Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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The Fed will wrap up a meeting today in Washington, and experts are guessing that policymakers will launch more monetary stimulus to boost the economy. With austerity still the hot button word in Europe, here in the U.S., the Postal Service could be going the way of Greece if Congress doesn't pass a restructuring plan to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap. And why public transit riders aren't so happy about Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads.

Outdoor recreation industry worth half-trillion dollars

New report says protecting the environment can be good for the economy and job growth.
Posted In: outdoors, Environment, hiking, recreation

Home sales are hot in Kansas City

Manufacturing and employment numbers may be sagging, but the housing market is has really turned around in some places, Kansas City being one of them.
Posted In: Housing, kansas city, missouri

With USPS cuts, mail would move more slowly

A "postal austerity" doesn't come without a cost to customers.
Posted In: Postal Service

Awaiting the Federal Reserve's next move

The Fed will wrap up a meeting today in Washington, and the expectation is that policymakers will launch more monetary stimulus to boost the economy.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, stimulus, quantitative easing

Russian ship with helicopters for Syria turns around

The U.S. and Europe are focused on diplomacy and sanctions to stem violence in Syria -- and perhaps force the current regime from power. One problem is Russia's alleged supply of arms to the government there. But Western diplomats have discovered a vulnerability: every weapons-carrying ship has to carry insurance.
Posted In: Russia, syria, weapons, insurance

A tour guide in Egypt on the country's latest elections

In Egypt, tens of thousands of protestors have returned to Tahrir Square in Cairo. They're responding to the country's recent presidential election between a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a candidate tied to former President Hosni Mubarak.
Posted In: Egypt, elections, Muslim Brotherhood

Markets await news from the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve wraps up a meeting in Washington today, and markets around the world are waiting to see if the rumors are true and more monetary stimulus is on the way.
Posted In: Federal Reserve

How the markets could react to latest Fed meeting

The Federal Reserve wraps up a meeting today in Washington. And the expectation is that policymakers will launch more monetary stimulus to boost the economy.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

PODCAST: The Fed's next move, a perfect work record

The Fed will wrap up a meeting today in Washington, and experts are guessing that policymakers will launch more monetary stimulus to boost the economy. With austerity still the hot button word in Europe, here in the U.S., the Postal Service could be going the way of Greece if Congress doesn't pass a restructuring plan to close a multi-billion dollar budget gap. And why public transit riders aren't so happy about Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads.

The newest pizza wars

Big pizza chains like Domino's and Papa John's have banned together in a coalition called The American Pizza Community to stop proposed calorie-labeling regulations.
Posted In: pizza, calorie, regulation

Are Americans losing faith in the stock market?

Three hearings in Washington today, all dealing with the idea of trust in the stock markets: Specifically, why ordinary U.S. investors don't have much right now.
Posted In: high-frequency trading

Federal Reserve to announce possible monetary policy changes

The U.S. Federal Reserve Open Market Committee finishes two days of meetings today. And we'll have an announcement shortly on what -- if any -- change in monetary policy they might have decided on.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

Apple's iOS Maps leaves off transit lines

Public transportation advocates are miffed that Apple has left off directions to bus and train stops from its new mapping software.
Posted In: apple, maps, Transit

Senate probes IPO fairness for small investors

The Senate Banking Committee is holding a hearing today into whether the IPO process is working for ordinary investors. At issue is whether regulators can level the playing field for big and small investors.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO

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Four n Twenty
Cookin' on 3 Burners, Cookin' on 3 Burners
Fools Gold (Remastered)
The Stone Roses
Plastic People
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