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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mixed in afternoon trading on Wall Street. Media companies are rising following a report that Charter Communications might be bought by a Japanese technology company, and cable network companies Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications agreed to combine. Banks are trading higher as well. But Facebook and other technology companies are falling.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's state-owned public utility has voted to stop construction on two billion-dollar nuclear reactors. The reactors were set to be among the first new nuclear reactors built in the U.S. in decades, but the vote by Santee Cooper's board on Monday likely ends their future. Santee Cooper owns 45 percent of the project. South Carolina Electric & Gas owns 55 percent. That utility planned to update state regulators on Tuesday. The project has been shrouded in doubt since earlier this year, when primary contractor Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protection.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says a Pennsylvania-based coal company has won a contract to supply coal used for heating to Ukraine's state-owned power company. The deal calls for Xcoal Energy and Resources to ship 700,000 tons of thermal coal to the Ukraine to heat homes and businesses. The first shipment is expected to leave the Port of Baltimore next month at a cost of $113 per metric ton. Energy Secretary Rick Perry hailed the deal, saying such partnerships "are crucial to the path forward to achieve energy dominance" for the U.S.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservationists are opposing Republican plans to eliminate key environmental regulations as part of the incentives package luring a $10 billion Foxconn electronics plant to southeastern Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker's incentives bill would exempt the company from environmental impact statements and state permits for filling wetlands and building on lake beds. Opponents say the bill would leave people in the dark about how the plant would affect the landscape and result in the loss of wetlands.

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO has had some of its programming stolen in what is being described as a cyber incident. The company says it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity firms. In an email to employees, HBO CEO Richard Pepler says that "proprietary information" was stolen in the hack. A spokesman wouldn't comment on which specific TV episodes, movies or other video the hackers made off with.

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