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.

PODCAST: Target gets hit by massive credit card theft

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.

Rite Aid drug sales: The profit in generics

Generics have a 50 percent bigger markup in comparison with brand-name drugs.
Posted In: Walgreens, pharmaceuticals, generic drugs

Why Target shoppers shouldn't stress about credit card hack

Millions of Target shoppers may have had their information stolen from card swiping machines.
Posted In: Target, Black Friday, credit card fraud

The Fed isn't worried about inflation. But should it worry about 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: Federal Reserve, inflation, deflation

Taxes make your airline ticket about 20 percent more expensive

Airport officials are urging Congress to raise the cap on passenger fees from $4.50 to $8.50.
Posted In: TSA, holiday travel, Taxes

A village, poisoned: the toxic trail of China's coal industry

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: China's Environment, China, coal

After China says no to Bitcoin, should we stop thinking of it as a currency?

One advocate says we should stop thinking of Bitcoin as a currency and start thinking of it as a money transfer system.
Posted In: bitcoin

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