Marketplace AM for February 28, 2006

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Italy v. France

A bitter fight has broken out between two of the largest and most important member countries in the European Union.The issue is protectionism. Italy has accused France of trying to back away from the single market of the European Union. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Protesting AOL's e-mail fees

AOL is about to get a bit of mail of its own. A group of about fifty organizations is launching a campaign today to fight AOL's plan to charge a fee for bulk e-mail. Amy Scott reports.

NOLA small businesses

In honor of Mardi Gras, reporter John Dimsdale checks in with small business owners in the Big Easy to chart their progress in the six months since Katrina.

Relocation incentives

Reporter Scott Tong travels to Toledo to preview today's case before the Supreme Court over whether corporate tax breaks as relocation incentives are Constitutional.

Intel Inside... Vietnam

The computer chipmaker announces today that it plans to construct a $300 million assembly plant in Vietnam. As Alisa Roth reports, the former US foe hopes the move will spur greater foreign investment.
Posted In: Canada

Rising health costs hurt hospitals

A new study out shows high healthcare costs have left most hospitals in Southern California in the red. As Helen Palmers reports, healthcare facilities across the country face a similar bind.
Posted In: Health

Dungeons and Cyberspace

The pioneering role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons takes to the Internet today for the first time. While purists scoff, the company behind the move is hoping for a payoff of mythic proportions. Curt Nickisch reports.

As parents work, children suffer

A comprehensive study finds increasing numbers of working parents around the globe don't have enough time off to care for ailing children. From the Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai has more.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Amazon's new niche

Forget books and music; Amazon's now looking to be an online purveyor of haute couture. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

E-lunch money

Houston is becoming the largest school district to experiment with software that allows parents to plan their child's school cafeteria menu online. As Alex Cohen reports, it's not cheap.

What' s China really running on?

China's economy expanded by nearly 10% last year. And new numbers out today say the country's energy consumption matched its economic growth almost step for step. We've heard plenty about China's growing demand for the world's oil. But as Jocelyn Ford reports, the country's really running on something else.