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October 3, 2018

Here are AP Business News’ latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

AMAZON-WAGES-RIPPLE EFFECTS— After years of sluggish pay gains, the economy may be starting to work for America’s low-wage workers. Amazon’s announcement Tuesday that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour will intensify pressure on other companies to lift their pay levels as well. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 800 words, photo.

CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS — California’s new law requiring companies to include women on their boards of directors has already spotlighted the entrenched practices and barriers that have helped keep women out of boardrooms. Some of the country’s best-known companies, along with many smaller ones, will have to overcome such obstacles to comply with the new measure. Facebook, Apple and Google’s parent company Alphabet are among the companies that would have to add women to their boards by 2021 to comply. By Alexandra Olson and Matt Ott. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos at 3 a.m.

With: CORPORATE BOARDS-FEMALE DIRECTORS-GLANCE — A look at how many women are on the board of directors of some prominent California companies. UPCOMING: 200 words at 3 a.m.

AUTO-SALES — Vehicle sales are slowing down despite a run on big SUVs. Major automakers say that U.S. sales fell 7 percent in September and 4 percent for the June-through-September quarter, compared with the same periods last year. SENT: 550 words, photo.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — A report on global markets, starting in Asia and updated through the close of trading on Wall Street.

ADP-EMPLOYMENT — Payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in September. By Christopher Rugaber. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 8:15 a.m., 350 words by 9 a.m.

ECONOMY-SERVICES — The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for September. By Paul Wiseman. UPCOMING: 130 words after release of report at 10 a.m., 300 words by 10:45 a.m.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

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. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 3 p.m. EDT, photos.

With: WEINSTEIN ANNIVERSARY-HOLLYWOOD A YEAR LATER-ABRIDGED.

TENCENT MUSIC IPO — The owner of China’s largest music streaming services is looking to strike it rich in the U.S. stock market. SENT: 130 words.

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