Marketplace AM for April 20, 2007

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GM brings back the electric car

It's been blamed for killing the electric EV1 back in the '90s, but now GM has turned out a prototype for the Volt — an electric car that runs on such advanced clean technology, it won't hit production until the end of the decade.
Posted In: Auto
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Boots for sale

Britain's biggest pharmacy chain has agreed to $20 billion takeover bid by an American private equity firm. It would be the biggest such buyout in European history, but it may spark a bidding war before shareholders get a chance to approve it.
Posted In: Canada
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Plane makers slash prices

There are some great bargains on the table if you're an airline in the market for new planes. Rivals Boeing and Airbus are offering huge discounts on their midsized and jumbo jets in the ongoing battle for customers.
Posted In: Travel
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More flu vaccine than we need

Drug companies are expected to pump out a record 132 million doses of flu vaccine for next winter — even though there were 20 million doses left over this year.
Posted In: Health
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National Guard needs more . . . everything

Money for equipment and training. Money for recruitment and retention. Faced with a serious budget shortfall, National Guard and Reserve leaders are on the Hill today asking for the funding they'll need for the year ahead.
Posted In: Washington
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Another NHL ratings flop

It's NHL playoff time and fans are attending games — but no one's watching on TV. Diana Nyad says maybe it's time for the league to come through on that promise of a dedicated 24-hour NHL Network.
Posted In: Sports
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Hollywood's shipping premieres overseas

Studios are seeing big dollar signs at the global box office. So much so that in some cases, they're opening domestic films in foreign markets first to generate big buzz and big bucks. And it could begin to influence the films themselves.
Posted In: Entertainment
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No, <i>you</i> pay to fix the planet

Results of a poll out today show that an overwhelming majority of Americans think the government should do something about global warming. But when asked to dip into their own pockets to pay for a solution, ahhh not so much.
Posted In: Taxes
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Google's making money

A whole lot of money. Its Q1 profit jumped a jaw-dropping 69 percent. Online advertising continues to produce pretty much all the profits, and the search giant is positioning itself to keep 'em coming.
Posted In: Wall Street

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