Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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The well is running dry at BP -- the money well. A new report on Apple's supply chain is raising questions about the accuracy of Apple's critics. The housing boom and bust from a realtor's point of view. And does the cronut need a patent?

PODCAST: Mayor Bloomberg to New Yorkers: Take a hike!

Are Apple's critics accurate? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg advocates for stairs. And what to expect from this week's GDP revision.

Hedge funds out bid would-be homeowners

The homeownership rate has now fallen to 65 percent from a high of 69 percent in the mid-2000s.

Does Bloomberg's stair advocacy make business sense?

In his persistent campaign to make New Yorkers healthier, Mayor Bloomberg wants people to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Posted In: Michael Bloomberg, New York City, public health

The money well is running dry at BP

The company's $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund is almost empty -- and there could be many more claims in the pipeline.
Posted In: BP, bp oil spill, deepwater horizon

Smart houses vulnerable to virtual intruders

As the web of Internet-connected devices expands, so do the security risks.
Posted In: Internet, smart grid, cybersecurity

Will drivers compromise for the BMW i3 electric car?

The company's long-awaited hybrid has some scratching their heads.
Posted In: BMW, Auto, electric cars

Why homeless kids are harder to count

The Urban Institute looks to make counting homeless youth more effective.
Posted In: homeless, youth, public policy

Obama and Chattanooga's economic choo-choo

An economic snapshot of Chattanooga, Tenn., reveals why President Obama is speaking there.
Posted In: tennessee, manufacturing, recovery, Obama

French man one-ups couch fort with 737 cockpit simulator

France's best dad? Laurent Aigon, a waiter in France, has built a giant 737 simulator, complete with the airplane's full cockpit, in his son's bedroom.
Posted In: France, airplanes, 737

How accurate are Apple's critics? Latest report on Apple's supply chain raises questions

Critics are starting to question some details in a report released Monday by the New York-based China Labor Watch, which targeted Chinese factory conditions of Apple supplier Pegatron.
Posted In: China, apple, manufacturing

A realtor's tale: Selling houses after a housing crash

Kristal Wilson sold lots of houses to people during the housing boom -- and then helped them with short sales when prices collapsed as they faced foreclosure.
Posted In: Housing, housing crisis, real estate

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Joyful Noise
Forever (Escort Remix Instrumental)
Golden Rough
The Bamboos