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1. Events -

Business Studio Studio Session: Supplier Diversity Forum. Business Studio is the Nashville Area Chamber’s newest resource designed specifically to meet your needs through interactive programming like our Studio Sessions. This month’s Studio Session will feature a panel of corporate procurement officers as they discuss their company’s buying process and how they select their small business suppliers. This forum is designed to help business owners navigate the process of competing for large corporate contracts. Panelists (Keith Eakins, senior manager supplier diversity, Nissan North America; Edward Kinney, sourcing officer, Vanderbilt University; Darrel Mogilles, assistant vice president sourcing team, HealthTrust Purchasing Group) will cover best practices and insider tips on how small businesses can better position themselves to successfully win and fulfill large contracts. Today, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Vanderbilt University Light Hall, Room 208, 1301 Medical Center Drive, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3060.

2. CR-V is America’s most fuel-efficient SUV -

America’s best-selling sport utility vehicle for a decade, the Honda CR-V, is an even smarter buy for 2015 with added features, updated styling and improved fuel economy.

The upgrades include a new four-cylinder engine and transmission combination that helps keep the CR-V tops in U.S. SUV gasoline mileage.

3. Events -

Community-based Arts Workshop. Join Metro Arts for a workshop exploring community-based arts processes and methods for ensuring authentic community engagement and participation. Instructor and community artist Abby Whisenant will cover best practices for engaging your intended audience, producing work that benefits the community, sharing the story and communicating the results. The workshop is free and open to applicants interested in applying for THRIVE funding. Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville. Information: http://www.nashville.gov/Arts-Commission.aspx.

4. Beacons pop up in stores ahead of holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.

5. Gift Guide: How to choose a new cellphone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait?

6. Stocks slip after retail sales weaken, China slows -

NEW YORK (AP) — Mounting signs of weakness in the global economy and a poor start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower on Monday.

Earlier sales, a shift to online shopping and stagnant wages meant fewer Americans showed up to stores over the Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday. The trade group estimated that total spending for the four days totaled $50.9 billion, down 11 percent from last year.

7. Weak consumer, business demand may slow US growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer may decelerate in the final three months of the year.

The figures released Wednesday were a mild disappointment after data the previous day showed the economy had expanded at the fastest pace in over a decade in the second and third quarters.

8. Events -

61st annual Nashville Christmas Parade. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Mayor’s Tree in the Public Square. Following fireworks, the parade will start at 7 p.m. Friday at the top of Woodland Street Bridge at Union. It will continue down Second Ave. and turn onto Broadway, continuing to Ninth Ave. “Nashville” actor Eric Close will serve as grand marshal.

9. Wish granted: Same-day delivery for the holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) — A procrastinator's holiday wish come true: Presents ordered at the last minute can now show up under the Christmas tree that same day.

Amazon, Target and Macy's and other retailers are offering speedier delivery, including overnight and same-day options that will continue even past the holidays.

10. Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone? -

NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

11. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network. Rutherford County REIN Subgroup. Meets the first Monday of each month to discuss topics of general interest to real estate investors. Monday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. at Keller Williams Real Estate Office, 450 St Andrews Dr., Murfreesboro. Information: www.reintn.org. Upcoming events:

12. Stonewall Jackson's little slice of heaven in heart of Brentwood -

“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.

Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.

13. US stocks edge higher in midday trading -

A pickup in U.S. home sales and figures showing a decline in weekly applications for unemployment benefits helped lift stocks in midday trading Thursday. Strong earnings from several retailers also gave markets a boost.

14. Facebook's privacy update: 5 things to know -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is once again trying to simplify its privacy policy, largely to address criticisms that it's too complex and lengthy for the average user.

Laid out with illustrations into short subsections, the new policy explains what types of information Facebook collects and how it uses the data. The new policy is 70 percent shorter than the old one.

15. Small business insurance exchanges seek rebound -

Early enrollment for the health overhaul's small business insurance exchanges fell far short of the 2 million workers who were expected to sign up this year. The shortfall calls into question the future of the exchanges as they begin accepting enrollment for 2015.

16. Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing is going gold's way. Inflation remains tame, the dollar looks strong and Americans are increasingly confident.

Even fears that the Federal Reserve would set off another financial crisis have faded as the central bank ends its effort to pump money into the economy.

17. Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing is going gold's way. Inflation remains tame, the dollar looks strong and Americans are increasingly confident.

Even fears that the Federal Reserve would set off another financial crisis have faded as the central bank ends its effort to pump money into the economy.

18. Tuesday? Sunday? What’s best day for airline prices? -

For years I’ve been asked: “What’s the best day to book airfare.”

And for years, I’ve answered Tuesday.

The general consensus is that buying airfare on Tuesdays in the early afternoon offers the best chance for snagging the cheapest fares. Airlines typically announce sales on Monday evenings, and competitors have usually responded by 1 p.m. on Tuesdays with price markdowns.

19. Station Inn: Music history amid Gulch high-rises -

J.T. Gray – who pioneered smokeless nightclubs before it became fashionable (and/or mandated) – is glad to see sparkling condo towers, office buildings, restaurants and the like sprouting around him. After all, these newcomers eventually might find themselves inside his time-out-of-mind blockhouse where Bill Monroe used to just drop by and pick.

20. Suddenly trendy Hatch Show Print offers unique gifts -

Got one of those people on your gift list who “has everything?”

Chances are they don’t have a Hatch monoprint.

Whether your hard-to-buy-for recipient lives in Nashville or out of town, these iconic prints not only encapsulate the essence of the South, but they have entered the American design lexicon and are considered bona fide works of fine art.

21. Middle Tennessee shoppers ready to spend big this holiday season -

Buoyed by rising home prices and stock portfolios, Middle Tennesseans are ready to spend big again on the holidays and will be shopping earlier than ever.

In fact, they already have.

Forget Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day as the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.

22. Nissan, GM, others report sales boosts for October -

DETROIT (AP) — Falling gas prices improved buyers' moods and boosted sales of SUVs and trucks in October.

GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan, Volkswagen and Honda all reported sales gains last month. Of major automakers, only Ford and Hyundai saw declines.

23. Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.

24. Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

25. Miata: Best-selling two-seater ever still delivers -

Driving the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster is like letting go.

The smartly styled, 13-foot-long two-seater is so efficient in design, there’s not a lot of room to carry extra baggage.

The car, itself, weighs less than 2,600 pounds and is energetic and eager to dash down the roads in a lighthearted and sprightly manner.

26. Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors like Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

27. Dobbs makes strong case for starting Tennessee QB job -

KNOXVILLE – University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones faces a big question this week about his starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game at South Carolina.

Will it be sophomore Josh Dobbs, whose impressive debut off the bench in last Saturday’s 34-20 loss to No. 4-ranked Alabama gave UT a dual-threat QB?

28. Retail skirmish blocks Apple Pay at checkout line -

NEW YORK (AP) — Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.

29. Market jolt is reality check for investors -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors.

Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the S&P 500 had its best gain in nearly two years.

30. US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies.

After weeks of speculation over the fate of Europe's economy, Ebola fears and plunging oil prices, investors were able to get back to basics. Wall Street is in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year, when companies report their quarterly results. Ultimately what drives stock prices higher is the potential for a company to earn more, so higher profits generally mean higher stock prices.

31. Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution? -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.

32. Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

33. Rogue, Leaf help Nissan sales jump 18.5 percent in September -

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan sales rose 18.5 percent to 102,955 in September. Sales of the newly revamped Rogue crossover jumped 52 percent, while sales of the electric Leaf were up 47 percent. Both are assembled in Smyrna.

34. Ball challenges Alexander to US Senate debates -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Thursday criticized incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander for refusing to participate in debates that would highlight differences on issues including abortion, education and guns.

35. HipD: Donelson finds its cool side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

36. Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.

His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other.

37. The road to better mass transit: New MTA CEO says Amp will be success only if part of larger system -

Picking a new transit chief is critical for a city in transition.

Next year, Nashville residents will elect a new mayor and turn over its large Metro Council.

Davidson County also expects some 200,000 new residents over the next 20 years, and much of the success of future development will depend on the ease of navigating around Nashville – already the nation’s second-worst area for sprawl, according to Smart Growth America.

38. 'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.

But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud. The maker of the much obsessed-over "Candy Crush Saga," for example, rode the game's popularity to go public this year, only to see its stock falter.

39. Unintended consequences: ER visits increase -

Hospital officials have been pushing for the state to expand Medicaid health care coverage for thousands of Tennessee’s poorest citizens, despite two significant and related concerns:

Expansion will lead to increased visits to the most expensive place in America for routine health care, the emergency room.

40. US employers add 142K jobs, fewest in 8 months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in eight months in August, snapping a streak of robust gains and surprising analysts because recent reports had suggested that the economy was steadily improving.

41. ECB action alone can't lift gloom over Europe -

LONDON (AP) — Europe has gotten another dose of stimulus. But the latest medicine by itself will not bring life to an economy that over the past six years has slid from crisis to crisis.

Though the European Central Bank surprised markets Thursday with the broad thrust of its stimulus measures, most economists think the 18-country eurozone will continue to lag its counterparts, including the United States, for years.

42. S&P 500 hits record on dividend stocks, Ukraine -

NEW YORK (AP) — A surge in dividend-rich utility stocks helped push the Standard & Poor's 500 index close to a record Friday.

Investors bought up the stocks after the government reported that U.S. employers added fewer jobs than forecast for August. That boosted demand for bonds and pushed down their yields. In turn, stocks with big dividends became more attractive to investors seeking income-paying securities.

43. As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in 2000 and 2008, you might be a lot richer.

44. Developers swing, miss in attempt to buy prime Germantown locale -

The first time I stepped into this mustard-yellow building at 300 Jefferson Street to ask how it felt to have the Nashville Sounds moving in across the street, Wayne Woelk, 50, was having a heart attack.

45. Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000 -

Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor's 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days.

U.S. stocks ended essentially flat on Wednesday after spending much of the day wavering between tiny gains and losses.

46. Survey: US consumer confidence near a 7-year high -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began.

47. Another milestone: S&P 500 closes above 2,000 -

It was a big round-number day for the stock market.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it closed above 1,000 points for the first time.

48. TiVo to make version for those without cable -

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.

49. Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season -

NEW YORK (AP) — The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.

The National Retail Federation expects the average family with school-aged children to spend $669.28 for back to school items, up 5 percent from last year. That would be the second-highest amount since the industry trade group started tracking spending in 2004.

50. 'Infill King’ John Brittle has a plan to curb urban sprawl. You might not like it -

John G. Brittle Jr. doesn’t have an office. He has a war room. The space, crowded with maps, charts, books, piles of paper and marked-up spreadsheets, is ground zero for InfillNashville, the 10-person team of site selection specialists that Brittle leads at Village Real Estate Services.

51. Electrics, hybrids continue to gain fans, sales -

When JP White bought his Nissan LEAF three years ago this month, the admitted tech geek was drawn to electric cars first – and foremost – by the technology.

But the appeal of bypassing gas pumps was not insignificant.

52. US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

53. GM boosted June sales with discounts to dealers -

As General Motors prepares to report monthly sales results on Friday, a look its numbers from June show just how intent the company is on keeping new-car sales on the rise during a record spate of safety recalls.

54. Ninth inning arrives for Nashville Sounds neighbors -

The ear-popping, eye-dazzling flurry of the fireworks’ finale will signal the end of a season of melancholy, or at least uncertainty, for Abby Buter and her neighbors.

Abby – like all folks in this swath of South Nashville – has become reconciled to the fact the sultry nights when she can sit on her porch and watch fireworks will die with summer, Herschel Greer Stadium’s last as home of the Sounds.

55. Middle Tennessee banks make good consolidation targets -

Prevailing wisdom says community banks need to reach about $1 billion in assets to absorb new regulatory and compliance costs imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Not all bankers agree.

56. Don’t commit 10 deadly sins of email marketing -

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series.

Data released last year by the research firm Return Path shows the average individual receives more than 400 commercial emails per month. These are emails from businesses selling products and services versus email from colleagues, friends or family.

57. Nod to the old, in with the new: Reeves-Sain redefines model for hometown pharmacy -

The cold, thick, handmade milkshake sold at the Reeves-Sain drugstore soda fountain comes in a stainless steel canister, too big for the serving glass.

That old-fashioned shake draws customers to the hometown store on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro, especially on hot summer days. And it’s a specialty not available at the chain drug stores that seem to occupy every street corner in Middle Tennessee.

58. Biden to welcome governors to Nashville meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will help kick off the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville next week.

The event begins on July 10 and runs through July 13. The agenda includes discussions of innovations around the states in areas like education, workforce, health care, veterans and jobs.

59. Events -

Meet the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Finalists. The Nashville Emerging Leader Awards recognize Nashville’s young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. The reception and networking event honors the finalists of the 2014 NELAs. Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m., Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Massey Hall, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Information: Nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

60. Music City's creative class struggles with rising home costs in traditional havens like East Nashville -

Neighborhoods such as East Nashville, 12 South and Belmont have traditionally been the refuge of Nashville’s creative class – affordable havens with varying degrees of grit and underdevelopment.

61. GM ousts 15 employees over ignition-switch scandal -

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors said Thursday it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the debacle on engineering ignorance and bureaucratic dithering, not a deliberate cover-up.

62. Events -

School Board Candidate Forum. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee and the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, is hosting four forums with candidates for the Metropolitan Board of Education in June. Tonight's event features District 4 candidates Rhonda Dixon, Anna Shepherd and Pam Swoner, 5-6:30 p.m., at Two Rivers Middle School Media Center, 2991 McGavock Pike. Open to the public, each forum will offer the opportunity for candidates to share their vision for Metro Nashville Public Schools. All forums will be recorded by Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television for later rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 10 in Davidson County. Supervised activities for young children will be available during each forum. Additional sessions:

63. GM: Incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall -

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.

GM CEO Mary Barra, who released the results of an internal investigation into the company's missteps on Thursday, said 15 employees — many of them senior legal and engineering executives — have been forced out of the company for failing to disclose the defect, which the company links to 13 deaths and 54 crashes in which the air bags didn't deploy. Five other employees have been disciplined.

64. Haslam plan targets plan prescription drug abuse -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Douglas Varney on Tuesday unveiled a multi-year plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

The state estimates that in the past year, nearly 221,000 Tennesseans have used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes, and that 69,000 of them are addicted to the drugs.

65. Apple's Beats buy is two-sided for music streaming -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the streaming music industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

66. Why do some Realtors sabotage themselves? -

With baseball season in full swing, I listened to the Atlanta Braves game on the radio over the weekend and once again lamented the death of Skip Caray, once the voice of the Braves who died in 2008.

67. Struggling homeowners find help via AHR -

At the height of the foreclosure crisis, Affordable Housing Resources kept many people in their homes. Now the agency is working to help more people get into home ownership for the first time.

Since its founding more than 20 years ago, AHR has had the twin goals of obtaining and maintaining home ownership, but in recent years the economic downturn has meant its buying efforts were eclipsed by those designed to keep people in their homes.

68. CMA Fest artists find big payoff in free gig -

CMA Music Festival is much more than a bunch of bologna to all involved, but that working-class delicacy does provide a Robert’s Western World-style gauge of the week’s impact.

“The fried bologna is flying out the door,” says affable office manager Julie Rahimi (“I keep the heartbeat beating at Robert’s”), as a simple illustration of the greenback effect “in the heart of the action” during the week that every year swells in proportion and importance for merchants, performers, organizers and the city itself.

69. Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette -

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you'll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com.

An ongoing standoff between Amazon and one of the leading New York publishers has intensified. The online retailer, which already had been slowing delivery on a wide range of Hachette titles, has removed pre-order buttons for such books as Connelly's "The Burning Room" and Rowling's "The Silkworm," a detective story she wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

70. US stocks edge higher in afternoon trading -

Stocks held on to modest gains in afternoon trading Thursday, building on the prior day's rebound. Investors were encouraged by reports on Chinese manufacturing, U.S. home sales and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers.

71. As Alibaba prepares for IPO, tech stocks retreat -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a tough time for a tech debut. As e-commerce giant Alibaba gets ready for a blockbuster stock sale in the next few months, technology shares are retreating.

For two years, investors bid up biotechnology and internet companies, enticed by their strong growth prospects in an otherwise weak U.S. recovery. But they have sold off those stocks since late February, realizing they can find better value elsewhere. So-called growth stocks like Amazon and Groupon are out of favor. Companies that pay healthy dividends and have a long record of profitability, like utilities, are in.

72. As Alibaba prepares for IPO, tech stocks retreat -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a tough time for a tech debut.

As e-commerce giant Alibaba gets ready for a blockbuster stock sale in the next few months, technology shares are retreating. For two years, investors bid up biotechnology and internet companies, enticed by their strong growth prospects in an otherwise weak U.S. recovery. But they have sold off those stocks since late February, realizing they can find better value elsewhere. So-called growth stocks like Amazon and Groupon are out of favor. Companies that pay healthy dividends and have a long record of profitability, like utilities, are in.

73. Mobile Internet shakes up stodgy China industries -

BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba, the e-commerce giant planning a blockbuster share sale in the U.S., shook up China's vast but sleepy retailing industry by popularizing online shopping. Now it and China's other Internet companies are mounting challenges in areas from banking to broadcasting.

74. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network Real Estate Investors Network. Williamson County Lunch Group. Rehabbers, builders, commercial, mini-storage, wholesalers, private lenders, transaction funders, hard-money lenders, bankers, title attorneys, realtors, and vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. Today, 11:15 a.m., Bosco’s Restaurant & Brewery, 2000 Meridian Blvd, Ste 110, Franklin. Information: reintn.org. Additional April opportunities include:

75. Nissan leads rebound in April auto sales -

DETROIT (AP) — American car buyers came out of hibernation in April to spend on pickup trucks and SUVs, fueling an auto sales rebound that analysts expect to last the rest of the year.

Nissan led the way with an 18.3 percent increase over a year ago, with sales of the redesigned Rogue small SUV up almost 27 percent. Chrysler posted a 14 percent gain, boosted by a big jump in sales of Jeep SUVs. Both companies reported record April sales. And Toyota sales grew by 13 percent, led by a double-digit gain in truck sales.

76. US auto sales expected to rise in April -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. consumers continued buying cars at a fast clip in April as the last snow melted from dealers' lots.

After spending the harsh winter at home, car buyers were out in force in March, pushing sales to their fastest pace in five months. Analysts expect that trend to continue in April.

77. Corporate websites must be more than online brochures -

While reports of the death of corporate websites have been exaggerated, there’s no denying traditional sites are experiencing significant traffic declines.

WebTrends recently analyzed the number of unique visits to Fortune 100 websites.

78. Events -

Momentum in Bellevue. Matt Wiltshire, director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, is the featured speaker and will discuss opportunities that lie ahead. 7 p.m., CrossPoint Church, 7675 Memphis-Bristol Hwy, Hwy. 70.

79. Wal-Mart brings one-stop shopping to car insurance -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is bringing one-stop shopping to another area: auto insurance.

The world's largest retailer has teamed up with AutoInsurance.com to let shoppers quickly find and buy insurance policies online in real time to cut down costs. The service is available immediately in eight states including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma, and will be available nationwide in the next few months. Shoppers can log on to AutoInsurance.com or access the site through Wal-Mart's website at www.Walmart.com/autoinsurance.

80. A fading middle-class perk: lower mortgage rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For three decades, the U.S. middle class enjoyed a rare financial advantage over the wealthy: lower mortgage rates.

Now, even that perk is fading away.

Most ordinary homebuyers are paying the same or higher rates than the fortunate few who can afford much more.

81. Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they've been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way.

Industrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar have been posting strong financial results in recent weeks and telling investors that orders are strong. That means other large companies are investing in expensive equipment they need to grow their business, economists say.

82. Tips for selling to first-time buyers -

Savvy salespeople adjust their approach when selling to first-time vs. seasoned buyers in their category – especially when selling complex products or business services.

Approach them like two sides of the same coin and you could end up with an unhappy customer and a hit to your brand’s reputation.

83. Events -

Nashville Chamber Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 200 attendees. Pre-registration required. today, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Factory at Franklin Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

84. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network Real Estate Investors Network. Ca$h Flow & Millionaire Maker Games. Learn financial strategies without having to invest any of your own cash. These games are fun and educational ways to learn about wealth creation, managing assets and liabilities and escaping from the “rat race.” Today, 6 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Ste 151, Nashville. Information: reintn.org. Additional April opportunity:

85. Events -

International Business Council Luncheon. "Reforming Reform in China: The State, Markets and Foreign Enterprises” is the topic for today. Dr. Ken DeWoskin, chairman of the Deloitte China Research and Insight Center, and Chris Cooper, Americas leader, Deloitte Chinese Services Group, will share their points of view on useful questions and best answers in regards to China, ranging from general economic, regulatory, and market trends through sector and M&A activities, reform promises and prospects, and MNC strategic responses. 11:30 a.m.-noon, registration and networking. Noon-1 p.m., program and lunch. Baker Donelson Event Space, 211 Commerce Street, Nashville.

86. Amazon unveils Fire TV set top streaming device -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is making a bid to enter living rooms with Amazon Fire TV, a new set-top box that allows streaming of online video, music and other content to televisions.

The company says the $99 device has better speed, performance and search functions than other streaming boxes such as Apple TV and Google Chromecast. But Amazon is coming late to the streaming set-top game, and it remains to be seen whether the company is offering enough new and better services to lure customers away from their current streaming methods.

87. Graves, Fox find formula for online success with StyleBlueprint -

Liza Graves and Elizabeth Fox launched the online lifestyle publication StyleBlueprint.com in January 2009 with the goal of purpose of connecting women with their community.

88. Windows 8 updates expected at Microsoft conference -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback.

Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls. Among other things, Microsoft will add search, power and settings buttons to the Start page, so people don't have to figure out how to pull those functions from the right side of their screens. The update also promises easier ways to close apps.

89. Events -

Benefits of Captive Companies in Tennessee. Join Baker Donelson for a special luncheon featuring Michael A. Corbett and Julie McPeak, who will talk about the cost, investment, advantages and upkeep of a captive. Hosted by insurance regulatory attorneys David Broemel and Lee Harrell. Tax attorney Scott Smith also will be on hand to answer any questions about federal and state tax issues and planning opportunities involving captive insurance companies. Today, 11:30 a.m., lunch and registration. Noon-1 p.m., program. Baker Donelson Center, 211 Commerce Street, First Floor Special Events Center, Nashville. Information: rsvp@bakerdonelson.com.

90. Tax cuts = less revenue? Basic math hits home -

With Tennessee having collected $176 million less in taxes than expected, Gov. Bill Haslam finds himself in a tight spot.

The budget situation is bad enough that Haslam has declared this might not be the best year to cut taxes. You know it’s bad when a Republican doesn’t want to cut taxes.

91. Experts reveal what the best-dressed country music acts are (should be) wearing -

About 15 years ago, the guys in country group Lonestar walked a red carpet in shiny suits, proudly declaring to reporters that they’d just bought those suits at a chain store called Italian Connection, in the Hickory Hollow Mall.

92. From Russia with style: Olia Zavozina's unlikely rise to wedding gown stardom -

Nashville bridal designer Olia Zavozina, 29, never imagined when she was designing dresses for her Barbie dolls as a child in Russia that one day her creations would grace the likes of living dolls.

93. Tech companies, Citigroup tug US stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly lower Thursday as further declines in technology companies outweighed encouraging economic news. Citigroup fell 6 percent after the Federal Reserve denied the bank's plan to raise its dividend and buy back more stock. Most other major banks won approval to raise their dividends.

94. Stocks move higher on Wall Street; Sonic gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks got a lift Tuesday as health care companies bounced back after a heavy sell-off.

Biotechnology stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose for the first time in five days after a sharp sell-off that prompted by concern over costs of the drugs they make. Merck and Boston Scientific were among the companies that rose.

95. Wal-Mart's new tool gives competitors prices -

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Every Day Low Price" king is trying to shake up the world of pricing once again.

Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it has rolled out an online tool that allows shoppers to compare its prices on 80,000 food and household products to those of its competitors. The world's largest retailer began offering the feature that's called "Savings Catcher" on its website late last month in seven big markets that include Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta.

96. Wal-Mart to accept video game trade-ins in stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart plans to expand its video game trade-in program to its stores, offering store credit for thousands of video games.

The world's largest retailer plans to let video game owners trade in used video games online and in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores for store credit but not cash. Previously they offered trade-ins on a more limited basis online.

97. US lags as commercial drones take off around globe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first.

98. ‘Freezenomics’ keeps high-end buyers home -

Freezenomics, a term being bandied about these days, refers to the negative effect cold weather is having on the economy.

While Nashville has endured its longest, if not statistically its coldest, winter in memory, real estate sales continue to climb, statistics from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors show. Surprisingly, the pending sales numbers held strong as well, indicating more records ahead.

99. A bid of $1.8 billion suits Jos A Bank just fine -

NEW YORK (AP) — Looks like the best suitor won. After an extended chase that included overtures on both sides, Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank will combine to create the nation's fourth largest seller of men's wear.

100. US stocks waver between small gains and losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were moving between small gains and losses in morning trading Thursday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen addressed the Senate Banking Committee. Investors were also looking over quarterly results from several U.S. retailers and other companies. Best Buy and J.C. Penney were among the early gainers.