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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Today, China's central bank officially barred Chinese banks from offering services connected to the virtual, digital currency Bitcoin. The government also issued a new set of regulations for Bitcoin exchanges in China. And, as federal health care reform unfolds, Marketplace continues to follow the city of Camden, New Jersey to see how the new law affects one community. Today, we visit to Cooper University Hospital, which is expecting a surge of patients starting next month, as millions of people get health insurance, some for the first time. The question for hospital executives is how to manage this new population. The answer: Take a page from the airline industry.

PODCAST: Fast food workers on strike for better wages

Fast food workers across America are striking today, asking for $15 an hour. More dry counties have been phasing out Prohibition-era laws, in part to attract more businesses. And, the GDP doesn’t count volunteer work at all, and that includes unpaid care-giving for a sick loved one. But with such high costs for elderly home care, there’s often no alternative

NSA gathers 5 billion phone records a day

The National Security Agency is collecting almost 5 billion cellphone records daily from around the world, meaning the NSA is tracking individuals movements in ways previously unknown.
Posted In: NSA leaks, nsa, surveillance, Edward Snowden

Using virtual reality video games to treat PTSD

Virtual reality simulations are being used to treat soldiers with a kind of therapy that predates the technology.
Posted In: mental health, PTSD, video games, virtual reality

China bans banks from using Bitcoin

China's central bank officially barred Chinese banks from offering services connected to the virtual, digital currency Bitcoin. The government also issued a new set of regulations for Bitcoin exchanges in China.
Posted In: China, bitcoin

The economic value of caring for your elderly parents

The Gross Domestic Product doesn’t count volunteer work at all, and that includes unpaid care-giving for a sick loved one. But with such high costs for elderly home care, there’s often no alternative, as Marketplace’s Chris Farrell says.
Posted In: aging, elderly care

As fast food workers go on strike, Obama argues for increasing minimum wage

Fast food workers across America are striking today, asking for $15 an hour. Their employers may not be sympathetic to their cause, but they have a friend in the White House.
Posted In: fast food, minimum wage, living wage

There are communities where Prohibition still exists, and it's costing them

More dry counties have been phasing out Prohibition-era laws, in part to attract more businesses.
Posted In: Prohibition, beer, liquor sales

How post-ACA health care is like the airline business

The question for hospital executives in Camden, N.J., and around the country, is how to manage a new wave of patients.
Posted In: ACA, Obamacare

Why the metals used in tech products are... irreplaceable

From smart phones to solar panels, tech equipment uses a lot of metals that don't have a good substitute.
Posted In: rare earth minerals, consumer electronics

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