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1. Fiat Chrysler eyes Peugeot merger, seeking strength in size -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Wednesday it is in talks with French rival PSA Peugeot in its second bid this year to reshape the global auto industry at a time of heightened uncertainty for the sector.

2. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for September 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

3. Trump bars envoy's testimony, escalating impeachment fight -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified his fight with Congress Tuesday over the Democrats' impeachment investigation, as the administration blocked a U.S. diplomat from testifying behind closed doors about the president's dealings with Ukraine. House committee chairmen said they would subpoena the envoy to force him to appear.

4. Trump envoy set to testify hasn't always been a Trump backer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An envoy wrapped up in a congressional impeachment inquiry was a late convert to President Donald Trump, initially supporting another candidate in the Republican primary and once refusing to participate in a fundraiser on his behalf.

5. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's illusory claims of gains from tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is painting a false picture of a U.S. economy unaffected by his trade war with China and other countries.

He describes a blue-sky world in which rapidly escalating tariffs have no impact on American consumers even as a raft of businesses and economists say otherwise, chastising those who caution of potential weakness in the economy as partisans.

6. US-Russia arms control treaty dies; US to test new weapon -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the U.S. and Russia ripped up on Friday.

7. Deutsche Bank cuts mark end to failed bid for global scale -

BERLIN (AP) — The radical and painful restructuring of Germany's Deutsche Bank, which is cutting 18,000 jobs, is the end of a long, failed attempt to compete with the global investment banking giants that left it overextended.

8. Nissan, Renault team with Waymo on robotaxis outside US -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with automakers Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the U.S. with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet of robotaxis in France and Japan.

9. Nissan, Renault team with Waymo on robotaxis outside US -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with automakers Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the U.S. with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet of robotaxis in France and Japan.

10. UK speaker stymies May's bid for 3rd vote on Brexit deal -

LONDON (AP) — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons dealt a potentially fatal blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's ailing Brexit deal on Monday, saying the government couldn't keep asking lawmakers to vote on the same deal they have already rejected twice.

11. Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank shares up despite merger concerns -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank rose on Monday after the two said they were in merger talks, but that didn't stop people from questioning what a merger would accomplish.

12. New York AG investigates Trump business deals -

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump's business dealings, taking action after his former lawyer told Congress he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans.

13. Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint on Wednesday over their pledge not to raise prices for wireless services or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through.

14. Raley sees the light with distinctive Liberty Common -

Terry Raley says he knows that it takes more than great food to make a memorable meal.

When he opened the doors on December 28 to Liberty Common, a new French restaurant across from Ascend Amphitheater, he knew everything had to be perfect when it came to the guest experience, from the impeccably placed tiles to the totally temperate dining room, no sweaters required.

15. In with new, enjoy the old this Valentine’s Day -

The classic day for passion could find you and your loved one embracing a new chef or cuisine or a new part of town. What could be more romantic than discovering the burgeoning food scene together?

16. UK lawmakers rebuff May as she tries to salvage Brexit deal -

LONDON (AP) — Britain's battle over Brexit turned into political trench warfare between Parliament and the government Wednesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May brought her little-loved EU divorce agreement back to lawmakers who appear determined to thwart her plans.

17. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales, November 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

18. Ceremonies for Bush draw together presidents, world envoys -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital bids its final farewell to the late former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday in a service of prayer and praise that is drawing together world envoys, Americans of high office and a guy from Maine who used to fix things in Bush's house on the water.

19. Global shares slip on doubts over US-China trade deal -

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock prices fell Wednesday, though not as much as Wall Street the day before, amid confusion about what the U.S. and China agreed to in a tariff cease-fire.

KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, London's FTSE 100 index fell 1.4 percent to close at 6,921.84 and German's DAX lost 1.2 percent to 11,200.24. France's CAC 40 retreated 1.4 percent to 4,944.37. U.S. stock trading was closed to mourn the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

20. Kremlin says it expects Putin-Trump meeting to go ahead -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kremlin said Wednesday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned despite a suggestion from Trump that it could be canceled.

21. Former state ABC leader joining Adams and Reese -

Clayton Byrd, executive director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, will leave the ABC to join Adams and Reese as special counsel, beginning Oct. 15. Byrd will head the firm’s Tennessee alcoholic beverage practice and serve as part of the firm’s Tennessee Government Relations team.

22. Automakers seek flexibility at hearing on mileage standards -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Automakers sought flexibility while environmental groups blasted the Trump administration's proposal to roll back fuel economy standards at a public hearing on the plan in the industry's backyard.

23. US stock indexes dip as oil prices sink energy companies -

NEW YORK (AP) — A late gain for U.S. stocks slipped away Wednesday as a four-day winning streak ended. Energy companies sank along with the price of oil.

The price of crude oil fell more than 3 percent Wednesday. Big dividend payers and industrial companies slipped. Gains for Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet helped technology companies finish higher. Banks and health care companies also rose.

24. Preds paying high price for ‘win-now’ mindset -

By the time the Predators made their first selection of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft last month, 110 prospects had already been chosen by rival teams.

Nashville had previously traded away its picks in the draft’s first three rounds, with two of the deals adding experienced players to the Preds’ talented core last season.

25. Courting Putin, Trump jolts the West with a nationalist bent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Donald Trump presses ahead with plans for a summer summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president is jolting relationships with some of America's longest and strongest allies. Amid concerns over Trump's apparent desire to be cozy with the Russian leader, he is pursuing increasingly nationalistic foreign and trade policies and delivering scathing personal attacks on traditionally friendly leaders who don't share his views.

26. AP FACT CHECK: Trump on 'phony' sources, vets, border stats -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again playing loose with the facts, claiming a drop in illegal border crossings that no longer exists while blasting a source in a news story who does.

He is also assailing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, falsely suggesting the probes have failed to yield any meaningful results and distorting reality in asserting they are simply intended to justify why Democrat Hillary Clinton did not win the presidency.

27. Deutsche Bank to slash thousands of jobs to control costs -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank is slashing thousands of jobs as Germany's largest lender refocuses its global investment banking business on Europe and seeks to return to steady profitability.

28. Hope for US-China trade progress sends stocks jumping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Industrial and technology companies led stocks to solid gains Monday after the U.S. and China appeared to make significant progress in trade talks. That helped ease concerns among investors that the world's two biggest economies might be headed for a trade war.

29. Sarah Cannon launches new collaboration -

Sarah Cannon Development Innovations has announced a new strategic collaboration with Pivotal, a European contract research organization.

The partnership will expand access to novel immunotherapies in early phase clinical trials in Europe.

30. In Trump era, the death of the White House press conference -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential news conference, a time-honored tradition going back generations, appears to be no longer.

More than a year has passed since President Donald Trump held the only solo news conference of his administration — a rollicking, hastily arranged, 77-minute free-for-all during which he railed against the media, defended his fired national security adviser and insisted nobody who advised his campaign had had contacts with Russia.

31. Davy Crockett’s fine, but let’s not get carried away -

The Tennessee General Assembly is making some monumental decisions these days – literally. Not only is the Legislature prepared to put a statue of Tennessee folk hero Davy Crockett in front of the State Capitol, replacing obscure Nashville politician Edward Carmack, it’s also likely to erect a monument, or memorial, to unborn children in the ongoing battle against abortion.

32. Report: Aides told Trump not to congratulate Putin on win -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election, drawing bruising criticism from members of his own party, including a leading senator who scorned the election as a "sham." Trump also said he and Putin might meet "in the not too distant future" to discuss the arms race and other matters.

33. ‘Neon Angel’ still clinging to Nashville dream -

She’s adjusted her dreams of stardom a bit as calendar pages fly by, but this woman with the young heart and thick, red hair holds onto her Gretsch guitar and proclaims: “I am the Neon Angel.”

34. Young Olympian might be spark Preds need -

As impressive a performance as the Predators have put on through three quarters of the regular season, they’ve looked in recent weeks like a team in need of a boost.

The Preds trailed during large portions of seven consecutive games during one stretch, managing to win just three. It was a surprising run of inconsistency, compared to how the team had played through the bulk of the season.

35. Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2018 -

Nashville has a restaurant for every mood. If you're looking for romance on Valentine’s Day or any night of the week, you can’t miss with these.

Restaurants new to the list are designated with an *.

36. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2017 -

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

37. Trade board urges tariffs, restrictions on solar imports -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. trade commission recommended on Tuesday that the Trump administration impose tariffs or other restrictions to slow an influx of low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries.

38. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports. Due to technical issues, Davidson County sales are unavailable for September.

39. Retailers and energy companies lead US stocks a bit higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes finished with tiny gains Wednesday as retailers jumped after a strong hiring forecast from Target and energy companies rose along with oil prices.

Companies that sell everything from clothing to electronics rose after Target said it will hire 100,000 workers for the holiday season, about 30,000 more than it did a year ago. Energy companies rose after the U.S. government said oil and gasoline stockpiles shrank last week. Those gains were almost canceled out as technology and health care companies, which have led the market higher this year, slipped.

40. High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle -

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Herbie Mays is 3M proud, and it shows — in the 3M shirt he wears; in the 3M ring he earned after three decades at the company's plant in suburban Cincinnati; in the way he shows off a card from a 3M supervisor, praising Mays as "a GREAT employee."

41. Oil's slide to lowest price of the year pulls stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes retreated from their record heights Tuesday after a slump in the price of oil weighed on energy companies.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 16.43 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,437.03, and the Dow Jones industrial average lost 61.85 points, or 0.3 percent, to 21,467.14. Both the S&P 500 and Dow set records on Monday thanks to big gains from technology stocks.

42. Transcript of AP interview with Trump -

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used.

43. Judge orders Volkswagen to pay $2.8B in emission scandal -

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker.

44. Stocks sink early on Washington worries before paring losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Worries that Washington may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought knocked stock indexes down hard early Monday, but they clawed back most of their losses and ended the day mixed.

45. Volkswagen pleads guilty in US diesel emissions scandal -

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a brazen scheme to get around U.S. pollution rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles by using software to suppress emissions of nitrogen oxide during tests.

46. Nashville's most romantic restaurants for 2017 -

No matter what romance means to you, Nashville has you covered – and then some. Here’s the list of where to go to celebrate love and some seriously good food.

360 Wine Bar Bistro

6000 Highway 100, 615 353-5604, www.360bistro.com

47. Deutsche Bank shares swing wildly amid stability concerns -

BERLIN (AP) — Shares in Deutsche Bank swung wildly on Friday, touching a record low before roaring back to life, amid speculation about the stability of Germany's biggest bank and the European financial system.

48. Record-low US Treasury yield points to rising economic fears -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fear and uncertainty about the global economy are leading investors to embrace the relative safety of U.S. government debt and slashing yields to record lows.

Interest paid on the 10-year Treasury note reached 1.34 percent early Wednesday, just below the previous record set in 2012. Historically, when concerns have flared about a potential recession, investors have shifted money into havens such as U.S. Treasurys and sent yields falling.

49. UK appeals for calm as markets drop, EU leaders huddle -

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Monday that Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union won't send the economy into a tailspin, even as Standard & Poor's stripped the U.K. of its top credit rating.

50. Obama says UK committed to 'orderly transition' out of EU -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tried to reassure Britons Friday that the special relationship between Washington and London would withstand an impending and likely messy divorce from Europe, as his administration scrambled to assess the fallout.

51. Britain votes to leave EU: Cameron to resign; markets rocked -

LONDON (AP) — Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the prime minister Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

52. Trove of data on offshore accounts prompts probe, questions -

BERLIN (AP) — The release of a vast trove of documents and data on offshore financial dealings of wealthy, famous and powerful people around the world is raising questions over the widespread use of such tactics to avoid taxes and skirt financial oversight.

53. The Big Uh-Oh: Global economy shaky and cavalry may not come -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years after the financial crisis, the world is coming to grips with an unpleasant realization: serious weaknesses still plague the global economy, and emergency help may not be on the way.

54. US sues VW over emissions-cheating software in diesel cars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States, potentially exposing the company to billions in fines for clean air violations.

55. VW has only a few costly options to fix polluting diesels -

DETROIT (AP) — When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.

It can install a bigger exhaust system to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, or it can retrofit a chemical treatment process that cuts pollution.

56. UAW taking 'micro' approach to unionizing Volkswagen plant -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is back with a more concentrated approach after suffering a bitter loss in its efforts to gain collective-bargaining rights for all blue-collar workers at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

57. US stocks fall sharply on China growth worries -

NEW YORK (AP) — Ongoing worries about the health of the Chinese economy and another big sell-off in drugmakers pushed the stock market back toward its lowest level of the year.

Energy and raw material companies dropped on reports that industrial profits at Chinese companies fell sharply in August, heightening worries about a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. Health care stocks fell sharply as drugmakers extended a decline that began last week.

58. VW chief "sorry" after EPA says firm skirted clean air law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of Volkswagen apologized Sunday and VW customers said they felt duped after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the German automaker skirted clean air rules by rigging emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars.

59. Why a higher-rate era may not pain economies and individuals -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers, businesses and investors are facing an era of higher borrowing costs as some of the lowest global interest rates in modern history begin to rise.

Yet the message from most economists is a reassuring one: Rates won't likely climb fast or high enough to inflict much damage on economic recoveries in the United States or Europe. Borrowers and investors may feel some short-term pain but should manage fine in the long run.

60. Waller adds team for high-profile litigation -

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP have announced the addition of W. David Bridgers, Chanelle R. Acheson, John E. Haubenreich and Wells Trompeter Hoffman to the firm’s Nashville office.

Bridgers, Acheson, Haubenreich and Hoffman join a team of experienced white collar/qui tam attorneys at Waller, including several from the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The group frequently represents health care organizations, boards of directors and executives in federal, state and local criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters. All were previously with Neal and Harwell, PLC.

61. Lincoln Continental, the car of presidents, is returning -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of newer luxury cars from Europe and Asia.

Now, the Lincoln Continental is back.

62. 5 cars getting most attention at the Geneva auto show -

GENEVA (AP) — Volkswagen's functional Passat family car may have taken top honors as car of the year at the annual Geneva motor show, but there is no doubt what visitors come to see at this glitzy gathering: high-end supercars.

63. Dismal report on US retail spending hits the stock market -

NEW YORK (AP) – A dismal report on retail spending in the U.S. and signs of slowing global growth drove stocks lower and sent yields on government bonds plunging as investors sought safety.

U.S. stocks fell from the start of trading on a report that consumers pulled back on spending last month and on a slump in European markets. At one point, the Dow Jones industrial average shed nearly 350 points.

64. US stocks fall as energy sector drops sharply -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell on Monday as oil prices turned sharply lower and spooked investors into dumping shares of drillers and other energy-service companies.

The drop in oil weighed on stocks from the start of trading. Weak trade figures out of China and news that Japan's recession is deeper than initially thought suggested demand for crude would be lower in those two economies. Among the big losers were two Dow Jones industrial average components, Chevron, down 3.7 percent, and Exxon Mobil, off 2.3 percent.

65. Anheuser-Busch discrimination suit in jury's hands -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon in a former Anheuser-Busch executive's gender discrimination lawsuit against the company.

Francine Katz filed suit soon after she left Anheuser-Busch following its 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev. Katz earned roughly $1 million annually after her 2002 promotion to vice president of communications and consumer affairs but is seeking $9.4 million in back pay and damages, plus nearly $5 million in interest and an undetermined amount of punitive damages. The 56-year-old lawyer said she earned less than half of what her male predecessor, a prominent civil rights activist, was paid.

66. Anheuser-Busch trial highlights gender bias in pay -

ST. LOUIS (AP) — From male-only corporate jets to guys' golf outings and hunting trips, Francine Katz says her time in the Anheuser-Busch executive suite was rife with exclusion, intentional slights and outright discrimination. But it wasn't until the King of Beers' 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev in a hostile takeover that she says she realized the boy's club atmosphere was costing her millions in salary and bonuses.

67. Corker stands by claim VW will expand if UAW loses -

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday stood by his statements that Volkswagen is ready to announce it will expand its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga if workers there reject the United Auto Workers.

68. Obama proposes new limits on NSA phone collections -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing such records. Still, he defended the nation's spying apparatus as a whole, saying the intelligence community was not "cavalier about the civil liberties of our fellow citizens."

69. Stocks slide as investors wait on Washington -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market's slow bleed got a little worse Tuesday.

The decline is the result of squabbling in Washington over raising the nation's debt limit and a government shutdown that has dragged on for more than a week. Moderate losses for the stock market in the first days of the shutdown have accelerated this week as the U.S. has moved closer to an Oct. 17 deadline for lifting the government's borrowing authority.

70. J. Alexander’s promotes Hagler to AVP, controller -

J. Alexander’s LLC, operator of J. Alexander’s restaurants and Stoney River Legendary Steak restaurants, has promoted Jessica Hagler to assistant vice president and controller.

71. September could be a wild month for markets -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are bracing themselves for a wild month.

September is packed with events that could derail the stock market's 16 percent gain this year.

There's a report on employment, a debate on attacking Syria, and a federal budget deadline that could become a prelude to another fight over the debt ceiling.

72. Stock market creeps higher as Treasury yield rise -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes edged higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, led by gains in technology companies and banks.

A rise in Treasury yields lifted financial companies, as higher interest rates could help them generate better profit margins. Growth-oriented sectors like industrial and technology companies gained on signs that Europe is poised to emerge from recession. That helped offset declines in homebuilders and other stocks that are sensitive to rising borrowing costs.

73. US: No plans to end broad surveillance program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing whether to charge a government contractor with leaking classified government secrets while it defends a much-criticized National Security Agency surveillance program as an indispensable tool for protecting Americans from terrorists.

74. Obama to tap Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday will nominate longtime fundraiser and philanthropist Penny Pritzker to run the Commerce Department and economic adviser Micahel Froman as the next U.S. Trade Representative.

75. Chinese automakers struggle against global rivals -

SHANGHAI (AP) — These should be good times for Chinese automakers as they prepare to show off their latest models at the Shanghai auto show.

Their home market is the world's biggest and growing. But independent automakers such as Chery and Geely are being squeezed by bigger, richer global rivals including General Motors and Nissan that have moved into turf the Chinese makers considered their own: low-priced models for local tastes. Domestic brands account for less than half of their own market.

76. Oil rises on drop in US supplies, German optimism -

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose Wednesday as the government reported shrinking crude supplies, and some good news overseas offset concerns about political wrangling in Washington.

The Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said that the nation's crude oil supplies fell last week by a million barrels, about half of what analysts expected.

77. Stocks gain on budget talk optimism, Fed stimulus -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose for a fifth straight day Tuesday as investors latched on to reports of progress in budget talks in Washington. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its biggest gain this month.

78. Oil ends lower on economy concerns -

NEW YORK (AP) — Benchmark U.S. crude gave up some early gains Monday on a surprise expansion of German exports and signs of increased oil consumption in China to finish lower. Concerns about the so-called fiscal cliff in the U.S. continued to dog traders and investors.

79. Oil up 1%; weather outlook sinks natural gas -

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil rose 1 percent Friday as traders weighed a new debt deal in Europe and political bickering in the U.S. over looming tax increases and budget cuts.

U.S. benchmark crude rose 84 cents to close at $88.91 per barrel in New York. In London, Brent crude rose 47 cents to close at $111.23 per barrel. Natural gas continued to tumble on forecasts for a warm beginning to December. It fell 2.4 percent to close at $3.56 per thousand cubic feet and has dropped 5.5 percent since Tuesday.

80. Stocks finish higher on optimism over budget talks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Optimism that President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders will reach a deal on the budget deficit and avoid the "fiscal cliff" helped stocks notch their first advance in four days.

81. Pearson, Bertelsmann confirm publishing tie-up -

LONDON (AP) — Two of the world's biggest publishing houses are to link up in a deal that will bring the writings of classics like George Orwell's "1984" and this year's literary phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" under one umbrella.

82. Stocks up slightly on strong retail results -

Stocks resembled summer vacationers on Friday, rising not-too-impressively in the morning and then mostly laying around for the rest of the day.

Positive news from retailers was the main reason U.S. indexes posted small gains. Apple helped too by hitting a new high.

83. Top residential sales for July, 2012 -

July 2012 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

84. Orange-cranberry scones good any time -

Every Sunday evening, before our small group Bible study, we eat. Of course we do; we’re Baptists! That’s one of the things we are known to do.

We are smart though. We know that God would not want our stomachs growling and our minds wandering on about food when we are supposed to be concentrating on Him, so we take care of the problem before we even start.

85. Events -

Realtors Convention & Trade Show. The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors Middle Tennessee Realtors Convention & Trade Show is set for the Nashville Convention Center. Realtors from throughout the Greater Nashville/Middle Tennessee region will gather for the event, which includes professional development sessions, informative presentations, a full trade show and a variety of other valuable components. 2-8 p.m. Information: 254-7516, gnar.org.

86. US economy outpaces rivals even as job growth lags -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is out of step with the rest of the world's richest industrialized nations: Its economy is growing faster than theirs but creating far fewer jobs.

The reason is U.S. workers have become so productive that it's harder for anyone without a job to get one.

87. UAW renews effort to organize southern auto plants -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is positioning itself as a car company partner rather than an adversary as it renews a campaign to sign up workers at U.S. plants owned by foreign-based car companies.