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Dec 20, 2012

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Now that the New York Stock Exchange has been bought, what does it mean for investors? Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, which gives shoppers -- and retailers -- an extra weekday for finding that last-minute gift. The demand…

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Health, drugs and rock 'n' roll

Dec 20, 2012
A new study out today confirms what parents already know: Don't let your babies grow up to be rock 'n' roll stars.

A sign of recovery: More work for architects

Dec 20, 2012
Architects were slammed by the fiscal crisis and recession. Now an index of their billings shows work coming back as developers proceed with projects.

NYSE's new parent is from Atlanta

Dec 20, 2012
It's another sign the global business world has become less centralized and more diffuse. The company poised to buy the New York Stock Exchange for more than $8 billion is based not in a world financial center, but in Atlanta.

Stores make the most of long shopping season

Dec 20, 2012
Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, meaning procrastinators get an extra day at the beginning of next week to finish up their shopping. And because Thanksgiving was as early as it could be this year, it's an extra-long holiday…

Drink up at the Luv Shaq, baby

Dec 20, 2012
Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal puts his big name on a new brand of vodka.

Philadelphia collects court debt decades later

Dec 20, 2012
Since 2010, the courts of Philadelphia have embarked on a massive debt collection from ex-offenders. It’s an attempt to collect on $1.5 billion in old fees, fines and forfeited bail owed to the criminal justice system.
A dilapidated prison cell at Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia, PA. The prison was notorious from the time it opened in 1829 right up until the last inmate left in 1971. Today it is a historic site and museum.
Amanda Aronczyk

The art of checking in

Dec 20, 2012
Tips for your next hotel stay from a long-time hotelier.

Fishman goes from market stall to musical stardom

Dec 20, 2012
London fish vendor Shahid Nazir sang the praises of his produce so musically that it led to a song, a record deal and Internet stardom, but he might prove a one-hit wonder.

Now that the New York Stock Exchange has been bought, what does it mean for investors? Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, which gives shoppers — and retailers — an extra weekday for finding that last-minute gift. The demand for architects is on the rise. Shaquille O’Neal announced he will launch a new vodka called Luv Shaq. Stephen Beard follows the rise of Shahid Nazir from fish monger in London to a worldwide Youtube sensation. And we hear the story of a man who, after serving 13 years in prison, found out he owed the city of Philadelphia almost $42,000.

Music from the episode

Breakers Local Natives
Champions Dan The Automator, Rakaa, Aceyalone
Vase Miike Snow
Let's Call It Off - Single Version Peter Bjorn and John
Love Shack The B-52's