Marketplace AM for February 21, 2006

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Trade talks

American and European negotiators sit down today to hammer out differences in the current round of WTO-brokered trade talks. As Bob Moon reports, the clock is ticking on a final agreement.
Posted In: Canada, Economy
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The Olympic audience

The number of prime-time viewers for NBC's Olympic broadcasts is down after more than one week of the Winter Games. But as Rachel Dornhelm reports, the network is hoping for a turnaround with the start of the women's figure skating competition today.
Posted In: Canada, Sports
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Wal-Mart earnings

The world's largest retailer posts its 4th quarter earnings today. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports that they're expected to be below what analysts had hoped.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Mardi Gras

They're sipping Hurricanes and throwing beads in New Orleans right now as part of Mardi Gras celebrations. As Curt Nickisch reports, businesses in the Big Easy have a lot at stake.
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The New Tab

Looking to cash in on the growing market for energy drinks, Coca Cola is relaunching the Tab brand as a liquid power boost for women. Andrea Gardner reports.
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Enron scandal jumps the pond

Three British bankers will be extradited to US to face charges related to Enron's collapse. Besides giving prosecutors more targets in the Enron case, the British decision highlights concern about the way the US extradites suspected white collar criminals. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Governors challenge port sale

Some high-ranking Republicans are fighting a deal that would transfer some US port operations to a company owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates. But this isn't a left v. right fight. It was the Bush Administration that originally approved the deal last week. Now the governors of New York and Maryland are threatening legal action. Amy Scott tells us what they're trying to do.
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Amana funds

What's the secret to one of the most profitable mutual funds around? As Nancy Farghalli reports, it's Islamic law.
Posted In: Investing
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Going low octane

While we can't control the price of gas, consumer advocate Jamie Court says we can control how much we spend at the pump.
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Clean Water Act challenged

The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case brought by developers looking to limit the reach of the Clean Water Act. Scott Tong reports.
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Bush's push for renewable energy

President Bush visits the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado today to tout his alternative energy agenda. But as Sam Eaton reports, questions remain over whether the nation's top renewable research facility will face budget cuts.

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