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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 30, 2013

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This morning, there's word Saudi Arabia has made a huge pledge to Lebanon, money that will be used to buy arms to counteract the role of Hezbollah, the Shia militia and political group backed by Iran. As many commuters know, there's a way to take money out of your paycheck to pay for bus and rail tickets. The perk designed to encourage mass transit means you pay with pre-tax money, so the tickets are effectively cheaper. Starting January 1, a change in the tax code lowers the limit in a way that could cost many commuters about $1,000 a year. And, what color is the year 2014? There are several of them.

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Hey commuters, your taxes are going up next year

Dec 30, 2013
Starting on Jan. 1, the maximum monthly tax benefits commuters can get for mass transit is set to drop.

From revolting to revolt: Why is my office this color?

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Dec 30, 2013
We're past the era when color trends were dictated, and “everyone marched to the same drummer.”

Over a million sign up for Obamacare, mostly in December

Dec 30, 2013
More than a million people signed up for health insurance between October 1 and December 24

Saudi Arabia pledges $3bn to help Lebanon fight Hezbollah

Dec 30, 2013
Saudi Arabia has made a $3 billion pledge to help Lebanon buy arms to counteract the role of Hezbollah.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse says faster data and higher definition calls are his company's future

Dec 30, 2013
Sprint's CEO talks fast data, HD phone calls, "The Three Little Pigs," and a potential T-Mobile merger.

PODCAST: Sprint CEO Dan Hesse

Dec 30, 2013
The Dow is up by 29 percent for the year on this penultimate day of trading for 2013. And, Sprint's CEO talks fast data, HD phone calls, "The Three Little Pigs," and a potential T-Mobile merger.

This morning, there’s word Saudi Arabia has made a huge pledge to Lebanon, money that will be used to buy arms to counteract the role of Hezbollah, the Shia militia and political group backed by Iran. As many commuters know, there’s a way to take money out of your paycheck to pay for bus and rail tickets. The perk designed to encourage mass transit means you pay with pre-tax money, so the tickets are effectively cheaper. Starting January 1, a change in the tax code lowers the limit in a way that could cost many commuters about $1,000 a year. And, what color is the year 2014? There are several of them.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC