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VOL. 44 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 6, 2020

Mother Nature saves 2020

Rivers, lakes, mountains, trails help rescue state tourism from total disaster

Tourism officials love gaudy economic-impact numbers. Tennessee’s most recent report on travel doesn’t disappoint, offering up record-breaking figures that are the envy of many other states. Unfortunately, the report is for calendar year 2019.


Calendar matters little in new real estate marketplace

“To everything there is a season.” The Hebrew Bible used the phrase first in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, then the Byrds, a folk/pop/rock band, borrowed it in 1965 for “Turn! Turn! Turn!” featuring Roger McGuinn on the 12-string Rickenbacker guitar.


Davidson County real estate trends for October 2020

October 2020 real estate trends for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

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Tennessee Local Food Summit. This year’s free virtual food summit series will bring together farmers, gardeners and the food service workers with national experts, policymakers and local institutions to learn and discuss ideas to strengthen our local and regional food system. The summit will be held virtually through a weekly series of panel discussions every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., as a compilation and next steps to improve our local food system. Top organizations and changemakers in the food system will focus on different topics each week, these include: Nov. 12: Building a more just and equitable food system in Middle Tennessee hosted by Society of St. Andrew; Nov. 19: Learn about cooperatives hosted by the Center for Cooperative Development; Dec. 3: Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer, and Jim Embry of the slow food movement and the Sustainable Community’s Network will recap and discuss where we go from here. Information and registration

more events »

Homebuyers' down payments rise as US home prices climb

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even with mortgage rates hovering near all-time lows, rising home prices are putting more pressure on buyers to come up with a bigger down payment.

US long-term mortgage rates flat to lower; 30-year at 2.78%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were flat to lower this week, as the key 30-year rate fell to a new all-time low for the 12th time this year.


Head coach Vrabel needs better from defensive coordinator Vrabel

Mike Vrabel had the opportunity to go out and find a new defensive coordinator after Dean Pees retired following the Titans loss in the AFC Championship Game.

Can someone, anyone sack a quarterback?

First down: Somebody, anybody – sack the quarterback. Maybe it would just take one and then an avalanche of sacks might occur for the Titans’ defense. Heck, maybe even Jadeveon Clowney or Vic Beasley could touch a quarterback and actually get him down.

Titans hosting Bears with each trying to snap 2-game skids

CHICAGO (5-3) at TENNESSEE (5-2)


McWhorter rejoins FB Financial board

Nashville entrepreneur and executive leader Stuart McWhorter is rejoining the board of FB Financial Corporation after leaving the Lee administration in May to return to the private sector.


Cupcake Collection wins NAACP grant

Nashville’s The Cupcake Collection is one of 10 Black-owned small business winners of the NAACP Powershift Grant.


New technology aims for easier, safer driving

Whether it’s a ghostly image that makes objects seemingly disappear or a spectral presence turning the steering wheel, modern cars are loaded with more tricks than a haunted house.


The upside to thinking about when you will die

Social Security’s life expectancy calculator predicts I’ll live to about 86. An insurance company’s version says I should expect to die at 98. A longevity calculator created by actuaries demurs, putting the odds at only 32% that I’ll make it to 95.


2020 has shown us we might not need offices anymore

Has your work changed as a result of the pandemic? If you have a corporate desk job, the answer may very well be no. While where you do your work has changed, the nature of your work has not. You are still focused on the same projects. You’re meeting with the same people. Work is moving ahead.


A few minimalist tips to maximize the holidays

After spending nearly $2,000 in gifts for her daughter’s first Christmas in 2017, Meg Nordmann knew her holiday strategy had to change.


Kentucky, UT lead SEC loaded with new basketball talent

Kentucky has yet another crop of Big Blue-chippers and Tennessee looks poised to prove last season was a blip on an otherwise impressive recent run of success.


Tennessee hosting 3rd round of opportunity zone training

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are hosting a third round of training sessions next week on opportunity zones.


Nissan posts loss amid pandemic, scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan posted a loss of 44.4 billion yen ($421 million) in the last quarter as the pandemic slammed profitability and the Japanese automaker fought to restore a brand image tarnished by a scandal centered on its former star executive Carlos Ghosn.


TikTok asks court to intervene as Trump order looms

The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene.


Virus surge breaking infection records across the US

Texas on Wednesday became the first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and California closed in on that mark as a surge of coronavirus infections engulfs the country.

Fauci: Wear mask, stay distant to avoid lockdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dr. Anthony Fauci says he doesn't believe the United States will need to go into lockdown to fight the coronavirus if people double down on wearing masks and social distancing.


709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a further sign that the job market might be slowly healing.

US consumer prices unchanged in October, lowest in 5 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October, the lowest reading in five months, suggesting that a price spike over the summer is beginning to fade as coronavirus cases spread.

UK economy bounces back in summer but faces wintry chills

LONDON (AP) — The British economy remained nearly 10% smaller at the end of the third quarter despite posting a record bounceback in the summer, when many of the restrictions that had been placed on businesses to control the pandemic were lifted. The imposition of new limits on public life in the autumn means the economy will likely end the year even smaller.


Dems, GOP take different approaches on Georgia Senate blitz

ATLANTA (AP) — Jon Ossoff took the stage in Columbus and looked out over a parking lot filled with cars, with supporters blaring their horns in approval as he declared that "change has come to Georgia."

Biden moves forward without help from Trump's intel team

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential race was hovering in limbo in 2000 when outgoing President Bill Clinton decided to let then-Gov. George W. Bush read the ultra-secret daily brief of the nation's most sensitive intelligence.

Military wary that shakeup could upend its apolitical nature

WASHINGTON (AP) — The words spoken by America's top military officer carried a familiar ring, but in the midst of a chaotic week at the Pentagon, they were particularly poignant.

Biden chooses longtime adviser Ron Klain as chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an aide with decades of experience in the top role in his White House.

Trump's silent public outing belies White House in tumult

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent 10 minutes in public honoring America's war veterans — a veneer of normalcy for a White House that's frozen by a defeated president mulling his options, mostly forgoing the mechanics of governing and blocking his inevitable successor.


Dispute over access prompts AP to drop CMA Awards coverage

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has pulled out of its planned coverage of Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards show due to restrictions that have been placed on still photographers and screen captures of the broadcast.


Titans' A.J. Brown working to be physical wide receiver

NASHVILLE (AP) — A.J. Brown makes it clear. He sees himself as a very physical wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.


Barnes restocks Tennessee roster, ready to contend again

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has restocked the roster so well that the 12th-ranked Volunteers should quickly erase the painful memory of last season once play begins.

No. 5 Texas A&M-Tennessee postponed

No. 1 Alabama at LSU and No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee will not be played Saturday because of COVID-19 issues, raising the number of Southeastern Conference games postponed this week to three.


Historically Black schools announce plan to train doctors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College on Tuesday announced a partnership aimed at training African American doctors and dentists who will provide essential care to underserved communities.

Longtime Belmont University president to retire next May

NASHVILLE (AP) — Belmont University President Bob Fisher plans to retire next May after two decades in the private school's top post.


Tennessee Senate Republicans question Biden's win in letter

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Senate Republicans declared Tuesday that the presidential election was "far from over" and announced their support of President Donald Trump's baseless accusations of fraud and voting irregularities that he says caused him to lose his reelection bid.


Judge overturns conviction of Tennessee man serving life

NASHVILLE (AP) — After reviewing new evidence, a Tennessee judge has overturned the conviction of a man serving life in prison for a 1998 slaying.


Defense begins questioning in Japan trial over Ghosn's pay

TOKYO (AP) — The defense team for former Nissan executive Greg Kelly began questioning a key prosecution witness in a Tokyo court this week, seeking to show the alleged underreporting of income of his boss Carlos Ghosn was devised by others at the automaker.


Russia says COVID-19 vaccine is 92% effective on early data

MOSCOW (AP) — Developers of Sputnik V, Russia's experimental COVID-19 vaccine, announced Wednesday that early, interim data from a large trial suggests the shot appears to be 92% effective.

US hits record COVID-19 hospitalizations amid virus surge

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations Tuesday and surpassed 1 million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November amid a nationwide surge of infections that shows no signs of slowing.


Rally fades on Wall Street, pulling indexes below records

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed mostly higher on Wednesday, helped by big technology stocks, but news of tighter restrictions in New York State helped dent an earlier rally.

TikTok asks court to intervene as Trump order looms

The popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, is asking a federal court to intervene.

Lagarde: Recovery could be stop-and-go despite vaccine news

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde warned Wednesday that the economy could face a "bumpy," "stop-start" recovery despite good news about vaccine development.

German experts see economy shrinking 5.1% this year

BERLIN (AP) — The German government's panel of independent economic advisers is predicting that the country's economy, Europe's biggest, will shrink by 5.1% this year — a somewhat more optimistic forecast than one made recently by ministers.

Future of business travel unclear as virus upends work life

Brian Contreras represents the worst fears of the lucrative business travel industry.

UK to increase powers to block foreign investments

LONDON (AP) — The British government plans to increase its ability to prevent foreign investors from acquiring strategic assets amid increasing concern about the threat to national security posed by potentially hostile states such as China and Russia.


Biden's plea for cooperation confronts a polarized Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden feels at home on Capitol Hill, but the place sure has changed since he left.

Biden vows to 'get right to work' despite Trump resistance

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vowing "to get right to work," President-elect Joe Biden shrugged off President Donald Trump's fierce refusal to accept the election outcome as "inconsequential," even as Democrats elsewhere warned that the Republican president's actions were dangerous.

Some big, early shifts on immigration expected under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump's most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were a central feature of his administration and important to his base.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers to resign en masse

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers announced Wednesday they would resign en masse after four of them were ousted from the semiautonomous Chinese territory's Legislature in a move one legislator said could sound the "death knell" for democracy there.


Money to support Trump court fight could flow instead to president

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump's chances of reelection dwindled last week, his campaign began blasting out a nonstop stream of emails and text messages that led to a website raising money for an "election defense fund" to contest the outcome.

Trump wins Alaska, 3 electoral votes; up to 217

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has won the state of Alaska.

States cite smooth election, despite Trump's baseless claims

ATLANTA (AP) — The 2020 election unfolded smoothly across the country and without any widespread irregularities, according to state officials and election experts, a stark contrast to the baseless claims of fraud being leveled by President Donald Trump following his defeat.

Analysis: GOP lets doubts about Biden's legitimacy flourish

WASHINGTON (AP) — In backing President Donald Trump's baseless claims of election fraud, Republicans risk leaving millions of Americans with the false impression that the results of the 2020 race are illegitimate.

Dems clinch House control, but majority likely to shrink

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats clinched two more years of controlling the House but with a potentially razor-thin majority, a bittersweet finale to last week's elections that has left them divided and with scant margin for error for advancing their agenda.

Lincoln Project taking on GOP-linked law firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Lincoln Project has announced plans to launch an advertising campaign against two law firms over their role representing President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in their voter fraud-related lawsuits.


Titans atop AFC South, right where they wanted to be at midpoint

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are exactly where they wanted to be, sitting atop the AFC South with their playoff fate firmly in their hands.


Struggling Volunteers working to fix 3rd quarter breakdowns

The Tennessee Volunteers have been able to take leads into halftime. Unfortunately, when they come out of the locker room for the third quarter, that's when the horror show starts.


Gov. Lee hoping for teacher pay raises amid budget crunch

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday he's looking to include "meaningful" teacher pay raises in next year's budget despite facing financial crunches brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Lee not recognizing Biden's win just yet

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday said he wasn't ready to recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect, joining a growing list of Republican leaders who say they are waiting on the outcome of various vote recounts and legal challenges.

Former lawmaker to serve as adviser to education chief

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced that former House Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn will serve as a senior adviser to Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.


Report: TN deaths double where masks haven't been mandated

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee counties that have not required wearing masks in public are on average seeing COVID-19 death rates double or more compared with those that instituted mandates, according to a report released Tuesday.

Tennessee continues to post high virus case numbers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's top health officials on Monday reported that the state saw more than 5,900 new cases of COVID-19, marking the highest jump in a 24-hour period.


Doctors may be better equipped to handle latest virus surge

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest surge in U.S. coronavirus cases appears to be much larger than the two previous ones, and it is all but certain to get worse — a lot worse. But experts say there are also reasons to think the nation is better able to deal with the virus this time.

As cases rise, states say they'll work with Biden on virus

The incoming Biden administration is promising a cohesive national strategy to combat the worsening coronavirus outbreak, something many public health officials and Democratic governors say they welcome after months of mixed messaging under the Trump administration.

US allows 1st emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental approach against the virus that has killed more than 238,000 Americans.

As virus spikes, Europe runs low on ICU beds, hospital staff

PARIS (AP) — In Italy lines of ambulances park outside hospitals awaiting beds, and in France the government coronavirus tracking app prominently displays the intensive care capacity taken up by COVID-19 patients: 92.5% and rising. In the ICU in Barcelona, there is no end in sight for the doctors and nurses who endured this once already.

Notre Dame mandates virus testing after football celebration

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — University of Notre Dame students are now subject to mandatory coronavirus testing with stricter penalties if they leave town before getting their test results after thousands of fans stormed the football field and threw parties to celebrate a double-overtime upset over Clemson.


'Obamacare' likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A more conservative Supreme Court appears unwilling to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including its key protections for pre-existing health conditions and subsidized insurance premiums that affect tens of millions of Americans.

Biden defends health care law as high court mulls its fate

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Facing fierce Republican refusal to acknowledge his victory, President-elect Joe Biden was fighting to defend the Obama administration's signature health care law on Tuesday as he began to confront the crises he will inherit in just 71 days.

Much at stake as Supreme Court weighs future of 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Supreme Court weighs the fate of "Obamacare," arguments will revolve around arcane points of law like severability — whether the justices can surgically snip out part of the law and leave the rest.


Apple unveils first Macs built to run more like iPhones

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple is rolling out new Mac computers powered by the same kind of chips that run iPhones and iPads, a move aimed at making it easier for its most popular products to work together.


Global rally fades, but investors' hopes remain for economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks downshifted on Tuesday, a day after their powerful worldwide rally, but optimism remained high that the global economy may still be headed for a return to normal.

Bidenomics: More stimulus, tougher regulation and gridlock

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will inherit a vulnerable economic recovery under threat from a resurgent virus, likely with a divided Congress that will hinder his ability to address the challenges.

EU move vs Amazon is latest in string of tech crackdowns

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's move to charge Amazon over alleged antitrust behavior is the bloc's latest crackdown on U.S. tech giants. Here's a look at enforcement actions taken by the EU's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, in recent years.

U.S. bankruptcy court approves sale of J.C. Penney

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is on course to emerge from bankruptcy by Thanksgiving, after a U.S. bankruptcy court approved the sale of the ailing 118-year-old retailer to its two largest landlords and its primary lenders.

US job openings rise slightly in September, hiring slips

WASHINGTON (AP) — American employers advertised slightly more jobs in September but hired fewer people as the U.S. economy struggles to recover from spring's coronavirus collapse.

Taiwan processor chip maker to set up $3.5 billion U.S. arm

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwanese maker of processor chips for Apple Inc. and other customers plans to invest $3.5 billion to set up its second U.S. manufacturing site amid American concern about relying too heavily on sources in Asia for high-tech components.

UK defiant even after House of Lords rejects Brexit bill

LONDON (AP) — The British government insisted Tuesday it will press ahead with legislation that breaks a legally binding Brexit treaty with the European Union, despite a resounding rejection of the bill by the upper house of Parliament.


Some big, early shifts on immigration expected under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some dramatic moves on immigration are expected in the early days of the Biden administration. Joe Biden will likely use executive orders to reverse some of President Donald Trump's most controversial actions, rolling back moves that were a central feature of his administration and important to his base. The Biden administration plans to restore protection for people brought to the U.S. illegally as minors and stop using Pentagon funds to build a border wall. Biden unveiled a detailed, highly ambitious plan on immigration but it will take time to undo many actions taken by Trump. The incoming president will also likely face a divided Congress, making it difficult to enact any kind of sweeping, comprehensive changes to the nation's immigration system. Here's a look at what to expect:

President-elect Biden names agency review teams

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has released the names of his agency review teams, the groups of transition staffers that are typically afforded access to key agencies in the current administration to help smooth the transfer of power.

US plans sale of F-35 fighter jets to UAE in $23B arms deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration formally notified Congress on Tuesday that it plans to sell 50 stealth F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as part of a broader arms deal worth nearly a quarter billion dollars aimed at deterring potential threats from Iran despite concern in Israel.

Top Pentagon adviser resigns after Esper firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials said James Anderson, the top policy adviser at the Pentagon, submitted his resignation Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Anderson has been the acting undersecretary for policy since June. Previously he served as the deputy undersecretary since his confirmation for that job in August 2018.

McConnell, Schumer to lead, but Senate majority uncertain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators chose party leaders Tuesday with few changes at the top, but it's unclear who will be the majority leader in the new Congress with no party having secured control of the Senate until a January runoff election in Georgia.

GOP unveils $1.4T spending bill amid post-election turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate unveiled a government-wide, $1.4 trillion spending bill on Tuesday, a largely bipartisan measure that faces uncertain odds during this period of post-election tumult in Washington.


GOP lets Trump fight election for weeks despite Biden's win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday there's "no reason for alarm" as President Donald Trump, backed by Republicans in Congress, mounts unfounded legal challenges to President-elect Joe Biden's election victory — a process that could now push into December.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claims on vaccine, election are wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to concede a presidential election he lost, President Donald Trump sought falsely to take full credit for drugmaker Pfizer Inc.'s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine may be 90% effective, wrongly asserted the vaccine news was delayed until after Election Day to undermine him and repeated baseless claims of voter fraud.

GOP backs Trump as he fights election results, transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threw the presidential transition into tumult, with President Donald Trump blocking government officials from cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden's team and Attorney General William Barr authorizing the Justice Department to probe unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud.

What's ascertainment? The green light to launch transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The course of President-elect Joe Biden's transition to power is dependent in part on an obscure declaration called "ascertainment."

Barr tells DOJ to probe election fraud claims if they exist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue "substantial allegations" of voting irregularities, if they exist, before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite no evidence of widespread fraud.

International observers see no fraud in US vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — International observers from the Organization of American States say they saw no instances of fraud or voting irregularities in the U.S. presidential election.

'This is proof': Biden's win reveals power of Black voters

DETROIT (AP) — Power. Respect. Finally.


Positive COVID-19 test sidelines FGL's Tyler Hubbard at CMAs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard is the second artist so far that will miss a scheduled performance at the CMA Awards on Wednesday due to COVID-19.

Country singer Lee Brice to miss CMA Awards due to COVID-19

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country singer Lee Brice tested positive for COVID-19 and will not perform as scheduled at the CMA Awards on Wednesday.


Vols' next opponent pauses after 2 positive virus tests

No. 5 Texas A&M paused in-person activities on Monday after a player and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a win at South Carolina.


Titans snap 2-game losing streak, beat skidding Bears 24-17

NASHVILLE (AP) — Coach Mike Vrabel has been warning his Tennessee Titans they had reached a crossroads after losing back-to-back games.


Nashville rallies past Orlando 3-2 on MLS Decision Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jhonder Cadiz scored in stoppage time and Nashville SC rallied for a 3-2 victory over Orlando City to wrap up the regular season on Sunday.


Departments heads to pitch spending plans for upcoming year

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee department heads are set to pitch their spending plans for the upcoming fiscal year to Gov. Bill Lee and his top budget officials.


Frito-Lay plans $100M Tennessee expansion with 100 new jobs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Snack manufacturer Frito-Lay is planning a $100 million expansion in Tennessee that is expected to add 100 new jobs.


FTC says Zoom misled users on its security for meetings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are requiring Zoom to strengthen its security in a proposed settlement of allegations that the video conferencing service misled users about its level of security for meetings.


Much at stake as Supreme Court weighs future of 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Supreme Court weighs the fate of "Obamacare" on Tuesday, arguments will revolve around arcane points of law like severability — whether the justices can surgically snip out part of the law and leave the rest.

Without Ginsburg, high court support for health law in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until six weeks ago, defenders of the Affordable Care Act could take comfort in some simple math. Five Supreme Court justices who had twice preserved the Obama-era health care law remained on the bench and seemed unlikely votes to dismantle it.


UN envoy lays lays out strategy for financing climate battle

LONDON (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for climate change on Monday laid out a strategy for financing efforts to cut carbon emissions, calling on companies to be more transparent about their efforts and the impact rising temperatures will have on their operations.


Study finds long-acting shot helps women avoid HIV infection

Researchers are stopping a study early after finding that a shot of an experimental medicine every two months worked better than daily pills to help keep women from catching HIV from an infected sex partner.


Trump election party draws scrutiny as Carson tests positive

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a scene of celebration.

Biden implores Americans to wear masks amid vaccine progress

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday implored Americans to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, even as he cheered news about the promising development of a vaccine being developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer said Monday that early results from its coronavirus vaccine suggest the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Testing timeline: What's ahead for COVID-19 vaccines

Pfizer's surprising news that its COVID-19 vaccine might offer more protection than anticipated — an announcement right after a fraught U.S. presidential election campaign — is raising questions about exactly how the different shots will make it to market.

Nursing home COVID-19 cases rise four-fold in surge states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Trump administration efforts to erect a protective shield around nursing homes, coronavirus cases are surging within facilities in states hard hit by the latest onslaught of COVID-19.

Biden turns to coronavirus response, names advisory board

BOSTON (AP) — As he begins his transition to the presidency, Joe Biden is pivoting from a bitter campaign battle to another, more pressing fight: reining in the pandemic that has hit the world's most powerful nation harder than any other.

Members of President-elect Biden's coronavirus task force

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named the members of a team of public health and science experts to develop a blueprint for fighting the coronavirus.

Biden, Harris get virus task force briefing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being briefed virtually on the coronavirus pandemic by a task force of experts their transition team announced only hours earlier.

Portugal, Hungary hunker down against Europe's virus surge

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal and Hungary on Monday became the latest European countries to impose curfews against the resurgent tide of coronavirus infections and deaths lashing the continent and filing its emergency wards. But glimmers of hope emerged from France, the Czech Republic and Belgium that tough restrictions might be starting to work.

UK bans non-resident arrivals from Denmark over mink fears

LONDON (AP) — The British government has banned freight drivers who have traveled through Denmark over the past 14 days and aren't residents of the U.K. from entering England, as it tightened travel restrictions from a country witnessing widespread coronavirus outbreaks at mink farms.


Stocks rally worldwide with hopes for a return to "normal"

NEW YORK (AP) — Brimming hopes that people will again return to office buildings, shopping centers and normal life sent markets rallying worldwide on Monday, following encouraging data about a potential coronavirus vaccine.

Energy leaders leave door open to more cuts as virus spikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Monday that global energy producers have the ability to tweak an agreement on production cuts that could be extended through the end of 2022, signaling the anticipation of continued weakened demand for oil as the coronavirus pandemic peaks again in Europe and the United States

Biden's next obstacle: How to help mangled economy

BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Biden will inherit a mangled U.S. economy — one that never fully healed from the coronavirus and could suffer again as new infections are climbing.

Profit jumps 82% at Buffett's firm but virus hurts business

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's conglomerate reported an 82% jump in its third-quarter profit as the value of its investment portfolio soared, but Berkshire Hathaway said the coronavirus pandemic continued to hurt its assorted businesses, such as BNSF railroad.

UK, EU make one more push for elusive Brexit trade deal

LONDON (AP) — Negotiators from Britain and the European Union were meeting Monday to seek a breakthrough in gridlocked trade talks, with just days until a deadline to strike a post-Brexit deal.

EU moves ahead with tariffs on US but hopes for Biden change

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union pressed ahead Monday with plans to impose tariffs and other penalties on up to $4 billion worth of U.S. goods and services over illegal American support for plane maker Boeing, but expressed hope that trade ties would improve once President Donald Trump leaves office.

Japan's SoftBank back in the black as investments improve

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. said Monday it bounced back to profitability in the last quarter as its investments improved in value.


After Biden win, McConnell says Trump OK to fight election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President-elect Joe Biden's victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump is "100% within his rights" to question election results and consider legal options.

Americans pivot from red-hot Trump to Biden's seasoned cool

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a crystallizing moment at the last presidential debate, Donald Trump and Joe Biden fielded a question about people of color who live alongside chemical plants and oil refineries that seem to be making them sick.

What's next? Saturday's election verdict isn't last step

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saturday's election verdict isn't the last step in selecting an American president. Under a system that's been tweaked over two centuries, there is still a weekslong timeline during which the 538-member Electoral College picks the president.

Fight for Senate control awaits in Georgia after Biden's win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the Senate likely won't be decided until a January runoff in Georgia, even after Democrat Joe Biden won the White House on Saturday.

Fraud claims aimed in part at keeping Trump base loyal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump campaign's strategy to file a barrage of lawsuits challenging President-elect Joe Biden's win is more about providing President Donald Trump with an off-ramp for a loss he can't quite grasp and less about changing the election's outcome, according to senior officials, campaign aides and allies who spoke to The Associated Press.

Trump, who never admits defeat, mulls how to keep up fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump never admits defeat. But he faces a stark choice now that Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House: Concede graciously for the sake of the nation or don't — and get evicted anyway.

Incendiary texts traced to outfit run by top Trump aide

BOSTON (AP) — A texting company run by one of President Donald Trump's top campaign officials sent out thousands of targeted, anonymous text messages urging supporters to rally where votes were being counted in Philadelphia on Thursday, falsely claiming Democrats were trying to steal the presidential election.

Trump's election night party adds to virus scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a scene of celebration. Instead, the Trump campaign's election night watch party in the White House East Room has become another symbol of President Donald Trump's cavalier attitude toward a virus that is ripping across the nation and infecting more than 100,000 people a day.

Nats make their pitch to Biden, invite him to throw 1st ball

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are making their pitch to President-elect Joe Biden.


Trump fires Esper as Pentagon chief after election defeat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday, an unprecedented move by a president struggling to accept election defeat and angry at a Pentagon leader he believes wasn't loyal enough.

House Dem campaign chair won't seek post anew after losses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairwoman of House Democrats' campaign committee said Monday she won't seek the post again for the next Congress.


Nashville names street after civil rights icon John Lewis

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials in Nashville, Tennessee, have renamed most of a street after civil rights icon John Lewis, who help desegregate the city's lunch counters before becoming a long-serving congressman in Georgia.


Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers to get overtime pay

SEATTLE (AP) — A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state's dairy workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week, a decision expected to apply to the rest of the agriculture industry.


Toyota sees profit slip, holding up despite pandemic

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's July-September profit fell 11% from a year earlier as the coronavirus pandemic slammed global demand, but Japan's top automaker appeared to be holding up better than weaker rivals that have sunk into the red.

Honda reports profit rise despite pandemic

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Honda reported Friday that its profit rose 23% in the last quarter, despite a pandemic that has slammed businesses around the world.


FDA panel reviews 1st new Alzheimer's drug in 2 decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the biggest drug decisions in decades is looming as U.S. regulators consider whether to approve the first medicine that's claimed to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia.


Tennessee hospital: Not enough nurses to address virus outbreak

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — Health officials in northeastern Tennessee say they do not have enough nurses to combat COVID-19 inside its hospital system.

Italy shuts down 4 regions as Europe tries lighter lockdowns

MILAN (AP) — Luxury fashion boutiques, jewelry shops and most of Milan's flagship department were shuttered Friday, as the center of Italy's vibrant financial capital fell into a gray quiet on the first day of a partial lockdown in four regions aimed at stopping the virus's resurgence.

North Denmark in lockdown over mutated virus in mink farms

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — More than a quarter million Danes went into lockdown Friday in a northern region of the country where a mutated variation of the coronavirus has infected minks being farmed for their fur, leading to an order to kill millions of the animals.


Stocks close a blistering week, even as uncertainty lingers

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street took a breather Friday after a blistering rally that gave the market its biggest weekly gain since April and indicated investors see plenty of benefits from more gridlock in Washington.

US consumer borrowing up $16.2 billion in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their borrowing in September, helped by the first gain in the category that covers credit cards in seven months.

Marriott bounces back as activity in China surges

Marriott saw dramatic improvement in the third quarter as travel demand rebounded in China.

Unemployment drops to 6.9%, US adds solid 638,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market showed a burst of strength in October, with employers adding 638,000 jobs and the unemployment rate tumbling to 6.9%. Still, the pace of hiring isn't enough to rapidly soak up the millions of Americans who were thrown out of work by the pandemic recession.

AP Explains: 5 key takeaways from the October jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American job market is clawing its way back — steadily if slowly — from the devastation inflicted by the coronavirus-caused recession. What no one knows is just how long it might take for workers to be made whole.

Virus-hit Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Co appeals for help

PARIS (AP) — Shakespeare and Company, the iconic Paris bookstore that published James Joyce's "Ulysses" in 1922, is appealing to readers for support after pandemic-linked losses and France's spring lockdown have put the future of the iconic Left Bank institution in doubt.


Biden on cusp of presidency after gains in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden was on the cusp of winning the presidency on Friday as he opened up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in the critical battlegrounds of Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the potential for narrow losses in multiple battlegrounds, President Donald Trump might have a tough time persuading the Supreme Court to take up his call to intervene and prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.

Romney: Trump's election fraud claim wrong, 'reckless'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Republican lawmakers, including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday slammed President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that Democrats are trying to "steal" the election. But some GOP leaders struck a more neutral tone — and others urged the White House to fight.

EXPLAINER: States still in play and what makes them that way

WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of states remained in play Friday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. The outcome of contests in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada will determine whether Democrat Joe Biden or President Donald Trump wins.

AP VoteCast: Trump wins white evangelicals, Catholics split

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won support from about 8 in 10 white evangelical Christian voters in his race for reelection, but Catholic voters split almost evenly between him and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, according to AP VoteCast.

Biden overtakes Trump in Georgia vote count

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.

Analysis: Trump's vote diatribe both shocking, unsurprising

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was at the same time shocking and utterly to be expected.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump fabricates election corruption

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing "horror stories," President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabricated accusations Thursday in an audacious attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. election.

Facebook bans big 'Stop the Steal' group for sowing violence

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook on Thursday banned a large group called "Stop the Steal" that supporters of President Donald Trump were using to organize protests against the presidential vote count. Some members had called for violence, while many falsely claimed that Democrats are "stealing" the election from Republicans.

House Democrats blame losses on polls, message, even Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their majority shrunk, House Democrats cast blame Thursday on their election message, ground game and leadership under Speaker Nancy Pelosi's team after expectations for big wins came crashing down by a stark reversal in Trump country.


Board: Lawmaker violated ethics while acting as a physician

NASHVILLE (AP) — A medical board has found a Tennessee Republican lawmaker violated ethical standards while acting as a physician.


Arkansas, Tennessee look to recover from tough losses

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Sam Pittman developed a friendship with Tennessee assistant Jim Chaney well before they landed on SEC coaching staffs.


Vanderbilt, Mississippi State each look to end 4-game slides

Mississippi State and winless Vanderbilt have enough games remaining to salvage their seasons.


Tennessee: Record 3 million votes cast in general election

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say Tennessee has easily broken the 2008 record for voter turnout with more than 3 million ballots cast in this year's November general election.

Tennessee offers drive-through COVID testing in rural areas

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is offering drive-through COVID-19 testing on Saturday in rural areas in each of the three grand divisions. The testing sites will be open from 9 a.m. to noon local time and will stay open until everyone in line has received a test, according to a news release from Gov. Bill Lee's Unified Command Group.


COVID-19: 'The Bitter End' for nation's live music venues?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The venerable New Orleans funk band Galactic purchased the historic music club Tipitina's in late November 2018 and, according to bassist Robert Mercurio, was making a go of it.


Tennessee offering $5M in grants for charter schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's administration is offering $5 million in grants for charter schools across the state.


Virus shutdowns in the rearview for US automakers, GM booms

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is posting huge third quarter numbers, pulling in $4 billion in profit over three months, after a short money-losing stretch as the spread of COVID-19 shut down all U.S. auto factories.


ESPN announces 300 layoffs, citing 'disruption' amid virus

ESPN announced Thursday it is laying off about 300 employees and cutting about 500 jobs from its global workforce.


Wall Street rallies again as election-week gains continue

Wall Street's post-election wave swept stocks solidly higher again Thursday, pushing the S&P 500 toward its biggest weekly gain since April.

Uber's food delivery business outshines core rides service

Uber's food delivery business brought in more money during the third quarter than its signature rides business , showing just how much consumer behavior has changed — and how far the company has adapted — since the pandemic struck.

Fed signals readiness to do more for economy as virus rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low near zero Thursday and signaled its readiness to do more if needed to support an economy under threat from a worsening coronavirus pandemic.

Text of the Federal Reserve's statement after its meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Thursday after its policy meeting ended:

751,000 seek US jobless benefits as virus hobbles economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 751,000, a still-historically high level that shows that many employers keep cutting jobs in the face of the accelerating pandemic.

US productivity increases 4.9% in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity increased between July and September, but at a slower pace than in the previous quarter.

UK extends wage support scheme until March amid new lockdown

LONDON (AP) — The British government and the Bank of England joined forces Thursday to provide further support to an economy that is set for a difficult winter following the imposition of new coronavirus lockdown measures.

Pope moves against secretariat of state amid finance scandal

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has given the Vatican secretariat of state three months to transfer all of its financial holdings to another Vatican office following its bungled management of hundreds of millions of euros in donations and investments that are now the subject of a corruption investigation.

Alibaba revenue up 30% as virus drives demand for e-commerce

HONG KONG (AP) — China's biggest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding on Thursday reported a 30% jump in quarterly revenue, as China recovers from the virus and online shopping demand remains high.


Biden-Trump counting presses ahead 2 days after Election Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election officials in key battlegrounds pressed forward Thursday with presidential vote counting as Democrat Joe Biden urged patience and President Donald Trump pursued legal options, insisting the processing of ballots should be stopped.

Postal Service told to sweep processing centers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to perform twice daily sweeps of processing centers in states with extended ballot receipt deadlines to check for mail-in votes and to expedite them for delivery.

Judges dismiss Trump claims in Georgia, Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits Thursday, undercutting a campaign legal strategy to attack the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean President Donald Trump's defeat.

EXPLAINER: States still in play and what makes them that way

WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of pivotal states remained in play Thursday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. Here, The Associated Press reviews them and examines the reasons why they could still go to either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden:

Trump backers converge on vote centers in Michigan, Arizona

Dozens of angry supporters of President Donald Trump converged on vote-counting centers in Detroit and Phoenix as the returns went against him Wednesday in the two key states, while thousands of anti-Trump protesters demanding a complete tally of the ballots in the still-undecided election took to the streets in cities across the U.S.

Senate control hangs in balance with a few races undecided

WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the Senate  hung in the balance Thursday, a cliffhanger after Republicans trounced Democratic challengers in crucial states but failed to lock down the seats needed to retain their tenuous majority.

With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Perhaps only in Florida is a loss by fewer than 4 percentage points considered a public drubbing.

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