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Marketplace for Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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The Federal Reserve announces no changes to its bond-buying stimulus program. Also, the drug store chain Walgreens says it will become one of the largest employers to revamp its employer health programs. Under the new system, Walgreen workers will have a choice of plans and coverage. But choice can sometimes be overwhelming. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz urged customers not to bring guns into his coffee chain's stores, but with ads set to run in many of the nation's largest newspapers some wonder if the decision is driven, in part, by marketing.

A Bordeaux wine too valuable to drink

The price of some Bordeaux wines went up 1,000 percent over a five year period -- during a recession.
Posted In: wine

How do you say, 'It's the economy, stupid' in German?

GM's closure of its auto plant in Bochum, Germany, will be the first major closure of an auto plant there in 60 years.
Posted In: euro, Germany, General Motors

Bernanke's taper -- that wasn't

Economists had expected the Fed to scale back its bond-buying program. Economists were wrong.
Posted In: taper, Federal Reserve, tapering, Ben Bernanke, quantitative easing

Wet towels in hotel rooms is a corporate goal

Businesses make themselves more attractive to corporate clients by adhering to their environmental sustainability businesses. If a client's plan calls for using only hotels that don't automatically deliver clean towels each day... there will be more wet towels in those hotels.
Posted In: hotels

My milk has expired. Can I drink it?

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard researchers have released a study that says Americans waste food because of confusion over expiration dates.
Posted In: food safety, expiration dates

Starbucks switches message on open carry guns in stores

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz urged customers not to bring guns into his coffee chain's stores.
Posted In: NRA, gun control, Howard Schultz, starbucks

Walgreens sends employees to shop for health insurance

The giant drug store chain says it will become one of the largest employers to revamp its employer-sponsored health coverage.
Posted In: health insurance, Walgreens

Grumpy Cat sells out: To Friskies

But don't expect the cat, named Tardar Sauce, to look happy about it.
Posted In: Grumpy Cat

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