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1. US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a "Plan B" for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

2. Study: Pentagon reliance on contractors hurt US in 9/11 wars -

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. It's the latest work to argue the U.S. reliance on private corporations for war-zone duties that used to be done by troops contributed to mission failure in Afghanistan.

3. After voters embraced mail ballots, GOP states tighten rules -

A monthslong campaign by the Republican Party, fueled in part by the false narrative of widespread fraud in last year's presidential election, has led to a wave of new voting laws that will tighten access to the ballot for millions of Americans.

4. Hydrogen-powered vehicles: A realistic path to clean energy? -

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Each morning at a transit facility in Canton, Ohio, more than a dozen buses pull up to a fueling station before fanning out to their routes in this city south of Cleveland.

The buses — made by El Dorado National and owned by the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority — look like any others. Yet collectively, they reflect the cutting edge of a technology that could play a key role in producing cleaner inter-city transportation. In place of pollution-belching diesel fuel, one-fourth of the agency's buses run on hydrogen. They emit nothing but harmless water vapor.

5. Old bugaboo complicates US-Russia search for new arms deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their search for a new approach to arms control, Moscow and Washington are likely to soon encounter an old bugaboo: Russia's demand that the U.S. stop resisting limits on its missile defenses, which the Russians view as a long-term threat and the Americans see as a deterrent to war.

6. Critics: Postal Service plans imperil community newspapers -

The U.S. Postal Service's plan to raise mailing rates could present one more damaging blow to community newspapers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and advertising declines, a trade group says.

7. Iran's election unsettles Biden's hope for a nuclear deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden administration officials are insisting that the election of a hard-liner as Iran's president won't affect prospects for reviving the faltering 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. But there are already signs that their goal of locking in a deal just got tougher.

8. As GOP restricts voting, Democrats move to expand access -

Last year, for the first time in more than a quarter-century, Democrats in Virginia took control of the statehouse and the governor's mansion. Since then, one priority has become clear: expanding voting rights.

9. Kremlin: Putin's offer of a call with Biden was to save ties -

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin's offer to speak by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden was intended to prevent bilateral ties from completely falling apart over the American's remark that the Russian leader was a killer.

10. Coronavirus cases drop at US homes for elderly and infirm -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Coronavirus cases have dropped at U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care facilities over the past few weeks, offering a glimmer of hope that health officials attribute to the start of vaccinations, an easing of the post-holiday surge and better prevention, among other reasons.

11. EXPLAINER: Why GameStop's stock surge is shaking Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not just you. What's going on with GameStop's stock doesn't make sense to a lot of people.

The struggling video game retailer's stock has been making stupefying moves this month, wild enough to raise concerns from professional investors on Wall Street to the hallways of regulators and the White House in Washington.

12. Bradley starts clinic for Black-owned businesses -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is launching its Black-Owned Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic. The firm has partnered with the Arts& Business Council of Greater Nashville and its Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts program to provide accessible and affordable business-oriented legal services to Black-owned small businesses and nonprofits.

13. Biden chooses veteran diplomat Burns as CIA director -

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Burns, a well-known figure in diplomatic circles around the world, is President-elect Joe Biden's choice to lead the CIA, a selection likely to be embraced by the rank and file at the nation's premier spy agency.

14. With Trump silent, reprisals for hacks may fall to Biden -

WASHINGTON (AP) — All fingers are pointing to Russia as the source of the worst-ever hack of U.S. government agencies. But President Donald Trump, long wary of blaming Moscow for cyberattacks, has been silent.

15. Thanksgiving could make or break US coronavirus response -

In Pennsylvania, if you're having friends over to socialize, you're supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That's the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it.

"No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home," said Chestnut, 60, of Shippensburg. "They do not pay my bills and they are not going to tell me what to do."

16. Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign was powered by a cell phone app that allowed staff to monitor the movements of his millions of supporters, and offered intimate access to their social networks.

17. States cite smooth election, despite Trump's baseless claims -

ATLANTA (AP) — The 2020 election unfolded smoothly across the country and without any widespread irregularities, according to state officials and election experts, a stark contrast to the baseless claims of fraud being leveled by President Donald Trump following his defeat.

18. Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears -

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country.

19. Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears -

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country.

20. Biden: Would push for less US reliance on nukes for defense -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump's buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although the former vice president has not fully detailed his nuclear priorities, he says he would make the U.S. less reliant on the world's deadliest weapons.

21. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's torrent of falsehoods, Biden missteps -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing defense on his handling of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is letting the falsehoods fly.

Over the weekend, he railed against cases of voting fraud that didn't exist, asserted that COVID-19 was "rounding a corner" despite what his top health advisers say and blasted Joe Biden for supposed positions on energy and health care that his Democratic rival doesn't hold.

22. Trump's talk of secret new weapon fits a pattern of puzzles -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expanding his arsenal of spectacular, but hard to explain, claims about U.S. military might.

First, there were invisible airplanes. Then, a "super duper" missile.

23. Dem report: Postal Service changes delay prescription drugs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivery of mail-order prescription drugs was delayed significantly this summer after the new postmaster general ordered major changes in U.S. Postal Service operations, according to a report released Wednesday by Senate Democrats.

24. AP FACT CHECK: Clean air, dirty ballot claims not so clear -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is muddying up claims about clean air and dirty election ballots in the U.S., falsely taking credit for lower gasoline prices and misrepresenting Democratic rival Joe Biden's stance on the suburbs.

25. A Zoom Thanksgiving? Summer could give way to a bleaker fall -

As the Summer of COVID draws to a close, many experts fear an even bleaker fall and suggest that American families should start planning for Thanksgiving by Zoom.

Because of the many uncertainties, public health scientists say it's easier to forecast the weather on Thanksgiving Day than to predict how the U.S. coronavirus crisis will play out this autumn. But school reopenings, holiday travel and more indoor activity because of colder weather could all separately increase transmission of the virus and combine in ways that could multiply the threat, they say.

26. Japan's 'flying car' gets off ground, with a person aboard -

TOKYO (AP) — The decades-old dream of zipping around in the sky as simply as driving on highways may be becoming less illusory.

Japan's SkyDrive Inc., among the myriads of "flying car" projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard.

27. Postmaster: No pre-election return of mail boxes, equipment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressed by senators, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Friday he was unaware of recent mail operation changes until they sparked a public uproar. But he also said he has no plans to restore mailboxes or high-speed sorting machines that have been removed.

28. Embattled postal leader is Trump donor with deep GOP ties -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louis DeJoy, the embattled leader of the U.S. Postal Service, is the first postmaster general in nearly two decades who is not a career postal employee. That doesn't mean he's unfamiliar with the agency.

29. Trump admits he's blocking postal cash to stop mail-in votes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frankly acknowledged that he's starving the U.S. Postal Service of money to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots, which he worries could cost him reelection.

30. Trump opposes postal money that would help vote-by-mail -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

31. Trump's pandemic relief orders are limited in scope -

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's new executive orders to help Americans struggling under the economic recession are far less sweeping than any pandemic relief bill Congress would pass.

Trump acted Saturday after negotiations for a second pandemic relief bill reached an impasse. Democrats initially sought a $3.4 trillion package, but said they lowered their demand to $2 trillion. Republicans had proposed a $1 trillion plan.

32. Travel bans, market chaos: Dizzying reaction to virus spread -

ROME (AP) — Sweeping travel bans cascaded around the globe Thursday, walling off countries and even entire continents, keeping people inside their homes, and slowing the engines of commerce to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Markets collapsed with the growing realization that there would be no fast end to the uncertainty.

33. Publisher Simon & Schuster for sale, not 'core' to ViacomCBS -

NEW YORK (AP) — Simon & Schuster, the publisher of such authors as Stephen King and Bob Woodward, is up for sale.

34. Genesco announces new corporate headquarters -

Genesco Inc. has announced plans for its new corporate headquarters in Nashville at 535 Marriott that will occupy approximately two thirds of the facility’s 310,000 square feet of space. Relocation is targeted for a early 2021.

35. Trump support for Iran protesters could fuel anti-US forces -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's embrace of anti-government protesters in Iran is another departure from his predecessors, who feared such overt support could backfire and inadvertently help hard-liners in the Islamic Republic.

36. AP FACT CHECK: Trump says Pelosi, Dems defended Iran general -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the impeachment investigation and Democrats' stance on Iran strained the truth on various fronts, from claiming that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to asserting that even Ukraine's president said Trump did nothing wrong in withholding military aid.

37. Lyft's good-guy image tainted by sexual assault lawsuits -

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, Lyft has been the good guy of ride-hailing. In early days, its cars were adorned with whimsical pink mustaches. Its founders talked about improving peoples' lives by reducing individual car ownership. And while Uber drivers grabbed headlines for assaulting passengers, somehow — despite many drivers working for both companies — Lyft remained unscathed.

38. 3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla's Autopilot -

DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company's Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets.

39. Frustrated US diplomats fight back in impeachment probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration's unorthodox policy toward Ukraine.

40. Trump portrays Mideast as a bloody sandbox, maligns Kurds -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is surfacing cultural stereotypes as he depicts the Middle East as a blood-soaked sandbox where people "play" violently because that's "what they do" in that part of the world.

41. Study links Russian tweets to release of hacked emails -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election has generally been seen as two separate, unrelated tracks: hacking Democratic emails and sending provocative tweets. But a new study suggests the tactics were likely intertwined.

42. Researchers: AI surveillance is expanding worldwide -

A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group's report published Tuesday.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says at least 75 countries are actively using AI tools such as facial recognition for surveillance.

43. Diplomats shaken by resignation of Britain's US ambassador -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Britain's ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it's unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship or diplomatic practice.

44. Diplomats shaken for now after Britain's US ambassador quits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Britain's ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it's unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship or diplomatic practice.

45. Facebook limits livestreaming ahead of tech summit in Paris -

PARIS (AP) — Facebook toughened its livestreaming policies Wednesday as it prepared to huddle with world leaders and other tech CEOs in Paris to find ways to keep social media from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast terror attacks.

46. US abstains from global pledge to curb online violence -

PARIS (AP) — The White House is not endorsing a global pledge to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks, citing respect for "freedom of expression and freedom of the press."

47. AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin on 'no collusion'; economy myths -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still pulling numbers out of thin air on the economy.

Trump repeatedly asserted that the U.S. economy is perhaps the best "ever" and insisted that last quarter's gross domestic product was the highest in 14 years. Neither claim is true.

48. Ruta Sepetys: Seeker of lost stories -

Ruta Sepetys, a former manager of singers and songwriters and now a New York Times bestselling author, will tell you that she is a seeker of lost stories.

It was her family’s lost stories that kick-started her career as a one of the top historical fiction authors for young readers. Known as a crossover author because her books are read by both young readers and adults, Sepetys has displayed an ability to share these lost stories to readers across the world, something she says gives her immense joy.

49. Putin: NKorea ready to denuclearize — if it gets guarantees -

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad guarantee of security beforehand.

50. Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services.

51. Tesla gears up for fully self-driving cars amid skepticism -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears poised to transform the company's electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision that he has been floating for years.

52. Cumberland Trust adds trust administrator -

Nashville-based Cumberland Trust recently added David Liles to its estate administration team as a trust administrator. In his role, Liles supports the administration of post-mortem estates and helps clients and beneficiaries understand the steps of the estate settlement process.

53. Sanders pitches a tougher line than Trump on GM closures -

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of betraying the working people who put him in office and challenged him to deny federal contracts to General Motors until the company reopens shuttered plants.

54. Autonomous car testing plan aims to boost public confidence -

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Companies testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh will have to immediately report crashes resulting in any injuries as part of new guidelines announced Monday intended to boost public confidence in the testing after a deadly accident in Arizona last year.

55. AT&T shakes up WarnerMedia to emphasize streaming -

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that AT&T's $81 billion takeover of Time Warner is a done deal , the company is reorganizing its TV and movie businesses to emphasize streaming rather than cable TV networks.

56. US pulls out of Cold War-era nuclear treaty, blaming Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Friday that it is pulling out of a landmark nuclear arms treaty with Russia, arguing that it should not be constrained by a deal Moscow is violating with "impunity" by deploying banned missiles. Democrats in Congress and some arms control advocates slammed the decision as opening the door to an arms race.

57. AP-NORC Poll: Most support gene editing to protect babies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases — but a new poll shows they'd draw the line at changing DNA so children are born smarter, faster or taller.

58. Still going strong as those who idolize him fade -

The gentle music giant, once a prospective Traveling Wilbury and a guy whose twangy guitar pulsates the heart of rock ’n’ roll, sits in his Franklin home and talks about – among other things – The Beatles’ so-called “White Album” that he got right from the source when it was released a half-century ago.

59. Tech execs at White House field ideas for US dominance -

Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm gathered Thursday at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump's administration and the tech industry and an ongoing trade war with China.

60. Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator Bowman for Fed board -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Michelle Bowman, a Kansas banking regulator, as a member of the Federal Reserve board.

61. Shareholders must vote on Musk's return as Tesla chairman -

If Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to return as chairman, shareholders will have to vote on it.

The requirement is detailed in a court brief filed jointly on Thursday by Tesla and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The brief was required by a federal judge who must approve a securities fraud settlement reached with Musk and the company last month.

62. Trump to nominate economist Nellie Liang for Fed board seat -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to nominate former Federal Reserve economist Nellie Liang to the central bank's board of governors, tapping an official who played a key role at the Fed in dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

63. With the fall of a kingmaker, CBS is punished on Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sizing up a future of a network without its kingmaker, Wall Street sent shares of CBS down sharply Monday, the first day of trading since the departure of Les Moonves.

CBS said late Sunday, as more allegations of sexual abuse surfaced, that Moonves would be replaced and that the company was shaking up its board of directors.

64. Legal Aid Society picks Family Law lead attorney -

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm, has promoted Shaina Thompson to family law lead attorney for its Nashville office.

She will help victims of domestic violence gain independence from abusive situations. Beyond Orders of Protection and divorces, this includes helping victims with issues like denial of benefits, food stamps and/or housing.

65. China says US swinging 'big stick' of unfair trade tactics -

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused the United States of using bullying tactics and blackmail in threatening to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports, ramping up criticism that the measures levied in the name of balancing trade would harm both countries' companies and the world economy.

66. China says US swinging 'big stick' of unfair trade tactics -

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused the United States of using bullying tactics and blackmail in threatening to impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports, ramping up criticism that the measures levied in the name of balancing trade would harm both countries' companies and the world economy.

67. Verizon, AT&T to end location data sales to brokers -

Verizon and AT&T have pledged to stop providing information on phone owners' locations to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for endangering privacy.

The data has apparently allowed outside companies to pinpoint the location of wireless devices without their owners' knowledge or consent.  Verizon said that about 75 companies have been obtaining its customer data from two little-known California-based brokers that Verizon supplies directly — LocationSmart and Zumigo

68. Senate panel approves nominations for 2 Fed board seats -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's nomination of Columbia University professor Richard Clarida to be the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. The panel also approved the nomination of Kansas bank commissioner Michelle Bowman to fill another vacancy on the Fed's seven-member board.

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

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

70. Fed keeps key rate steady but notes rising inflation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping its benchmark interest rate unchanged but says that inflation is climbing after years of being stuck below the Fed's target level.

The Fed on Wednesday left its key short-term rate at 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, the level it set in March after its sixth increase since December 2015. The Fed is gradually tightening credit to control inflation against the backdrop of a tight labor market and a pickup in consumer prices.

71. Fed is set to leave rates alone but to hike later in year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is all but sure to leave interest rates unchanged this week, though steady economic growth and inflation pressures will likely keep the Fed on a path toward further rate hikes later this year.

72. Putin: Russia list is a hostile move driven by Trump foes -

MOSCOW (AP) — Mixing irony with scorn, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday described a new list including Russian officials and tycoons under a U.S. sanctions law as a hostile and "stupid" move spearheaded by President Donald Trump's political foes, but he said the Kremlin will refrain from retaliation for now.

73. Quarles lays out road map for bank regulations -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's top official on financial regulation is putting forward a wide-ranging agenda for improving the way the nation's banks are regulated, saying he wants to focus on "efficiency, transparency and simplicity."

74. Senate committee approves nomination of Powell for Fed chair -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee has voted for a second time to approve President Donald Trump's nomination of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The approval Wednesday was by voice vote, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, voting no. The re-vote was needed because the full Senate did not take up Powell's nomination last year. The term of current Fed Chair Janet Yellen ends on Feb. 3.

75. Senate panel approves Jerome Powell as Fed chairman -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The committee vote was 22-1 with all Republicans and every Democrat except Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., supporting the nomination.

76. Trump to nominate economics professor to Federal Reserve -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to nominate Marvin Goodfriend, a Carnegie Mellon University economics professor, for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, the latest step in the administration's effort to put its stamp on the nation's central bank.

77. Big question for US cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 worth the price? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon's second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer:

Is it worth it?

Amazon is promising $5 billion of investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and a half. Yet the winning city would have to provide Amazon with generous tax breaks and other incentives that can erode a city's tax base.

78. Fed Vice Chairman Fischer to resign for 'personal reasons' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer will resign next month for personal reasons, leaving a fourth vacancy on the seven-member Fed governing board.

Fischer is a widely-respected economist who taught at MIT and was head of the Bank of Israel for eight years. His unexpected departure adds to a leadership vacuum at the top of the Fed as it navigates a difficult path. Fischer, 73, was a close confidant of Fed Chair Janet Yellen, whose own term ends in February

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

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

80. Patent attorney launches intellectual law practice -

Patent attorney A.J. Bahou has opened Bahou Law, PLLC. Bahou is experienced in trials and mediations, and is a registered patent attorney who practices in the area of electrical and computer engineering technologies, Blockchain, data privacy, cyber security, health care and intellectual property law, including litigation management of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.

81. Printer’s Alley hotel to open in late 2017 -

A new Art-Deco-era designed boutique hotel, with specialty shops, a working printing press and bars and restaurants, will open in downtown Nashville in late 2017 near historic Printer’s Alley.

82. Fed is set to raise rates this week despite political tumult -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington political world is in disarray. Britain's election tumult has scrambled the outlook for Europe. And economies in the United States and abroad are plodding along at a pace that hardly suggests robust health.

83. Senate hearing to focus on Russian disinformation tactics -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year's presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat says.

84. Meharry names senior VP, medical school dean -

Meharry Medical College has appointed Veronica Thierry Mallett M.D., MMM, as its senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, effective March 2017.

Mallett is a researcher and educator, known for her work in women’s health and reducing health disparities.

85. Trump is a mixed blessing for Chinese leaders -

BEIJING (AP) — Donald Trump is a mixed blessing for Chinese leaders.

Trump's threats to tear up trade deals and hike tariffs on Chinese goods look ominous. If carried out, they could chill thriving commercial ties at a time when Beijing is struggling to shore up economic growth.

86. Long-time Franklin CFO, assistant administrator retires -

Russ Truell, Franklin’s assistant city administrator and chief financial officer, has announced his retirement effective December 15.

Truell has worked for the city for the last 13 years and oversees Water Management, Sanitation and Environmental Services, Finance, Information Technology, Municipal Court, Purchasing and Transit.

87. Uber riders in Pittsburgh get a taste of driverless future -

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Taylor Pollier got an offer from Uber he couldn't refuse — to be part of an experiment with a car of the future.

Uber on Wednesday became the first company to make self-driving cars available to the general public in the U.S. through a test program in Pittsburgh. The ride-hailing service selected a group of customers, including Pollier, to take free rides in autonomous Ford Fusions, with human drivers as backups.

88. Uber gives riders a preview of the driverless future -

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Uber riders in Pittsburgh can get a glimpse of the future by summoning a car capable of handling most of the tasks of driving on its own.

Starting Wednesday morning, a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions will pick up Uber riders who opted to participate in a test program. While the vehicles are loaded with features that allow them to navigate on their own, an Uber engineer will sit in the driver's seat and seize control if things go awry.

89. Events -

Nashville Originals’ Restaurant Week. A biannual event sponsored by Nashville Originals, Restaurant Week is a way to enjoy Nashville’s unique local dining establishments. Participating downtown restaurants include Capitol Grille, 55 South, Americano, blvd, Caffe Nonna, Cork & Cow, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Fleet Street Pub, Flyte, Germantown Café, Harvest at Homestead, Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse, Midtown Cafe, Midtown Cafe, Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Pineapple Room Restaurant at Cheekwood, Puckett’s Boat House, Puckett’s Franklin, Puckett’s 5th & Church, Red Pony, Rumours East, Scout’s Pub, Table 3, Tin Angel, Watermark, Wild Iris. Participating restaurants will feature special prices and menus throughout the week and across mealtimes. Through Sunday. Complete list of participating restaurants at http://nashvilleoriginals.com

90. Events -

Chamber East Networking Coffee. Join business and community leaders in East Nashville for the Chamber East monthly networking coffee and community update. Studio 615, 272 Broadmoor Drive, Nashville. Wednesday, 8:15-9:30 a.m. Information: nashvillechamber.com

91. Business attorney joins Bone McAllester Norton -

Bone McAllester Norton has added W. Justin Adams, an experienced business lawyer and litigator who represents companies and individuals in corporate, health care and employment transactions and disputes, often in the role of outside general counsel.

92. Coming later today: Apple's next big software improvements -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With sales of Apple's flagship iPhone slowing , the spotlight is on the company's hunt for its next big thing. Apple's annual software developers conference, which kicks off Monday, will be its next big opportunity to show the world what's coming next.

93. Demand for the new Tesla is wild, but limited to tech fans -

DETROIT (AP) — Demand for Tesla's new Model 3 has been eye-popping, with consumers pre-ordering about $13.7 billion worth of the electric sedans nearly two years before they go on sale.

Yet experts aren't yet ready to proclaim it's a tipping point with mainstream America moving from burning gasoline to charging batteries.

94. Autonomous cars aren't perfect, but how safe must they be? -

DETROIT (AP) — As autonomous car technology rapidly progresses, makers of the cars face the difficult question of how safe they must be before they're ready to move people on highways and city streets.

95. In California tests, self-driving cars still need human help -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Futuristic self-driving cars traveling along California roads have needed plenty of old-fashioned human intervention to stay safe.

California's Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday released reports filed by seven companies the agency gave permission to test prototype vehicles in public. The documents summarized instances in which a human driver had to take over due to technology problems or other safety concerns.

96. Belmont’s Littlejohn named Professor of the Year -

Belmont’s Ronnie Littlejohn, professor of philosophy and director of the University’s Asian Studies program, has been named as the 2015 Tennessee Professor of the Year, an award selection determined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

97. Tech companies face rocky road on the way to making cars -

NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley may think it can build a better car. But should it?

As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.

98. AP analysis: VW evasion likely led to dozens of deaths -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

99. Toyota to invest $50M in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT -

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.

100. Events -

Boost Your Business Nashville. A boot camp-style event to help the region’s small businesses grow. Facebook is teaming with other small business advocates – Mailchimp, Shopify, Visa and Zenefits – as well as author and small business marketing expert Mari Smith. The event will include a keynote from Facebook’s director of small business, Jonathan Czaja, a panel featuring local small businesses and breakout sessions led by Facebook, Mailchimp, and Shopify. Two sessions today: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-5:30 p.m. $25. Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St., Nashville. Information: https://boostyourbusiness-nashville.eventfarm.com