Mar 15, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 15, 2012

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As March Madness begins, we talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about why many who never gamble decide to play the game this time of year. Does premium gas really help you get better mileage in the long…

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A thank you note of epic proportions

Mar 15, 2012
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SEC cracking down on private Facebook stock trading

Mar 15, 2012
Yesterday, the SEC brought charges against two money managers who allegedly misled and overcharged investors when selling them Facebook stock, before it officially goes public.

March Madness and American gambling habits

Mar 15, 2012
Statistics show that 86 percent of Americans gamble at least once a year. But how often to we really lose out to the house?

PODCAST: China's 'hard landing,' Greg Smith's shockwaves

Mar 15, 2012
As March Madness begins, we talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about why many who never gamble decide to play the game this time of year. Does premium gas really help you get better mileage in the long…
People walk past Goldman Sachs headquarters on March 14, 2012 in New York City. Former Goldman Sachs executive director Greg Smith wrote a scathing editorial about the company while resigning in today's New York Times.
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Sanctions hitting Iranian oil production hard

Mar 15, 2012
Iran is feeling the effects of U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program. The International Energy Agency says Iranian oil exports have fallen to a ten-year low.

What 'Luck' tells us about the horse racing industry

Mar 15, 2012
HBO is cancelling its new horse racing show ‘Luck’ starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. It's being cancelled because three horses have died in production of the show.

Experts see solid signs that China growth is slowing

Mar 15, 2012
A respected JP Morgan analyst has claimed that it is a sure thing that the Chinese economy will be coming in for a "hard landing," at 6 percent growth.

HBO's horse racing show 'Luck' gets canceled

Mar 15, 2012
It's not being canceled because of ratings -- it's being canceled because three horses have died in production of the show.

'Luck' runs its course after three horse deaths

Mar 15, 2012
The HBO show gets canceled. But broken legs and other injuries are quite common in the sport of horse racing.

As March Madness begins, we talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about why many who never gamble decide to play the game this time of year. Does premium gas really help you get better mileage in the long run? And lately, some experts have been wondering whether Pinterest users have the right to show off photos that in many cases they did not create.

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