Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Many shoppers are about to take a moment to recall if they've been to a Target store in the last few weeks. The U.S. Secret Service says it's investigating credit card and debt card thefts starting the day after Thanksgiving and possibly continuing through last weekend. Target isn't commenting yet. And, this week, Marketplace has been reporting on the good, bad, and the ugly of exporting U.S. coal from the Pacific Northwest to China. The world's second biggest economy burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. That's generated record levels of air pollution, but, as Marketplace learned when we visited a mining town, it's polluted China's waterways, as well. We take you to the heart of China's coal country.
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Millions of Target shoppers may have had their information stolen from card swiping machines. The Fed is not worried about inflation right now. But should it also worry about the opposite? And, generics have a 50 percent bigger markup in comparison with brand-name drugs.
Posted In: Target, Black Friday, credit card fraud
Millions of Target shoppers may have had their information stolen from card swiping machines.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, inflation, deflation
The Fed is not worried about inflation right now. But should it also worry about the opposite? Persistently falling prices, or deflation, can also wreck an economy.
Posted In: TSA, holiday travel, Taxes
Airport officials are urging Congress to raise the cap on passenger fees from $4.50 to $8.50.
Posted In: China's Environment, China, coal
U.S. coal producers hope to export coal from the Pacific Northwest to China. The world’s second biggest economy burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. That’s generated record levels of air pollution in China, and polluted waterways, too.
Posted In: bitcoin
One advocate says we should stop thinking of Bitcoin as a currency and start thinking of it as a money transfer system.
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