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A most expensive resting place

| Dec 7, 2004
An announcement today from the Egyptian government: 20 more gilded mummies have been found at an oasis in Western Egypt. 214 others have been discovered in the region. Guess that's why they call it the 'Valley of the Gilded Mummies'. Five bronze coins were found with the mummies, payment for the trip to the afterlife. Nowadays, you pay up front. From upstate New York, North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports on a final resting place that'll set you back a million and a half dollars.

The falling dollar

| Dec 7, 2004
European Finance Ministers got together yesterday to talk about the dollar. It's dropped about 9 percent against the Euro since October. The EU is asking the Bush Administration to stem the fall. So why isn't the U.S. taking action? Stacey Vanek Smith reports. Also, the Economist's Zanny Minton Beddoes offers his perspective.

India's newest challenge

| Dec 7, 2004
Intel recently announced it's investing $40 million to add facilities in the Southern Indian City of Bangalore. India's high-tech capital, Bangalore has become the hub of India's IT services economy. Two to three western companies now start operations in the city every week. But the government hasn't revamped the city's infrastructure fast enough to keep pace with its growth. Miranda Kennedy looks at whether this problem will impede India's plans to become a global business center.

Tort reform - revisited

| Dec 6, 2004
Members of Congress returned to Washington today, after a break for Thanksgiving. They've already made a deal toward revamping the country's intelligence apparatus. And the House is planning to wrap up work on a $388 billion spending bill. There's already a lot of talk about Social Security and tax reform--priorities for the next Congress. At a time when money issues are taking center stage, commentator and economist Glenn Hubbard worries about one issue getting sidetracked.

Partnerships for the future?

| Dec 6, 2004
A major international airport wants to expand, with all the smog and noise that comes with it. What would you think if I told you that local grassroots activists are working together with airport officials to win approval of the expansion? Robin Urevich reports on an unusual partnership announced today... one that could signal a trend.

Steroids and baseball - a winning combination ...

| Dec 6, 2004
Here we are in December with baseball making the headlines. In recent days grand jury transcripts have emerged indicating several players used performance enhancing drugs - including steroids. The issue took center stage at the players' union meeting in Phoenix today. This, on the heels of remarks over the weekend from Senator John McCain - he's suggesting Congress might revoke baseball's long-standing exemption from antitrust laws. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports.
Posted In: Science

Fox and Clear Channel cut a deal

| Dec 6, 2004
Fox News likes to say "We Report, You Decide". So, what do you make of this? The cable network has signed a deal with the country's largest chain of radio stations to provide national news for most of the news and talk outlets operated by Clear Channel Communications. A pairing made in heaven? Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.

Boeing and a new strategy

| Dec 6, 2004
U.S. and European negotiators began trade talks today. Among the issues on the table - airplane builders. America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus accuse each other of unfairly using subsidies to win contracts. Just this year Airbus became the world's biggest aircraft maker. But Boeing is banking on a comeback with its new 7E7 Dreamliner. The plane is 20 percent more fuel efficient and 'relatively' cheap at $120 million. And Boeing has a strategy to convince foreigners to buy the plane...by inviting them to help build it. From Tokyo, Marketplace's Jessica Smith reports.
Posted In: Canada

Doing the cabinet shuffle

| Dec 6, 2004
Newsweek Wall Street Editor Allan Sloan talks with Kai Ryssdal about how President Bush is spinning recent Cabinet replacements to possibly cover up policies gone awry.

A season after all?

| Dec 6, 2004
Hockey fans are treading lightly this week, hoping against hope the lockout may come to an end before the season ends. Both sides meet this week after months of icy silence. In the meantime, minor league teams are doing what they can to bridge the gap. From KPCC in Los Angeles, Rachael Myrow reports.

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