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We live in a world of screens. And in this digital age — with so many devices and distraction — it's one of the things parents worry about most: How much time should their kids spend staring at their phones and computers? What's the right balance between privacy and self-discovery?

Seventy-five years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, some Americans have never stopped believing that President Franklin Roosevelt let it happen in order to draw the U.S. into World War II.

"It's ridiculous," says Rob Citino, a senior researcher at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. "But it's evergreen. It never stops. My students, over 30 years — there'd always be someone in class [who'd say], 'Roosevelt knew all about it.'"

D Gorenstein

A measure to fund billions of dollars in medical aid and research moves to the Senate this week, after flying through the House last week. It pours billions of dollars into the so-called “Cancer Moonshot,” funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis, and many other areas of critical biomedical research.

And while it is enjoying a rare moment of broad bipartisan support, some critics warn that parts of the bill give pharmaceutical and medical device companies a sweetheart deal. 

Trump's stance on tariffs divides Republicans

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Andy Uhler

Donald Trump promised big changes in America's trade policy, and as president-elect he's busy tweeting about it. Over the weekend, he warned that companies that move production out of the United States could face a 35 percent fine on things they sell here. But now some Republican leaders are suggesting they might not be on board with this approach. It represents a distinct split within the Republican party. Representative Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, reacted to Trump's tweet by telling reporters he "didn't want to get into some kind of trade war."

Mexico ponders the future of trade with the U.S.

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Lorne Matalon

Mexicans are anxious about the future of  the North American Free Trade Act, and how the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may seek to change or even withdraw from the agreement.

Mexican officials are now speaking with Asian nations about how trade between Mexico and Asia might change in a post-NAFTA era.

Adam Allington

The web retailer Amazon has just launched something sure to draw the attention of shoppers — a cashier-free grocery store.

It’s called “Amazon Go,” and the big idea is that shoppers can just grab the items they want and leave. Kind of like Uber for grocery shopping. Analysts believe the concept has the potential to change the face of retail.

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On today's show, we'll discuss how the Republican leadership feels about Trump's proposal for a 35 percent tariff; the president-elect's relationship with corporate America; and news that Lego's CEO has decided to step down. 

Traffic safety officials regularly warn us of the risks of driving while drunk or distracted.

But Americans still need to wake up to the dangers of getting behind the wheel when sleepy, according to a recent study of crash rates.

A report released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that drivers who sleep only five or six hours in a 24-hour period are twice as likely to crash as drivers who get seven hours of sleep or more.

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about Amazon's new cashier-free grocery store; Uber's purchase of Geometric Intelligence, a company with a multidisciplinary approach to artificial intelligence; and the European Commission's reminder to companies like Facebook and Twitter that they agreed to curb hate speech on their platforms.

It may sound like the plot of a movie: police find a young man dead with stab wounds. Tests quickly show he'd had Ebola.

Officials realize the suspects in the case, men in a local gang, may have picked up and spread Ebola across the slum. These men are reluctant to quarantine themselves and some – including a man nicknamed "Time Bomb" – cannot even be found.

This scenario actually unfolded in the West African nation of Liberia in 2015. And what followed was a truly unconventional effort by epidemiologists to stop a new Ebola outbreak.