Marketplace AM for March 14, 2006

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Senate looking into oil mergers

Today, executives from the nation's six largest oil companies go before a Senate committee. They'll be asked to explain whether mergers have anything to do with their gushing profits. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Washington

Federal contractors, federal cheats

A new study finds 10% of federal contractors are delinquent on their taxes. The Senate is holding a hearing today to learn more about the problem. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Google fights search seizures

Google seems to be have no fear about taking on the government. Today, the search engine does battle with the Justice Department at a hearing in California. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Recognizing drug courts' success

In Washington today, an event to celebrate the success of the nation's drug courts -- and to elbow the folks in Congress who slashed the program's funding last year. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Washington

Big marketing opportunity: animal names

A few days ago, scientists discovered a new species of animal in the Pacific that looks like a hairy lobster. Researchers named it Kiwa hirsuta. They also blew a golden chance to make some money, says commentator Natasha Loder.
Posted In: Science

London Stock Exchange taking bids

The London Stock Exchange's biggest stockholder says it is willing to entertain takeover offers. Stephen Beard reports from London.
Posted In: Investing

FBI looking to upgrade

The FBI says it's going to spend $500 million to help overhaul its computer system. The winner of the contract is expected to be announced within the next 30 days. From the Innovations Desk, Janet Babin reports.

Are online ads off-target?

First it was BMW. Now Lincoln-Mercury is turning to online movies to boost car sales. But as Eric Niiler reports, the carmaker's latest venture isn't winning rave reviews.

Now playing: Debt ceiling drama

The debt ceiling is supposed to put a limit on how much the US Treasury can borrow. But, historically, this issue's provided a lot more heat than light. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

China focusing on rural development

Today, the one day a year when China's prime minister gives a press conference -- at the close of the congress' annual session -- the Chinese word for "farmer" came up a lot. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

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