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VOL. 45 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 15, 2021

‘What happens when we’re gone?’

Aging parents seek solutions for their adult children with intellectual disabilities

The question settled with a disturbing whisper in Pat and Charlie Cooper’s hearts once the emergency medical treatment was concluded and their 5-year-old daughter, Susan, was diagnosed with encephalitis, a swelling of her brain.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Another record year for Midstate home sales despite pandemic

When Nashville closed the door on 2020, at least symbolically, the city breathed a sigh of relief after suffering a tornado, a derecho, a pandemic and a hellacious bombing.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County residential sales for December 2020

Top residential real estate sales, December 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Education Report (Virtual). For 29 years, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has convened a diverse committee of business and community volunteers to dig into the challenges, successes, and opportunities in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Each year, they offer recommendations informed by school visits, interviews with key stakeholders, and district and state data. The special topic for the 2020 Chamber Education Report is “the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19.” Registration is required. Tuesday, 9-10 a.m. Information

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US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 2.79%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week in an indication that the long period of record-low rates could soon be over.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Another Ravens loss will ‘sting’ for long time

For those who have followed the Titans in their 20-plus years in Nashville now, you know what a thorn the Baltimore Ravens have been for this franchise.

Packers, Bucs, Browns, Bills should make NFC, AFC title games

The four downs segment will be a little different this week since the Titans don’t have an opponent to plan for, thanks to their playoff loss to Baltimore. Instead, our focus will shift to the four remaining games in the NFL Divisional Round.

NEWSMAKERS

Patterson names Douglass shareholder in firm

Patterson Intellectual Property Law has elected Scott M. Douglass to a shareholder of the firm.

BRIEFS

Amazon delivers for Children’s Theatre

Amazon has partnered with the Nashville Children’s Theatre for its 90th anniversary season, allowing the organization to expand its reach and offerings to students across Tennessee.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Small SUV showdown: Nissan Rogue vs. Mazda CX-5

The immense popularity of small SUVs means that every manufacturer competing in this space has to bring its A-game.

PERSONAL FINANCE

4 financial ‘experts’ who could steer you down the wrong path

None of us knows everything we need to know about money, so we may turn to experts for help. But some money professionals who offer advice are not qualified to do so – nor are they required to put our interests ahead of theirs.

CAREER CORNER

Ask your boss Flexible workers flocking to happier surroundings

As the pandemic continues to rage on in the United States, many of us have felt locked indoors. We’ve felt isolated. It’s been lonely. It’s scary.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Seven credit card perks to prioritize in the new year

As you lay the groundwork for 2021 financial resolutions, take inventory of your credit cards to see if they’re still in line with your goals and priorities.

PREDATORS

Carolina-Nashville 1st NHL postponement since season started

NASHVILLE (AP) — The NHL has postponed its first game since the league's season began, calling off Tuesday night's game between Carolina and the Predators hours after the Hurricanes won the first of a two-game set in Nashville.

Hurricanes score 3 in third to beat Predators 4-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 Monday night.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Education in virus era dominates Tennessee special session

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, responding to educational challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, directed state lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass teacher pay raises and adopt a new reading benchmark for students to pass third grade.

Gov. Lee sets State of the State speech for February

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is slated to give his third annual State of the State speech on Feb. 8.

EDUCATION

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

NEW YORK (AP) — The College Board said Tuesday it will eliminate the optional essay from the SAT and do away with subject tests amid a changing college admissions landscape.

UT board selected for national leadership award

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has been selected to receive a national leadership award from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM teams up with Microsoft on driverless cars

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — General Motors is teaming up with Microsoft to accelerate its rollout of electric, self-driving cars.

US rejects Ford, Mazda requests to avoid Takata recalls

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency has rejected a request from Ford and Mazda to avoid recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

European car sales suffer worst plunge ever in pandemic

MILAN (AP) — European car sales plunged by nearly a quarter last year as the pandemic provoked the worst crisis ever to hit the capital-intensive industry.

ENVIRONMENT

Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a last-minute slap at President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court struck down one of his administration's most momentous climate rollbacks on Tuesday, saying officials acted illegally in issuing a new rule that eased federal regulation of air pollution from power plants.

COURTS

Tennessee state senator charged again in federal court

MEMPHIS (AP) — Already facing allegations of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds from a health care school she directed, a Tennessee state senator has been charged in a new fraud case, the U.S. attorney's office in Memphis said Tuesday.

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli loses 2nd bid for early prison release

NEW YORK (AP) — That's another no for the "Pharma Bro."

VIRUS OUTBREAK

'Shameful': US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus "totally under control."

Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner.

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge.

California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Monday became the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street's momentum swings back as stocks, yields tick up

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street, recovering some of last week's losses and pulling closer to their record highs.

Yellen pushes GOP senators on $1.9 trillion relief package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's choice as Treasury secretary, said Tuesday that the incoming administration would focus on winning quick passage of its $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan, rejecting Republican arguments that the measure is too big given the size of U.S. budget deficits.

Stores drop MyPillow after CEO pushes election conspiracies

NEW YORK (AP) — The founder and CEO of MyPillow, a vocal and very visible supporter of President Donald Trump, said a backlash against the company has begun after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol this month.

FedEx to cut up to 6,300 jobs in Europe over next 18 months

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx plans to cut up to 6,300 jobs in Europe as it completes the process of folding a Dutch company it bought into its own delivery operation.

AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Containing the coronavirus outbreak and repairing the economic damage it has inflicted are the top priorities for Americans as Joe Biden prepares to become the 46th president of the United States, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Goldman Sachs' profits more than double, despite pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs said its profits more than doubled from a year earlier thanks to a surge in both trading and advising revenue.

Bank of America 4Q profit falls 18% on lower interest rates

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America's fourth-quarter profits fell 18% from a year ago, as lower interest rates weighed down its results. However the bank was able to release more than $800 million from its credit reserves, a sign that it sees the U.S. economy improving in the coming months.

Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

McConnell: Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, mob 'fed lies'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly placed blame on President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was "fed lies" and that the president and others "provoked" those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Biden's election.

Biden has set sky-high expectations. Can he meet them?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back when the election was tightening and just a week away, Joe Biden went big.

Biden's hefty to-do list starts with a flurry of orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for his earliest days as president and many promises to keep over the longer haul.

Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration's harsh immigration policies.

Biden DNI pick says no room for politics in intel agencies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to "speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted. Her remarks implied a departure from the Trump administration's record of pressuring intelligence officials to shape their analysis to the president's liking.


MONDAY, JANUARY 18
UT SPORTS

Tennessee fires Pruitt, 9 others for 'serious' NCAA issues

Fulmer retiring as part of shakeup

The Tennessee football program is starting over yet again, this time after coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine others were fired Monday for cause when an internal investigation found what the university chancellor called "serious violations of NCAA rules."

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt ends women's basketball season

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt's women's basketball program has decided to end its season after struggling with a depleted roster.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Gov. Lee faces criticism for approach to virus

NASHVILLE (AP) — As their state faced one of its toughest months of the pandemic, Tennesseans watched Gov. Bill Lee's rare primetime address to see whether new public restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus might be coming.

ENVIRONMENT

Alberta leader urges Biden to hear case for Keystone XL

TORONTO (AP) — The premier of Canada's oil-rich province of Alberta wants President-elect Joe Biden to give the Canadian government a chance to make the case for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.

WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers' profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it's "not right" that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries and charging that most vaccine makers have targeted locations where "profits are highest."

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Biden's test: Engineering economic boom in a partisan divide

BALTIMORE (AP) — When Joe Biden entered the White House as vice president, the economy was cratering. Job losses were mounting. Stocks were crashing. Millions of Americans were in the early stages of losing their homes to foreclosure as the housing bubble burst.

Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Rohit Chopra as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to helm the agency whose creation she championed.

Xi, Modi expected for 'virtual' Davos in era of pandemic

GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of the World Economic Forum are expecting leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for a virtual gathering next week — after COVID-19 canceled the annual in-person event of Davos, Switzerland.

China economy grows in 2020 as rebound from virus gains

BEIJING (AP) — China eked out 2.3% economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled with rising infections.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Records: Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans of President Donald Trump's failed reelection campaign had key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting the grassroots image pushed by groups involved in the event.

Democrats build impeachment case, alleging 'dangerous crime'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lead prosecutor for President Donald Trump's historic second impeachment began building his case for conviction at trial, asserting on Sunday that Trump's incitement of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was "the most dangerous crime" ever committed by a president against the United States. A Senate trial could begin as soon as this week, just as Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president.

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

What Biden can and can't get from an evenly divided Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden?

Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation's first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that's only where her boundary-breaking role begins.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 15
TENNESSEE TITANS

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Friday to become the team's head coach.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt's Clark Lea adds 3 more to his coaching staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea has added three more people to his initial coaching staff.

PREDATORS

Forsberg, Saros lead Predators to 3-1 win over Blue Jackets

NASHVILLE (AP) — Filip Forsberg has been known to pinpoint his wrist shot with almost surgical precision. This one was so good it stirred up everyone on the bench — even the physicians.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee OKs Medicaid block grant; fate unclear under Biden

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's GOP-dominant Legislature on Friday approved a contentious decision that would drastically overhaul the state's Medicaid program, casting quick votes this week in hopes of making it difficult for incoming President-elect Joe Biden's administration from overturning the deal.

COURTS

Federal watchdogs open probe of response to Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal watchdogs launched a sweeping review of how the FBI, the Pentagon and other law enforcement agencies responded to the riot at the U.S. Capitol, including whether there were failures in information sharing and other preparations that left the historic symbol of democracy vulnerable to assault by a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters.

TRANSPORTATION

Unions: Passenger rails need better security, no-ride list

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes.

MEDIA

Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others, have left open a major loophole for this material: Podcasts.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Biden's virus plan: 100 million shots just the start

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Getting 100 million shots in Americans' arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal money for vaccination, testing and outbreak sleuths.

Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments triggered anger and confusion Friday in some states, with officials worried that the shipments they expected won't be coming through.

'This is not a game': Global virus death toll hits 2 million

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.

Pfizer temporarily reduces European deliveries of vaccine

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed Friday it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year.

VIRUS DIARY: Unpacking one vaccination day, step by step

WASHINGTON (AP) — The line stretched nearly a block long. Nobody was grumbling about the wait.

EU regulator: Hackers 'manipulated' stolen vaccine documents

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator said Friday that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers in a cyberattack have been not only leaked to the web, but "manipulated" by hackers.

In coronavirus vaccine drive, Deep South falls behind

ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.

Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked a former Food and Drug commissioner to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days and stem the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spain rejects virus confinement as most of Europe stays home

MADRID (AP) — While most of Europe kicked off 2021 with earlier curfews or stay-at-home orders, authorities in Spain insist the new coronavirus variant causing havoc elsewhere is not to blame for a sharp resurgence of cases and that the country can avoid a full lockdown even as its hospitals fill up.

UK imposes travel restrictions amid worries of new variant

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government has banned travel from South America and Portugal to ensure a new variant of COVID-19 found in Brazil doesn't derail the country's vaccination program, although there are no signs the variant has reached the U.K.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fall as economic pain deepens, rally runs out of gas

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street closed out its first losing week in three with another drop on Friday after reports showed the pandemic is deepening the hole for the economy, as Washington prepares to throw it another lifeline.

Retail group: Holiday sales up 8.3% amid big spending shift

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest retail trade group said Friday that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores.

US industrial production jumps 1.6% in December

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose 1.6% in December, a third straight monthly gain, but remains below its pre-pandemic level.

U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in December for the third-straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during the critical holiday shopping season.

December wholesale prices up 0.3% with sharp jump in energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.3% in December led by a the biggest jump in energy costs since June.

Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies.

Biden's aid plan could revamp economy, prompt GOP resistance

BALTIMORE (AP) — The $1.9 trillion rescue plan unveiled by President-elect Joe Biden offers the chance to sculpt the U.S. economy toward the Democrats' liking: a $15 minimum wage, aid to poor families and federal dollars going to public schools.

JPMorgan's profits jump as economy, investment bank recovers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — JPMorgan Chase & Co., the nation's largest bank by assets, said its fourth quarter profits jumped by 42% from a year earlier, as the firm's investment banking division had a stellar quarter and its balance sheet improved despite the pandemic.

Another recession looms for UK economy as lockdowns bite

LONDON (AP) — The British economy looks set to fall back into recession after official figures on Friday showed that it shrank by 2.6% month-on-month in November, when much of the country was in a second coronavirus lockdown.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Timing of Trump trial uncertain as Pelosi gives no clues

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered no clues Friday on her plans to send President Donald Trump's impeachment to the Senate for trial, but made it clear that Democrats intend to move swiftly on Joe Biden's legislative priorities, including funding for coronavirus vaccines and relief aid.

Mike Pence calls Kamala Harris to offer congratulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has called his soon-to-be successor Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

Pelosi taps retired Army general for review

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré is being tapped to lead a security review of the U.S. Capitol in the wake of last week's deadly insurrection.

Trump to leave Washington on morning of Biden's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will leave Washington next Wednesday morning, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, according to a person familiar with the planning who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been made public.

Pelosi's nine impeachment managers hope to 'finish the job'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

EXPLAINER: What's next after House impeachment vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the House has impeached President Donald Trump for the second time, Speaker Nancy Pelosi must figure out the best strategy for arguing the case before the Senate.

Biden picks familiar faces for top roles at FEMA, CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is nominating New York emergency department commissioner Deanne Criswell to serve as the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator and has tapped former CIA deputy director David Cohen to return to the agency in the same role he served during the Obama administration.

Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military, cops

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump's supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead.

Fate of Biden agenda rests with Schumer in 50-50 Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Schumer is used to drinking from a firehose. But the incoming Senate majority leader has never taken on such a torrent of challenges, with the opening days of both the Biden administration and Democratic control of the Senate coming at the very moment an impeachment trial gets underway.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 14
TENNESSEE TITANS

Jets' search continues after 2nd meeting with Titans' Smith

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets completed their in-person second interview with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Thursday as their search for a head coach continues.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmaker wants Dolly Parton statue at Tennessee Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) — A statue of country music icon Dolly Parton could be added to the Capitol grounds in Nashville, Tennessee, if one state lawmaker gets his way.

STATEWIDE

Ex-Gov. Haslam deputy named Sen. Hagerty's state director

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Gov. Bill Haslam's top deputy is joining the office of newly installed U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty as his state director.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee State working with Propel Center global campus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University and a new global campus based in Atlanta will work together with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities community to offer leadership and career development programming, the school said.

EDUCATION

Apple, utility each give $25M to Black college learning hub

ATLANTA (AP) — Apple and a major utility are each giving $25 million to launch a learning center and business incubator for students of historically Black colleges and universities, part of an outpouring of giving to such schools in the wake of the summer's protests over racial injustice.

TECHNOLOGY

WhatsApp growth slumps as rivals Signal, Telegram rise

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google's app stores. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, by contrast, is seeing its growth decline following a fiasco that forced the company to clarify a privacy update it had sent to users.

MEDIA

Twitter CEO defends Trump ban, warns of dangerous precedent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company's ban of President Donald Trump in a philosophical Twitter thread that is his first public statement on the subject.

AUTO INDUSTRY

For first time in 5 years, US gas mileage down, emissions up

DETROIT (AP) — A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years.

Risky driving: US traffic deaths up despite virus lockdowns

DETROIT (AP) — The number of people killed on the nation's highways rose 4.6% in the first nine months of 2020 despite coronavirus lockdowns that curtailed driving early in the year.

Tesla balks at touch screen recall, US agency takes action

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Inc. is balking at recalling about 159,000 vehicles with potentially defective touch screens, so U.S. safety regulators are moving to force the company to take action.

TRANSPORTATION

Delta, United, Alaska: No guns in luggage for DC flights

Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week's presidential inauguration, with Delta, United and Alaska saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags.

FAA grapples with COVID cleanups in air traffic centers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Flights were delayed when an air traffic control center near Jacksonville, Florida, had to close down for several hours for extensive cleaning after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

FAA steps up enforcement against unruly airline passengers

Federal safety officials said Wednesday they stepping up enforcement against unruly airline passengers after confrontations on flights to and from Washington, D.C., around the time of the riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

COURTS

Business as usual for high court, despite riot, impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid insurrection and impeachment, the Supreme Court's big news Thursday was a decision in a bankruptcy case. Wednesday brought arguments over the Federal Trade Commission's ability to recapture ill-gotten gains.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots.

Dollar General, other companies push incentives for vaccinations

As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots.

Vaccines and masks: Biden plan aims to break pandemic cycle

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A coronavirus action plan being unveiled by President-elect Joe Biden centers on a mass vaccination campaign and closer coordination among all levels of government.

WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

WUHAN, China (AP) — A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries.

Calls to reopen classrooms grow as teachers get vaccinated

State leaders around the U.S. are increasingly pushing for schools to reopen this winter — pressuring them, even — as teachers begin to gain access to the vaccine against the raging pandemic.

EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for

WUHAN, China (AP) — The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lebanon begins all-day curfew as virus spins out of control

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities began enforcing an 11-day nationwide shutdown and round the clock curfew Thursday, hoping to limit the spread of coronavirus infections spinning out of control after the holiday period.

German lockdown loopholes criticized as deaths hit new high

Germany has too many loopholes in its coronavirus lockdown rules, the head of the country's disease control agency said as figures published Thursday showed the highest number of daily deaths since the start of the pandemic.

'At 6 p.m., life stops': Europe uses curfews to fight virus

PARIS (AP) — As the wan winter sun sets over France's Champagne region, the countdown clock kicks in.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Late drop in Big Tech stocks pulls indexes mostly lower

A late slide in several Big Tech stocks left major indexes lower on Wall Street, even as small-company stocks marched to another record high.

Powell signals Fed will keep aiding economy with bond buying

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell sought Thursday to tamp down any concerns that the Fed might soon withdraw some of its support for the U.S. economy and stressed that any such pullback would be signaled far in advance.

Petco goes public again as spending on dogs and cats soars

NEW YORK (AP) — Petco, the pet store chain, went public again Thursday, hoping to cash in on people's obsessions with their furry pets.

Google muscles up with Fitbit deal amid antitrust concerns

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, a deal that could help the internet company grow even stronger while U.S. government regulators pursue an antitrust case aimed at undermining its power.

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs.

A $12 billion loss for 2020, Delta is cautious in early 2021

Delta Air Lines closed the books on a disastrous 2020 with a comparatively small fourth-quarter loss, and executives expect a few more rocky months before — they hope — widespread coronavirus vaccinations and testing might salvage something of the upcoming summer travel season.

China demands US lift Xinjiang cotton, tomato import ban

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded Washington drop a ban on cotton and tomato imports from its Muslim northwest over complaints they are produced by forced labor, which a spokesman dismissed as the "lie of the century."

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial could begin on Inauguration Day, just as Democrat Joe Biden takes the oath of office in an ever-more-extraordinary end to the defeated president's tenure in the White House.

21,000 National Guard troops approved for DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has approved bringing in 21,000 National Guard members to Washington, D.C., to assist with security surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Unclear who presides at Trump trial if he's out of office

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Constitution says the chief justice is to preside at the impeachment trial of a president. But what about an ex-president?

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time, charged with "incitement of insurrection" over the deadly mob siege of the U.S. Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

EXPLAINER: What's next after House impeachment vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House days before leaving office, becoming the first American president to be impeached twice.

EXPLAINER: Barring Trump from holding office again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives a second time, keeping him from holding office again could be Congress' next step.

Expecting trouble, DC locks down a week before inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — All through downtown Washington, the primary sound for several blocks was the beeping of forklifts unloading more fencing.

McConnell open to convicting Trump in impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointedly did not rule out that he might eventually vote to convict the now twice-impeached President Donald Trump, but he also blocked a quick Senate impeachment trial.

A day of historic impeachment, a Capitol as armed encampment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The scene in the U.S. Capitol seemed jarringly disconnected. Inside the House chamber, the nation's lawmakers spoke with solemnity about democracy, the rule of law and the words of Abraham Lincoln as they undertook a vote to remove the president from office.

Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone

WASHINGTON (AP) — His place in the history books rewritten, President Donald Trump endured his second impeachment largely alone and silent.

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