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BC-Business News Digest

February 13, 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:

HUAWEI-SOFT POWER _ Before being accused of cyberspying by the U.S., Chinese tech company Huawei had embarked on a global push to win consumers and burnish its brand by sponsoring Canadian hockey programs, an Australian rugby team, funding research at top universities, and promoting classical music concerts in Europe. Since the feud with the US and other Western countries, the company has stepped up its PR efforts in a different way, reaching out to the media and governments. By Kelvin Chan and Rob Gillies. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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CHINA-US-HUAWEI _ China: No evidence Huawei a national security threat. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 500 words, photo.

Also:

CHINA-US-TRADE TALKS _ U.S. and Chinese negotiators talk trade ahead of a March 2 deadline for tariff hikes on $200 billion of imports from China. By Joe McDonald and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 930 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

CONGRESS-SPRINT-T-MOBILE MERGER _ With their $26.5 billion merger hanging in the balance, top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint are taking their case to Congress, arguing that joining their companies won’t hurt competition or jack up consumer prices for wireless service. By Marcy Gordon and Tali Arbel. SENT: 950-word setup, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

ROMANCE SCAMS _ Is it love? Maybe not. The FTC says romance-related scams generated more losses than any other consumer fraud reported to the agency last year. By Sarah Skidmore Sell. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

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SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-ROMANTIC AND BUSINESS PARTNERS _ Romantic partners who are also business partners can find there’s a lot of tough talk, listening, learning and compromising needed as they run a company, a marriage and often a family. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. UPCOMING: 920 words by 1 p.m., photos.

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SMALLBIZ-ROMANTIC AND BUSINESS PARTNERS-TIPS _ Tips from people who are romantic and business partners about making the combination work. UPCOMING: 440 words by 1 p.m.

NKOREA-PLEASING THE PEOPLE _ North Korean pop culture, long dismissed as a throwback to Stalinist kitsch, is getting a makeover. To be sure, the nationalism and praise of the nation’s leaders remains prominent. But slicker production values, better consumer goods and more willingness to experiment around the edges is evident. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS _Stocks extended their gains in early trading on Wall Street as investors remain optimistic that the U.S. and China will make more progress in resolving their trade dispute. By Damian J. Troise. SENT: 350 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated through trading, about 700 words by 5 p.m.

BUDGET DEFICIT _ The Treasury Department releases federal budget data for December. By Martin Crutsinger. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 2 p.m. 250 words by 2:45 p.m.

CONSUMER PRICES _ Consumer prices were unchanged in January, as lower gasoline prices offset the rising costs of housing, clothing and medical care. By Josh Boak. SENT: 300 words, photos.

UN-GLOBAL UNEMPLOYMENT _ The International Labor Organization says unemployment worldwide fell slightly last year, but is warning about a lack of opportunities, falling job security and declining quality of work in the global marketplace. SENT: 130 words.

INDUSTRY:

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN _ Junichiro Hironaka, a lawyer famous for winning extremely rare acquittals in Japan, has been tapped to defend Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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_ FRANCE-RENAULT _ French car maker Renault says it will not pay former Chairman Carlos Ghosn compensation following his resignation. SENT: 200 words.

FORD-RECALL _ Ford is recalling nearly 1.5 million pickup trucks in North America because the transmissions can suddenly downshift into first gear. SENT: 130 words.

US-SPORTS BETTING _ New Jersey gambling regulators reveal how much money was wagered in the run-up to the Super Bowl. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: 830 words, photo.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

INDONESIA-INSTAGRAM _An Instagram account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia has disappeared from the site following a frenzy of moral outrage online in the world’s biggest Muslim nation. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 450 words, photos.

PERSONAL FINANCE:

ON THE MONEY-MEDICARE ADVANTAGE ENROLLMENT _ Medicare Advantage enrollees get a new, second chance to find the right health coverage this year. The government added another enrollment window that started Jan. 1 and lasts until March 31. It gives people with privately run versions of the federal Medicare program a chance to change plans or switch to regular Medicare. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BEHIND THE WHEEL-BUYER MISTAKES _ Car shoppers tend to see themselves as targets of opportunity for dealerships and their salespeople but Edmunds offers tips on how to avoid common mistakes. By Ronald Montoya of Edmunds. SENT: 900 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL:

BREXIT _ The British government downplays a report that its chief Brexit negotiator said lawmakers will have to choose between backing Prime Minister Theresa May’s unpopular divorce deal and a delay to the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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BRITAIN-ECONOMY _ Consumer price inflation in Britain falls below the Bank of England’s target of 2 percent for the first time in two years. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 390 words.

Also:

_ EUROPE-ECONOMY _ Slumping industrial output across the 19-country eurozone is stoking talk of a possible recession this year, even before any potential Brexit damage. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 400 words.

_ BREXIT-FRENCH WINES _ With less than two months before Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union, the head of the French federation of exporters of wines and spirits warned of the damage that an exit without an agreement would cause. SENT: 300 words.

EUROPE-GAS _ The European Union’s main institutions have agreed on a tentative deal that will increase the bloc’s role in managing a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. By Raf Casert. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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