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Down day on Wall Street ... Exxon Mobil-Climate Change ... Brazil-Meat Exports

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 20, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — An early afternoon slump today dropped U.S. stocks mostly lower on Wall Street in a quiet day of trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 4.78 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,373.47. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 8.76 points to 20,905.86. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.53 points to 5,901.53.

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking Exxon Mobil to preserve all alias email accounts of company executives. Massachusetts and New York are investigating whether Exxon misled investors and the public about the risks climate change posed for the oil and gas company.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A scandal over expired meats in Brazil deepened today, with the European Union and China deciding to halt some meat imports from Latin America's largest nation. The developments represent a major blow to Brazil, one of the world's largest exporters of meat, which is struggling to emerge from its worst recession in decades.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Last week's deep freeze in the Southeast appears to have nearly wiped out Georgia's blueberries and South Carolina's peaches. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture said 85 percent of the state's peaches were damaged by two days of temperatures dipping into the 20s Wednesday and Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Gannett has named Joanne Lipman as the editor-in-chief of USA Today, one of the country's biggest newspapers. Lipman has been with McLean, Virginia-based Gannett Co. since December 2015 and will keep her chief content officer position.

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