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Walmart to stop selling certain gun ammunition

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it will discontinue the sale of handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where states laws allow it. The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed seven lives in Odessa, Texas and follows two other back-to-back shootings last month, one of them at a Walmart store.

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UK's Johnson suffers defeat in Parliament over Brexit

LONDON (AP) —British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suffered a big defeat in Parliament as rebels seize control of Brexit agenda. The 328 to 301 vote Tuesday night clears the way for Johnson's opponents to introduce a bill Wednesday that would seek to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal Oct. 31. The cross-party rebels are determined to prevent a "no-deal" Brexit because of fears it would gravely damage the economy.

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UK currency volatile as investors try to gauge Brexit risks

LONDON (AP) — The pound has touched its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, excluding a brief "flash crash" in 2016 that may have been caused by technical glitches. International investors are fretting over a political showdown over Brexit this week. The currency has fallen as low as $1.1960 before recovering somewhat to about $1.2060. Not counting the brief plunge in the autumn of 2016, the pound was at its lowest level in 34 years.

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Niche home-sharing sites roll out welcome mat for minorities

A handful of home-sharing services are challenging the dominant brands by catering to specific minority groups. Their approach has carved out a thriving niche in the market. Muzbnb is a site for Muslims. Misterb&b serves gay travelers. Innclusive and Noirbnb cater to black customers. There are also home-sharing sites for Mormons, Christians and women. One executive calls the services "digital Green Books," a reference to the guide that black motorists once used to find welcoming hotels.

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Stocks slump broadly as expanded US-China tariffs kick in

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies drove a broad slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as disappointing economic data and the latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China put investors in a selling mood. The losses ended a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500. The sell-off got going as markets opened after a long weekend to expanded tariffs between Washington and Beijing. New data showing that U.S. manufacturing shrank in August for the first time in three years helped drive the selling.

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US factories shrink for 1st time in 3 years amid trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war and slower global growth are weighing on the U.S. economy, with manufacturing activity shrinking in August for the first time in three years. A survey by the Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, on Tuesday showed that factory production and new orders fell sharply last month and are now contracting.

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US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be violating the company's rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. Facebook says it prohibits fake accounts and will "act" on any it finds that violate that policy. The Associated Press reported Friday that Homeland Security had authorized its agents to use fake social media accounts in a reversal of a previous ban on the practice.

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UAW picks GM as bargaining target, workers authorize strikes

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has picked General Motors as the target company for this year's contract talks with Detroit's three automakers. The move announced Tuesday means that GM will be the focus of bargaining, and any deal with the company will set the pattern for Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

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NTSB: Tesla on Autopilot when it hit California firetruck

DETROIT (AP) — A government report says the driver of a Tesla that slammed into a firetruck near Los Angeles last year was using the car's Autopilot system when a vehicle in front of him suddenly changed lanes and he didn't have time to react. The National Transportation Safety Board says that the driver never saw the truck and didn't brake.

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US hits Iran space agency with sanctions over missile work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Iran's space agency for the first time. The U.S. accuses Iran of using its space program to develop ballistic missiles under the cover of a civilian program to launch satellites into orbit. The sanctions announced Tuesday follow the explosion last week of a rocket at Iran's Imam Khomeini Space Center in what an Iranian official said was a technical malfunction during a test.

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The S&P 500 dropped 20.19 points, or 0.7%, to 2,906.27. The Dow lost 285.26 points, or 1.1%, to 26,118.02. The Nasdaq fell 88.72 points, or 1.1%, to 7,874.16. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 22.56 points, or 1.5%, to 1,472.28.