Jul 20, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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American Airlines makes largest airplane order in history

Jul 20, 2011
In an effort to reduce high fuel costs, American Airlines has ordered 460 new planes from Boeing and Airbus. The deal will phase out the carrier's current gas-guzzling fleet.

Foreclosure rates in Calif. are lowest since '07

Jul 20, 2011
Kenneth Rosen, a housing economist from the University of California Berkeley, explains why the housing market is in a period of sustained but choppy growth.

Would the FDA have approved the first personal computer?

Jul 20, 2011
Congressional committee hears comments today on FDA approvals for medical devices.

How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will help

Jul 20, 2011
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is set to launch this week. What will be its purpose?

Lobbyists are slowing Dodd-Frank rulemaking

Jul 20, 2011
Soon to be one year since it was passed, the financial reform law is getting a lot of attention from industry lobbyists trying to sway its rules in their favor.

Russia hopes to fill the gap in space travel

Jul 20, 2011
As NASA ends space shuttle flights, Russia seeks to fill the gap left by the 30-year-old American program. But Russia has a long way to go.

'Flashmobs' in Spain to protest foreclosures

Jul 20, 2011
Spain's economic crisis has pushed a record number of families to default on their mortgages. Now young protestors are organizing flash mobs to protest bank seizure of homes.

'Gang of Six' Senators propose debt compromise

Jul 20, 2011
A new package in the works would not only raise the debt ceiling, but would also take a bite out of the nation's public debt. But could it pass in time for the August 2nd default deadline?

U.N. declares famine in Somalia

Jul 20, 2011
The United Nations World Food Programme is calling for $300,000,000 over the next few weeks to help feed starving Somalis. David Orr, spokesman for the United Nations World Food Programme, discusses why it's difficult to get aid into the country.

Copyright violator Xunlei going public in U.S.

Jul 20, 2011
The Chinese video-streaming website Xunlei provides access to billions of stolen songs, movies and TV shows. Despite violating U.S. law, the company is planning to IPO on the American market.

Economist: 'Gang of Six' has best debt-ceiling plan

Jul 20, 2011
Richard DeKaser, an economist with the Parthenon Group in Boston, explains why he thinks the bipartisan group's 'grand bargain' has the greatest chance at passing.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC