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December 14, 2018

TOKYO (AP) — A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers was unchanged amid persisting worries over global trade tensions. The Bank of Japan’s “tankan” survey, released Friday, says sentiment remained flat for a second month after three quarters of decline. Meanwhile, Asian markets tumbled after China reported weaker-than-expected economic data.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions Friday. The Public Service Commission will determine how much to cut rates for 737,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas customers who have already paid more than $2 billion for a pair of nuclear reactors abandoned during construction. Regulators will also decide whether to approve a roughly $15 billion cash and stock bid from Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy SCE&G’s parent company SCANA Corp.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku after on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the network’s show “Bull,” made her uncomfortable. CBS confirmed the settlement Thursday. Weatherly told the New York Times in an email that he was simply mocking comments in the script to Dushku, and was mortified and apologized when he learned she was uncomfortable. Dushku was written off the show.

NEW YORK (AP) — Wrapping up a year of privacy scandals and a host of other problems, Facebook hosted a one-day “pop-up” event in New York City’s Bryant Park on Thursday, hoping to talk to users about their privacy settings, ad preferences and whatever else may be on their mind.

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China. The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with UberEats. In China, delivery will be offered from 2,000 stores in 30 cities by the end of this year, up from 150 stores at the end of September. Starbucks is partnering with delivery service Ele.me in that country.

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