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Marketplace for Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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MLB investigating bonus scandal

Major League Baseball and the FBI are looking into whether some talent scouts have been skimming off the top of the signing bonuses given to young players from the Dominican Republic. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Sports

Too few geriatricians for an aging U.S.

The number of prescriptions and doctors elderly Americans have to keep track of is daunting, which is where geriatric specialists step in. But just as millions head into old age, the number of experts is in decline. Caitlan Carroll reports.
Posted In: Health

Free trade improves human rights

A free trade agreement with Colombia remains stalled in Congress over human rights concerns, but commentator Susan Aaronson says expanding trade may be the best way to help Colombia make progress on rights.

Marketers sneak into pop songs

Advertisers are inviting modern artists to reinvent some of their older slogans. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Current TV's Douglas Caballero how product jingles are making their way up the Top 40 charts.

Businesses feel credit card squeeze

With more Americans paying their credit card bills late or not at all, issuers are clamping down on credit lines. But that's hurting small businesses, which rely on credit to pay their bills. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Inflation takes off in Asia

Prices are shooting up in many parts of Asia, with no sign of slowing. A number of factors may make it difficult for governments to rein in inflation. Lisa Chow reports.
Posted In: Economy

Candidates shift positions on energy

John McCain and Barack Obama have spent the past week talking up their energy plans. But the toll on Americans' pocketbooks from the high costs of fuel have forced both candidates to change their stances on a number of policies. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Oil

Lower demand helps in oil-price drop

A barrel of oil costs about 20% less today than three weeks ago. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with energy analyst Peter Beutel about why prices are falling, and if even lower prices could be ahead.
Posted In: Oil

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