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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Trouble Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is currently running a $60 billion loss, according to a report out today. The USDA has identified one case of Mad Cow disease in a California dairy cow, but the cattle industry is staying relatively calm. A university is offering full scholarships to students who successfully pitch business plans -- and are ready to give the school a 10 percent stake. There's now an SEC inquiry into Hollywood executives paying for movies to play in China. And despite corporate incentives and serving as a setting for HBO's "Game of Thrones," Northern Ireland hasn't escaped the economic stagnation borne out of conflict.

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A spec home is offered for sale in a housing development in Volo, Ill. The latest economic forecast from federal policymakers indicates the worst may be over for the long depressed housing market.
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Traffic drives past storefronts in Augusta, Maine. The state was named the most peaceful for the 10th time in a row.
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