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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 21, 2013

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With just a week left until we reach the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, President Obama took to eight local media markets trying to pressure Congress to avoid the cuts. New research indicates that our main protection against the mosquito, DEET, may not be as effective as we thought. And, 11 scientists are $3 million richer than they were earlier this week thanks to the new 'Breakthrough Prize' awarded by Silicon Valley tech titans.