Marketplace AM for December 14, 2006

Episode Description 

Minimum wage gap

Host Scott Jagow and Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell look at the growing divide among economists over what to do about the minimum wage.

New Yorkers at a tipping point, part 2

In some cities, holiday tipping is a yuletide tradition. Trey Kay hit the streets of New York to find out how folks feel about the custom — on both sides of the door.
Posted In: New York

BP accused of price fixing . . . again

British oil giant BP says it could face charges of price fixing futures in the unleaded gasoline market. Stephan Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Crime

Qantas turns on a dime

An extra 10 Australian cents per share — and a couple key conditions — finally won over the folks at Qantas. The Australian airline accepted an $8.6 billion takeover bid from a private equity group today.
Posted In: Travel

Taco Bell's PR problem

Health officials are now blaming contaminated lettuce for the recent E. coli outbreak at Taco Bell. But they're still investigating — and that's not helping with damage control, Amy Scott reports.

Ethics reform makes a comeback?

Voter discontent may have given new life to ethics reform in Washington. A package that would beef up bans on gifts and meals from lobbyists is seeing light on the Hill today. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Wall Street looks to '07

New Year's is still a couple weeks away, but Wall Street observers are already making earnings predictions for 2007. Forecast? Bullish. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

OPEC considers more cuts

OPEC leaders meet today. They're discussing whether to cut production again. What does this mean for your heating bill this winter? Alisa Roth reports.

China doesn't want a lecture

Washington accuses Beijing of keeping the value of its currency artificially low, making imports from China unfairly cheap. China says the U.S. fails to recognize the headway it's making. Ruth Kirchner reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Tribune not selling L.A. Times a la carte

Entertainment mogul David Geffen has offered $2 billion cash for the Los Angeles Times, but Tribune is holding out for a buyer who wants everything on the menu. Dan Grech reports.

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