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Marketplace for Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Seven masterpieces were stolen from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam in a pre-dawn heist — but does art theft pay off? Meanwhile, new housing construction is up. Nike announced its ending its contract with cyclist Lance Armstrong but will continue to support his cancer charity Livestrong. A grocery chain in Northern California that’s the target of a federal audit will soon find out which of its employees are undocumented and could be forced to fire them. Adriene Hill takes a further look into California’s Prop 37 and the effect it would have on consumers if passed. And after last night’s “binders full of women” comment, we take a look at this election’s Internet memes.

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Final Note

New York Fed target of alleged bomb plot

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 17, 2012
The FBI has arrested a man after they say he tried to detonate a bomb in a van parked outside the Fed building in Lower Manhattan.
Freakonomics Radio

Leaving the country if your candidate loses? Sure you are

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 17, 2012
The complicated world of election polling.

Lance Armstrong's foundation can go on without him

by Eve Troeh Oct 17, 2012
The Lance Armstrong Foundation has rebranded itself as Livestrong, so the cyclist's doping scandal may well have little if any effect on the organization he founded to help cancer patients.

A food fight over the label 'genetically engineered'

by Adriene Hill Oct 17, 2012
A California ballot initiative would require labels on foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Food makers and producers of genetically modified seeds say the crops are safe and labels will only frighten consumers.
Campaign Trail

Web pounces on Romney 'binders full of women' comment

by Sally Herships Oct 17, 2012
It took just a few minutes for social media pages built around Mitt Romney's debate comment about having "binders full of women" to materialize. But how do you monetize a meme?

Latino grocery chain faces immigration audit

by Julia Scott Oct 17, 2012
"Mi Pueblo" was founded by a Mexican immigrant, and hires mostly Latino workers. Now, the Northern California supermarket is under a federal probe to expose undocumented workers.

Is there a shadow over the good housing starts report?

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 17, 2012
The shadow inventory has faded, but some builders say higher costs are looming.

Thieves make off with millions of unsellable artwork

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 17, 2012
In the Netherlands, thieves made off with seven paintings valued at $130 million. But they probably won't make much money from the heist.

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