Marketplace AM for March 17, 2006

Episode Description 

Where has the money gone in Iraq?

Three years ago this weekend the US invaded Iraq. Beyond military spending, the US government has allocated $21 billion to rebuild the country. Pratap Chatterjee, director the non-profit group Corpwatch, spoke with Scott Jagow about where the money has gone.

She's a British idol on the Web

A struggling British singer has attracted thousands of new fans from all over the world with her concerts -- webcast from her home in south London. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

What's on the US credit-card bill?

Yesterday, the Senate raised the debt ceiling by another $800 billion. So now the United States owes $9 trillion. Hillary Wicai puts this in perspective.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Safeguarding your financial identity

A House Committee approved a bill that would protect consumers from security breaches that compromise their personal information. Those laws currently vary from state to state. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Mexico's untapped black gold

Huge oil reserves have been discovered off the Mexico coast, but the government-run PEMEX oil company doesn't have the private-industry know-how to get the job done. Collin Campbell reports.
Posted In: Canada

The Job Files: Image consultant

In this week's installment we meet image consultant Samantha von Sperling, who teaches etiquette, interview skills and social skills. Did you know asparagus is to be eaten with the fingers?

A beer martini please . . . dry

One American beer maker has a suggestion for you: beer cocktails.Julie Moody takes us to Austin, Texas, where the idea is being tested on some music-festival fans.

US slower to get broadband access

With the growth of blogs, wireless cafes and online shopping, it seems like everyone in the US is online. But a new study shows America has dropped from fourth to 16th in the world in broadband access. Bente Birkeland reports.

Softbank buying Vodafone

Internet services company Softbank is buying the Japanese unit of Vodafone, the British mobile provider. It's one of the largest corporate takeovers in Japanese history, about $15 billion. Jocelyn Ford reports.

A good-looking deal?

The Body Shop, known for its all-natural products, is being sold to the world's largest cosmetics company, L'Oreal. As L'Oreal put it, it's worth it. Stephen Beard reports.

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