Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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As Spain gears up for new leadership, the European Union wants airlines to reduce emissions or pay for permits allowing them to pollute. During the holidays, consumers generate as much as 25 percent more waste from packaging, unused holiday cards and wrapping paper, and other seasonal items. In some Atlanta neighborhoods, houses are selling for under 10,000 -- less than the price of many used cars.

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When the holiday season means more waste

During the holidays, consumers generate about 25 percent more waste than the rest of the year -- that's a million tons a week of extra stuff. Here are some tips on how to try and keep the waste low.
Posted In: green, holiday, holiday shopping

With no payroll tax deal, unemployment benefits also at risk

If Congress fails to extend a payroll tax cut, federal jobless benefits will stop too.
Posted In: payroll tax, Unemployment

TSA officials form holiday chorus at LAX

The Transportation Security Administration has had a rough year, but now employees at Los Angeles International Airport have joined together to bring a little holiday cheer.
Posted In: airports, TSA, holidays

Spain's new prime minister will tackle debt, unemployment

Mariano Rajoy has been elected the new prime minister in Spain, and he will soon have to find solutions to the country's dire debt and unemployment problems.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis

Banks take advantage of ECB lending

The European Central Bank initiated a plan to stop a credit crunch in Europe, and demand for cheap money has exceeded expectations.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, credit crunch, banking

Republican Congressman Bob Gibbs on the payroll tax cut

We hear from one member of the U.S. House as to why he did not vote for the two month payroll tax cut extension.
Posted In: payroll tax, politics

PODCAST: A mobile Super Bowl, ECB plan exceeds expectations

As Spain gears up for new leadership, the European Union wants airlines to reduce emissions or pay for permits allowing them to pollute. During the holidays, consumers generate as much as 25 percent more waste from packaging, unused holiday cards and wrapping paper, and other seasonal items. In some Atlanta neighborhoods, houses are selling for under 10,000 -- less than the price of many used cars.
Posted In: European Central Bank, NFL, Super Bowl

Wendy's set to take down Burger King as no. 2 in U.S.

Wendy's appears set to overtake Burger King as the 2nd most-loved burger chain in the U.S., behind McDonald's. What is the company doing so right?
Posted In: wendy's, Burger King, fast food

European banks' overwhelming response to ECB plan

The news that more banks than expected are putting a hand out for help from the European Central Bank had markets on a roller coaster today.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, European Central Bank

Mid-day Extra: Are payroll tax cuts bad for business?

We hear more from Republican Congressman Bob Gibbs on why he decided to not vote for the two month payroll tax extension that was passed in the Senate.
Posted In: payroll tax, Bob Gibbs, politics

The Super Bowl gets ready for streaming

For the first time this year, the Super Bowl will be available for online and mobile streaming.
Posted In: tv, TV commercials, Super Bowl, streaming

Making airlines pay for carbon dioxide emissions

The European Union wants airlines to reduce emissions or pay for permits allowing them to pollute. U.S. opponents say the permit fees would be better spent on new, more efficient aircraft.
Posted In: airline industry, carbon emissions

Homes for less than $10,000

The housing bust has driven down home prices. In some neighborhoods in Atlanta, they're even cheaper than a used car.
Posted In: Housing, Atlanta

Payroll tax cut could expire on Jan. 1

No deal in Congress would mean that the payroll tax would rise by 2 percent, and unemployment benefits would be drastically cut.
Posted In: payroll tax, Washington D.C., politics, Unemployment

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