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BC-US--Business Features Digest, US

February 7, 2019

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ELECTRIC CARS-COLD WEATHER _ A new study finds that cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used. The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also finds that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. Many owners discovered the range limitations last week when much of the country was in the grips of a polar vortex. By Tom Krisher. SENT: Thursday, 600 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-SCREEN TIME _ Instead of surfing social media, consider some financially responsible ways to use your screen time, like with budgeting apps or shopping tools. And if you want to tear yourself away but can’t? There are apps for that, too. By NerdWallet columnist Courtney Jespersen. SENT: Thursday, 790 words, photos.

TELEMEDICINE _ More companies are paying for telemedicine, but why aren’t patients using virtual visits more often? By Tom Murphy. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-DISAPPEARING DEDUCTIONS _ As small business owners compile their income tax returns, they’ll confront some of their losses under the new tax law _ popular business deductions that have disappeared or been reduced. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 850 words, photos.


_ SMALLBIZ-DISAPPEARING DEDUCTIONS-TIPS_ Tax professionals predict this filing season is going to be more complicated as business owners see how much money they can no longer deduct due to the new tax law. SENT: Wednesday, 380 words.

SKOREA-BEAUTY PRESSURE _ As she pursued her dream of becoming a fashion model, veering for years between extreme dieting and overeating, Park I Seul realized she had a problem: She was not tall and skinny, like typical runway models, nor was she big enough to be a plus-size model. She is now among many young women who have taken to social media with the hashtag “talcorset,” or take off the corset, to encourage others to free themselves from social stereotypes about their appearance that they feel have long bound them. By Jung Yoon Kim. SENT: Wednesday, 1,300 words, photos.

TRUMP-TRADE-SOYBEANS _ Soybeans account for less than 1 percent of all the goods and services the United States sells the rest of the world. But somehow the humble legumes are upstaging weightier, thornier issues as the Trump administration tackles trade disputes with China, the European Union and other trading partners. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: Tuesday, 1,040 words, photos.

LUNAR NEW YEAR-AMERICAN CULTURE _ From Disney to Nike, American companies are celebrating and capitalizing on the Lunar New Year in the form of housewares, shoes and Mickey-shaped munchies. Asian-Americans are seeing foods and traditions normally shared just at home with their families becoming part of the mainstream. By Terry Tang. SENT: Tuesday, 750 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-MILLENNIAL MONEY-WAGE GARNISHMENT _ Default on your federal student loans and the government could take up to 15 percent of each paycheck to satisfy your debt. Learn how to stop wage garnishment before it starts and rehabilitate your loans to avoid this financial hit. By NerdWallet columnist Kelsey Sheehy. SENT: Tuesday, 770 words, photos.

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES-NOT READY YET _ Snow, human drivers, lane lines, left turns and fearful consumers are five big reasons why autonomous vehicles won’t be coming to your city anytime soon. By Tom Krisher. SENT: Monday, 1,000 words, photos.

AP POLL-FINANCIAL SECURITY _ Just how financially secure you feel depends on your age, your race, your education and _ perhaps not surprisingly _ your income. A new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that college graduates feel far more confident than high school graduates that they could afford an emergency $1,000 expense. By Josh Boak and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: Monday, 1,000 words, photos.

BEER-CORN CYRUP _ Bud Light is touting that it doesn’t use corn syrup, but experts say that doesn’t mean much for its nutritional content. By Candice Choi. SENT: 500 words, photo. With: SUPER BOWL-SUPER BOWL ADS _ This year’s Super Bowl ads went heavy on the humor _ and surprises. SENT: 750 words, photos; SUPER BOWL ADS-BEST AND WORST. SENT: Monday, 640 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-ANNIVERSARY _ Facebook turns 15 on Monday, a fitting milestone for its trudge through those awkward teenage years. Launched in 2004 as “TheFacebook” in a Harvard dorm room, the service was originally intended only for the university’s students. The social network has since transformed itself _ and the world _ for better or for worse. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: Monday, 500 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING-LEAGUE ROYALTIES _ America’s major professional sports leagues are split on how to get a piece of the action from legal sports betting after failing to get early adopting states to cut them in. But they are back in the game this year as a number of states are considering granting them fees from sports bets. By Wayne Parry. SENT: Monday, 1,360 words.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-CHOOSE YOUR ADVISER _ “Affinity fraud” targets people with something in common. That’s a big reason why it’s smart to do your own research on any adviser recommended by friends and family. By NerdWallet columnist Liz Weston. SENT: Monday, 790 words, photo.

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