Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Tax returns and golden arches

Mary Dooe Jan 24, 2012
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has released his tax returns. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Tax returns and golden arches

Mary Dooe Jan 24, 2012
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has released his tax returns. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

In Greece today, negotiators are back to the drawing board. European finance ministers turned down an offer by bondholders to reduce Greek debt. If Greeks can’t reach a deal, they face a messy default.

The golden arches keep glowing brighter. McDonalds says net income rose 11 percent in the last few months of 2011. The company plans to open another 1,300 stores this year.

Here in the U.S., the number of people claiming job discrimination was at an all time high last year. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission got 100,000 complaints.

The number of YouTube videos viewed is up. The company says It’s up to 4 billion a day. That’s 25 percent more than just eight months ago.

To a dairy farm in Pittfield, Ohio, where the cows have been living the good life for the past 10 months. That’s because the owners installed waterbeds for the cows to relax in. The farmers tell USA Today the cows’ milk has improved, and the cows are healthier. But they would like some more sparkling water, please — with lemon — when you get a chance.

A legitimate excuse for those of you who really, really hate frozen winter days. Turns out you can actually, medically, be allergic to cold. Researchers have published a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine outlining the condition. USA Today says some people with the allergy, break out in hives. For others, it can be even more serious. No word on how common the allergy is. Now I have an idea of what time I say, next time my editors want me to cover that “Snowpocalypse.”

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.