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VOL. 45 | NO. 40 | Friday, October 1, 2021

Lessons in supply, demand

Private schools weigh expansion risks amid flood of new Middle TN residents

It didn’t take long for word to spread among parents in Sumner County that Pope John Paul High School was expanding its offerings to add middle school instruction for the 2021-2022 school year, opening up 198 spaces in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Middle Tennessee private schools directory

All tuition prices are for the 2021-2022 academic school year unless otherwise noted. Tuition prices are subject to change. Additional fees, payment plans and other programs such as need-based financial aid, tuition breaks for siblings or religious affiliation or other types of aid are not included. Contact schools directly for the most current information.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Maybe it’s time for Texas to stop messing with us

The woman walking up the aisle at the Texas Rangers stadium in Arlington was attractive and apparently a baseball fan, two positive attributes in my book. But her T-shirt message was off-putting:

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Randomly ruminating on real estate and beyond

Veteran and award-winning sports writer Joe Biddle often led his columns with “Random Ruminations while wondering whatever happened to (insert formerly famous celebrity here).” While lacking his talent, there are times when randomness needs to fall onto the printed page and, with apologies to Joe, I shall ruminate.

REAL ESTATE

US average mortgage rates jump; 30-year at 3.01%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term mortgage rates rose jumped this week as the benchmark 30-year loan edged over 3%.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Lewan: ‘I’ll never forget’ being booed

It can be hard for a 6-7, 310-pound man to be humbled. But that is exactly what happened to Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan as he recalls the debacle of the season opener when he gave up three sacks to Chandler Jones of Arizona.

With early control of AFC South, Titans can’t let down against 0-3 Jets

Mission accomplished as far as getting a leg up in the AFC South race. By virtue of their victory at home against the Colts Sunday, the Titans have established themselves as the clear early favorite in an AFC South that is severely lacking currently.

Titans at Jets: What to watch

The Titans head to New York with a 2-1 mark to face the lowly New York Jets, who are still looking for their first win of the season. Here are the keys to a Titans victory Sunday in the Big Apple.

Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, among 6 Titans out vs NY Jets

NASHVILLE (AP) — Wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are among six Titans who won't play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Titans sign another punter with 3-time Pro Bowler Kern hurt

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans already have a second replacement kicker on the roster with the first on injured reserve, and now they have a second punter.

UT SPORTS

‘Thin’ Vols hit the road with uncertainty at quarterback

It was a long shot for Tennessee to secure the first SEC victory of the Josh Heupel era against Florida in The Swamp.

BRIEFS

MTSU poll: Statewide growth in second quarter

A new economic report from Middle Tennessee State University shows the state’s housing market continues to show signs of a recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2022 Corolla is good but it can’t top the Civic

The fully redesigned 2022 Honda Civic, which is now at dealerships, will certainly be of interest for many small-sedan shoppers. After all, the Civic has been one of the most popular cars sold in America for decades.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Maybe you can turn the world around with a smile

Now, lookit here. There’s something you need to know, eyes forward and listen, keep an open mind and a shut mouth and pay attention.

CAREER CORNER

Employers need to trust workers more, spy on them less

Working from an office used to be normal. But that time is so far in the past that it would be naive to think we will ever go back to our former state.

PERSONAL FINANCE

You want out, but is a new job the right financial move?

Whether you call it “The Great Resignation,” “The Great Reshuffle” or just high time for a change, millions of American workers are looking for new jobs – and some have already quit the ones they have. Better pay isn’t necessarily the motivator, labor experts say. Many people are seeking greater flexibility, the ability to work remotely or other nonfinancial benefits.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Do you want that sweater or are you just sad?

When was the last time you made a sound decision while wiping away tears? Or shaking in fury? Or sweating with stress?

SPORTS

Belmont's Byrd to receive Legends of Coaching Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rick Byrd, who retired in 2019 after leading Belmont to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, will receive the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching award.

EDUCATION

Troubled student loan forgiveness program gets an overhaul

The Biden administration is moving to relax the rules for a student loan forgiveness program that has been criticized for its notoriously complex requirements — a change that could offer debt relief to thousands of teachers, social workers, military members and other public servants.

COURTS

US poised to go after contractors who don't report breaches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is poised to sue government contractors and other companies who receive U.S. government grants if they fail to report breaches of their cyber systems, the department's No. 2 official said Wednesday.

High court to hear Guantanamo prisoner's state secrets case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about the government's ability to keep what it says are state secrets from a man who was tortured by the CIA following 9/11 and is now held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM seeks to double revenue, lead US in electric vehicle sales

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors plans to cash in as the world switches from combustion engines to battery power, promising to double its annual revenue by 2030 with an array of new electric vehicles, profitable gas-powered cars and trucks, and services such as an electronic driving system that can handle most tasks on the road.

REAL ESTATE

Eviction confusion, again: end of US ban doesn't cause spike

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Chandra Dobbs was stunned when the constable showed up on her doorstep with a fat packet of eviction papers. She thought she had more time.

New HUD rule aimed at preventing public housing evictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is trying to prevent evictions from public housing for nonpayment of rent, seeking to shore up protections following the end of the nationwide eviction moratorium.

ENVIRONMENT

White House restoring environmental reviews for big projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest reversal of a Trump-era environmental rollback, President Joe Biden is restoring federal regulations guiding environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects such as highways and pipelines. The reviews were scaled back by the Trump administration in a bid to fast-track the projects.

California oil spill renews calls to ban offshore drilling

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has been a leader in restricting offshore oil drilling since the infamous 1969 Santa Barbara spill that sparked the modern environmental movement, and the latest spill off Huntington Beach is prompting fresh calls for an end to such drilling.

Ship anchor suspected in pipeline break that fouled beaches

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An anchored cargo ship in the Pacific is not a fixed point — it's different than parking a car. Even then, with a multi-ton anchor and brawny steel chains resting on the seabed, the massive vessels can move from shifting winds, ocean currents and tides.

In California, some buy machines that make water out of air

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices.

MEDIA

Australian defamation review to examine Facebook liability

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian review of defamation laws will likely examine whether platforms such as Facebook should be liable for users' defamatory posts, the communications minister said on Wednesday.

HEALTH CARE

Ban on negotiating Medicare drug prices under pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donna Weiner looks at Medicare's prescription drug program from two different points of view.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Vaccines are here. School's open. Some parents still agonize

PHOENIX (AP) — Eight days into the school year, all five of Amber Cessac's daughters, ages 4 to 10, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus deaths in Russia surpass 900 a day for 1st time

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's daily coronavirus death toll surpassed 900 on Wednesday for the first time in the pandemic, a record that comes amid the country's low vaccination rate and the government's reluctance to impose tough restrictions to control new cases.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks edge higher as Wall Street shakes off volatility

Stocks are closing slightly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as investors shook off a bout of volatility after nearly a week of high volatility.

Toymakers race to get products on shelves amid supply clogs

NEW YORK (AP) — Running out of time to get its products on store shelves ahead of the holidays, the Basic Fun toy company made an unprecedented decision: It's leaving one-third of its iconic Tonka Mighty Dump Trucks destined for the U.S. in China.

Amazon opens general store in UK, first outside the US

LONDON (AP) — Amazon on Wednesday opened its first general store outside the United States in a mall in Britain, selling the online retailer's most popular products including books, toys, games and consumer electronics.

Saudi Aramco hits $2T valuation on back of higher oil prices

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil company Aramco reached a $2 trillion valuation as it hit near record levels Wednesday during trading hours.

EU calls for relief funds to help energy price hit consumers

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday urged member countries to provide relief funds to consumers and small businesses hit hardest by rising gas and electricity prices, as criticism mounts that the bloc's climate change fighting policies are fueling the problem.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

White House says Biden, Xi expected to meet virtually

ZURICH (AP) — President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual working meeting before year's end, according to a senior Biden administration official.

Biden enlists CEOs to warn of default if debt cap not raised

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden enlisted top business leaders Wednesday to push for immediately suspending the federal debt limit, saying the approaching Oct. 18 deadlines creates the risk of a historic default that would be like a "meteor" that could crush the economy and financial markets.

In budget turning point, Biden conceding smaller price tag

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats' push for a 10-year, $3.5 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives has reached a turning point, with the president repeatedly conceding that the measure will be considerably smaller and pivotal lawmakers flashing potential signs of flexibility.

Can $1 trillion coin fix debt limit? Quirky law says maybe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some politicians think they've found a silver bullet for the impasse over the debt limit, except the bullet is made of platinum: Mint a $1 trillion coin, token of all tokens, and use it to flood the treasury with cash and drive Republicans crazy.

Biden: Senate filibuster change on debt a 'real possibility'

WASHINGTON (AP) — To get around Republican obstruction, President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Democrats are considering a change to the Senate's filibuster rules in order to quickly approve lifting the nation's debt limit and avoid what would be a devastating credit default.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28
PREDATORS

Preds assistant Todd Richards recovering from heart attack

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville assistant coach Todd Richards is recovering from a heart attack.

STATEWIDE

New Tennessee license plate unveiled

Gov. Bill Lee today unveiled the state’s next standard license plate chosen by Tennesseans through a statewide vote.

RELIGION

Southern Baptist panel to open legal records for abuse probe

A top committee of the Southern Baptist Convention agreed Tuesday to open up legally protected records to investigators who will look into how it handled, or mishandled, cases of sexual abuse within the nation's largest Protestant denomination over the past two decades.

TOURISM

Crews working to improve popular trails at Big South Fork

ONEIDA (AP) — Crews have begun working on two projects in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area along the border of Tennessee and Kentucky.

COURTS

Facebook asks court to dismiss FTC antitrust complaint

Facebook is asking a federal court to dismiss a revised complaint against it by the Federal Trade Commission, arguing that the agency has not provided enough evidence to show that the company is a monopoly.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM building giant battery development lab in Detroit suburb

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says it's building a huge new electric vehicle battery lab in Michigan where scientists will work on chemistry to cut costs 60% over current vehicles and allow people to travel 500 to 600 miles (800 to 965 kilometers) per charge.

ENVIRONMENT

UN report warns of global water crisis amid climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the world is unprepared for the floods, hurricanes and droughts expected to worsen with climate change and urgently needs better warning systems to avert water-related disasters, according to a report by the United Nations' weather agency.

Putin calls for smoother transition to green technologies

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that "the hysteria" engulfing European energy markets has been driven by insufficient investment in energy industries, arguing that the world needs a smoother transition to green energy technologies.

Shipping industry group aims for net-zero emissions by 2050

BERLIN (AP) — A major shipping industry group said Tuesday that its members will aim for "net-zero" carbon emissions by 2050, following a commitment to the same goal by the world's airline industry a day earlier.

HEALTH CARE

NIH head Collins steps down, led fight against cancer, COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health for 12 years, said Tuesday he is stepping down, capping a career in which he directed crucial research into the human genome and the fight against serious diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and COVID-19.

Biden lifts abortion referral ban on family planning clinics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration reversed a ban on abortion referrals by family planning clinics, lifting a Trump-era restriction as political and legal battles over abortion grow sharper from Texas to the U.S. Supreme Court.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

J&J seeks US clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to allow extra shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward expanding its booster campaign to millions more vaccinated Americans.

AstraZeneca asks FDA to authorize COVID antibody treatment

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca, the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker that developed one of the first COVID-19 vaccines, has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize the emergency use of an antibody treatment to prevent the disease.

US unveils guidance for federal vaccine mandate, exemptions

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just weeks remaining before federal workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the federal government on Monday outlined procedures for employees to request medical or religious exemptions from President Joe Biden's mandate.

Southwest is latest airline to mandate vaccines for workers

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines on Monday became the latest U.S. airline to require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pentagon mandates COVID-19 vaccine for civilian workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — All civilians who work for the Defense Department and the military services must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 22, under new guidelines released Monday.

Virus deaths in Russia hit record for third time this month

MOSCOW (AP) — Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit a record for the third time this month on Tuesday, and new infections once again exceeded 25,000 a day — a surge that comes as vaccination rates in the country remain stagnantly low and the government shuns imposing tough restrictions to stem the spread.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise on Wall Street, led by tech, banks; oil near $79

Stocks are closing with solid gains on Wall Street Tuesday, erasing most of the previous day's losses.

Workers at all of Kellogg's U.S. cereal plants go on strike

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Work at all of the Kellogg Company's U.S. cereal plants came to a halt Tuesday as roughly 1,400 workers went on strike, but it wasn't immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes or any of the company's other iconic brands would be disrupted.

September expansion is 16th consecutive for US service sector

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, grew again in September even as supply chain troubles persisted.

IMF says trimming global growth forecast due to rising risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund says the agency is trimming its forecast for global growth this year.

IMF says trimming global growth forecast due to rising risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund says the agency is trimming its forecast for global growth this year.

US trade deficit hits record $73.3 billion in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit increased to a record $73.3 billion in August as a small gain in exports was swamped by a much larger increase in imports.

Fed watchdog to investigate officials' financial trades

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent investigator will look into whether Federal Reserve officials broke the law with financial trades last year that have come under congressional scrutiny and sharp criticism from outside the central bank.

'Pandora Papers' bring renewed calls for tax haven scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls grew Monday for an end to the financial secrecy that has allowed many of the world's richest and most powerful people to hide their wealth from tax collectors.

Hollywood's behind-the-scenes crews vote to authorize strike

Film and television production in North America is in jeopardy of coming to a standstill after its behind-the-scenes workers overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike for the first time in its 128-year history.

IMF gets briefing on probe into China rankings at World Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund said Monday its board of directors has been briefed by attorneys from the law firm whose investigation found that current IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and other officials pressured World Bank employees to alter data affecting the business rankings of China and other nations.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Ex-Facebook employee says network hurts kids, fuels division

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Facebook data scientist told Congress on Tuesday that the social network giant's products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S., adding that its executives refuse to change because they elevate profits over safety. And she said responsibility for that lies right at the top, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Biden eager to get out of DC, push benefits of spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is shifting strategy to sell his ambitious social spending plans by traveling outside Washington and courting moderate Democrats who are key to hopes for any deal.

Garland says authorities will target school board threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday directed federal authorities to hold strategy sessions in the next 30 days with law enforcement to address the increasing threats targeting school board members, teachers and other employees in the nation's public schools.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 4
UT SPORTS

Hooker wins starting quarterback job at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Hendon Hooker has played well enough to finally earn the starting quarterback job at Tennessee.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Vrabel: Nobody did well enough in loss to Jets

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are banged up, can't protect their quarterback and just lost to a previously winless team.

Tannehill, Titans beat up by sack-happy Jets in OT loss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — It seemed just about every time Ryan Tannehill dropped back to throw, there was another New York Jets defender in his face.

NASHVILLE SC

New York City FC, Nashville play to scoreless tie

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Joe Willis made three saves to help Nashville tie New York City FC 0-0 on Sunday in a match between two of the Eastern Conference's top teams.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee gets $116K from FEMA for flood victims' mental health

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say they are receiving more than $116,000 in federal funding to address the mental health needs of victims of deadly flooding in August.

States, cities slow to spend federal pandemic money

As Congress considered a massive COVID-19 relief package earlier this year, hundreds of mayors from across the U.S. pleaded for "immediate action" on billions of dollars targeted to shore up their finances and revive their communities.

REGION

Bullish on the future: Kentucky bourbon production grows

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's bourbon industry is signaling that it's increasingly bullish on its future after reaching new production heights despite the COVID-19 pandemic and trade disputes in key overseas markets.

COURTS

Court rejects DC residents' bid for voting representation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that said District of Columbia residents are not entitled to voting representation in the House of Representatives.

High court rejects lawsuit over cancelled Pentagon contract

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday said it would not get involved in a lawsuit over a disputed Pentagon cloud computing contract, a decision that follows the contract's cancellation earlier this year.

What's old is new again: Justices back at court for new term

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court returned to the courtroom Monday for the start of a momentous new term, after a nearly 19-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic.

REAL ESTATE

Treasury to shift rental assistance to places with demand

The Treasury Department on Monday announced plans to start reallocating the billions of dollars in federal rental assistance in a bid to get more money into the hands of tenants facing eviction.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volvo plans $2.9B IPO to fund electric vehicle ambitions

LONDON (AP) — Swedish automaker Volvo said Monday it plans to raise at least 25 billion kroner ($2.9 billion) by selling shares to fund its electric vehicle transformation strategy.

ENVIRONMENT

UK pledges to hit all-renewable electricity by 2035

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — All Britain's electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035, the governing Conservatives announced Monday, saying the move would help end the country's reliance on imported fuel.

MEDIA

Ozy CEO: 'premature' to shut down after week of scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of Ozy Media on Monday said it had been "premature" to shut down and that he wants the media company to keep operating.

RELIGION

Pope, faith leaders sign joint climate appeal before summit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and dozens of religious leaders on Monday signed a joint appeal to governments to commit to ambitious targets at the upcoming U.N. climate conference, while promising to do their own part to lead their faithful into more sustainable behavior.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

UK eases travel rules but upsets nations not on list

LONDON (AP) — Simplified international travel rules took effect Monday in the U.K., easing quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 50 countries, and the Conservative government vowed it will seek to regularly expand the rules to more nations.

COVID vaccine mandate takes effect for NYC teachers, staff

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City teachers and other school staff members are supposed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the bell rings Monday morning, in one of the first school district mandates in the country requiring employees to be inoculated against the coronavirus.

Russia hits record number of daily COVID-19 deaths

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Sunday reported a record daily death toll from COVID-19, the fifth time in a week that deaths have hit a new high.

New Zealand admits it can no longer get rid of coronavirus

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government acknowledged Monday what most other countries did long ago: It can no longer completely get rid of the coronavirus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fall as tech retreats; oil price hits 7-year high

Stocks are closing lower Monday as big technology companies such as Apple and Microsoft take losses.

Oil at 7-year high after OPEC+ decides on cautious increase

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Oil prices jumped Monday after OPEC and allied oil producing countries stayed with their gradual approach to restoring output slashed during the pandemic, agreeing to add only 400,000 barrels per day in November.

UK blames 'heavy-handed' EU for Brexit deal problems

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Britain's Brexit minister threatened Monday to trigger a contentious break clause in the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union — a move that would send the U.K.'s already chilly relations with its huge neighbor into a deep freeze.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden tells GOP to 'get out of the way' on debt limit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Republican senators to "get out of the way" and let Democrats suspend the nation's debt limit, hoping to keep the U.S. government from bumping dangerously close to a credit default as Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell refuses to lend his party's help.

Poll: Most people in US welcome Afghan ally refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the U.S. want to see Afghans who worked with Americans offered resettlement in the United States, a new poll shows, confirming support across political divides for former military translators and others struggling to escape Taliban rule.

Can Democrats hold together? Biden's agenda depends on it

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's favorite sayings, a guidepost for Democrats in trying times: "Our diversity is our strength. Our unity is our power."


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
STATE GOVERNMENT

Legislative leaders want COVID addressed at special session

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top two leaders of Tennessee's General Assembly announced Friday that they are working to address legislation regarding COVID-19 topics during the upcoming legislative session that will be held later this month.

Lee calls special session to OK Ford factory incentives

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee is calling the General Assembly back to the Capitol to address funding, buildout and oversight of a $5.6 billion campus where Ford Motor Co. plans to build electric F-Series pickup trucks at the Memphis Regional Megasite industrial complex.

RELIGION

Southern Baptists press for sex abuse review to advance

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention committee is facing mounting pressure from within the denomination to move forward without further delay an investigation into how it handled sexual abuse allegations.

COURTS

Justice Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID, has no symptoms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, the Supreme Court said Friday. The court said the 54-year-old justice has no symptoms.

Tennessee state senator found guilty of 4 wire fraud counts

MEMPHIS (AP) — A jury on Thursday convicted a Tennessee state senator charged with using federal grant money awarded to a health care school she operated on her wedding, a political campaign event and other personal expenses.

Scarlett Johansson, Disney settle lawsuit over 'Black Widow'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scarlett Johansson and the Walt Disney Co. on Thursday settled her lawsuit over the streaming release of "Black Widow," bringing a swift end to what had begun as the first major fight between a studio and star over recent changes in rollout plans for films.

REAL ESTATE

EXPLAINER: Flood insurance revamp aims for fairer rates

A revamped U.S. flood insurance program going into effect this month will charge rates the federal government says better reflect a home's risk, a change that could mean higher premiums for coastal mansions and -- for the first time -- reduced rates for others.

MEDIA

Past storms haven't fazed Facebook. Instagram Kids might

Nineteen-year-old Gigi Painter hopes Facebook's planned "Instagram Kids" never becomes a reality.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US auto sales slump, stalled by car computer chip shortage

DETROIT (AP) — In a normal month before the pandemic, Con Paulos' Chevy dealership in Jerome, Idaho, sold around 40 new vehicles. In September, it was only six. Now he's got nothing new in stock, and every car, truck or SUV on order has been sold.

Daimler's trucks, luxury cars to go their separate ways

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shareholders in Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, on Friday approved the spinoff of the company's truck division, a move intended to let the world's largest maker of trucks react faster to change and focus on the new low-emission technologies transforming the automotive industry.

Taiwan's Foxconn has deal to buy former GM plant in Ohio

Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest electronics maker, has a deal to buy a huge auto assembly plant in Ohio from startup electric truck maker Lordstown Motors, the companies announced Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

Ban on 'surprise' medical bills on track for Jan. 1 rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday put final touches on consumer protections against so-called "surprise" medical bills. The ban on charges that hit insured patients at some of life's most vulnerable moments is on track to take effect Jan. 1, officials said.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Foundations aim to persuade Americans to get vaccinated

For months, Maria Cristina was hesitant about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Her fears came from social media, where she heard ample amounts of misinformation about what was in the vaccine and what it could do to her.

Merck says COVID-19 pill cuts risk of death, hospitalization

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a potential leap forward in the global fight against the pandemic, drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental pill for people sick with COVID-19 reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher, but not by enough to erase weekly losses

Stocks rebounded on Wall Street Friday but still ended with their worst weekly decline since February.

US factory growth up in September despite supply woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing growth accelerated last month to the highest level since May despite global supply chain disruptions.

US consumer spending rebounded in August despite COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending accelerated in August amide a surge in COVID-19 cases, even as soaring demand and snarled supply chains kept inflation high.

Recovery hampered as inflation hits new highs in US, Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation has reached new highs in the United States and Europe as rising energy prices and supply bottlenecks restrain an economic recovery from the pandemic in both economies.

Australia-EU trade talks delayed amid submarine deal fallout

BRUSSELS (AP) — A round of free trade talks between the European Union and Australia has been postponed by one month in the wake of a dispute over the Australian government's decision to cancel a multibillion-euro French submarine deal, EU and Australian officials said Friday.

Marc Lasry, chairman of embattled media org Ozy, resigns

Marc Lasry, the hedge-fund billionaire and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner who was named chairman of embattled media organization Ozy earlier this month, has resigned from its board.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden at Capitol as Democrats scale back $3.5T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden traveled to Capitol Hill Friday to meet with lawmakers on their home ground as Democrats strained to rescue a scaled-back version  of his $3.5 trillion government overhaul and salvage a related public works bill after days of frantic negotiations resulted in no deal.

Biden's approval slumps after a slew of crises: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's popularity has slumped after a slew of challenges in recent weeks at home and abroad for the leader who pledged to bring the country together and restore competence in government, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

AP FACT CHECK: GOP claim of broken Biden pledge not so clear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blasting a $3.5 trillion social spending bill that Democrats hope to salvage, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy asserted the legislation would break President Joe Biden's campaign promise not to tax Americans who earn less than $400,000 a year. That's technically accurate yet also misleading.

Biden signs bill to avert partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — With only hours to spare, President Joe Biden signed legislation to avoid a partial federal shutdown and keep the government funded through Dec. 3. Congress had passed the bill earlier Thursday.

Senate approves Biden land-agency pick over GOP opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Senate late Thursday approved President Joe Biden's choice to oversee vast government-owned lands in the West, despite Republican complaints that she is an "eco-terrorist.''

Senate confirms Biden pick to lead consumer watchdog agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate narrowly approved President Joe Biden's pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday, giving the bureau a director who is likely to embrace an aggressive "watchdog" role, similar to how the agency operated under former President Barack Obama.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
TENNESSEE TITANS

Giants sign former Titans top pick Wilson to practice squad

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have signed tackle Isaiah Wilson to their practice squad, giving the former first-round draft pick another chance to overcome off-the-field issues and make it in the NFL.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vandy, UConn meet in Commodores' last nonconference game

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Vanderbilt Commodores and UConn Huskies are both working through rebuilding efforts and adversity while trying to win games.

NASHVILLE SC

Orlando City gets 2-2 draw with Nashville on late own goal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Orlando City picked up an own goal off a corner kick in extra time in a 2-2 draw with Nashville on Wednesday night.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Gov. Lee extends school mask opt-outs blocked by judges

DICKSON (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday that he will extend an executive order that lets families opt their children out of school mask mandates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, despite federal court rulings that have blocked the policy in three counties.

Tennessee increasing child care aid rates for providers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say they are increasing the reimbursement rate the state pays child care providers on behalf of families who need help shouldering the cost of care.

EAST TENNESSEE

Gunmaker Smith & Wesson moving headquarters to Maryville

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson plans to relocate its headquarters from Massachusetts to gun-friendlier Tennessee in a $125 million investment expected to create 750 jobs, officials announced Thursday.

EDUCATION

Fisk University has new degrees in health science, business

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fisk University is launching three new academic programs next fall, according to a news release from the historically Black university.

COURTS

High court adds 5 cases, including one brought by Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday added five new cases to its calendar for the term that begins next week, among them a challenge to federal election law brought by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Suit: Nashville diocese failed to protect minor from abuse

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit accuses the Catholic Diocese of Nashville of failing to protect a minor child from sexual abuse by an employee at a Murfreesboro church.

REAL ESTATE

Soaring home prices juice average US homeowner equity growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soaring home prices have pushed up average homeowner equity growth to the highest level in more than a decade, though recent signs of a cooling U.S. housing market point to more moderate gains in the second half of the year.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Union jobs? Ford's plan for new EV factories raises question

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ford's blockbuster announcement this week that it would build four sprawling new factories in Kentucky and Tennessee by 2025 and hire nearly 11,000 workers raised a big unanswered question: Just how good will those jobs be?

HEALTH CARE

US stem cell clinics boomed while FDA paused crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of clinics pushing unproven stem cell procedures caught a big break from the U.S. government in 2017: They would have three years to show that their questionable treatments were safe and worked before regulators started cracking down.

MEDIA

Foes united vs Facebook over Instagram's effect on teens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political adversaries in Congress are united in outrage against Facebook for privately compiling information that its Instagram photo-sharing service appears to grievously harm some teens, especially girls, while publicly downplaying the popular platform's negative impact.

ENVIRONMENT

Why climate change is making it harder to chase fall foliage

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Droughts that cause leaves to turn brown and wither before they can reach peak color. Heat waves prompting leaves to fall before autumn even arrives. Extreme weather events like hurricanes that strip trees of their leaves altogether.

TECHNOLOGY

Takeaways: AP's investigation of military gun tracking tech

A tracking tag that some units in the U.S. military are using to keep control of guns could let even low-tech enemies detect troops on the battlefield, an ongoing Associated Press investigation has found.

Virgin Galactic says FAA has cleared it for further flights

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic said Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared it to resume launches after an investigation into why its spaceship veered off course while descending during a July flight with founder Richard Branson aboard.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Prisons, border wall: How GOP is looking to use COVID money

CHICAGO (AP) — When Democrats passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Republicans called it liberal "pet projects" disguised as pandemic aid.

Poll finds deep divide over Biden vaccine mandate

A survey of Americans on President Joe Biden's plan to require most workers to get either vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 finds a deep and familiar divide: Democrats are overwhelmingly for it, while most Republicans are against it.

AT&T to require vaccines for 90,000 of its union workers

AT&T has become one of the largest employers in the U.S. to mandate vaccines for a significant number of frontline workers.

Health workers once saluted as heroes now get threats

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More than a year after U.S. health care workers on the front lines against COVID-19 were saluted as heroes with nightly clapping from windows and balconies, some are being issued panic buttons in case of assault and ditching their scrubs before going out in public for fear of harassment.

Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster? Yes, people who got a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are considered fully vaccinated — even without a booster.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 fell 4.8% in September, worst month since March 2020

Stocks are closing out September with their worst monthly loss since the beginning of the pandemic.

Powell sees inflation cooling, evading 'difficult situation'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Thursday that current high levels of inflation are likely to fade next year and won't prevent the Fed from pushing toward its goal of full employment.

Surging natural gas prices: Threat to consumers this winter?

NEW YORK (AP) — Brace for a rude surprise on your winter heating bills.

US unemployment claims rise third straight week to 362,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the third straight week, a sign that the highly contagious delta variant may be slowing a recovery in the job market.

Shortages, shipping, shutdowns hit Asian factory output

Shortages of power, computer chips and other parts, soaring shipping costs and shutdowns of factories to battle the pandemic are taking a toll on Asian economies.

US, EU agree to further trade and technology talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and the European Union agreed Wednesday to carry on the work of 10 expert-level panels to explore and recommend solutions to a variety of trade disputes and challenges.

US slightly revises up its GDP estimate for Q2 to 6.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a 6.7% annual pace from April through June, the Commerce Department said Thursday, slightly upgrading its estimate of last quarter's growth in the face of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the form of the delta variant.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

New Biden rules would limit arrest, deportation of migrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan criticism over its approach to immigration, the Biden administration on Thursday announced new rules that require authorities to only pursue migrants who recently crossed into the country without permission or are deemed to pose a threat to public safety.

Biden plan at stake, Pelosi pushes ahead for $3.5T deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden's government overhaul at risk, Democrats confronted high-stakes trouble Thursday as a promised vote on the first piece, a slimmer $1 trillion public works bill, faltered amid stalled talks on his more ambitious package.

Congress halfway home in averting partial federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress took a big step toward avoiding a partial federal shutdown on Thursday when the Senate passed a bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 3. The House was expected to follow suit shortly.

Democrats divided: Progressives, centrists say trust is gone

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their fight over trillions of dollars, their paramount policy goals and perhaps their political fate, this isn't helping: Democratic progressives and centrists say they don't trust each other. They're tossing around words like "stupid" and "insanity" and they're drawing lines in the sand.

Agonizing choices as Dems debate shrinking health care pie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are debating how to divide up what could be a smaller serving of health care spending in President Joe Biden's domestic policy bill, pitting the needs of older adults who can't afford their dentures against the plight of uninsured low-income people in the South.

House panel subpoenas organizers of Jan. 6 Trump rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has subpoenaed 11 officials who helped plan rallies in support of former President Donald Trump ahead of the attack, including the massive event on the day of the siege at which the president told his supporters to "fight like hell."

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