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Oct 31, 2006

Marketplace PM for October 31, 2006

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A case of power and pollution

Oct 31, 2006
How should the EPA measure the pollution spewing from a smokestack? Tomorrow the Supreme Court hears a complex case that pits environmentalists against a power company. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Fantasy soccer for big spenders

Oct 31, 2006
A couple of UK hedge funds are hoping to score big in a surprising new arena: soccer player futures. Amy Scott explains.

It's beginning to look like a Lego-less Christmas . . .

Oct 31, 2006
Lego announced today that some of its hottest products are sold out — and there may not be more in time for the holidays. The Marketplace Players remind us that you don't mess with Santa.

North Korea back at the table

Oct 31, 2006
The U.S. and China announced today that North Korea has agreed to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Michael Moran from the Council of Foreign Relations about the surprising development.

Big oil slips up

Oct 31, 2006
Oil companies are still making hefty profits, but they're having trouble finding and pumping more crude. It's a major problem and the companies themselves may be partly to blame, Stephen Beard reports.

Who's getting swindled?

Oct 31, 2006
Identity theft is the fraud de jour, but old-fashioned con artists are still alive and well. A new study looks at who's most susceptible — and it's not always who you might think. Apryl Lundsten reports.

Air Force needs war money

Oct 31, 2006
Costs for the so-called war on terror are adding up. The Air Force says it will need $50 billion in additional funding, but the emergency budget request could be a hard sell on Capitol Hill, John Dimsdale reports.

Putting out ineffective ads

Oct 31, 2006
Advertising doesn't always work, but in the case of certain anti-smoking ads, a new study finds that they're actually having the opposite effect. Janet Babin reports.

GOP backers beware

Oct 31, 2006
If one or both chambers of Congress go to the Democrats next week, commentator Jeff Birnbaum says new Congressional leaders will almost certainly be punishing some companies.