Marketplace for Thursday, March 8, 2012

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McDonald's hopes to boost sales by expanding its options for value-conscious customers. Airfares are likely to remain high throughout this decade and expected to double in 20 years. Gallup's Frank Newport talks about American opinion on the government's role in job creation. The author of a new Vladimir Putin biography dicusses what it means for Russia now that he's back in power. And we continue our series looking back at the Japan earthquake and tsunami one year later, with recordings from the nuclear plant disaster.

Lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

New tapes from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Emergency Operations Center show how the disaster and American reaction unfolded.
Posted In: Fukushima, Japan, nuclear power, emergency

Airfares to remain high throughout this decade

The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting that there will be more air travelers chasing fewer flights, pushing prices up.
Posted In: Airlines, airfare, airplane travel, Travel

McDonald's woos cash-strapped customers

McDonald's hopes to boost sales by expanding its options for value-conscious customers, including a new "Extra Value Menu."
Posted In: Food, McDonald's, fast food

Should the government play a role in job creation?

According to the latest Gallup poll, most Americans say yes.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Not easy getting clean and green

A new study finds harmful chemicals in many household products, including those called "green."
Posted In: green, cleaning products

What does Putin want out of Russia?

Moscow journalist Masha Gessen discusses the reelection of Vladimir Putin and what it means for the people of Russia.
Posted In: Vladimir Putin, soviet union, Russia

Facebook friends 25 more banks

Facebook now has 31 banks involved in the company’s much-anticipated stock offering. Why does it want so many bankers?
Posted In: Facebook, IPO

Forbes names top female self-made billionaires

The youngest woman on the list, Sara Blakely, has a great background story.
Posted In: Forbes, female, Entrepreneur, Oprah Winfrey, Meg Whitman, Sara Blakely

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Spilt Milk (Inst)
Dujeous
Get Better John
Mux Mool
J Cole feat. Drake - In The Morning (Instrumental Version)
Tribute Stars
In The Morning (Explicit Version)
J. Cole featuring Drake

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