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Marketplace PM for February 23, 2007

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Pulling on the power of the purse strings

Democratic senators are drafting a repeal of the 2002 authorization to go to war in Iraq. And in the House there are questions about a strategy of trying to cut off money for the war effort. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Was jury's MP3 decision a sound ruling?

A federal jury's finding that Microsoft should pay $1.5 billion for infringing on Alcatel's MP3 patents surprised analysts and might spell trouble for hundreds of companies. Appeals are expected to be heard. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Crime

KFC fishes for a papal endorsement

During Lent, the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter, many Catholics and some Protestants give up meat. To cash in, KFC is rolling out a new fish sandwich — and asking for a little plug from on high. Amy Scott reports.

Hedging on Hollywood

Hedge funds and private equity groups are becoming the stars of Hollywood film financing, to the tune of billions of dollars. Pat Loeb reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Investing

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

If a tree falls in a forest, what about its offset?

Dell says it will ask consumers, when they buy a computer, to donate a few bucks toward planting trees. The idea is to offset the energy that PCs consume. But that gave commentator Richard Conniff some pause.

French town fights for its fizzy fortune

Officials of the little town where Perrier water comes from are giving lawyers for parent company Nestle some indigestion. John Laurenson went to the source in Vergeze, France.

Wall Street's looking a little down

Things have been strong for so long in the markets that three down days in a row are raising some eyebrows. We asked Marketplace's Alisa Roth to find out what's going on.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street