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Marketplace for Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Democrat Sen. Max Baucus from Montana discusses the fiscal cliff talks in Washington and whether or not a deal is possible. We take a look at what the purchase of one home means to the economy. The price of guar gum — used in everyday products like ice cream, gum and paper — has been skyrocketing. There’s a battle in the U.S. over whether to export natural gas. An outfit called The Golden Spike Company says it plans to run private missions to the moon. Amy Scott takes us back to Oyler School in Cincinnati to see what progress they’ve made after a $21 million renovation. And Furbies are making a comeback — no, really.

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Final Note

Bedbugs found in library books

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 6, 2012
With the discovery of bedbugs in old library books, maybe now you'll think about buying that Kindle e-reader.
The New Petro-State?

Study supports exporting U.S. natural gas

by Scott Tong Dec 6, 2012
Exports to most countries have long been barred by federal law. As the Department of Energy considers several requests for export licenses, a study says exporting our glut of natural gas would benefit the economy.

Homeownership sparks economy in many ways

by Sally Herships Dec 6, 2012
Home prices are up nationwide. The recent demand has been good for more than just realtors and lenders.

Company looks to return people to the moon

by David Gura Dec 6, 2012
The Golden Spike Company sees business opportunities in going back to the moon.
One School, One Year

Oyler School gets a makeover

by Amy Scott Dec 6, 2012
Fixing up a deteriorating school can make a big difference for students and teachers.
The New Petro-State?

How fracking affects a bean grown in India

by Stacey Vanek Smith Dec 6, 2012
Guar gum, made from beans grown mostly in India, is key to fracking. Its price has gone on a wild ride, sending oilfield companies scrambling.
Fiscal Cliff

Sen. Baucus says 'no choice' but to avoid the fiscal cliff

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 6, 2012
Sen. Max Baucus chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and he says Congress will come to some kind of deal on the fiscal cliff -- though more negotiations could happen after the end of the year.

The Furby: Creepy and in demand

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 6, 2012
The Furby is back this holiday season, and it's as strange and coveted as it was in 1998.
Fiscal Cliff

Test yourself in the Fiscal Cliff Time Machine quiz

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 6, 2012
We've noticed that what Washington is saying this year about the fiscal cliff, sounds a whole lot like what people were saying last year about the debt limit. So can you guess which quote is from this year?
Final Note

A Long Island house, sans beach, for Goldman's Blankfein

by Sarah Gardner Dec 7, 2012
Lloyd Blankfein has reportedly bought a home in Bridgehampton for $32.5 million. But don't expect a beach party.

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