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Marketplace for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Privacy suit may change tabloids

The legal fight in Britain surrounding what seems to be the perfect tabloid story could mean the end of the gossip rags as we know them. Stephen Beard reports.

Dept. of Labor tries to ease toxin rules

As the clock runs down on the Bush administration, political appointees at the Department of Labor are rushing to make it tougher to regulate on-the-job exposure to certain chemicals. Sam Eaton reports.

Driving past the biofuel pump

Biodiesel and ethanol were once touted as cheap, eco-friendly options, but between rising prices and their impact on the cost of food, these alternative fuels are losing their good reputation. Tom Banse reports.
Posted In: Oil

Policies pose as pro-market

Is it more important for a program to be market-oriented or just to appear that way? Commentator David Frum argues that recent proposals in Washington have been heavy on appearance and lacking on true market appeal.

Housing bill passes in House

The housing bill appears on its way to becoming law. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Nic Retsinas of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies what impact the bill will have on the housing market.
Posted In: Housing

States sue over auction-rate bonds

New York is reportedly considering securities fraud charges against UBS. The bank and other lenders have faced criticism and legal action over their sale of auction-rate securities. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing

Money management units up for sale

Banks eager to shore up cash are eyeing their money management units as assets that are easy to value and most likely to sell. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Economy

U.S. companies offset losses overseas

As companies announced second-quarter earnings today, you had to listen close for much mention of the United States. The state of the dollar has many firms focused on success in foreign markets. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy

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