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BC-US--Business Features Digest, US

December 27, 2018

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LIGHTER LAUNDRY DETERGENT — Amazon’s rise is forcing laundry detergents to shrink. Soap makers Tide and Seventh Generation have introduced redesigned packaging that’s several pounds lighter than traditional bottles by cutting down on plastic and using less water in their formulas. They’re making the changes to please Amazon and other online stores: lighter packaging means those retailers will pay less to ship the detergent to shopper’s doorsteps, making each sale more profitable. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: Thursday, 680 words, photos.

YE--LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR — The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: Thursday, 1,150 words, photos, video.

With:

— YE--LEGAL MARIJUANA-BANNER YEAR-TIMELINE — A look at some of the highlights for legal marijuana in 2018. SENT: Thursday, 480 words, photos.

FOX 25 YEARS — The manner in which football is televised today went in motion 25 years ago this month when Fox won rights to broadcast NFL games for $1.6 billion over four years. By Joe Reedy. SENT: Thursday, 1,360 words, photos.

BLOWOUT-CLIMATE-EXPORT BOOM — The boom in U.S. fossil-fuel production has been matched by a rush on the other side of the Pacific to build the tankers needed to respond to Asia’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for energy. When Congress lifted restrictions on shipping crude oil overseas in 2015, soon after the Obama administration opened the doors for exports of natural gas, even the most boosterish of Texas oil men wouldn’t have predicted the U.S. could become one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel exporters so quickly. By Michael Biesecker and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: Thursday, 1,730 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-SIDE HUSTLE — Simplify your taxes and maximize your income with a separate credit card for your side hustle. In addition to keeping all your business expenses in one place, it could help you with credit to build your business and rewards to extend your budget. By NerdWallet columnist Melissa Lambarena. SENT: Thursday, 760 words, photo.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-STOCK MARKET FALLOUT — Although the economy and consumer spending have been strong, some business owners, particularly those who sell big-ticket items and services, are feeling the effects of volatility in stocks that has persisted for much of this year. And some companies seeking investors are finding some resistance, even from people who a few months ago were eager to put their money down. Some owners are even rethinking hiring and other plans for 2019 in case customers cut back. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.

GROWING UP DIGITAL-TECH ADDICT — As suburban Seattle has grown into one of the world’s major tech centers, it’s also become a hub for treating “tech addiction” — excessive use of video games, devices and online content that can ruin a person’s life. By Martha Irvine. SENT: Wednesday, 1,680 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 850 words also is available.

YE--YOUR FINANCES-Q&A — Jobs, gas prices, taxes, interest rates: what the experts say to expect for personal finance issues in 2019. By Sarah Skidmore Sell. SENT: Wednesday, 760 words, photos. Eds: This story will stand for the weekly On the Money personal finance column.

YE-CREEPING TECH DYSTOPIA — We may remember 2018 as the year in which technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos. By Matt O’Brien. SENT: Monday, 1,280 words, photos.

CHARTER SCHOOLS-BLACK DIVIDED — Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with influential leaders in the black community. The Walton Family Foundation is one of the leading supporters of America’s charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately operated. An Associated Press analysis shows the Waltons are spreading financial support to prominent and like-minded black national and community groups. By Sally Ho. SENT: Monday, 1,000 words, photos, graphic.

CYBERSECURITY-CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE — The United States is rushing to catch up with what cybersecurity experts say are threats by hackers to systems that operate energy pipelines, hydroelectric projects, drinking water systems and nuclear power plants across the country. The Idaho National Laboratory’s cybercore labs and offices next year will move into a massive cybersecurity building, and another building will house one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers at a total cost of about $85 million. By Keith Ridler. SENT: Monday, 890 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-SOCIAL-SECURITY-TAXES— Because the taxation of Social Security benefits isn’t indexed to inflation, more recipients than ever before are seeing their benefits taxed. Giving seniors their well-deserved tax break, though, requires bigger fixes. SENT: Monday, 800 words, photo.

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