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BC-APFN-US--Business Features Digest

September 6, 2018

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WAGES-BIG RAISES FOR SOME — American workers who quit to take new jobs have been enjoying pay raises that are one-third larger than raises for workers who stay put — producing a gap that is the widest since the Great Recession. At the same time, retail and restaurant workers are receiving more generous raises than manufacturing workers are. And America’s CEOs are receiving some of the biggest pay gains of all. At a time when the average annual wage increase for U.S. workers as a whole — 2.7 percent — remains surprisingly sluggish, some categories of workers are doing much better than average. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: Thursday, 1,380 words, photos.

UBER CEO-Q&A — Dara Khosrowshahi took the reins at Uber a year ago and inherited a ride-sharing company plagued with scandals. He has made safety the top priority and is trying to rebuild its culture. He envisions Uber becoming a one-stop shop for transportation planning including Uber cars, bikes, scooters and mass-transit. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: Thursday, 820 words, photos.

ICELAND-DIGITAL FREE ZONE — Iceland’s Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the last digital-free frontiers in the Nordic nation ranked as the world’s most-wired, and many people want to keep it that way now that internet service is on the horizon. By Egill Bjarnson. SENT: Thursday, 920 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-COLLEGE MAJOR DEBT — If you don’t know what you want to study, you can choose a major that won’t leave you with student loans you can’t repay. By NerdWallet columnist Anna Helhoski. SENT: Thursday, 840 words, photos.

WATCHING FOOTBALL ONLINE — The NFL season starts Thursday, and the good news for fans is that it’s going to be much easier to watch pro games online this year. The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in via a cable or satellite subscription, a bid to greatly expand its online audience at a time when TV ratings are forecast to keep declining. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: Wednesday, 730 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-SHADOW BANNING — President Donald Trump and other conservatives have been repeating the sinister-sounding term “shadow banning” recently. The phrase, which refers to a “hidden” ban on undesirable users, often comes up in accusations that Twitter and other technology companies are biased against conservatives. But the term doesn’t mean what Trump thinks it does. Twitter, meanwhile, says it does not shadow ban, especially not on the basis of political ideology. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: Wednesday, 800 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-AFTER THE ACQUISITION — As the number of small business sales keeps rising, staff retention is a priority - especially since low unemployment makes it easy for many workers to find new jobs. Human resources professionals suggest owners communicate well with staffers and pay attention to quality-of-life issues. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 960 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-BUYING APPLIANCES ONLINE — Looking to buy a fridge or dishwasher online? Here’s some tips before you click buy. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: Wednesday, 580 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-EMERGING MARKET TURMOIL — Argentine families are trying to cope with 30 percent inflation. Companies in Turkey face bankruptcy if they can’t pay off soaring debt costs. And investors who bet on emerging markets will be deep in the red this year. By Pan Pylas. SENT: Wednesday, 1,040 words, photos.

CHINA-JD FOUNDER — The Chinese e-commerce billionaire who faces a possible rape accusation in Minneapolis built his business by promising honesty in a market plagued by fraud and fakes. Richard Liu, founder of JD.com, the largest online direct retailer in China, was arrested Friday and released a day later pending possible criminal charges. By Joe McDonald. SENT: Wednesday, 720 words, photos.

HOMES-RIGHT NATURE TOYS — The world is full of high-tech children’s playthings. But there’s a movement afoot to bring back some simpler toys — ones that invite kids to explore the outdoors, and tap into their ingenuity, creativity and sense of play in ways that don’t involve an app or a “download” link. By Kim Cook. SENT: Wednesday, 590 words, photos.

ELECTION SECURITY-CYBER THREATS — Russian cyber meddling in American politics casts a shadow in the 2018 election. It’s a hazard that exploded into public consciousness in 2016. U.S. officials said they have not detected any attempts to corrupt election systems or leak information rivaling Kremlin hacking before President Donald Trump’s surprise victory. By Frank Bajak and Adam Geller. SENT: Wednesday, 2,430 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words was also sent.

KAEPERNICK-NIKE-WHY DO IT — Nike has created controversy by wading into football’s anthem debate with an ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. Some people are burning their shoes and Nike’s stock is falling. But the shoe maker has also garnered unprecedented buzz by featuring the ex-49ers player in its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. The ad’s copy reads “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” By Mae Anderson. SENT: Tuesday, 850 words, photos.

With: CORPORATE-AMERICA-POLITICS — A look at other companies that have recently been caught up the country’s political turbulence. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

ROBOTIC SAILBOATS — A Norwegian company’s robotic sailboat has completed a trans-Atlantic race for unmanned vessels, making it the first ever to complete the nearly decade-old challenge. It’s a milestone that underscores how the technology is robust enough for extended or risky maritime research missions humans can’t do. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: Tuesday, 1,000 words, photos.

FOOD AND FARM-MAINE BLUEBERRIES — In the era of superfoods, Maine blueberries aren’t so super. The state’s wild blueberry industry harvests one of the most beloved fruit crops in New England, but it’s locked in a downward skid. It comes at a time when other nutrition-packed foods, from acai to quinoa, dominate the conversation about how to eat. And questions linger about when, and if, the berry will be able to make a comeback. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: Tuesday, 800 words, photos, video.

CARS-NEW MODELS — From new top-selling pickup trucks to an essential range extension for an electric car to the most popular SUV in the country, the 2019 model year for new vehicles has something for everyone. By Tom Krisher. SENT: Tuesday, 1,210 words, photos.

CARS-MUSCLE CAR SLOWDOWN — Sales of new American muscle cars are falling, raising questions in Detroit and elsewhere about whether a nostalgic, high-horsepower cruising culture that dates to before the 1950s is in peril. By Tom Krisher. SENT: Tuesday, 850 words, photos.

CARS-NERDWALLET-SALESPERSON — Car shoppers can take control of the buying process by finding the right car salesperson. Here are the key qualities to look for — and the red flags. And if you need to make the switch, it’s easier than you might think. It’s your time and money, so spend them wisely. By NerdWallet columnist Philip Reed. SENT: Tuesday, 850 words, photos.

CARS-SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR NEXT CAR — If you already subscribe to digital services like Netflix to binge on TV shows and Spotify to groove to an endless mix of music, the auto industry might have a deal for you: Subscribe to your next car as well. SENT: By Michael Liedtke. SENT: Tuesday, 850 words, photos.

CARS-NOT-SO-AUTONOMOUS GROCERY DELIVERY — Having a self-driving car deliver your groceries seems like a great future use for artificial intelligence. Yet here in the present day, there’s a human schlepping your food every step of the way. There’s even one behind the wheel. Test pilots of the technology in places like Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Jose, California, still feature human safety drivers who have to take over if the robotic one gets confused. It might not be long before that changes. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: Tuesday, 730 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HANDLING COMPLAINTS — A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement is straining many of the state and local offices tasked with policing workplace discrimination of all kinds. By Susan Haigh. SENT: Tuesday, 910 words, photos.

GROWING UP DIGITAL-TECH BACKLASH-NOW AND THEN — Adults have worried about the new types of media and technology their kids spend time with since the days of dime novels and rock n’ roll. But experts — and grandparents — say are key differences this time around. A big part of this is our phones’ highly customized, 24/7 presence in our lives. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: Tuesday, 1,160 words, photos. Story appeared in a previous cycle.

BOOK REVIEW-SMALL FRY — The ghost of Steve Jobs haunts “Small Fry,” the memoir by his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. He looms larger than life even on the pages where he is missing — and he missed a lot. But we already knew that. We also knew that he was not a particularly nice person, that he was a genius, a charismatic visionary, the co-founder of Apple Computer. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: Tuesday, 950 words.

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