Marketplace PM for October 5, 2005
During the last decade, more than 350 women have been victims of violent crime in towns across the border from El Paso. Most of them were on their way to or from work at big factories, or "maquiladoras." Carole King reports.
Whether you're on a business trip or just having dinner out, the question always comes up: How much to tip? Commentator Ian Ayres says it's time to put the brakes on tipping, for cabbies in particular.
A new study from researchers at Penn State suggests cell phone networks are vulnerable to attack. A little broadband, some text messages and malicious intent might do it. Marketplace's Scott Tong explains.
The Defense Department is sponsoring the DARPA Grand Challenge, a 150-mile race for robots. More than 40 robots have been competing for a spot in this year's derby on Saturday. Marketplace's Brett Neely reports.
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Today, GM announced it's selling part of its stake in Fuji Heavy Industries — the maker of Subaru — to rival carmaker Toyota. Alisa Roth has more.
Federal departments are proposing budget cuts to make Hurricane Katrina ends meet. The Senate Agriculture committee's is thinking cutting food stamps will lop $3 billion off its budget; Helen Palmer reports.
The estimated cost of Hurricane Katrina continues to rise. The British insurance firm Wellington says its losses will be much higher than it exected. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
The debate over Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court is heating up. Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says there's more to it than just party politics.