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In the month of June, the U.S. imported a whole lot more stuff than we sent overseas. By "whole lot," we mean $49.9 billion worth. That's the worst number in almost two years. But here's the thing, if our economy's so weak, why are we importing all this stuff? Scott Tong reports.
The Federal Reserve said it wouldn't add more money into the economy. But that it would continue to reinvest the money it put in during the financial crisis. That money is meant to help banks shore up their balance sheets and encourage them to lend more. Alisa Roth reports that's putting banks in a bind.
Zimbabwe is selling diamonds after getting the go-ahead from a group designed to prevent trafficking of so-called "conflict diamonds." But human rights groups say the diamonds sold were mined from an area where government soldiers killed people, raped women and forced children into hard labor. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Six U.S. states have approved of a new, low-carbon way to dispose of human remains called resmomation. It involves reducing the body to a mixture of liquid and minerals. A group of funeral directors in a northern Belgian province wants Belgium to take the lead and adopt the new approach. Stephen Beard reports.
California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown served two terms as governor in the '70s, and is now the state's attorney general. His campaign offers are meager compared to Whitman's. She's already spent $100 million so far. He, less than a million. And he seems to relish the spending gap. April Dembosky reports.
Marketplace for Wednesday, August 11, 2010