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August 30, 2018

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GMAIL-MACHINE GENERATED REPLIES — “Awesome, thanks!” ″I’ll ask.” ″It was my pleasure!” Google has begun suggesting auto-responses to emails in Gmail on desktop and iPhones, implementing a feature already on its Android app and toeing the line between useful and creepy. The responses are drawing mixed responses from users. By Mae Anderson UPCOMING: Thursday, 680 words, photos.

MICROSOFT-PAID PARENTAL LEAVE — Microsoft says it’s requiring its U.S. suppliers to offer their employees at least 12 weeks paid leave to care for a new child. The company announced the new parental leave policy Thursday. It affects hundreds of U.S. businesses that supply Microsoft with everything from janitorial services to software consulting. By Matt O’Brien. SENT: Thursday, 410 words, photos.

OF MUTUAL INTEREST-SEPTEMBER — Stocks are at record highs thanks in part to growing optimism about trade tensions easing, but investors should watch out because September is historically the worst month of the year for stocks. By Marley Jay. SENT: Thursday, 330 words, photos, graphics.

TELLTALE- DNA — The genetic trail that plants and animals leave behind is helping scientists find them without actually catching them. By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega. SENT: Thursday, 890 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-SALES — If you don’t see a sale sign, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a deal. Here are four ways you could save money the next time you shop online or in person. By NerdWallet columnist Courtney Jespersen. SENT: Thursday, 700 words, photos.

MOOD TO SPEND — The store isn’t dead for Home Depot. Or Kohl’s. Or Target. Many kinds of chains have posted strong sales, both online and at stores, and are raising their outlooks for the year. What’s driving it? A booming economy that has shoppers spending more freely, companies’ own efforts to make their stores more pleasant and updates to their websites and delivery to make everything faster. But is it the beginning of a real retail renaissance or a short-term blip? We look at five main trends right now. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: Wednesday, 700 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-DISASTER RECOVERY — As small business owners in Hawaii and California start cleaning up after a hurricane and wildfires, they’ll find there’s no one formula for recovery. The same disaster can devastate businesses in divergent ways. Here are stories of how business owners did it. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 1,300 words, photos.

US-CANADA-TOUGH TALK — Canadians are stunned by the repeated broadsides from what has long been their closest ally and some have even begun boycotts. By Rob Gillies. SENT: Wednesday, 1,000 words, photos, video.

ON THE MONEY-MEDICAL DEBT — A collections agency can come calling and calling over unpaid medical bills that might cost less than a week’s worth of groceries. A recent study found that trouble with medical debt can hit sooner than patients might think. Here’s a look at the issue. By Tom Murphy. SENT: Wednesday, 650 words, photos.

MARIJUANA-STONER STEREOTYPES — Michelle Janikian, who writes about marijuana for publications like Herb, Playboy and Rolling Stone, says after she tells someone what she does for a living, she usually spends the rest of the conversation “trying to act so friendly and mainstream” so they don’t think she’s stoned. By John Rogers and Krysta Fauria. SENT: Wednesday, 1,000 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-NATIONAL ENQUIRER FINANCIAL WOES — The National Enquirer has long explained its support for Donald Trump as a business decision based on the president’s popularity among its readers. But private financial documents and circulation figures obtained by The Associated Press show that the tabloid’s business was declining even as it published stories attacking Trump’s political foes and, prosecutors claim, helped suppress stories about his alleged sexual affairs. By Jeff Horwitz. SENT: Wednesday, 1,200 words, photo.

TRUMP TRADE-US-CANADA-EXPLAINER — President Donald Trump’s drive to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement has taken an odd turn that complicates his effort to replace that deal with one more favorable to American workers: He’s so far snubbed Canada. How did the Trump administration cut a preliminary trade deal with Mexico while winding up at odds with one of America’s closest allies — and one of the few with which it runs a trade surplus? Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must now try to patch up their relationship and preserve a three-nation trade bloc that companies across North America have come to depend on. By Paul Wiseman and Rob Gillies. SENT: Tuesday, 1,100 words, photo.

TESLA-ELECTRIC RIVALS — While Tesla grapples with internal issues like production delays, a sometimes-erratic CEO and a recent about-face on whether to go private, its rivals are moving aggressively into the luxury electric vehicle space. By David McHugh. SENT: Tuesday, 1,000 words, photos.

UNIVERSITIES-TRADEMARK BULLIES — Never get between a university and its trademarks. That’s the lesson dozens of people learn every year when they unwittingly provoke the wrath of big schools and the lawyers they hire to protect their mascots, slogans and logos. Records gathered by The Associated Press show that some major universities send their lawyers after even slight perceived threats to their brands. By Collin Binkley. SENT: Tuesday, 1,000 words, photos.

FILM-FALL PREVIEW-NETFLIX’S BIG OSCAR SEASON — This fall will be, by a wide measure, Netflix’s most ambitious movie season yet. On tap for the streaming service are films from a healthy percentage of Hollywood’s most acclaimed filmmakers, including Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Greengrass, Nicole Holofcener, the Coen brothers and even Orson Welles. It’s a slate that would be the envy of most movie studios, and it could put Netflix on a collision course with Oscars. By Jake Coyle. SENT: Tuesday, 1,100 words, photos. NOTE: This is part of an ongoing fall preview package.

CHINA-TARIFFS-REPLACING AMERICA — In the midst of their tariff battle with Washington, Chinese leaders are pressing companies to find other customers and suppliers. But the Chinese companies face trouble on two fronts: replacing the vast U.S. market for their products and finding alternative suppliers of technology they’ve long imported from America. By Joe McDonald. SENT: Monday, 1,120 words, photos.

NKOREA-THE BUYERS’ GUIDE — Ostrich skin ready for tailoring, huge flat-screen TVs, “Neo-Viagra” and a cure for cancer? North Korea’s official shopper’s guide is glossy and full of testimonials from satisfied customers and phone and email contact information for the dozens of companies pitching their latest products — though good luck reaching any of them. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: Monday, 990 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-KIDS PAY COLLEGE — Parents often want to spare their kids from debt by paying for college. But your student needs to have some skin in the game. By NerdWallet columnist Liz Weston. SENT: Monday, 800 words, photos.

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