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PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - Oct 18

Oct 18 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

- The Senate Commerce Committee is completing preparations for a hearing about Boeing this month, and members expect to use it to interview the company's chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, about the crashes and grounding of the 737 Max. https://nyti.ms/35H69bq

- China's economic slowdown worsened in the July-to-September period, according to data released on Friday, as the trade war with the United States and a host of other problems leave Beijing struggling to meet its goals. https://nyti.ms/2J2fqRA

- Johnson & Johnson, facing potentially costly litigation over opioids and baby powder, has agreed to pay $117 million to settle claims brought by dozens of states that said it deceptively marketed transvaginal pelvic mesh implants. https://nyti.ms/33F7rBV

- Juul Labs announced Thursday that it would temporarily halt online sales of flavored e-cigarettes like mango, products the company had already stopped distributing to retail stores as public outrage mounted over the soaring rate of teenage vaping. https://nyti.ms/33H1OTP (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)