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BC-Business News Digest

March 15, 2019

Here are AP Business News’ latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTINGS-SOCIAL MEDIA _ Facebook says it took down video of the New Zealand mosque shootings, but only after the footage was reportedly streaming live on its site for 17 minutes. A look at what social media companies are doing to monitor their platforms and react more quickly when users stream acts of violence and other gruesome content. By Kelvin Chan and Danica Kirka. UPCOMING.

FAA-INDUSTRY TIES _ For more than six decades, the Federal Aviation Administration has relied on employees of airplane manufacturers to do government-required safety inspections as planes are being designed or assembled. But critics say the system, dubbed the “designee program,” is too cozy as company employees do work for an agency charged with keeping the skies safe while being paid by an industry that the FAA is regulating. By Tom Krisher, David Koenig and Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH _ Ethiopian Airlines says analysis of the flight recorders of its crashed plane has begun in France. The New York Times reports that the pilot requested permission “in a panicky voice” to return to the airport shortly after takeoff as the plane dipped up and down sharply and appeared to gain startling speed. By Elias Meseret and Mulugeta Ayene. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

VOLKSWAGEN-DIESEL EMISSIONS _ U.S. regulators charged Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding investors during its massive diesel emissions scandal. SENT: 550 words, photo.

CHINA-CONGRESS-ECONOMY _ China’s No. 2 leader denied that Beijing tells its tech companies to spy abroad and promised Friday to treat foreign and domestic competitors equally in an effort to defuse tensions with Washington and Europe. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 820 words, photos.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS _ U.S. stocks open broadly higher on Wall Street, led by technology and retail companies, putting the market on track for a strong finish to the week. By Damian J. Troise. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated through trading, about 700 words by 5 p.m.

JOB OPENINGS _ U.S. employers posted nearly 7.6 million open jobs in January, near a record high set in November. It’s evidence that businesses are still hungry for workers despite signs the economy has slowed. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 350 words by 11:15 a.m.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION _ U.S. industrial production rose a slight 0.1 percent in February, as an increase in utilities and mining offset the second straight monthly drop in manufacturing. By Josh Boak. SENT: 220 words, photos.

BREXIT:

BREXIT _ British Prime Minister Theresa May is working to pull off an against-the-odds rescue for her European Union divorce deal, after Parliament voted to postpone Brexit to avert a chaotic U.K. departure in two weeks. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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BREXIT-TIMELINE-PHOTO GALLERY _ Britain’s love-hate relationship with the rest of Europe goes back decades, but the Brexit crisis gripping it today stems from a dramatic January 2013 speech by Prime Minister David Cameron in which he promised an “in or out” referendum. AP photographers have been present at all the crucial moments in the Brexit saga since. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 300 words, photo gallery.

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BREXIT-BRITS IN BRUSSELS _ Britons in Brussels are fretting about how their country’s looming departure will affect their daily lives. Growing numbers are taking Belgian nationality as a way of ensuring they can still live, work and travel freely in Europe after Brexit. By Mike Corder. SENT: 800 words, photos.

INDUSTRY:

SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES _ The Trump administration is changing sweeping land use plans for Western states to ease energy industry restrictions in a way officials say will protect a struggling bird species. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 600 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

TESLA-MODEL Y _ Tesla unveiled a new all-electric SUV on Thursday night that the automaker hopes will win over consumers looking for an all-electric alternative in the most popular segment of the auto market. By Alex Veiga and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SHIPWRECK BEER _ The most distinguishing feature of Jamie Adams’ new ale isn’t its hoppy bite but its compelling backstory — brewed from yeast in bottles of beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years. By Mary Esch. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

FACEBOOK-REVENGE PORN _ Facebook is rolling out technology to make it easier to find and remove intimate pictures and videos posted without consent, often called “revenge porn.” By Rachel Lerman. SENT: 470 words, photo.

JAPAN-BITCOIN _ Mark Karpeles, who headed Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange that went bankrupt after a massive hacking, was found guilty Friday of manipulating electronic data but cleared of embezzlement and breach of trust charges. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 700 words, photo.

OLY--TOKYO-ROBOTS _ Tokyo’s Olympics may become known as the “Robot Games.” Organizers have shown off robots that will be used at the new National Stadium to provide assistance for fans using wheelchairs. The robots are made by Olympic sponsor Toyota. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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