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PODCAST: Home and garden sales up, China lets in the markets

Apr 16, 2012
Tax procrastinators can breathe easy as this year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. But many people across the country should be expecting a smaller refund than usual this time around. 'The Hunger Games' tops the box office for the fourth week in a row, but can it really be the next 'Avatar?' Oracle and Google face-off today in Federal Court over claims that Google's Android system is infringing on patent and copyrights on Oracle's technology.

PODCAST: GDP growth slips in China, political ads added to public radio

Apr 13, 2012
The last three months in China were the worst for the country's economic growth since early 2009 -- so what's going wrong? In St. Louis, the Stand Your Ground Law is coming under the spotlight, as the National Rifle Association holds its annual convention. We talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about what to do when you are caught in an emergency at work. And where in the world should a savvy investor be looking to put their money this year?

Business booming for those who fortify homes

Apr 13, 2012
We hear a lot about the strain on the housing market -- but what about the barriers we put up to protect our homes?
Posted In: Housing, security

PODCAST: Inflation could be slowing, natural gas prices hit new low

Apr 12, 2012
New Orleans is gearing up for its annual Jazz Fest at the end of the month, but it turns out the Crescent City has a little work to do when it comes to the business side of things. Google has been doing a lot of spending lately, but is it also bringing in money from its bread-and-butter business -- those ads it sells next to search results? Elsewhere in the tech world, the Department of Justice is accusing Apple and five publishers fixing prices for electronic books, or e-books.

Changing the Washington, D.C. skyline

Apr 12, 2012
Leaders in Washington D.C. are talking about changing the current height regulations on buildings in the city.
Posted In: Washington D.C., architecture

PODCAST: Earthquake in Indonesia, import prices up

Apr 11, 2012
The stock market isn't the only thing ailing Europe today: the market for carbon credits. Prices have tanked for allowances to spew carbon. There's a tsunami warning in effect across the Indian Ocean. Will today's earthquake impact the countries there as harshly as past disasters? And Terry Branstad, the Republican governor of Iowa, weighs in on the "lean finely-textured beef" vs. "pink slime" debate.

Small town in Spain considers growing marijuana

Apr 11, 2012
Over 50 percent of a small village in northern Spain has voted in favor of a plan to allow marijuana to be grown there. The aim is to generate money for the village to help wipe out its debt. However it's still unclear if the idea will go ahead.
Posted In: marijuana, spain

PODCAST: Big banks need more capital, a new Oval Office

Apr 10, 2012
It's been more than four years since the giant investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed, and the banking system is still in trouble -- but bank stocks have been soaring recently. Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet, as it gears up to go public. This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Belfast, Northern Ireland is hoping to become the center of Titanic tourism.

Hybrid car buyers aren't the most loyal

Apr 10, 2012
Turns out, many Americans who purchase a hybrid car end up going back to a non-hybrid the next time they hit the car lot.
Posted In: hybrid cars, cars, car sales, mid-day extra

PODCAST: Sony to cut jobs, a look inside Foxconn

Apr 9, 2012
China correspondent Rob Schmitz reveals what he found on his recent trip inside a Foxconn factory. Sony is reportedly set to cut 10,000 jobs; it's the first major move by its new CEO. Investors are urging British grocer Tesco to ditch its U.S. chain of Fresh & Easy stores. Stove Top stuffing is trying to woo consumers year-round. And Mike Huckabee launches his syndicated radio show today, bringing new competition to Rush Limbaugh.

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Marketplace's coverage of the municipal bond market. With an increasing number of state and local governments struggling with debt and budgets, worries are growing over how the muni market will be able to cope.