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PODCAST: Smelly bus stations and a sauerkraut highway

Feb 8, 2012
The Federal Reserve could vote today on a proposed merger between Capital One and ING Direct USA. We talk to two unemployed Spanish women about what it is like to live in a country with such poor job prospects. The Grand Canyon announces a ban on bottled water, despite fears that Coca-Cola, a big parks sponsor, would react badly. And Wal-Mart chooses a new head for its China operations.

In Russia, traffic jams are a little different

Feb 8, 2012
Traffic jams are a nightmare in Russia. But for some high ranking officials, breaking free is as simple as turning on a light.
Posted In: Russia, Traffic, protests, Vladimir Putin

Podcast: Mergers, mortgages, and iguana meat

Feb 7, 2012
Forty states have signed onto a settlement deal with the nation's largest banks over abusive foreclosure practices. We talk to the attorney general from the hold-out state of Delaware to find out why he wants a better deal. Congress passed a bill to fund technology upgrades for the FAA, but airline industry unions are balking at the deal. And Puerto Rico looks to ease its overpopulation of invasive iguanas by exporting them as "exotic meat." Plus, more headlines from this Tuesday morning.
Posted In: podcast

Mid-Day Extra: Madonna scores Super Bowl win

Feb 6, 2012
The original diva, 53-year-old international pop star Madonna, delivered a touchdown performance during the Super Bowl half-time show. But how much will she score on album sales?
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Podcast: Super Bowl winners emerge, and Greece looks for win

Feb 6, 2012
Weekend talks in Europe over a second bailout plan for Greece stumbled just as leaders in that country made progress on a deal to eliminate about half of the private debt it owes. Meanwhile, a bailout might be on the way for troubled homeowners if states sign onto a settlement with the nation's largest banks over abusive foreclosure practices. The New York Giants won the Super Bowl, and so did Madonna and her half-time performance. But Ford said it didn't after Chevy ran a commercial claiming its chief competitor's pick-ups couldn't survive the apocalypse. At least that means the auto industry is recovering, right?
Posted In: podcast

PODCAST: Tiger bread and chicken wings

Feb 3, 2012
Nevada led the nation in the number of home foreclosures last year, a fact that could help steer the caucus there tomorrow. States have until Monday to decide if they want to join a national settlement with banks over abusive mortgage practices. In the U.K., restaurants and bars have declared war on the straw. And we dig into the January unemployment numbers from the government.
Posted In: Super Bowl, Unemployment, Jobs

Cracking down on Super Bowl counterfeits

Feb 3, 2012
Authorities from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently seizied around $5 million worth of counterfeit NFL merchandise.
Posted In: Super Bowl, NFL, counterfeit, streaming

PODCAST: Facing the Facebook IPO, changing labor laws

Feb 2, 2012
Facebook's initial public offering means that the general public now knows more about the company than it did yesterday. In Nebraska, farmers don't typically save, but instead invest back into their farm, with more land or new equipment. Happy Groundhog Day!

Mid-day Extra: Laws schools sued over job placement numbers

Feb 2, 2012
A number of law schools across the country are being sued by former students who claim they inflated the numbers on post-graduate job placement.
Posted In: Law, Education, legal, Admissions

PODCAST: Super PACs, big recalls, and too many snow plows

Feb 1, 2012
Super PACs are allowed to spend unlimited cash, as long as they reveal where the money's coming from -- but it is often still hard to know who is making the donations. Gambling isn't the only thing the Nevada economy has to offer in this election year. And does a foreclosed home down the block hurt your chances of staying above water?

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The Mid-Day Update is a five-day-a-week podcast from the Marketplace Morning Report hosted by David Brancaccio that wraps up the morning news in a fun little package. Listen here every day at 10 a.m. PT or download it to your iPod by subscribing to the Morning Report Podcast.