Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, September 20, 2012

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The U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which has just come out with its annual report. When we think of foods that are safe to eat, rice is certainly up there. But Consumer Reports has just recommended that we limit our rice consumption. That's after tests found arsenic in over 60 rice products. And this week, Russian state media announced the existence of a 62-mile-wide diamond deposit in Eastern Siberia. But the big players in the diamond business aren't all that impressed.
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PODCAST: Layoffs at BofA, protests in India

The U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has just come out with its annual report. When we think of foods that are safe to eat, rice is certainly up there. But Consumer Reports has just recommended that we limit our rice consumption. That's after tests found arsenic in over 60 rice products. And this week, Russian state media announced the existence of a 62-mile-wide diamond deposit in Eastern Siberia. But the big players in the diamond business aren't all that impressed.
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How Americans feel about the news media

Americans' faith in the news media has hit an all-time low in the history of Gallup polling.
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A new way to measure income inequality

Environmental writer Tim De Chant says gauging income inequality is as simple as looking at a neighborhood's trees.
Posted In: income inequality, space, trees
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Weekly jobless claims fall slightly last week

Last week claims for unemployment were down, but just a bit, by about 3,000.
Posted In: Unemployment, weekly jobless
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Bank of America announces 16,000 layoffs

Bank of America is accelerating plans to cut costs by laying off workers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the bank has set a target of cutting 16,000 jobs by the end of this year -- about 6 percent of the bank's workforce.
Posted In: banking, Bank of America, layoffs
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Do Americans want less government?

Mitt Romney and President Obama will be crisscrossing the state of Florida today. In recent weeks, one issue is becoming central to the campaign: Whether the government is over-regulating business.
Posted In: government, Mitt Romney, government spending
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Strike in India over big retail reforms

There is a huge strike going on this morning in India, as people protest against the government's decision to allow mega retailers like Walmart and Tesco into the country.
Posted In: India, strike, Retail
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U.S. fisheries floating on 17-year high

The U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high last year. All regions of the country are showing increases. That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has just come out with its annual report.
Posted In: fish, fishing industry
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Trying to measure income inequality? Follow the trees

You can measure an area's income inequality in pay stubs, Census numbers and... its tree cover? Environmental writer Tim De Chant argues that sometimes you can't see a neighborhood's wealth for the trees.
Posted In: Money, income inequality, trees, Income Gap, wealth gap
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The safest jobs in the U.S.

Today the U.S. government gives us a list of the most-dangerous jobs. What are the safest?
Posted In: Jobs
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Diamond dealers shrug off "new" Russian mine

Analyst says recently declassified Russian diamond field poses little threat to prices.
Posted In: Russia, diamond
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FDA studies arsenic found in rice products

Arsenic occurs naturally in soil, but also comes from manure and pesticides. Rice plants absorb higher levels of arsenic than other crops.
Posted In: Food, FDA, rice

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