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Economics

What the rise of the gig economy means for the American Dream

The future of work in America is likely to be more flexible, possibly more precarious, for many people, as the gig economy expands. Why is this happening, how can more people thrive in this transition, and what does it mean for America's place in the world in this century? Economic historian Louis Hyman of Cornell University, author of "Debtor Nation" and "Borrow: The American Way of Debt," weighs in.

Business

How a couple's Fitbit told them they were expecting

David Trinidad and his wife Ivonne had just recently started using Fitbits, when Ivonne said that hers was malfunctioning. The device was showing an unusually high resting heart rate and recorded 10 hours in one day in what it called the “fat burning zone,” even though she had not been particularly active. But her Fitbit wasn't broken — she was pregnant.

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Conflict & Justice

Chevron May Pay Big to Ecuador

Chevron Corp., the U.S.'s second largest oil company, is the alleged culprit, and the company may have to pay at least $8 billion to repair damages after a ruling yesterday. To tell us more about the long fight is the BBC's Irene Caselli.

Conflict & Justice

Bernie Madoff Talks to the Press

Louise Story explains whether the banks and hedgefunds knew what was going on with Bernie Madoff. A lawsuit was filed against Madoff's bank, JP Morgan, on behalf of the victims, and the banks maintain that they aren't complicit.