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Money May Not Buy You Love, But It Sure Helps

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A candlelit dinner, a bottle of bubbly Champagne and a beautiful date. You tear your gaze away for a second to glance at the check your waiter just gave you. Your heart skips a beat at the sight of the three-digit number. But never mind, the stunning smile across the table is worth it.

Right?

Relationships come with sweet romance and accelerating heartbeats, but money, unfortunately, is often a crucial ingredient in the mix as well. Think about it: Weekly date nights, vacations, wedding, honeymoon and even divorce ring up bills of all sorts.

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Maggy Donaldson

After a 50-year civil war, Colombia is close to signing a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the main rebel group in the country. That treaty could radically change Colombia’s prospects.

But for millions of indigenous, Afro-Colombian and peasant women, it’ll be hard to recover. The war has displaced them from rural areas to cities, where they’re basically stuck — as maids.

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

23 hours ago

If you follow the vast world of fermented grapes, you may have noticed an influx of so-called natural wines. I fell under their spell a few years ago. Apparently, I'm not alone. There's something of a natural wine cult blooming in shops, bars and restaurants around the U.S.

What's up with Saudi Arabia and its oil?

Feb 12, 2016
Scott Tong

With oil prices so low, much of the oil market has its eye on one producer in particular: Saudi Arabia.

It is the dominant member of OPEC. And for all the reasons oil prices fell in the first place, perhaps the biggest is OPEC's call in late 2014 to keep pumping full bore. And flood the market with oil.

What was the motivation for the Saudis? And with oil now so low for so long, is their strategy working?

Retail sales beat expectations, but so what?

Feb 12, 2016
Kim Adams

Americans spent a bit more freely in January than the month before, say figures out this morning from the Commerce Department. Retail sales were up two tenths of a percent —better than analysts expected — driven by spending on cars, clothing and online merchandise.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced late Thursday that they had agreed to push for a "nationwide cessation of hostilities" in Syria within one week.

The communiqué backed by major world powers also vowed to work toward getting humanitarian aid into hard-to-reach areas such as the city of Aleppo.

For Brazil's Carnival, which officially ended Wednesday, the recording for one of this year's most popular marches begins with the sound of knocks on a door, which creaks open.

“Oh my God, it's going downhill,” the lyrics begin. “The Japanese man from the Federal Police knocked on my door!”

Exactly 15 months after it completed a seemingly impossible journey to land on the surface of a comet, the Philae lander now faces "eternal hibernation," as officials at the European Space Agency say the craft doesn't get enough sunlight to power its batteries.

In September 2014, Glen Weldon (a great recommendation engine for podcasts) talked in our What's Making Us Happy This Week segment about Pitch, a show I'd never heard of about which I said with some interest, "I'd listen to that." Hit your little fast-forward button and jump about a year and a half, during which we adopted Pitch as one of the things we think is nifty and befriended its producers, Alex Kapelman and

A pregnant woman in Brazil shares her experience

Feb 12, 2016

Exactly a year ago, I was in Brazil, working on a story about what it's like to be in the middle class there.

And as part of that story, I met Eleonora de Melo and her family. My producers and I had dinner with them at their house outside Sao Paulo. Eleonora is 27 and works in a boutique in a high end mall, and she's saving up to open her own beauty salon.

We keep in loose touch via social media, and a couple of months ago, she posted online that she was pregnant.

Tech IRL: Apps for relationships and to mend a broken heart

Feb 12, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary and Bruce Johnson

Looking for a date or trying to avoid an ex? There's an app for that. Trying to foster and maintain an already serious relationship? Yeah, there's an app for that too.

Lizzie talks with Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson about how your smartphone can help you navigate love. Plus, Northwestern University Professor and clinical psychologist Alexandra Solomon, Professor at Northwestern University tells us about how tech has impacted relationships positively and negatively.

The US policy in Syria is facing heavy criticism from some old allies as Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Munich for an international conference about conflict in the warring country.

It has long been President Barack Obama’s plan to gradually push Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad out of power through UN-led talks. However, this plan is now in jeopardy after heavy bombing in Aleppo this past week by Syria's own government, aided by Russia, which stands to give Assad more power in the city.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

President's Day Weekend is prime-time for sales. Maybe you've been waiting till now to buy that new mattress — and maybe you'll end up with a few things you didn't plan on.

We want to know about your most memorable impulse buys.

You know, those things that — in the light of day — you can't believe you bought on a whim.

Call and leave a message at (800) 648-5114, tell us on Facebook or reach us on Twitter, we're @MarketplaceWKND.

Paul Reiser takes the Marketplace Quiz

Feb 12, 2016
Raghu Manavalan

No matter who you are, you probably had a job that changed you, or you learned a financial lesson that stuck with you. Each week, we ask actors, writers, comedians and musicians to open up and tell us about how money played a role in their life. This week, actor Paul Reiser stepped into our New York bureau to fill out our questionnaire based on his experiences with money.

Fill in the blank, money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you ____:

Marketplace for Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016

How low oil prices can hurt Saudi Arabia's economy in the long run; what Downton Abbey's latest season has in common with today's health care system; and a look back on business and economics with the Weekly Wrap.

A natural gas leak that has poured methane gas into the air since October has been "temporarily controlled," according to a utility company in Southern California. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in an upscale section of the San Fernando Valley.

"Many residents of the Porter Ranch community complained of headaches, nosebleeds and other symptoms," Danielle Karson tells our Newscast unit from Los Angeles. "State regulators need to inspect the broken pipe before cement is poured into the well to permanently seal it."

Is Pandora being boxed in by a flawed business model?

Feb 12, 2016
Adrienne Hill

Plenty of stocks have taken a pounding this year then bounced back. And then been pounded again.  

But for Pandora, the internet radio giant, it's been a whole lot of  pounding, and precious little bounce back.

Shares finished the day down 12 percent.  Yesterday the company reported a $169 million dollar net loss for 2015. And now there's news that after blazing the trail for music-streaming services, Pandora may be on the block. 

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary and Bruce Johnson

This weekend, just in time for Valentine's Day, Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O'Leary and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson look into the apps designed for people in relationships, a pregnant woman tells us what it's like living in Brazil during the Zika outbreak, and actor and comedian Paul Reiser takes the Marketplace Quiz. 

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A jury in New York has convicted NYPD Officer Peter Liang of manslaughter over his shooting of an unarmed black man in a dark stairwell in 2014. Liang, who was a rookie at the time, was also faulted for not aiding his victim.

The verdict was announced Thursday night; soon after, the NYPD announced that Liang has officially been fired from the police force.

Here's how member station WNYC describes the events of Nov. 20, 2014:

Like many romance readers, I have a list of authors whose new releases are always on my shopping list. But this winter I've been looking for new (to me) novels that reflect the people I see around me. I wanted to read books by authors of color. I also looked for interracial relationships, protagonists from different cultures, and class differences without power imbalances (the Women of Color in Romance website was a great resource). Here are a few that I found.

Weekly Wrap: Janet Yellen and market volatility

Feb 12, 2016

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are David Gura from Bloomberg and Nela Richardson at Redfin. The big topics this week: Janet Yellen's testimony and market volatility. 

Just 48 hours after his landslide win in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders was in Milwaukee, Wis., reminding everyone how far he had come in his quest for the presidency — and perhaps realizing how far he still has to go.

In September of last year, a Flint pediatrician released stark findings about her city: The percentage of children age 5 and under with elevated levels of lead in their blood had nearly doubled since the city switched its water source a year and a half earlier.

The superintendent of Flint Community Schools, Bilal Tawwab, was listening. Even small amounts of lead can affect children's behavior and intelligence over time. With that in mind, he decided to keep the city's water out of his schools.

The appeal of post-recession films

Feb 12, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

It seems we've officially made the transition from documentaries about the 2008 financial crisis to feature films about the crisis.

From movies like "The Big Short" to "The Wolf of Wall Street," filmmakers, critics and audiences alike seem to be captivated by the mess left in the wake of the recent recession. But getting to this point took time, according to The New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley.

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