Marketplace PM for August 3, 2006

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AOL announces layoffs

America Online said today it expects to drop as much as a quarter of its global workforce — 5,000 workers — by the start of next year.
Posted In: Science

Conducting business on backup

The Northeast heat wave is staying put. One of the busiest stretches of New York City has been told to stop using nonessential electricity and Wall Street banks have gone to backup generators. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: New York

iPod getting plugged in with automakers

Apple said today that most cars sold by GM, Ford and Mazda next year will offer a built-in iPod music player option. The move cements iPod's hold as the de facto standard in the music player business. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Science

Starbucks slips on frozen drink rush

Starbucks shares suffered their biggest one-day drop in years today after weaker-than-expected sales — partly because it didn't have enough baristas slinging Frappuccinos as temperatures hit record highs. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Let's be objective about pulling out of Iraq

Commentator and US Comptroller General David Walker argues that before any estimates for the pullout of American troops from Iraq are made, we need an objective system to measure how well the war is going.

Lebanon's battered economy

The stock market in Beirut reopened for the first time in two weeks yesterday. Most of the movement was down, as is almost all economic activity in Lebanon since the fighting started. Ben Gilbert reports.
Posted In: Canada

Pesticides here to stay?

Some US-grown produce is treated with a controversial group of pesticides set to get final approval by the EPA tomorrow — despite the objections of some EPA scientists. Jule Gardner reports.

Cycling reels from doping scandals

As Tour de France winner Floyd Landis waits to find out if he'll be stripped of his title, host Kai Ryssdal talks with business of sports analyst Diana Nyad about whether sports can win the battle against doping.
Posted In: Sports