Marketplace PM for January 24, 2006

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Strange bedfellows

The marriage of convenience is alive and well for some young members of the US military. Their spouses receive health benefits while the service members receive additional pay and benefits. But the military's not so thrilled by the trend. Youth Radio's Sophie Simon-Ortiz has more.
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Casting a wider net

First there was UPN and The WB. Now, there will be The CW. Today, the two struggling TV networks announced a merger. Tess Vigeland has the story.
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No more free drug samples

A new study out today in a prominent medical journal calls for an end to the drug industry's practice of handing out drug samples to doctors. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Health
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How conservative will Canada go?

The conservative winner of Canada's election now has to figure out how to make good on his campaign promises to cut taxes and increase defense spending when he doesn't fully control the country's Parliament. From Toronto, Steve McNally reports.
Posted In: Canada
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Nigerian oil attacks

Gunmen attacked a foreign oil company's facility in Nigeria, raising new fears about the stability of one of the world's top oil exporters. Cheryl Glaser speaks to Stephen Beard in London about the attacks.
Posted In: Canada
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The effects of Hamas' new power

Tomorrow, Palestinians head to the polls to vote in national legislative elections. For the first time, the militant Islamic group Hamas is fielding its own candidates. As Hilary Krieger reports from Ramallah, if the group becomes a major political force, it could trigger political and economic fallout.
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The Hamas Gamble

It's only natural that many participants in the Middle East conflict have reservations about Hamas' political gains. But giving Palestinians a chance to vote for Hamas candidates is worth the gamble, says writer and commentator Reza Aslan.

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