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Marketplace for Thursday, January 10, 2013

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This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst, and our economy is bound to be affected. With a boom in gold sales over the last decade, the demand for safes and vaults has risen. Now that we know who’s been nominated for an Oscar, businesses that serve Hollywood, from florists to stylists, are gearing up for the event. Today, drones are used as a tool of war, but in a few years you may be able to buy your very own at your local Walmart. And when economic times are bad, pawn shops thrive -- but it seems now even high-end pawn shops are doing particularly well.

California teacher pension fund to sell gun investments

Can a divestment strategy have an impact on public policy?
Posted In: guns, pension funds, invest, divestment

And the Oscar goes to...the economy

The Oscar nominations kick into gear spending on everything from catering to car services, boosting the economy of Los Angeles and beyond.
Posted In: Oscars, los angeles, hollywood

Forget the trillion dollar coin: Try the IOU

USC professor Edward Kleinbard suggests IOUs are the best way to fix the debt ceiling.
Posted In: iou, debt ceiling

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature revealed

New Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature will begin to appear on new dollar bills this year. President Obama nominated Lew to the post earlier this year.
Posted In: jack lew, treasury secretary

Flu season could cost economy billions

CDC says bad flu outbreak may cost employers $10 billion in health care costs alone.
Posted In: flu, disease, workplace

Pawn shops experience boom in hard times

The Great Recession has seen a sharp rise in the number of pawn shops in the U.S. There's also been a change of image as better-off people increasingly turn to the institutions to pawn luxury items.
Posted In: pawn, Pawn Stars, loans, pawn shop

Drones: War machine today, helpful tool tomorrow

When you hear the word drone, images of warfare or high-tech surveillance come to mind. But two entrepreneurs want drones to revolutionize our daily lives.
Posted In: drones, robotics

The golden business of gold vaults

Gold’s popularity has created growing demand for storage. Gold vaults are spreading from Switzerland to Singapore, as investors want their holdings closer to home.
Posted In: gold

Major League Baseball expanding drug testing policy

As you may have heard, nobody was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.
Posted In: baseball

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Mathematics [Explicit]
Mos Def
Can I Get A... [feat. Amil] [Explicit]
Jay-Z
Gold Digger (Explicit) [feat. Jamie Foxx]
Kanye West
Beyond The Beyond
RJD2