Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Dutch tulips held hostage in Romania

Romanian officials have seized truckloads of Dutch tulips at the border this week, claiming they could be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria. It turns out, much more than flowers are at stake.
Posted In: Travel
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Obama deficit deal would slash USPS spending

One big cut in President Obama's big deficit reduction plan would include streamlining the Postal Service. But that kind of legislation might not be so easy to pass these days.
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Young Harvard professor wins $500,000 grant

34-year-old Roland Fryer was awarded a MacArthur 'genius grant' for studying income and socioeconomic inequalities.
Posted In: Education
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Tyco, Kraft and other companies trend towards splitting up

We often hear about big acquisitions and mergers in the U.S. business environment, but recently things have been going the other way. What are the advantages to companies breaking up instead of building on?
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions
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The Federal Reserve meets to discuss 'Operation Twist'

The Fed will meet today to discuss possible options for healing the ailing economy in the U.S. But its policies might only make a tiny dent in the bigger issues.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve
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New Fed policies will try to lower home mortgage rates

The Fed will meet today to yet again tackle the best way to deal with the country's current economic downturn.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve
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General Motors gaining more confidence in China

General Motors is taking steps to cooperate with China, including the announcement that will help develop electric vehicles in the Asian market.
Posted In: Auto
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Italy downgraded by Standard & Poor's

While so much focus has been placed on the Greek debt crisis, Italy is the latest European country to take a hit. Today, Standard & Poor's announced a downgrade of the country's credit rating.
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Prices rises squeeze food producers, retailers

Food conglomerate ConAgra reports quarterly results and finds itself caught in price pressures from the farm and in the supermarket.
Posted In: Food
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U.S. pension liabilities could grow

This week, the Federal Reserve might say it'll push long-term interest rates even lower. That means U.S. pension funds could make even less than they already are.
Posted In: Retirement
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What's happened to the middle class?

The recession has made the growth for the middle class of America more difficult.
Posted In: Economy
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The great pumpkin shortage!

Growers say Hurricane Irene's final trick on the Northeast is a devastated autumn pumpkin harvest.
Posted In: Agriculture

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