Marketplace for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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From coffee to copper to corn, the price of commodities has fallen over the past year. Why has this happened and why do the prices of products remain so high? Next, a sad farewell to those who left us in 2013, from industry-changing successes like "Breaking Bad" to new products no one wanted, like Watermelon Oreos. Also, an intense oil-train fire in North Dakota demonstrates the scale of explosions and fire that can occur, as the nation’s rail system marks just the fifth anniversary of the modern moving-oil-by-rail era. Finally, while everybody is watching football on New Year’s Day, doctor’s offices are frantically planning for the onslaught of new patients in the new year.

Peace talks in world's newest state involve oil revenue

Talks of mediation between the government and rebels could end fighting in South Sudan.
Posted In: South Sudan

Why bicyclists and hybrid drivers should pay more taxes

Some states and cities are considering fees for commuters who don't pay gas taxes.
Posted In: bike tax, Prius

Watermelon Oreos: A reason to remember 2013?

As we close out the year, we say goodbye to industry-changing successes like "Breaking Bad" and to new products no one wanted, like Watermelon Oreos.
Posted In: New Years, 2013, 2014

Where to spend New Year's? Boise or Brasstown, N.C.?

At midnight, a $10,000 foam potato will drop in Boise, Idaho.
Posted In: Times Square

Doctors brace for Obamacare patients

The medical industry is busy with last-minute preparations as millions of new patients sign up for health insurance;
Posted In: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, health insurance

Coffee beans are cheaper, so why isn't my Starbucks?

From coffee to copper to corn, the price of commodities has fallen over the past year.
Posted In: commodities, gold, copper

Why 2014 will be the year of the small deal

Put the 'Grand Bargain' in the rear view mirror.
Posted In: budget deal, 2014

Will the latest oil-train fire make people rethink anything?

An intense oil-train fire in North Dakota demonstrates the scale of damage possible when oil is moved by rail.
Posted In: North Dakota, natgas, Oil

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Motion Sickness
Hot Chip
Call Me
78 Edits
Still D.R.E. (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Snoop Dogg] [Explicit]
Dr. Dre
Hit That
The Offspring
Logic Will Break Your Heart (U.S. Version)
The Stills