Marketplace PM for April 13, 2005

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Caterpillar under fire

Protests are planned for heavy equipment maker Caterpillar, because it is selling tractors to Israel to help raze Palestinian structures -- including the kind that killed an American activist. Sandy Hausman reports.

What's causing downshift in Harley sales?

Harley-Davidson seems to have fallen off the hog. The motorcycle manufacturer cut its shipment and earnings forecasts for this year due to weak sales, and its stock tanked as a result. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports on what is driving the downturn.

On the run from land reform

Many commercial farmers from Zimbabwe relocated to neighboring countries when land redistribution efforts began to push white farmers out of that country. Now, Gretchen Wilson reports on one family that's started over in Botswana.

Zippo lighters appear on no-fly list

Federal regulations already ban lighters from airplane luggage. But new rules starting Thursday will extend the embargo to "Zippo-style" lighters. Think Zippo users are happy about that? How about the company? From WHYY in Philadelphia, Joel Rose reports.

The best deduction ever? Wedding expenses...

Thank goodness it's not Friday - yet. Four days left to file your taxes. And then you don't have to think about W-2's, AMT's, or 1040s, for another year. Unless you're in the tax preparation business. For these folks, waving goodbye the filing deadline just means saying hello to audit season. As April 15th approaches, we've asked some tax pros to itemize some of their favorite deductions. This week: an accountant hears from a client who wants to deduct his daughter's wedding.

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