Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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A ballot initiative in a few California cities proposes a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Proponents say it could help prevent diabetes among low-income residents and generate more revenue for the cities, but the soft drink industry is spending millions to block it. New York's state attorney general investigates price gouging, as Craigslist ads sell gas for $20 a gallon. Toyota and other Japanese carmakers are reporting lower sales in China due to the two nations' dispute over offshore islands, but Toyota projects higher earnings worldwide.

PODCAST: Coffee table books here to stay and 'Shatoetry'

Threatening to change power companies in the Northeast: Is it all spark and no bite? A check in on Haiti, where Hurricane Sandy ravaged crops. Why pretty pictures are keeping one part of the publishing industry afloat.

Surprise! The most critical vote this week may be in Greece

Protesters continue to fill Athens today ahead of the Greek Parliament’s vote on public sector spending cuts.
Posted In: Greece, Europe debt crisis, austerity, bailout

Sandy's damage extends south, to Haiti

Before Sandy hit New York, New Jersey, and the United States, it made its way through the Caribbean. Haiti received some of the worst damage -- More than 10,000 Haitian houses were destroyed.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, natural disasters, Haiti, food costs

Governor Cuomo threatens to switch NY utilities

A week after Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast, more than a million people are still without power. New York Governor Cuomo is threatening to find other utilities if electric companies like ConEd and LIPA don’t perform.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, New York, electricity, utilities

Global economy on pause for U.S. election result

Whichever candidate wins, investors and analysts are hoping the next president will be able to avoid the fiscal cliff. But how will markets react if there is no clear winner?
Posted In: 2012 election, global economy, fiscal cliff

Biggest, fastest, strangest: Life as a World Records judge

The head of the U.S. records management team for Guinness World Records tells us about his favorite feats and suggests how Marketplace can get in on the action.
Posted In: world record

New Yorkers sell gas on the black market

New York's state attorney general investigates price gouging as Craigslist ads sell gas for $20 a gallon.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, gas, gas prices, New York

Coffee table books weather publishing's decline

Though the publishing industry is struggling against the rise of e-readers, publishers of art books -- the big volumes that adorn coffee tables -- are doing well.
Posted In: publishing, ebooks

China is a roadbump for Toyota's global resurgence

Toyota and other Japanese carmakers are reporting lower sales in China due to the two nations' dispute over offshore islands, but Toyota projects higher earnings worldwide.
Posted In: Japan, China, Toyota, cars

California cities vote on soda tax

A ballot initiative in Richmond and El Monte proposes a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Proponents say it could help prevent diabetes among low-income residents and generate revenue, but the soft drink industry is spending millions to block it.
Posted In: soda tax, diabetes, california

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