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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 6, 2012

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States are expected to collect almost $26 billion this fiscal year from a 1998 settlement with the tobacco industry, but only a tiny fraction of that money will be used to prevent people from smoking. It's been just over a year since Michael Woodford lost his job as the CEO of Olympus after challenging the board with tough questions. He's just written a book about the experience called "Exposure: How I went from CEO to Whistleblower." And in the cellphone era, what’s the value of a payphone? New York sees advertising and Internet hot spots as the future for its 11,000 payphones.

PODCAST: Exporting gas, cars, and jobless claims

Jobless claims are down and the reason may be a bit unusual. Is the world ready for American energy? What do American's want out of the fiscal cliff negotiations? GM now sells more cars in China than it does in the U.S. -- now its looking to grow in Southeast Asia. And don't have a job? Here's a plane ticket out of the country.

Apple to move some computer production to U.S.

Apple's CEO reveals the company will shift some manufacturing jobs from China to U.S.
Posted In: apple, tim cook, manufacturing

Superstorm Sandy's impact on jobs

Fewer Americans filed for jobless benefits last week. Claims fell for the third straight week. What role did superstorm Sandy play in the fall in unemployment claims?
Posted In: Jobs, unemployment benefits

GM eyes Southeast Asia car buyers

Auto giant GM sees a lucrative market among Southeast Asia's growing middle class and plans to tackle Japanese automakers' regional domination.
Posted In: Auto, GM, China

On fiscal cliff, Americans say leave me out of this

With just about three weeks left until Congress runs up against its fiscal cliff deadline, how is the public viewing the debate?
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Obama

U.S. natural gas: To export or not export?

A new government report says that the U.S. should export more of its natural gas to boost the economy, but is there enough demand overseas and how will exportation affect prices at home?
Posted In: natural gas, exports, U.S., energy

Ousted Olympus CEO on becoming a whistleblower

It's been just over a year since Michael Woodford lost his job as the CEO of Olympus after challenging the board with tough questions. Woodford explains what he learned about business culture and personal risk from becoming a whistleblower.
Posted In: whistleblowers, ceo, Japan

States cut anti-smoking efforts despite tobacco money windfall

A new study finds state governments are plugging budget gaps at the expense of tobacco prevention programs.
Posted In: cigarettes, smoking, tobacco, Health

As year closes, incentives abound on car sales

With dealers eager to clear their previous model-year inventory, buyers can get decent discounts on prices and interest rates.
Posted In: car sales, inventory, incentives, Auto

New York looks to reinvent city’s payphones

In the cellphone era, what’s the value of a payphone? New York sees advertising and Internet hot spots as the future for its 11,000 payphones.
Posted In: New York City, payphones, tourism, Tech, Michael Bloomberg