Marketplace AM for February 13, 2006

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ABC, NBC, Al Michaels, and...

... a cartoon rabbit? Newsweek Wall Street editor Allan Sloan and Scott Jagow discuss the business implications of Disney and NBC's recent swap of sportscaster Al Michaels for a cartoon character.
Posted In: Sports, Wall Street

Corporate pension plan changes

Business law expert Eric Talley reviews the recent shakeups in corporate pension plans with Lisa Napoli.

Flu season update

The Centers for Disease Control report flu rates this year are down, compared to last year. Does that mean fewer sick days for employees and more productive businesses? Helen Palmer takes a look.
Posted In: Health

Be mine

There's one day left before St. Valentine's Day, and this year, consumers are expected to spend more on their sweethearts than ever before. As Curt Nickisch reports, some non-traditional retail segments are looking to cash in.

New Fed appointee

Kevin Warsh goes before a Senate confirmation panel this week as a candidate for the Federal Reserve Board. As Scott Tong reports, his nomination has raised some eyebrows among Fed watchers.
Posted In: Economy

Demolition drive in India

In an effort to clamp down on illegal construction, the Indian government has begun razing buildings erected contrary to zoning provisions. Those on the hit list include schools and even an upscale mall. Miranda Kennedy has more.

Hockey scandal

While professional hockey tries to recover from last year's lost season, a betting scandal has erupted that threatens the league's image. Tess Vigeland looks at the possible fallout.
Posted In: Sports

Chinese fur

Animal rights activist plan to protest outside Chinese embassies in 23 countries around the world today in an effort to call attention to alleged brutalities in the Chinese fur industry. Jeff Tyler looks at the market for Chinese fur and the likely consequences of the protests.

China's alternative energy plans

China, the world's second largest consumer of oil, says it will devise a strategy to up its alternative energy sources. The Chinese government wants to reduce its dependency on oil - much like the President Bush promised in his State of the Union address. But does China genuinely want to kick the habit? Ruth Kirchner reports from Beijing.

Microsoft's mobile e-mail

Maybe mobile e-mail isn't just for high-flying executives anymore. Microsoft has announced it will start selling an operating system with mobile e-mail capacity. The company says it's faster and cheaper than the ubiquitous BlackBerry. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.

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