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Stocks mostly lower…Complaint: Saudi’s recruited Twitter employees…California’s AG investigating Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) _ Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street after a day of waffling between small gains and losses. The market stumbled in the late morning following a report that the U.S. and China wouldn’t sign their initial trade deal until next month, but the losses were mostly gone within two hours. Losses for energy and communications stocks offset gains in health care. Small-company stocks fell. The S&P edged up 2 points, or 0.1%, to 3,076, two points below the record high it set on Monday. The Dow was down a fraction at 27,492. The Nasdaq fell 24 points, or 0.3%, to 8,410.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ U.S. prosecutors say the Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics. The complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts. The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

UNDATED (AP) _ California’s attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook’s privacy practices since 2018. He’s asking a court to force Facebook to answer its subpoenas. California had not joined a separate probe involving attorneys general from New York and other states. The investigation is into Facebook’s practices related to privacy, disclosures and third-party access to user data. Officials say the probe began as a response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal but has expanded.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ Amazon says it plans to open a $40 million robotics innovation hub west of Boston. The technology giant said today the complex will open in 2021 in Westborough, Massachusetts. Amazon says the expansion will create about 200 tech and advanced manufacturing jobs. Amazon’s robotics division has been focused on making warehouse robots that stack and move goods at its distribution centers.

UNDATED (AP) _ Airbnb says it will spend the next year verifying all 7 million of its listings as it works to improve user trust. The San Francisco-based home-sharing company says starting next month, it will also rebook guests or refund their money if they check into a property that doesn’t match what they saw online. Airbnb’s CEO said the company is also launching a 24-hour hotline for guests, neighbors and others to report problems.

Associated Press

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