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Donna Tam

Fox News and former anchor Gretchen Carlson have settled a sexual harassment lawsuit involving former CEO Roger Ailes, the network announced today.

Jon Kalish

The first off-shore wind farm in the U.S. is nearing completion off the coast of Rhode Island. In the past there’s been opposition to these ventures. But this one, which has been planned as a demonstration project, has managed to go forward.

A Rhode Island company, Deepwater Wind, is behind this nearly $300 million project. The five turbines were recently finished after more than a year of construction.

Lane Wallace

General Electric wants to spend $1.4 billion on two European 3-D printing companies. German company SLM and Arcam of Sweden both specialize in 3-D printing metal for things like auto manufacturing, aerospace and health care products.

GE already makes metal fuel nozzles using 3-D printers, and the inside of the nozzle can be built with specialized features that would be hard to construct any other way.

Dump the gas tax — instead pay by the mile

Sep 6, 2016
Liam Moriarty

Better mileage means less gas tax to build roads. California and others are checking out a new approach that Oregon's been piloting.

States' gas tax revenue is slumping. California and other states are looking to an innovative approach pioneered by Oregon: pay by the mile.

The gas tax you pay at the pump isn’t cutting it anymore. Does a new approach being piloted in Oregon offer a solution?

More people than ever are working from home

Sep 6, 2016
Mark Garrison

The latest benefits survey from the Society for Human Resource Management finds 60 percent of companies offering telecommuting, working from home on an occasional or regular basis. Two decades ago, a mere 20 percent offered it. Employee demands for flexibility, improved remote working technology and cost-savings opportunities are all driving more companies to support telecommuting.

The original DVR, retired

Sep 6, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

TiVo, the company that ushered in the age of the DVR, will be phasing out support for its Series 1 DVR at the end of this month. That was the granddaddy of the TV recording software — once so prevalent it became a verb – first launched in 1999.

“Honestly I would put it up there with the iPhone as one of the key products of the new century quite frankly,” said John Falcone, executive editor of 

Bram Sable-Smith

Catching raccoon is all about location, and David Schlemeyer is slogging his way to a primo piece of trapping real estate. It’s a little pond in the backwoods on his neighbor’s land outside Columbia, Missouri. Raccoons come here to scavenge food.

“I’ve probably caught seven or eight raccoons right here this year,” he says as he checks his traps. Today, they sit empty.

It's a great year for ice cream

Sep 5, 2016
Molly Wood

According to Bloomberg,  Ice cream has had an outstanding 2016.

It went experimental: One LA flavor — Hawaiian Pizza  — featured spam and pineapple.

It got a pop-up ice cream museum in Manhattan. Both presidential candidates got custom sundae creations. 

Top stories in education to start the school year

Sep 5, 2016
Molly Wood and Amy Scott

The Tuesday after Labor Day is traditionally the start of school for K-12 and higher education students. But not all of them. Several districts across the country start earlier in the summer. The reason why is just one of several stories that Marketplace’s Senior Education Correspondent, Amy Scott, is following this year. 

Top Education Stories to Watch this School Year

Kim Adams

Over the weekend, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa. Although she was known for her tenderness with children and the poor, to some … she was a bit of a handful. Along with the many nuns and other staff supporting her, she had a team of doctors struggling to keep up with her, especially as she got older.

Pokemon a no-Go in rural areas

Sep 5, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a growing push for paid sick leave; how starting school before Labor Day could hurt tourism businesses; and the struggle rural residents are having with the game Pokemon Go.

Without Trump, Taj Mahal workers face their fate

Sep 5, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Donald Trump doesn’t own the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City anymore.  His stake in the casino was wiped out when it declared bankruptcy and billionaire investor Carl Icahn took over. But the casino that still bears the Trump name is in trouble. 

Just under 1,000 workers there are on strike.  They walked off the job on July first.  Now the casino says it’ll close next month.

James Mays has been a cook at the Trump Taj Mahal for 15 years.

“I’m an excellent cook," he said. "I’m probably one of the best cooks in this whole building.”

The movement for paid sick leave

Sep 5, 2016

On Labor Day last year, President Barack Obama gave good news to about 800,000 Americans. He signed an executive order requiring paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors. Over the past year, the issue has gained further momentum, especially among states and municipalities.

Click the above audio player to hear the full report. 

In some rural areas, Pokemon not such a go

Sep 5, 2016
Alex King

Jim Heising and his family live on a farm way out in southeast Washington. Their crops skirt the dramatic Columbia River and a sprinkler click, click clicks away over vibrant green alfalfa. They recently moved here from the Bay Area. And then Pokemon Go came out. And then when they tried the new game, it became instantly frustrating, Heising said.

“It seems like everyone else in the world is having this great fun with it,” he said. “But out in the middle of nowhere — it’s not that easy.”

Clinton drug plan: is it enough?

Sep 2, 2016
D Gorenstein

At first glance, it may sound like Hillary Clinton's plan is an attempt to tackle drug prices overall.

It's not.

Clinton economic policy advisor Mike Shapiro said it's to go after an insidious problem where a subset of drug makers (think Turning and Mylan) crank up prices on generics, just because they can.

Melting smartphones shed light on lithium-ion batteries

Sep 2, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

Samsung has announced it is recalling new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because of “battery cell issues.” The recall reportedly affects 2.5 million of the phones worldwide shipped since the new version was launched in mid-August. Pictures posted online by consumers show the phones with what appears to be damage from overheating: the phones look melted or scorched.

Looking for a new investment? Check your shoe closet

Sep 2, 2016
David Lazarus and Crystal Castle

There isn't anything new and exciting about financial markets, but how about trading in sneakers?

Grilling fish? Try using mayonnaise (Seriously)

Sep 2, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

To get the best advice on how to cook on a grill, why wouldn’t you go to a guy who goes by the name Meathead? Meathead Goldwyn is the founder of and his new book is called: “Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling.”

On today's show, we'll talk about the August jobs report; the financial woes South Korea's biggest shipping line, Hanjin, is facing; and the development of self-driving ships. 

US economy adds 151,000 jobs in August

Sep 2, 2016
Reema Khrais

In August, U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs and the official unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While the figures didn’t meet economist predictions, job growth has been robust over the last couple of months. July saw an increase of 275,000 jobs and June had a gain of 271,000.

Meanwhile, overall economic growth has been weak.

The job numbers and the GDP numbers are a tale of two economies, said Burns McKinney, an analyst with Allianz’s NFJ Investment Group.

Scott Cohn

We all know about self-driving cars, an idea that is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. The next big thing — make that really big — is self-driving ships. Research on autonomous vessels is picking up steam around the world.

Obama's last G-20 summit may highlight its limitations

Sep 2, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

The Group of 20 Leaders Summit will be held Sunday and Monday in Hangzhou, China. It will be President Barack Obama’s last. The G-20 includes the world’s 20 leading developed and developing economies.

The first G-20 summit Obama attended was in 2009. It came at the height of the global financial crisis, and the measures the G-20 leaders agreed on were dramatic and effective, said economist Barry Bosworth at the Brookings Institution.

American Girl heads to Toys R Us

Sep 2, 2016
Annie Baxter

Toymaker Mattel is taking some of its pricey American Girl dolls down market, opening boutiques in about 100 Toys R Us locations. It’s the first time the dolls will be available at a brick-and-mortar retail location other than American Girl’s 20 proprietary stores.

The move comes at a time when sales of the dolls, which cost upward of $100, have been slumping. 

“They may be reaching a point where they've largely penetrated the households that can afford it,” said Piper Jaffray analyst Stephanie Wissink.

Luke Runyon

Few things are more valuable to a farmer in the arid West than irrigation water. Without it, the land turns back to its natural state: dry, dusty plains.

If a fast-growing city is your neighbor, then your water holds even more value.

Satan won't run for president on the FEC's watch

Sep 1, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

As if you needed more evidence pointing to the bananas state of American politics, circa 2016.

The Federal Election Commission has about had it with the, uh, creative ways people have filed to run for president this year.

Filing is not hard to do and this year anything goes, apparently.

The Atlantic reported there are papers on file for Darth Vader, Jean-Luc Picard, Captain Crunch, Queen Elsa and Francis Underwood.

Trump, Clinton and immigration

Sep 1, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Amid the whirlwind coverage of Donald Trump's trip to Mexico and his immigration speech, one thing may be lost: what Hillary Clinton would do.

Here’s what Clinton says she would do. Introduce “comprehensive immigration reform” within her first 100 days in office, and keep current policies that try to protect some immigrants from deportation.  Like so — called DREAMers — people who were brought here illegally when they were children. That’s what Clinton emphasizes when she meets with undocumented immigrants.  She tells them: 

What does full employment really mean?

Sep 1, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about what we might expect from the release of tomorrow's jobs report; a report that shows many federal flood insurance payouts are going to the same houses; why some border communities are trying to strengthen U.S.-Mexico ties; and a drop in Samsung's stock amid news that some of its batteries may have caught fire. 

JaeRan Kim

As communities in Louisiana deal with the aftermath of disastrous flooding, attention is being given to the looming challenges for a federal program that provides insurance compensation for victims. The National Flood Insurance Program is more than $20 billion in debt, owing in part to a spate of heavy flooding around the nation in recent years. 

Border communities seek economic integration

Sep 1, 2016
Kim Adams

Republican nominee Donald Trump continues to add details to his policy proposals, but one thing has stayed consistent — his plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Kai Ryssdal

American Airlines says it's found the problem with modern day air travel. It's not the delays, or the TSA lines, or the overcrowded planes and the person in front of you kneecapping you when they recline.

It's you.

American's got a big new ad campaign rolling out in the next month that asks what it means to be a "great flyer."