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March 14, 2019

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OFF THE CHARTS-BOEING _ Boeing soared early in 2019 and lifted the Dow Jones Industrial Average with it. Now concerns about the safety of the newest version of its flagship airplane have halted the momentum. By Damian J. Troise. UPCOMING: Thursday, 550 words, photo.

NERDWALLET-STUDENTS CAN’T REPAY _ Students take on college debt with the best of intentions. But how do smart students wind up with debt they can’t repay? Here are three reasons, plus ways to avoid these traps. By Teddy Nykiel of NerdWallet. SENT: Thursday, 790 words, photo.

ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-BOEING-Q&A _ In the days since an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash killed 157 people, there have been many questions but not a lot of answers. That absence of information has caused dozens of countries to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8, the popular aircraft at the center of not just Sunday’s crash but another one five months earlier involving Lion Air, which killed 189 people in Indonesia. But the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is not joining in and continues to back the jet’s airworthiness. Here’s what people are asking about the planes and what we know so far. By David Koenig. SENT: Wednesday, 820 words, photo.

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ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH-PLANES GROUNDED _ A list of the growing number of airlines around the world which have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people on Sunday. SENT: Wednesday, 1,300 words.

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ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH _ Much of the world, including the entire European Union, grounded the Boeing jetliner involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash or banned it from their airspace, leaving the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane involved in two deadly accidents in just five months. By Elias Meseret and Yidnek Kirubel. SENT: Wednesday, 950 words, photos, video.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-CYBERCRIME _ A cyberattack that leads to down time and lost data can be costly for small companies, which often don’t have sophisticated and comprehensive systems to protect themselves from hackers, viruses, malware and ransomware. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.

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_SMALLBIZ-CYBERSECURITY-TIPS_ Small businesses can improve cybersecurity in several ways _ first by consulting with experts in how to protect computers and data. SENT: Wednesday, 400 words.

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ON THE MONEY-DENTAL DISCOUNT PLANS _ No dental insurance? Dental discount plans are a lesser known option that offer reduced prices on exams, fillings and other procedures. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: 660 words, photos.

FACEBOOK FUTURE-THE COMPETITION _ Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. The company’s ambitions harken to how WeChat has become the centerpiece of digital life in China, where people use it to order movie tickets, subway passes, food delivery and rides. If Facebook succeeds, it could threaten Snapchat, Yelp, Venmo, eBay and even Apple and Amazon. By Rachel Lerman and Nick Jesdanun. SENT: Tuesday, 1,240 words, photo.

SWITZERLAND-WEB AT 30 _ At the ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: Tuesday, 750 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-MILLENIAL MONEY-EXPAT DEBT _ Dreaming of living abroad? Debt obligations back home don’t have to stop you, but they can make things more complicated. Currency changes, wire transfer fees and limited access to financial services back home can make it hard to manage debt as an expat. And where you live, how you’re paid and to whom you owe money can affect the pain of making payments. By Kelsey Sheehy of NerdWallet. SENT: Tuesday, 830 words, photo.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-EMPLOYER-DEBT-HELP _ Some employers are targeting debt-related financial stress through benefits that help workers with emergency loans, student loan repayment and medical bills. Startups are springing up to help provide these services. By Liz Weston of NerdWallet. SENT: Monday, 810 words, photo.