PODCAST: Weather to blame for low Walmart sales; Angelina Jolie surgery boosts film about breast cancer

Tourists huddle under umbrellas as they walk past the White House on March 25, 2013, when a late snowstorm hit the East Coast. 

 

 

Disappointed by the latest economic indicators out today? Blame the weather. Walmart sales are down and so are housing starts, but that could be because retailers had to do a lot of heavy discounting in response to unseasonably cold spring weather. Snowstorms bombarded parts of the East Coast and Colorado in late March. 

Plus, the Cannes Film Festival is under way, and though Angelina Jolie won't be there, her star power will. The attention her mastectomy has brought to hereditary breast cancer is creating buzz for a film that will be screened Saturday.

And, in Mexico, a look at how social media outlets such as Twitter are being used by the public to battle public corruption.

 

 

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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