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Janet Nguyen

Digital Reporter

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Janet is a reporter with the Marketplace digital team.

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Why aren’t all gas tanks on the same side of the car? 

Mar 1, 2024
Consumer preference and safety concerns are just two of the factors that go into determining where the fuel filler is located.
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The U.S. is suing to block the $25 billion Kroger-Albertsons merger

Feb 26, 2024
The FTC says the combination would not only lead to higher consumer prices, but set back workers’ bargaining prospects.
The largest supermarket merger deal in U.S. history remains uncertain amid antitrust concerns.
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Why do airplanes have ashtrays on board if smoking is banned? 

Feb 23, 2024
In 2000, Bill Clinton signed a law that banned smoking on all domestic and international flights to and from the U.S.
While airline ashtrays may seem antiquated, the FAA thinks it's better to be safe than sorry.
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How the demand for French bulldogs has created a black market 

Feb 21, 2024
Demand for French bulldogs has soared, leading to high prices, theft and unethical breeding practices.
French bulldog puppies can cost between $3,000 and $10,000, one expert told us. Their high value makes them susceptible to robberies.
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This is the Stanley tumbler economy

Feb 16, 2024
Also in this newsletter: A touching “defend your splurge” and a harrowing scam story.
Janae Thomas’ collection of pink cups include lilac, parfait ombre, petal landscape, pink flamingo and the coveted Starbucks x Stanley winter pink. (Courtesy Janae Thomas)
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What would be the point of a central bank digital currency?

Feb 16, 2024
Having a digital currency could make payments more efficient, but critics have raised privacy concerns.
One of the main reasons the U.S. has been looking into a central bank digital currency is that its economic competitors have been experimenting with their own.
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How are companies like GoodRx able to provide drug discounts?

Feb 2, 2024
Discount card companies negotiate directly with pharmacies or pharmacy benefit managers, the powerful brokers that control drug prices.
A majority of Americans say that prescription drug costs are unreasonable, according to a KFF poll.
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