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Marketplace PM for November 13, 2006

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Trade deals in China

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is in China trying to even things out on the playground of trade. Hillary Wicai explains.

U.S. becoming a toxic dumping ground?

Europe and Japan have banned an increasing number of chemicals used in everyday products. The U.S. hasn't followed suit, so those products are ending up on our store shelves. Sarah Gardner reports.

Celebrities in Africa

A lot of celebs have been earning brownie points lately for good deeds in Africa. But is the publicity they create better for the impoverished countries — or for them? Suzanne Marmion reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment

Luxury meets clean diesel technology

Mercedes-Benz is slated to roll out a luxury sedan that gets 35 mpg and doesn't pollute the air. Host Kai Ryssdal heads out to the parking lot with Los Angeles Times auto critic Dan Neil.

Big Three want help from Washington

U.S. automakers finally get their much-delayed meeting with President Bush tomorrow. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Marketplace's Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale what's on the agenda.
Posted In: Washington

Nuclear power race

GE and Hitachi have formed a joint venture to build a nuclear power plant in the U.S. It's the latest in a wave of major consolidations in the nuclear business, Steve Tripoli reports.

Is it <i>really</i> universal health insurance?

The health insurance industry's main lobby group today unveils a plan to provide access to health coverage for all Americans. Does it live up to its promise? Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health