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October 4, 2018

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AP POLL-TEENS AND SOCIAL MEDIA — Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don’t think they’ll be the ones targeted for digital abuse, according to a new poll. By Matt O’Brien and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: Thursday, 1,080 words, photos.

NORTH AMERICAN TRADE-CANADA — Canadians are relieved after reaching a free trade deal with the Trump administration, but Trump’s treatment of America’s closest ally has left a bitter taste. By Rob Gillies. SENT: Thursday, 1,200 words, photos.

JAPAN-TSUKIJI — After years of delays Tokyo’s 80-year-old Tsukiji fish market is closing on Saturday to move to a more modern facility on reclaimed industrial land in Tokyo Bay. The new, 569 billion yen ($5 billion) facility at Toyosu will open on Oct. 11, over the objections of many working in Tsukiji who contend the new site is contaminated, inconvenient and unsafe. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: Thursday, 860 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-HOME AFFORDABILITY-2Q — NerdWallet calculated home affordability for the 10 metro areas that had the most population growth. By Holden Lewis of NerdWallet. SENT: Thursday, 900 words, photo.

ROBOT FARMERS — The farms of the future may involve tightly controlled indoor climate and crops of vegetables cultivated by robots. By Michael Liedtke. SENT: Wednesday, 750 words, photos, video.

CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS — California’s bold law requiring companies to include women on their board of directors may not survive legal challenges but it has already spotlighted the entrenched practices and barriers that have helped keep women out of boardrooms for so long. By Alexandra Olson and Matt Ott. SENT: Wednesday, 930 words, photos.

With: CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS-GLANCE — A look at how many women are on the board of directors of some prominent California companies. SENT: Wednesday, 200 words.

ON THE MONEY-HALLOWEEN — Shopping for Halloween costumes doesn’t have to be scary. This season, shoppers can find more ways to save time and money. Discounters like Walmart and Target are expanding their costume offerings and creating designated sections where they can find more of their Halloween needs in one place. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: Wednesday, 700 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-GHOSTING — All seemed to be going well with Randolph Rice’s new receptionist. She asked for more responsibilities and got them, and said she was happy. Then, two months into the job at Rice’s law office, she didn’t show up for work or call in sick. Rice tried to reach her, but got no response. He’d been ghosted: The receptionist ended the work relationship in much the same way many people end romantic associations, without a text, email, or call. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 1,050 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-SECOND CHANCE-CARD — While paying off $1,700 in credit card debt in 2014, Jamie Griffin cut up his card. To tackle the remaining $90,000 in student loans he and his wife carried, he read personal finance experts’ tips and turned to cash and a spreadsheet to budget. Now that most of their debt is paid off, he’s giving credit cards a cautious second chance. By Melissa Lambarena. SENT: Wednesday, 840 words, photos.

WEINSTEIN-ANNIVERSARY HOLLYWOOD A YEAR LATER — Is Hollywood a different place a year after the rapid downfall of Harvey Weinstein began? In the time since, guilds have rewritten codes of conduct, film festivals have signed pledges for gender parity and inclusion riders have been implemented by several leading production companies. But interviews with actresses, filmmakers and others make it clear: Hollywood has a long way to go. By Jake Coyle. SENT: Wednesday, 1,200 words, photos.

AMAZON-WAGES-RIPPLE EFFECTS — Amazon’s move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour for all its U.S. employees will likely embolden labor activists to push harder for pay increases. The question is whether its move will ripple through the retail and warehousing industries and actually lead to higher play for workers employed by other companies. By Christopher Rugaber and Josh Boak. SENT: Tuesday, 890 words, photos.

HOTEL-HOMESHARING — Hotels are good at providing clean, cookie-cutter rooms, but they know that travelers sometimes want more, like a big, cozy kitchen or an extra bedroom for the kids. So big hotel companies are jumping into home-sharing market, hoping to meet customers’ demands and blunt the growth of rivals like Airbnb. Marriott began testing home rentals in London in the spring. This week, it’s expanding that pilot program — called Tribute Portfolio Homes — to Paris, Rome and Lisbon. Marriott will let guests earn or redeem Marriott points at 340 different homes. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: Tuesday, 1,100 words, photos.

TRUMP-TRADE — President Donald Trump just muscled Canada on NAFTA, signed a trade deal with South Korea and coaxed a reluctant Japan into agreeing to bilateral trade talks. So is his aggressive approach to trade policy working? He has used tariffs -- and the threat of them -- to win concessions from U.S. allies. But it’s less clear the combative approach will work with China. And critics worry it’s done lasting damage to America’s economic and political relationships. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: Tuesday, 1,000 words, photo.

AP POLL-YOUNG AMERICANS-ECONOMY — A decade after the global financial crisis, about half of young Americans and their parents are optimistic that better fortunes are ahead for the younger generation, but many still think their prospects will be the same or even worse, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. By Sarah Sell. SENT: Tuesday, 600 words, photo, graphic.

PREVENTING ALZHEIMERS — It may be too late to stop Alzheimer’s in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact, in hope of preventing the disease? Two big studies are going all out to try. By Marilynn Marchione. SENT: Tuesday, 750 words, photos, video.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-EMPLOYMENT — New court rulings have favored medical marijuana users trying to keep or obtain jobs at drug-testing employers, after a series of decisions against medical pot users nationwide. The latest ruling came in Connecticut where a federal judge says a nursing home violated an anti-discrimination provision of the state’s medical marijuana law when it rescinded a job offer to a woman after she tested positive for cannabis. By Dave Collins. SENT: Tuesday, 850 words, photo.

NERDWALLET-ASK BRIANNA-SMALL STUDENT LOANS — Those who owe less than $5,000 in student loans are most likely to fall behind, often because they don’t earn enough to afford their payments. By Nerdwallet columnist Brianna McGurran. SENT: Tuesday, 750 words, photos.

AP EXPLAINS-NAFTA REDUX — U.S. farmers get more access to Canada’s dairy market. Drug companies get more protection from generic competition for advanced drugs. A look at the winners and losers in the revamped version of the North American Free Trade Agreement. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: Monday, 950 words, photos.

HIGH SPEED-WIRELESS AT HOME — Telecom providers are pouring billions into making new high-speed wireless data a reality. But your first experience with the higher-speed service might not be through your phone at all, but your living room, with broadband TV streaming -- without a cable. Verizon and others are rolling out their 5G networks in cities this year, which could mean tough competition for traditional cable and broadband providers — but only if the service turns out to be affordable and effective. By Mae Anderson. SENT: Monday, 1,000 words, photos.

SAME-DAY DELIVERY — Same-day delivery promises shoppers the tantalizing convenience of online ordering tied to the immediacy of store buying. But how well are stores pulling it off? Retail reporter Anne D’Innocenzio settled in on her couch and spent a Friday trying six different services from traditional retailers to online-only merchants. The results - and the fees - varied a lot. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: Monday, 770 words, photos, video.

FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES-DEVRY DEAL — A little-known venture capitalist is on the verge of acquiring one of the biggest for-profit colleges in the country, a transaction that would put him in control of a troubled national chain that’s more than 60 times the size of the tiny California school he currently owns. By Collin Binkley and Richard Lardner. SENT: Monday, 1,800 words, photos. An abridged version of 1,000 words also is available.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-N-TIMESHARE-INHERITANCE — Timeshare owners James and Barbara Ruh enjoy their annual vacations in Hawaii, but they don’t want their daughters to be obligated to take over the contracts when they die. So the Ruhs, who are attorneys with offices in Santa Barbara, California, and Edwards, Colorado, created a trust to hold their timeshare interests. By Liz Weston. SENT: Monday, 790 words, photos.

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