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Marketplace for Friday, November 30, 2012

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The Weekly Wrap talks about the stalemate in Congress over the fiscal cliff. A strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has entered its fourth day. Meanwhile, FedEx and others that hire large amounts of seasonal workers can’t find enough people to fill the jobs. The gaming company Zynga has loosened its ties with Facebook, but both companies see this as a positive. Rob Schmitz takes a look at China’s sex shops and the role they play in couples’ love lives. And Eve Troeh explores why reality shows these days have become so niche.

Drought not over for those on the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River hovers at record lows as a result of the drought in the Midwest. It could soon mean big problems for the shipping industry on the river.
Posted In: drought, Mississippi River

Congress continues back-and-forth over fiscal cliff

The Weekly Wrap talks about the latest fiscal cliff discussions and the roles of the debt ceiling and the markets.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap

Shippers still seeking seasonal workers

Online retailers and shippers say that despite high unemployment, they have unfilled temporary positions.
Posted In: fedex, UPS, shipping

Facebook and Zynga retool their relationship

The game company and the giant social network loosen the ties that have bound them.
Posted In: zynga, Facebook

Adult accessories on the Street of Eternal Happiness

Amid the street's noodle stands, one store dispenses sex aids and advice for shoppers in this conservative culture.
Posted In: sex, China, China's Society

Where do these crazy reality shows come from?

Almost any kind of job can become the basis of a reality show, television producers say. Competitively growing beards. Grooming possums.
Posted In: Entertainment, reality tv, tv

Strike at Los Angeles ports starts to back up commerce

Already the strike has idled thousands of trucks and trains that take containers from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to factories and distribution centers.
Posted In: ports, port of Long Beach, shipping

The Romneys love McDonald's

The late George Romney had a card entitling him to free burgers for life.
Posted In: McDonald's, Mitt Romney

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