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VOL. 46 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 25, 2022

Nashville-area summer camps full? Already?

First housing, now summer fun. Blame the newcomers

If parents thought it was stressful getting their children into the school of their choice these days in Middle Tennessee, wait until they try to sign up for camp.

Nashville-area summer camps guide 2022

Camp provides children and young adults the chance to experience something totally different from their daily lives – maybe an opportunity to connect with nature, ride horses or learn to sail – as well as the opportunity to participate in team-based activities and develop relationships. Based on health safety precautions, check with each program about their policies based on recommendations from local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control, and will have a different refund policy based on COVID. Contact each one to review.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Nothing lifts the sale of a book like banning it

If you’ve written a book, are writing a book now or are planning to write one, a word of advice: See if you can get it banned. It’s apparently good business.

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EVENTS

Maury County Retail Committee. This meeting is for retailers, Maury Alliance staff and city officials to brainstorm ideas and best practices for the small-business community of Maury County. All retailers are welcome to attend. Maury Alliance Downstairs conference Room, 106 West 6th Street. Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

$245K more than asking price? How about $350K?

Nashville-area bidding wars insane

As the entire city is beset with flu, various strains of COVID and a nasty rhinovirus, home sales continue to flourish. Sellers are receiving offers for hundreds of thousands of dollars over the list price in all areas of town.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commercial sales for January 2022

Top commercial real estate sales, January 2022, for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

US long-term mortgage rates tick down to 3.89% this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell slightly this week, after rising to their highest level in three years last week.

NEWSMAKERS

Health care litigator Douglas joins Waller

Litigator Carrie Douglas has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP.

BRIEFS

Nashville gets nonstop flight to Montreal

Another international nonstop route will soon be added to Nashville International Airport’s portfolio with Air Canada beginning service to Montreal in June. The service will begin twice weekly June 2 and grow to three times weekly June 25.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLC- Class vs. 2022 Genesis GV70

The small luxury SUV market is seemingly packed with as many automotive all-stars as there are athletes in the Winter Olympics. Yet among the field there’s been one model that’s consistently won more Edmunds gold than any other: the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Painless – maybe even fun – ways to learn about money

The online landscape is littered with horrible personal finance advice: teenagers promoting day trading strategies, “influencers” flogging questionable investment schemes and people with dubious credentials insisting you shouldn’t invest in a 401(k).

CAREER CORNER

Leave the party while you’re still having fun

Warren Buffett famously said, “Look for the job that you would take if you didn’t need a job.” This is an incredibly true statement that should serve as a lesson for all.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How one-income couples can coexist as equals

Some couples mutually decide they want to have a one-income household. But for others, the decision is made for them.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee's school librarians face criticism in fight over book scrutiny

NASHVILLE (AP) — Amid a national spike in book challenges and bans, school librarians across Tennessee are quickly becoming the target of scorn and skepticism from Republican lawmakers and parents pushing for more oversight on what materials are provided to children.

RELIGION

Southern Baptist Convention president won't seek 2nd term

Ed Litton, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, announced Tuesday he will break with tradition and not seek a second term in the top convention role.

COURTS

Prosecutor: First Capitol rioter on trial 'lit the match'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas militia member who is the first person to be tried for the assault on the U.S. Capitol "lit the match that started the fire" when a mob charged at police officers guarding the building, a prosecutor said Wednesday during the trial's opening statements.

Arizona Supreme Court: Jeep can be sued over girl's death

PHOENIX (AP) — The family of a little girl who was killed when her mother's car was rear-ended by a Jeep on a Phoenix freeway can sue the SUV's manufacturer for wrongful death because it did not install automatic emergency braking devices that were available as optional equipment, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Senate hearings for high court nominee to begin on March 21

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson will begin March 21, keeping the Senate on track for a possible final vote next month.

ENVIRONMENT

Oak Ridge, TVA to partner on decarbonization technologies

OAK RIDGE (AP) — The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority announced on Tuesday they have signed a new memorandum of understanding to work together on decarbonization technologies.

UN: Droughts, less water in Europe as warming wrecks crops

LA HERRADURA, Spain (AP) — "Herders and farmers have their feet on the ground, but their eyes on the sky." The old saying is still popular in Spain's rural communities who, faced with recurrent droughts, have historically paraded sculptures of saints to pray for rain.

TRANSPORTATION

Buttigieg curbs funds for widening roads, citing safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has a fresh warning to states seeking billions of dollars from President Joe Biden's infrastructure law to widen roads: Protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists or risk losing funds.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

New Biden pandemic plan: Closer to normal for the nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for America to stop letting the coronavirus "dictate how we live," President Joe Biden's White House declared Wednesday, outlining a strategy to allow people to return to many normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions.

EXPLAINER: Why Pfizer needs time to make COVID-19 treatment

Pfizer's new COVID-19 treatment came with a catch when it debuted late last year: Supplies were limited, and it can take months to make the tablets.

COVID cases, deaths continue to fall globally, WHO reports

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases reported globally dropped by 16% last week, marking a month-long decline in COVID-19 infections, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street roars back to rally mode, even as oil rises anew

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street took another sharp swing Wednesday, this time back to rally mode, as stocks and Treasury yields rose even as oil prices continued to climb.

Bitcoin again viewed as safe haven amid geopolitical tension

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Bitcoin prices have surged as investors again appear to view the volatile cryptocurrency as a safe haven for their money and Russians and Ukrainians seek alternatives to their country's financial institutions.

Amazon to close all its bookstores in the US, UK

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is confirming it's closing all of its bookstores as well as its 4-star shops and pop up locations as the online behemoth reworks its physical footprint.

Trade group settles GMO-labeling case for $9 million

SEATTLE (AP) — A trade group that represents some of the biggest U.S. food companies has agreed to pay $9 million for violations of Washington campaign finance laws, after the state Supreme Court upheld a penalty twice that much.

Powell expects a quarter-point Fed rate hike this month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday that he supports a traditional quarter-point increase in the Federal Reserve's benchmark short-term interest rate when the Fed meets later this month, rather than a larger increase that some of its policymakers have proposed.

Economic dangers from Russia's invasion ripple across globe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moscow's war on Ukraine and the ferocious financial backlash it's unleashed are not only inflicting an economic catastrophe on President Vladimir Putin's Russia.

OPEC sticks to plan of gradual output hikes as crude soars

NEW YORK (AP) — The leaders of OPEC and its oil-producing allies are sticking with their plan to gradually increase oil production while Russia's invasion of Ukraine rattles markets, reshapes alliances, kills civilians and sends the price of crude skyrocketing.

Oil prices surge $7 per barrel despite release of supplies

BEIJING (AP) — Oil prices surged another $7 per barrel on Wednesday after an agreement by the United States and other major governments to release supplies from strategic stockpiles failed to calm anxiety over Russia's attack on Ukraine.

China says it won't join in financial sanctions on Russia

BEIJING (AP) — China won't join the United States and European governments in imposing financial sanctions on Russia, the country's bank regulator said Wednesday.

Inflation in 19 nations using euro sets record for 4th month

LONDON (AP) — Surging energy costs have driven inflation in Europe to another record high, raising questions about when the central bank should step in to ease the pain to people's wallets while Russia's invasion of Ukraine rattles the global economy.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Ukraine war upends Biden's agenda on energy, climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russian troops move deeper into Ukraine, President Joe Biden is taking steps to rein in rising energy costs even if those moves run counter to his agenda for addressing climate change.

GOP wants to end Russian oil imports to US, boost production

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican elected officials across the U.S. are criticizing President Joe Biden over his energy policies and urging his administration to do more to ramp up domestic production as a way to help wean the nation and its allies off oil from Russia.

State of the Union: Biden vows to halt Russia, hit inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a concerned nation and anxious world, President Joe Biden vowed in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night to check Russian aggression in Ukraine, tame soaring U.S. inflation and deal with the fading but still dangerous coronavirus.

Analysis: Biden seeks 'reset' on pandemic and his presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Midway through his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Joe Biden pleaded with the country to finally, after nearly 1 million deaths, stop viewing the coronavirus as a political fault line.

AP FACT CHECK: Biden's State of Union is off on guns, EVs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden related a faulty Democratic talking point about guns in his first State of the Union speech, made his plan on electric vehicles sound more advanced than it is and inflated the sweep of his infrastructure package. On several fronts, he presented ambitions as achievements.

UKRAINE

Some Russian oligarchs speak out, cautiously, against war

There have been social media messages calling for peace, an image of a murdered Russian opposition figure, a newspaper editorial demanding President Vladimir Putin "stop this war."

US, allies weaponizing sanctions to curb Russian aggression

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and U.S. allies in a matter of days weaponized the global economy against Russia for invading Ukraine, and the resulting destruction has been devastatingly fast.

UN votes overwhelming to demand Russia withdraw from Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has voted to demand that Russia stop its offensive in Ukraine and withdraw all troops, with nations from world powers to tiny island states condemning Moscow.

As Russia batters Ukraine, both sides ready for more talks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia renewed its aerial assault Wednesday on Ukraine's second-largest city in a pounding that lit up the skyline with balls of fire over populated areas, even as both sides said they were ready to resume talks aimed at stopping the fighting.

Russia-Ukraine War: What to know on Day 7 of Russian assault

Russia resumed its assault on Ukrainian citie s on Wednesday, including the second largest, Kharkiv, where a strike hit the regional police and intelligence headquarters, wounding three people, according to the Ukrainian state emergency service.

Sorting fact, disinformation amid Russian war on Ukraine

Associated Press journalists around Ukraine and beyond are documenting military activity during Russia's invasion. With disinformation rife and social media amplifying military claims and counterclaims, determining exactly what is happening can be difficult. Here's a look at what could be confirmed Wednesday as Russia's military assault on Ukraine was in its seventh day.


TUESDAY, MARCH 1
STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers throw support behind Ukraine

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's office on Monday said Tennessee does not have state investments with Russian companies after previously asking treasurer officials to investigate.

Senate OKs residency requirements for US House candidates

NASHVILLE (AP) — Just weeks after finalizing Tennessee's new congressional boundaries, GOP lawmakers are now eyeing a possible residency requirement for Republican and Democratic U.S. House hopefuls eager to secure their political party's nomination later this year.

Biden outlines COVID plans, says it's time to return to work

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that "it's time for Americans to get back to work" as he announced new efforts to allow people to return to normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions.

COURTS

Justices seem to favor docs convicted in pain pill schemes

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case stemming from the opioid addiction crisis, the Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared ready to side with two imprisoned doctors who wrote thousands of prescriptions for pain medication in short periods.

Jackson off to swift start on Supreme Court confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson has taken the first step toward confirmation in the Senate, answering written questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee as she prepares to meet with senators this week.

Judge dismisses Gatlinburg fire victims' lawsuits against park service

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A federal judge dismissed lawsuits filed by victims of a 2016 wildfire that swept through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, saying they failed to specifically claim that the park service failed to alert people about the impending danger.

Biden's high court choice defies expectations on labor cases

DETROIT (AP) — Labor unions and worker advocates have applauded President Joe Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court. Yet a look back at Jackson's decisions in cases involving business and labor suggest that she won't always rule as they want or expect her to.

Houston oil company sues over California pipeline leak

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Houston-based oil company on Monday sued two container ship operators and an organization that helps oversee marine traffic, saying they failed to prevent last fall's underwater pipeline leak off the Southern California coast.

MEDIA

NBC News, known for TV, makes aggressive podcasting push

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News is making an ambitious push into the podcast market, with audio series on conspiracy theories, the British royalty and legacy of Title IX in scholastic athletics planned in the next few months.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Massive cargo ship carrying cars sinks in mid-Atlantic

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A large cargo vessel carrying cars from Germany to the United States sank Tuesday in the mid-Atlantic, 13 days after a fire broke out on board, the ship's manager and the Portuguese navy said.

Verdict coming for American at Nissan in Ghosn scandal

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court will hand down a verdict Thursday in the criminal trial of Greg Kelly, an American and former executive at Japanese automaker Nissan. Kelly was charged with financial wrongdoing in under-reporting the compensation of Carlos Ghosn, his former boss and Nissan ex-chairman.

Toyota restarting Japan plants after malware hits supplier

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota plans to resume production at all of its 14 plants as of Wednesday, after they were idled for a day due to a cyberattack on a domestic supplier.

GM says Cruise robo-car unit will be helmed by founder Vogt

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Monday that Kyle Vogt will take over as CEO of its Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary, a company he helped found in 2013.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Biden extends FEMA coronavirus aid for states through July 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is extending the federal government's 100% reimbursement of COVID-19 emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories through July 1, the White House announced Tuesday.

Pandemic fears are fading along with omicron: AP-NORC poll

Omicron is fading away, and so are Americans' worries about COVID-19.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fall, oil tops $100 a barrel as Ukraine war rages

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices soared and investors shifted more money out of stocks and into ultra-safe U.S. government bonds as Russia stepped up its war on Ukraine.

Nations agree to release 60M barrels of oil amid Russian war

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The International Energy Agency's 31 member countries agreed Tuesday to release 60 million barrels of oil from their strategic reserves — half of that from the United States — "to send a strong message to oil markets" that supplies won't fall short after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Target to invest up to $5 billion to fuel more growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Target will invest up to $5 billion this year in physical stores, remodels, new brands and expanding its online fulfilment as the discounter continues to drive sales growth and differentiate itself from rivals.

Japan's Toshiba CEO steps down amid restructuring efforts

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology giant Toshiba has named a new chief executive as it seeks shareholder approval for a restructuring plan aimed at restoring its reputation and competitiveness.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Activism grows nationwide in response to school book bans

NEW YORK (AP) — Until a year ago, Stephana Ferrell's political activism was limited to the occasional letter to elected officials.

State of the Union: Amid disputes, common cause for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — They have argued viciously in Congress over just about everything: Whether the Capitol insurrection should be investigated or brushed aside. If the president's choice for the Supreme Court should be the first Black woman. Even over whether or not to wear masks under the dome.

State of the Union comes amid war abroad, discord in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing disquiet at home and danger abroad, President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address at a steeply challenging moment for the nation, aiming to navigate out of the  pandemic, reboot his stalled domestic agenda and confront Russian aggression.

What to watch in Biden's 1st State of the Union address

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden sat through many State of the Union speeches as a senator and vice president. On Tuesday night, he'll deliver the address himself.

Biden denies Navarro, Flynn privilege claims in 1/6 probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday denied executive privilege claims made by former Trump administration officials Peter Navarro and Michael Flynn in connection to the congressional probe into the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

UKRAINE

Russian forces step up attacks on Ukraine's civilian areas

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces escalated their attacks on crowded urban areas Tuesday, bombarding the central square in Ukraine's second-biggest city and Kyiv's main TV tower in what the country's president called a blatant campaign of terror.

NATO chief sees no need to change nuclear alert level

LASK AIR BASE, Poland (AP) — NATO's chief said Tuesday that, despite Russia's threats about nuclear weapons, the alliance sees no need to change its own nuclear weapons alert level.

Russian radio station taken off air over Ukraine coverage

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian radio station critical of the Kremlin was taken off the airwaves on Tuesday, its chief editor said and the Associated Press confirmed, after authorities threatened to shut it down over the coverage of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Cultural backlash intensifies against Russia over invasion

ROME (AP) — The cultural backlash against Russia's invasion of Ukraine  intensified Tuesday as the Cannes Film Festival said no Russian delegations would be welcome this year and the Venice festival announced free screenings of a film about the 2014 conflict in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

Reading Putin: Unbalanced or cagily preying on West's fears?

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two decades, Vladimir Putin has struck rivals as reckless, impulsive. But his behavior in ordering an invasion of Ukraine — and now putting Russia's nuclear forces on high alert — has some in the West questioning whether the Russian president has become dangerously unstable.

Big tech grapples with Russian state media, propaganda

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russia's war in Ukraine  plays out for the world on social media, big tech platforms are moving to restrict Russian state media from using their platforms to spread propaganda and misinformation.

'Undisguised terror': Russia's Kharkiv strike chills Ukraine

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — In the dust and debris — and the dead — in Kharkiv's central Freedom Square, Ukrainians on Tuesday saw what might become of other cities if Russia's invasion isn't countered in time.

Russia eyes sanctions workarounds in energy, gold, crypto

WASHINGTON (AP) — The harsh sanctions imposed on Russia and the resulting crash of the ruble have the Kremlin scrambling to keep the country's economy running. For Vladimir Putin, that means finding workarounds to the Western economic blockade even as his forces continue to invade Ukraine.

From banking to sports to vodka, Russia's isolation grows

It's a globalized world — a planet stitched together by intricate supply chains, banking, sports and countless other threads of deep connection. Until it isn't.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28
NASHVILLE SC

Nashville begins life in the West with 1-0 win against Sounders

SEATTLE (AP) — Nashville SC was already looking to be a rising young club during its first couple of seasons in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.

HEALTH CARE

Biden to launch overhaul of nursing home standards, safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will launch a major overhaul of nursing homes standards in his State of the Union speech, White House officials said Monday, outlining a series of measures long sought by advocates and opposed by the industry.

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa to start seeking doctor help

If there is no doctor in the house, Amazon's Alexa will soon be able to summon one.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota's Japan production halted over suspected cyberattack

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is suspending production at all 28 lines of its 14 plants in Japan starting Tuesday, because of a "system malfunction" that a domestic supplier suspects is a cyberattack.

COURTS

Many Capitol riot cases could hinge on 1st trial's outcome

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched one of the largest and most complex criminal investigations in its history after a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol  over a year ago. Now it's time for a jury to hear some of the government's evidence about the unparalleled attack on American democracy.

Justices wrestle with EPA power to curb carbon emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's power plants, a case that could hamstring the Biden administration's plans to combat climate change.

Supreme Court to review Native American child adoption law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to review a case involving a federal law that gives Native Americans preference in adoptions of Native children.

BANKING

TD Bank bids $13B for First Horizon in southeastern US push

Toronto-Dominion Bank is buying regional bank First Horizon in a $13.4 billion all-cash deal, its biggest ever, hoping to broaden its footprint in the southeastern U.S.

MEDIA

Chris Licht appointed as new CNN chief to replace Zucker

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Licht, most recently Stephen Colbert's top producer at CBS, was appointed Monday as the new head of CNN, where he's expected to take over in May.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Swings return to Wall Street, oil up after Russia sanctions

NEW YORK (AP) — Markets quivered Monday amid worries about how high oil prices will go and how badly the global economy will get hit after the U.S. and allies upped the financial pressure on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

Shell to pull out of energy investments in Russia over war

LONDON (AP) — Global oil and gas giant Shell said Monday that it is pulling out of Russia as President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine continues to cost the country's all-important energy industry foreign investment  and expertise.

Target seeks to entice workers with pay of up to $24 an hour

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at Target stores and distribution centers in places like New York, where competition for finding and hiring staff is the fiercest, could see starting wages as high as $24 an hour this year.

Average US gas price spikes 10 cents over 2 weeks to $3.64

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline spiked 10 cents over the past two weeks to $3.64 per gallon (3.8 liters).

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

On cusp of Biden speech, a state of disunity, funk and peril

WASHINGTON (AP) — In good times or bad, American presidents come to Congress with a diagnosis that hardly differs over the decades. In their State of the Union speeches, they declare "the state of our union is strong" or words very much like it.

UKRAINE

Ukraine talks yield no breakthrough as Russians close in

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The first talks aimed at stopping the fighting between Ukraine and Russia ended Monday with no agreement except to keep talking, while an increasingly isolated Moscow ran into unexpectedly fierce resistance on the ground and economic havoc at home.

Ukraine, Russia envoys talk under shadow of nuclear threat

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian officials met for talks Monday amid high hopes but low expectations for any diplomatic breakthrough, after Moscow ran into unexpectedly stiff resistance when it unleashed the biggest land war in Europe  since World War II.

One Putin move and behold: West's unity tightens overnight

BRUSSELS (AP) — Within days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved what remained out of the grasp of the European Union for many decades — to jointly buy and send weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years — trans-Atlantic unity.

Sorting fact, disinformation after Russian attack on Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Associated Press journalists around Ukraine and beyond are documenting military activity during Russia's invasion. With disinformation rife and social media amplifying military claims and counterclaims, determining exactly what is happening is difficult. Here's a look at what could be confirmed Monday as Russia's military assault on Ukraine enters its fifth day.

Russia blocks media outlets, others hacked over Ukraine war

MOSCOW (AP) — Websites of several Russian media outlets were hacked on Monday, with a message condemning Moscow's invasion of Ukraine appearing on their main pages, while others were blocked by the Russian authorities over their coverage of the war.

'We have to stand up:' US governors impose sanctions on Russia

Some U.S. governors are taking matters into their own hands and imposing their own economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine.

With sanctions, Russian Sberbank faces 'failure' in Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Faced with a rush of people withdrawing money, Sberbank and the Russian bank's subsidiaries in southeastern and central Europe are facing closures or takeovers following international sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

US closes embassy in Belarus, lets staff leave in Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has closed the U.S. Embassy in Belarus and is allowing non-essential staff at the U.S. Embassy in Russia to leave the country due to the war in Ukraine.

Biden's Russia sanctions may let Moscow profit from oil, gas

There is a glaring carve-out in President Joe Biden's sanctions against Russia: Oil and natural gas from that country will continue to flow freely to the rest of the world and money will keep flowing into Russia.

With sanctions, Russian Sberbank faces 'failure' in Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Faced with a rush of people withdrawing money, Sberbank and the Russian bank's subsidiaries in southeastern and central Europe are facing closures or takeovers following international sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Ruble plummets as sanctions bite, sending Russians to banks

MOSCOW (AP) — Ordinary Russians faced the prospect of higher prices and crimped foreign travel as Western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine sent the ruble plummeting, leading uneasy depositors to line up at banks and ATMs on Monday in a country that has seen more than one currency disaster in the post-Soviet era.

500,000+ refugees flee Ukraine since Russia waged war

BEREGSURANY, Hungary (AP) — The mass exodus of refugees from Ukraine to the eastern edge of the European Union showed no signs of stopping Monday as they flee Russia's burgeoning war, with the U.N. estimating that more than 500,000 people have already escaped.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25
PREDATORS

Granlund lifts Predators past Stars, 2-1 in shootout

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mikael Granlund and goalie Juuse Saros made sure Nashville's night to remember ended as well as the evening started.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee investigative agency probes inmate death at prison

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's lead investigative agency is looking into a state prison inmate death that authorities are calling a homicide.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee Donor Services surpasses goal for new organ donors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Donor Services announced this week that it registered 107,000 new organ and tissue donors in Tennessee last year, surpassing its goal of adding 100,000 donors.

COURTS

Biden nominates Jackson, first Black woman, to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday nominated federal appeals court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, the first Black woman selected to serve on a court that once declared her race unworthy of citizenship and endorsed American segregation.

Historic court pick brings rare criminal defense experience

WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge President Joe Biden has chosen to fulfill his historic pledge to name the first Black woman to the Supreme Court would also bring rare experience of defending poor people charged with crimes.

EXPLAINER: What's ahead for Biden's Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Joe Biden will nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, launching what Democrats hope will be a quick, bipartisan confirmation process. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman on the court.

Notable opinions by high court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will be nominated for the Supreme Court by President Joe Biden on Friday, worked for seven years as a judge on the federal trial court in Washington, D.C., before Biden appointed her to the appeals court that meets in the same courthouse.

J&J, distributors finalize $26B landmark opioid settlement

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors finalized nationwide settlements over their role in the opioid addiction crisis Friday, an announcement that clears the way for $26 billion to flow to nearly every state and local government in the U.S.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

CDC to significantly ease pandemic mask guidelines today

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will significantly loosen federal mask-wearing guidelines to protect against COVID-19 transmission on Friday, according to two people familiar with the matter, meaning most Americans will no longer be advised to wear masks in indoor public settings.

Hong Kong's new COVID cases top 10,000 in spiraling outbreak

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong on Friday reported another sharp jump in new COVID-19 cases to more than 10,000 in the latest 24-hour period as it battles its worst outbreak of the pandemic.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks up, fear down on Wall Street despite Ukraine invasion

NEW YORK (AP) — Relief flowed through Wall Street on Friday, even as deadly attacks continued to rage in Ukraine.

EXPLAINER: What does Ukraine invasion mean for energy bills?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Even as gunfire sounded in Ukraine's capital, natural gas kept flowing normally Friday through the major pipelines from Russia to Europe. But the invasion and accompanying sanctions are casting a shadow over longstanding energy ties, both for the coming weeks and longer term.

Key inflation gauge hit 6.1% in January, highest since 1982

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inflation gauge that is closely monitored by the Federal Reserve jumped 6.1% in January compared with a year ago, the latest evidence that Americans are enduring sharp price increases that will likely worsen after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Fed's Waller says bigger rate hike in March may be needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said Thursday he is willing to support a half-point interest rate hike at the central bank's next meeting in March if upcoming data suggests inflation is worsening.

EU finance chiefs grapple with economic fallout from attack

BRUSSELS (AP) — After the political outrage against Russia comes the economic reckoning.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Senator: Biden could seek over $10B for Ukraine, allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is expected to ask Congress for a spending package that could significantly exceed $10 billion for the U.S. response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a leading Democratic senator said Friday.

Analysis: Ukraine crisis reshaping Biden's presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's expanding invasion of Ukraine has opened a new and perilous chapter in Joe Biden's presidency, testing his aspirations to defend democracy on a global level and thrusting him into a long-term struggle to restore European security.

House panel requests Trump WH records from National Archives

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional oversight committee sought additional documents Friday from the National Archives related to former President Donald Trump's handling of White House records as the panel looks to expand its investigation into his handling of sensitive and even classified information.

UKRAINE

NATO leaders agree to bolster eastern forces after invasion

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts agreed Friday to reassure member countries on the alliance's eastern flank by sending parts of the organization's response force to help protect them following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

US, Europe agree to freeze assets of Russia's Putin, Lavrov

BRUSSELS (AP) — With a military intervention in Ukraine off the table, and countries around the world looking to heap more financial punishment on Moscow, the United States, Britain and European Union said Friday they will move to sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Ukraine invasion: What to know as Russian forces target Kyiv

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Invading Russian forces closed in on Ukraine's capital Friday, in an apparent encircling movement after a barrage of airstrikes on cities and military bases around the country.

Russia ready to send delegation to talk with Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kremlin says Russia is ready to send a delegation to Belarus for talks with Ukrainian officials.

Putin waves nuclear sword in confrontation with the West

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It has been a long time since the threat of using nuclear weapons has been brandished so openly by a world leader, but Vladimir Putin has just done it, warning in a speech that he has the weapons available if anyone dares to use military means to try to stop Russia's takeover of Ukraine.

European Union agrees to freeze assets of Putin and minister

BRUSSELS (AP) — With a military intervention in Ukraine off the table for now, countries around the world looked to heap more financial punishment on Moscow, including the European Union's approval of an asset freeze on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Biden hits Russia with sanctions, shifts troops to Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hit back Thursday against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, unleashing robust new sanctions, ordering the deployment of thousands of additional troops to NATO ally Germany and declaring that America would stand up to Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Biden, Europe waiting on key SWIFT sanction against Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and European officials are holding one key financial sanction against Russia in reserve, choosing not to boot Russia off SWIFT, the dominant system for global financial transactions.

Ukraine's capital under threat as Russia presses invasion

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops bore down on Ukraine's capital Friday, with explosions and gunfire sounding in the city as  the invasion of a democratic country  fueled fears of wider war in Europe and triggered new international efforts — including direct sanctions on President Vladimir Putin — to make Moscow stop.

'I don't want to die': Ukrainians fear as invasion closes in

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Yurii Zhyhanov woke to his mother's screaming and found himself covered in dust. On the second day of Russia's invasion, shelling on the outskirts of Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, struck their residential building before dawn.

Sorting fact, disinformation after Russian attack on Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Associated Press journalists around Ukraine and beyond are documenting military activity during Russia's invasion. With disinformation rife and social media amplifying military claims and counterclaims, determining exactly what is happening is difficult. Here's a look at what could be confirmed Friday.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24
PREDATORS

Preds retiring Pekka Rinne's jersey months after retirement

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pekka Rinne, who led the Nashville Predators to their lone Stanley Cup Final in 2017, is adding another first to his long list of accomplishments.

AUTO RACING

Newgarden among 6 IndyCar drivers to enter all-star series

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At least six drivers with IndyCar roots will compete in the second season of Tony Stewart's all-star racing league, including a surprising one-off appearance by a current Team Penske driver.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee unveils new K-12 funding plan to lawmakers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn unveiled a sweeping new rewrite of how the state funds its multibillion-dollar K-12 education system Thursday, saying it provides for more money per student and valuable services.

Tennessee sued over state House, Senate redistricting maps

NASHVILLE (AP) — A lawsuit backed by the Tennessee Democratic Party seeks to block new redistricting maps for the state House and Senate, arguing Republican lawmakers who drew the maps violated the state Constitution to keep a firm grip on their partisan advantages.

EDUCATION

Fisk University starts John Lewis social justice fellowships

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fisk University has announced three new social justice fellowships under a program named for the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

COURTS

Ex-Goldman Sachs banker's trial in 1MDB scheme hits snag

NEW YORK (AP) — The trial of a former Goldman Sachs banker accused in a massive international swindle has hit a snag with prosecutors' admission that emails and other documents were mistakenly withheld from defense.

Justice Department sues UnitedHealth over nearly $8B deal

Federal regulators are suing to block UnitedHealth Group's purchase of technology company Change Healthcare, a deal they fear will put too much health care claims information in the hands of one company.

Poll: Stark racial gap in views on Black woman on high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are starkly divided by race on the importance of President Joe Biden's promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court, with white Americans far less likely to be highly enthusiastic about the idea than Black Americans — and especially Black women.

Florida TV chef charged in Jan. 6 attack on US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gluten-free TV chef was arrested Wednesday in Florida on charges related to storming the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, officials said.

High court wades into clash over Trump-era immigration rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court waded into a political clash Wednesday between the Biden administration and Republican-led states seeking to defend a signature Trump-era immigration rule that the new administration has abandoned.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Rocky Mountain states to team up on hydrogen tech proposal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Four Rocky Mountain states will cooperate on developing ways to make the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen, more available and useful as clean-burning fuel for cars, trucks and trains, the states' governors announced Thursday.

Ford recalls heavy-duty pickups; drive shafts can fracture

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling nearly a quarter-million heavy duty pickup trucks in the U.S. because the drive shafts can fracture and cause a loss of power.

Over 1.7M Hondas probed for unexpected automatic braking

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the automatic emergency braking systems on more than 1.7 million newer Hondas can stop the vehicles for no reason.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

EXPLAINER: Who must follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

More than half the states are pursuing renewed legal challenges against a requirement from President Joe Biden's administration for millions of healthcare workers across the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street reels then recovers after invasion of Ukraine

NEW YORK (AP) — Markets shuddered Thursday and then swung wildly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatened to push the high inflation squeezing the global economy even higher.

Fewest Americans collecting unemployment aid since 1970

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell to a 52-year low after another decline in jobless aid applications last week.

US slightly revises up its GDP estimate for Q4 to 7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy ended 2021 by expanding at a brisk 7% annual pace from October through December, the government reported Thursday in a slight upgrade from its earlier estimate.

Russia-Ukraine conflict raises big risks for global economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just what a vulnerable world economy didn't need — a conflict that accelerates inflation, rattles markets and portends trouble for everyone from European consumers to indebted Chinese developers and families in Africa that face soaring food prices.

COVID-19 vaccine sales push Moderna to $12B profit in 2021

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine brought in nearly $7 billion in the final quarter of 2021, and the drugmaker says it has signed purchase agreements for another $19 billion in sales this year.

$6.25B sale of Venetian properties on Vegas Strip complete

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new and old owners of the Venetian and Palazzo casino resorts and former Sands Expo and Convention Center announced Wednesday they have completed the sale of the iconic Las Vegas Strip properties for $6.25 billion.

Amazon union organizer, 2 others arrested at NYC facility

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Amazon employee who is leading a push to unionize a New York City warehouse of the online retailer was arrested along with two others Wednesday after authorities got a complaint about him trespassing at the facility, police said.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Treasury: Most COVID rental aid went to low-income residents

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 80% of the billions of dollars in federal rental assistance aimed at keeping families in their homes during the pandemic went to low-income tenants, the Treasury Department said Thursday.

Study: Child poverty rising after tax credit expires

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of children in America living in poverty jumped dramatically after just one month without the expanded child tax credit payments, according to a new study. Advocates fear the lapse in payments could unravel what they say were landmark achievements in poverty reduction.

UKRAINE

Biden hits Russia with new sanctions, says Putin 'chose' war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ordered broad new sanctions targeting Russia on Thursday after its invasion of Ukraine,  declaring that Russian leader Vladimir Putin "chose this war" and his country will bear the consequences.

Russia attacks Ukraine; peace in Europe 'shattered'

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from multiple directions in a move that could rewrite the world's geopolitical landscape. Ukraine's government pleaded for help as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee.

Analysis: Putin's war imperils global security arrangements

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It was the tale of two Vladimirs — one noble, grim and stubbornly open to peace; the other angry, threatening and bellicose — on a day that seemed to presage the demise of the security architecture, consensus and arrangements that have kept Europe and the world, for the most part, stable and secure for three-quarters of a century.

US expels Russia's No. 2 diplomat at Washington embassy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has expelled Russia's second-ranking diplomat in Washington in retaliation for the Russian expulsion of the No. 2 U.S. diplomat in Moscow earlier this month, a senior State Department official said Thursday.

UN Security Council to take up resolution condemning Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A senior U.S. official said the U.N. Security Council is expected to vote Friday on a resolution condemning Russia in the strongest terms possible for attacking Ukraine and demanding the immediate withdrawal of all Russian forces, knowing that the legally binding measure will be vetoed by Russia.

EXPLAINER: Why Putin uses WWII to justify attacks in Ukraine

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Vladimir Putin told the world in the lead-up to Thursday's attacks on Ukraine that his operation aims to "denazify" Ukraine, a country with a Jewish president who lost relatives in the Holocaust and who heads a Western-backed, democratically elected government.

EXPLAINER: A look at US steps taken, and not, against Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden hit Russia with some of the broadest and toughest financial penalties that the world's biggest economy can muster on Thursday, hours after President Vladimir Putin launched his military's invasion of Ukraine.

Russia conflict separates GOP traditionalists from newcomers

NEW YORK (AP) — As Russia intensified its aggression toward neighboring Ukraine earlier this week, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio blasted President Vladimir Putin's provocations as a "clear violation of international law."

NATO vows to defend its entire territory after Russia attack

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday that the military alliance would defend every inch of its territory should Russia attack a member country, as he slammed Moscow for launching a brutal act of war on Ukraine.

'Panic, scared and excited' as Ukrainians watch war arrive

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The missile fragment pierced the ceiling of Mikhail Shcherbakov's apartment in Kharkiv. In an instant, Ukrainians found that war, after weeks of warnings, had hit home.

Russia-Ukraine: What to know as Russia attacks Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russian troops launched a broad, three-pronged assault on Ukraine that brought explosions and set off air raid sirens to the country's capital, Kyiv, and other cities, shattering any remaining hope that a military conflict would be avoided.

Tough sanctions loom against Russia, effectiveness uncertain

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the threat of sweeping sanctions didn't deter Russia's attack on Ukraine, U.S. Treasury Department officials and their counterparts in Europe now face the task of carrying through on their vow to make Russia's economy and its elites pay a price.

World leaders move to slap sanctions on the Kremlin

BRUSSELS (AP) — World leaders Thursday condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine as "barbaric" and moved to slap unprecedented economic sanctions on Moscow and those close to President Vladimir Putin.

Congress backs Biden on Russia sanctions, clamors for more

WASHINGTON (AP) — With rare but fragile alignment, the U.S. Congress is largely backing President Joe Biden's decision to confront Russia with potentially escalating sanctions for the crisis in Ukraine as lawmakers brace for perhaps the most daunting foreign policy crisis the nation has faced in a generation.

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