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September 7, 2018

Among the stories Friday from The Associated Press:


ECONOMY-JOBS REPORT — Hiring picked up in August as U.S. employers added a strong 201,000 jobs, a sign of confidence that consumers and businesses will keep spending despite the Trump administration’s conflicts with U.S. trading partners. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.




TESLA-ACCOUNTING CHIEF — Tesla stock falls 9 percent after CEO Elon Musk is shown smoking what appears to be marijuana during a YouTube interview. Also Friday, the company’s chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, announces his resignation after a month on the job because of the public attention and fast pace the post entails. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

GOOGLE AT 20 — Twenty years after Larry Page and Sergey Brin set out to organize all of the internet’s information, the search engine they named Google is now a dominating force in smartphones, online video, email, maps and much more. That resounding success now has regulators and lawmakers around the world questioning whether the company has become too powerful. By Michael Liedtke. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 a.m., photos, video.

BRITAIN-BRITISH AIRWAYS HACK — Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 380,000 British Airways travelers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 460 words, photos.

KAEPERNICK-NIKE AD — As Colin Kaepernick watched from the apparel giant’s headquarters in Oregon, Nike aired its highly anticipated ad featuring the quarterback known for his social protests during the NFL season opener Thursday night. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NIKE-POLITICS AND SPORTS — Nike is embracing activism and the cause of racial justice at a time when shoe companies can no longer avoid the political rancor that’s dividing the country more and more each day. By Jesse Holland. UPCOMING: 800 words, with photos.


FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stock indexes are falling in early trading after a surprisingly strong jobs report pushed investors to gird for higher interest rates. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.


RICHARD DEVOS-SERVICES — A private funeral service has been scheduled for billionaire Richard DeVos, the co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. SENT: 150 words, photos.

CHICAGO HOTELS-STRIKE — Workers are picketing outside several downtown Chicago hotels as housekeepers, servers, cooks and others participate in a strike as part of an effort to get better benefits. SENT: 140 words.


AVATARS TEACH CHINESE — Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM are developing a different way to teach Mandarin that relies on artificial intelligence and immersive scenes. By Michael Hill. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.


JAPAN-QUAKE-WEAK LINK — Japan’s ultramodern conveniences, its zippy bullet trains, automated ticketing systems and smart homes work just fine, until the power goes out. By Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 830 words, photos.

RUSSIA-PENSIONS — Russia’s pension reform which has sent President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings into a tailspin is going to hit hard some of the president’s core supporters. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

GREECE — Thousands of police officers have been deployed to Greece’s second-largest city ahead of anti-austerity protests at a trade fair where Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to outline his post-bailout economic policy platform. SENT: 130 words.

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