PODCAST: Roller coaster give away, Novartis drug dismay

The Dania Beach Hurricane opened in 2000 and ran into tough times during the recession.

Consumers had a strong February -- spending jumped 0.7 percent and personal income rose 1.1 percent. Julia Coronado, chief economist with the investment bank BNP Paribas, discusses the numbers and how efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy are buoying the economy.

India's Supreme Court has rejected a patent filed by Swiss drug maker Novartis for its cancer drug. The decision has implications for the pharmaceutical industry and millions of people in poor countries.

Owners of the abandoned Dania Beach Hurricane are trying to give the roller coaster's lumber and steel to charity. So far, there are no takers.

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Jeremy Hobson is host of Marketplace Morning Report, where he looks at business news from a global perspective to prepare listeners for the day ahead.

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