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VOL. 41 | NO. 30 | Friday, July 28, 2017

Should children play football?

NFL chief medical officer says yes; More parents say no

It was the second concussion that made the decision an easy one for Brentwood parent Chris Hulshof.

Marching band to NFL: VU doctor’s unlikely path

When the NFL sought a worthy selection for the first chief medical officer in league history, it turned its eyes to Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center.

Brain disease seen in most football players in report

CHICAGO — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Bad leadership or politics? Motlow president’s fall

One day he was the golden boy, touting Motlow State’s success and posing with the governor for the signing of the Reconnect Act. The next, seemingly, he was gone with the wind.

Local Weather

Weather in Nashville, TN

EVENTS

Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville present the 11th annual NELAs to recognize young professionals who are excelling in their careers and making a difference in the Nashville community. Lipscomb University, Collins Alumni Auditorium, One University Park Drive, Nashville. Thursday, 5 p.m. registration and networking, 6 p.m. NELAs Recognition Ceremony, 8 p.m. After-party, Richland Country Club. Fee: $25 and up. Must register. Information: http://nashvillechamber.com/events

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Home inspectors can save your life, real estate deal

Home inspectors can prove to be burrs in the saddles of listing agents and sellers with the many deficiencies they uncover while plying their trade.

REAL ESTATE

Top Midstate residential transactions for second quarter 2017

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

Top Midstate commercial transactions for second quarter 2017

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

Average US mortgage rates fall for 2nd straight week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for the second week in a row, despite the Federal Reserve's efforts to lift borrowing costs.

DAVID CLIMER: OUT OF LEFT FIELD

Remember Memphis? Titans would rather not

Time flies, doesn’t it? A lot can happen in 20 years. Think about it: In 1997, Bill Clinton was sworn in for his second term as president. Princess Di was killed in a car crash. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 8,000 for the first time.

TERRY McCORMICK: TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans enter camp with great expectations

When the Tennessee Titans arrive for training camp on Friday, there will be something around the team that has not been inside the locker room in a long time – expectations.

Titans training camp: Four key storylines to watch

The Tennessee Titans enter 2017 with players, fans and prognosticators expecting this to be the year the team makes its return to the postseason after eight years without.

DAVE LINK: UT SPORTS

‘Life-changing’ trip to Vietnam for Midstate Vols

Nashville’s Kyle Phillips never knew how good he had it as a University of Tennessee football player. Not until he went to Vietnam with The VOLeaders Academy for a 13-day study with numerous other student-athletes from UT. They left June 29 and returned two weeks later.

NEWSMAKERS

Patent attorney launches intellectual law practice

Patent attorney A.J. Bahou has opened Bahou Law, PLLC. Bahou is experienced in trials and mediations, and is a registered patent attorney who practices in the area of electrical and computer engineering technologies, Blockchain, data privacy, cyber security, health care and intellectual property law, including litigation management of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.

BRIEFS

Vanderbilt nursing faculty gets $1.2M boost

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a $1,221,359 grant to aid students who plan to become nursing faculty.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Struggling to be in with the in crowd? It never ends

None of the other kids like you. They don’t include you in anything. In fact, they often just plain ignore you, and some even pick on you. You don’t understand why this is, but there isn’t much you can do: quitting your job is not an option.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Using Facebook for more than cat videos

Facebook now has two billion monthly users and accounts for 10 percent of all website visits. So, you’ve probably already taken the time to set up a Facebook page for your business and are making regular posts part of your marketing strategy.

CAREER CORNER

McDonald’s recruits employees using Snapchat

When most job seekers think of using social media to apply for a new job, they think of networking website LinkedIn. Now, McDonald’s and Snapchat recently pushed the boundaries of recruiting.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening Lynn exhibit

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening an exhibit on the life and career of Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn in Nashville.

PREDATORS

Predators captain Fisher retires after 17 seasons in NHL

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher has announced his retirement, a move that means the defending Stanley Cup finalists must select a new captain.

STATEWIDE

Bill Lee names former GOP chair to run Tennessee gov bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Businessman Bill Lee has hired former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney to run his gubernatorial campaign.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan workers in Mississippi begin voting on union

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — It's now up to workers at Nissan's Mississippi assembly plant to decide if they will be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

REAL ESTATE

Average US mortgage rates steady; 30-year at 3.93 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were little changed this week after declining for two straight weeks.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks start lower as tech companies and banks slip

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging lower in early trading Thursday as banks, technology and health companies fall. Prescription drug distributor AmerisourceBergen and women's health diagnostic company Hologic tumbled, while a solid quarter from cereal maker Kellogg helped makers of food and household goods move higher.

US services firms register slowest growth in nearly a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms grew last month at the slowest pace since August 2016, a performance consistent with only modest economic growth.

US factory orders rose in June as demand for aircraft soared

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders at U.S. factories increased in June as demand surged for aircraft.

US weekly requests for jobless aid down 5,000, to 240,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, keeping the number of people seeking benefits close to historic lows.

Dow bull session: What does 22,000 points mean anyway?

NEW YORK (AP) — You could say the Dow cruised to 22,000: The blue chip index rose to its latest milestone without much excitement or drama as aerospace giant Boeing and a few other companies did most of the work.

Keystone XL survived politics but economics could kill it

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The proposed Keystone XL pipeline survived nine years of protests, lawsuits and political wrangling that saw the Obama administration reject it and President Donald Trump revive it, but now the project faces the possibility of death by economics.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Senators move to protect special counsel in Russia probe

ASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are moving to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's job, putting forth new legislation that aims to ensure the integrity of current and future independent investigations.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump immigration pitch on shaky ground

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's endorsement of legislation to restrict and reshape legal immigration is based on some shaky assumptions, such as the idea that low-wage green-card holders are flooding in to take jobs from Americans.

EPA chief backtracks on delaying rules reducing emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after getting sued by 15 states, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt reversed his earlier decision to delay implementation of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3
STATEWIDE

Plaque honoring Aretha Franklin to be placed at former home

MEMPHIS (AP) — The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, is scheduled to dedicate a plaque honoring soul singer Aretha Franklin at her childhood home.

COURTS

Court hears vote count case over Tennessee abortion limits

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court has shown competing skepticisms over a voting rights case challenging a 2014 Tennessee constitutional amendment that allows tougher abortion restrictions.

Metro Schools sued for Title IX violations

NASHVILLE (AP) — A family is suing Metro Schools for civil rights violations involving the alleged videotaping of sexual acts on school property.

Lawsuit: Investigator claims Fox News made up quotes

NEW YORK (AP) — A new lawsuit lays out an explosive tale of Trump allies, the White House and Fox News Channel conspiring to push a false story about Democratic leaks and an unsolved killing in order to distract attention from the Russia investigation that has been swirling around the president

SPORTS

Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk expects more from Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Picking out the Tennessee Titans' controlling owner is very easy at training camp. Look for the woman wearing the red ball cap.

HEALTH CARE

Bipartisan drive to pay health insurers faces Senate hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate effort to continue federal payments to insurers and avert a costly rattling of insurance markets faces a dicey future.

Insurer Humana tops 2Q profit forecasts, hikes 2017 guidance

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Humana beat second-quarter earnings expectations and raised its 2017 forecast as the health insurer improved its individual coverage and privately run versions of the government's Medicare program for people who are over age 65 or disabled.

TECHNOLOGY

Is there finally some relief from annoying robocalls?

NEW YORK (AP) — For Michael Rizzo, answering the phone is too often a waste of time.

Next big leap for Apple? — augmented reality

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's iPhone may be ready for its next big act — as a springboard into "augmented reality," a technology that projects life-like images into real-world settings viewed through a screen.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan workers in Mississippi vote on whether to unionize

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The 3,700 employees at Nissan's factory in Mississippi have been shown anti-union videos on the job. For weeks now, they've been lobbied by their supervisors, lectured to by politicians and been visited at home by union organizers. They've seen the rallies, pickets, yard signs and television ads. On Wednesday, they even got robocalls from former Vice President Joe Biden.

German automakers to give 5 million diesel cars new software

BERLIN (AP) — German automakers committed Wednesday to fitting over 5 million diesel cars in the country with updated software to reduce harmful emissions and to finance incentives for drivers to trade in older models, the transport minister said.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Apple takes Dow over 22,000 points; other stocks fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Being the world's most valuable public company has its privileges, like getting almost all the credit for the latest stock market milestone. Apple made its biggest jump in six months Wednesday, helping send the Dow Jones industrial average above 22,000 points for the first time.

Happy ending for theaters this summer not in the script

NEW YORK (AP) — Movie theater stocks took a beating Wednesday after AMC Entertainment previewed a grim earnings report. AMC's announcement came amid broader pessimism about what has been a lackluster summer movie season.

Don't fall for these financial scams

NEW YORK (AP) — Beware of the stranger on the phone — it could be a scammer.

Foxconn steers clear of Trump's $30 billion investment claim

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group is not saying whether it plans to invest $30 billion in the United States, as President Donald Trump claimed he was told by the company's leader "off the record."

Survey: US companies added a solid 178,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a solid 178,000 jobs in July, a survey found, evidence that employers remain confident enough about future demand to keep hiring.

Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump backs GOP plan to push legal immigration changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday embraced legislation from two Republican senators that would place new limits on legal immigration and seek to create a system based more on merit and skills than family ties.

Democrats aim to regain advantage on trade from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are unveiling a new set of trade policies aimed at appealing to working-class voters and regaining advantage on an issue Donald Trump seized to great effect during last year's presidential campaign.

Senate Republicans slowly turning their backs on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — There wasn't a dramatic public break or an exact moment it happened. But step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump.


TUESDAY, JULY 25
STATEWIDE

Tennessee community college cuts 28 employees

BLOUNTVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee community college has laid off 28 employees — one of many measures it's taking to balance the budget.

Poll: Haslam gets positive bipartisan marks on education

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic voters widely support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and many of them want his education initiatives to continue through his successor, an education advocacy group found in a poll.

NASHVILLE AREA

$1.6m grant to fuel Nashville anti-poverty program

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials and the United Way are using a $1.6 million grant to help Nashville families who live in poverty.

MIDSTATE

On the new playing field in retail, Under Armour takes a hit

BALTIMORE (AP) — Under Armour is cutting almost 2 percent of its work force and it lowered its full-year revenue outlook, overshadowing a strong second-quarter and amplifying the pitfalls now facing companies across the retail sports sector.

HEALTH CARE

Senate GOP sees no path on health care, despite Trump prods

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans think it's time to leave their derailed drive to scrap the Obama health care law behind them. And they're tired of the White House prodding them to keep voting until they succeed.

Trump on tricky legal ground with 'Obamacare' threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of "Obamacare" could put the government in a legal bind.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Summertime blues: July worst month of year for auto sales

DETROIT (AP) — July saw the biggest year-over-year decline in U.S. vehicle sales so far this year, leaving automakers to hope that consumers are just waiting to pounce on Labor Day deals.

Honda reports 19 percent rise in profit on sales, cost cuts

TOKYO (AP) — Improved sales and cost cuts helped Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. shrug off lingering troubles from the Takata air bag recalls to log a nearly 19 percent improvement in its fiscal first quarter profit.

COURTS

Lawsuit: Fox coordinated with White House on false story

NEW YORK (AP) — An investigator who worked on the Seth Rich case claims Fox News fabricated quotes implicating the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer in the WikiLeaks scandal and coordinated with the Trump administration as it worked on the story.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Banks and tech stocks send Dow industrials closer to 22,000

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks and technology companies took U.S. stocks higher Tuesday, and less-loved sectors including phone and real estate companies also climbed as companies continued to report strong second-quarter results.

Apple posts strong 3Q, provides upbeat forecast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's earnings climbed 12 percent to $8.7 billion in the company's latest quarter amid rising demand for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

Stocks are at records, but it's no longer the 'Trump trade'

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market has never been higher, and President Donald Trump would like more people to pay attention.

Gov. Walker: Wisconsin was outbid for Foxconn but still won

MILWAUKEE (AP) — At least one other state offered Foxconn more than the $3 billion incentives package Wisconsin used to lure a plant that will be the electronics giant's first in the U.S., Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday.

Construction spending fell 1.3 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending declined in June for the second time in three months, as spending on government construction projects plunged by the largest amount in 15 years.

US factory activity grew more slowly in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded again last month — a good sign for the economy. But pace of growth was down from June.

US consumer spending and income growth both weak in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending slowed in June as income growth turned in the weakest performance in seven months.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Kushner: Trump campaign was too dysfunctional to collude

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law told a group of congressional interns that the Trump campaign couldn't have colluded with Russia because the team was too dysfunctional and disorganized to coordinate with a foreign government.

Senate Dems spell out conditions on bipartisan tax reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the nation's tax code should ensure the middle class doesn't pay more and the "top 1 percent" doesn't pay less.

Flying ace Sully makes case against privatized air traffic control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who are you going to trust when it comes to what's best for the flying public? Members of Congress or the hero of the Miracle on the Hudson, retired Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger?

Senate Democrats say 'no' to cuts for rich in GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the tax code should make sure the middle class doesn't pay more.


MONDAY, JULY 31
NASHVILLE AREA

Vanderbilt hospital settles Medicare lawsuit for $6.5m

NASHVILLE (AP) — After six years in court, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has settled a federal lawsuit for $6.5 million over claims that the hospital overbilled Medicare and Medicaid.

Mayor Barry's son dies of apparent drug overdose

The only son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry - whom her office described as "a kind soul full of life" - has died of an apparent drug overdose, and she asked for privacy as she and her husband face life "without his laughter and love."

STATEWIDE

US Rep. Duncan says he won't run for re-election next year

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Longtime U.S. Rep. John Duncan said Monday that he will not run for re-election next year because he wants to spend more time with his family.

Discovery and Scripps seek to tie up in $12 billion TV deal

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Discovery Communications will buy Scripps Networks for close to $12 billion, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from Animal Planet to the Food Network.

COURTS

Tennessee experts spar over prison terms for juveniles

NASHVILLE (AP) — There is wide disagreement in Tennessee on whether the state is violating recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for offenders under 18. That's because judges and juries have a choice in sentencing, but that choice is between life in prison or life with the possibility of parole after serving 51 years — which one leading advocate calls cruel.

A victim, a lawmaker, a judge: Voices in juvie reform debate

Former teen offenders around the U.S. are seeking new sentences after their life-without-parole terms were ruled unconstitutional. Each case involves many others, from victims and their relatives to legislators, judges and more. Here are some of their stories.

AP Investigation: A patchwork of justice for juvenile lifers

DETROIT (AP) — Courtroom 801 is nearly empty when guards bring in Bobby Hines, hands cuffed in front of navy prison scrubs.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales improved in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to buy homes in June, snapping a three-month decline in pending sales.

HEALTH CARE

White House: Trump to decide soon on ending health payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, signaling that President Donald Trump stands ready to end required payments to insurers this week to let "Obamacare implode" and force congressional action.

AUTO INDUSTRY

As Mississippi vote nears, labor board says Nissan broke law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With a union election scheduled this week, the National Labor Relations Board is newly charging that Nissan Motor Co. violated workers' rights at its Mississippi plant by engaging in anti-union activity.

TECHNOLOGY

Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — If you plan to livestream next month's solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots, here's a thought: Keep your phone in your pocket, put on your paper shades and just enjoy the celestial wonder.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks inch up as media and bank gains cancel out tech dip

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Monday as banks, media and energy companies climbed just enough to cancel out losses for technology companies including Facebook and Amazon.

Los Angeles reaches deal with Olympic leaders for 2028 Games

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles reached an agreement Monday with international Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, while ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, officials announced Monday.

With Uber in turmoil, Lyft's ridership surpasses all of 2016

DETROIT (AP) — Ride-hailing service Lyft carried more passengers through June this year than it did in all of last year as it capitalized on missteps by Uber.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump's tax plan has aggressive timeline but no details

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration started its public push Monday to overhaul taxes but, just as with health care, the White House lacks a detailed plan to promote to voters.

Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as WH chief moves in

WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn't take long for President Donald Trump's new chief of staff to take charge in an unruly White House: Just hours after he was sworn in, former Gen. John Kelly made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications director was gone, ignominiously ousted after less than two weeks on the job.

Trump's new chief of staff takes over a White House in chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new chief of staff is entering a West Wing battered by crisis.


FRIDAY, JULY 28
STATEWIDE

Tennessee tourism launches new website to recruit retirees

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee tourism officials are launching a website that aims to recruit retirees to settle down in the state.

MIDSTATE

Financial personality Ramsey eyes new Tennessee headquarters

FRANKLIN (AP) — Financial personality Dave Ramsey has broken ground on a new corporate headquarters in Tennessee.

COURTS

Tennessee judge rescinds sterilization for jail time program

SPARTA (AP) — A Tennessee judge has rescinded his program that would reduce inmates' jail time if they voluntarily underwent birth control procedures.

HEALTH CARE

Higher prices, fewer options lurk after health bill collapse

Soaring prices and fewer choices may greet customers when they return to the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces this fall because insurers still don't know whether they will receive critical payments from the federal government.

GOP blame-a-thon over health bill crash, but no clear path

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law incited GOP finger-pointing Friday but left the party with wounded leaders and no evident pathway forward on an issue that won't go away.

McCain calls for a fresh start on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senator John McCain is calling on the Senate to "start fresh" on health care after he cast the decisive vote killing the GOP's "Obamacare" repeal effort.

Rep. Brooks raps McConnell for health care vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Mo Brooks says the "failure" of the GOP health care overhaul is ultimately Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's responsibility.

Health plan group opposes fresh GOP effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country's biggest organization of health plans is opposing the Senate Republicans' latest approach to scrapping the Obama health care law.

GOP seeks support for narrow version of "Obamacare" repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battered by repeated failures to repeal or replace "Obamacare," Senate GOP leaders retreated to a narrow approach Thursday that would undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law. Democrats vowed opposition as the Senate prepared for a bizarre Capitol Hill ritual, a "vote-a-rama" on amendments that promised to last into the wee hours of Friday morning.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan-Renault seize lead in first half global vehicle sales

TOKYO (AP) — The alliance of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA of France led in global vehicle sales for the first half of this year, the first time it has claimed top rank, beating perennial top-sellers Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors.

Mainstream Model 3 holds promise — and peril — for Tesla

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — For Tesla, everything is riding on the Model 3.

German minister: too soon to bury the combustion engine

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport minister said Thursday that it's too soon to talk about burying the combustion engine, underlining his government's reluctance to follow Britain and others in banning the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline from 2040.

Demand overseas keeps Mustang on top despite lower US sales

DETROIT (AP) — On any given day this summer, you might find 97-year-old Lennart Ribring driving his 2016 Ford Mustang GT on a winding road near his home in Sweden. Or you might see Chris Fitzpatrick polishing his 1967 Mustang convertible in Auckland, New Zealand. Guo Xin might be working on a Mustang in his car repair shop in Beijing, while in England, a happy bride and groom drive off in a Mustang GT California Special.

Nissan sales up but profit dips on costs, China slowdown

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. says that despite strong overall sales its quarterly profit dipped in the last quarter, squeezed by rising costs and slowing growth in China.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple kills iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle as music moves to phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle have played their final notes for Apple.

Why you still can't ditch your cable box

NEW YORK (AP) — Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks sag following disappointing profit reports

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock markets around the world sagged on Friday after Amazon and other big companies reported quarterly results that underwhelmed investors.

Sluggish but durable: 5 things about US economy's expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy acquired an exclusive label Friday: Recession-free for eight full years. Yet the third-longest economic winning streak in American history still doesn't get much love.

US economy expanded at solid 2.6 percent rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by strong consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts and regulatory relief.

Trump choice for Fed board says he likes rule change ideas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Randal Quarles, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve Board, says he likes a predecessor's ideas for where regulators should prune banking rules.

Comedian in Car Getting Cash: Seinfeld is Forbes' top paid

NEW YORK (AP) — Forbes has crowned Jerry Seinfeld as the king of the club when it comes to the highest-paid, stand-up comedians.

US durable goods orders climbed 6.5 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods posted the biggest gain in nearly three years last month, pulled up by a surge in demand for civilian aircraft.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS' Kelly WH chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Gen. John F. Kelly is his new White House chief of staff.

Trump calls for 51-vote majority but math is off

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that if the Senate wants to pass legislation, it "must immediately go to a 51 vote majority," but his math is off.

AP FACT CHECK: President Trump's phantom VA reform claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paints a rosy picture of an improved Department of Veterans Affairs under his watch where accessing electronic medical records is "so easy and so good" and health care is freely available without any delays. The problem: It's not true.

Scaramucci tirades ignite smoldering White House tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump's chief of staff to deny he's a "leaker" and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more suitable to a mobster movie than a seat of presidential stability.

Sessions tells AP he's not stepping down unless asked

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve.

Senate panel moves bill to deter foreign meddling in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward with legislation to combat cyberattacks and deter foreign interference amid an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

AP Analysis: GOP disunity painfully evident in Senate debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate debate over health care has made it painfully clear: behind their self-confident "repeal and replace" slogan, Republicans were never united around an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops.

Russia sanctions bill exposes Trump's legislative tug of war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia — a remarkable concession that the president has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow.

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