Marketplace AM for April 23, 2007

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Closing the persistent male-female pay gap

A new study finds the disparity between what men and women earn in the workplace begins right out of college, and only gets worse as the years go by. New legislation could help close the gap.
Posted In: Jobs
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A banking behemoth is born

Almost. It's not a done deal yet, but Britain's Barclays is set to purchase Dutch bank ABN Amro for more than $90 billion. They've all but shut out rival bidders in what's to be the world's biggest bank buyout ever.
Posted In: Canada
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Delta giving flight to voluntary carbon tax

Environmentally-conscious travelers will soon have the opportunity to put their money where their mouths are. Delta is going to offer passengers an option to pay a $5 to $11 surcharge per ticket to offset carbon emissions.
Posted In: Travel
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Report: Medicare is very sick

Today's annual report on the fiscal health of the Medicare system is expected to put forth a prognosis so bleak it will trigger the program's first-ever funding warning. And even that probably won't make a difference.
Posted In: Health
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Big biopharma merger

AstraZeneca, which has been struggling to get new drugs to market, is looking to get into the biological medicines game. So it's going to pay $15.6 billion for MedImmune to make it happen.
Posted In: Health
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Bedlam in Bolivia

Bolivia's government has lost control of its populace. Demonstrators from rivaling provinces have forced work stoppages and taken to the streets in an ongoing battle over who gets what share of the nation's oil and gas revenue.
Posted In: Canada
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Feds on a winning streak

It's been a long time since federal prosecutors have lost a high-profile corporate fraud case. Newsweek's Allan Sloan says it's because government lawyers have finally learned to explain the situation in plain English.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Where the concrete sidewalk ends

Concrete sidewalks have a bad habit of cracking and they're expensive to replace. So some cities are starting to replace them with a better, more sustainable alternative: recycled rubber.

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