Marketplace for Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Democrat Sen. Max Baucus from Montana discusses the fiscal cliff talks in Washington and whether or not a deal is possible. We take a look at what the purchase of one home means to the economy. The price of guar gum -- used in everyday products like ice cream, gum and paper -- has been skyrocketing. There's a battle in the U.S. over whether to export natural gas. An outfit called The Golden Spike Company says it plans to run private missions to the moon. Amy Scott takes us back to Oyler School in Cincinnati to see what progress they've made after a $21 million renovation. And Furbies are making a comeback -- no, really.

A Long Island house, sans beach, for Goldman's Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein has reportedly bought a home in Bridgehampton for $32.5 million. But don't expect a beach party.
Posted In: Lloyd Blankfein, Hamptons

Test yourself in the Fiscal Cliff Time Machine quiz

We've noticed that what Washington is saying this year about the fiscal cliff, sounds a whole lot like what people were saying last year about the debt limit. So can you guess which quote is from this year?
Posted In: fiscal cliff

The Furby: Creepy and in demand

The Furby is back this holiday season, and it's as strange and coveted as it was in 1998.
Posted In: toys, furby, holiday shopping

Sen. Baucus says 'no choice' but to avoid the fiscal cliff

Sen. Max Baucus chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and he says Congress will come to some kind of deal on the fiscal cliff -- though more negotiations could happen after the end of the year.
Posted In: Max Baucus, fiscal cliff

How fracking affects a bean grown in India

Guar gum, made from beans grown mostly in India, is key to fracking. Its price has gone on a wild ride, sending oilfield companies scrambling.
Posted In: guar gum, fracking, India

Oyler School gets a makeover

Fixing up a deteriorating school can make a big difference for students and teachers.
Posted In: Oyler School, Education

Company looks to return people to the moon

The Golden Spike Company sees business opportunities in going back to the moon.
Posted In: moon, Golden Spike Company, space exploration

Homeownership sparks economy in many ways

Home prices are up nationwide. The recent demand has been good for more than just realtors and lenders.
Posted In: home, home ownership, homeowner, Housing

Study supports exporting U.S. natural gas

Exports to most countries have long been barred by federal law. As the Department of Energy considers several requests for export licenses, a study says exporting our glut of natural gas would benefit the economy.
Posted In: fracking, natural gas, export, energy

Bedbugs found in library books

With the discovery of bedbugs in old library books, maybe now you'll think about buying that Kindle e-reader.
Posted In: library, Books, bedbugs

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