NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are mostly lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street, with technology companies on pace for their second day of sharp losses. Some of the biggest companies on the market, including Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Facebook, are absorbing some of the largest losses. Energy companies, retailers and banks are also lower.

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business hiring fell by more than half in August, the likely result of a shrinking labor pool. Payroll processor ADP says its small business customers added 21,000 new jobs, down from 59,000 in July. That's less than half the monthly average of nearly 49,000 during the first seven months of 2018. ADP bases its reports on payroll data from its customers with one to 49 employees. Small business hiring has slowed from 2017, when monthly job gains averaged 61,000.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates have ticked up for the second straight week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to 4.54 percent from 4.52 percent last week. The rate stood at 3.78 percent a year ago. The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans edged up to 3.99 percent this week from 3.97 percent last week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged a computer programmer working on behalf of the North Korean government with the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, along with the massive Wannacry ransomware attack last year and an $81 million theft from a bank in Bangladesh. The department identifies the programmer as Park Jin Hyok. Assistant Attorney General John Demers says it was one of the most complex cybercriminal investigations conducted by the department.

NAHSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of several measures to combat opioid addiction. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will encourage doctors to recommend two alternative opioid pain relievers, Xtampza and Morphabond, which are designed to be more difficult to abuse. Vice president for pharmacy Natalie Tate told The Tennessean that BlueCross will cease paying for OxyContin on Jan. 1. She said the insurer will absorb the additional cost of the more expensive alternatives.