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VOL. 44 | NO. 31 | Friday, July 31, 2020

Football time in Tennessee?

Titans eager to play despite risks of contracting COVID-19. Will they get the chance?

If second-year Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Isaiah Mack had any reservations about playing the 2020 NFL season through a pandemic, he didn’t have to look too far to find encouragement.

No fans in the stands would be ‘weird’ for Titans players

It might be too difficult and too fluid to outline all the ways that the proposed 2020 NFL season will work.

Loss of preseason games difficult for players trying to make squads

Fewer preseason games is a good thing for many NFL players and fans. But rather than the usual four preseason contests, the coronavirus pandemic has caused the preseason to be entirely eliminated in 2020.

Titans GM says LB Vic Beasley will report in near future

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he has been in touch with Vic Beasley and that the linebacker knows his absence from training camp is unexcused.

‘Hard to imagine’ a fall without football in Knoxville

Loss would be devastating to Knoxville area’s economy, identity

We all remember those glory days of sitting in Neyland Stadium, peering down at the field and listening to the broadcast on radio headphones. The thrills and chills that ran up the spine just before kickoff as the late, great announcer John Ward uttered his signature catchphrase:

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SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

The powerhouse Southeastern Conference reconfigured its schedule Thursday to include only league games in 2020, a pandemic-forced decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths.


Mundane can be golden in times of turbulence

Some years back a friend and I were navigating remarkably similar choppy waters on the sea of life. We lived hundreds of miles apart but kept regular tabs on each others well-being via the most advanced communication devices of the day: landline telephones.


What connects new school year, buying new house?

With the number of COVID cases growing and the White House slapping the city on the wrist for its behavior, it would seem logical that residential real estate activity would slow. Yet it continues to move forward.


US average mortgage rates decline; 30-year at 2.99%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. average rates on long-term mortgages declined this week, remaining near historic lows as the key 30-year loan slipped back below 3%.


Tishler to lead Waller Healthcare Restructuring

Waller has chosen John Tishler as leader of the firm’s Healthcare Restructuring Team, which provides support to borrowers and lenders at a time when the health care industry is being tested by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn.


Vanderbilt wins NASA student competition

Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab won the 2020 NASA Student Launch competition.


Ford offers 3 of top 5 upcoming vehicles creating excitement

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way automakers debut their vehicles. Large auto shows have been canceled, and many planned vehicle debuts have been delayed.


Exercise empathy when co-workers are struggling

“He’s just not paying attention in meetings!” “She’s just not the same person right now.” “It’s like he doesn’t care anymore about his work!” “She missed her deadline.” These are all things people are saying about their colleagues right now.


Can you really trust mobile payment app transactions?

Money transfer apps including Venmo, Cash App and PayPal have surged in popularity during the pandemic as people seek safe, contactless ways to send and receive money. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the limitations of these payment platforms or how they can put someone’s finances at risk.


Transition from work-at-home novice to professional

Months into working from home, it’s time to check in with yourself. How is your work-life balance? Have you figured out when and how you work best? And when did you last shower?


Garland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes knew they had a big opportunity once their challenge erased Nashville's go-ahead goal early in the third period.


Justices overturn Tennessee mail vote expansion for November

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the option for all eligible voters to vote by mail in November due to COVID-19.

GOP Senate race tops Tennessee primary Election Day ballot

NASHVILLE (AP) — Election Day in pandemic times has arrived in Tennessee, where voters on Thursday will decide a heated Republican U.S. Senate primary and other federal and state contests.

Trump boosts Hagerty on eve of Tennessee Senate GOP election

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump offered one more virtual boost Wednesday on the eve of Election Day for Bill Hagerty, who is tangled up in a tough Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Trump leads July fundraising, but Biden closes resources gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took in $165 million for his reelection effort in the month of July, a sum that that surpasses what his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, raised during the same period.

No hoopla: Virus upends Trump and Biden convention plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the last minute, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are searching for places to impressively yet safely accept their parties' presidential nominations as the spread of the coronavirus adds fresh uncertainty to the campaign for the White House.


Tennessee appeals court listens to school voucher arguments

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee continued to defend its school voucher program Wednesday, with attorneys asking a state appeals court to reverse a judge's ruling declaring the program illegal.


Obama's Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn "Obamacare," but his predecessor's health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome.


Toyota's profit plunges as pandemic halves vehicle sales

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's profit plunged 74% in the last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic sank vehicle sales to about half of what the top Japanese automaker sold the previous year.

AAA: Partially automated driving systems don't always work

DETROIT (AP) — Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don't always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use.


1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week's worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck but still trying.

US talks tougher on Chinese tech, but offers few specifics

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called for a big expansion of U.S. government curbs on Chinese technology, saying that it wants to see "untrusted Chinese apps" pulled from the Google and Apple app stores.

Nintendo profit zooms as virus has homebodies playing games

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo Co.'s profit multiplied more than sixfold in April-June as people stuck at home during the pandemic turned to playing video games.

Bank of England says economy will take time to heal

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England predicted Thursday that the economic downturn in the U.K. economy might be less severe than it thought at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic - even as it warned it would take a longer time to heal the scars.


Saros sharp, Predators even series with 4-2 win over Coyotes

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Nashville Predators stumbled in their postseason opener by falling into an early hole, putting themselves in a must-win situation for Game 2.


Officials: Popular Tennessee GOP event had virus exposure

NASHVILLE (AP) — On the eve of Tennessee's primary election, public health officials announced Wednesday that top Republican political candidates and others may have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

In another reversal, Lee to release virus data in schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee reversed course Tuesday by announcing that Tennessee will release data on COVID-19 in schools despite initially declaring such information would not be collected by the state.


Fiat Chrysler to recall vehicles that may pollute too much

DETROIT (AP) — About 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles with four-cylinder engines in the U.S. may spew too much pollution, and the company is working with government officials on a recall.

BMW reports loss for 2nd quarter but sees rebound in China

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker BMW lost 212 million euros ($250 million) in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns cut vehicle sales by a quarter in the April-June period. The company saw a rebound in China, its biggest market.

Honda reports loss in April-June as virus hits sales

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Honda reported Wednesday that it sank into the red for the April-June quarter, as its sales plunged due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the U.S., Japan and India.


Goodlettsville camp instructor charged with raping 8-year-old

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — A children's summer camp instructor in Goodlettsville has been charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old camper.

Ex-Google exec sent to prison for stealing robocar secrets

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A former Google engineer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets before joining Uber's effort to build robotic vehicles for its ride-hailing service.


Samsung's new phones test consumer demand for pricey gadgets

Samsung aims to lift its sinking smartphone sales with three new models that will test consumer willingness to buy high-priced gadgets during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Inside Big Tech: Pulling back the curtain with 'hot' email

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary chairman was closing in on his Perry Mason moment with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Fortified with "hot" internal company documents, Rep. Jerrold Nadler was building his case at a hearing that seemed almost like a trial for Facebook and three other tech giants over alleged anti-competitive tactics.

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook's Instagram is officially launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels.


Trump considering giving convention speech from White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll probably deliver his Republican convention acceptance speech from the White House now that plans to hold the event in two battleground states have been foiled by coronavirus concerns and health restrictions.

Tennessee mail ballot requests for November start Wednesday

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters can begin requesting absentee ballots for the November election Wednesday.

Trump encourages mail voting in Florida but sues in Nevada

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law.

Biden campaign announces $280 million ad buy through fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign is reserving $280 million in digital and television ads through the fall, nearly twice the amount President Donald Trump's team has reserved.


Telemedicine provider Teladoc to spend $18.5B on Livongo

One of the nation's biggest telemedicine providers will spend more than $18 billion to stoke an approach to care that grew explosively during the pandemic and recently received an endorsement from President Donald Trump.


US cruises are off through October after infections overseas

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October.

Chasm grows between Trump, government coronavirus experts

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump was flanked in the White House briefing room by a team of public health experts in a seeming portrait of unity to confront the disease that was ravaging the globe.

'Too many are selfish': US nears 5 million virus cases

BOSTON (AP) — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.


Wall Street keeps rallying; S&P 500 back within 2% of record

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's big rally keeps rolling, and the S&P 500 rose for a fourth straight day Wednesday to sit just 1.7% below its record.

GOP senators support more money for airlines to pay workers

A group of 16 Republican senators has endorsed giving more money to airlines to avoid layoffs right before the November election, giving a boost to a lobbying effort by airlines and their unions.

Gone for good? Evidence signals many jobs aren't coming back

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the spring.

Services sector index increases to 17-month high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activity in the services sector, where most Americans work, hit a 17-month high in July but economists fear that may be unsustainable because of the failure in the U.S. to contain COVID-19 infections.

Treasury ramps up auctions as borrowing, virus surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department will ramp up the size of the bonds and other securities it auctions across-the-board in the face of the unprecedented borrowing needs of the U.S. government as cases of COVID-19 surge in parts of the country.

Survey: US companies cut back sharply on hiring in July

U.S. businesses sharply reduced hiring last month suggesting that the resurgent viral outbreak this summer slowed the economic recovery as many states closed parts of their economies again and consumers remained cautious about spending.

US trade deficit drops in June on record rise in exports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in June for the first time since February as exports posted a record increase, rising twice as fast as imports.

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far off.

Endangered GOP senators are driving force for virus deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small but singularly influential group is a driving force for an agreement on a stalled coronavirus relief bill: endangered Senate GOP incumbents who need to win this fall if Republicans are going to retain control of the majority.

New York Fed: Black-owned business hard hit by pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black-owned businesses have been almost twice as likely to fail as businesses overall during the current pandemic, according to a study released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Beyond Meat's 2Q sales jump as more try plant-based burgers

More people are throwing plant-based burgers on the grill this summer.

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Virgin Atlantic, the airline founded by British businessman Richard Branson, filed Tuesday for protection in U.S. bankruptcy court as it tries to survive the virus pandemic that is hammering the airline industry.

American, pilots agree on steps aimed at reducing job cuts

American Airlines has reached a deal with its pilots' union designed to reduce the number of job losses in October as the airline shrinks because fewer people are flying during the pandemic.

Disney 3Q revenue drops 42%, missing expectations

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday reported that its net income fell dramatically in the three-month period that ended in June when it most of its theme parks were shuttered and theatrical movie releases were postponed.


US officials dispute Trump's claim that Beirut was attacked

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Wednesday there is no indication the massive explosion in Lebanon that killed at least 100 people was an attack, contradicting President Donald Trump who said American generals told him it was likely caused by a bomb.

State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor's ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's acting inspector general resigned abruptly on Wednesday following the firing of his predecessor in circumstances now being investigated by Congress.

Ex-Trump adviser plans book on future of polarized America

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiona Hill, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, is going to be sharing her views about the future of a polarized America.

Fox News Channel viewers tune out for John Lewis' funeral

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel viewers are usually a loyal bunch, but thousands looked for the "off" switch during last week's telecast of civil rights icon John Lewis' funeral.


Titans' top pick signed with Wilson removed from COVID list

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have signed their top draft pick Isaiah Wilson and moved the rookie from the Reserve/COVID-19 list to the active roster.


Lee: Federal funding won't be used to help budget shortfall

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says he no longer believes the state will get permission to use federal funding to help address anticipated revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic.

Lee calls special session to address COVID-19 liability

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Monday announced he's calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to address legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits.


Clayton Homes co-founder dies in Tennessee helicopter crash

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said Tuesday.


Tennessee officials offer $100K teacher program grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee education officials are offering 20 grants of $100,000 apiece to form or expand programs that help train new teachers at no cost to them.


FAA spells out design changes needed in grounded Boeing jet

Federal regulators on Monday outlined a list of design changes they will require in the Boeing 737 Max to fix safety issues that were discovered after two deadly crashes that led to the worldwide grounding of the plane.


EU regulators investigate Google's plan to buy Fitbit

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators say they're opening an in-depth investigation into U.S. tech giant Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit

Google unveils budget Pixel phone as pandemic curbs spending

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has started selling a long-delayed budget smartphone boasting the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models that cost hundreds of dollars more.


Ex-UAW chief says GM bribery claims are 'utterly baseless'

DETROIT (AP) — Former United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger is denying claims by General Motors that he took bribes paid into foreign bank accounts by Fiat Chrysler in order to stick GM with higher labor costs.

Ford COO Jim Farley to lead company, CEO Hackett to retire

DETROIT (AP) — Jim Farley will lead Ford Motor Co. into the future as the global auto industry faces a new era of autonomous and electric vehicles.


Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress.


Booking.com cuts workforce by thousands as travel atrophies

Booking.com is laying off a quarter of its workforce — more than 4,000 people — with the global pandemic snuffing out travel.

COVID-19 reshapes, reduces back-to-school spending

NEW YORK (AP) — For Michelle Lynn England, back-to-school shopping always meant heading to Target and the local mall with her two girls and dropping about $500 on each of them for trendy outfits.

Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won't supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.


Stocks tick higher on Wall Street, Treasury yields sink

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes drifted higher Tuesday as Wall Street's big rally eased off the accelerator.

Key GOP senator backs food stamp boost in virus relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate Republican said Tuesday that he supports an increase in the food stamp benefit as part of a huge coronavirus relief bill, adding that an agreement on that issue could lead to further overall progress on the legislation, which remains stalled despite days of Capitol negotiations.

Sony's profit up as people staying home play video games

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday that its April-June profit jumped 53% as its video game and other online businesses thrived with people staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Senate GOP foes in Tennessee trade homestretch attacks

NASHVILLE (AP) — Attack ads in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Tennessee are clogging TV airwaves with claims about candidates' positions on guns, education and health care ahead of Thursday's election for retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander's seat.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Monday that he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, whose increasing use, he argues, could increase election fraud and uncertainty, though it is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.


Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is awarding more than $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking.


Lucky No.7: Taylor Swift nabs 7th No.1 album with 'folklore'

NEW YORK (AP) — To no one's surprise, Taylor Swift's surprise album "folklore" is dominating the music charts.


Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired a shot from near the blue line that caromed off one Nashville player's skate, another's body and into the net.


Challenging road has QB eager to back up Titans' Tannehill

Logan Woodside is used to being written off as a quarterback, starting when he was forced to transfer to a different Kentucky high school to start and then being benched twice in college at Toledo.


Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers.


Montgomery, Robertson bridge added to Register of Historic Places

NASHVILLE (AP) — A church, a turnpike and two bridges are among seven Tennessee sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.


GM alleges Fiat Chrysler spent millions to bribe UAW leaders

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is asking a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler based on new allegations that FCA bribed union and GM officials with millions stashed in secret foreign bank accounts.

Ferrari lowers guidance after Q2 profits nearly wiped out

MILAN (AP) — Italian sportscar maker Ferrari lowered its full year earnings guidance on Monday after reporting second-quarter profits were nearly wiped out by temporary halts in production and delivery due to the coronavirus.


US construction spending declines 0.7% in June

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell again in June, the fourth straight decline as the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc on the economy.


Google, ADT partnering on home security products

Google is pairing its Nest smart home technology with ADT and buying a stake in the home security company.


HSBC says net profit plunged 96% in 2Q as pandemic took hold

LONDON (AP) — Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, said Monday that its net profit plummeted 96% in the second quarter of this year as lower interest rates combined with the downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic tool hold.


Report: Tennessee COVID hospital stays up outside big metros

NASHVILLE (AP) — Most of Tennessee's new reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are now outside of the Nashville and Memphis metro areas, according to a report released Monday.

Clorox becomes 'it' brand in world sheltered in place

Sales at Clorox jumped 22% in its most recent quarter with millions of people growing more vigilant about cleaning routines in the pandemic. The company also announced Monday that Linda Rendle will become its CEO in September.

Virus relief bill remains up in air as negotiations resume

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slow, grinding negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill are set to resume Monday afternoon, but the path forward promises to be challenging and time is already growing short. Republicans are griping that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't drop her expansive wish list even as concerns are mounting that the White House needs to be more sure-footed in the negotiations.

With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronvirus

NEW YORK (AP) — The check has arrived and beleaguered restaurant owners across America are looking down on their empty wallets.

Outbreak hits Norway cruise ship, could spread along coast

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 5 passengers and 36 crew. Health authorities fear the ship could have infected dozens of towns and villages along Norway's western coast.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hype on drug costs, hydroxychloroquine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making grandiose claims about slashing drug prices and the efficacy of a treatment for COVID-19 that don't hold up to reality.


Stocks rally worldwide, S&P 500 back to within 3% of record

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks started August with more gains, and a worldwide rally on Monday sent Wall Street back to where it was just a couple days after it set its record earlier this year.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter .

Sale of Speedway gas stations buys Marathon breathing room

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The $21 billion sale of Speedway gas stations has bought Marathon Petroleum some breathing room as the global pandemic continues to quash travel and smother demand for gasoline and jet fuel.

US manufacturing improves in July, outlook clouded by virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing improved again in July with a key gauge of activity rising further into expansion territory.

Retail rout goes on, Lord & Taylor, Tailored Brands, falter

NEW YORK (AP) — Lord & Taylor, America's oldest retailer, is seeking bankruptcy protection, as is the owner of Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Banks, lengthening the list of major retail chains that have faltered in the pandemic.

As US milk sales rise amid pandemic, "Got milk?" ads return

The dairy industry has a familiar question for you: "Got milk?"


Ransomware feared as possible saboteur for November election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say one of the gravest threats to the November election is a well-timed ransomware attack that could paralyze voting operations. The threat isn't just from foreign governments, but any fortune-seeking criminal.

RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said on Saturday, citing the coronavirus.


House committees subpoena top Pompeo aides over IG firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have subpoenaed four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the Trump administration is stonewalling their investigation into the firing of the State Department's top independent watchdog earlier this year.


Charges dismissed against Tennessee lineman Darel Middleton

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton no longer faces charges of domestic assault and public intoxication for an incident with his girlfriend in February.


Tennessee State spring grads to have virtual commencement

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University's nearly 750 spring graduates are being honored this weekend with a virtual commencement.


Grand jury indicts Tennessee state senator on theft charges

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee state senator was indicted Thursday on dozens of counts of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for personal items and expenses.


Judge denies allowing some felons to vote in Tennessee primary

NASHVILLE (AP) — An attempt to get some people with out-of-state felony convictions permission to participate in Tennessee's upcoming Aug. 6 primary election came to a halt Friday.

Plan seeks to reduce racial disparities in Tennessee courts

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has released a plan to reduce racial disparities in the state's judicial system.

3 charged in massive Twitter hack, Bitcoin scam

MIAMI (AP) — A British man, a Florida man and a Florida teen hacked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin, authorities said Friday.

Judge: Decision on voting rights suit may come after primary

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Thursday cast doubt on an attempt to allow people to participate in the state's upcoming primary election if they've had their voting rights restored after being convicted of a felony out of state.


Reports: Trump to order China's ByteDance to sell TikTok

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will order China's ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok because of national-security concerns, according to reports published Friday.

Twitter says hackers used phone to fool staff, gain access

LONDON (AP) — Twitter says the hackers responsible for a recent high-profile breach used the phone to fool the social media company's employees into giving them access.

Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the social media platform's site's rules forbidding hate speech.


Plug it in: Electric car charging station numbers are rising

DETROIT (AP) — When the electric car revolution arrives, will there be enough places to plug in?

Fiat Chrysler muscles through, green shoots in North America

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler overcame coronavirus-related factory shutdowns to post losses that were not as bad as feared, and the company predicted improving conditions for the remainder of 2020.


Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he remains confident that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early next year, telling lawmakers that a quarter-million Americans already have volunteered to take part in clinical trials.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball's schedule, bringing the league's total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

LONDON (AP) — Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have announced they will supply 100 million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the United States as governments buy up supplies in hopes something will work.

Vietnam reports 1st coronavirus death in renewed outbreak

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese state media reported on Friday the country's first ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases.


Despite virus threat, Black voters wary of voting by mail

DETROIT (AP) — Despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic will worsen, Victor Gibson said he's not planning to take advantage of Michigan's expanded vote-by-mail system when he casts his ballot in November.

Trump faces rare rebuke from GOP for floating election delay

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump repeatedly tests the Republican Party's limits on issues including race, trade and immigration. Now he has struck a boundary.

Delayed election results? Maybe, but not because of fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November's presidential race on election night. But that doesn't mean the results will be flawed or fraudulent, despite President Donald Trump's continued insistence Friday.


Tech giants lead gains as S&P 500 closes 4th winning month

NEW YORK (AP) — Big Tech continues to steamroll through the pandemic, and strong gains for some of the market's most influential companies on Friday helped Wall Street close out its fourth straight winning month.

Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up the economy and family budgets but is expiring Friday.

Amazon closer to launching satellites, upping internet reach

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is one step closer to space.

Wages and benefits grow at slowest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose at the slowest pace in three years in the April-June quarter, a sign that businesses are holding back on pay as well as cutting jobs in the coronavirus recession.

US consumer spending up 5.6%, but virus could stall gains

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending in June by a solid 5.6%, helping regain some of record plunge that occurred after the coronavirus struck hard in March and paralyzed the economy. But the virus' resurgence in much of the country could impede further gains.

Oil giants lost billions as pandemic crushed demand for fuel

NEW YORK (AP) — Two American oil giants lost more than $9 billion in the second quarter as the pandemic kept households on lockdown, cutting a gaping hole into a once-thriving business as the need for oil diminished around the world.

Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump's team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis.

Eurozone economy suffers record drop during lockdown months

PARIS (AP) — The economy of the 19-country eurozone shrank by a devastating 12.1% percent during the second quarter from the quarter before as coronavirus lockdowns froze business and consumer activity. It was the largest drop on record.

Dutch KLM group to cut 4,500-5,000 jobs due to pandemic

AMSTELVEEN, The Netherlands (AP) — Dutch carrier KLM said Friday it will cut between 4,500 and 5,000 jobs because of the coronavirus crisis.

Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales

REIMS, France (AP) — Champagne is losing its fizz. For months, lockdown put the cork on weddings, dining out, parties and international travel — all key sales components for the French luxury wine marketed for decades as a sparkling must at any celebration.


House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for documents on Biden's son

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee has subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents he turned over to a Senate panel that is investigating Hunter Biden, a son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Budget hawks hatch plan to force constitutional convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP activists want to trigger a constitutional convention with the goal of enacting a federal balanced budget amendment, potentially requiring massive cuts to government spending.

US, China consulate closures deal losses to both nations

WASHINGTON (AP) — In shutting each other's consulates, the United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud. They've also dimmed each other's ability to observe — and to spy on — critical regions of their countries.

UN leaders to meet virtually; Trump might attend in person

WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations is going virtual this year for the first time in its 75-year history because of the COVID-19 pandemic — except for the likely personal appearance by President Donald Trump.


Tennessee decides to offer mail voting option for COVID risk group

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are prepared to offer absentee ballots to voters who have health conditions or live with someone at risk for COVID-19, even if Tennessee's Supreme Court strikes down expanded mail voting in pandemic times, a state attorney said Thursday.

Nashville worries rural virus cases could fill hospitals

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville health officials said Thursday that they are concerned rising coronavirus cases in surrounding rural counties could overwhelm the city's hospitals.


New US pro indoor volleyball league making Nashville home

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top women's indoor volleyball players in the U.S. will be calling Nashville home for their new professional league.

Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt wins Summitt Award

LEBANON (AP) — Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt has been given the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.


Ford posts surprise profit on autonomous vehicle unit gain

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. on Thursday surprised Wall Street by posting a $1.12 billion second-quarter net profit due to gains on its stake in the Argo AI autonomous vehicle operation.

Ghosn gone, other Nissan former executive set to face trial

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the financial scandal of his ex-boss Carlos Ghosn, will soon face trial in a Tokyo court. Both cases had been in limbo after Ghosn fled to Lebanon.

Volkswagen lost $1.8 billion in Q2 but sees profit for year

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmaker Volkswagen recorded an after-tax loss of 1.54 billion euros ($1.81 billion) in the second quarter as the pandemic shut down auto plants and closed dealerships.

France's Renault posts massive loss as trouble piles up

PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault reported a massive loss of 7.4 billion euros ($8.5 billion) in the first half of the year as the collapse in global auto sales due to the pandemic worsened troubles already brewing at the manufacturer.


In an upside-down summer, 'Jaws,' 'E.T.' are hits again

NEW YORK (AP) — When historians look back on the top films at the box office in the summer of 2020, they may feel like they've slipped into a time warp, or maybe "Back to the Future."

AstraZeneca says it won't profit from COVID-19 vaccine in pandemic

LONDON (AP) — Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca repeated its promise not to profit from a COVID-19 vaccine during the pandemic as it reported it was on track with late-stage trials for the treatment.


Extra $600 in jobless aid set to lapse as talks deadlock

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deadlocked Senate on Thursday exited Washington for the weekend without acting to extend a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep both families and the economy afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the country.

Wall Street slides, but tech strength helps avert a big loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Most of Wall Street stumbled Thursday, but yet another rise for big technology stocks helped keep the market's losses in check.

Amid the pandemic, Big Tech reports mixed earnings

Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices.

Stakes rise for virus talks as jobless aid lapses, GDP drops

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday's brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus surges in South, West

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy.

Government revisions show slightly slower 2019 GDP growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says the U.S economy grew a bit more slowly last year than it had previously estimated and slightly faster in 2018.

Pandemic hits Comcast 2Q; Peacock service has 10M sign-ups

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back.

Record surge in daily shipping volumes for UPS in 2Q

A boom in online shopping during the pandemic pushed revenue higher at United Parcel Service Inc., which reported a $1.77 billion profit for the second quarter.


John Lewis mourned as 'founding father' of 'better America'

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis was celebrated as an American hero during his funeral Thursday as former President Barack Obama and others called on people to follow Lewis' example and fight injustice.

Lewis in posthumous essay: 'Your turn to let freedom ring'

ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis spent his whole life fighting for civil rights — and he wanted to make sure the cause lived on after his death.

FBI: Review of surveillance applications found minor errors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Thursday that errors in more than two dozen applications for surveillance warrants were not as severe as the Justice Department inspector general made them out to be.

Trump nominee hearing pulled after furor over Islam remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee abruptly canceled a confirmation hearing Thursday on a controversial former general's nomination to a top Pentagon post after a furor over offensive remarks he made about Islam and other inflammatory comments.

Pompeo says threats to US in Afghanistan raised with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his team have warned Russian officials about all threats that Russia poses to Americans and U.S. interests in various parts of the world. Pompeo also defended the Trump administration's tough line on China, saying the communist nation represents a potent threat to the U.S. and Western-style democracy.

Republicans quickly rebuff Trump after his vote delay idea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion of postponing the November election drew condemnation from Republican officials in the states and on Capitol Hill as they tried to bat away questions their own party leader had raised about the legitimacy of that upcoming vote.

Trump floats idea of election delay, a virtual impossibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. The notion drew immediate pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike in a nation that has held itself up as a beacon to the world for its history of peaceful transfer of power.

Election officials game out worst-case scenarios in drills

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency this week hosted a three-day tabletop exercise aimed at helping local, state and federal officials prepare for and respond to worst-case scenarios on Election Day.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's view of flawed election is baseless

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's apocalyptic views of voting by mail are baseless, according to research into election fraud and the record. Despite that, he's now floated the idea of delaying the election until it can be held "properly."

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies at 74

ATLANTA (AP) — Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74.

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