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October 8, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes found their footing after a sharp early loss Monday and finished mixed. Technology companies sank for the third day in a row. The Dow reversed an early loss of 223 points and rose 40 points. The S&P dipped 1 point. The Nasdaq sank 52 points.

CHICAGO (AP) — Postal workers and their supporters spent part of the Columbus Day holiday protesting what they see as a White House push to make the U.S. Postal Service private. In Chicago, workers rallied near a downtown post office, carrying signs reading “U.S. Mail, Not For Sale” and “We Belong To The People, Not Corporate America.”

HONOLULU (AP) — Workers at some of Hawaii’s most iconic hotels are joining a national strike. About 2,700 Marriott employees on Oahu and Maui on Monday joined the strike that began last week in Boston, San Francisco and other cities. They work at four Waikiki properties operated by Marriott, including The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, an historic institution famous for its pink exterior. Workers at the Sheraton Maui are also striking.

EMIGRANT, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN’-kee) approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is launching its first electronic device to bear its brand, a screen and camera-equipped gadget intended to make video calls easier and more intuitive. But it’s unclear if people will open their homes to an internet-connected camera sold by a company with a shoddy track record on protecting user privacy. The device, called Portal, offers people a way to chat with one another without having to fuss with positioning and other controls.

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