Facebook leads rout … Crude falls … Self-driving SUV death

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook plunged to its worst loss in four years today, leading to a rout in technology companies. The social media company’s stock fell following reports that a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained data on 50 million Facebook users.

NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 index sank 39.09 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,712.92. The benchmark index took its biggest loss since Feb. 8. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 335.60 points, or 1.3 percent, to 24,610.91. During the day it fell as much as 493 points. The Nasdaq composite gave up 137.74 points, or 1.8 percent, to 7,344.24.

NEW YORK (AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude fell 28 cents to $62.06 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 16 cents to $66.05 per barrel in London. Gold added $5.50 to $1,317.80 an ounce. Silver rose 5 cents to $16.33 an ounce.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle. The accident prompted the ride-hailing company to suspend all road-testing of such autos in the U.S. and Canada.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney is running for re-election to Marriott International’s board of directors. But his campaign says he’ll resign from that post if elected in November to the U.S. Senate, which bars senators from serving as an officer or board member of any publicly-held company.

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