Marketplace for Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Gas prices continue to rise, but why are we paying more at the pump? Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with President Obama at the White House today, highlighting disputes over currency and trade between the two nations. New York bureau chief Heidi Moore explores the controversy in the Volcker Rule. What impact would sanctions have on the Syrian economy? And Kai Ryssdal talks to John and Maggie Anderson about their experiment in shopping only at black-owned businesses for a year.

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More sanctions expected on Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she'll support more sanctions on Syria. But do sanctions even work? Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria and a professor at the University of Oklahoma, explains.
Posted In: syria, sanctions

China flexes trade muscles

The state visit by Chinese VP Xi Jengpeng highlights U.S.-China cooperation -- but behind the scenes, China plays hardball.
Posted In: China, clean technology, trade, wind power, solar power

'Our Black Year': One couple's challenge to shop black-owned businesses

Maggie and John Anderson started "The Empowering Experiment" to see if they could patronize only black-owned businesses. The results were surprising.
Posted In: Small Business, African American

Gas prices spike sooner than normal this year

Gasoline prices are rising faster than normal for this time of year, and some analysts say the reason is way beyond our control.
Posted In: gas prices

It's true: A White Castle Valentine's Day dinner

The fast-food burger joint is set to celebrate Valentine's Day in style.
Posted In: White Castle, Valentine's Day, fast food

Key financial reform gets push back

The Volcker Rule aims to prevent banks from betting their own money. Banks and foreign governments say could hurt markets more than it helps.
Posted In: Volcker Rule

Wanna buy the Empire State Building? Really.

The owners of the Empire State Building, among other office towers, register to sell shares to the public.
Posted In: IPO, real estate, empire state building

Yummy baked goods, without the allergens

Erin McKenna, co-founder of BabyCakes -- a chain of allergen-free bakeries -- discusses how to make gluten, soy, dairy, egg-free donuts.
Posted In: recipe, gluten-free, BabyCakes, bakery

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