Marketplace AM for March 13, 2007

Episode Description 

Mexico in the middle

President Bush wraps up his Latin American tour in Mexico, where he hopes President Felipe Calderon will serve as the region's free market counterweight to socialist Hugo Chavez — but the scales may be tipping in the other direction.
Posted In: Canada, Mexico

Get ready to pay a news surcharge

More consumers than ever are getting their news online, which means more consumers than ever have stopped contributing to the cost of news gathering. One possible solution to save the media: Follow the cable model.
Posted In: Science

Friends and fraud in Britain

A senior British official says he was told national security was at stake — and that influenced his decision to stop a fraud investigation which implicated the Saudi royal family, an important ally in the "war on terror."
Posted In: Canada

Risky hybrid business

Hybrid autos have found a loyal and growing niche, but the price of the technology isn't coming down fast enough to penetrate the mass market. So what does that mean for automakers preparing to push out a whole new crop of hybrids?
Posted In: Auto

Better homes and students

The annual International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago isn't open to the public, but a few design students do get a chance to go — and to try to come up with the next must-have for beds, baths or beyond.

A case against open skies

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have put aside their rivalry for the day. They're trying to convince Britain's Parliament not to sign off on the proposed open skies agreement with the U.S.
Posted In: Canada, Travel

Catching up on sick days

The U.S. is the only economic powerhouse that doesn't guarantee its workers paid sick days. A bill to be introduced in Congress today would change that, but business groups are likely to lobby against it.
Posted In: Health, Jobs, Washington

What fed the subprime lending spree?

Some experts are pointing to a securitization equation: No consequences for loan originators + investors bundling risky loans = a menu ripe for subprime abuse.
Posted In: Housing