Apr 7, 2010

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Goldman writes a very long letter

Apr 7, 2010
Goldman Sachs released its annual shareholder letter detailing what happened in 2009, and it's the longest letter to date. Marketplace's Amy Scott tells Bill Radke why the word "client" was used 56 times.

Now 'Scrabble' is a word in Scrabble

Apr 7, 2010
Anyone who plays Scrabble knows proper nouns are staunchly forbidden. But in a new version of the game being released in the U.K., the old rule is coming off the books. Stacey Vanek-Smith weighs the pros and cons of the move.
An active Scrabble game.
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Are more health lawsuits on the way?

Apr 7, 2010
In Massachusetts, six major health insurers and the state insurance commission are in court over insurers' desire to raise health premiums. Nancy Marshall Genzer reviews the case and whether we'll see more of these as health reform takes effect.

Calorie displays don't scare Starbucks

Apr 7, 2010
Starbucks lobbied for lawmakers to require calorie displays at restaurants as part of the new health reform. After New York started requiring calories on menus, the coffee giant learned it could help business. Jill Barshay reports.

GM finds ways to spin balance sheet

Apr 7, 2010
Thanks to what auditors call "fresh-start accounting," General Motors can adjust its debts and assets and put a positive spin on its finances to help it out of bankruptcy. The automaker releases it balance sheet today. Bob Moon reports.

Ryanair charging for in-flight toilet

Apr 7, 2010
In a move the carrier is hoping will make flights more convenient -- and help their bottom line -- Ryanair is charging a pound per toilet use on short flights. Stephen Beard reports.

U.S. birth rate dropped in 2008

Apr 7, 2010
New data from the Centers for Disease Control shows a 2 percent decline in the U.S. birth rate over the year before. How did the recession weigh into that number? Bill Radke talks to Marketplace's Amy Scott.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC