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1. So you want to be a social media star -

A little more than a year ago, Leslie Mosier uploaded a video to Facebook and Instagram of her 2-year-old dog, an extraordinarily mellow 20-pound pug named Doug, skittering around Dragon Park with a pug-shaped Mylar balloon tied to his torso.

2. Rules still apply to ‘sophisticated buyers’ -

It happened again today. A real estate broker representing a buyer called a listing agent and prefaced the conversation with “I have a very sophisticated buyer.” Will this ever end?

What follows, of course, is the explanation of why this oh-so-sophisticated buyer will never pay the list price or anywhere near because he knows exactly what has sold for what.

3. Insure Tennessee: In like a lion, out with a committee -

What started with a roar is ending with a whimper. On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, dozens of Insure Tennessee supporters rallied, shouted and sang songs outside the House chamber.

4. Homebuyers feel pinch of higher prices, low inventory -

When Will Burns bought his condo along a once-blighted stretch of Nolensville Pike near the Fairgrounds, he thought it would be a good investment. It turns out he was right.

Home prices in the nearby Woodbine neighborhood skyrocketed nearly 30 percent in the past year, according to a market analysis by the Layson Group, a Keller Williams real estate firm in Nashville.

5. Back to Cuba? No, Martinez happy in Nashville -

When Chuchi hugs me after his black beans and rice, I mentally thank Barack Obama (I’ll get back to him much later) for leading me to one of Nashville’s most urban intersections, where I sit at an alfresco café table, watching the traffic whip by and listening to sirens and parking-lot conversation conducted, for the most part, in a foreign language.

6. Allergan, Pfizer call off proposed $160B merger -

The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., will stay put thanks to aggressive new Treasury Department rules that succeeded in blocking Pfizer from acquiring rival Allergan and moving to Ireland — on paper — to reduce its tax bill.

7. US stocks rise as health care and energy companies soar -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks broke a two-day losing streak Wednesday as investors bought up drugmakers and other health care companies. Energy companies also jumped as the price of oil surged.

8. US stocks jump after solid March jobs report -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Friday after the government said job growth continued at a strong clip in March. Makers of consumer goods and household products rose, and health care companies rebounded. The solid employment report helped U.S. stocks stay out of a steep global decline.

9. March is a good month to find deals on Japanese cars -

DETROIT (AP) — If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.

Unlike U.S., European and Korean automakers, which end their financial year on Dec. 31, Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. close their books on March 31. In order to hit their annual sales targets, Japanese automakers usually ramp up the promotions and deals in March.

10. Famous guitars get new life in Berry Hill -

It wouldn’t have surprised me to hear Vince Gill’s intricate fingerings of “For What It’s Worth” (my favorite Vince solo) or “Oklahoma Borderline” (Chet Atkins’ favorite) when I stepped inside the door of the non-descript complex that houses Joe Glaser’s guitar repair, resuscitation and rebirthing center.

11. Dodging a disaster with Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

12. What do today’s buyers want? Finished product -

As homeowners prepare their homes for the spring selling season, they ponder what improvements should be made in order to make their homes more sellable, in particular what expenditures will deliver the most return for the cash invested.

13. New industry, housing spur Midstate growth -

The bitter taste of Hemlock Semiconductor’s abandonment of plans to build a billion-dollar plant in Montgomery County has been sweetened somewhat, one of many in the commercial real estate market in Nashville’s surrounding counties.

14. Solving problems at Brentwood's B&C Hardware, 1 ‘thingamajig’ at a time -

Pushing at the bridge of his spectacles – with lenses that transition from clear to dark depending on the light – the 60-year-old, who likes to ratchet folks’ woes down to the basic nuts and bolts, looks toward the paint counter near the doorway of B&C Ace Hardware.

15. Cover letter holds value, even in age of resume upload -

Have you heard the rumor? Everything important about your career is listed within the pages of your resume.

Why would you possibly want to waste your time putting together a cover letter these days? Applying online is easy. All you need to do is upload your resume and click submit.

16. Study: Lexus, Porsche and Buick are most dependable -

DETROIT (AP) — Lexus, Porsche and Buick are the most dependable vehicle brands based on the number of problems reported by owners, according to a study released Wednesday by the consulting firm J.D. Power.

17. New regime begins rebuild at NFL Combine -

The sports nation’s eyes are rarely fixed on the Tennessee Titans. The upcoming season will be the franchise’s 20th year in the state of Tennessee, and except for their Super Bowl run in 1999 and a couple of playoff years where they were the No. 1 seed, the Titans haven’t really commanded the full attention of the football world.

18. Oil prices lift the market again as energy stocks rally -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks jumped Monday as the price of oil surged again, lifting energy stocks as well as mining and chemicals companies. Indexes in Europe and Asia also rose as investors hoped for stimulus to strengthen the economies of those regions and boost sales of energy, building materials and other goods.

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

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

20. Main Street holds up as Wall Street struggles, for a change -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is hurting, and Main Street doesn't care. It's got burgers and cars to buy.

Big losses in stock markets around the world this year have the wingtip-set fretting, but regular consumers across the United States are confident enough to open their wallets and spend more. It's an about-face from the early years of the economic recovery, which began in 2009, when stocks and big banks were soaring but many on Main Street felt like they were getting left behind.

21. What a recession does to your money -

NEW YORK (AP) — If we are indeed in the midst of a recession — and we won't know we're in one until well after it's begun — stocks likely still have a long way to go down.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index has dropped 14 percent since peaking last summer, and it joined markets around the world in another steep slide on Thursday. Worries are high that the sharp slowdown in China's growth, falling U.S. corporate profits and other downward pressures will pull the economy back into a recession.

22. Buttermilk more than refreshing drink -

Buttermilk brings to mind good old-fashioned home cooking. My Granny used it in just about everything, and was never out of it.

In pioneer days, nothing went to waste on the homestead, including the liquid leftover after churning butter. Combined with natural airborne bacteria, this liquid thickened and soured, resulting in buttermilk, which made an excellent addition to baked goods.

23. Sedona’s warranty, interior make it a must-see -

With the best warranty coverage of any minivan and an award-winning and inviting interior, the 2016 Kia Sedona is a must-see for anyone looking to buy a spacious and comfortable family ride.

In fact, the Sedona in top SXL trim comes with luxury car features, including a heated steering wheel that keeps hands warm on frigid winter days, handsome, two-tone, Nappa leather seats that are both heated and cooled, “first class lounge” reclining seats with foot rests in the second row and a surround-sound audio system.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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:

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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?

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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:

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.”

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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?

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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).