Marketplace for Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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President Obama appointed Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yahoo has a new CEO. Scott Tong's series on famine and aid in Africa explains the complications of getting aid in the hands of those who need it. A commentary asks, what's next for the Arab Spring? London correspondent Stephen Beard examines the history of currency unions. Martha Stewart's empire struggles, while the Broadway musical  "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark" breaks sales records.

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Was the world late to Somalia's famine?

Many experts suggest the global aid community – including the largest donor, the United States – responded too late to the famine in the Horn of Africa.
Posted In: East Africa, foreign aid

The future of the Arab Spring in 2012

Last year, revolutions led to political changes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. So what's next for the Middle East in 2012?
Posted In: What Now?, Arab Spring, democracy

Spider-Man, the musical, sets sales record

Once mocked by critics and racked by delays, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has set a record for Broadway ticket sales.
Posted In: spiderman, musical, broadway

Yahoo hires a new CEO to fix the troubled company

Scott Thompson, former president of eBay's PayPal division, is charged with increasing the online company's advertising. His advertising background? None.
Posted In: Yahoo

Richard Cordray to head consumer protection bureau

President Obama bypassed the Senate and appointed Cordray as the head of the CFPB. Yet, legal challenges will likely follow.
Posted In: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, Richard Cordray

Martha Stewart TV show to end this summer

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the Hallmark Channel said the lifestyle show will end. It's the latest challenge for Martha Stewart.
Posted In: Martha Stewart

Tax deadline for 2012 moved to April 17

Procrastinators, rejoice!
Posted In: Taxes

Eurozone may end up failed currency union

The 17 nations sharing the euro as a common currency struggle to keep the eurozone together. Historically, currency unions have a poor track record.
Posted In: euro, Eurozone, debt, monetary union

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A Day at the Carnival
Bonus Track: Viva La Vida (Instrumental)
Rock Star 101
Hear My Dear
Slum Village Featuring Kanye West & John Legend

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