of existing homes are still strong around the U.S. and you may be surprised at who's buying those houses. Marketplace's Cheryl Glaser reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Comic strip strategies - Meet Scott Kurtz

| Mar 23, 2005
Getting a comic strip syndicated these days is a bit like playing musical chairs. Thousands of artists circle, a handful get to sit and those left standing, well... they go find full-time jobs. But at least one popular web cartoonist refuses to play at all, and that has some worried. Could he change the way comic strips are distributed and sold? Dennis Nishi went to find out.

IBM jumps into the spam battle

| Mar 22, 2005
Junk email accounts for between 50 and 75 percent of all email. Depends of whose numbers you believe. Any way you slice it, it's still a lot of spam. And it keeps on coming, despite all those spam-blocking programs. Today a pioneer of the personal computer made a mighty big promise. One to send a plague of the PC era back from whence it came. One unwanted message at a time. Marketplace's Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

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