Mar 13, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Illinois governor Pat Quinn will appeal FEMA's decision to deny his state disaster aid in the wake of those deadly  tornadoes a few weeks back. Voters in Mississippi and Alabama head to the polls today, and we take a closer…

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Switzerland agrees to cap vacation days

Mar 13, 2012
In a national vote, the Swiss just decided against making employers give all workers an extra two weeks of paid vacation every year.

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Illinois governor Pat Quinn will appeal FEMA's decision to deny his state disaster aid in the wake of those deadly tornadoes a few weeks back. Voters in Mississippi and Alabama head to the polls today, and we take a…
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Federal Reserve meeting to focus on monetary policy

Mar 13, 2012
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The first step to merger: Buying domain names?

Mar 13, 2012
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Mar 13, 2012
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'Fashion Star' markets mass appeal

Mar 13, 2012
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The future of U.S. ports after Panama Canal growth

Mar 13, 2012
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A closer look at Rick Santorum's economic platform

Mar 13, 2012
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U.S. challenges China in WTO over rare earth restrictions

Mar 13, 2012
The Obama administration is taking China to the World Trade Organization saying it's not playing fair with those crucial raw materials.

Rule encouraging whistleblowers to come forward

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U.S., EU and Japan protesting China's rare earth policy

Mar 13, 2012
It takes a lot of what are called rare earths to make the electronics that keep us going in the 21st century. The Obama Administration believes China is holding back its supply of these special metals to drive up prices…

Illinois governor Pat Quinn will appeal FEMA’s decision to deny his state disaster aid in the wake of those deadly  tornadoes a few weeks back. Voters in Mississippi and Alabama head to the polls today, and we take a closer look at the economic policies of Rick Santorum. Southern California ports currently receive most of the imports shipped from Asia. But that could change with a major expansion of the Panama Canal. And tonight, the new NBC TV show “Fashion Star” debuts, and the focus is more on retail than high fashion.

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