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Ah, to work in France: plenty of vacation and a 35-hour workweek. And, as of Jan. 1, a new law that gives French employees the right to disconnect. Companies in France are now required to stop encroaching on workers' personal and family time with emails and calls.

Ford and General Motors both reacted Tuesday to President-elect Donald Trump's continued criticism of U.S. companies manufacturing products in Mexico.

Ford announced it would cancel its $1.6 billion plans to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and instead invest an additional $700 million to expand an existing plant in Michigan to make autonomous and electric vehicles. That comes on the heels of another decision in November to keep production of some small SUVs at its plant in Kentucky.

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Ford Motor Company is scrapping plans to build a new car plant in Mexico. President-elect Donald Trump had repeatedly criticized the car company for moving production there. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

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Some prominent conservatives have signed on to a letter warning President-elect Donald Trump that he needs to sell off his businesses to address his many conflicts of interest.

"Respectfully, you cannot serve the country as president and also own a world-wide business enterprise, without seriously damaging the presidency," says a letter sent Monday by a bipartisan group of politicians, ethics advocates and academics.

President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that he intends to nominate Robert Lighthizer as his U.S. trade representative, potentially signaling a major overhaul of U.S. trade policy once Trump takes office.

Lighthizer has long advocated a tougher stand on trade with China, which is in line with Trump's campaign rhetoric.

Megyn Kelly leaves Fox for NBC

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Lizzie O'Leary

One of the biggest guessing games in TV news has ended. And that was where Megyn Kelly would find herself once her Fox contract was up.

She's making the jump to NBC where she will host a daytime news show and one on Sunday evenings. It's unclear what Kelly will earn in hew new job, but Fox reportedly offered her 20 million dollars a year to stay.

Trade rep nominee to tackle international deals

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Nancy Marshall-Genzer

President-elect Donald Trump announced that he'll nominate Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative. Lighthizer worked in the Reagan administration during the US trade war with Japan, when  the Reagan administration levied some tough trade sanctions on Tokyo.

In the 1980s, Japan was the trading partner we loved to hate, kind of like China is today. 

Republicans began their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act Tuesday. Problem is, now that they have the political power to do it, some lawmakers are realizing they need to replace elements of the law. Some Republican believe health insurance exists not to cover the basics, like a check-up, but to protect people from financial ruin. So there’s growing interest in providing all Americans from 18 to 65 with financial help to cover the cost of catastrophic health plans, plans that could come with deductibles around $5,000 to $7,000.

The challenges of getting on grocery store shelves

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Annie Baxter

Andy Horrow is stoked to see his company's new bottled tea in the refrigerated case in a Jewel Osco, a grocery chain in Chicago. 

That fridge is prime real estate — it's in a high traffic area, right near the check-out. 

“This is coveted space,” Horrow said. 

Horrow is chief marketing officer of Wholesome Tea, a small company based in the Chicago suburbs. Its new bottled tea is called Inko's Organic Energy Tea. It's a "healthy" take on energy drinks: a white tea base with ingredients like ginseng. 

Are college towns the cure for a slumping U.S. economy?

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Lizzie O'Leary and Crystal Castle

College towns may the way to combat a slumping local economy, according to a recent report from Brookings Institution and The Wall Street Journal.

Researchers looked at 16 places where overall job growth was strong despite manufacturing employment declining more in those regions than in the U.S. overall. They found that half of those places were also homes to colleges.

Detroit automakers respond to more Trump tariff threats

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President-elect Donald Trump is now aiming his Twitter feed at General Motors over cars that the company makes in Mexico. Trump says GM should make the compact Chevy Cruze model in the U.S. or risking paying a “big border tax.” 

General Motors and the number two U.S. automaker have both faced Trump’s ire for overseas manufacturing. But these are also international companies, and there’s a very real economic reason why these companies want to build cars abroad.

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It's 1968 in New Bordeaux, La. On the surface all looks tranquil as you drive through the bustling city in your red Pontiac, tapping your foot to Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang."

But as you take a sharp left down a winding back alley, an alarming sight gives you pause. Behind you, trucks painted with the Confederate flag begin to appear, the white men behind the wheel angry and visceral as they shout racial slurs.

Your name is Lincoln Clay. You're a 23-year-old biracial man — but in this place, this time, you're black, and instances of racism and bigotry are commonplace.

The Shanghai city government thinks it can make citizens more honest through a smartphone app. The city released the app, Honest Shanghai, in November during "honesty week," a celebration of virtuous behavior throughout the city.

Here's how the app works: You sign up using your national ID number. The app uses facial recognition software to locate troves of your personal data collected by the government, and 24 hours later, you're given one of three "public credit" scores — very good, good, or bad.

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01/03/17: Can AI fix fake news?

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Marketplace

Congress started a new session today, and that means the renewed Republican effort to repeal Obamacare is underway. Plus, President-elect Donald Trump's trade rep pick and his tweets at GM. Finally, the race to build artificial intelligence to find and scrub fake news.

How hackers are using AI to fight fake news

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Lizzie O'Leary and Robert Garrova

Some of our best minds in tech have set out to tackle the problem of fake news with the help of artificial intelligence.

Moog CEO says analog synths are here to stay

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In the 1960s, Bob Moog started making synthesizers. His company, Moog Music is still thriving, thanks to Mr. Moog’s ability to engineer instruments musicians love to play. Mike Adams heads up the company now and has done so for the last 14 years. Earlier this year he talked about Moog Music's legacy and enduring appeal to musicians with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal.

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More and more foreign students are seeking an education in U.S. colleges and universities. A recent report by the Institute of International Education shows that last year, for the first time ever, the number of foreign students enrolled in U.S. schools topped 1 million. That’s 50 percent more than in 2010.

01/03/17: What's next for Obamacare

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Repeal and replace, just maybe not right this second. Republican leaders want to get rid of Obamacare, but they don't have enough seats in the Senate to repeal it directly. However, they can go after its purse strings. Next, we'll look at the good data out on Chinese manufacturing, and then visit Philly to check out an auto repair shop that caters to women.

In Chicago, war refugees have a hand in the city's most famous handmade cheesecake.

The president-elect is back in New York City after a holiday at his private club in south Florida, and he’s back to rolling out cabinet picks: he's announced his choice for U.S. Trade Representative.

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Bobby Allyn

Wearing a backwards red ball cap, skinny jeans and high-heel boots, Patrice Banks is doing her thing at the Girls Auto Clinic in the Philadelphia area. “That vroom, vroom noise you hear at a shop is called an impact gun,” Banks said.

Women have immense purchasing power in the auto repair industry. But car repair shops aren't known for catering to them. Banks is trying to change that. Her business model targets female customers.

Banks quit her engineering job at DuPont and enrolled in automotive school, in part because she was uncomfortable going to auto repair shops.

The future of Fannie & Freddie under Trump

Jan 3, 2017
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Mitchell Hartman

By many measures, the U.S. housing market is the strongest it’s been since the lead-up to the Great Recession. Home prices have returned to pre-recession levels nationwide. The foreclosure rate has fallen significantly. Mortgage rates are still low by historical standards.

Age shapes views on healthy food

Jan 3, 2017
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Annie Baxter

Foods marketed as promoting health and wellness are big business these days. Their worldwide sales are expected to top $1 trillion this year. It turns out that young people and baby boomers alike are helping to drive the growth of health and wellness foods, but for different reasons.

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Marketplace

Trump is expected to pick Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative. We'll explore his background and look at what the rep actually does. Next, we'll talk about the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the different ways baby boomers and millennials perceive healthy food. 

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Marketplace

Around 150,000 people are expected to arrive in Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Joanna Stern, a personal tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal, is here to tell us what we should expect. We'll also look at a device from the Israel Institute of Technology that could fundamentally change preventative health care. Plus, as part of a week-long series, we'll hear from Marketplace staffers about their New Year's tech resolutions. 

As Donald Trump prepares to become president, he's promising to explain how he'll deal with the many conflicts of interest posed by his businesses and charitable foundation, even as he insists they pose "no big deal."

But short of selling his properties and putting the proceeds in a blind trust, it's not clear that Trump can completely resolve the controversies over his many businesses.

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