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VOL. 43 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 11, 2019

Don’t know WeHo? You will

Apple Music, shops, restaurants, artists flip former industrial area

Wedgewood-Houston is having a moment. Once a South Nashville industrial area, nicknamed WeHo, it’s now an emerging neighborhood with local businesses, retail establishments, galleries and restaurants opening at a rapid pace. It’s catering to creatives, millennials, makers and local entrepreneurs.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Old acquaintance finally finds peace after early prison release

The phone rang as I was driving up Eighth Avenue, just past Zanies, on the way home from some Christmas shopping.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Free agency, acquisitions shuffle local real estate

Free agency, that annual NFL offseason obsession, has made its way into the real estate world with tremendous turnover in December and January and no commissioner regulating the deals. In real estate circles, the agents are actually free – no salary, no signing bonus, no caps.

Local Weather
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Humidity: 82%

EVENTS

Street Eats. Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North every Thursday. The trucks serve lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

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REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for 2018

Tight housing inventory led to a significant increase in average home sales prices and a reduction in the number of units sold for Nashville and Davidson County in 2018.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for December 2018

December 2018 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.45 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to fall this week, reaching their lowest levels in nine months.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Prince’s pilgrims disappointed to discover fire damage

The biology professor from a small Illinois college and his family are visibly upset after pulling off Dickerson Pike onto Ewing Drive to find their desired hot chicken shack dark, disheveled, smoke-stained and empty.

TENNESSEE TITANS

3 issues Titans must address this offseason

As the Tennessee Titans went their separate ways after missing out on the playoffs this season, there were plenty of reminders that things will be different when the team reconvenes in April to begin off-season workouts.

NEWSMAKERS

Waller elects 5 partners in 3 practice areas

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP has elected five partners from the firm’s Healthcare Compliance and Operations, Finance and Restructuring Corporate, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices.

BRIEFS

Edgenet acquired by Chicago-based Gladson

Gladson, a Chicago-based portfolio company of The Jordan Company and Wicks Capital Partners, has acquired Nashville-based Edgenet, a product content management software provider.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Edmunds rounds up today’s top budget commuter cars

Think you’ve got a long commute? You’re not alone. A 2017 Census Bureau survey found that Americans average nearly 27 minutes on a one-way trip to the office. An earlier census study revealed that 61 percent of us spend at least one hour driving to the office.

PERSONAL FINANCE

3 money tasks that need your attention at start of year

Most financial to-do lists focus on what you need to get done by Dec. 31, but there’s also a brief window early in the new year to save yourself some significant cash. Here are three tasks to consider doing now:

CAREER CORNER

Why wait? This is the best job market in a generation

I am so excited! This year is set to be a record year for job searching. If I could knock on the door of every reader to personally deliver this message, I would. This message deserves to be yelled from rooftops everywhere.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee: Capitol gun ban to remain in place

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee says he'll continue to keep guns banned in the Tennessee Capitol when he takes over the top office later this week.

MIDSTATE

4 horses in Middle Tennessee sickened with infectious anemia

NASHVILLE (AP) — The state veterinarian says four horses have been sickened with anemia in Middle Tennessee.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

South Carolina rallies from 12 down to beat Vanderbilt 74-71

NASHVILLE (AP) — Yes, Hassani Gravett heard what Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee said to draw a technical foul with 1:38 left to set up a five-point swing for South Carolina.

COURTS

Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight

Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have.

Judge dismisses Tennessee instant runoff voting lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to deem instant runoff voting legal in Tennessee, noting that an administrative challenge on the topic remains unresolved.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tokyo court denies appeal by Nissan ex-chair Ghosn for bail

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court rejected Thursday another appeal by lawyers of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn to have him released on bail.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft pledged $500 million to address homelessness and develop affordable housing in response to the Seattle region's widening affordability gap.

Number of federal workers seeking US jobless aid doubles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown, topping 10,000 during the week of Jan. 5.

TSA absentee rate still high, but down from Sunday's peak

TSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before a three-day holiday weekend that is likely to bring bigger airport crowds.

Gymboree begins winding down operations after 2nd bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gymboree has filed for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children's clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good.

May battles to keep Brexit on track after no-confidence win

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was consulting opposition parties and other lawmakers Thursday in a battle to put Brexit back on track after surviving a no-confidence vote, though there was little immediate sign of a breakthrough from talks branded a "stunt" by the main opposition leader.

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

PARIS (AP) — One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan.

NATIONAL POLITICS

'I never said there was no collusion,' Trump lawyer says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has "never said there was no collusion" between Russia and members of Trump's 2016 White House campaign.

After Americans killed, Trump's Syria plan prompts questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month after President Donald Trump declared that IS had been defeated and he was pulling out U.S. forces.

GOP dismisses suggestion that State of Union be postponed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grand Washington ritual became a potential casualty of the partial government shutdown as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump to postpone his Jan. 29 State of the Union speech. She cited concerns about whether the hobbled government can provide adequate security, but Republicans cast her move as a ploy to deny Trump the stage.

Q&A: Trump and the State of the Union address

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Constitution spells it out clearly in Article II, Section 3: The president "shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats' wall fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Of all the issues at stake as President Donald Trump and Democrats wrangle over his prized border wall, the latest snag is whether bargaining over the proposal should come before or after shuttered government agencies reopen.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
NASHVILLE AREA

Inaugural worship service moved to Grand Ole Opry

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced that his inaugural worship service is moving locations to meet increased demand.

Nashville airport hits passenger record in 6th straight year

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials say Nashville International Airport has broken its record for number of passengers for a sixth straight year.

PREDATORS

Arvidsson nets hat trick as Predators rout Capitals 7-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson is feeling healthier with each passing game, and the results are showing in the back of the net.

COURTS

U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to void Tennessee alcohol sales law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to strike down a Tennessee provision that requires people to live in the state for two years before obtaining a license to sell alcohol.

Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs

BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller's launch party in the 1990s that it would be "followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition," according to court documents filed Tuesday.

ENVIRONMENT

EPA nominee: Climate change huge issue, not greatest crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis," drawing fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency's acting administrator.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Big bank rally helps US stocks finish higher; Goldman soars

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks surged Wednesday following strong results from a slew of financial companies, and U.S. stock indexes finished broadly higher. Concerns about trade tensions between the U.S. and China derailed a bigger gain.

Study: Top US firms are diversifying their boards faster

NEW YORK (AP) — A study has found that America's largest companies added women and minorities to their boards of directors at a faster pace over the past two years, a period when sexual harassment scandals thrust workplace equality into the spotlight.

Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday business contacts in many regions of the country are expressing less optimism amid a host of adverse developments, from plunging stock prices to uncertainty about a widening trade war.

Trump economists knowledge shutdown is drag on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought.

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS.

May wins no-confidence vote, but is still beset by Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office — but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal.

World Economic Forum warns of impact of global tensions

LONDON (AP) — International tensions and nationalist politics can further weigh on the global economy this year and hinder efforts to deal with big issues such as climate change, the organizers of next week's Davos forum warned Wednesday.

Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The nation's craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines.

Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears will live on, at least for now. The company's chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The person agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiation publicly.

YouTube revises policy, bans dangerous prank videos

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — YouTube is trying to prevent otherwise bright people from doing dangerous things.

Judge hears major Puerto Rico debt restructuring case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Dozens of protesters crowded outside a federal courthouse in Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a judge prepared to hear a major debt restructuring case that critics say will only further indebt the U.S. territory if approved.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senate upholds Treasury decision to ease Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of Union speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to postpone his State of the Union address to the nation — set for Jan. 29 — until the government reopens.

White House denounces Rep. King's white supremacy remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is describing comments by Republican Rep. Steve King about white supremacy as "abhorrent."

Barr seeks to assure senators he won't be a Trump loyalist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to recuse himself from the probe.

Takeaways: AG nominee assures, frustrates Mueller defenders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General nominee William Barr made one thing clear during his Senate confirmation hearing : He may want the job, but he doesn't need it.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 15
STATE GOVERNMENT

Gov-elect names transportation, environment, HR heads

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced his picks to head the state's transportation, environmental and human resources departments.

Panel picks Kurita to return to Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — A county commission has picked ex-state Sen. Rosalind Kurita of Clarksville to fill the Tennessee Senate opening left by new Republican Congressman Mark Green.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW, Ford team up on pickups, explore deal on electrics

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen and Ford are forming a global alliance to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups together while exploring broader cooperation on future battery-powered and autonomous vehicles and services.

Tokyo court denies bail to Nissan's ex-chair Carlos Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo District Court turned down a request by Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn for release on bail Tuesday, prolonging his detention by weeks and possibly months.

COURTS

Judge bars citizenship question from 2020 census

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration cannot put a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Friday in a boost to proponents of counting immigrants.

TN Family's fight for liquor license leads to Supreme Court

MEMPHIS (AP) — Doug and Mary Ketchum chose Memphis as a place to live with their disabled adult daughter because it has clearer air than their former home in Utah.

Justice Department opinion could threaten online gambling

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice made public Monday could threaten the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines such as poker.

ENVIRONMENT

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook to invest $300 million in local news initiatives

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships and other initiatives.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Razor burn: Gillette ad stirs online uproar

NEW YORK (AP) — A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking intense online backlash, with accusations that it talks down to men and groups calling for a boycott. But Gillette says it doesn't mind sparking a discussion. Since it debuted Monday, the Internet-only ad has garnered nearly 19 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter — a level of buzz that any brand would covet.

IRS recalling 46,000 workers to handle taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won't be paid.

US indexes hit one-month highs as Netflix leads tech rally

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied to their highest level in more than a month Tuesday after China's government moved to inject more life into its economy by cutting taxes and increasing spending. Netflix led a surge in high-tech companies.

UK's May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushed

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and leading to a no-confidence vote in her government.

UK Parliament overwhelmingly rejects May's Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union, plunging the Brexit process into chaos.

Delta says shutdown is costing $25M in January revenue

DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines expects to lose $25 million in revenue this month from the partial government shutdown that is also creating checkpoint delays and long lines at the airline's Atlanta hub.

Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its video streaming service 12 years ago.

US wholesale prices fell 0.2 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices fell last month, dragged down by a steep drop in gas costs, suggesting that inflation will remain tame in the coming months.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging senators to vote against a Democratic resolution that would maintain sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

House approves measure rebuking Rep. King

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a Democratic measure disapproving of Republican Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy.

Dems rebuff Trump invite, thwarting effort to bypass Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House ran quickly into the limits of trying to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi in shutdown negotiations when rank-and-file House Democrats declined an invitation to lunch Tuesday with President Donald Trump.

Trump's AG pick to steer through Dem, GOP queries at hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee will have to navigate his confirmation hearing skillfully, emphasizing his support for Trump's policies while assuring Democrats he will act independently and won't interfere with the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Things to watch at William Barr's AG confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he did almost 30 years ago, William Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he's qualified to serve as attorney general.

Trump says solution to shutdown impasse 'so simple'

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would "never ever back down."


MONDAY, JANUARY 14
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Loretta Lynn plans 87th birthday all-star tribute concert

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music queen Loretta Lynn has big plans for her 87th birthday this April in the form of an all-star tribute concert featuring Jack White, Garth Brooks, George Strait and many more.

NASHVILLE AREA

Coyote in the bathroom! Critter runs into convention center

NASHVILLE (AP) — A coyote sprinted past a security checkpoint and into a Nashville convention center where a boat show was packing up Sunday night.

STATEWIDE

Some areas in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reopening

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is reopening some areas that were closed during the federal government shutdown.

Tennessee board to review 7 nominations to historic register

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee board is scheduled to review seven possible nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, including the Clover Bottom Farm boundary expansion in Davidson County.

PREDATORS

Aho leads Hurricanes past Predators 6-3

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes got into a groove after Micheal Ferland tangled with Austin Watson.

UT SPORTS

Lady Vols lose three in a row for first time in 33 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee saw three of its incredible streaks end this week as the 13th-ranked Lady Vols have a three-game losing streak for the first time in 33 years.

HEALTH CARE

House Dems announce sweeping investigation of drug pricing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Democrat is announcing a sweeping investigation of the pharmaceutical industry's pricing practices.

TECHNOLOGY

Feds to ease rules on drone flights over people and at night

Federal officials plan to ease restrictions on flying drones over crowds and at night.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen to build electric vehicles, add 1,000 jobs in Chattanooga

German automaker Volkswagen said Monday its factory in Tennessee will be the focus of an $800 million investment in the company's manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America.

2 top auto awards go to Hyundai, 1 to Ram 1500

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai scored two out of three wins on Monday in the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, as the Detroit auto show's press previews officially got underway.

Ghosn's wife slams Japan detention as 'draconian' in letter

TOKYO (AP) — The wife of Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has written a letter to Human Rights Watch, a global advocacy group, criticizing her husband's long detention and Japan's criminal justice system as unfair and harsh.

Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren't even ready for production.

Ford and Cadillac SUVs, Toyota sports car star at auto show

DETROIT (AP) — SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit's auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.

COURTS

Supreme Court rejects appeal over military burn pits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting appeals from military veterans who claim they suffer health problems because of open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Another sign of weakness in China weighs on US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks took small losses Monday after China reported a drop in exports in December, but the market didn't come close to matching the plunges it took in the last few months.

NBCUniversal jumps into the streaming fray

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal will launch an ad-supported streaming service in 2020, free for anyone who pays for a cable service.

China's 2018 trade surplus with US hits record high $323B

BEIJING (AP) — China's 2018 trade surplus with the United States surged to a record $323.3 billion but exports contracted in December as the delayed impact of President Donald Trump's tariff hikes started to hurt demand.

Bid for Gannett latest challenge for newspaper industry

NEW YORK (AP) — A hedge-fund-backed bid to buy Gannett Co., the publisher of USA Today and several other major dailies across the U.S., is renewing fears of consolidation and job losses — as well as a decline in the quantity and quality of news coverage — in the already battered newspaper industry.

PG&E, facing colossal liability, seeks bankruptcy protection

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facing potentially colossal liabilities over deadly California wildfires, PG&E will file for bankruptcy protection.

UK leader mounts last-ditch bid to win Brexit deal backing

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May offered both a promise on workers' rights and a reassuring letter from European Union leaders on Monday as she implored British lawmakers to support her floundering Brexit deal.

Trump points to exempted farmers as benefiting from wetlands rollback

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change.

Trade war's wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Rochester, New York, a maker of furnaces for semiconductor and solar companies is moving its research and development to China to dodge President Donald Trump's import taxes — a move that threatens a handful of its 26 U.S. jobs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

No shutdown end in sight; Trump says 'never ever back down'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kept his hard line Monday on the partial government shutdown, now in a fourth week over his insistence on billions of dollars for a long, impregnable wall at the U.S. Mexico border.

Congress to face same question: When will shutdown end?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington for its first full week of legislative business since control of the House reverted to Democrats, but lawmakers will be confronted with the same lingering question: When will the partial government shutdown end?

Analysis: Stagecraft won't win shutdown battle for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military salutes. Heaps of contraband. Oval Office optics.

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker advising President Donald Trump said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before the president takes the more drastic step of declaring a national emergency.

Barr as attorney general: old job, very different Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — When William Barr was attorney general in the early 1990s, he was outspoken about some of America's biggest problems — violent crime, drug addiction, teenage pregnancy. The "Age of Aquarius," he warned, had given way to crack babies and broken families, misery and squalor.

In and Out: Trump selective about travel during shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vacation jaunts and hobnobbing with global elites at a Swiss ski resort are out for President Donald Trump. Visits with troops and farmers are OK.

House GOP leader vows action against King over race remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican leader said Sunday he will meet with Rep. Steve King this week to discuss King's future and role in the party and promised action following the Iowa congressman's recent comments in defense of white supremacy.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville Police name 1st full-time LGBT community liaison

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Metro Nashville Police Department has named its first liaison to the LGBTQ community.

PREDATORS

Panarin scores in OT, Blue Jackets beat Predators 4-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drama-filled day for the Columbus Blue Jackets started with the public reprimand and benching of the No. 1 goaltender and ended with an overtime goal in a game that nearly slipped away.

Fritch takes over as chair of Predators' board of directors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Retired health care executive Herb Fritch is taking over as chairman of the Nashville Predators' board of directors.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee House to require 2 lawmakers to file complaints

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee House signed off Thursday on a proposal dictating that ethics complaints must be co-signed by at least two lawmakers before they can be filed.

Tennessee House sees big changes to committees

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Republican lawmaker who has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women was tapped Thursday to lead a legislative education panel.

COURTS

Tennessee court rules secret recording not child pornography

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a man who hid a video camera in the bedroom of a 13-year-old relative while she was in the shower is not guilty of attempting to produce child pornography.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM raises 2018 forecast, predicts stronger 2019 earnings

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors strengthened its pretax profit estimate for 2018 and predicted even stronger performance for this year as it executives made a presentation to investors on Friday.

Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn indicted for alleged breach of trust

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn was charged Friday with breach of trust, according to the Tokyo District Court, making the star executive's release unlikely for months to come.

Volkswagen sets new full-year sales record in race for No 1

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen posted another annual sales record in 2018 as new SUV models boosted deliveries and the company managed to increase its share in China even as the car market there shrank for the first time in years.

Fiat Chrysler reaches settlement in emissions cheating cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler will pay a $305 million fine to the U.S. government over emissions cheating allegations.

Auto industry troubles buffet Ford, Jaguar Land Rover

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The headwinds buffeting the global auto industry made themselves felt in Europe on Thursday as mass-market carmaker Ford and luxury-focused Jaguar Land Rover announced sweeping restructurings that will cost thousands of jobs.

HEALTH CARE

Physicians criticize state lawsuits over pelvic mesh

SEATTLE (AP) — Doctors who specialize in female pelvic medicine say lawsuits by four states, including Washington and California, over products used to treat pelvic floor disorders and incontinence might scare patients away from the best treatment options — or maybe even push the products off the market.

Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenging President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to cut prescription drug prices, congressional liberals proposed legislation Thursday to bring U.S. prices in line with the much lower costs in other countries.

TECHNOLOGY

AT&T to end all location-data sales to data brokers

AT&T says it will stop selling all location data from mobile phones to brokers following a report that companies are still selling that information to shadowy companies without customer knowledge.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Cheaper gas sends US consumer prices down 0.1 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices slipped 0.1 percent last month, pulled down by sharply lower gas prices and cheaper air fares, used cars, and mobile phone plans.

How's the US economy doing? Shutdown makes it harder to say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring.

US stocks drift in a quiet close to another winning week

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes nestled a hair lower on Friday after the falling price of oil weighed on energy companies, but the S&P 500 nevertheless closed out its third straight winning week following a brutal stretch in December.

Powell repeats pledge to remain 'patient' with rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the central bank has the ability to be "patient" in determining when to hike interest rates.

American Airlines shares tumble on more cautious 4Q outlook

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Airline stocks are falling as American Airlines says fourth-quarter revenue and full-year profit will be lighter than expected.

US apparel firm cuts off Chinese factory in internment camp

A U.S. supplier of T-shirts and other team apparel to college bookstores cut its ties Wednesday with a Chinese company that drew workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups.

Strong economy does little to lift department store sales

NEW YORK (AP) — It was supposed to be a great holiday shopping season. Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas.

US, China leave next steps for trade talks unclear

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China gave no indication of their next step after wrapping up talks aimed at resolving a tariff fight that threatens to chill global growth.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump indicates he won't declare emergency "so fast"

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tamped down expectations that he is close to declaring a national emergency to get the money he desires to build his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as a three-week impasse closing parts of the government continued on Friday.

Bill on federal workers' back pay in shutdown heads to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to pay for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as pressure mounts to end the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government and deprived hundreds of thousands of workers of their salaries.

Trump says changes coming on high-tech visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the U.S. handles temporary H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. from abroad.

Trump closer to declaring emergency; 800,000 won't get paid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to pay for his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall as pressure mounts to end the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government and deprived hundreds of thousands of workers of their salaries.

Q&A: How the government shutdown might end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somehow, some day, the nasty deadlock between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that's shuttered federal agencies for a record-tying 21 days will end. The only real questions are when, how and who will be crowned the winner in public opinion polls and ultimately by voters.

Trump administration eyes disaster money to fund border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using billions in unspent disaster relief funds earmarked for areas including hurricane-pounded Puerto Rico and Texas and more than a dozen other states to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall as he weighs signing a national emergency declaration to get it built without Congress.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Obama support for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the deceptive use of a video, President Donald Trump on Thursday heartily thanked his White House predecessor for supporting his policy at the Mexican border. Barack Obama has offered no such support; only criticism.

Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress next month

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo in a promised Democratic effort to greater scrutinize Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia.

Trump cancels trip to Switzerland over government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he's canceling his trip later this month to a global forum in Switzerland because of the partial government shutdown, now in its 20th day.

Trump threatens emergency declaration ahead of border visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can't reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. He headed to the U.S.-Mexico border to draw further attention to his case after negotiations with lawmakers blew up.

Trump: Didn't know about allegations Manafort shared polling

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he did not know anything about allegations his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence.

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