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BC-Business News Digest

February 8, 2019

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

TOP STORIES:

JEFF BEZOS-AMAZON IMPACT _ Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, is facing a divorce and is accusing a tabloid of extortion. But some experts and analysts say it will have little impact on the company. By Joseph Pisani. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photo.

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JEFF BEZOS-NATIONAL ENQUIRER _ The publisher of the National Enquirer says it will investigate Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ allegation that it threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress. Michael Balsamo and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

GRAB AND GO SHOPPING _ Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in other stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line. By Michael Liedtke and Joseph Pisani. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 11 a.m.

MARKETS & ECONOMY:

FINANCIAL MARKETS _ Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as a mixed bag of earnings reports didn’t inspire investors to get back to buying stocks. SENT: 130 words, photos, UPCOMING: Will be updated through 5 p.m.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION _ The Federal Reserve releases industrial production data for January.

INDUSTRY:

AIR BAGS-RECALL _ Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 420 words, photos.

INCAPACITATED WOMAN-SAFETY TECHNOLOGY _ Arizona is trying to catch up to 10 states with laws allowing electronic monitoring and other technology aimed at deterring abuse of vulnerable people at long-term care facilities following the rape of an incapacitated Phoenix woman who later gave birth. By Terry Tang. SENT: 940 words, photos.

EARNINGS:

HASBRO _ Hasbro returned to a profit in its fourth quarter, but the toy company’s performance still fell short of Wall Street’s expectations as it continues to deal with the demise of Toys R Us. SENT: 240 words, photos.

TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:

INSTAGRAM-SELF-HARM IMAGES _ Instagram has agreed to ban graphic images of self-harm after objections were raised in Britain following the suicide of a teen whose father said the photo-sharing platform had contributed to her decision to take her own life. SENT: 140 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL:

BREXIT _ The British and Irish leaders were meeting Friday to discuss the Irish border — and mend fences — amid rising tensions between Britain and the European Union over Brexit. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 510 words, photos.

GERMANY-ECONOMY _ German imports and exports both rose unexpectedly strongly in December, providing a positive note about the strength of Europe’s largest economy amid growing worries, official data showed Friday. SENT: 300 words, photos.

FINLAND-BASIC INCOME _ A nationwide experiment with basic income in Finland has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased, a report said Friday. By Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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