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VOL. 44 | NO. 29 | Friday, July 17, 2020

Will your workplace ever feel normal again?

New rules, precautions might do little to ease fears of returning employees

Let’s go over our back-to-work checklist: Pull office clothes out of the closet and say a prayer they still fit, pack a lunch with your own utensils and plan to eat at your desk (That communal kitchen may be off limits right now.) and buckle a heaping helping of anxiety into the passenger seat of your car and head on in.

Goodwill benefits from virus-induced decluttering

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, themes have emerged: Resilience, flexibility, initiative. And in those early days in March and April: Housecleaning, so much housecleaning.


Wait till next month? Sales once again poised for surge

Last week the Greater Nashville Realtors reported that sales in the nine-county Greater Nashville area were up for the first time in three months, albeit only half a percent. Growth is growth, and it is exciting in these uncertain times.

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Next Normal Series. Pandethics - How a Crisis Affects the Ethics of Business (and the Business of Ethics). In partnership with Vanderbilt Executive Education at the Owen Graduate School of Management, the Nashville Area Chamber is presenting a webinar on what professor Bruce Barry called “Pandethics,” the intersection of ethics and decision making during a pandemic. Friday, 9-10 a.m. Information

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Davidson County real estate trends for second quarter 2020

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

Top Davidson County residential sales for June 2020

Top residential real estate sales, June 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates fall to record lows; 30-year at 2.98%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average rates on long-term mortgages continue to fall to new record lows, as the key 30-year loan dropped below 3% for the first time in 50 years. The stagnant economic recovery in the face of the coronavirus pandemic is keeping inflation tamped down despite pent-up homebuying demand.


No clear answer to ‘awful’ option of remote school

School districts and parents across the country face a looming and vexing question: What to do about reopening for the 2020-21 academic year.


Thomason names 4 Nashville shareholders

Ten attorneys have been named shareholders at Lewis Thomason, including four based in Nashville. The Nashville attorneys are:


Gibson offering $59K for pieces of history

Gibson is launching a global search this summer for missing shipping ledgers from 1959-1960. The ledgers contain the shipping records of all the Gibson guitars created during that year, and documents the “Golden Era” of the company’s 126-year old history.


Now is time to shop for certified preowned vehicle

Used cars have historically been a smart alternative for those in need of transportation during an economic downturn. They don’t depreciate as much as new cars and are less likely to overburden a buyer with a large loan at a time of uncertainty.


Probate workarounds can save heirs time, money

A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren.


It’s hard to stay motivated while working from home

I’ve heard from many people lately who are struggling to stay motivated at work – and for good reason. The pandemic is dragging on much longer than anyone hoped.


Is it OK to never have a credit card?

Thanks to quick online applications and, in some cases, instant approval, credit cards make it as easy to build your credit history as it is to make purchases. But they can also make it easy to fall into debt if you struggle to pay on time or tend to spend more than you have.


Taylor Swift will release surprise album 'Folklore' Friday

NEW YORK (AP) — While in isolation, Taylor Swift has created a new album and is releasing it Friday.


Smokies offers special hikes to discuss diversity and racism

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash has developed a new program that seeks to unite conversations about diversity and racism with the beauty of the mountains.


Daimler lost $2.2 billion in Q2, sees signs of recovery

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars and Freightliner trucks, lost 1.91 billion euros ($2.21 billion) in the second quarter as the coronavirus outbreak slashed sales of the company's cars, vans, buses and trucks by about a third.

Tesla makes $104M profit in 2Q despite factory shutdown

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla overcame a seven-week pandemic-related shutdown at its California assembly plant to post a surprising $104 million net profit for the second quarter.


Twitter says hackers accessed Dutch politician's inbox

LONDON (AP) — Twitter says an elected Dutch official was among 36 account holders whose direct message inboxes were accessed in a recent high-profile hack.


Congress passes sprawling plan to boost conservation, parks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands is on its way to the president's desk after winning final legislative approval.


Obama blasts Trump, praises Biden in new 2020 campaign video

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama stepped up their attacks on President Donald Trump and defended their time in the White House in a new video showing their first in-person meeting since the coronavirus outbreak began.


East Tennessee nursing home reports 92 coronavirus cases

BRISTOL (AP) — Coronavirus cases at an East Tennessee nursing home have nearly doubled in less than a week, officials said.

Tennessee offers new COVID-19 webpage in Spanish

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee health officials have introduced a new webpage that offers a variety of COVID-19 resources in Spanish.

White House, GOP agree on virus testing in new aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans and the White House reached tentative agreement for more testing funds in the next COVID-19 relief package, but deep disagreements over the scope of the $1 trillion in federal aid remain ahead of Thursday's expected roll out.

White House scrambles on nursing homes as COVID-19 surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing another grim wave of nursing home deaths as COVID-19 cases rebound, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his administration will provide $5 billion to help facilities counter the virus.

Pandemic to cost Australia government $131 billion this year

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's response to the coronavirus pandemic tipped the government's budget 85.8 billion Australian dollars ($61 billion) into the red in the last fiscal year and will create AU$184 billion ($131 billion) more debt in the current year which would be the nation's biggest deficit since World War II, treasury figures showed on Thursday.


1.4M more seek US jobless aid, first increase since March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The viral pandemic's resurgence caused the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits to rise last week for the first time in nearly four months, evidence of the deepening economic pain the outbreak is causing.

White House drops payroll tax cut as GOP unveils virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has reluctantly dropped a bid to cut Social Security payroll taxes as Republicans unveil a $1 trillion COVID-19 rescue package on Thursday, ceding to opposition to the idea among top Senate allies.

American, Southwest add to US airline industry's 2Q losses

DALLAS (AP) — Major airlines reported huge second-quarter losses Thursday and warned that the recovery in air travel seen in April has stalled as coronavirus cases surge in the U.S.

Flashpoints emerge as lawmakers negotiate new virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Capitol Hill talks have only just begun on a sweeping renewal of coronavirus legislation, but areas of likely agreement — and flashpoints of discord — are becoming apparent as the package starts to take shape.

Ann Taylor owner files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — The operator of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, the latest retailer to do so during the pandemic.

Microsoft weathers pandemic, beats Wall Street expectations

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft said the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for its flagship products, reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday that beat Wall Street expectations.

House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to remove statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders from the U.S. Capitol, as a reckoning over racial injustice continues following the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis.


Trump deploys more federal agents under 'law and order' push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced he will send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration's intervention into local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a "law and order" mantle.

House Democrats to attempt to check Trump's pardon power

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will try to rein in President Donald Trump's clemency powers on Thursday as they advance legislation that would discourage pardons for friends and family and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves.


Titans sign rookie drafted to back up NFL's rushing leader

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have signed their third-round draft pick, the running back expected to back up NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry.


Crews fight fire in Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee

HAMPTON (AP) — Fire crews are battling rugged terrain and extreme heat as they take on a small wildfire on a remote mountain slope in East Tennessee, officials said.

Tennessee State using grant for special ed teachers course

NASHVILLE (AP) — At least 70 teachers are scheduled to take an online course at Tennessee State University this fall to receive their special education endorsement as the school uses a $375,000 grant to help fill the need for more teachers in the field.


Tennessee secretary of state opposes absentee drop boxes

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett voiced opposition Wednesday to offering drop boxes for absentee ballots, telling a U.S. Senate panel that the state requires returning those ballots by mail in the name of security.

Tennessee GOP Senate race a new test for Trump's endorsement

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's endorsement clout will get another test in the Aug. 6 open Republican U.S. Senate primary in Tennessee.

Judge won't block 3 Tennessee vote-by-mail laws for primary

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday said he will not block three Tennessee laws dealing with absentee voting for the Aug. 6 primary election amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the groups that sought the action should have requested it earlier.

Elizabeth Warren's new role: Key Joe Biden policy adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden accused Elizabeth Warren last year of holding an "angry, unyielding viewpoint." She embraced that label and slammed Biden as "naive" for thinking he could work with Republicans as president. She warned Democrats against picking a "Washington insider" and pointedly refused to endorse Biden until weeks after exiting the race.


Felons convicted out-of-state fight to restore voting rights

NASHVILLE (AP) — Voter rights advocates filed a lawsuit in Tennessee on Wednesday demanding that top election officials allow people to participate in elections if they've had their voting rights restored after being convicted of a felony out of state.

Condemned Tennessee inmate claims innocence, seeks DNA tests

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate scheduled to be executed in December asked a Shelby County court on Wednesday to order DNA testing of the evidence in his case.

Slack files anti-competitive complaint vs. Microsoft in EU

Workplace chatting service Slack has filed a complaint in the EU against Microsoft, accusing the software company of anti-competitive behavior.


US sales of existing homes jump 20% after a 3-month slump

BALTIMORE (AP) — Americans stepped up their home purchases in June by a robust 20.7% after the pandemic had caused sales to crater in the prior three months. But the housing market could struggle to rebound further in the face of the resurgent viral outbreak and a shrinking supply of homes for sale.

New Yorkers ditching city for elbow room fuel housing boom

If the outbreak roars back in New York City, Anil and Joyce Lilly will not be sheltering again in their Bronx apartment. They just bought a house an hour north in the Hudson Valley.


Twitter says it's cracking down on QAnon conspiracy theory

HONG KONG (AP) — Twitter says it is cracking down on accounts and content related to QAnon, the far-right U.S. conspiracy theory popular among supporters of President Donald Trump.


Fiat Chrysler, Iveco offices searched in emissions probe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Investigators searched offices of automaker Fiat Chrysler and truckmaker Iveco in Germany, Switzerland and Italy on Wednesday as part of an investigation into suspected illegal manipulation of diesel emissions.

Tesla's spent a year terrifying, electrifying Wall Street

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla's losses were mounting last summer, massive debt payments were looming, and both Wall Street and federal regulators had run out of patience with the erratic behavior of CEO Elon Musk.


US says it will adopt global climate standards for aviation

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it plans to adopt aircraft emissions standards modeled on international ones, a move it says will not further reduce climate-damaging emissions from planes.


US labs buckle amid testing surge; world virus cases top 15M

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laboratories across the U.S. are buckling under a surge of coronavirus tests, creating long processing delays that experts say are actually undercutting the pandemic response.

US signs contract with Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will pay Pfizer nearly $2 billion for a December delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine the pharmaceutical company is developing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday.

White House, GOP resist state, housing aid in virus package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite disarray in the Republican ranks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was pushing Wednesday to unveil a draft COVID-19  aid package as the White House resists Democratic demands for more virus testing, state funding and housing eviction protections.

Too little, too late? Trump embraces masks in an about-face

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump came prepared. As he took the podium Tuesday to give a briefing room update on the coronavirus for the first time in months, the president was asked an obvious question: If wearing a mask is "patriotic," as he tweeted this week, why didn't he wear one more frequently?

Trump says virus in US will get worse before it gets better

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the "nasty horrible'" coronavirus will get worse in the U.S. before it gets better, but he also tried to paint a rosy picture of efforts to conquer the disease that has claimed more than 140,000 American lives in just five months.


Stocks close mostly higher after a choppy day of trading

Wall Street capped a choppy day of trading Wednesday with more gains for stocks as investors sized up a mix of company earnings reports and another flare-up in tensions between Washington and Beijing.

As restaurants endure economic losses, others feel pain, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — Restaurants helped revive the U.S. economy after the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

United Airlines posts $1.6 billion loss in virus-scarred 2Q

United Airlines said Tuesday that it lost $1.63 billion in the second quarter as revenue plunged 87%, and it will operate at barely over one-third of capacity through September as the coronavirus throttles air travel.


US orders China to close its consulate in Houston

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, escalating tensions between the world's largest economies as President Donald Trump ramps up pressure against China ahead of the November election. Beijing denounced the order Wednesday as "outrageous" and said it would draw a firm response if not reversed.

Trump deploys feds to more states under 'law-and-order' push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will send federal agents into Chicago and Albuquerque to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration's intervention in local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a "law-and-order" mantle.

Ocasio-Cortez rejects GOP colleague's apology in verbal spat

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman offered an apology Wednesday for the "abrupt manner" he used in a verbal confrontation with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but denied aiming a sexist slur at her. Ocasio-Cortez rejected her colleague's words, saying they were "not an apology" and what she heard was a vulgar slur.

AP Exclusive: Migrant kids held in US hotels, then expelled

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels, sometimes for weeks, before deporting them to their home countries under policies that have effectively shut down the nation's asylum system during the coronavirus pandemic, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump's show of federal force sparking alarm in cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways as he tries to bolster his law and order credentials by making a heavy-handed show of force in cities around the nation in the lead-up to the November elections.

Trump has been on both sides of the states' rights argument

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to states' rights, President Donald Trump is all over the map.


Pilot, the nation's largest fuel retailer, gets a new CEO

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The CEO of Pilot Company, the nation's largest fuel retailer, announced Tuesday that he will transition to chairman of the board at the beginning of next year and chief strategy officer Shameek Konar will take the lead role at the company.

Local governments to receive additional $115M to fight COVID

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that an additional $115 million in federal funding will be made available to local governments to help offset the costs of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


21 state attorneys general sue over new Trump water rule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, alleging that new federal rules undermine their ability to protect rivers, lakes and streams within their borders.


Fox stars Hannity, Carlson and fired anchor Henry in lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel stars Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Howard Kurtz were accused of sexual harassment by a frequent on-air guest in a lawsuit filed Monday that the network called frivolous and untrue.


Nashville orders restaurants to close earlier to curb virus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville is barring restaurants from staying open late starting Friday in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor John Cooper said Tuesday.


Next virus aid package could easily swell past $1 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The price tag for the next COVID-19 aid package could quickly swell above $1 trillion as White House officials negotiate with Congress over money to reopen schools, prop up small businesses, boost virus testing and keep cash flowing to Americans while the virus crisis  deepens in the U.S.

US accuses Chinese hackers in targeting of COVID-19 research

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers working with the Chinese government targeted firms developing vaccines for the coronavirus and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies across the world, the Justice Department said Tuesday as it announced criminal charges.

Biden outlines priorities for next pandemic relief package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is calling President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic "inept" in a new statement that lays out his priorities for the next relief package in Congress.

Trump show returns: President resuming virus briefings

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pulled the plug on his freewheeling daily coronavirus briefings when they turned into a political liability this spring, but he was reviving them Tuesday, looking to halt a campaign-season erosion of support as new cases spike across the country.

Fauci to throw 1st pitch at Yankees-Nationals opener in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the first game of Major League Baseball's pandemic-delayed regular season.

Is it safe to go to the gym during the coronavirus pandemic?

Is it safe to go to the gym during the coronavirus pandemic?


Banks, energy companies lead stocks higher on Wall Street

Wall Street extended its recent run of gains Tuesday, despite a late stumble that nearly wiped out the stock market's gains for the day.

Poll: Pandemic hurting Americans' finances in disparate ways

BURTON, Mich. (AP) — Crystal and Chris Martin put off some payments on their home in this blue-collar town near Flint and are pinching pennies to make ends meet until they return to work. In Windsor, Connecticut, Anne Druce's family canceled home improvement projects out of an abundance of caution but remains financially secure.

Senate panel approves Trump's controversial Fed nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's choice of Judy Shelton for the Federal Reserve board of governors on a party-line vote, overcoming widespread questions about her qualifications for the Fed.

Watchdogs eye $700M relief loan to struggling trucking firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional watchdogs are questioning the government's decision to award a $700 million coronavirus relief loan to a struggling trucking company on grounds its operations are critical for maintaining national security.

Stimulus package breaks new ground in European unity

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European leaders took a historic step towards sharing financial burdens among the EU's 27 countries by agreeing to borrow and spend together to pull the economy out of the deep recession caused by the virus outbreak.

EU agrees on $2.1 trillion deal after marathon summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — After four days and nights of wrangling, exhausted European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, after one of their longest summits ever.

With stadiums, theaters closed, Coke 2Q revenue plunges 28%

Coca-Cola's revenue plunged 28% in the second quarter, but the company said sales had begun to improve last month as lockdowns eased globally.

Norway's Adevinta buys eBay classifieds unit in $9.2B deal

LONDON (AP) — EBay Inc. is selling its classifieds business to Norway's Adevinta in a deal worth $9.2 billion that will create the world's largest online classifieds group, the companies said Tuesday.

US sanctions Chinese companies over Muslim abuse complaints

BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday it would take unspecified "necessary measures" after the U.S. government imposed trade sanctions on 11 companies it says are implicated in human rights abuses in China's Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang.


Heavily armed US agents on city streets: Can Trump do that?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has deployed agents with tactical gear to confront protesters in downtown Portland, Oregon. That has sparked debate over the use of federal power as local and state officials, and many in the community, condemn their tactics and demand they leave. Far from backing down, the administration plans to send agents to Chicago to respond to gun violence. And President Donald Trump says federal agents could be deployed elsewhere as he makes law and order a central element in his struggling re-election campaign.

Facebook's voting labels on candidate posts sow confusion

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has started adding informational labels to all posts about voting by federal elected officials and candidates in the U.S., as it said it would do. But the move appears to be sowing confusion rather than dispelling it.

Trump to send federal agents to Chicago, maybe other cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented, politicized ways.

Biden unveils caregiver plan, says Trump 'quit' on country

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden offered a massive plan on Tuesday to create 3 million jobs and improve care for children and the elderly as he accused President Donald Trump of having "quit" on the country during a deadly pandemic.

Biden, lawmakers warn of foreign interference in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he is putting Russia and other foreign governments "on notice" that he would act aggressively as president to counter any interference in U.S. elections. The statement came hours after Democratic leaders issued a new warning that Congress appears to be the target of a foreign interference campaign.


Apology demanded from GOP lawmaker for Ocasio-Cortez remark

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top House Democrat demanded an apology Tuesday from a Republican lawmaker who is accused of using a sexist slur after an angry encounter with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Trump seeks to bar illegal residents from reapportionment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to sign a memorandum Tuesday that seeks to bar people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in congressional reapportionment, according to two officials familiar with the plans.


Josi, Carlson, Hedman named NHL Norris Trophy finalists

Nashville's Roman Josi, Washington's John Carlson and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman have been named the finalists for the NHL's James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league's top defenseman.


Nashville International Airport opens new concourse

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville International Airport has opened its fourth major concourse, featuring six domestic gates.


Tennessee counties continue to top virus cases per capita

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Trousdale and Lake counties on Monday continued to have the highest per capita caseloads in the country after outbreaks at state prisons led to the community spread of the virus. Trousdale was reporting 1,543 cases out of a population of 9,573, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Lake had 700 cases in a population of 7,526.

Sizing up: As pandemic surges, so do waistlines

NEW YORK (AP) — When Allison Weiss Brady and Michael Ladin emerged from weeks of locking down during the pandemic, they needed new clothes in new sizes — for different reasons.

FDA approves Quest COVID-19 test for 'pooled' sample use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a new approach to coronavirus testing that combines test samples in batches instead of running them one by one, speeding up the process.

Trump faces divisions with Senate GOP on virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted "good things" were underway on the next COVID-19 aid package Monday as he met with Republican congressional leaders, but new divisions between the Senate GOP and the White House posed fresh challenges as the crisis worsened and emergency relief was soon expiring.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's alternate reality on COVID-19 threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to be living in an alternate reality when it comes to the COVID-19 threat.


Tech drives indexes higher on Wall Street after choppy start

Big technology companies powered stocks higher on Wall Street Monday, adding to the market's gains after a three-week winning streak.

Size mattered: Big companies got coronavirus loans first

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the U.S. government launched its emergency lending program for small businesses on April 3, there have been complaints that bigger companies had their loans approved and disbursed more quickly.

Stirring in the oil patch, Chevron buys Noble for $5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Chevron will take over Noble Energy for $5 billion in the first big deal announced since the coronavirus pandemic shook the energy sector.

Alibaba-backed Ant Group to go public in Shanghai, Hong Kong

Alibaba-backed Ant Group to go public in Shanghai, Hong Kong

Report: Disney cuts back on Facebook, Instagram ads

MENLO PARK, California (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has "dramatically" slashed its advertising budget on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.


Democrats urge action on voting rights as tribute to Lewis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mourning the death of civil rights hero John Lewis, Democrats are urging the Senate to take up a bill of enduring importance to Lewis throughout his life: protecting and expanding the right to vote.

Biden eyes GOP supporters while Trump focuses on his base

In the four months since Joe Biden effectively won the Democratic presidential nomination, he has focused on consolidating the party's divergent and often warring factions. As the closing stretch of the campaign nears, that effort will expand to include Republicans disaffected with President Donald Trump.

Trump not ready to commit to election results if he loses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is refusing to publicly commit to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote, as he scoffs at polls showing him lagging behind Democrat Joe Biden. Trump says it's too early to make such an ironclad guarantee.


With tears, Congress honors Lewis, 'conscience of the House'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Monday stood for an emotional moment of silence for Georgia Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon who died last week from pancreatic cancer.

Pelosi says John Lewis 'worked on the side of the angels'

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi choked up Monday recalling Georgia Rep. John Lewis, with whom she served in Congress for 33 years, and their last conversation the day before he died.

Trump offers confusion, contradictions on immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising new executive action on immigration as he returns to the defining issue of his administration. But Trump has offered contradictory and confusing statements about his plans in recent days. His comments come after the Supreme Court rejected his efforts to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which protects young immigrants brought to the country as children. Trump said last month that he would quickly be filing paperwork to address the court's concerns, but has yet to make a move.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump bending facts on virus, Biden, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump clung to the false notion that the coronavirus will just "disappear," made incorrect claims about a top government expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and again insisted that Americans are getting all the COVID-19 tests they need — all in a television interview Sunday where his answers fell short on the facts.


Tennessee sports hall going virtual for induction ceremony

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting its 2020 class virtually.


Cooper extends bar closures, shuts down 'transpotainment'

Nashville Mayor John Cooper today ordered closure of pedicabs, pedal carriages and limousines and extended the closure of all bars and limited-service restaurants through the end of July.

Nashville Film Festival moving to virtual format

The Nashville Film Festival today announced its plans to shift to a virtual model for this year’s event, which will take place from October 1-7.

Tennessee prison land to grow hay for TSU

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University and the state Department of Correction signed an agreement this week to grow hay on prison land that will be used to feed livestock for the school's agricultural sciences program.


Coronavirus alters Elvis Week; candlelight vigil still on

MEMPHIS (AP) — ‎Plans for the weeklong celebration of rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley on the 43rd anniversary of his death have been shaken up by the new coronavirus, but organizers are forging ahead with a combination of in-person and online events at Graceland next month.


Justice Ginsburg says cancer has returned, but won't retire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court.


US home construction jumps 17.3% in June

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Construction of U.S. homes jumped 17.3% in June as some states reopened, but the pace still lags last year after this spring's massive slowdown in building activity due to the coronavirus outbreak.


Netflix names new co-CEO; adds 10M new subscribers

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix added a flood of new subscribers amid the coronavirus pandemic and also offered clues to a possible successor for founding CEO Reed Hastings, who on Thursday named the company's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, as co-CEO.


Ex-VW manager to finish US prison sentence in Germany

DETROIT (AP) — A former Volkswagen senior manager who was sentenced to prison in the U.S. for his role in the company's emissions scandal can be transferred to his native Germany to serve out the rest of his term, a judge said Thursday.


Biden: Science, not politics, should decide school reopening

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden on Friday unveiled a plan to reopen schools in the era of coronavirus, seeking to establish federal safety guidelines that he says will be based on science and not on political pressure for the country to arbitrarily put the pandemic behind it.

New studies clarify what drugs help, hurt for COVID-19

Fresh studies give more information about what treatments do or don't work for COVID-19, with high-quality methods that give reliable results.

CDC extends US ban on cruise ships through September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of September as coronavirus infections rise in most U.S. states, including Florida.


Stocks end higher; S&P 500 gets its 3rd weekly gain in a row

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street ended another wobbly day broadly higher, giving the S&P 500 its third straight weekly gain.

Former Fed officials urge more efforts to bolster economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve Chairs Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen urged Congress on Friday to do more to help the economy deal with the devastating coronavirus pandemic, such as extending increased unemployment benefits and providing assistance to hard-hit states and local governments, something many Republicans oppose.

Stress rises for unemployed as extra $600 benefit nears end

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major source of income for roughly 30 million unemployed people is set to end, threatening their ability to meet rent and pay bills and potentially undercutting the fragile economic recovery.

Federal Reserve expands lending program to nonprofit groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has opened one of its lending programs to nonprofit groups, including hospitals, educational institutions, and social service organizations.

Personal assistant charged in dismembered tech CEO's killing

NEW YORK (AP) — A personal assistant arrested Friday in the slaying of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur who was found dismembered inside his luxury Manhattan condo was believed to have owed his boss a "significant amount of money," police said.

LL Bean inks first wholesaler partnerships in US

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is expanding from its original model of direct-to-customer catalog sales and in-stores sales with an agreement to sell products in Nordstrom, Staples and sporting goods chain SCHEELS.

Burger King in China apologizes after state TV criticism

BEIJING (AP) — Burger King's China unit has issued a public apology and promised to cooperate with a government investigation after state TV reported one of the U.S. fast food giant's outlets used expired ingredients.


Early voting begins in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Voters now have the option to cast their ballots ahead of the Aug. 6 primary.

After Trump campaign swap, questions – and Kushner – remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's long-in-coming campaign shakeup rearranged some big job titles but isn't likely to change the identity of the person truly in charge of day-to-day operations: Jared Kushner.

Analysis: Trump wants a 2016 repeat in a very different year

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2016, Donald Trump was trailing in the polls. With time running out, he changed up his campaign leadership team, though not his own mercurial behavior.


Pentagon bans Confederate flag in way to avoid Trump's wrath

WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon is banning displays of the Confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy that doesn't mention the word ban or that specific flag. The policy, laid out in a memo released Friday, was described by officials as a creative way to bar the flag's display without openly contradicting or angering President Donald Trump, who has defended people's rights to display it.


Win-win: Henry says deal works for him; Titans get cap space

NASHVILLE (AP) — Derrick Henry wanted the assurance of a long-term contract with the Tennessee Titans rather than risk playing this season under the franchise tag, and the NFL rushing leader said his new deal is a win-win for him and the team.


Tesla tries to assure workers there's no big virus outbreak

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is trying to assure its 55,000 employees that there hasn't been a big coronavirus outbreak at company facilities worldwide, despite a report by an electric vehicle industry website that over 130 Tesla employees or contractors have tested positive.


EU court cancels US data-sharing pact over snooping concerns

The European Union's top court ruled Thursday that an agreement that allows thousands of companies — from tech giants to small financial firms — to transfer data to the United States is invalid because the American government can snoop on people's data.


Tennessee doctors group: reopening schools now is 'insane'

NASHVILLE (AP) — A group of Tennessee doctors on Thursday warned that reopening schools while the coronavirus is spreading rapidly through the state is "insane."

Pelosi urges Trump to 'ask for directions' on virus crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday compared President Donald Trump to "the man who refuses to ask for directions" as she pleaded with the White House to seek input from the nation's scientific leaders to reverse the rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

US, Canada and Mexico borders to stay closed for travelers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential traffic until at least late August because of COVID-19.

Target, CVS join growing list of retailers requiring masks

NEW YORK (AP) — Target, CVS Health and Publix Super Markets on Thursday joined the growing list of national chains that will require customers to wear face masks regardless of where cities or states stand on the issue.

UK, US, Canada accuse Russia of hacking virus vaccine trials

LONDON (AP) — Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

Senate Democrats seek aid for Black Americans in virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Senate Republicans prepare to roll out their next COVID-19 aid bill, the top Democrat said Thursday that he wants to shift $350 billion from an untapped Treasury Department virus relief program to help Black Americans and other people of color during the pandemic and beyond.

In the open: White House advisers tussle over virus response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Infighting over the White House's handling of the coronavirus pandemic is spilling further into public view, with trade adviser Peter Navarro panning Dr. Anthony Fauci as President Donald Trump stands watch.


Stocks dip on Wall Street as global rally fades, led by tech

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street stumbled on Thursday after a report showed layoffs continue to sweep the country at a stubbornly steady pace, one of several mixed reports to highlight the uncertain path ahead for the economy.

Bank of America sees recessionary impacts 'deep into 2022'

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America's second-quarter profits were sawed in half and the consumer banking giant set aside billions of dollars to cover potentially bad loans caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Home loan refinancing surges as mortgage rates hit new lows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. homeowners are seizing on the lowest average mortgage rates on record to refinance their mortgages.

More than 1M Americans seek job aid for 17th consecutive week

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a million Americans sought unemployment benefits for the 17th consecutive week as infections began surging in some of the nation's most populous states. Layoffs in places like Florida, Georgia and California rose by tens of thousands of people.

US retail sales jump 7.5% in June, but economy still ails

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales climbed a solid 7.5% in June, a sign that the economy was healing right before infections from the coronavirus spiked again and dragged down hopes for a steady recovery.

Barr says US has become overly reliant on Chinese goods, services

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has become overly reliant on Chinese goods and services, including face masks, medical gowns and other protective equipment designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday.

European Central Bank urges leaders to act on economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank hit pause Thursday after deploying massive stimulus measures in recent weeks and urged government leaders to do their part by agreeing on an EU-wide fund to support regions hardest hit by the virus outbreak.

Siemens allows 'mobile working' permanently for many workers

BERLIN (AP) — Industrial conglomerate Siemens says it plans to allow more than 100,000 of its employees to work away from the office for two or three days a week on a permanent basis.


Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff amid sinking poll numbers less than four months before the election, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien.

Trump's grand GOP convention plans shrink as virus surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plans for a grand convention keep shrinking.

Watchdog report faults Medicare agency's contract management

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Medicare and Medicaid programs failed to properly manage more than $6 million in communications and outreach contracts, giving broad authority over federal employees to a Republican media strategist she worked with before joining the Trump administration, a government watchdog said in a report to be released Thursday.

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