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1. China keeps West guessing about economic pressure on Russia -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping is keeping the West guessing about whether Beijing will cooperate with tougher sanctions on Russia as he meets President Vladimir Putin a year after declaring they had a "no limits" friendship ahead of the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.

2. Arizona governor to focus on semiconductors in Taiwan visit -

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday for a visit focused on semiconductors, the critical chips that are used in everyday electronics and have become a battleground in the technology competition between the U.S. and China.

3. Russia's war at 6 months: A global economy in growing danger -

MECKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Martin Kopf needs natural gas to run his family's company, Zinkpower GmbH, which rustproofs steel components in western Germany.

Zinkpower's facility outside Bonn uses gas to keep 600 tons of zinc worth 2.5 million euros ($2.5 million) in a molten state every day. The metal will harden otherwise, wrecking the tank where steel parts are dipped before they end up in car suspensions, buildings, solar panels and wind turbines.

4. US to hold trade talks with Taiwan in new show of support -

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government plans talks with Taiwan on a wide-ranging trade treaty in a sign of support for the self-ruled island democracy claimed by China's ruling Communist Party as part of its territory.

5. Statewide early voting begins Friday -

Tennessee’s early voting period for the Aug. 4 primaries and general election is scheduled for July 15-30, daily except Sundays.

On the August ballot, Tennessee voters will see primary races for governor, U.S. House, state Senate, state House and the state Executive Committee members for each political party, as well as retention or general elections for judicial offices and other state and local positions.

6. No nukes? Ukraine-Russian war will shape world's arsenals -

The headlines on the newsstands in Seoul blared fresh warnings of a possible nuclear test by North Korea.

Out on the sidewalks, 28-year-old office worker Lee Jae Sang already had an opinion about how to respond to North Korea's fast-growing capacity to lob nuclear bombs across borders and oceans.

7. China's Russia dealings irk US, but don't breach sanctions -

BEIJING (AP) — China's support for Russia through oil and gas purchases is irking Washington and raising the risk of U.S. retaliation, foreign observers say, though they see no sign Beijing is helping Moscow evade sanctions over its war on Ukraine.

8. How long since you’ve seen your doctor? -

Time passed differently in the pandemic, the days moving slowly and the years were flying past. Many of the usual “bookmarks” of time – celebrations, events and milestones – were canceled.

9. US, banks unveil plan to ease food crisis from Russia's war -

BONN, Germany (AP) — The U.S., several global development banks and other groups unveiled a multi-billion dollar plan Wednesday meant to address a worldwide food security crisis exacerbated by Russia's war in Ukraine.

10. Europe's push to cut Russian gas faces a race against winter -

While Europeans bask in the warmth of spring, governments are in a race against winter.

Europe is trying to cut use of Russian natural gas because of the war in Ukraine, but still find enough fuel to keep the lights on and homes warm before it gets cold again.

11. Biden looks to nudge ASEAN leaders to speak out on Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden looked to nudge Southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Friday, but the war is a delicate issue for many members of the region's 10-country alliance with deep ties to Moscow.

12. Rising interest rates in US will hinder foreign economies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates — as it did Wednesday — the impact doesn't stop with U.S. homebuyers paying more for mortgages or Main Street business owners facing costlier bank loans.

13. Japan approves Novavax COVID-19 vaccine -

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's health ministry on Tuesday formally approved Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine, a fourth foreign-developed tool to combat the infections as the country sees signs of a resurgence led by a subvariant of fast-spreading omicron.

14. World Bank says war shocks to drag on Asian economies -

BANGKOK (AP) — Disruptions to supplies of commodities, financial strains and higher prices are among the impacts of the war in Ukraine that will slow economies in Asia in coming months, the World Bank says in a report released Tuesday.

15. As Russia sees tech brain drain, other nations hope to gain -

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Russia's tech workers are looking for safer and more productive professional pastures.

By one estimate, up to 70,000 computer specialists, spooked by a sudden frost in the business and political climate, have bolted the country since Russia invaded Ukraine five weeks ago. Many more are expected to follow.

16. Biden is skeptical Russia is scaling back operations in Kyiv -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he wasn't yet convinced that Russia's announcement that it would scale back military operations near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv will lead to a fundamental shift in the war.

17. Biden's China 'pivot' complicated by Russia's war in Ukraine -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden set out to finally complete the "pivot to Asia," a long-sought adjustment of U.S. foreign policy to better reflect the rise of America's most significant military and economic competitor: China.

18. Intel unveils $88B chipmaking expansion plan for Europe -

LONDON (AP) — U.S. chipmaker Intel unveiled plans on Tuesday to invest up to 80 billion euros ($88 billion) across Europe as part of an ambitious expansion aimed at evening out imbalances in the global semiconductor industry that have led to big chip shortages.

19. EXPLAINER: Why effort to help Afghanistan is falling short -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As winter deepens, a grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse. Freezing temperatures are compounding misery from the downward spiral that has come with the fall of the U.S.-backed government and the Taliban takeover.

20. Official: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push -

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said Tuesday.

21. Research: Millions may have died in India during pandemic -

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's excess deaths during the pandemic could be a staggering 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, likely making it modern India's worst human tragedy, according to the most comprehensive research yet on the ravages of the virus in the South Asian country.

22. China denounces US bill aimed at boosting competitiveness -

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has denounced a U.S. bill aimed at boosting U.S. technology to improve American competitiveness, calling it a thinly veiled attack on China's political system and an attempt to hinder its development.

23. Senate aims to boost tech industry in competition with China -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate was on pace to approve legislation Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing competition internationally, most notably from China.

24. Senate R&D bill to counter China shelved by GOP opposition -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping Senate bill aimed at making the United States more competitive with China and shoring up domestic computer chip manufacturing with $50 billion in emergency funds was abruptly shelved Friday after a handful of Republican senators orchestrated a last-minute attempt to halt it.

25. Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing -

Fewer Americans are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine than just a few months ago, but questions about side effects and how the shots were tested still hold some back, according to a new poll that highlights the challenges at a pivotal moment in the U.S. vaccination campaign.

26. A key to bridging the political divide: Sit down and talk? -

NEW YORK (AP) — A few years ago, Dave Isay started worrying about America as he saw the middle ground between the political parties vanish into what he calls "disconnection and a vast void."

"I am not ever concerned about people arguing with each other, because that's healthy," Isay said. "But I was concerned with people treating one another with contempt."

27. Biden Cabinet near complete but hundreds of jobs still open -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's Cabinet is nearly complete with the confirmation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. But the work of building his administration is just beginning, as Biden has hundreds of key presidential appointments to make to fill out the federal government.

28. BMW ramping up move into electric cars -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker BMW said Wednesday it intends to speed its rollout of new electric cars, vowing to bring battery-powered models to 50% of global sales by 2030. The company underlined the point by unveiling a new all-electric model three months ahead of plan.

29. Johnson looks east to Asia as focus of post-Brexit strategy -

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday the U.K. will prioritize diplomatic engagement with Asian countries in the coming decade, as he unveiled a major shift in the country's foreign policy and defense priorities after Brexit.

30. US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea have reached agreement in principle on a new arrangement for sharing the cost of the American troop presence, which is intended as a bulwark against the threat of North Korean aggression, both countries announced.

31. Interior nominee Haaland vows 'balance' on energy, climate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas will continue to play a major role in America for years to come, even as the Biden administration seeks to conserve public lands and address climate change, President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Interior Department pledges.

32. Indonesia, Malaysia vow to counter anti-palm oil campaign -

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday agreed to coordinate and strengthen their campaign against they say is international discrimination against palm oil, the countries' main commodity.

33. EU approves more state aid to boost car batteries industry -

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved 2.9 billion euros in subsidies from 12 member countries for a second pan-European project to develop the electric battery industry and move away from its reliance on Asian imports.

34. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fiction in his goodbye to Washington -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final remarks as president, Donald Trump tried to take credit for accomplishments of his predecessor and even those to come under President Joe Biden.

Falsehoods suffused his farewell remarks Wednesday morning and the night before, though he was spot on with this: "We were not a regular administration."

35. Head of Chinese bank behind foreign building spree jailed -

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of the main Chinese state bank behind Beijing's initiative to build railways and ports across dozens of Asian countries has been sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges, a court announced.

36. After a tumultuous 2020, Black leaders weigh next steps -

DETROIT (AP) — As a barrier-breaking year draws to a close, there's one undeniable fact: the strength of Black political power.

Black voters were a critical part of the coalition that clinched President-elect Joe Biden's White House bid. The nation will swear in its first Black woman and first person of South Asian descent as vice president, Sen. Kamala Harris, who herself may be a leading presidential candidate in four years. And as the global push for racial justice continues, Congress is set to welcome several new Black, progressive freshmen next year.

37. Biden unveils top picks with deep Obama administration ties -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Friday introduced five top picks for his new administration, drawing on leading names from the Obama White House while also tapping an Ohio congresswoman and a congressional committee veteran.

38. Biden picks Fudge for housing, Vilsack for USDA -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden made two key domestic policy picks, selecting Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as his housing and urban development secretary and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reprise that role in his administration, according to five people familiar with the decisions.

39. Stocks slip, but S&P 500 still logs best month since April -

Stocks pulled back slightly from their record levels Monday as Wall Street put a quiet coda on one of its most rocking months in decades.

The S&P 500 fell 0.5%, but the benchmark index still clocked a surge of 10.8% for the month, it's biggest monthly gain since April. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has far less impact on 401(k) accounts than the S&P 500 does, had its best month since 1987.

40. Stocks rise on Wall Street on latest hopes for virus vaccine -

More encouraging news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments helped power stocks higher on Wall Street Monday, as the market clawed back most of its losses from last week.

The S&P 500 index rose 0.6%, led by banks, energy and industrial companies, sectors that have been beaten down during the pandemic. Health care and technology stocks, which traders have bid up sharply this year, closed lower. Treasury yields mostly rose, another sign of optimism among investors.

41. Wall Street slips amid worries about worsening pandemic -

Stocks closed broadly lower on Wall Street Friday following another choppy day of trading as worries about the worsening pandemic undercut growing optimism about a coming coronavirus vaccine.

The S&P 500 fell 0.7%, erasing its gains from a day earlier. The benchmark index, which climbed to an all-time high on Monday, posted its first weekly decline after two weeks of gains. The index is still up 8.8% so far this month.

42. APEC leaders, including Trump, begin virtual meeting -

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum began a virtual meeting on Friday to seek ways to revive their coronavirus-battered economies, with U.S. President Donald Trump participating for the first time since 2017.

43. Japan, New Zealand press for open markets to boost recovery -

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Leaders from Japan and New Zealand on Friday warned countries against the temptation of retreating into trade protectionism, saying that keeping markets open is the way to restore a global economy battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

44. 'This is proof': Biden's win reveals power of Black voters -

DETROIT (AP) — Power. Respect. Finally.

When Eric Sheffield first saw Joe Biden take the lead in the vote count in Georgia, the 52-year-old Black man immediately thought about all the years he spent urging his Black friends and family to vote and all the times he saw his preferred candidate lose.

45. EU faces knotty trade fights with US — no matter who wins -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — After winemakers, cookie bakers, and olive growers wound up as collateral damage, Europe is closely watching the U.S. presidential election, waiting to see whether the next four years will mean more tariff wars under Republican President Donald Trump or a shift toward less confrontational negotiation under Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

46. China's leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power -

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant "technology power" as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions.

47. China's leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power -

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant "technology power" as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions.

48. Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights -

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region.

49. ADB forecasts developing Asian economies in recession in '20 -

Developing economies in Asia will contract in 2020, the first such downturn in nearly 60 years, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday in an update to its forecasts.

50. Virus surge makes US weak link in global economic recovery -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — People in China are back to buying German luxury cars. Europe's assembly lines are accelerating. Now the global economy is waiting for the United States to get its coronavirus outbreak under control and boost the recovery, but there's little sign of that.

51. US-China spats rattle world, prompting calls for unity -

BEIJING (AP) — Antagonisms between the United States and China are rattling governments around the world, prompting a German official to warn of "Cold War 2.0" and Kenya's president to appeal for unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

52. Japan's Mitsubishi Motors racks up red ink on pandemic pain -

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. reported Monday a 176 billion yen ($1.7 billion) loss for April-June, and forecast more red ink for the fiscal year, as the coronavirus pandemic slammed auto demand around the world.

53. Stocks end mostly lower, even as Nasdaq tops 10,000 points -

Stocks closed a choppy day on Wall Street with broad losses Wednesday, despite fresh assurances from the Federal Reserve that it would keep interest rates low through 2022 and would continue buying bonds to help markets function smoothly.

54. Wall Street closes higher on economic revival hopes -

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Wednesday, extending the market's gains into a third day on hopes for a coming economic revival as larger swaths of the country relax stay-at-home mandates imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic and clear the way for more businesses to reopen.

55. Wall Street up as recovery hopes overshadow virus worries -

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Tuesday, driving the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to their highest levels in nearly three months as optimism over the reopening of the economy overshadowed lingering worries about the coronavirus pandemic.

56. Here come COVID-19 tracing apps - and privacy trade-offs -

As governments around the world consider how to monitor new coronavirus outbreaks while reopening their societies, many are starting to bet on smartphone apps to help stanch the pandemic.

But their decisions on which technologies to use — and how far those allow authorities to peer into private lives — are highlighting some uncomfortable trade-offs between protecting privacy and public health.

57. European virus tracing apps highlight battle for privacy -

LONDON (AP) — Goodbye lockdown, hello smartphone.

As governments race to develop mobile tracing apps to help contain infections, attention is turning to how officials will ensure users' privacy. The debate is especially urgent in Europe, which has been one of the hardest-hit regions in the world, with nearly 140,000 people killed by COVID-19.

58. Virus cost may top $4 trillion; Americans arm up on guns -

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Friday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

59. World G20 leaders in video call to coordinate virus response -

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders of the world's most powerful economies convened virtually on Thursday with the aim of coordinating a global response to the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has shuttered businesses and forced well over a quarter of the world's population into home isolation.

60. Trump calls himself 'wartime president' as he battles virus -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Describing himself as a "wartime president" fighting an invisible enemy, President Donald Trump invoked rarely used emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also signed an aid package — which the Senate approved earlier Wednesday — that will guarantee sick leave to workers who fall ill.

61. Trump taps powers to boost virus response; Senate OKs bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting twin health and economic crises, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will invoke emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against a coronavirus pandemic threatening to overwhelm hospitals and other treatment centers. The Senate acted on the economic front, approving legislation to guarantee sick leave to workers sickened by the disease.

62. Business owners contend with threat, reality of coronavirus -

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Sklar planned to go to the big South by Southwest film, media and music gathering in Austin, Texas, this month, but changed her mind as cases of coronavirus started appearing in the U.S. She was scheduled to speak at the annual event and expected to recruit new members for her businesswomen's organization, TheLi.st.

63. China promises companies aid, global virus cases rise -

BEIJING (AP) — China's government promised tax cuts and other aid Monday to help companies recover from its virus outbreak while a spike in new cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea raised the prospect of wider disruption to tourism and other global industries.

64. Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle -

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets.

65. AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP misfires on Ukraine, Mueller probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are blasting the House inquiry into whether he abused his office as illegal and declaring him completely free of taint on Ukraine and in the Russia investigation.

66. EU approves state aid to develop car batteries industry -

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved 3.2 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in subsidies from seven member countries that want to develop the electric battery industry and challenge China's supremacy.

67. Childhood episode inspires new TMA president -

One snowy Christmas Eve in New York, when Elise Denneny was a little girl, her mother pulled her father aside to share the bad news that their next-door neighbor’s wife had just died from breast cancer and that the widower could use some company.

68. US woos Asia with plan to rival China's 'Belt and Road' -

BANGKOK (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday the U.S. will invest and trade more in Asia as it rolls out an American plan to support "sustainable" projects in Asia as a counterpoint to China's multibillion-dollar "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative.

69. Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion.

The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims.

70. US, China end new round of trade talks; no word on progress -

SHANGHAI (AP) — U.S. and Chinese envoys met Wednesday for talks aimed at ending a tariff war after President Donald Trump rattled financial markets by accusing Beijing of trying to stall in hopes he will fail to win re-election in 2020.

71. China's economy growth cools further amid US tariff war -

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington.

72. Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia -

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority.

With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some experts are saying it is the largest animal disease outbreak in history.

73. Judge rules Qualcomm violated antitrust law in chip market -

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Qualcomm unlawfully squeezed out cellphone chip rivals and charged excessive royalties to manufacturers such as Apple in a decision that undercuts a key part of its business.

74. China retaliates on tariffs, stock markets go into a slide -

BEIJING (AP) — Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese products.

75. China economy czar heading for Washington tariff war talks -

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Tuesday its economy czar will go to Washington for trade talks despite fears he might cancel after President Donald Trump threatened to escalate a tariff war over Beijing's technology ambitions.

76. China downplays political impact of global development push -

BEIJING (AP) — China downplayed the political implications of its global Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, saying Friday that it aimed to boost multilateralism amid protectionist trends in the U.S. and elsewhere.

77. Report: Asian economies lag as trade tensions drag on growth -

BANGKOK (AP) — Trade tensions between China and the United States are putting a drag on economies in the region, with growth likely to continue to slow in the coming two years, the Asian Development Bank says in a report released Wednesday.

78. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces his departure -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, announced Monday he is resigning at the end of January.

Kim's unexpected departure nearly three years before his term was set to expire, is likely to set off a fierce battle between the Trump administration and other countries who have complained about the influence the United States exerts over the World Bank.

79. Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk -

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort Tuesday to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications.

80. China gets US tariff delay but movement on tech unclear -

BEIJING (AP) — Buy more U.S. exports? Done. Tinker with technology tactics that irk Washington and other trading partners? Maybe. But scrap those plans, seen by Beijing as a path to prosperity and influence? Probably never.

81. Trump and Xi agreement buys time in trade war -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep talking.

82. Global trade is at stake as Trump and Xi come face to face -

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he was made for a moment like this: A high-stakes face-off. A ticking clock. A cagey adversary.

The man who calls himself a supreme dealmaker will have the opportunity this week to put himself to the test. The question is whether he can defuse a trade war with China that is shaking financial markets and threatening the global economy — and perhaps achieve something approximating a breakthrough.

83. Big tech firms pledge training for workers in Southeast Asia -

BANGKOK (AP) — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. Up to 28 million full-time jobs are subject to being displaced, according to a new estimate.

84. China's exports to US tick up as traders try to beat tariffs -

BEIJING (AP) — Growth in Chinese exports to the United States ticked up in October as traders rushed to beat a new tariff hike in a battle over Beijing's technology policy.

Shipments to the United States, China's biggest market, have been unexpectedly resilient since Trump started imposing punitive tariffs goods in July in a fight over Beijing's technology policy. Exports rose 13.3 percent in October over a year earlier to $42.7 billion, up from September's 13 percent growth, customs data showed Thursday.

85. Few men enter teaching: Why it matters -

Alvin Haney has just begun his 26th year at Meigs Magnet Middle School, teaching 7th grade science and coaching track. Of the more than 30 teachers at the school, Haney is one of six males – a high number when considering the national average.

86. China cuts some tariffs – but does not address US complaints -

BEIJING (AP) — China announced more tariff cuts Wednesday on imports of construction machinery and other goods, but took no action to address the U.S. complaints about its technology policy that are fueling an escalating trade battle.

87. China's Xi pledges $60 billion in financing for Africa -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers efforts to link the continent's economic prospects to its own.

88. Events -

NPT Reports Town Hall. NPT is hosting Youth & Violence: NPT Reports Town Hall, NPT’s Studio A. The public forum will discuss what is being done to address the public health crisis emerging around youth and violence, including violence experienced by or inflicted on young people. This event will be recorded for later broadcast. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. NPT, Studio A, 161 Rains Ave. Fee: Free but RSVP required. Information

89. US-China trade battle kicks off; markets take it in stride -

BEIJING (AP) — The United States and China launched what Beijing called the "biggest trade war in economic history" Friday, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods amid a spiraling dispute over technology.

90. Why they fight: US and China brawl over high technology -

WASHINGTON (AP) — To understand why the United States and China stand on the brink of a trade war, consider the near-death experience of American Superconductor Corp.

91. Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.

92. SKorea, GM agree on funding to help keep local unit afloat -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that it has reached an agreement with General Motors to inject $4.35 billion in funding and other measures to turn around the loss-making Korean unit.

93. US-China trade talks center on rivalry over technology -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and U.S. officials met face-to-face Thursday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over technology that has taken the world's two largest economies the closest they've ever come to a trade war.

94. GM, Korean union reach tentative agreement on wages, workers -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — General Motors said Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with its South Korean labor union on measures to cut costs and allocate new car models to GM Korea factories.

95. 11 nations sign Pacific trade pact as Trump plans US tariffs -

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs just hours before President Donald Trump announced his plans to impose new tariffs on aluminum and steel to protect U.S. producers.

96. Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser.

The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Trump's energy secretary, for six years on a commission overseeing the state environmental agency.

97. Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war.

98. Census: Tennessee population is aging -

Tennessee’s population continues to age, according to recently released census figures.

Since the 2010 census data was issued, and continuing into 2016, residents are getting older in the state.

99. ADB: Asian growth seen steady, US policy uncertainty a risk -

HONG KONG (AP) — Asia's developing economies will see steady growth this year and the next, though the evolving policies of President Donald Trump's administration are a major uncertainty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Thursday.

100. Fresh concept, familiar faces on Buchanan Street -

Other than the time I interviewed Al McGuire about Magic Johnson while we used the facilities during a March Madness regional round 38 years ago in Murfreesboro, I don’t usually write about visiting the bathroom.