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Uber is thinking about the long game.

The ride-hailing company acquired the artificial intelligence (AI) company Geometric Intelligence Monday, and said it will begin a new research arm called Uber’s AI Labs. Other companies like Google and Facebook have also been making moves to boost their understanding of AI as they look to their future.

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict finding that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. defrauded the federal government after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.

In the years before the hurricane, State Farm issued both federal government-backed flood insurance policies and general homeowners policies. After the hurricane, the company ordered its claims adjusters to misclassify wind damage as flood damage to shift liability to the government and spare the insurance company's coffers.

The Trump Organization has more interests in India — at least five — than anywhere else outside North America. With an ever-increasing taste for luxury, India offers the Trump brand a lucrative market, no matter who runs the company after President-elect Donald Trump separates from his global enterprises, as he's said he would do.

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By 2020, every high school student in California’s public and charter schools will be able to take at least one ethnic studies class.

It’s thanks to a bill that California state Rep. Luis Alejo and the California Latino Legislative Caucus. In doing so, they joined the ranks of educators, students, activists and elected officials who have pushed for courses that better reflect America’s changing demographics.

Fidel Castro's capitalist legacy: the tracksuit

20 hours ago
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The classic image we have of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro is that of a bearded man in military fatigues — the uniform of revolution. But in his later years, Castro donned another outfit: the retiree tracksuit.

Castro did officially retire from Cuba's presidency in 2006 — though he continued to heavily influence the island nation's leadership — putting his brother Raul in power, where he remains to this day.

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We like to think our brains are able to make rational decisions, but maybe they can't. Take this example.

It's 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night and there's a line out the door at EAT Café. Inside, executive chef and restaurant manager Donnell Jones-Craven is busy plating up salads and burgers, but he pauses to sprint out into the dining room. "I appreciate so much that you're all here for dinner tonight!" he calls out to those still waiting in line. "Just bear with us and we'll get you seated as soon as we can."

The Lord's Resistance Army committed horrifying crimes against civilians for almost three decades, killing thousands in northern Uganda and beyond its borders.

Now, the first-ever trial of an LRA commander has opened at the International Criminal Court. Dominic Ongwen, who was kidnapped when he was a boy and forced to become a child soldier, "pleaded not guilty to 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — including murder and enslavement," as NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.

President-elect Donald Trump wants to clip the wings of a new Air Force One, saying the customized 747 is too expensive.

"The plane is totally out of control," Trump told reporters Tuesday morning. "I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money."

Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that the new aircraft would cost more than $4 billion and urged the government to cancel the contract. Neither Trump nor his spokespeople said where that cost estimate came from.

In a second-floor classroom at San Francisco’s Washington High School, David Ko is leading freshmen in a discussion about bullying. But it’s not the typical conversation about treating others nicely.

“We’re learning about power — political, economic, social — our race, ethnicity, culture, nationality,” says 14-year-old freshman James Liu.

The Supreme Court has weighed in on a patent battle between Samsung and Apple, siding with Samsung by declaring that the patent infringement for an element of a design should be treated differently from the infringement of an entire design.

The dispute between the two tech giants isn't about whether Samsung violated Apple's patents, but rather about how much money it's reasonable for Samsung to pay for the infringement.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday lashed populists seeking to exploit Germany's refugee influx, but as she launched into election campaign mode, Merkel set down a tough line on integration — including a ban on the veil worn by many Muslim women.

When new CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller faced TV critics in August to talk about the network's new fall shows, the first question he got was straight to the point.

"Why is it so difficult to get more inclusion for people of color in the top level of casting at CBS?" asked Maureen Ryan, chief TV critic for the trade magazine Variety. "And what message does it send that the leads of your shows are all heterosexual white men?"

The legacy of early female astronomers

23 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

More than 100 years ago, a group of women started recording constellations using magnifying glasses and glass photographic plates. Half a million plates later, the images captured continue to provide a reference for how space has evolved over time.

For new Secretary of State, it’s not just politics

23 hours ago
Adam Allington

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump promised an "America First" policy. And he made jobs and the economy a major plank of his platform. How's that going to play out in terms of foreign policy in his administration?

As President-elect Trump decides on a nominee for the job of Secretary of State, we look at how that economic focus could affect the job

Wanted: tech exec for “conservative outreach”

23 hours ago
Annie Baxter

It happens every time there's turnover in Washington: industries are trying to figure out how they will fare under President-elect Donald Trump's administration.

The tech industry has a lot to win or lose depending on how Trump positions himself on topics like net neutrality and self-driving vehicles, so perhaps no surprise that Google has a job posting for a manager of "conservative outreach."

What kind of issues might tech companies like Google focus lobbying efforts around?

The ties that bind: the U.S. and Chinese economies

23 hours ago
Sabri Ben-Achour

Many economists — and Americans generally — have paused recently to consider what a Chinese-U.S. relationship would look like during the Trump years. The president-elect has waved the threat of severe tariffs, for example. Diplomatically, Trump appears to be taking a tough line with Beijing, but the Chinese and American economies are connected on a great many levels.

Are we on the verge of supersonic travel again?

23 hours ago
Sally Herships

Virgin Atlantic has announced it's put an option on ten supersonic airplanes. Option because the planes don't exist yet. Boom, a Colorado based company say it's working on them and they'll be ready for testing — next year. But the market for speed is a small one. And analysts say it could cost billions to design and build a new kind of plane.


Frequent removal of pubic hair is associated with an increased risk for herpes, syphilis and human papillomavirus, doctors at the University of California, San Francisco, reported Monday in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

What 100 different jobs tell us about why we work

Dec 6, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases what they call the "employment situation summary" on the first Friday of every month. In that summary is the most recent unemployment rate. The BLS's most recent release announced that unemployment was down to 4.6% — the lowest it's been in nine years. 

The manager of the Oakland, Calif., warehouse that burned down, killing at least 36 people, apologized for the devastation while defending his vision for the "Ghost Ship" artists' collective during an agonized, frequently tense interview on the Today show.

After Matt Lauer welcomed him with "good morning," Derick Almena shook his head.

"It's not a good morning," he said. "What am I doing here? Can I just say I'm sorry?"

Inside three very different small businesses in Los Angeles

Dec 6, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

We're doing something a little different with the Corner Office podcast this week and sharing interviews with three small business owners, all located in Los Angeles. You're about to hear from a married couple who had a dream to open an ice cream shop, the CEO of a small manufacturing company making doors and windows, and the woman who returned to her hometown to start a tire recycling facility. 

 This episode was also produced by Daisy Palacios and Robert Garrova. 

It's a policy battle that has been playing out over three decades.

In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan imposed an anti-abortion rule — known as the "Mexico City policy" after the city where he announced it. The rule blocked federal funding for international family planning charities unless they agreed not to "promote" abortion by, among other actions, providing patients with information about the procedure or referrals to providers who perform it.

Marketplace for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dec 6, 2016
Adam Allington

We start the show with, yes, a bit about Boeing, Air Force One and governing by tweet. Plus, as tweets come out of Trump Tower, Secretary of State candidates are still filing in. We'll talk about the economic portfolio of the nation's top diplomat, plus our relationship with China. Plus, what 100 different jobs tell us about why we work.

The Marcus King Band joins World Cafe's Dan Reed for an interview and performance recorded onstage at World Cafe Live. King, a 20-year-old guitarist who hails from South Carolina, released his self-titled second album earlier this year on ATO Records. The record was produced by another guitarist from the Carolinas, Warren Haynes, whom King says he's always admired as a songwriter.

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What's Next For The Dakota Pipeline?

Dec 6, 2016
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