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VOL. 41 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 15, 2017

Avoiding another AMP derailment

Mayor Dean had big swing, miss on transit. Mayor Barry can’t go down that same track

Before there was nMotion, and before Let’s Move Nashville, there was the AMP, a bus rapid transit system proposed by then-Mayor Karl Dean that would connect East Nashville to Saint Thomas West Hospital via Main Street, Broadway and West End Avenue.

Stuck in the Middle: Midstate drivers see hope in $5.4B proposal

Wendy Lloyd is frustrated. After 17 years of commuting into Nashville from Smyrna for her Vanderbilt University Medical Center nursing job, she is ready to get out of her car – at least for the extra hours she spends on I-24.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Legislators not shy in pushing ‘model’ bills from outsiders

The group that brought Tennessee the voter photo ID law could be on the brink of spawning another kink on the voting process, one that cross-checks jury service with voter rolls.

Local Weather
Currently
Nashville, TN
94.0°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: Southeast at 6.9 mph
Humidity: 33%

EVENTS

Breakfast with Santa. Story time, breakfast, hot cocoa, coffee, cocktails and holiday shopping. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa Park Blvd. Free. Information: www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org

more events »

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

All eyes on December as area sales record could fall

The race to the top is going down to the wire. Back in 2006, the area set the record for the most residential properties sold in a calendar year with 40,056, Greater Nashville Realtors statistics show. November data reveal year-to-date sales have reached 37,236, some 2,820 off the record.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2017

Top residential real estate sales, November 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for November 2017

November 2017 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rate slips to 3.93 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate on 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgages slipped to 3.93 percent this week.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

How bad? Mariota's QB rating now worse than Cutler's

It had been festering for weeks, but the Tennessee Titans seemed to push the matter aside as they were squeezing out close wins against the NFL’s third-easiest schedule. “Winning ugly” is how it was seen through rose-colored glasses, with an 8-4 record as exhibit 1.

Titans at 49ers: What to watch

Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Dick LeBeau. The Titans defense has been playing very well of late, holding Arizona without a touchdown and shouldering a lot of the load while the offense has struggled. Garoppolo has injected a spark into a moribund 49ers offense, but LeBeau will surely have tricks up his sleeve for his defense to throw at the young quarterback.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Recruiting wins eclipsing actual wins at Vanderbilt

Only a couple months into his second season at Vanderbilt, men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew appears to be in the midst of transforming the program.

NEWSMAKERS

Butler Snow’s Polly elected president of Nashville Bar

Erin Palmer Polly, a commercial litigation attorney at Butler Snow, LLP, will serve as the 2018 president of the Nashville Bar Association. In 2014, she was president of the NBA Young Lawyers Division, became a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and received the Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyer’s Program Pro Bono Award.

BRIEFS

Lipman Group joins Re/Max Collection

Lipman Group is partnering with The RE/MAX Collection Fine Homes & Luxury Properties, the luxury division of the RE/MAX pervasive brand. Effective immediately, Lipman Group will don the name RE/MAX Homes and Estates, Lipman Group.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

10 recommended car features for winter driving

Most drivers in the snowbelt agree: Winter driving is a drag. Cold weather affects the way you interact with your car and the way your car interacts with the road. Freezing temperatures can make your vehicle’s cabin extremely uncomfortable, while snow and ice can seriously compromise your ability to maintain control of your vehicle.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Great business moments don’t just happen on their own

It was quite the event. Your staff really outdid themselves, and you were proud of them.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Know, avoid the 5 deadly pitfalls of sales calls

Good, old-fashioned sales calls are making a comeback, given how few salespeople are leveraging them anymore.

CAREER CORNER

The best places to work in 2018

For the 10th year, Glassdoor.com has released its Employees’ Choice Awards. For 2018, they’ve expanded the list of best companies from 50 to 100.

STATEWIDE

Confederate statues removed after Memphis sells public parks

MEMPHIS (AP) — Crews removed two Confederate statues from Memphis parks after the city sold them to a private entity.

Elvis Presley memorabilia on auction block at Graceland

MEMPHIS (AP) — Items associated with Elvis Presley are on the auction block, including the rocker's rocking chair from the Jungle Room at Graceland.

REAL ESTATE

Long-term US mortgage rates blip higher this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remain lower than they were a year ago.

HEALTH CARE

AP-NORC Poll: Health care is the issue that won't go away

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump completes his first year in office, Americans are increasingly concerned about health care, and their faith that government can fix it has fallen.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks are opening moderately higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening moderately higher on Wall Street Thursday, led by gains in banks and technology companies. Solid gains for Goldman Sachs and Chevron sent the Dow Jones industrial average higher in early trading. Wells Fargo was also up, and Finish Line jumped after reporting a narrower loss than investors were expecting. Utilities and industrial companies were lower.

Home Depot's online push continues with Company Store buy

ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot is buying online retailer The Company Store, moving forward with aggressive plans to protect itself from competitors like Amazon.com.

US economy grew at 3.2 percent rate in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years.

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 245,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose last week for the first time in five weeks, but remained at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

Tax pros are suddenly very popular, if a little confused

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't feel bad if you don't understand how the new tax bill will affect you. Chances are, your accountant doesn't yet either.

Swiss regulator: JP Morgan violated money-laundering rules

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's financial markets regulator says the Swiss division of U.S. bank J.P. Morgan "seriously breached" anti-money laundering rules relating to Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

NATIONAL POLITICS

House GOP scrambles to rally votes for spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans early Thursday unveiled a new, stripped-down spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and allow quarreling lawmakers to punt most of their unfinished business into the new year.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's 'middle-class miracle' favors wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) — You wouldn't know it from President Donald Trump's rhetoric, but the tax overhaul coming into effect is heavily tilted to the rich. It also leaves "Obamacare" in place, despite his assertion that the tax plan repeals the health care law. Nothing about the plan provides the fuel to achieve economic growth at the levels he's predicted.

Triumphant Trump celebrates tax win, some fear backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — A triumphant President Donald Trump and jubilant fellow Republicans celebrated the passage of their $1.5 trillion tax overhaul Wednesday as a "historic victory for the American people." The American people, however, will need some convincing.


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20
NASHVILLE AREA

Major League Soccer: Nashville granted latest expansion team

NASHVILLE (AP) — Major League Soccer is continuing its expansion into the southeast, awarding Nashville the first of its newest expansion franchises as MLS' 24th team .

MIDSTATE

Narrow state Senate win called wakeup call for Tennessee GOP

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Republican strategist says a 308-vote special election victory in a heavily GOP state Senate district should serve as a wakeup call for the state party in Tennessee.

Engineering firm to invest $6M, hire about 240 in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say an engineering and manufacturing company will invest $6 million and hire about 240 people for a new facility in Tennessee.

STATEWIDE

Report: Inadequate warning by park officials in Smokies fire

NASHVILLE (AP) — Insufficient warning by Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials contributed to dramatically less time to evacuate people during a Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people in November 2016, according to a report released this week.

Rick Scott to headline fundraiser for Diane Black

NASHVILLE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is headlining a fundraiser for Republican Diane Black's gubernatorial campaign in Tennessee.

SPORTS

Ehlers scores 2, Tanev nets winner as Jets top Predators 6-4

NASHVILLE (AP) — Brandon Tanev's first goal in almost two months came at a perfect time for the Jets.

HEALTH CARE

Congress deals 2 blows to 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress dealt a pair of blows to the Obama health care law Wednesday, including a retreat by two senators who were fighting for a provision this year that would help contain premium costs.

Alexander, Collins back off health insurance demands

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins is letting the GOP's Senate leadership off the hook on her promise to shore up health care premiums by year's end in return for supporting the tax overhaul. But she said she will resume the push in the new year.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Obamacare is repealed. It isn't

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has prematurely declared "Obamacare" dead and displayed a misunderstanding of where the money comes from to make the health law work.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales climb 5.6 percent in November to 11-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans purchased homes at the fastest pace in nearly 11 years, as sales climbed 5.6 percent in November.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota: 10.35M vehicles sold this year, a 2% increase

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. says it sold 10.35 million vehicles around the world this year, up 2 percent from the previous year, and predicts higher sales next year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mixed after bouncing around for much of the day

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks bounced around Wednesday and finished little changed after Congress passed the Republican-sponsored tax bill. Smaller companies fared the best.

Students defrauded by for-profits may not get full relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students who were defrauded by the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may not get their loans forgiven entirely, the Education Department announced Wednesday, in a reversal of the Obama administration policy of wiping out the debt.

Delta wants someone to pay for its losses in airport outage

ATLANTA (AP) — The CEO of Delta Air Lines says the company will seek compensation for its losses after a power outage knocked out the Atlanta airport's power supply and also its backup electricity for about 11 hours Sunday.

New blow for Uber as top EU court says it's a taxi company

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union's top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a decision that crimps its activities around Europe and could weigh on other app-based companies too.

NATIONAL POLITICS

No tax cuts for Christmas? Trump might delay bill signing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump might wait until next year to sign the tax bill into law, delaying $120 billion in automatic cuts to popular programs such as Medicare and sparing Republicans from having to explain them in an election year.

A sweeping tax plan with promises that face widespread doubts

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix a tax code that stifles business investment, keeps trillions in corporate profits languishing overseas and slows the American economy.

Senator expects January vote on fate of young immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that party leaders have assured him the Senate will vote in January on bipartisan legislation to protect certain young immigrants from deportation.

Senate moves tax cut legislation to brink of final passage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative victory.

Winners and losers under the GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Count President Donald Trump among the personal winners in the $1.5 trillion tax package that Republicans in the House and Senate passed Wednesday. It's not only a political score for Trump but likely a windfall for his real estate empire, too.

Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are pressing the legislative finish line on their sweeping revamp of the nation's tax code, with a final vote in the House set for Wednesday. President Donald Trump is aching to sign it before Christmas.

Tax Bill: What's in, what's out, what happens

WASHINGTON (AP) — So what's in the massive $1.5 trillion Republican tax package, what's not and what does it mean for most Americans?


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
COURTS

Judge throws out lawsuit to block Nashville soccer stadium

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to block plans for a new Major League Soccer stadium in Nashville.

NASHVILLE AREA

MLS plans to announce Nashville team

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team, a person with direct knowledge told The Associated Press.

STATEWIDE

AG: State can't leave immigrant tuition break up to colleges

NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers, not Tennessee's public colleges and universities, must decide whether to offer in-state tuition breaks for students whose parents brought or kept them in the country illegally, according to an opinion by the state attorney general.

MIDSTATE

Middle Tennessee State gets $148k USDA ginseng project grant

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has landed a $148,000 federal grant for a ginseng experiment.

REAL ESTATE

US housing starts rose 3.3 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes increased 3.3 percent in November — with the gain largely coming from single-family houses being built at the strongest pace in more than a decade.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks retreat from record highs as House passes tax bill

NEW YORK (AP) — After big gains over the last two days, U.S. stocks declined Tuesday after the House of Representative approved the Republican-backed tax bill, which would lower corporate tax rates.

Banking panel kills Trump nominee to lead Export-Import Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel rebuffed President Donald Trump on Tuesday, killing the nomination of his controversial pick to run the Export-Import Bank.

Jack in the Box selling Qdoba for $350 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack in the Box is selling the Qdoba restaurant chain to private-equity firm Apollo Global Management for $350 million in cash.

NATIONAL POLITICS

House passes massive tax package; Senate to vote next

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gleeful Republicans on Tuesday muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades through the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and insisted "results are what's going to make this popular."

Analysis: GOP's tea party promises dashed in tax cut embrace

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tea party class of 2010 vowed to usher in a new era for the Republican Party, one where conservatives clamoring for fiscal discipline would roll back government spending to rein in trillion-plus budget deficits.

Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are barreling ahead on their sweeping revamp of the nation's tax code, with final votes in the House and Senate on Tuesday. President Donald Trump is aching to sign it before Christmas.

House speaker says he's not leaving post 'anytime soon'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday that he's not leaving his job "anytime soon," minutes after getting a standing ovation from colleagues when he told them the same thing.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sells short the record of predecessors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In laying out his national security strategy, President Donald Trump sold short the records of his predecessors, speaking as if the energy boom started with him and the gates of America were wide open before he came along.

House GOP unveils $81B disaster relief for hurricanes, fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires, almost double the amount requested by President Donald Trump.

Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 18
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville mayor proposes $2.9m in incentives for tech firm

NASHVILLE (AP) — The mayor of Nashville has proposed about $2.9 million in economic incentives for a health technology company's planned expansion.

MIDSTATE

Songwriter drops bid to succeed Blackburn in Congress

BRENTWOOD (AP) — Tennessee songwriter Lee Thomas Miller is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Congress.

SPORTS

Jimmy Garoppolo leads 49ers past contending Titans at end

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Off the field, out of that No. 10 uniform that is becoming all the rage around here, Jimmy Garoppolo hardly stands out as the star of the San Francisco 49ers.

REAL ESTATE

US homebuilder sentiment hits highest mark since 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in nearly two decades.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota planning 10 purely electric vehicles by 2020s

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota plans to offer more than 10 purely electric vehicle models in its lineup by the early 2020s, marking the Japanese automaker's commitment to that growing technology sector.

COURTS

Trump judicial pick who drew ridicule at hearing withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says the Trump judicial nominee whose qualifications were questioned by Republican senator has withdrawn his nomination.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter rolls out stricter rules on abusive content

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has begun enforcing stricter policies on violent and abusive content like hateful images or symbols, including those attached to user profiles.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Deals and hopes for corporate tax cuts drive stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed again Monday and set more records as investors grew more certain Republicans will pass their tax plan this week. Technology companies climbed, as did banks and retailers, which are likely to see lower taxes.

Malls beef up dining, entertainment options to boost traffic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shoppers braving the mall this holiday season may notice more that's new than the day's discounts.

ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President John Skipper says he is resigning to take care of a substance abuse problem.

Campbell gets the munchies, buys Snyder's-Lance for $4.87B

NEW YORK (AP) — Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder's-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.

'The Last Jedi' opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will happily settle for second.

French economy minister files lawsuit against Amazon

PARIS (AP) — French economy minister Bruno Le Maire has launched a lawsuit against American e-commerce giant Amazon for imposing unfair commercial relationships to suppliers in the country.

Operations recovering at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) — Airport operations were resuming Monday morning in Atlanta, a day after a crippling power outage left thousands stranded.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Group sees '18 tax cuts across all incomes, biggest for rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican tax bill would cut 2018 taxes on average across all income groups, with the biggest reductions by far going to upper-income people, a group of nonpartisan tax analysts said Monday.

GOP senators: Sen. Corker did not add provision to tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rallied to GOP Sen. Bob Corker's defense Monday, rejecting a report that the Tennessee lawmaker stealthily tucked a provision into the massive tax package to benefit himself financially and then reversed course to back the bill.

Trump to unveil 'America First' national security strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is outlining a new national security strategy that refocuses the United States' relationship with the rest of the world, essentially implementing President Donald Trump's "America First" mantra on a global scale.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on taxes, women, Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump often talks about a pile of money sitting overseas that will come flooding back into the U.S. once his tax plan is in place. That's something of a mirage.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
NASHVILLE AREA

A health setback for Hunter Harrison punishes CSX stock

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Shares of CSX slid Friday after the railroad said CEO Hunter Harrison will take a medical leave "due to unexpected complications from a recent illness."

MIDSTATE

County Democratic leader resigns after domestic abuse charge

MOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — A Tennessee county Democratic Party chairman has resigned after facing a domestic assault charge that was dropped.

STATEWIDE

Former Tennessee state official dies in car wreck

MEMPHIS (AP) — A former deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has died in a car crash.

Firearms use in criminal offenses climbs in Tennessee report

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says firearm-related criminal offenses have increased by almost 25 percent over a four-year period.

Report: Dropout rates remain high at Tennessee colleges

NASHVILLE (AP) — A report by an education advocacy group has found that enrollment and retention have increased at Tennessee community colleges, but dropout rates remain alarmingly high, especially among poor and minority students.

Mackler exits Senate race, clearing side for Bredesen

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat James Mackler says he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a move that appears to clear the path to the Democratic nomination for former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Poll: Tennessee voters more moderate than they think

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new poll says Tennesseans are more moderate than their neighbors think they are.

SPORTS

Ex-UT football staffer pleads guilty to official misconduct charge

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has pleaded guilty to a charge of official misconduct related to the handling of team travel expenses.

Saros makes 46 saves, surging Predators blank Oilers 4-0

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Juuse Saros definitely made the most of a rare start in net for Nashville.

TECHNOLOGY

What the FCC rollback of 'net neutrality' means to you

Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you?

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.

As 'net neutrality' vote nears, some brace for a long fight

NEW YORK (AP) — As the federal government prepares to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet, advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight.

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

NEW YORK (AP) — "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place.

SPORTS

Sports unions unveil universal declaration of player rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball players associations have helped unveil a universal declaration of player rights that is designed to establish a new approach to governing sports and protecting athletes.

HEALTH CARE

Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deadline burst of sign-ups is punctuating a tumultuous year for former President Barack Obama's health care law.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech companies lead US stocks higher as tax plan advances

Wall Street capped the week with broad gains, propelling the major stock indexes to a new set of milestones Friday.

Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change

TOKYO (AP) — Global income inequality has worsened over the past four decades, a report finds, with the wealthiest 1 percent of the world's population capturing twice as much income growth as the bottom half.

US industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November due to a rebound in extracting oil and natural gas after a stoppage due to Hurricane Nate.

As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood.

What's next for Brexit as EU agrees to new talks?

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of 27 European Union nations gave British Prime Minister Theresa May an early Christmas present on Friday, declaring that Brexit talks can move on to their next phase: transition and future relations. But there is hard work and uncertainty ahead when negotiations resume in the new year.

Tech firm: Holiday spending up 6 percent so far this year

NEW YORK (AP) — A payment technology company says shoppers spent strongly to start the holiday season and then cooled off, but the overall pace is still stronger than a year ago.

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

What stays, what goes: Disney and Murdoch after the sale

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is buying a large part of Fox , but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family.

AAA predicts record travel over Christmas and New Year's

Comforted by a strong economy, more Americans than ever are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Sears teams up with Amazon to sell DieHard brand

NEW YORK (AP) — Ailing Sears Holdings Corp. has started to sell DieHard-branded battery-related accessories like jump starters and battery chargers on Amazon.com.

Delta orders 100 Airbus jets valued at over $12.7 billion

Delta Air Lines has picked Europe's Airbus over Boeing for a huge order of new jets. Delta said Thursday that it will order 100 Airbus A321neo jets with a sticker price of $12.7 billion and take an option to buy another 100 jets, a deal that Chicago-based Boeing had hoped to land.

US retail sales jump in November on strong holiday sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers went on a shopping binge last month as the holiday season began, leading to big gains among online retailers, electronics stores and furniture stores.

NATIONAL POLITICS

With Rubio, Corker onboard, GOP finalizes huge tax package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans solidified support for their major overhaul of the nation's tax laws Friday, securing endorsements from wavering senators as they pushed to muscle their bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory.

Americans pessimistic about Trump, country: AP-NORC Poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frequently casts his first year in office as a string of successes and campaign promises fulfilled. But less than a quarter of Americans think Trump has made good on the pledges he made to voters while running for president, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's iffy numbers on regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his administration are ignoring one side of the ledger when they claim big savings from the federal regulations they've been able to roll back over most of this year.

Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.

Trump relishes progress on rolling back federal rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is relishing the rolling back of federal rules in his administration's first year even as critics say he has tried to dismantle important protections for the environment, consumers and others.

Trying to predict tax bill winners and losers? Think again

NEW YORK (AP) — As a Republican-backed tax cut bill makes its way through Congress, some investors are scouring the market for potential winners and losers: companies they think will benefit the most, and those who'll be left out. But it might not be that simple.

No Paris climate accord? No problem, bloc of states says

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Since President Donald Trump vowed this summer to pull the United States out of an international climate accord, states looking to tackle carbon pollution have been forced to go it alone.

Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable.