Marketplace AM for December 9, 2005

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Vote-or-Pay

Chileans go to the polls this weekend to elect a new president, and by law, they must vote or pay a fine. Jordana Gustafson reports on the effectiveness of the law.
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Prescription drug plan

Roughly half of eligible seniors may not sign up for the government's new prescription drug program. Helen Palmer explains.
Posted In: Health
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What to do with Afghanistan's opium

Commentator Maia Szalavitz argues Afghanistan's opium crop should be turned into legal pain medication.
Posted In: Health
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USA PATRIOT compromise

House and Senate leaders have worked out a compromise to reauthorize provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Amy Scott looks at the business reaction.
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Hong Kong prepares for WTO

Hong Kong gets ready to welcome 6,000 delegates for the upcoming World Trade Organization conference. China's capitalist stronghold is also getting ready for the protesters that are sure to follow. Jocelyn Ford reports.
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Private space shuttles?

Once the Space Shuttle program is discontinued in 2010, NASA wants the private sector to take over deliveries of materiel and personnel to the International Space Station. Is the private sector ready? Bill Poorman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship
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The Job Files: Christmas tree farmer

Meet Christmas tree farmer Dan Goosen.
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Unrest in China

Amnesty International says that this week, for the first time since Tiananmen killings in 1989, Chinese armed police have reportedly gunned down citizens with automatic weapons. Jocelyn Ford reports.
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National healthcare... for some

Bad news for British people who are obese, or who drink and smoke heavily. They may soon be denied treatment by the state funded national health service. For London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health
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Figuring out how the dream works

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paramount is preparing a bid for Dreamworks. Another movie giant, Universal, is already in talks with Dreamworks. Let the bidding war begin! From WLRN in Miami, Dan Grech reports.

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