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The week that was, on Wall Street

Jan 7, 2005
It's Friday, and that means it is time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
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21st century toys!

Jan 7, 2005
From the fountains at Caesars Palace to the lagoons at Mandalay Bay, flurries could be seen above the palm trees of Las Vegas today. But the forecast we're interested in has nothing to do with the bizarre weather outside. Adam Lashinsky, senior writer for Fortune magazine, is in Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, getting a preview of what tech toys are about to hit the market.
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Trafficking after tsunami

Jan 7, 2005
Today the United Nations Children's Fund became the first to confirm a case of trafficking in children orphaned in the tsunami disaster. Trafficking has been a problem in the region for some time, with kids being smuggled out for adoption, forced labor, or work in the sex industry. But today's UNICEF report lends credence to claims that emerged soon after the killer waves... of stranded children being taken away by adults claiming to be their parents. From a refugee camp on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, Miranda Kennedy reports.
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Palestinians to the polls

Jan 7, 2005
The first Palestinian presidential election in almost a decade will be held this weekend. While the United States, Israel and Europe hope that new Palestinian leadership will help revive the road map peace process, many Palestinians are going into the election with much more immediate aspirations, like: will they be able to continue supporting their families in the coming year? Nancy Updike has the story.
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College coaches and mega-salaries

Jan 7, 2005
The NCAA meets today to talk about athletic program spending. Sports Commentator Diana Nyad says one of the major concerns is the huge salaries of college football coaches.
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The largest aid effort

Jan 7, 2005
High-ranking international officials are touring regions hardest hit by the Indian Ocean tsunamis to see firsthand the devastation that has prompted one of the world's biggest relief efforts. For a breakdown of the global tsunami aid effort, Tess Vigeland talks with Nancy Birdsall, President of the Center for Global Development.
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Rebuilding Indonesia

Jan 6, 2005
In Jakarta today, a world conference to plan for the reconstruction of countries devastated by the tsunamis. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a plea for nearly $1 billion in cash for emergency humanitarian aid - and that's just for the next six months. But many aren't waiting for the reconstruction money. They're already trying to put their lives back together... as Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford discovered in one of the worst hit-areas: Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
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What flu epidemic?

Jan 6, 2005
Remember the near panic about flu shots not being available this year? Today the company that makes a flu nasal spray vaccine says it's selling only about a third of what it expected to this winter. Flu-mist had ramped up its production to meet a potential flu crisis - one that hasn't materialized so far. There's a new tool that might have helped the folks at Flu-mist. Some researchers at the University of Iowa College of Business are trying to improve our ability to predict flu outbreaks - by using a model some of you might be familiar with. From WOI in Ames, Iowa, Joyce Russell reports.
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Olympic debates

Jan 6, 2005
The International Olympic Committee is nearing a decision on what city will host the 2012 Olympics. But after years of scandals about cities bribing IOC board members to steer the games their way, the IOC has decided to make a change. Host David Brown talks to Business of Sports analyst Diana Nyad about the upcoming televised debate between cities to determine who gets the host the Olympics.
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Amazon sinks a bit

Jan 6, 2005
Remember the web? Apparently we were hitting it pretty hard over the holidays. One new report says Americans spent $23 billion online - up a whopping 25 percent over last season. So riddle us this. Why did the granddaddy of e-commerce get hit with a downgrade? Shares in Amazon.com tumbled this week after an analyst at Smith Barney called it high-risk, recommending a 'sell'. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli takes a look.

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