Marketplace for Friday, February 8, 2013
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The White House urges Congress to avoid the 'sequester' -- with apocolyptic examples of what could happen if it doesn't. Automakers introduce new diesel models for U.S. drivers. Eve Troeh explains how researchers are trying to persuade taxpayers to save, not spend, their refunds. In Eastern China, air pollultion levels have reached historic levels, but Rob Schmitz looks at business opportunities that have actually brightened amid the smog. As the fight over background checks on gun-buyers heats up, David Gura finds out what it really takes to buy a firearm. And as 'Nemo' hits the East Coast, flight attendant Sara Keagle talks about being grounded in the snow.
Posted In: air pollution, air quality, smog
Intense air pollution in Beijing last month forced children and the elderly indoors and obscured visibility so bad that residents say they couldn't see buildings down the street. We imagine what would other cities might look like with Beijing-quality air.
Posted In: Oil, refinery, import
The transportation system for fuel in the U.S. is inadequate, though, so some oil always has to be imported to where it's needed.
Posted In: flight attendant, airline industry
As snowstorm 'Nemo' approaches the East Coast, airlines are preemptively cancelling thousands of flights. That means headaches for many travelers, but how does being grounded affect those work in the airline industry?
Posted In: guns, background check
In most states, buyers fill out a federal form that the gun dealer keeps in his shop. In restrictive states, for some guns, buyers need to provide references.