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BC-Business News Digest

March 14, 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:

ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH _ Flight data recorders from a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight arrived in France for analysis Thursday as frustrated relatives of the 157 people killed stormed out of a meeting with airline officials in Addis Ababa. By Elias Meseret and Yidnek Kirubel. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

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ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-BLACK BOXES _ France doesn’t see an unusually large number of aviation disasters, but its plane crash investigators are world famous. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 380 words, photos.

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_ OFF THE CHARTS-BOEING _ Boeing soared early in 2019 and lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average with it. Now concerns about the safety of the newest version of its flagship airplane have halted the momentum. By Damian J. Troise. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo.

_ ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-PLANES GROUNDED _ A list of countries around the world that have grounded Boeing 737 Max jets or banned them from their airspace following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people on Sunday. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

BREXIT _ British lawmakers face another tumultuous day Thursday ahead of a vote on whether to request a delay to the country’s scheduled departure from the European Union and Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to shore up her shattered authority. By Danica Kirka and Raf Casert. SENT: 770 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

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BREXIT-WHAT NEXT? _ British lawmakers get chance to try to stop Brexit countdown with Thursday vote on asking the EU for a delay. A look at what might happen next. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS _ U.S. stocks are edging lower in early trading on Wall Street as the market settles down after three days of gains. By Damian J. Troise. SENT: 300 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated through trading, about 700 words by 5 p.m.

NEW HOME SALES _ Sales of new U.S. homes slumped 6.9 percent in January, a possible sign that buyers paused during the government shutdown. By Josh Boak. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 350 words by 10:45 a.m.

MORTGAGE RATES _ Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m. 300 words by 10:45 a.m.

EARNINGS:

EARNS-DOLLAR GENERAL _ Dollar General Corp. posted mixed fourth-quarter results, with profit pressured by an income tax expense while revenue grew during the critical holiday period. The discount retailer also provided a fiscal 2019 profit outlook below Wall Street’s view. SENT: 380 words, photo.

EMIRATES-EARNS-ETIHAD _ Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said Thursday it lost $1.28 billion in 2018, the third-straight year the government-owned long-haul carrier has lost over a billion dollars. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 360 words, photo.

EMIRATES-EARNS-DP WORLD _ Global port operator DP World said Thursday its profit rose 10 percent to $1.29 billion last year despite worldwide trade tensions, buoying a firm that may try again to enter the U.S. market after a failed attempt a decade ago became a political maelstrom. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 400 words, photos.

INDUSTRY:

CHINA-AUTO SALES _ The downturn in China’s auto market worsened in January and February as an economic slowdown and a tariff fight with Washington chilled demand in the industry’s biggest global market. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 300 words, photos.

UPS-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT _ UPS workers at a distribution hub in Ohio are suing the company over what they say has been a series of racist acts and discriminatory hiring decisions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

HUAWEI-BANK FRAUD _ Lawyers for the Chinese electronics giant Huawei are due in court in a U.S. case charging the company with violating Iran trade sanctions. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated following arraignment.

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NATO-HUAWEI _ NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance is mulling whether to take action in response to security concerns about Chinese tech giant Huawei. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-SEGA _ Japanese entertainment company Sega has cancelled shipments of its video game “Judgment,” also known as “Judge Eyes,” after one of its actors was arrested on drug charges. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 200 words, photos.

PERSONAL FINANCE:

NERDWALLET-STUDENTS CAN’T REPAY _ Students take on college debt with the best of intentions. But how do smart students wind up with debt they can’t repay? Here are three reasons, plus ways to avoid these traps. By Teddy Nykiel of NerdWallet. UPCOMING: 790 words, photo by 11 a.m.

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