Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 16, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 16, 2008

A closer look at new housing numbers

New housing starts were up last month thanks to the construction of new apartments. But a drop in single-family homes might be a stronger indication of what's going on, according to economists. Alisa Roth has more.
Posted In: Housing

Myanmar urgently needs rice seeds

Planting season has begun in Myanmar, but the recent cyclone wiped out more than 10 percent of the country's total rice production. Lisa Chow reports seeds must be received within 40-50 days to avoid a shortage next year.

Can film economics change Cannes?

The film festival at Cannes is a little different this year. Renita Jablonski talks to Variety's Mike Speier about changes in the economics of the film industry and how it may affect the glitzy 61-year event.
Posted In: Entertainment

No bonus for BA boss

Despite having a profitable year, British Airways' head Willie Walsh has denied himself a bonus due to the disappointing opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5. It may be awhile before another bonus, as Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Travel

BRIC could be a force for sustainability

Foreign ministers from Brazil, Russia, India and China are continuing talks today in Russia. But where some political analysts see a threat, others see potential for clean energy leadership. Sam Eaton has more.

It's gotta be the chutzpah

Artists, scientists and Nobel laureates gathered in Israel for a conference paying tribute to Jewish innovators. But why are there so many in a country about as big as New Jersey? Daniel Estrin asked around Jerusalem.

Drug companies step up to cancer

Cancer has replaced heart disease as the number one killer of people in their 40's and 50's, and this means growth in oncology drug sales. Janet Babin reports that by 2012, the cancer drug market is set to grow to $80 billion.
Posted In: Health

Gas tanks coming under lock and key

It may not be the first thing you think would be stolen from your car, but a spike in gas prices has incited a new wave of gas theft. Jeremy Hobson reports sales of gas cap locks are rising with the cost per gallon.
Posted In: Crime

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