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VOL. 41 | NO. 22 | Friday, June 02, 2017

The world is arriving ... and watching

How we handle 175K visitors for NHL, CMA, Bonnaroo & more could open surprising doors

Hosting the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is the biggest moment in Nashville’s sports history.

An insider’s view of Midstate’s ability to handle a crowd

Eddie Stewart, CEO of Stewart Transportation Services, is an event transportation expert. Based in Nashville, Stewart’s company is involved in planning and coordinating all types of transportation for events all over the world, including the Ryder Cup.

What nerves? Rookies making an impact in Stanley Cup Final

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The guy that scored the winner in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final doesn't even have a locker in the Nashville Predators' dressing room.

Real estate auction could help reshape downtown

With names like SoBro, WeHo, Tech Hill, Marathon Village, Germantown and The Gulch, fast-growing neighborhoods with colorful identities surround downtown Nashville. Now another district is poised to take its place on that list, but it may need a more distinctive name.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Stanley Cup Finals Game 5. Predators fans can watch Game 5 on Thursday night from inside Bridgestone Arena. Tickets for the tiebreaking game, which is being played in Pittsburgh, are $15 each with proceeds going to the Nashville Predators Foundation. Doors open at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. game time) for general admission seating. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com/nashville-predators-game-5-watch-party-nashville-tennessee-06-08-2017/event/1B0052C1C00848C3#efeat4211. In addition, the city will host an outdoor party on Broadway between Fourth Avenue and Seventh Avenue featuring two giant screens, one at Fourth Avenue and one between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The site opens at 5 p.m. The event site has been adjusted to accommodate CMA Music Festival attendees and the shuttles that they ride.

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

GOP points true north as state’s moral compass

It was billed as the start of the 2018 governor’s race, but the GOP’s Reagan Day Dinner in Murfreesboro last week often sounded more like a tent revival.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Too many moving parts can spoil a good closing

With fraud raining down upon the real estate industry through the years, title companies began to rely on bank wires rather than paper checks. The wires fly in from buyers and lenders alike and make for a more secure transaction.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Titans poised to break free of weak AFC South

When Marcus Mariota participated on the first day of the Titans’ recent organized team activities – OTAs for you hard-core NFL fans – it sent two messages to the rest of the AFC South:

SPORTS

Former Vol Gault sprints into state Hall of Fame

It was way back in 1980 that John Ward, the University of Tennessee’s legendary former play-by-play man, delivered one of his more memorable lines.

35-year-old Gatlin still among world’s fastest

In the aftermath of his age-defying Olympic performance last year in Brazil, it was easy to believe sprinter Justin Gatlin would just jog off into retirement from professional competition.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson selects new managing shareholder

Brigid M. Carpenter has been named managing shareholder for the Nashville office of Baker Donelson, making her the first woman to serve in this position. She assumes the role previously held by Scott D. Carey for eight years.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Hyundai Ioniq is most fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid is Hyundai’s fuel-efficient challenger to the Toyota Prius, America’s best-selling gasoline-electric hybrid.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Winning on Google never as simple as keywords

The coveted first-place ranking in Google’s search-engine results is every business owner’s dream.

CAREER CORNER

It's OK to say no to a job you don't really want

OK, this is going to sound strange, but bear with me.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Urban wins big at CMT Awards, Underwood makes history

After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.89 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, as the benchmark 30-year rate declined for the fourth straight week to its lowest level in nearly seven months.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Automatic braking to be standard on top-selling Nissans

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan plans to make automatic emergency braking standard on seven of 18 U.S. models for the 2018 model year, putting the safety feature on most of its top sellers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes mixed in early trading; oil slides

U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in early trading Thursday. Utilities were down the most, while banks led the gainers. Investors had their eye on Washington, where former FBI Director James Comey was testifying as part of a congressional investigation into Russia's possible election meddling.

Nordstrom family considering buyout of department store

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the Nordstrom family including co-presidents Blake, Peter and Erik Nordstrom are considering making an offer to buy out the 70 percent of the department store's stock they don't already own.

Claims for US jobless benefits fall by 10,000 to 245,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as most U.S. workers continue to enjoy job security.

European Central Bank makes modest change as growth picks up

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank took a small step Thursday toward phasing out its extraordinary support measures for the eurozone economy as further evidence emerged of the stronger and broader recovery in the single currency bloc.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Fired FBI director Comey's testimony puts spotlight on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a hugely anticipated hearing, fired FBI director James Comey will recount a series of conversations with President Donald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy and concerned about the blurring of boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency that prides itself on independence.

House GOP on track to undoing post-2008 financial rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans headed toward a vote Thursday on dismantling sweeping financial rules established under President Barack Obama that were designed to head off economic meltdowns like the one that caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs and homes during the Great Recession.

Trump promises 'first-class' infrastructure system for US

CINCINNATI (AP) — Dogged by allegations in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to friendlier territory Wednesday and promised to create a "first-class" system of roads, bridges and waterways by using $200 billion in public funds to generate $1 trillion in investment to pay for construction projects that most public officials agree are badly needed and long overdue.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
PREDATORS

Blue mutt named Stanley set tone for Preds' attacking style

NASHVILLE (AP) — The instant one of the Pittsburgh Penguins passes the puck to a teammate, one of the Nashville Predators closes in, taking away any time or space to operate.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

CMT Awards to feature stars from all genres and Hollywood

The 2017 CMT Music Awards will honor the top acts in country music as well as lend its stage to pop, rock and R&B performers and Hollywood stars.

MIDSTATE

Tennessee Rep. Blackburn confirms bid for 9th term in House

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Marsha Blackburn has confirmed she will seek another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee campaign finance panel fines Durham $465K

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee campaign finance officials have imposed a nearly $465,000 fine on a former lawmaker who was expelled from the General Assembly last year amid a series of sexual harassment allegations.

Lee nets $1.3M in first fundraiser for Tennessee gov's bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee has raised $1.3 million for his campaign at his first major fundraiser.

NASHVILLE AREA

Vanderbilt receives anonymous $10m gift for communal living

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt University has received an anonymous $10 million donation to expand communal living residence halls where faculty members live alongside students.

Trump signs measure naming federal courthouse for Thompson

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation naming Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in the TV series "Law & Order" and at least 20 movies.

HEALTH CARE

US health chief 'in a receiving mode' on health bill ideas

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is "fully in a receiving mode" for suggestions to improve a push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, his health chief told a room of health professionals Tuesday in Nashville.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Autonomous cars (no human backup) might hit the road next year

DETROIT (AP) — Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on publicly traveled roads as early as next year in what may be the first attempt at unassisted autonomous piloting.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Banks lead US stocks slightly higher; oil slumps

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks slightly higher Wednesday, snapping a two-day losing streak for the market.

Lowe's to lay off about 125 workers, move jobs to India

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Home improvement retailer Lowe's says it's laying off approximately 125 information technology workers, the third round of job cuts this year.

Small businesses in clean energy sector still hope for best

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who install solar panels or help customers use clean energy don't seem fazed by President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying they expect demand for their services will still keep growing.

World economy seen picking up, political uncertainty a risk

PARIS (AP) — The world economy is picking up speed but faces big political uncertainties and needs to be reformed to make growth work for a broader swath of people, a global policy watchdog said Wednesday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Air traffic privatization plan hits turbulence in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system is running into bipartisan opposition in Congress, where Republicans fret that it could raise costs for air travelers and hurt small airports.

Violence warned over US dropping conflict minerals rule

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Increased violence and corruption in central Africa could be the result of the recent decision by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission not to enforce a rule requiring American companies to report their use of conflict minerals, warn Congolese civic groups, rights groups and U.S. senators.

Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official to lead FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll nominate a former Justice Department official as FBI director.

Senators to ask about Trump pushback on Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day before a Senate panel hears former FBI Director James Comey's first public account of his dramatic firing, lawmakers will question senior members of President Donald Trump's national security team about surveillance law and are expected to ask whether the president has tried to influence ongoing investigations into Russia's election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

White House looks for ways to undermine Comey's credibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — With fired FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated congressional testimony just a day away, the White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage.

Raise your right hand: High stakes at Congressional hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — This city knows how to do big hearings — even Titanic ones. Dramatic congressional hearings are something of a Washington art form, a rite of democracy carefully crafted for the cameras.


TUESDAY, JUNE 6
PREDATORS

Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Frederick Gaudreau sure is doing his best to earn his own locker with the Nashville Predators with a Stanley Cup Final debut for the ages.

NASHVILLE AREA

New Mexico AG sues Dollar General

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing the discount chain Dollar General for false advertising and unfair trade practices for selling what he describes as obsolete motor oil.

Memory foam maker Sinomax celebrates opening of 1st US plant

NASHVILLE (AP) — Memory foam maker Sinomax Group is opening its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Tennessee.

MIDSTATE

MTSU president: Fall enrollment grows despite challenges

MURFREESBORO (AP) — The president of Middle Tennessee State University says the institution anticipates enrollment growth this fall.

STATEWIDE

Communications Director Smith to leave Haslam administration

NASHVILLE (AP) — Communications Director David Smith is leaving Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration to start his own consulting business.

Haslam touts road funding plan as candidate Beavers vows repeal

NASHVILLE (AP) — While Gov. Bill Haslam travels the state to tout his signature road funding program, the latest entrant into the race to succeed the term-limited governor is making a repeal of the state's first gas tax hike in nearly three decades a top campaign pledge.

SPORTS

Toffey homers twice as Vanderbilt wins NCAA regional

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Will Toffey had two homers and five RBIs to lead Vanderbilt into the NCAA Tournament's super regional with an 8-0 victory over No. 1 seed Clemson in the Clemson Regional on Monday night.

VU at No. 1 Oregon State among 8 super regional matchups

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The NCAA has announced sites for the eight super regionals in the Division I baseball tournament.

COURTS

New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court.

TECHNOLOGY

Google to teach school kids about online safety, etiquette

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is spearheading an educational campaign to teach pre-teen children how to protect themselves from scams, predators and other trouble.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM shareholders reject proposal to split stock in 2

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors shareholders have overwhelmingly turned down an activist shareholder's plan to split the company's stock into two classes.

VW independent monitor: company is trying to change

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — The independent monitor overseeing Volkswagen's efforts to prevent a repeat of its diesel emissions scandal says he has a "broad mandate" to review the company's practices and that his initial impression is that VW is making a serious effort to reform.

Shareholders to settle GM's fight with activist investor

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' normally tranquil annual meeting could be a contentious affair this year, as an activist investor targets GM's stagnant stock price.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Slumping retailers lead US stocks lower

Disappointing results from several retailers led U.S. stock indexes lower on Wall Street.

Macy's warns about profit margins, sending shares lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's has warned investors that its profit margins would keep shrinking this year, sending shares in the chain tumbling more than 8 percent and affecting other department store stocks.

Satellite-TV firm Dish fined $280 million in robocall suit

NEW YORK (AP) — An Illinois judge on Monday ordered satellite-TV company Dish to pay $280 million for calling people who said they didn't want to be bothered by telemarketers.

Report: International tourism to US stronger than expected

NEW YORK (AP) — More international visitors came to the U.S. than expected in April 2017, according to a new report released Tuesday in Washington.

US companies posted record number of open jobs in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers in April advertised the most open jobs in 16 years, yet hiring fell and fewer people quit work. The figures suggest that businesses are struggling to find qualified employees as the unemployment rate declines.

Qatar says Kuwait trying to mediate, solve Gulf crisis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait is trying to mediate a Gulf crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, which have severed ties with the energy-rich travel hub and moved to isolate it from the outside world, Qatar's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Amazon offers Prime discount to those on government benefits

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is making a play for low-income shoppers. The online leader is offering a discount on its pay-by-month Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump plan to overhaul labor watchdogs faces opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses and advocates for workers are forming a rare alliance against President Donald Trump's proposal to overhaul the way the government investigates workplace discrimination, part of what his critics say is a broader swipe at decades of civil rights protections.

Survey: Top CEOs still back some of Trump policy priorities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading U.S. CEOs remain supportive of some of President Donald Trump's policy initiatives despite his still-hazy plan for cutting taxes and recent actions by Trump that have intensified attention on federal investigations of his campaign.

White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn't helping

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its effort to regain control of its message, the White House has curtailed press briefings, redirected questions on the Russia investigation to an outside lawyer and planned a major infrastructure policy rollout for this week.

AP FACT CHECK: EPA chief gets his facts wrong on coal jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's environmental chief has been trying to clear the air about why his boss is pulling out of the Paris climate accord, but some of the claims he's making are as solid as smoke. A look at a some of the statements Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt made over the weekend:

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misdirects blame for slow confirmations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing Senate Democrats of slow-walking his nominees, but his blame is misplaced. It's the president who is lagging behind his predecessors in naming candidates for key government posts during his first five months in the office.


MONDAY, JUNE 5
PREDATORS

Crosby has no time for Subban's games in Stanley Cup Final

NASHVILLE (AP) — P.K. Subban says ask the Pittsburgh Penguins if he's getting under their skin. The All-Star defenseman only knows he apparently needs to work on his breath on the ice and loves the challenge of helping shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

STATEWIDE

Haslam hitting road for ceremonial Improve Act signings

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is hitting the road to hold bill signing ceremonies for his highway and bridge funding program called the Improve Act.

Chattanooga officials warn of weather effects on trees

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Officials in Chattanooga say the number of large trees falling on power and communications lines has risen significantly following last summer's drought and weather fluctuations in the last few years.

NASHVILLE AREA

Law could allow guns at Nashville bus hub used by schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Police and security guards keep watch as thousands of children zigzag through Nashville's downtown bus hub each morning and afternoon, catching buses between home and school.

Nashville Zoo adds $13M veterinary medical center

NASHVILLE (AP) — Inside the concrete walls of the bunkerlike veterinary clinic at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Niran — the zoo's first-of-its kind clouded leopard cub — scales the fence of his holding pen.

Nashville Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop David Choby dies

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville says diocese Bishop David R. Choby has died of complications from a blood infection. He was 70.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Money trail leads from Tennessee candidate to national group

NASHVILLE (AP) — A money trail leads from state Sen. Brian Kelsey's state campaign account to an outside conservative group that ran radio ads supporting the Germantown Republican's unsuccessful bid for Congress.

COURTS

Justices limit recovery in securities fraud cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday made it tougher for the government to recover ill-gotten gains from people convicted of securities fraud, ruling that such recoveries are subject to a five-year statute of limitations.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple unveils 'HomePod' speaker, first new product in years

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Apple nodded to several up-and-coming technology trends, unveiling a new "smart" home speaker and device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes back away from records

Stocks are closing slightly lower on Wall Street as the market pulls back from record highs set late last week.

US services firms expanded at solid but slower pace in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded at a slightly slower pace in May compared with the previous month, a sign that modest economic growth is likely to continue.

US factory orders slipped in April, investment weak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in April for the first time in five months amid declining demand for heavy machinery, iron and steel, and commercial airplanes. A key category that tracks business investment was weak for a third month.

Alphabet joins Amazon with shares at $1,000

NEW YORK (AP) — Alphabet's stock is surpassing the $1,000 mark for the first time, less than a week after Amazon reached the same milestone.

US productivity flat in first quarter, while labor costs up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The productivity of American workers was flat in the first three months of this year, while labor costs rose at the fastest pace since the second quarter of last year.

Survey: Economists expect slower US growth

DETROIT (AP) — Forecasts for U.S. economic growth are coming in slightly lower after a weak first quarter, according to a survey of business economists released Monday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump to push for $1T for roads, bridges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is launching a major push for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's roads and bridges, a key item on his domestic agenda that's gained little traction amid a slew of controversies that have engulfed the White House.

Trump seeks to privatize US air traffic control system

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that the nation's air traffic control system needed a modern makeover and urged Congress to approve a privatization plan that he said would increase safety and reduce wait times for passengers.

The pros and cons of privatizing air traffic control

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. air traffic control system, the world's largest and most complex, is in the midst of an era of unsurpassed safety. There has not been a fatal crash of a domestic passenger airliner in the U.S. in eight years.

GOP running out of time for legislative achievements

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made it through nearly half their first year in power without a single major legislative achievement. If that's going to change, it will have to start soon, a reality that Republican lawmakers will confront when they return to the Capitol on Monday from a weeklong break.

Debt ceiling issue tops summer budget agenda for Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even members of his own party were quick to declare President Donald Trump's budget plan dead on arrival in Congress last month. And in fact, lawmakers are facing a burst of overdue budget-related work this summer.


FRIDAY, JUNE 2
PREDATORS

All-Star promise: Subban says Preds will win Game 3 vs. Pens

NASHVILLE (AP) — A good night's sleep has P.K. Subban more confident than ever about what the Nashville Predators will do on their own ice trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.

Penguins take 2-0 Stanley Cup lead with 4-1 win vs Predators

PITTSBURGH (AP) — By coach Peter Laviolette's math, the Nashville Predators have been pretty good for all but 10 minutes of the Stanley Cup Final.

No Stanley Cup ticket? You can still party downtown

Live music and big screens will take over Lower Broadway on Saturday and Monday for the free Broadway Smash parties when the Nashville Predators play host to Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Rights' groups ask to dismiss lawsuit over refugee program

NASHVILLE (AP) — Several Tennessee-based refugee rights' organizations have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit the state Legislature filed over the refugee resettlement program.

Green drops gubernatorial bid after failed Trump nomination

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican state Sen. Mark Green announced Friday that he will not resume his bid for Tennessee governor after withdrawing from consideration as President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary.

Harwell asks AG to consider suing drug firms

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is asking the state attorney general to consider suing painkiller manufacturers for their role in the ongoing opioid crisis.

COURTS

Magistrate recommends against throwing out Pilot statements

NASHVILLE(AP) — A federal magistrate on Thursday recommended against throwing out statements two executives made to federal agents when they raided the headquarters of a truck stop chain owned by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

REAL ESTATE

Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 3.94 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were flat to slightly lower this week, as the key 30-year rate marked a new low for the year.

Construction spending fell 1.4 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction fell in April by the largest amount in a year, reflecting weakness in homebuilding, non-residential construction and government projects.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan, VW show May gains; Overall US sales decline

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales fell for the fifth straight month in May, bolstering expectations for the first annual sales decline since 2009.

Top-selling new cars and trucks in the US in May

Automakers released May U.S. sales of new cars and trucks on Thursday. Here are the top-selling vehicles, the total sold and the percent change from last May.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks set records again; bond yields sink after jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) — Bond yields sank Friday to their lowest level of the year, and the dollar's value fell against rivals after the nation's job growth slowed last month. But stock indexes chugged again to record heights, led by technology companies and dividend payers.

Jobs data could signal shortage of qualified workers to hire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Are employers starting to run out of workers to hire?

US employers add modest 138,000 jobs; rate at 4.3 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs. Hiring was still enough to help keep pushing unemployment lower.

US trade deficit rises to highest level since January

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose in April to the highest level since January. The politically sensitive trade gap with China registered a sharp increase.

Investors bet Trump climate withdrawal to boost US drilling

LONDON (AP) — The price of oil has fallen sharply as investors bet that President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement will increase the country's oil and gas production.

Fund investing is cheaper than ever, and it's because of you

NEW YORK (AP) — Take a bow, investors. It's never been cheaper to invest in funds, and it's largely because of you.

US job market looks solid 8 years after recession ended

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly eight years after the Great Recession ended, the U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.

US factories report faster growth in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew at a slightly faster pace in May, another sign that manufacturing remains healthy.

ADP says small business hiring picks up momentum in May

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses kicked up their job creation in May, adding 83,000 jobs in a sign that they're willing to take more risks, payroll provider ADP said Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Tillerson: US still will cut emissions despite Paris pullout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson downplayed the significance of the U.S. pullout from the Paris climate pact, arguing Friday that America still will continue taking steps to cut heat-trapping pollution.

Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world's climate change pact as a "refreshing" stance for the U.S. that would save jobs, unburden industry and save money.

AP FACT CHECK: Holes in Trump's reasoning on climate pullout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Announcing that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, President Donald Trump misplaced the blame for what ails the coal industry and laid a shaky factual foundation for his decision. A look at some of the claims in a Rose Garden speech and an accompanying fact sheet about the deal to curtail emissions responsible for global warming:

Putin urges US business to help normalize Russia-US ties

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has urged U.S. businessmen to use their influence to help normalize Russia-U.S. relations.

World leaders reaffirm commitment to fighting climate change

BERLIN (AP) — World leaders pledged Thursday to keep up the fight against global warming as U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

Senate to hear from Comey; new questions for Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) — James Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before his dismissal.

White House grants 14 ethics waivers to staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Catanzaro, a former oil and gas lobbyist, can help shape the Trump administration's energy policies. Shahira Knight can weigh in on retirement matters even though she previously worked for Fidelity, a financial company specializing in retirement services.

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