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Feb 14, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Two former Bear Stearns executives accused of misleading investors about the quality of risky mortgages have settled with the federal government. Waffle House is transforming more than a hundred restaurants into Valentine wonderlands. President Obama is meeting today with Chinese…

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What California hopes to get from China

Feb 14, 2012
Los Angeles is on the agenda for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's U.S. visit. California and China have multiple ties, and this visit could set a standard for future negotiations.

PODCAST: Retail sales and valentine hearts

Feb 14, 2012
Two former Bear Stearns executives accused of misleading investors about the quality of risky mortgages have settled with the federal government. Waffle House is transforming more than a hundred restaurants into Valentine wonderlands. President Obama is meeting today with Chinese…
Flowers wait to be made into a bouquet at the White Tulip florist in Miami Beach, Fla.
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January retail sales lower than expected

Feb 14, 2012
The government said this morning that retail sales inched up 0.4 percent last month. That was lower than expected.

Waffle House gets in the mood for Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2012
Waffle House and other decidedly downscale eateries are wooing customers with Valentine's Day dinner.

Payroll tax cut extension deal could come soon

Feb 14, 2012
After much disagreement, it looks as though House Republicans and Democrats might soon agree to extend the payroll tax cuts, which put a little extra money into our wallets each month.

Valentine's Day for American children today

Feb 14, 2012
Have classrooms on Valentine's Day really changed all that much since we were kids?

China's Xi Jinping visits Washington

Feb 14, 2012
Xi Jinping, China's current vice president, will be taking over the country later this year. Barbara Franklin, a former Commerce Department Secretary from the first Bush administration, discusses what the power shift will mean to the U.S.

Volcker Rule aims for fewer risks in the market

Feb 14, 2012
There's renewed debate today about the so-called "Volcker Rule." It's part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform passed two years ago. Basically, the Volcker Rule says banks should take fewer risks in the market.

Germans reacting to protests in Greece

Feb 14, 2012
Greece today is trying to find another few hundred million dollars worth of budget cuts. Meanwhile, the rating agency Moody's has downgraded the credit ratings of six European countries, which is likely to make matters worse.

The Westminster Dog Show and the pet economy

Feb 14, 2012
Does the best breed at the Westminster dog show impact the broader pet economy in America?

Cold temperatures in Europe mean better ice fishing

Feb 14, 2012
This winter has be harsh in many parts of Europe. And while in many places it is keeping people bundled up inside and businesses hurting, some areas are actually benefiting.

New SEC settlement tests regulator's mettle

Feb 14, 2012
SEC settles fraud case with former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers. Despite public pressure, the SEC fails to wrest admissions of guilt.

Chinese leader faces mixed reception in the U.S.

Feb 14, 2012
Xi Jinping, who's likely to be China's next president, may face some criticism when visiting Washington D.C. today.

Two former Bear Stearns executives accused of misleading investors about the quality of risky mortgages have settled with the federal government. Waffle House is transforming more than a hundred restaurants into Valentine wonderlands. President Obama is meeting today with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next president of China. And some experts are looking to Zynga’s earnings to help predict how Facebook will fare in the coming months.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC