Marketplace AM for July 19, 2007

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On the brink of patent reform

Big business is in a mad scramble of last-minute lobbying to sway Congress on the issue of patent reform, but there are competing camps with opposing goals. Jeremy Hobson lays it out for us.
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There's no stopping China's economy

China's government has been trying to put the brakes on its booming economy, but officials announced today that 2nd-quarter GDP grew 11.9% and consumer prices rose 4.4% in June. But they also say it's not necessarily overheated growth, points out Muir Dickey.
Posted In: Canada
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Japanese quake breaks supply chains

Things will be quiet around Japan's auto factories for the next few days. The earthquake earlier this week damaged a major parts supplier, so three of the nation's car makers are shutting down plants. Alisa Roth has more on the economic aftershocks.
Posted In: Auto, Canada
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Aid to Zimbabwe sparks political fire

The U.S. has promised additional food aid to Zimbabwe as the humanitarian crisis there continues, a move that the country's officials are calling a trick to turn the people against them. But they'll still take the help. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada
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It's a Starbucks world after all

Independent coffeehouses are finding it increasingly challenging to compete against the big corporate chains setting up shop all over New York City. Rents are rising and cafes operate in small change. Lisa Chow looks at what they're doing to survive.
Posted In: New York, Retail
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A nice, relaxing stay at our bed & dental

More people are combining tourism with cheaper dental care. Hungary is a big draw, and India's becoming a popular destination, too. But commentator Jean Roznik says some dentists offer the same service to a select few, right here at home.
Posted In: Health
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A potato revolt in the Peruvian Andes

Farmers in Cuzco are resisting a government drive to grow genetically modified potatoes, fearing they might contaminate indigenous varieties and kill efforts to market their organic produce. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Science
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Bittersweet anniversary for the homeless

Sunday marks 20 years since the enactment of the first federal legislation to tackle homelessness, but the number of homeless has since more than doubled. Jeff Tyler looks at what happened and how advocates suggest we turn things around.
Posted In: Washington
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Pearl sues Habib for bankrolling murder

Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, has sued Pakistan's biggest bank. The suit, filed in New York, asserts that Habib Bank knowingly funded the terrorists who killed her husband. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Canada, Crime

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