Marketplace AM for January 17, 2006

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Canadian healthcare refugees

Everyone knows Canada provides free healthcare to all its citizens. So why are a growing number of Canadians coming to the US for medical attention? Steve McNally has the answer.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Ben Franklin's legacy

Business historian John Steele Gordon looks at the legacy of Benjamin Franklin on this, the 300th anniversary of his birth.
Posted In: Economy

Lies, damn lies, and statistics

China's oil consumption fell slightly last year... at least, according to the Chinese government. Beijing bureau chief Jocelyn Ford asked around, and found that there's something fishy going on...

Fourth quarter earnings

Companies begin reporting their fourth quarter earnings statements in earnest this week. Bob Moon tells us what to expect.
Posted In: Wall Street

A golden spike

The price of gold hit a 25-year high, and platinum hit its highest price ever, on Monday. Amy Scott tells us why.
Posted In: Economy

Capitol preview

The Senate reconvenes this week after a long holiday recess. John Dimsdale takes a look at what's on the economic agenda for the upper house.
Posted In: Economy

Just say no -- to Uruguay

Argentineans, incensed over plans to build Uruguayan pulp mills along a river common to the two countries, have sparked a tourist boycott that's costing Uruguay dearly. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

Disaster law

After last fall's devastating hurricane season, and more like it predicted over the next several years, a new legal specialty has popped up: Disaster law. Janet Babin looks at the market for this new niche.

Workplace intimidation

President Bush has decried the fact that a government worker went to the media with details about his domestic spying program. But as Jeff Tyler reports, workers at government intelligence agencies have little recourse if they want to "blow the whistle" on questionable practices.

Daimler Chrysler scandal

GM and Ford have been in the news a lot lately -- struggling stock prices, ballooning pensions, etc. So far, Chrysler has steered clear of that trouble, but reports today reveal the carmaker's European parent, Daimler Chrysler, to be in a different sort of trouble. The carmaker suspended at least six of its managers accused of bribery. The charges are linked to the scandal-plagued UN oil-for-food program in Iraq. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard has more.

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