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Amazon, which has faced political and economic pressure to raise pay for thousands of employees, is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month.

The wage hike will benefit more than 350,000 workers, which includes full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions. Employees at Whole Foods, which Amazon now owns, will get the same pay hike. Amazon's hourly operations and customer service employees, some who already make $15 per hour, will also see a wage increase, the Seattle company said.

TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, is pressing forward with plans to build an oil pipeline between Alberta and Nebraska. Many landowners along Nebraska’s portion of the company’s planned route have joined the Nebraska Easement Action Team to help them resist the pipeline by refusing to sign easements or negotiate with the company. Others have even raised constitutional issues that will be argued in Nebraska’s Supreme Court in November. Other landowners who haven’t joined are trying to negotiate a better deal themselves. 

(U.S. Edition) While the new USMCA (formerly known as NAFTA) agreement addresses a variety of issues, one thing that’s still left unattended are the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum. Meanwhile, Italy and the European Union are on the verge of a budget battle, as Italy’s proposed budget has more deficit spending than the EU prefers.

Auto chiefs cautiously welcome new NAFTA

Oct 2, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Car bosses have gathered at the Paris Auto Show and the hot topic is the new NAFTA. Chiefs of BMW and Toyota tell us their thoughts. British Prime Minister Theresa May tells us once again that businesses can be reassured in the face of Brexit, despite what some firms are saying about its aftermath. In the midst of London's concrete jungle, in its first commercial vineyard since the Middle Ages, we visit a social enterprise with a unique purpose.

General Electric told investors today it has ousted CEO John Flannery after only about a year in the job. The company said it's also going to miss profit forecasts this year. These are tough times at one of America's most iconic businesses, which raises the question: What is the role of an industrial conglomerate like GE in today's economy?

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In the growing cities of the early 20th century, rent strikes were a common tool to protest conditions in crowded tenements. But the practice is making a modern-day comeback in cities faced with a housing shortage and rising rents. 

Take Los Angeles, for example. 

It was bad news when Joana Ochoa's landlord told her back in January that her monthly rent would go up by $100 in her 200-unit apartment complex west of downtown. But the alarm bells really started going off in April, when the rent went up again another $250.

For farmers in central Washington, the USMCA is "a big relief"

Oct 1, 2018

This weekend, Canada agreed to join the United States and Mexico in a new trade deal.

California law says corporate boards must include women

Oct 1, 2018

Publicly held corporations in California must include women on their boards, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, Sunday.

The winners and losers of NAFTA 2.0

Oct 1, 2018

The United States, Canada and Mexico have just struck a new trade deal after several months and rounds of tense negotiations.

The pact, now called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will give American farmers greater access to Canada's dairy market and require automakers to make more of their vehicle's parts in North America (if they don't want to pay tariffs). 

SEC agreement puts the brakes on Elon Musk

Oct 1, 2018

Elon Musk is giving up a bit of control over Tesla. That’s the upshot of a settlement the electric carmaker reached over the weekend with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The agreement settles fraud charges the SEC brought against Musk, after he tweeted in August that he had “funding secured” for a deal to take Tesla private. Turns out he didn’t. The agreement with the SEC is aimed at reining in Musk.

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Baseball fans, this one is for you. Regular season is done, and the post season is about to begin, but over the course of a little more than 30 years, the makeup of a Major League Baseball team's pitching staff has changed dramatically. What does this mean for a team's payroll - and players?

Two long-time baseball writers weigh in on the change.

Tim Kurkjian, senior writer and analyst at "ESPN"

He believes the approach started with the Oakland A's in the late '80s with manager Tony La Russa and late-inning specialist, Dennis Eckersley:

Emerging economies have had a tough time in the global economy recently. We’re talking about countries like India, Turkey, South Africa and Argentina. They’re deeply engaged in the world economy, and, in some ways, very vulnerable to its ups and downs.

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Major League Baseball and its pitcher economy

Oct 1, 2018

(Markets Edition) Canada joined the U.S. and Mexico to overhaul NAFTA. One of the sticking points that was resolved was that Canada would remove some of the protections on its dairy farms. Then, we talk about emerging economies, and how countries like India and South Africa are navigating life in the world economy.

BP's CEO outlines the issues surrounding the oil and gas industry

Oct 1, 2018

Two years ago oil prices collapsed. What followed was a recession, of sorts, in the oil and gas industry, along with communities tied directly to it. Today, the price of crude has bounced back from around $30 a barrel to roughly $70. While it appears that life for the energy industry is going well, there are still complications. Bob Dudley, the CEO of BP, talked with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio about the looming obstacles still facing the oil and gas industries. 

Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

(U.S. Edition) The U.S. and Canada have managed to iron out new terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) right before the U.S. imposed deadline, so now we have to learn about the letters USMCA. What do they mean? Then, we look back at the collapse of oil prices from two years ago, which led to a recession in the oil and gas industry.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... A new trade deal to replace NAFTA is about to be sealed, with the U.S., Canada and Mexico all involved. We hear what concessions Canada has made to see it through. Macedonia can clear its way to join the European Union if it changes its name, but Greece, plus a botched referendum, are standing in the way. We look at if #foodporn changed the restaurant industry for better or worse. Finally, it could soon become enshrined in British law: restaurant owners must pass on all tips to waiting staff.

Elon Musk must resign from Tesla's board of directors after a settlement on Saturday with the Securities and Exchange Commission over his tweets about taking the company private. He will stay on as CEO. It's tough to separate the conversation about Tesla from the conversation about Elon Musk. But let's talk about cars for a minute. Because it feels like electric car announcements are fast and furious lately. Ford is promising an electric crossover that's the size of a Tesla Model X but inspired by the Mustang. There are rumors of a $30,000 electric Volkswagen.

About year ago, the U.S. Department of Education started accepting applications from public servants to have their student loan balances wiped away. Twenty-eight thousand borrowers applied for forgiveness in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program; 96 were approved. To qualify, applicants must spend at least 10 years working for government agencies or certain kinds of nonprofits and make at least 120 monthly payments on their federal loans.

Here’s a very different way to sell a home from the usual: Go to a website. Plug in your address. Answer a few questions about the house. And wait about 24 hours to see if you get a cash offer. A handful of companies are buying up houses this way, including Zillow. The biggest player though, is Opendoor, which just collected a $400 million investment from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. 

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Unpacking this week's news at Tesla and Facebook

Sep 28, 2018

There are two big stories swirling around two of the tech world's biggest names at the end of this week: Tesla and Facebook. Tesla's leadership is up in the air after the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday it's suing CEO Elon Musk for making what it called "false and misleading statements" on Twitter about taking the company private. And Facebook revealed Friday that the data of tens of millions of its users had been exposed to hackers. Host Amy Scott unpacks these stories with Marketplace Tech's Molly Wood.

Your house is being towed

Sep 28, 2018

Thousands of people in California live out of their cars. And for those people, the threat of parking tickets is also the threat of losing their home. But first: We'll look at the week in business and economic news, and tell you everything you need to know about Tesla and the SEC. Plus: 28,000 public service workers applied for student loan forgiveness, but only about 4 percent got it. What happened?

When your home is towed away

Sep 28, 2018

Sean Kayode says he watched his whole world roll away from him at 3 in the morning.

Kayode had been living in his car in San Francisco about two years. During the early morning of March 5, traffic police towed and impounded his red 2003 Mercedes-Benz for having too many overdue parking tickets.

The SEC is trying to drop a hammer on Elon Musk. How big can it be?

Sep 28, 2018

In premarket trading Friday morning, Tesla stock dropped about 13 percent after the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Elon Musk for the mess last month when he tweeted that he had "funding assured" to take his electric car company off the public stock market. The SEC says this caused the stock to gyrate, which hurt investors. Musk responded Thursday that the suit against him is "unjustified" and that he always acts in the best interests of shareholders. 

Immigration is a hot-button topic; everyone has an opinion. Politics aside, much of how people feel about U.S. immigration policy depends on how the policy could affect that person individually. And if your business depends on access to a migrant work force, you're deeply concerned about how many people are granted work visas and right-to-work status.

(Markets Edition) In the wake of the SEC filing a lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk for what it says were misleading tweets that hurt investors, we spoke to a former SEC lawyer to talk about what the outspoken Musk could be facing. Also, we check in with economist Chris Low about the markets. Then, we look into E-Verify, the electronic government system that checks if workers are indeed U.S.

(U.S. Edition) Tesla’s stock has dropped 10 percent after federal securities regulators sued CEO and founder Elon Musk. Musk is accused of sending out misleading tweets that caused company stock to fluctuate, which then hurt investors. Then, Brazilian oil giant Petrobras is on board with playing about $800 million to settle corruption investigations. Also, we sign on for a quick course in tort law, courtesy of Ralph Nader at his very own American Museum of Tort Law. We took a tour of this museum.

Can Germany convince Turkey to loosen up?

Sep 28, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Can German Chancellor Angela Merkel convince Turkey's president to loosen his grip on human rights and the economy during their expectedly stormy meeting Friday? It's been a turbulent year for Europe's biggest low-cost airline, Ryanair, which on Friday saw more pilot strikes – and more disgruntled customers.

Ralph Nader recalls life under surveillance by General Motors

Sep 28, 2018

What's the first thing you do when you get into a car? Put on a seat belt. Today we know that driving without a seat belt is unsafe and Ralph Nader spent much of his early career making sure motorists — and car manufacturers — knew this, too. Nader's first article  on auto safety was published in 1959 and led him to a job in Washington D.C. researching the auto industry.

Ralph Nader wants you to wear a seat belt

Sep 28, 2018

Ralph Nader had a problem. As a young man he watched a number of friends die or get injured in car accidents, but he refused to accept that the unrelated events were a coincidence.  Instead he began to ask questions about accountability: some of his answers were to be found under the hood.

Japan has agreed to start talking to the United States about trade on a bilateral basis. That's the word from both countries after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with President Donald Trump at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday. Japan, up until this point, has favored pursuing multilateral trade deals including the United States, but going it one on one is the preference of Trump and his trade team. The Japanese have gotten something they very much want in exchange: The U.S will not impose higher tariffs on Japanese auto exports while negotiations are underway.