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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 19, 2013
Dec 19, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Many shoppers are about to take a moment to recall if they've been to a Target store in the last few weeks. The U.S. Secret Service says it's investigating credit card and debt card thefts starting the day after Thanksgiving and possibly continuing through last weekend. Target isn't commenting yet. And, this week, Marketplace has been reporting on the good, bad, and the ugly of exporting U.S. coal from the Pacific Northwest to China. The world's second biggest economy burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. That's generated record levels of air pollution, but, as Marketplace learned when we visited a mining town, it's polluted China's waterways, as well. We take you to the heart of China's coal country.

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A village, poisoned: the toxic trail of China's coal industry

Dec 19, 2013
U.S. coal producers hope to export coal from the Pacific Northwest to China. The world’s second biggest economy burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. That’s generated record levels of air pollution in China, and polluted waterways, too.

Taxes make your airline ticket about 20 percent more expensive

Dec 19, 2013
Airport officials are urging Congress to raise the cap on passenger fees from $4.50 to $8.50.

The Fed isn't worried about inflation. But should it worry about deflation?

Dec 19, 2013
The Fed is not worried about inflation right now. But should it also worry about the opposite? Persistently falling prices, or deflation, can also wreck an economy.

Why Target shoppers shouldn't stress about credit card hack

Dec 19, 2013
Millions of Target shoppers may have had their information stolen from card swiping machines.
Millions of Target customers were potentially the victims of a massive credit card theft.
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Rite Aid drug sales: The profit in generics

Dec 19, 2013
Generics have a 50 percent bigger markup in comparison with brand-name drugs.

PODCAST: Target gets hit by massive credit card theft

Dec 19, 2013
Millions of Target shoppers may have had their information stolen from card swiping machines. The Fed is not worried about inflation right now. But should it also worry about the opposite? And, generics have a 50 percent bigger markup in comparison with brand-name drugs.

Many shoppers are about to take a moment to recall if they’ve been to a Target store in the last few weeks. The U.S. Secret Service says it’s investigating credit card and debt card thefts starting the day after Thanksgiving and possibly continuing through last weekend. Target isn’t commenting yet. And, this week, Marketplace has been reporting on the good, bad, and the ugly of exporting U.S. coal from the Pacific Northwest to China. The world’s second biggest economy burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. That’s generated record levels of air pollution, but, as Marketplace learned when we visited a mining town, it’s polluted China’s waterways, as well. We take you to the heart of China’s coal country.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC