Marketplace AM for October 18, 2005

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Up in smoke

For generations, France's signature cigarettes have been Gitanes and Gauloises. But Eleanor Beardsley reports that times are changing on the left bank.

Getting help to earthquake victims

Western donors have been slow to contribute to Muslim charities, in part due to fear the money might ultimately wind up in the hands of terrorists. Jeff Tyler reports.

Pakistan's disaster preparations

Commentator Natasha Loder explores the tough choices countries like Pakistan face when it comes to preparing for disaster.

Batter up!

Sentences are expected today for the men convicted in the Balco steroids scandal that rocked baseball earlier this year. Rachel Dornhelm reports on the health of America's pastime.

High-stakes labor dispute for high-kickers

The Rockettes are getting ready for their popular Christmas season. But a labor dispute threatens to hamstring the dance troupe during its busiest time of the year. Mallory Kasdan reports from New York.

Selling GMAC? Hmm...

In an effort to get back into the black, GM is considering selling its profitable GMAC financing arm. Cheryl Glaser looks at the wisdom of the move.

Congress looks at Medicaid for cuts

One congressional proposal calls for a $10 billion cut in Medicaid spending, but a new report finds Medicaid is one of the few lifelines for the country's 800,000 foster children. Hillary Wicai reports.
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Deluxe airplane in the sky

Starting today, a new airline will offer passengers all-business-class service between New York and London. Ashely Milne-Tyte reports on Eos Airlines.

Help wanted: a few good priests

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new recruiting drive to help fill the declining ranks of Catholic priests. Alisa Roth looks at the earthly challenges of marketing the job.

Any hope for New Orleans small business?

More than 20 percent of business getting loans from SBA in the wake of Sept. 11 defaulted, according to a report out this week. The standard default rate is 5 percent. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

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