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President Trump's tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada has raised many questions — including how such a move might negatively affect the flow of beloved produce to the U.S.

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Amy Wright doesn’t use drugs anymore but when she did, she’d sometimes come to a narrow back alley in Toronto’s downtown core to shoot up heroin and morphine.

The alley is lined with enormous dumpsters and littered with trash. In Wright’s words, “It’s dark, it’s gray, it’s dim, it’s dirty. In the summer, you’ll really start to smell it because of the garbage, and you’ll smell the urine and, as you can see, there’s crap on the door.”

Arkansas is scheduled to execute convicted murderer Kenneth William tonight, who has been on death row since 2000.

Williams is set to be the fourth and final inmate executed there this month, after the state initially scheduled eight condemned inmates to die over 11 days — the fastest pace of executions in decades.

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The president went on a tweetstorm Thursday hyping the idea of a potential shutdown and blaming Democrats on a variety of issues:

But Congress isn't likely headed for a shutdown. It is likely to vote on a spending measure Thursday or Friday that would keep the government open for another week. And negotiators are working on a plan to fund the government for the rest of the year.

So what's going on?

The Pentagon is investigating whether Michael Flynn broke the law by receiving money from a foreign source after retiring from the service, according to a letter written by the Department of Defense's acting inspector general to House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz.

New York City is set to begin giving body cameras to its police officers on Thursday.

Under the police department's pilot program, 1,200 officers in 20 precincts will receive the cameras. The officers will also be studied by scientists to see what effect the cameras have on policing.

As police don body cameras across the country, scientists are increasingly working with departments to figure out how the cameras change behavior — of officers and the public.

The March for Science, happening Saturday in Washington, DC, started as a reaction to the Trump administration’s attitudes toward science. But since it was dreamed up in late January, the movement has spread well beyond the Beltway.

As of Friday afternoon, organizers say there are more than 600 demonstrations planned, including roughly 200 outside of the United States.  

Science events — not all of them actual marches — are happening from the North Pole to Cape Town, from Bhutan to Greenland.

The Defense Department says two U.S. servicemembers died in action in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday.

According to a statement released by the headquarters of United States Forces — Afghanistan, "Two U.S. Servicemembers were killed in action and a third was wounded in action on Wednesday evening when they came under attack during a raid against insurgents in Nangahar Province."

The statement says "The servicemembers were conducting a partnered operation with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces."

The auto industry came to Washington today for talks with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation. On the table: tweaks to the emissions and mileage requirements currently in place. The White House and automakers want lower standards to be considered.

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Is Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' political commentary?

Apr 27, 2017
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Adrienne Hill and Daisy Palacios

This week, Hulu premiered the first three episodes of "The Handmaid's Tale." The TV show is based on the book by Margaret Atwood and set in a dystopian America with a totalitarian government in charge. It's a world where women have been stripped of their right to control their bodies, to work and to control money. Bruce Miller is the showrunner and creator of "The Handmaid's Tale." He talked with Marketplace host Adriene Hill about developing this show.

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Reema Khrais

The U.S. Department of Education is one of the many agencies President Trump is looking to shrink. His administration is calling for a $9 billion — or 13 percent — cut to the Education Department’s $68 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

Maria Soria Castañeda grew up in North Carolina but was born in Mexico. She moved to the US with her family when she was 3. She’s also undocumented and, now, a junior at Swarthmore College, where she feels like a bit of a pioneer.

"We don’t really know what undocumented students they had before, but we were under the impression there weren't that many," says Castañeda. "Once we got here, we had to be the ones to sort of bring up what we would like to have here."

Gorillaz Are Human After All

Apr 27, 2017
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Jana Kasperkevic

It’s been a busy day for United Airlines.

The airline has been doing some serious lifting in an effort to repair its reputation after a passenger was dragged off one of its flights. Dr. David Dao’s removal, which was captured on a widely shared video, sparked outrage and led the airline to reevaluate and overhaul its procedures for overbooked flights.

Early this afternoon, United also announced that it has reached a settlement with Dao.

A few weeks ago, my husband brought home a bottle of chilled beverage that wasn't on the grocery list I had sent him out with. It was a bottle of pre-packaged sugarcane juice – a novelty in a market flooded with bottled soda and mango drinks. But one sip of the drink and I was transported back to my childhood summers.

NAFTA negotiators could look to TPP for guidance

Apr 27, 2017

After a flurry of news reports that President Trump was considering pulling out of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, he now says he wants to renegotiate the deal. Even fans of NAFTA will admit it's not perfect, and improving it could involve taking cues from another trade deal Trump bailed out of — the TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Before the Affordable Care Act, if you were living with a pre-existing condition, it usually meant you'd pay through the nose for coverage, your condition might not get covered or you'd have no insurance at all. Now, under the ACA, these same people can't get charged more for their condition. But that may be about to change. In the House Republicans' most recent effort to repeal the health law, a new amendment would allow states to charge the sick higher rates — if those people dropped their coverage.

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How much do manufacturing jobs really matter?

Apr 27, 2017
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Mitchell Hartman

In the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, 80 percent of respondents said they consider manufacturing jobs to be “very important” (43.5 percent) or “somewhat important” (36.1 percent) to the local economy where they live. Support for manufacturing jobs was relatively strong across all demographic groups and income brackets, receiving the strongest support from those making less than $25,000 a year, and those with only a high school education or some college but not a bachelor’s degree.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is giving earthlings their closest-ever views of Saturn's swirled atmosphere and its massive hurricane, beaming a trove of images and data back to Earth after the craft made its first dive between Saturn and its rings Wednesday.

Cassini is "showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division.

04/27/2017: Everything is a renegotiation

Apr 27, 2017
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Reema Khrais

After a flurry of reports that President Trump was weighing an order to pull out of NAFTA, he now says he'd rather renegotiation. But improving the trade deal could mean exhuming Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then: Republicans haven't given up on repealing and replacing Obamacare. The latest twist is an amendment that would let states decide whether insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions. We'll try to game that out.

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