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Marketplace for Monday, November 25, 2013

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With a six-month agreement in place to thaw some of the restrictions on doing business in Iran, international firms are now making calculations about whether to get involved in that marketplace, or wait and see what comes next. Also, Yahoo! is hiring Katie Couric. It’s the latest in a number of high-priced recruitments by the internet company, but Couric is unusual. She’s older, she’s a TV icon, and she’s a host, not a reporter. Finally, the Affordable Care Act has turned insurance brokers into a legion of private navigators for individuals and families faced with insurance decisions. The brokers are frustrated by the law’s complications and the failures of healthcare.gov, but also have a wave of new business.

Spit, genes and the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on the nation's biggest at-home DNA test kit company
Posted In: 23andMe, dna, genetic testing, FDA

Heaven in Rwanda

Josh Roxin and his wife Alissa moved to Rwanda for health and development, but opened a restaurant instead.
Posted In: rwanda, global health, international aid, development

It's not the turkey's fault

Turkey isn't the source of your sleepiness.
Posted In: turkey, Thanksgiving

Insurance brokers: Obamacare is like.... (pick a metaphor)

As insurance brokers navigate the new system, they're not comparing it to a summer's day.
Posted In: Obamacare, navigators

Katie Couric fans can shout Yahoo!

Katie Couric's hiring is the latest in a number of high-priced recruitments by Yahoo.
Posted In: media, Yahoo!

Iran: Politics creates a new emerging market

International firms are now making calculations about whether to do business in Iran.
Posted In: Iran, sanctions

Who thought 30-year mortgages were a good thing?

Lending money for 30 years at a fixed interest rate isn't attractive to banks. So how did 30-year fixed-rate mortgages come to be the standard?
Posted In: Mortgages, interest rates, home buying

Why your Thanksgiving turkey is so cheap

Some stores get customers in the door with discounted turkeys, and make their money on the rest of the meal's ingredients.
Posted In: turkey, Thanksgiving

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Europe Endless (2009 Remastered Version)
Kraftwerk
Fast As You Can (Album Version)
Fiona Apple
Cloudbusting [Vinyl]
Shakara
Fela Kuti
The Kids Don't Stand A Chance
Vampire Weekend