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SEATTLE — Microsoft released a report recently that showed the company has hired more women and minorities, but highlighted persistent diversity challenges facing the world’s largest software maker.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tiffany Crump sat outside of a pizza place near Deerfield Beach City Hall recently and thumbed her cellphone. Across the street, a large clock tower loomed over her shoulder.

NEW YORK — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has been manufacturing more cars and trucks than its U.S. dealers are willing to accept, at one point creating a nationwide glut of about 40,000 unordered vehicles and stoking tension with some of its retailers.

Pennsylvania regulators have issued a $1 million civil penalty against UnitedHealthcare on allegations the health insurer violated a number of state and federal laws when paying medical claims, particularly for patients seeking treatment of autism and substance use disorders.

Tesla fans who have been waiting for the electric car company to unveil its long-promised pickup truck can now circle a debut date on their calendars: Nov. 21.

DALLAS — AT&T will pay $60 million in a settlement with federal regulators after it was accused of slowing data speeds for millions of wireless customers who paid for “unlimited” plans. The Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Chris Kempczinski’s rapid ascent to the top job at McDonald’s Corp. has left him in a slightly awkward situation for a big-company leader: He doesn’t hold a single share in the restaurant chain.

It’s that time of year again, when signs pop up in offices across the country, exclaiming “Open enrollment!” — as if making annual health insurance choices were just another fun fall activity, like eating pumpkin-flavored doughnuts or buying matching gloves and scarves.

Google is buying Fitbit for about $2.1 billion, diving into the world of wearables already occupied by rivals such as Apple.

Apple, which has focused on its services business as a major source of its future revenue growth, can now claim a new title for its Apple Pay digital payment service.

WASHINGTON — Alex Buchon carefully inserted a slim, credit-card-sized tool into the gently warmed glue holding a broken iPad together. Patiently, he sliced through the glue to separate the screen from the rest of the device, exposing its innards.

NORMAL, Ill. — Rivian is still a year away from rolling its first electric trucks off the line at a converted Mitsubishi plant, but for thousands of residents, customers and job seekers, the future is beginning to seem a little bit closer.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Retailers preparing for Christmas are optimistic about sales and consumers’ buying power despite signs of a slowing economy and the impact of tariffs.

MIAMI — Bombay Sapphire, one of the world’s most recognizable gins, is distilled with something called “grains of paradise,” an ancient spice grown in the tropics of West Africa that gives the liquor warm and peppery overtones.

With the high-stakes streaming wars looming, Walt Disney Co. is no longer accepting commercial advertisements from Netflix and other streaming rivals on ABC, Freeform, National Geographic and other general entertainment channels.

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. executives Tim Cook and Deirdre O’Brien waded into the battle over Dreamers, filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

I have a new laptop that runs Windows 10. But I’m frustrated that every time I turn on the PC, it automatically opens the Microsoft Edge browser. That’s not what I want the laptop to do, and I prefer to use other browsers anyway.

Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, which has grown to more than 2,800 shops since its founding in Charleston, Ill., 36 years ago, is getting sold to the owner of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic Drive-In and Rusty Taco.

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Dallas-based Match Group for alleged deceptive advertising practices that prey on one the most pervasive conditions of modern society: loneliness.

I have a Sony Bravia smart TV that receives over-the-air broadcasts, and is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi.

LOS ANGELES — Two years after it became America’s bestselling grocery store pint, Halo Top ice cream brand is being sold to one of the nation’s biggest frozen treat companies, Wells Enterprises Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO — Juul Labs Inc., America’s largest e-cigarette brand, only started selling its nicotine vaporizers online in China earlier this month, but the products have already disappeared from stores without explanation.

LOS ANGELES — Telecommunications giant AT&T is facing mounting pressure from an activist shareholder to pare down its operations by unloading the El Segundo, Calif.-based satellite television giant DirecTV, which has been reeling from the loss of millions of subscribers.

A travel agent allegedly gamed Delta Air Lines’ frequent flyer program designed for businesses, fraudulently accruing and redeeming more than 42 million points for flights and other benefits, according to federal prosecutors.

SEATTLE — Amazon’s new Alexa Answers program, which encourages unpaid volunteers to fill in gaps in its databases to better respond to user queries, raises a host of questions about information quality and transparency in the fast-evolving voice computing era.

I received what appears to be a scam email from Computer Help Security & Services. It urged me to renew my membership or call their telephone number to cancel (and thus avoid an impending $300 renewal charge to my account).

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service isn’t doing enough to audit corporate mergers and acquisitions and is wasting tens of thousands of days on cases that aren’t likely to generate more tax dollars, the agency’s watchdog said.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — U.S. plywood producers claim a competing product from Brazil has a high risk of failure in major hurricanes, but consumers can’t tell because the imported wood is falsely certified as structurally sound.

CHICAGO — McDonald’s announced plans last week to acquire a voice technology company to help speed up ordering at the drive thru, the latest in a series of high-tech investments by the fast-food chain as it strives to improve wait times and draw customers to its restaurants.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Uber’s chief legal officer says the ride-share company doesn’t plan to reclassify its drivers as employees, even though California lawmakers just passed a bill they say will force the company to do just that.

CHICAGO — Acting with a sense of urgency amid falling video game sales, ubiquitous strip mall retailer GameStop is pulling the plug on up to 200 stores by early 2020 — with a much larger set of closings expected within the next two years.

The latest round of tariffs on Chinese-made goods will raise the cost of millions of everyday consumer items. But Target does not want to pass any increase along to shoppers. Instead, it is telling suppliers to eat the costs.

ST. LOUIS — More than a year after Bayer gobbled it up, Monsanto has managed to stay in the headlines, thanks to a mountain of lawsuits that allege its moneymaking weedkiller Roundup causes cancer.

I wondered why I was getting more than 30 spam emails a day with names such as “Russian Women Online” or “Best Home Warranty.” Then I discovered my Outlook.com email account listed many email “subscriptions” I didn’t sign up for.

CHICAGO — United Airlines tried five different sausage recipes and 36 pretzel buns before settling on the combination that made its way to in-flight menus this month: a smoked beef and pork link slathered with South Carolina-style barbeque sauce and roasted onions.