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Serena Williams in action during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 1, 2013 in London, England.

Serena Williams, gone. Roger Federer, out. Rafael Nadal, didn’t make it. With such big names out early, you can expect Wimbledon television ratings to take a hit -- or can you?

Living in the forest is an expensive proposition, and not just for the homeowners who sign the mortgage checks. The destructive wildfires that have raged through the West in recent years have cost tens of millions of dollars to fight, and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims. But public policies, and the human desire for a retreat in the trees, means more and more homes than ever are going up in the country’s most fire-prone areas.

As Pope Francis moves to shake up the Vatican bank, the troubled bank seems to be shaking itself up, too. Two top officials at the bank quit this week, as allegations of fraud and corruption continue to swirl.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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