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.
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An intense oil-train fire in North Dakota demonstrates the scale of damage possible when oil is moved by rail.
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