Prior to working as a staff reporter at Marketplace David freelanced for Marketplace from New Orleans and St. Louis. Prior to that he worked odd jobs in Seattle, Alaska, Mexico and New York.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.

Features By David Weinberg

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Strike at Los Angeles ports starts to back up commerce

Already the strike has idled thousands of trucks and trains that take containers from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to factories and distribution centers.
Posted In: ports, port of Long Beach, shipping
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At L.A. Auto Show, a big star is a gas-powered engine

Several new electric and hybrid cars were introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but high prices are expected to keep alternative-fuel vehicles a small part of the market. Ford's shot at efficiency: a three-cylinder Fiesta.
Posted In: hybrid cars, Ford, Ford Fiesta, electric cars
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Tolkien's estate battles over 'Hobbit' rights

The issue isn't "Hobbit" action figures and merchandise, but intangible uses like a Hobbit ringtone.
Posted In: copyright, merchandising, film, The Hobbit
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Americans not taking vacation, and it hurts

A survey finds people will leave an average of nine days of paid vacation unused this year. The stress that comes from not taking a break can affect their health.
Posted In: stress, Health, vacation, work-life balance
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Artificial turf spreads, but recycled rubber raises concerns

Artificial grass has come a long way since AstroTurf, becoming a kinder, gentler surface for athletes to play on. The recycled tire crumbs it uses as cushioning, however, concern some parents.
Posted In: grass, AstroTurf
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Costco offers home mortgages

Costco hopes getting a mortgage through the big box retailer will bring more customers into the store for the things they'll need to furnish those homes.
Posted In: Costco, mortgage
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Do you, do you, do you wanna dance?

The popularity of dance competition shows on TV has led to more adults enrolling in dance classes. But will that trend last any longer than the shows?
Posted In: tv, dancing, Entertainment, reality tv
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Employed or not, voting ritual often the same

In many ways, the 2012 presidential election is a referendum on a number: the nation's unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. Reporters in Oklahoma City (unemployment around 5 percent) and San Bernardino, Calif., (unemployment pushing 12 percent) look behind the numbers.
Posted In: Unemployment, voting, Jobs, Election Day
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China is a roadbump for Toyota's global resurgence

Toyota and other Japanese carmakers are reporting lower sales in China due to the two nations' dispute over offshore islands, but Toyota projects higher earnings worldwide.
Posted In: Japan, China, Toyota, cars
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Flooded engines: Sandy soaked a lot of cars

Insurers want to repair flooded cars rather than declare them a total loss. But water damage can show up later -- and flooding claims will show up on services like Carfax, taking down what a vehicle can get on the used-car market.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, flood, auto insurance

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