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VOL. 44 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 7, 2020

Tourism even locals can sink their teeth into

Food tours offer tastes of top neighborhood restaurants

Locals are accustomed to seeing tour buses slowly wind their way through Nashville, the guide pointing out where Dolly records when she’s in town or where Tammy Wynette lived.

Bachelorettes on food tour? It only adds to the fun

The electronic confirmation for my Tastes of Nashville Food Tour directed me to meet the guide in front of the fireplace at Union Station Hotel. It also mentioned that for a special tour price of $6 I could order the Abigail at the bar.


To the attic! PBS ‘Roadshow’ is coming to town

Short of having the cast of “Downton Abbey” swoop in for a public meet-and-greet, “Antiques Roadshow” coming to town is about the best promotion Nashville Public Television could hope.

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Williamson County Young Professionals Luncheon. Guest speaker: Doug Kreulin, CEO of BNA Vision, will share the latest updates from the Nashville Airport building program. Columbia State Community College, Community Room – Building A, 1228 Liberty Pike. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fees: Members $20, nonmembers $30. Information

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Garden memories yield to tall-skinnies

Dogan’s Garden – where I discovered mental, physical and spiritual respite – is gone, all but its memory erased by development and viral heritage neglect.


Legislators shouldn’t meddle with HOA restrictions

No cause has had a better advocate than Pamela Davis Needham, who is working against proposed state legislation that she says would limit homeowners associations on many issues, including restrictions of short-term rentals.


Real estate trends: Rutherford posts another strong month

Home sales in Rutherford County jumped 24% with 651 sales recorded in January compared to 526 sales recorded the previous January. This after a 22% increase from December 2018 to December 2019.

US mortgage rates decline; 30-year loan lowest in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week for the third straight week, as the benchmark 30-year loan marked its lowest point in three years.


Titans feel 49ers’ pain in Super Bowl loss

Can only contain Mahomes for so long

The San Francisco 49ers found out in the fourth quarter what the Tennessee Titans already knew –the explosive Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes could only be kept in check for so long before they gained control and won a Super Bowl championship Sunday night in Miami.

Ex-Kats coach gets to enjoy Super Bowl win

There’s always a Nashville connection. And Super Bowl LIV was no exception. One of the unsung heroes of Kansas City’s Super Bowl championship is a man who has been in Nashville for the past 20 years and has spent the past 11 of those years working as a scout for the Chiefs.

Titans finalize staff, Haslett to coach inside linebackers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mike Vrabel has finalized his Titans coaching staff by hiring Jim Haslett as Tennessee's inside linebackers coach.


Playle joins Waller’s health care real estate practice

Angela M. Playle has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP after serving as senior vice president and deputy general counsel at HCP, Inc., a real estate investment trust now known as Healthpeak Properties.


Turner out, Lee in as interim Vandy AD

Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job, and Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately.


Hamilton County’s public records destruction is alarming

Hamilton County government has found a new way to prevent access to public records: Get rid of them.


5 hybrids that might be better deal than gas models

Buying a hybrid in 2020 doesn’t have the same cutting-edge feel that it used to back in the early 2000s. Today, all the hype surrounds the latest electric cars.


‘Franchise’ examines link between McDonald’s, race

Your hand is in the bag again. Those french fries you bought aren’t going to make it home. You should’ve bought a double order.


How to save $3,000 hacking a cross-country trek

Amtrak’s “buy one, get one” spring sale got me started. My teenage daughter and I had used a similar two-for-one deal last year to take an overnight train trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. This year, she wanted to use her spring break to check out colleges in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.


Get angry! It seems to be the only solution

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately in which companies don’t seem interested in solving customer complaints until the customer gets angry.


Tennessee lawmakers demand answers over voucher program

NASHVILLE (AP) — Outraged Tennessee lawmakers grilled state education officials Wednesday about the handling of a much-debated school voucher program, and a key Republican lawmaker made a surprise admission that he regretted voted for the measure.


Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" keeps rolling

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country singer Darius Rucker couldn't quite believe it when he was surprised this week with the news that his song "Wagon Wheel" was certified eight times platinum, making it one of the top five most popular country singles ever.

Paul English, Willie Nelson's longtime drummer, has died

NASHVILLE (AP) — A publicist for Willie Nelson says Paul English, Nelson's longtime drummer and the inspiration for Nelson's song "Me and Paul," has died. He was 87.


Macron vows "fight of the century" against climate change

PARIS (AP) — France's leader called the battle against climate change and environmental destruction "the fight of the century" Thursday after visiting a melting glacier in the French Alps.


McClatchy files for bankruptcy protection

The publisher of the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and dozens of other newspapers across the country is filing for bankruptcy protection.


Tesla shares drop after automaker announces $2B stock sale

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of Tesla Inc. fell just over 4% in early trading Thursday after the electric vehicle and solar panel maker announced it would sell more than $2 billion worth of additional shares.

Scandal-hit Nissan sinks into losses as sales plummet

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan, reeling from a scandal over its former superstar executive Carlos Ghosn, sank into red ink in the latest quarter as its vehicle sales fell around the world, and the Japanese automaker slashed its profit forecast for the year.

China's auto sales plunge in January, deepening market slump

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales plunged in January, deepening a painful downturn in the industry's biggest global market and adding to economic pressures as the country fights a virus outbreak.


US consumer prices up 0.1% in January; gasoline prices fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose modestly last month, weighed down by falling gasoline prices.

401(k)s hit records as workers sock away more, stocks jump

NEW YORK (AP) — How's your 401(k) doing? President Donald Trump likes to ask that question around the country, sometimes throwing out big gains like 90% or 95%. The average 401(k) did indeed hit a record last year, although its growth was considerably less than that.

Trump Fed nominee Shelton promises 'intellectual diversity'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve touted her credentials in written testimony Thursday and said she would "work collegially" if approved.

EU monitoring economic impact of virus outbreak

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Union warned Thursday that the spread of the viral outbreak in China is a risk for the economy but that its full impact will depend on how long it lasts and how far it spreads.


With impeachment over, critics see Trump 'retribution tour'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government, pushing his Justice Department to ease up on a longtime friend while using the levers of presidential powers to exact payback on real and perceived foes.

Senate moves toward vote restraining Trump on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran is moving toward approval in the Senate.


Tennessee grand jury wants criminal coal ash investigation

KINGSTON (AP) — A grand jury in Tennessee said it would support a criminal investigation into claims that a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor failed to protect workers cleaning up a massive coal ash spill, many of whom later fell ill and some of whom died.


No. 12 Kentucky rallies from 14 down, beats Vanderbilt 78-64

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari watched his Wildcats fall behind by as many as 14 points in the first half and enter the locker room down with their biggest deficit of the season on the road at Vanderbilt.


Tennessee wins 82-61 as Arkansas suffers 3rd straight loss

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's defense stopped its slump and continued Arkansas' slide.


US whiskey exports decline as trade dispute with EU persists

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's trade war dampened the overseas market for American-made whiskey last year, diminishing exports even as the domestic market continues to thrive.

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets.


Nissan sues Ghosn, seeking damages for property, jet use

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan filed a civil suit Wednesday seeking 10 billion yen ($91 million) in damages from the Japanese automaker's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.


Virus outbreak in China poses a new problem for Boeing

Boeing sold no new airline jets in January, and now the company is worried that the virus outbreak in China could hurt airplane deliveries in the first quarter.

Federal report faults Southwest Airlines and FAA on safety

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline, a government watchdog said Tuesday.


BP lays out plans to be net zero in emissions by 2050

LONDON (AP) — Energy producer BP said Wednesday it wants to eliminate or offset all carbon emissions from its operations and the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050, an ambitious target born out of pressure to help combat climate change and keep making money.


White House claims Huawei equipment has backdoor for spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chinese company Huawei can secretly tap into communications through the networking equipment it sells globally, a U.S. official charged as the White House stepped up efforts to persuade allies to ban the gear from next-generation cellular networks.

Big tech fair in doubt after more companies leave over virus

LONDON (AP) — The world's biggest wireless trade fair was in doubt Wednesday after more big tech companies and mobile carriers including Nokia, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom pulled out over worries about the viral outbreak from China.

UK announces plan to fine firms for harmful online content

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it will give regulators the power to fine social media companies for harmful material on their platforms.


US on track for first $1 trillion budget deficit since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit through the first four months of this budget year is up 19% from the same period a year ago, putting the country on track to record its first $1 trillion deficit since 2012.

Solid earnings send stock indexes higher on Wall Street

Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, driving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes to more record highs.

Powell hears bipartisan Senate support for Fed independence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic senators voiced strong support for an independent Federal Reserve during a hearing with Fed Chair Jerome Powell, one day after President Donald Trump launched another attack directed at Powell on Twitter.

Company efforts to stamp out tobacco often go up in smoke

WASHINGTON (AP) — U-Haul has an unusual wellness goal for 2020: hiring fewer smokers.

EU adopts Vietnam trade deals despite human rights concerns

BRUSSELS (AP) — European lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved free trade and investment deals between the EU and Vietnam that will eliminate almost all tariffs over the next ten years, despite concerns about the human rights situation in the country.


Diplomat ousted and slammed by Trump gets diplomacy award

WASHINGTON (AP) — A recently retired U.S. diplomat whose abrupt removal by President Donald Trump from her post as ambassador to Ukraine became a focus of the impeachment hearings is receiving an award for "excellence" in the conduct of diplomacy.

White House tries to assure Congress over withheld money

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key White House figure in delaying aid to Ukraine last year reassured lawmakers Wednesday that the Trump administration realizes it is required under the law to spend money approved by Congress.

Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump's longtime ally and confidant.

Trump wants Pentagon to review impeachment witness' conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that the Pentagon should review the conduct of a former White House national security aide who played a central role in the Democrats' impeachment case and potentially consider disciplinary action against him.


Analysis: Sanders win ups pressure on moderates to coalesce

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Bernie Sanders, not all victories are created equal.

Early voting in Tennessee's presidential primary begins

NASHVILLE (AP) — Early voting for Tennessee's presidential primary has officially begun.

Sanders' narrow win ups pressure on moderates to coalesce

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Bernie Sanders, not all victories are created equal.

AP VoteCast: Young, liberal voters key to Sanders' NH win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders won the young, the liberal and the disaffected in New Hampshire. Their votes were enough to deliver him a victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary, while Pete Buttigieg earned a slight edge among more moderate and conservative voters, with Amy Klobuchar close behind.


Tampon tax break faces resistance in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal to include feminine hygiene products during Tennessee's annual sales-tax holiday faced resistance Tuesday from lawmakers concerned about the lack of limit on such purchases.

'Right to Work' constitutional amendment sails through Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — A resolution seeking to change the Tennessee's Constitution to enshrine the state's "right to work" law is gaining momentum.

Tennessee adopts 'The Volunteer State' as official nickname

NASHVILLE (AP) — State lawmakers on Monday approved a resolution officially designating Tennessee as "The Volunteer State.,"


Under Armour might put NYC flagship store on ice, restructure

BALTIMORE (AP) — Under Armour, which has a massive distribution facility in Mt. Juliet, plunged in trading at the opening bell with the company anticipating a big financial hit from the viral outbreak in China and saying separately that it may need to restructure this year at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.


Defending champ Vandy, Louisville are college baseball favorites

With almost all of its pitching staff back from the team that made the program's deepest postseason run, Louisville begins the season Friday ranked No. 1 in three of the six major polls.


Markstrom sharp as Canucks top Predators 6-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 shots, and Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.


Catchings, Jackson headline women's hoops Hall of Fame class

NEW YORK (AP) — Tamika Catchings, Lauren Jackson and Swin Cash are headed to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.


NCAA's Emmert presses Senate for 'guardrails' on athlete pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert urged Congress to step in and put restrictions on college athletes' ability to earn money from endorsements, telling a Senate committee Tuesday that federal action was needed to "maintain uniform standards in college sports" amid player-friendly laws approved in California and under consideration in other states.


Daimler profits slump as auto industry comes under pressure

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, saw profit slump in 2019 and turned in a loss for the fourth quarter, underlining the pressures on the auto industry from economic headwinds and the need to invest in electric cars to meet tougher European Union limits on greenhouse gases


Virus stretches limits of strained public health systems

BANGKOK (AP) — The virus outbreak that began in China and has spread to more than 20 countries is stretching already-strained public health systems in Asia and beyond, raising questions over whether everyone can get equal access to treatment.

Elbow bumps and bows: Singapore air show opens despite virus

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's air show began Tuesday with the usual ribbon cutting and displays of aerial prowess, but also with less typical warnings to industry and military figures attending to avoid handshakes and other close contact to avoid spreading a virus that has sickened tens of thousands of people.

Intel, Vivo latest to drop out of tech show over virus fears

LONDON (AP) — U.S. chip maker Intel and Chinese smartphone maker Vivo are among the latest companies to pull out of a major European technology fair over virus worries.

What T-Mobile takeover of Sprint means for you

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of Sprint could mean higher or lower phone bills, depending on whom you ask.


Businesses struggle to fix supply chains disrupted by virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese authorities are struggling to strike a delicate balance between containing a viral outbreak and restarting the world's second-biggest economy after weeks of paralysis.

Lyft annual loss more than doubles, but revenue keeps rising

Ride-hailing service Lyft's annual loss more than doubled last year to over $2.6 billion, but the company claimed progress as revenue jumped 68% and ridership grew.

US stocks extend gains as investors focus on latest earnings

Major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Tuesday, led by health care companies, retailers and banks.

Oil from federal lands tops 1B barrels as Trump eases rules

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil production from U.S.- managed lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year, federal officials said Tuesday, as technological advances helped drive development in new areas and the Trump administration eases rules on the industry.

US regulators probing 5 tech companies' acquisitions to 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are ramping up their investigation of the market dominance of giant tech companies, demanding detailed information on five companies' acquisitions of smaller firms back to 2010.

US open jobs fall sharply for 2nd straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses sharply cut the number of open jobs in December for the second straight month, an unusual sign of weakness in an otherwise healthy job market.

Powell: Economy looks resilient despite risk of China virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the U.S. economy appears durable with steady growth and unemployment near a half-century low but faces some risk from the broadening viral outbreak that began in China.

EU official rejects Johnson's idea of loose UK trade deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will only offer Britain unique access to its vast single market if the U.K. agrees to stick to the bloc's standards, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, dismissing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's idea of brokering a loose trade deal with the EU.

Amid uncertainty, French wine industry puts itself on show

PARIS (AP) — France's big wine industry, shaken by U.S. President Trump's painful tariff hikes and the threat of climate change, is hoping to re-energize global interest in its products with a big trade fair in Paris.


4 lawyers quit case after DOJ decision on Stone prison time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case Tuesday after the Justice Department said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump's longtime ally and confidant.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts gains in retirement accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is telling a skewed story when he boasts about workers who've seen their personal retirement savings nearly double under his administration. Gains in the overall stock market are only half of what he implied.

Justice Department brings new suits over sanctuary policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department ratcheted up legal pressure Monday on local governments over "sanctuary" policies that hinder federal immigration officers, bringing two new lawsuits and launching a coordinated messaging campaign to highlight an election-year priority of President Donald Trump.

Ginsburg: Equal Rights Amendment backers should start over

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Monday that those like her who support an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution should start over in trying to get it passed rather than counting on breathing life into the failed attempt from the 1970s.


Melania Trump cites Tennessee youth in anti-cyberassault effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Monday cited the influence of "Achy Breaky Heart" singer Billy Ray Cyrus as she asked spouses of the nation's governors to address cyberassault in their states.


Opry Mills owner buys Mall at Green Hills owner

The Simon Property Group, which owns Opry Mills in Nashville, West Town Mall in Knoxville and Wolfchase Galleria in Memphis, will buy mall operator Taubman Realty, which owns The Mall at Green Hills.


Trump budget scraps loan program that could help Lordstown

DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration's budget proposal scraps a loan program that could help an upstart electric vehicle company's plans to reuse the now-closed General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

Volvo Cars and owner Geely consider merger

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish automaker Volvo Cars and its owner Chinese automaker Geely Holding said Monday they are considering combining their businesses to create what they called "a strong global group" that "would accelerate financial and technological synergies between the two companies."


Sony, Amazon drop out of major European tech show over virus

LONDON (AP) — Two big Japanese companies are the latest to pull out of a major European technology show due to fears over the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

New virus has infected more than 40,600 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 40,600 people globally.


Chinese military stole masses of Americans' data, US says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history to target consumer data.


Amazon wants to question Trump over losing $10B contract bid

Amazon wants President Donald Trump to submit to questioning over the tech company's losing bid for a $10 billion military contract.


Trump calls for slashing funding for toxic Superfund cleanup

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called Monday for slashing funding for the Superfund hazardous waste program, even as the backlog of clean-ups has grown around the country for lack of money.


Technology companies, retailers lead U.S. stocks higher

Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology companies and retailers. Microsoft and Amazon rose.

Schick owner Edgewell drops $1.37B buyout deal for Harry's

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — Schick owner Edgewell is ending its $1.37 billion acquisition deal for upstart shaving company Harry's shortly after the Federal Trade Commission sued to block the sale.

Puerto Rico's economy in limbo as governor rejects debt deal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's fragile economy is facing an uncertain future after the island's governor rejected a settlement announced late Sunday with bondholders that would reduce the U.S. territory's public debt by 70%.


Interior Dept. drops trophy hunting council amid court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing significant legal challenges, the Trump administration has disbanded its advisory board created to help boost trophy hunting and relax federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos.

Barr: Justice has process to take Ukraine info from Giuliani

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Monday the Justice Department is taking information that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is gathering in Ukraine about the president's Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son.

Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps and Medicaid to promise a balanced budget in 15 years — all while leaving Social Security and Medicare benefits untouched.

Highlights of President Trump's 2021 budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's fiscal 2021 budget plan doesn't have many fans — among either his GOP allies or opposition Democrats — but it's a measure of the president's priorities as he seeks a second term.

Trump budget to face skepticism, overwhelming politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted with the threat of trillion-dollar-plus deficits for as far as the eye can see, President Donald Trump is offering a $4.8 trillion budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year that rehashes previously rejected spending cuts while leaving Social Security and Medicare benefits untouched.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hypes 'comeback,' impeachment acquittal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the world is witnessing a great American economic revival that he brought on by reversing course from the Obama years. Yet the economy is not so different from the robust one he inherited and disparages at every turn.

Schumer wants to protect whistleblowers amid Trump payback

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the nation's 74 inspectors general to protect government whistleblowers amid President Donald Trump's ouster of key government officials in the impeachment probe.


Trial rescheduled for Nashville officer charged with murder

NASHVILLE (AP) — The trial date for a white Nashville police officer charged with fatally shooting an armed black man from behind during a chase has been pushed back from March to June.


Granlund helps Predators past Flames 3-2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist to lead to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.


Leading Kentucky hemp processor files for bankruptcy

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bankruptcy filing by a leading hemp processor strikes a "gut punch" to the fledgling industry as it tries to secure a foothold in Kentucky, the state's agriculture commissioner said Thursday.


WHO says mask demand may hurt health workers

BEIJING (AP) — The World Health Organization is warning that demand for masks and other protective equipment might jeopardize health workers responding to the outbreak of the new virus in China.

China's Communist Party faces recriminations over virus

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party faced public anger and recrimination Friday over the death of a doctor who was threatened by police after trying to sound the alarm about the new coronavirus back in December. The death toll, meanwhile, rose to nearly 640, and the number of people infected worldwide climbed past 31,400.

Tech firm Ericsson pulls out of big trade show due to virus

BEIJING (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is pulling out of the industry's top annual trade event due to the virus outbreak, while automakers are considering whether to reopen factory lines in China.


Ford top automotive executive retires in management shake-up

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is shaking up its management after a poor fourth-quarter financial performance and the botched launch of the Explorer SUV.

Its Wuhan plants shut, Honda reports quarterly profit drop

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Honda reported Friday a nearly 31% dive in its October-December profit as strong demand for its motorcycles failed to make up for falling vehicles sales.


S&P 500 slips for first time this week as momentum stalls

Stocks closed lower for the first time this week but still had their best weekly gain since June. Technology companies did worse than the rest of the market. Stocks are coming off a four-day rally as traders tempered their worries about economic fallout from the virus outbreak that originated in China. The S&P 500 index fell 18 points, or 0.5%, to 3,327, a day after hitting a record high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 277 points, or 0.9%, to 29,102 and the Nasdaq lost 51 points, or 0.5%, to 9,520. Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.58%.

Holiday on plastic: US credit card debt surged in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans gave their credit cards a real workout this past holiday season.

Fed signals steady interest rates as economic risks lessen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve believes that downside risks to the U.S. economy have lessened with the easing of trade tensions and better prospects for global growth but officials note a concern that possible spillovers from a deadly virus in China represent a new threat.

Hiring surges in January as Americans flood into job market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring jumped last month as U.S. employers added a robust 225,000 jobs, bolstering an economy that faces threats from China's viral outbreak, an ongoing trade war and struggles at Boeing.

January US jobs report might provide clarity amid disruptions

WASHINGTON (AP) — With China's viral outbreak disrupting trade and Boeing's troubles weighing on American factories, the January U.S. jobs report on Friday may provide timely evidence of the U.S. economy's enduring health.

Carmakers adjust to virus turmoil; Uniqlo, Burberry take hit

BEIJING (AP) — Automakers are considering whether to reopen factory lines in China and counting the costs from the virus outbreak in China, while Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo reports half its shops in China are closed.


Aide who testified against Trump escorted out of White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decorated soldier and national security aide who played a central role in the Democrats' impeachment case against President Donald Trump was escorted out of the White House complex on Friday, according to his lawyer, who said he was asked to leave for "telling the truth."

Secret Service might leave Homeland Security, rejoin Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is throwing its support behind a plan to transfer the U.S. Secret Service back to the Treasury Department to better focus on the growing threat of online financial crimes.

House passes bill easing bids by workers to form unions

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that supporters said would help working families, the Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill that would make it easier for workers to form unions and bargain for higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions.

Trump's acquittal confronts Dems with election year choices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's impeachment ended with a reminder of why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resisted the idea for so long — an acquittal everyone saw coming, followed by a bombastic presidential victory lap and a bump in his poll numbers just as the 2020 campaign officially began.

McConnell remaking Senate in age of Trump, impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before Donald Trump's impeachment landed in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had one piece of advice for the president: Focus on the House.


Emails: TennCare work mandate held up amid feds' questions

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's push to establish Medicaid work requirements remains hung up amid questions from the federal government about using welfare money to fund the program, according to emails obtained by The Associated Press in a public records request.


Interim AD focused only on Vandy coaches, players, staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — Candice Storey Lee won't talk about how long she might be in charge of Vanderbilt's athletic department, having already made history as the first black woman to hold that job in the Southeastern Conference.


Tennessee's school voucher program faces lawsuit

NASHVILLE (AP) — Advocates for expanding school choices in Tennessee faced their first major road block Thursday after the state's largest communities filed a lawsuit seeking to block a new voucher program from going into effect later this year.


Twitter shares jump on rise in user numbers, revenue

Shares in Twitter jumped Thursday after the social media company said revenue and user numbers exceeded forecasts in the latest quarter, though profit fell as expenses rose.


Record US sales of Ram boost Fiat Chrysler's earnings

MILAN (AP) — Record U.S. sales of Ram trucks and the launch of the new Jeep Gladiator helped fourth-quarter profits at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grow by more than a third, the U.S.-Italian company reported Thursday.


Experts scramble, but new virus vaccine may not come in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flu-like virus that exploded from China has researchers worldwide once again scrambling to find a vaccine against a surprise health threat, with no guarantee one will arrive in time.

Virus impact: Airlines extend flights suspensions

BEIJING (AP) — Airlines are extending their suspension of flights to mainland China, while more retailers are putting an estimate on the economic damage they expect to incur from the virus outbreak in China.

New virus cases in UK, Germany bring Europe's total to 30

LONDON (AP) — Britain and Germany announced more cases of the Wuhan virus on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed virus cases in Europe to 30.

New virus has infected more than 28,200 people globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 28,200 people globally.


NY Times publisher's 4Q profit grows as it adds subscribers

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of The New York Times posted a 20% gain in fourth-quarter profits as the paper continued to add digital subscribers, although ad revenue declined both online and in print.


Stocks post 4th gain in a row, extending a weeklong rally

Stocks are ending mostly higher on Wall Street, enough to extend the market's gains to a fourth straight day.

Online mattress pioneer Casper soars in debut trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of online mattress pioneer Casper Sleep Inc. popped in their debut trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday.

Corporate America has a 1%, too, more influential than ever

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that they've already taken over our lives, big tech companies are taking over the stock market.

Venezuela rounds up US oil executives as Guaidó visits DC

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives under house arrest in Venezuela were rounded up by police hours after President Donald Trump met Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's chief opponent at the White House, according to family members of the men.

Barr warns against Chinese 'dominance' in wireless networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr waded into ongoing diplomatic tensions between the United States and China on Thursday, decrying what he said was Beijing's determination to establish "dominance" in the market of next-generation, high-speed wireless networks.

US officials warn Chinese espionage an 'existential threat'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of FBI arrests in cases related to Chinese espionage has risen sharply in the last five years, corresponding with what the U.S. government sees as an urgent threat to American economic prosperity and intellectual property, federal law enforcement officials said Thursday.

US productivity up 1.7% in 2019, best gain in 9 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rebounded in the final three months of last year, helping to boost productivity growth for the year to the best showing in nearly a decade.

Lagarde: Central banks have less room to combat a downturn

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde has warned that the world's central banks have less room to stimulate the economy in case there's a recession.


Appeals court dismisses Democrats' lawsuit against Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday dismissed one of several ongoing lawsuits charging that President Donald Trump has illegally profited off the presidency.

After acquittal, Trump unleashes fury at impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exulting in his impeachment acquittal, President Donald Trump took a scorched-earth victory lap Thursday, unleashing his fury against those who tried to remove him from office while looking ahead to his reelection campaign.

Senate: Obama officials hamstrung by Russia election attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration was ill-prepared to handle and failed to respond effectively to Russian interference during the 2016 election, according to a bipartisan congressional report released Thursday. It noted officials feared getting caught up in a heavily politicized environment and undermining public confidence in the electoral process.


DNC chair calls for 'recanvass' of Iowa results after delays

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday called for a "recanvass" of the results of the Iowa caucuses, saying it was needed to "assure public confidence" after three days of technical issues and delays.

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