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August 2, 2018

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FACEBOOK-POLITICAL ADS-Q&A — With less than three months to go before the midterm elections, Facebook is enforcing strict new requirements on digital political ads. Among other things, they force political ad buyers to verify their identities by receiving mail at a known U.S. address. By Barbara Ortutay and Mae Anderson. SENT: Thursday, 900 words, photo.

POLITICAL DONOR-ALLIED WALLET — How a business servicing online pornography, offshore gambling and illegal payday loans put millions of dollars behind Democrats — and then switched to Trump. By Jake Pearson and Jeff Horwitz. SENT: Thursday, 3,200 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,080 words also is available.

OF MUTUAL INTEREST - SMALL-CAP REITS — Sal Bruno, chief investment officer at IndexIQ, weighs in on what investors can expect from small-cap real estate investment trusts after a strong rebound in the second quarter. By Alex Veiga. SENT: Thursday, 600 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-PAID SICK LEAVE — Running a small business can be more expensive and complex for owners subject to the growing number of state and local laws that mandate paid sick time. Owners with staffers in different cities or states must decide how much sick leave to give all their workers. They also have higher administrative costs. Still, the trend in the U.S. is toward more companies offering paid sick leave, either because owners see it as a benefit staffers want or because of the laws in 10 states and many big cities. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 880 words, photos.

RISING CONSUMER PRICES — Consumers face higher prices as companies pass along higher costs for fuel and raw materials and start feeling the effects of trade disputes. Companies warn that items ranging from canned beverages to airline tickets will likely get more expensive as they face higher costs. Some shoppers say they’ve already noticed a rise in prices. By Damian J. Troise and Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: Wednesday, 780 words, photos.

RUSSIAN HACKERS — The leak of an alleged Russian hacker’s conversations with a security researcher shows more about the shadowy group of 12 Russian spies indicted by the FBI last month for targeting the 2016 U.S. election. The conversations show the hacker hustling for spy tools — a hint of how the Russian military intelligence officers who broke into the Democratic National Convention developed their digital lock picks. The Associated Press also has uncovered other traces of the hackers online. By Raphael Satter and Matthew Bodner. SENT: Wednesday, 1,390 words, photos.

ELECTION-SECURITY — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: Wednesday, 1,050 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-BETTER SLEEP — Lots of apps, fitness trackers, smartwatches and even mattress motion sensors claim they can diagnose or treat sleep problems. But sleep disorder doctors say there’s little evidence consumer gadgets actually improve sleep. Experts say such products make people focus on and try to improve their sleep. They also say technology can help describe the problem, but can’t tell you what the cause is. By Linda A. Johnson. SENT: Wednesday, 650 words.

BRITAIN-NO BREXIT DEAL — Brexit is looming and so is Armageddon, if you believe the headlines in Britain. Newspapers have been flooded with stories about food shortages, grounded flights and troops on the streets of Britain if the country leaves the European Union early next year without an agreement on the future relationship between the two sides. By Danica Kirka. SENT: Wednesday, 1,000 words, photos.

OPEN TO ALL — Spurred by a Colorado baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, a coalition of more than 1,200 businesses and cities including Yelp, Lyft and the city of New York are pledging not to discriminate against customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: Tuesday, 900 words, photo.

PIG FARM-UNDERCOVER VIDEO —A recently released undercover video showing pigs being kicked and hit at a supplier to meat giant JBS also highlights practices that are still common but are slowly changing in the pork industry, like keeping pregnant pigs in narrow cages. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: Tuesday, 900 words, photo.

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