Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Researchers in Europe are challenging the conventional wisdom of the yearly physical checkup. Parts of President Obama's health care reform have already been implemented without causing the expected fiscal fallout. A growing number of people are opting for cheap farm getaways. Mitt Romney claims battery maker A123's bankruptcy is another example of Obama's bad record of picking winners, but has the administration really performed as poorly as the GOP says?
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PODCAST: McDonald's gets the boot, housing starts hit a new roof

Lance Armstrong hits the end of the road at Nike. The new "Suddenly CEO" at Citigroup. Gallup's take on last night's debate. The biggest for-profit college in the country, the University of Phoenix, is about to close half of its locations.
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University of Phoenix to cut locations in half

The biggest for-profit college in the country, the University of Phoenix, is about to close half of its locations.
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Nike ends endorsement deal with Lance Armstrong

Nike announced this morning it has severed its endorsement deal with Lance Armstrong. The cyclist also says he is stepping down as chair of the Livestrong cancer charity he founded.
Posted In: lance armstrong, Nike
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Michael Corbat selected to lead Citigroup

Yesterday, Vikram Pandit, the head of Citigroup, suddenly resigned saying it was time for new leadership. Pandit has been replaced by Michael Corbat, who was previously leading the bank's Europe, Middle East and Africa division.
Posted In: Citigroup, Vikram Pandit, Michael Corbat
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Housing construction hits four year high

New construction on apartments and single family houses reached its highest point in September in more than four years. New mortgage applications for home purchases were also up last week.
Posted In: housing market, construction, Mortgages
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Debates more significant than usual

Last night's second presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney was fiery and full of pocketbook issues. Will the debate impact the short term polls and the final election outcome?
Posted In: debate, 2012 election
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Pell grants: Comparing candidates' comments against the record

A conversation about education was woven among various topics at last night's presidential debate. In particular, Governor Romney and President Obama touched on the issue of college affordability.
Posted In: Pell grant, debate, higher education
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Entertainment industry to launch new anti-piracy campaign

Some of the nation's largest Internet Service Providers are teaming with the music and recording industry to block access to web sites that don't follow copyright laws.
Posted In: Internet, copyright, piracy
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Farm apprenticeships grow in popularity

A growing number of people are taking up organic farming apprenticeships -- called WWOOFing for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
Posted In: farming, WWOOF
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Study: Annual physicals 'overrated'

Researchers in Europe are challenging the conventional wisdom of the yearly medical exam.
Posted In: health insurance
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Obama-backed battery maker goes bankrupt

Mitt Romney claims battery maker A123's bankruptcy is another example of Obama's bad record of picking winners, but has the administration really performed as poorly as the GOP says?
Posted In: electric cars, alternative energy, Barack Obama
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Health insurance industry healthier than predicted

Parts of President Obama's health care reform have already been implemented without causing the expected fiscal fallout.
Posted In: Obama-care, Affordable Care Act, health insurance

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