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___US economy grew at modest 2% rate in second quarterWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a moderate 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll.___GM reverses course, says strikers will keep health coverageDETROIT (AP) — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after saying coverage would be cut off. The company says in an email to the United Auto Workers union that it will keep benefits in place due to significant confusion among members. Workers howled and politicians criticized GM after the company said it would end benefits the day after the strike began Sept. 16.___McDonald’s takes a nibble of the plant-based burgerCHICAGO (AP) — McDonald’s is finally taking a nibble of the plant-based burger. In a very limited test in Canada, McDonald’s said Thursday that it’s introducing the PLT, or the plant, lettuce and tomato burger. It will be available for 12 weeks in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario by the end of the month. The limited test is rolling out about six months after rival Burger King began testing the plant-based Impossible burger.___Walmart’s Sam’s Club launches health care pilot to membersNEW YORK (AP) — Walmart’s Sam’s Club is teaming up with several health care companies to offer discounts on everyday care its customers might delay or skip because of the cost. Starting in early October, Sam’s Club members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, will be able to buy one of four bundles of health care services that start from $50.___Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automaticallyNEW YORK (AP) — Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically. Previously, users had to go into Alexa’s settings and delete recordings manually. Users can now ask Amazon to automatically delete recordings after three months or 18 months. But users need to specify that in the settings, as recordings are kept indefinitely by default. Tech companies have been reviewing their practices in light of privacy concerns.___Spokesman: China buying US soybeans, porkBEIJING (AP) — China’s government says importers have agreed to buy more American soybeans and pork. The announcement comes as the two sides make conciliatory gestures ahead of trade talks next month. A government spokesman said Chinese buyers have “completed deals to buy soybeans and pork of considerable scale” but gave no details.___Shares of Peloton skid on first day of tradingNEW YORK (AP) — Shares of connected exercise machine company Peloton skidded in their first day of public trading. Peloton offered 40 million shares at an initial public offering price of $29 per share, the high end of an expected range of $26 to $29 apiece. They closed Thursday at $25.76, a loss of more than 11%.___NY files suit against Dunkin’ Donuts over security breachesNEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general says Dunkin’ Donuts violated state law by not notifying almost 20,000 customers, including more than 2,000 in New York, about cyberattacks on their accounts in 2015 and inadequately warning more than 300,000 customers in 2018 about another attack. A lawsuit filed Thursday says the company knew in 2015 that a series of attacks had been made on customers’ online accounts but didn’t inform them. Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. says there’s “absolutely no basis for these claims.”___LinkedIn asks users to think beyond professional networksDALLAS (AP) — LinkedIn wants users to step outside their professional silos to boost someone else’s career. The company wants to narrow a “network gap” that disadvantages people who don’t have access to strong professional or alumni networks. The service says it’s not reversing its guidance that LinkedIn users accept connections only from people they know and trust. Instead, it’s nudging people to reach outside their traditional networks — such as someone they share a ride with or sit next to on a plane.___US stocks fall, bond prices rise as investors turn cautiousNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended modestly lower and bond prices rose on Wall Street Thursday as investors turned cautious, shifting money into lower-risk holdings. The selling came as traders weighed the implications of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and government data showing slower U.S. economic growth. Communication services, health care and energy stocks accounted for a big slice of the selling as the market gave back some of its gains from a rally the day before.___The S&P 500 index fell 7.25 points, or 0.2%, to 2,977.62. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 79.59 points, or 0.3%, to 26,891.12. The Nasdaq dropped 46.72 points, or 0.6%, to 8,030.66. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks shed 17.33 points, or 1.1%, to 1,533.33.The Associated Press read more