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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Justice Dept. takes steps to block AT&T, T-mobile merger

In a major anti-trust action, the Justice Department this morning filed a suit to stop the AT&T, T-mobile merger months in the making.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

Job growth continues to slug along

Early indicators of the previous month's jobs situation in the U.S. are out today. We speak to our own Eve Troeh about whether they are up, down, or just flatlining.
Posted In: Jobs

Jobs reports trickle in, but little good news

Monthly jobs reports are starting to come in from various sources in preparation for the Labor Department findings on Friday. But are we gaining or losing in the battle against unemployment?
Posted In: Jobs

Some major U.S. companies pay high CEO salaries, few taxes

According to a new study, some major companies in the U.S. pay more for their CEOs than they do in taxes. But can this pay off for the economy as a whole?
Posted In: Taxes

Planned layoffs down

Challenger, Gray and Christmas reported that employers announced just over 50,000 planned layoffs for August, which is down compared to last month but still worse than this time last year.
Posted In: Jobs

BP offices raided after losing Arctic deal with Russia

BP's offices were raided earlier today as part of a lawsuit against the company. The oil giant is being sued for damages by a shareholder after BP lost a similar deal with Russian company Rosneft to explore the Arctic for oil.
Posted In: Oil

Study: Some companies pay more to their own CEOs than to Uncle Sam

A new study shows that major U.S. companies often pay out more money in executive salary than they do in taxes.
Posted In: Taxes

ExxonMobil's Russian Arctic deal another blow to BP

Yesterday, oil giants ExxonMobil and Rosneft of Russia struck a deal to explore oil in the Arctic. This comes as yet another blow to BP who also had its hopes set on the region.
Posted In: Oil

House page program ends

Today is the last day of the 200-year-old House page program in Washington, but there's a movement brewing to save it.

Does America need more engineers?

High-tech companies have long complained that the U.S. doesn't educate enough engineers with advanced degrees for sophisticated technical work.
Posted In: Jobs

Shipping company causes dispute on high seas

Cosco, one of the world's largest shipping companies, is refusing to pay for some ships that it chartered long-term in 2008. Ship owners are threatening to battle back.
Posted In: Law

When you should buy disaster insurance

With all the natural disasters occurring around the country recently, disaster insurance has become a hot topic for homeowners. But when and which should you buy?
Posted In: Personal Finance

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