Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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More protests are expected in Spain today after some big demonstrations last night. There's outrage over a new round of budget cuts as Spain tries to avoid becoming the next Greece. The office supply chain Staples has announced plans for a complete overhaul. The company appears to be taking a page out of Best Buy's playbook. And Marina Von Neumann Whitman is the daughter of the famous mathematician, John von Neuman. But she managed to beat the odds and come out from her father's shadow, going on to serve as the first woman ever on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

PODCAST: Greek and Spanish protests, 3-D printing buzz

More protests are expected in Spain today after some big demonstrations last night. There's outrage over a new round of budget cuts as Spain tries to avoid becoming the next Greece. New home sales in the U.S. fell in August. A new study finds that total knee replacements have more than doubled in the past two decades. What does that mean for health care costs? Plus, stories on wind farms in Oregon, 3-D printing retailers, and the controversial NFL call that led to a loss for the Green Bay Packers.

Knee replacement surgeries double

In recent years Americans have been replacing their knees at an remarkable rate.
Posted In: health care, surgery

Greeks take part in nationwide strike

Greece has been shut down today because of a huge nationwide strike. Fifty thousand people took to the streets of Athens and police fired tear gas after violence broke out near the parliament. The issue, of course, is austerity: The very unpopular budget cuts going on as part of the solution to the debt crisis.
Posted In: Greece, protest, austerity

How home sales and job growth are related

We’re getting another pulse check on housing later this morning. The numbers on new home sales for August come out today, and they’re expected to be pretty good. How does an uptick in housing affect the job market? Turns out, they are pretty closely linked.
Posted In: home prices, Unemployment

Major wind farm opens in Oregon

One of the world's largest wind farms officially came online this week in Eastern Oregon, with 300 giant turbines spread over dozens of miles. But the announcement comes at a time of uncertainty for the industry.
Posted In: wind farm, renewable energy, Oregon

British banking group gives up LIBOR power

A group representing British banks is giving up its responsibility for setting a key global interest rate. The British Bankers Association will no longer control LIBOR -- the London Interbank Offered Rate. That's the benchmark for hundreds of trillions of dollars in mortgages, student loans and other transactions around the world.
Posted In: LIBOR, banking

Growing up as 'the Martian's daughter'

Marina von Neumann Whitman has been a lot of firsts. She was the first woman ever on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Posted In: women, Economics, book

Protests continue in Spain over budget cuts

More protests are expected in Spain today after some big demonstrations last night. There's outrage over a new round of budget cuts as Spain tries to avoid becoming the next Greece.
Posted In: spain, protests, austerity

Staples shifts strategy to selling more products online

The office-supply chain will close dozens of stores in the U.S. and Europe and increase its selling online and through mobile apps.
Posted In: staples, Amazon, online retail, mobile

3-D printing enters the retail arena

The technology for 3-D printing has been around for a while, but it's been too expensive for regular folks. That's changing.
Posted In: 3D printing, 3d, Retail

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Move Your Body (Toy Selectah Raverton Remix)
Sammy Bananas
Hearts On Fire (Holy Ghost! Remix)
Cut Copy
Blastoff
Reptar
Live In Vanilla
Boy Robot
Meet The Pressure (Blockhead Remix)
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