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Less than two weeks after international sanctions were lifted, Iran is already cutting megadeals with Europe. The French automaker Peugeot-Citroen said Thursday it will return to Iran, while Iran appeared poised to buy at least 100 planes from Airbus.

Thursday's developments came during a visit to France by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, and follows his stop in Italy earlier this week, where he announced business agreements valued at around $18 billion.

This summer, Lego will release its first-ever minifigure that uses a wheelchair, the company says, confirming reports that emerged after one of the toys was seen at a toy fair. In recent years, the company has been urged to show more diversity in its offerings.

Where were you when you heard about the Challenger crash?

Jan 28, 2016
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Marketplace staff

Thirty years ago today the NASA space shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 28, 1986. All seven crew members died in the disaster. It was one of the biggest tragedies in space exploration history.

Kai took to Twitter today and asked:

Flint schools face a long-term lead probem

Jan 28, 2016
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Lizzie O'Leary and Raghu Manavalan

The Michigan Legislature voted today to send another $28 million to Flint to help with its water crisis.  Flint will face many long-term costs,  but the biggest ones will likely be felt by children. Of the skills you'd expect a typical 12-year-old to have, filtering lead is not one of them.

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In citrus-growing areas, you see lots of old converted school buses on the road; these are company buses, carrying the workers who will harvest oranges and grapefruit. And in the evening, some of those buses roll into a truck stop on a two-lane country road south of the town of LaBelle. Young men scramble out, trot into the store and line up at the taco counter.

This is where I met Esteban Gonzalez and his brother Isaac, from the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Facebook's skyrocketing profits

Jan 28, 2016

On today's show, what's driving Facebook's record profits; Visa's forthcoming reunion; and the rise of the independent bookstores in Paris.

Legacy equipment still hinders digital manufacturing

Jan 27, 2016
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Jeff St. Clair

Mathias Ellegiers is head of an Akron-based startup called Jaswig. He designed an adjustable standing desk — he says it’s healthier than sitting all day.

At a shop in Cleveland, the components of his wooden desk are routed out of sheets of Baltic birch plywood. Ellegiers didn’t bring any drawings. Instead, “We sent them the file through email,” he said.

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