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Marketplace for Monday, December 5, 2011

The leaders of Germany and France are meeting to discuss a solution to the euro crisis. Commentator Liaquat Ahamed says it's slow growth that created the financial crisis in Italy and Greece. Asian countries have managed to steer clear of trouble so far. Pollution in China is making its way to the U.S. The role of alternative energy is changing in some economies. The U.S. Postal Service says budget cuts will cause some mail delays. Insider trader Raj Rajaratnam reports to prison today. And are you ready to start watching TV on an Xbox?

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Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted of insider trading, reports to prison today. It isn't so cushy at Club Fed anymore, as more upscale federal prisons used to be called.
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The Post Office will slow first-class delivery next spring to save money and help avoid bankruptcy. Here, cartons of mail are ready to be sorted sit on a shelf at the U.S. Post Office sort center on Aug. 12, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif.
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