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Dec 21, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 21, 2012

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In a Washington surprise, "Plan B" -- a temporary solution to the fiscal cliff problem -- failed last night, after House Speaker John Boehner could not muster the support in his own party to pass it. Another end-of-year deadline that…

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Carmakers developing hi-tech sensors for drivers

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NRA reacts differently to Newtown shootings

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Strike could shut down East Coast ports

Dec 21, 2012
A tense contract negotiation could end in a strike for East Coast longshoremen.
Birds fly over a port in New Jersey on October 31, 2012 in New York City.
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Brothel sponsors Greek soccer team

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As local and national funding is slashed, two soccer teams in Greece are turning to some unusual sponsors to make ends meet.

Time for Plan C? Fiscal cliff solution stalls

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It was called "Plan B" -- a way to avoid some of the tax increases that are part of the fiscal cliff without putting together a broad bipartisan deal before the New Year.

Instagram retreats from policy changes

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The photo sharing app Instagram is retreating from its new privacy policy after users cried foul. How common are such reversals in the tech world?

Facebook tests new paid messaging

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PODCAST: Reindeer games in Canada, Brothel soccer in Greece

Dec 21, 2012
The census report tells us which states are growing the fastest. Two soccer teams in Greece are finding sponsors in unusual places. And, a reindeer in Canada spreads a little Christmas cheer, but that's not all it's spreading.

In a Washington surprise, “Plan B” — a temporary solution to the fiscal cliff problem — failed last night, after House Speaker John Boehner could not muster the support in his own party to pass it. Another end-of-year deadline that could cause some economic trouble: The Longshoremen’s Union is in heated contract negotiations with 14 ports along the East coast and the Gulf coast, and if an agreement isn’t reached by December 30th, there could be another big port strike. And in Greece, two soccer teams are so cash-strapped they are turning to some unusual sponsors to make ends meet.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC