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Marketplace for Monday, February 11, 2008

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U.K. scandal prompts calls for reform

British Parliament member Derek Conway has been suspended for misusing public funds after he paid his son over $80,000 for work he did not do. The scandal has led to demands for transparency to fight what some consider is a tradition of corruption in Parliament. Steven Beard reports.
Posted In: Crime, Economy, Jobs, Taxes, Travel

Think Zen thoughts when on U.S. trains

Commentator Charles Handy reflects on his experience with the second-rate U.S. rail system when he tried to take a trip on the train. Second in a series.
Posted In: Travel

Is spending your rebate a civic duty?

The Bush Administration will likely finalize its stimulus package this week, allowing rebate checks to be sent out by May. What will you do with the money? Nancy Marshall Genzer reports on how those who save might be hurting the economy.
Posted In: Economy

A new harvest of green gadgets

Tech companies are now joining scores of American businesses trying to sell environmentally aware products. Kai Ryssdal talks with Kevin Periera of G4 about some gadgets that might make the thoughtful consumer green with envy.
Posted In: Science

Russia exchanges debt for Iraqi oil

Officials in Russia have agreed to forgive more than $12 billion in debt owed by Iraq in exchange for oil-drilling rights in part of the country. John Dimsdale reports on how the deal affects Russia's infrastructure and what it means for American interests.
Posted In: Economy

Exxon freeze gets Venezuela moving

Venezuela has begun moving oil revenues into Swiss banks to avoid a possible seizure of funds by Exxon Mobil. The move creates a new chapter in the legal fight between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and one of America's biggest companies. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Auto, Economy

What more could Yahoo want?

Yahoo has formally rejected the Microsoft takeover offer of $44.6 billion, saying it was too low and it could find a better deal elsewhere. Kai Ryssdal talks to New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin about Microsoft's next move.
Posted In: Investing, Jobs

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