Marketplace AM for January 27, 2006

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Roots of identity theft run deep

Host Scott Jagow and identity theft expert Eric Drew talk about the source of the identity theft problem — and why you shouldn't be paying to protect yourself from it.

Hollywood upended

Daily Variety editor Michael Speier reviews the impact of this week's blockbuster Hollywood mergers with Lisa Napoli.

SNL product placement skit

Product placement is everywhere these days. It's even turned up in a popular skit on Saturday Night Live. But was it intentional, or just comedy? Ethan Lindsey takes a look.

Hollywood on the "Bubble"

Today's release of the low-budget thriller "Bubble" has Hollywood holding its breath. As Rachel Dornhelm reports, the film could very well change how movies are distributed.

Health Savings Accounts

President Bush is expected to make health savings accounts the centerpiece of his healthcare reform proposals. New numbers out yesterday indicate a three-fold increase in enrollment in similar programs over the past 10 months. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Health

Challenger's legacy

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger explosion. The shuttle fleet is expected to be mothballed in the coming years, and as Janet Babin reports, America's next generation of space workhorses may come from the private sector.

Cyber security

As many as 26 states are lobbying the federal government for funds to shore up cyberspace against possible terrorist hacking and sabotage. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Incentive or token fine?

The Federal Trade Commission has fined ChoicePoint Inc. $15 million for putting the identities of 145,000 consumers at risk of theft. Is $15 million really enough to incentivize companies to take extra steps to protect personal information? Amy Scott takes a look.

Fourth quarter GDP

The government is expected to release GDP figure for the fourth quarter of 2005 today, and analysts predict the number will show that the economy slowed during the last three months of the year. Bob Moon has more.

The toxic ship

This week a so-called "toxic ship" was permitted to sail toward India. The decommissioned French aircraft carrier is set to be dismantled when it gets to Indian shipyards, despite environmental concerns. Greenpeace says the ship contains hundreds of tons of hazardous materials. From New Delhi, Miranda Kennedy reports.

Doha talks in Davos

Trade ministers from 30 countries are meeting at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland today. Trade officials hope to restart the global free trade talks known as the "Doha Round." Watchdog groups claim corporate lobbyists have too much influence in the process. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Rich getting richer; poor not so much

The gap between rich and poor grew significantly in the past two decades. According to a new study based on US Census income data, the rich are getting richer, and the poor and middles are falling further behind. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Economy

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