Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 8, 2013

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The Northeast is expected to be hammered by a winter storm of 'historic' proportions. Many are bracing for the worst, but some businesses think 'snowmageddon' is 'snowtacular.' Over the last few weeks, the UK's biggest food manufacturers have been finding horse meat in their products, prompting a recall of hundreds of thousands of items from supermarkets. And we talk with a banking analyst who, at the age of 51, has just left his job due to Parkinson's Disease.
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America's worst cities for traffic

Americans wasted a total of $121 billion dollars, or an average of $818 each, by sitting in traffic in 2011 according to a new report from the Transportation Institute at Texas A&M. Which cities have it worst?
Posted In: Traffic, cars, Transportation
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PODCAST: Clear skies, congested roads

the U.S. trade deficit fell in December to its lowest level in three years. Airlines are cancelling flights by the minute as a major winter storm bears down on the northeast -- about 3,000 flights have alreday been cancelled today.
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U.S. trade deficit plunges

The nation’s trade deficit plunged in December, likely giving the U.S. economy an unexpected boost to round out the year.
Posted In: import export, Economy, Oil
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Airlines react to Northeast storm, thousands of flights cancelled

The nation’s airlines are slashing flights by the minute in anticipation of Northeast’s winter weather. United, which has a hub at Newark Liberty International, led the cancellation race; Delta was second.
Posted In: Airlines, weather
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Leaving work after a Parkinson's diagnosis

A banking analyst makes the decision to leave his job at the age of 51, two years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
Posted In: Health, Retirement
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British food safety regulators ask: Where's the beef?

The British government has ordered the country’s food industry to test all processed beef products after some of the country's biggest food manufacturers have been finding horsemeat in their products.
Posted In: england, Food, food safety, meat
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The medical Internet of things and the future of health care

How will health care be transformed by smart devices, continuous patient monitoring, and tele-medicine?
Posted In: health care, Internet, Tech, biotech
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Twitter buys Bluefin, gets into ad tracking

Twitter's purchase of the research company Bluefin is about gathering the sort of social media info that can be used to extract more money from advertisers.
Posted In: Twitter, social media, tv, advertising
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Why GPS could keep its American accent

The European Union is taking a hard look this week at its Galileo navigation system -- an alternative to American GPS. Galileo is so far costing three times what was projected.
Posted In: gps, Tech, england
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Does The Weather Channel benefit from blizzards?

The Northeast is expected to be hammered by a winter storm of 'historic' proportions. Many are bracing for the worst, but some businesses think snowmageddon is snowtacular.
Posted In: media, weather, Weather Channel
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A larger trade surplus can be a positive sign for U.S.

Other countries may not be buying as much of our stuff, but our buying more of theirs is an indication of consumer strength.
Posted In: import export, Economy
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New rules change benefits for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens

Select undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens could get hardship waivers allowing them to circumvent bureaucratic hurdles that can separate families for up to 10 years.
Posted In: undocumented, illegal immigrants, hardship waiver

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