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1. Toyota discontinues Scion after years of slumping sales -

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is killing its Scion brand after years of slumping sales. Beginning in August, 2017 model-year Scion vehicles will be rebadged as Toyotas.

The FR-S sports car, iA sedan and iM 5-door hatchback will be a part of the Toyota line-up. So will the C-HR, a small SUV concept that debuted in November, if Toyota decides to make it. The tC coupe will have a final release series edition and end production in August, according to Toyota Motor Corp.

2. Comcast loses fewest TV customers in 8 years -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is trumpeting its best year for traditional TV services in nearly a decade, even though it continues to lose TV subscribers.

The number of traditional TV customers is still declining across the industry, and analysts say Comcast's TV gains are largely coming from competitors, like AT&T and Dish, rather than young new cable customers who have never paid for cable before.

3. Titans coaching staff turns a grayer shade of blue -

If experience is the best teacher, the Tennessee Titans’ young roster is headed to school – old school, that is.

Head coach Mike Mularky’s offensive and defensive coordinators – Terry Robiskie and Dick LeBeau – have a combined 80 years of coaching experience, Robiskie starting with the Oakland Raiders in 1977 and LeBeau with Philadelphia in 1973.

4. Hospital group takes longer approach to Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Hospital Association, a key supporter of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's unsuccessful effort to expand Medicaid in the state, is planning a new push to pass the measure once this year's presidential election is over.

5. Stock rise, driven by a turn higher in crude oil prices -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks jumped Tuesday as the price of oil made another abrupt reversal, this time rising almost 4 percent after falling sharply the day before.

Energy stocks climbed along with the price of oil, and Chevron and Exxon Mobil made major gains. Strong fourth-quarter results from beleaguered wireless provider Sprint gave telecom stocks a boost. Quarterly earnings also sent several stocks higher, including Post-it Notes maker 3M, Procter & Gamble, which makes Crest toothpaste, and luxury handbag maker Coach.

6. Energy stocks lead a broad rally as the price of oil soars -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks made their biggest gain in more than a month on Friday as oil prices surged, lifting energy stocks. Tech stocks also climbed as Apple shares had their day since August.

7. Chevrolet’s Impala is attractively styled, priced -

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is a bargain for such an attractive and well-mannered large sedan - and its base price rose by just $85 from last year’s model.

The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $27,970. That provides comfortable seating for five adults, a huge trunk and many standard features, including eight-way power driver’s seat adjustments with power lumbar support; Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity; cruise control and audio controls on the steering wheel; keyless entry and 10 air bags.

8. It’s a wonderful family business for Littles -

If, as the classic movie line tells us: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings,” there are plenty of soaring spirits out there today, at least judging by the George Bailey of Brentwood.

9. Delta posts $980 million 4Q profit on lower fuel prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper jet fuel thanks to falling oil prices helped Delta Air Lines earn $980 million in the fourth quarter despite lower revenue than a year ago.

The results fell slightly short of Wall Street expectations.

10. No great places to shelter from this market turmoil -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock prices are crumbling around the world, but the usual place for investors to go for safety, bonds, can't provide as much cover as usual.

Bonds are still doing their job this year as investors' best friends during a downturn: They're holding up better than stocks, cushioning the blow for balanced investors. High-quality, investment-grade U.S. bonds have returned 0.9 percent through Wednesday, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has lost 7.4 percent on worries about the strength of the global economy.

11. Volkswagen CEO understands 'impatience' on emissions fix -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller told workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee that recovering from a diesel emissions cheating scandal "won't be a walk in the park," but that the company is committed to turning around its prospects in what he called a core market.

12. Best Buy reports weak holiday shopping results, outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy's shares sank Thursday after the nation's largest consumer electronics chain reduced its sales outlook for the fourth-quarter as it reported weak holiday business in mobile phones and personal devices.

13. US stocks rebound a day after plunge, led by energy sector -

U.S. stocks bounced back from an early slide Thursday, recouping some ground a day after their worst drop since September. Energy stocks led the rally as the price of crude oil climbed more than 2 percent. Exxon Mobil and Chevron jumped 4 percent, by far the largest gains in the Dow Jones industrial average. Investors also had their eye on the latest company earnings and outlooks.

14. From DNA lab to whiskey distiller: A well-laid plan gains steam -

When Bruce Boeko’s company shut down its Nashville operations, he could have parlayed his experience into a similar position elsewhere.

He’d been successful in a small and specialized industry, rising in 20 years from scientist to manager of a DNA laboratory that conducted forensic analysis of biological samples for agencies like the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It was work he enjoyed in a field he loved.

15. Toyota Highlander offers value, fuel economy -

Toyota’s mid-size Highlander sport utility vehicle strikes a fine balance of value, fuel economy, function and convenience.

Available with seven or eight seats, the Highlander is competitively priced, starting at $30,890 with a four-cylinder engine and $34,795 with V-6.

16. Ward-Potts owner swept away by retirement -

The sidewalk in front of Ward-Potts Jewelers on Bandywood Drive isn’t as clean today as it was a week or so ago.

That’s when Bill Sites, 65, began his last day as a full-time jeweler, ending his family’s 93-year run as the most-respected purveyors of baubles and such.

17. Women are out-earning men in corporate finance -

Women may be badly outnumbered in the top ranks of corporate America, but at least they aren't underpaid.

Compensation for female chief financial officers at S&P 500 companies last year outpaced that of their male counterparts, according to an analysis by executive compensation firm Equilar and the Associated Press. It follows a similar trend seen with female CEOs in recent years.

18. The Titans will be sold. Soon. Here’s why -

Anybody got a spare $2 billion lying around? If so, the Tennessee Titans could be yours. Despite statements to the contrary by Titans management, there is growing sentiment locally and around the NFL that the team soon will be available to the highest bidder.

19. James Patterson announces $2M in holiday gifts for booksellers, libraries -

NEW YORK (AP) — The beneficiaries include a manager at the Brazos Bookstore in Houston with a passion for works in translation and a community school in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, dedicated to reaching as many readers as possible.

20. Wal-Mart to launch own mobile pay system -

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.

21. Wal-Mart to launch own mobile pay system -

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.

22. Men's Wearhouse struggles continue, stock falls -

NEW YORK (AP) — Men's Wearhouse's is struggling as it tries to figure out the best strategy for its business since buying rival Jos. A. Bank.

23. Record Cyber Monday spending tops $3 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers spent more than $3 billion online this "Cyber Monday," making it the biggest online shopping day ever.

Research firm comScore said shopping by phone, laptop or tablet jumped 21 percent to $3.11 billion Monday.

24. Great ideas for adding garlic to your diet -

Garlic. Other than chocolate and coffee, garlic makes anything taste better. OK, that might not quite be true, but it does convey the love I have for garlic.

This week, I have a yummy garlic soup recipe. OK, before you turn up your nose because it sounds, well, kind of garlicky, give it a try. It’s really a great “comfort food” type soup, and it’s very popular in some parts of the world.

25. Shop a safe haven for barber, his customers -

Mister T puts a straight razor to the busboy’s throat. “I like it here because of the comfortability,” says Larry Johnson, 32, the busboy, as Mister T finishes his surgically precise separation of whiskers from neck and chin.

26. List of large chain stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday -

NEW YORK (AP) — After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals online, many still plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day or in the early morning hours of Black Friday. So if you prefer to pick up those discounted TVs, toys and other goods in person, here's a list of what time stores are open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:

27. Markets fade after an early gain, finish with small losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained ground early Monday as they came off their best week in 2015, but faded in the afternoon and sustained small losses for the day.

Technology stocks fell more than the rest of the market. Pfizer and Allergan slipped after announcing a deal to combine and create the world's largest drug company. GameStop skidded after reporting weak results.

28. Corporate America's problem: Falling profit, revenue -

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate America has a profit problem. U.S company earnings are falling for the first time since 2009, when the economy was still reeling from the Great Recession.

The main culprit is the plunging price of oil, which has decimated earnings at big energy companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Mining companies have also taken a beating because of tumbling prices for gold, silver and copper.

29. Best Buy reports weak 3Q sales, cautious outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy shares plunged Thursday after reporting disappointing quarterly sales and a cautious outlook for the key holiday shopping season as it faces price pressures and tougher competition from online stores.

30. Stocks march higher, ending their best week so far this year -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week of the year Friday as big gains by retailers and technology companies pushed major indexes higher.

Stocks faded as Friday wore on, but they still finished higher. The S&P 500 index climbed almost 3.3 percent this week. By just a hair, that was the biggest weekly gain for the index in 2015.

31. Stocks indexes mixed in midday trading; Square soars in IPO -

U.S. stocks edged mostly lower in midday trading Thursday as traders weighed a mix of company earnings news. Health care stocks were among the biggest decliners after UnitedHealth Group cut its earnings forecast. Payments company Square soared in its market debut.

32. Lower fuel prices spark Holiday travel jump -

Americans might have more reasons to travel this holiday season as airfare trends continue to work in favor of the consumer.

Jet fuel prices have declined nearly 35 percent this year, and airfares this summer saw the biggest fare decline in 20 years, leading to projections that the end of the year would continue to see those falling prices.

33. Teaching the ABCs of money management -

There’s a little jingle in your pocket, and you can’t wait to spend it.

So what will you buy? Will you purchase candy or a toy? Is there enough for a present for Mom or Grandma? Or, after you read “M is for Money” An Economics Alphabet” by Debbie & Michael Shoulders, illustrated by Marty Kelley and learn a little more, will you put the jingle in your bank?

34. Consolidation of state’s newspapers bad for taxpayers -

The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.

Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.

35. Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford post big October sales gains; record year in sight -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.

Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.

36. Time Warner Cable plans for TV on the Internet -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hate your cable box? In a few weeks, Time Warner Cable is going to start testing in New York City a cable service that doesn't need one and is delivered over their customers' home Internet.

37. Events -

Moving Forward Speaker Series: Getting Transportation Right - People and Communities Matter. Featured speaker is Beverly Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC. Scott, a Fisk alumna, whose career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades and includes four appointments as general manager/CEO of the transportation agencies in Massachusetts, Atlanta, Sacramento and Rhode Island, will highlight the role of transportation in achieving local and regional goals and share her insight on what it takes to gain and sustain public support for increased investment in transportation. Thursday, 4:30-5 p.m. registration and networking, 5-6 p.m. program. Fisk University, Jubilee Hall, Appleton Room, 1000 17th Avenue, North, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615-743-3110

38. Real estate sales boom continues but it’s still not 2006 -

Real estate sales were up 10.3 percent for September compared to September 2014, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) numbers show, and year-to-date sales are up 13.3 percent over the same period last year with 28,252 closings.

39. Tennessee universities embrace online courses -

When MOOCs (massive open online courses) hit the Internet three years ago, they promised to bring the resources of the world’s top universities to the furthest corners of the globe – at least those with Internet access.

40. Oprah Winfrey goes on diet, gains Weight Watchers deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is going on a diet again, but this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts.

Weight Watchers said Monday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey, a co-owner of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company.

41. Nature vs. nurture: What’s more important in sales -

Is greatness born, or is it made? While sales skills can be taught, the learning curve is shorter for candidates with two key character traits: empathy and drive.

The best believe they are fulfilling need, not just pushing a product. They have an ability to identify a prospect’s needs by asking probing questions, connecting emotionally with the prospect while they explain how their products or services can uniquely solve the prospect’s problem.

42. US stocks edge higher after a big week; Oil slumps -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher as traders look ahead to a busy week for corporate earnings.

The subdued trading Monday followed the best week for the market this year.

43. Angus Deaton wins Nobel economics prize for work on poverty -

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Angus Deaton of Princeton University won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for improving understanding of poverty and how people in poor countries respond to changes in economic policy.

44. Customer-friendly upgrades for gov't health insurance site -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health insurance website is getting long-awaited upgrades that should help consumers find out whether their doctors and medications are covered, and get a better estimate of costs.

45. Target to match online prices with online rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Starting Thursday, Target will now match its online prices with more than two dozen online competitors including Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

46. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network. Davidson County Lunch. Join active, experienced investors to discuss deals you’d like to sell or buy, as well as discuss real estate trends and topics of interest with seasoned pros. Today, 11:15 a.m., Anatolia’s Restaurant, 48 White Bridge Rd, Nashville. Information: www.rein.org. Additional October opportunities:

47. From Banner to bankruptcy -

More than 17 years after the Nashville Banner ceased publication, another chapter in the story – perhaps the last – has been written in Winchester’s Eastern District bankruptcy court with the final disposition of Irby C. Simpkins Jr.’s Chapter 7 case.

48. Early bird Pendley gets the best produce -

Chef Edgar Pendley says he burns “a lot of diesel making sure we got good produce” for the folks in the 12South neighborhood, as well as those who may stop to purchase tomatoes, sweet corn, okra and even his own homemade bacon and sausage on their way home from work.

49. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.

50. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.

51. King of Beers: Makers of Budweiser, Miller eye global merger -

LONDON (AP) — The makers of Budweiser aren't satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer — and the maker of long-time rival brand Miller Genuine Draft.

52. 6 ways to gauge if your business is built to last -

Perhaps Benjamin Franklin summarized a major business challenge best: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

Change is constant.

The reality of running a business, or advising those who do, is that the targets always move – sometimes quickly, sometimes more subtly.

53. Fun not fuel-saving focus in Las Vegas debut of Toyota Prius -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Where does a practical car like the Toyota Prius go to reinvent itself? The same place many people go to let loose and have fun: Las Vegas.

Brightly-lit displays on a Las Vegas Strip rooftop-turned-nightclub reminded the gathered crowd of executives, car dealers and automotive journalists on Tuesday night that the Prius could be modern, sleek and edgy.

54. Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets -

NEW YORK (AP) — If you think investors in U.S. stocks have had it rough, consider the hapless folks who followed Wall Street's advice to buy emerging-market stocks.

The MSCI Emerging Markets index has lost 25 percent over the past year, while the most widely held U.S. fund, the Vanguard Total Stock Market index, is down less than 1 percent.

55. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.

56. China probing brokers, regulators for possible stock crimes -

BEIJING (AP) — Employees of one of China's biggest securities firms and one current and one former employee of its market regulator are under investigation on suspicion of illegal stock trading, state media reported Wednesday, amid the collapse of a stock price boom.

57. US stocks rebound to log best day in 4 years -

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances.

58. US stocks extend losses as early rally fades -

A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street's losing streak to six days.

59. AP survey: Dimmer outlook for US economy, wages and hiring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the economy's fitful and sluggish six-year recovery from the Great Recession, analysts have foreseen a sunnier future: Growth would pick up in six months, or in a year.

60. Opportunity knocks homeowners for loop -

“We buy Ugly Houses” and “We will pay cash for your home” signs are proliferating some neighborhoods again.

I have never met a builder who constructed an ugly home. Just as parents love their children, builders love their homes. And as Ray Stevens sang in the early 1970s and continues to sing even today, “Everything is beautiful in its own way.”

61. Affordable homes in an unaffordable market -

The gold rush of residential development throughout Middle Tennessee conceals what some in the region say is a growing crisis in affordable housing.

New homes and condos come on to the market every day, and even more are under construction or still in the planning stage, but those homes are often on the higher end of the price scale.

62. Lexus GS 350 is a practical, fun luxury sedan -

Luxury car buyers who are driving enthusiasts with a practical streak should be sure to look at the 2015 Lexus GS.

The midsize luxury sedan has a starting retail price that’s thousands less than the popular 2015 BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and comes with more front and rear legroom than its two German competitors and a longer powertrain warranty. Better yet, Consumer Reports magazine lists the predicted reliability of the GS 350 as much better than average - another leg up on BMW and Mercedes.

63. Raise gas tax or borrow? How to fund state's backlog of road projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

64. Restoring your online reputation is a task for experts. And it's expensive -

As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.

“He was bound and determined to try to wreck us online,” Hill says of the angry tenant.

65. US stocks jump as oil's bounce boosts energy stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — A resurgent energy sector and another big acquisition by Warren Buffett propelled the stock market to its best day in three months on Monday.

Energy stocks jumped, following the price of oil higher. Crude rebounded after dropping to its lowest level of the year in early trading. Industrial stocks also climbed sharply after Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Precision Castparts, a maker of industrial components, for $32 billion.

66. Greatest restaurants in Nashville? Too many choices -

Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.

But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?

67. Best hotel rooms in Nashville – with or without helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

68. US auto sales strong in July; Nissan posts 8% increase -

DETROIT (AP) — More Americans are buying cars that say "look at me." Luxury vehicles like Audis and Volvos drove off dealer lots at a furious pace in July and, combined with sizzling demand for SUVs, helped the auto industry roll on toward its best annual sales since before the recession. July sales rose 5 percent to more than 1.5 million, according to Autodata Corp.

69. Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.

70. US stocks sink; S&P 500 index notches another losing week -

The U.S. stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week.

Disappointing quarterly results and outlooks from several companies pulled the major stock indexes sharply lower on Friday. New signs pointing to a slowing of China's economy also added to investor jitters, bringing down the price of oil and other commodities.

71. Families face tough decisions as cost of elder care soars -

NEW YORK (AP) — Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed aside.

72. Congress' to-do list grows; misstep could mean govt shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear.

At the top are maintaining the flow of highway funding, easing automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies, renewing tax breaks and raising the debt limit. A misstep at any of several points could trigger a partial government shutdown.

73. As Amazon turns 20, a look at its biggest bets -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.

The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.

74. As Amazon turns 20, a look at its biggest bets -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.

The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.

75. New tricks: How to change careers later in life -

This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing.

“A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer,” she states. “She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable.

76. Shoppers disappointed in much-hyped 'Prime Day' sales -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Amazon aimed for Christmas in July with its much-hyped "Prime Day" sale. But some shoppers found a lump of coal instead.

The online retailer said Prime Day would offer bigger sales than those during the winter holiday shopping season. The goal was to boost $99 annual Prime loyalty program memberships during the sluggish summer months. The sale gained so much attention, other retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Best Buy, had sales of their own.

77. For VU’s Williams, it’s not all about game-day attendance -

Vanderbilt, the smallest and only private school in the SEC, has always lagged the league in attendance.

The Commodores, even during the back-to-back 9-4 teams of 2012 (37,860) and ’13 (35,675), failed to fill the stadium (capacity (40,550).

78. Earning the right to ask clients tough questions -

The world’s best salespeople excel at asking engaging questions and actively listening to a prospect’s response without interruption.

They master the art of posing high-impact questions that generate insightful responses, which offer a glimpse into a prospect’s decision-making process, competitors also under consideration, the likelihood of purchase, or even the factors that will be weighed most heavily by decision makers.

79. Nissan, SUVs among big winners in June US auto sales -

DETROIT (AP) — Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much.

80. Survey: US businesses step up hiring in June to 237,000 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a robust pace in June, a private survey found, evidence that rising consumer spending and a healthy housing market are supporting more hiring.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 237,000 jobs last month, up from 203,000 in May. That is the most since December, according to the ADP's tally.

81. International economists release critical Puerto Rico report -

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — International economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico's economy Monday on the heels of the governor's warning that the island can't pay its $72 billion public debt.

82. Here's why home sales are finally surging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again.

Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007.

First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.

83. Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.

84. Hops growers rush to meet rising demand from craft brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

85. Playing big outdoor stadiums costly, risky -

Tickets still are available from most on-line brokers for The Stones' ZIP Code Tour stop in Nashville.

And while the band should reasonably fill the LP Field, it is not without risk that they’re playing stadiums this time around, according to Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, a trade publication that covers the international concert business.

86. CMA Fest a blast for artists, merchants -

The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.

87. A biz-altering essential: Repeatable sales process -

The old adage, “nothing happens until a sale is made” couldn’t be truer.

And for many a start-up, identifying a predictable, repeatable sales process that ensures needed sales targets are always met can seem like the Holy Grail – enticing but ever elusive.

88. Acura MDX surpassing German SUVs in US sales -

More Americans are choosing Acura’s MDX mid-size, luxury sport utility vehicle this year than the competing crossover SUVs from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

The 2016 MDX is a bargain, with a base price at least $5,440 less than the German brands. Plus, unlike the 2015 BMW X5 and 2015 Mercedes ML350, the base MDX comes standard with leather-covered seats.

89. Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) — High rents are worth it. At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit.

90. US stock indexes edge higher as energy stocks gain -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Thursday as the price of oil climbed, boosting energy stocks. Among individual stocks, Salesforce.com and Best Buy were among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the forecasts of Wall Street analysts.

91. Lexus’ flagship LS460: Is it a car or a haven? -

It’s misleading to call the 2015 Lexus LS 460 a car, or even a luxury sedan.

The quiet interior, silky smooth ride and roomy, upscale environment of this flagship Lexus make it more of a haven from the stresses of the day than an automobile. Heck, the LS 460 doesn’t even have to be moving for a driver and passenger to begin to feel tension dissipating.

92. Small banks find ways to compete with giants -

Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.

93. Got a dream? Launch it with help from crowdfunding -

One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.

94. Vanderbilt poll: Majority support Insure Tennessee plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An overwhelming majority of Tennesseans support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income residents, according to a new Vanderbilt University poll released Wednesday.

95. US stocks jump the most since March following hiring gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market had its best day in two months Friday following encouraging news about the job market.

The surge was enough to push two of the three major indexes to gains for the week.

96. Car buyers think big in 1Q, boosting profit at GM -

DETROIT (AP) — Encouraged by lower gas prices, consumers in the U.S. spent big in the first quarter on vehicles that carry lots of passengers and cargo — and deliver hefty profit margins for General Motors.

97. Truck, SUV profits push GM 1Q profit 8 times above year ago -

DETROIT (AP) — First-quarter profit at General Motors rose nearly eight times above a year ago as U.S. consumers spent big on pickups and SUVs and the company didn't have to set aside a huge stack of money to pay for recalls.

98. Your guide to trying on, ordering Apple Watch -

NEW YORK (AP) — Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.

The smartwatch is Apple's first new product category in five years and comes in 54 configurations — more than any other Apple gadget. So starting Friday, Apple stores will have staff trained to help you choose. You'll then have to place your order for shipping later. Even after the watch starts shipping on April 24, there's no walking in and walking out with a watch.

99. Adapt or die: Keeping your business relevant -

Why do so many great organizations struggle with change? After all, “the only thing that is constant is change,” according to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and the sentiment couldn’t be truer today.

100. Camry Hybrid: Great choice for a family sedan -

The roomy, fuel-sipping Toyota Camry Hybrid family sedan gets better for 2015 with more appealing exterior styling, upgraded interior, improved ride and handling and quieter passenger cabin.

Coming just three years after the launch of the current generation Camry Hybrid, the changes are more than expected for a mid-cycle refresh of a mid-size sedan. They better position the Camry Hybrid against stylish-looking competitors such as the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans.