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The U.S. Department of Justice has filed civil complaints seeking to recover a billion dollars' worth of art, real estate and other assets bought with money allegedly stolen from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

Ford and tequila — an unlikely paring

Jul 20, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

A new partnership between Ford and Jose Cuervo.

Yes, Jose Cuervo, the tequila Jose Cuervo.

Turns out once the tequila's made, there's a bunch of really fibrous agave plant stuff left over.

Ford says it could use it to make wiring harnesses or cup holders, maybe.

This week, actress and comedian Leslie Jones quit Twitter after receiving a barrage of targeted racist, sexist and otherwise abusive messages following the release of the all-female remake of Ghostbusters.

Sam Beard

Last year – at the height of the Greek crisis – Marketplace spoke with Spiros Kontogiannis in his flower shop  next to the parliament in Athens.  He was pessimistic then about the prospects for his family, his business and his country. One year later he is still rather gloomy. His flower business isn’t blooming.

Over the past few years, so-called ugly fruit and vegetables have been gaining a host of admirers.

Amy Scott

In December 2014, Angela Baldasare and some colleagues at the University of Arizona were gathered in front of a big screen, clicking through a series of charts and graphs. Baldasare is the university’s assistant provost of institutional research.

“As we were toggling through different segments of our student population we started to see this trend,” she said.

They could see from the data that a lot of students with good grades – B averages and higher – weren’t coming back after their first year.

Twitter tries to tread a fine line

Jul 20, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Twitter recently banned a prominent conservative editor, along with a group of other twitter users for harassing Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the recent "Ghostbusters" reboot.  

The messages that Jones received were utterly vile. Racist and sexist really doesn’t even begin to describe them.  As Jones said in her final Tweet “all this because I did a movie.” 

It’s  the ugly side of the same free platform that facilitated the Arab Spring and #BlackLivesMatter.

Americans don't want landscaping jobs

Jul 20, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

One in three Americans who have a lawn have paid a landscaper to maintain it. But few Americans want landscaping jobs. Alexia Fernández Campbell wrote about this in 'The Atlantic."

Marketplace for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jul 20, 2016

The Department of Justice is reportedly planning to block two giant health insurance merger deals, Aetna $37 billion deal with Humana, and Anthem's $48 billion deal with Cigna; how college campuses are using big data to understand why students drop out and how to prevent it; and what is life like for Greek workers one year after Greece decided not to exit the European Union?

Unilever buys a billion-dollar shaving club

Jul 20, 2016
Scott Tong

For a reported $1 billion, Unilever is acquiring the irreverent online merchant Dollar Shave Club, which has shaken up the men's grooming industry. It began four years ago with a buck a blade and a video starring founder Michael Dubin.

"A dollar!" Dubin said. "Are the blades any good? No. Our blades are f***ing great."

Some 22 million views later, Dollar Shave Club has made shaving fun. No more trudging to a drugstore with a locked razor blade cabinet to pay five dollars a blade.

Music streaming service Deezer plans U.S. launch

Jul 20, 2016

With so many players, the music streaming business may look overcrowded to us. But that’s not how it looks to the streaming company Deezer. The French company is in 180 countries and announced this week a full-scale launch in the U.S.

Click the above audio player to hear the full report.

D Gorenstein

 It may be the worst kept secret in Washington at this point, but all signs point to the U.S. Department of Justice blocking two huge proposed health insurance mergers.

When it comes to anti-trust issues, the U.S. Justice Department’s mission is pretty straight forward.

Lawyers and economists there are basically deal referees.

At the RNC, Hispanic Chamber endorses Clinton

Jul 20, 2016
Kim Adams

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has broken from its own tradition and endorsed a presidential candidate. In a major snub to the GOP, the group’s president announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.