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1. Stocks end higher on Wall Street after more choppy trading -

Another day of choppy trading on Wall Street ended with modest gains for stocks Thursday and the benchmark S&P 500 barely back into the green for the week.

The S&P 500 rose 0.2% after shifting between small gains and losses for much of the day. It's now up 0.1% for the week.

2. US government sues to block $40 billion Nvidia-Arm chip deal -

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block graphics chip maker Nvidia's $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm, saying the deal would create a powerful company that could hurt the growth of new technologies.

3. US stocks close higher as banks, technology lead broad rally -

A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with stocks broadly higher and another all-time high for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Banks and technology companies led a late-afternoon turnaround that pushed the S&P 500 to a 0.8% gain, reversing the benchmark index's losses for the week. Gains in most Dow companies, including Goldman Sachs, IBM and Cisco Systems, nudged the blue chip index to a new high for the second straight day.

4. US stocks slip in mixed trading as rate pressure ratchets up -

Rising Treasury yields put pressure once more on big technology companies Tuesday, pulling U.S. stock indexes further below their recent all-time highs.

The S&P 500 lost 0.3%. Health care stocks also dragged down the market, outweighing gains by banks, industrial stocks and companies that rely on consumer spending. Smaller companies bucked the downward trend, powering the Russell 2000 index to a 1.7% gain.

5. Wall Street falls just short of record for S&P 500, again -

NEW YORK (AP) — Another afternoon fade for stocks left Wall Street just shy of a record on Thursday, after the S&P 500 briefly crossed above its all-time closing high for the second straight day.

The S&P 500 dipped 6.92 points, or 0.2%, to 3,373.43. At one point during the day, it climbed above 3,386.15. That's the record closing level it set in February, before investors appreciated how much devastation the new coronavirus would cause for the global economy.

6. New Trump advisory groups to consult on reopening US economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's enlisting advisers from nearly all sectors of American commerce, the medical field and elected office to help shape his plans to reopen the coronavirus-battered economy.

7. US stocks edge mostly lower after China virus cases spike -

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Thursday as investors turned cautious following a surge in cases of a new virus in China that threatens to crimp economic growth and hurt businesses worldwide.

The modest losses snapped a three-day streak of record highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite. The selling marked only the second day this month that the market has declined.

8. Stock indexes rally to more record highs, led by tech gains -

Another rally on Wall Street powered stock indexes to more records Thursday.

The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite notched all-time highs, extending the market's gains after a strong start to the year.

9. S&P 500, Nasdaq at records as hopes build for a trade deal -

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at all-time highs Thursday on renewed optimism that the U.S. and China are close to reaching a deal in their costly trade war.

Financial, technology and health care stocks powered much of the rally, which gave the S&P 500 its second straight gain and erased its losses from earlier in the week.

10. S&P 500 ekes out record high after listless day of trading -

A day of listless trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with another record high for the S&P 500.

The benchmark index notched its third consecutive gain after spending most of the day wavering between small gains and losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite also budged little, capping the day with miniscule drops.

11. 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.

12. US stocks veer higher in latest bout of market volatility -

Stocks around the world remained stuck in the spin cycle Thursday, as worries about a possible recession collided with hopes that the strongest part of the U.S. economy — shoppers spending at stores and online — can keep going.

13. S&P 500 snaps 2-day losing streak; mixed finish for stocks -

Wall Street capped a day of listless trading Tuesday with modest gains, narrowly avoiding a three-day losing streak for the S&P 500 index.

A last-minute burst of buying nudged the benchmark index into positive territory after spending most of the day flat or down.

14. Stocks end a wobbly day mostly higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a wobbly day mostly higher as gains for technology and health care stocks offset losses in the energy sector.

Cisco Systems climbed 2% Tuesday and Pfizer added 1%.

15. Banks, tech stocks drag market to 2nd straight loss -

Stocks closed modestly lower on Wall Street Wednesday, handing the market its second straight loss.

Banks and technology companies accounted for much of the slide as investors shifted money into U.S. bonds, precious metals and other holdings considered safe havens after more than a week of aggressive buying.

16. Experts: US anti-Huawei campaign likely exaggerated -

Since last year, the U.S. has waged a vigorous diplomatic offensive against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, claiming that any nation deploying its gear in next-generation wireless networks is giving Beijing a conduit for espionage or worse.

17. Football great Joe Montana looking to score with marijuana -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry, is part of a $75 million investment in a pot operator, it was announced Thursday.

18. Stocks bounce back as tech, retail and banks jump -

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks rose Monday after taking big losses last week. Major technology companies recovered some of their recent losses and retailers and travel companies climbed on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season.

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

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

20. Stocks open lower on Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street, extending the market's losing streak into a sixth day.

Health care companies and banks fell the most early Thursday. Johnson & Johnson and Citigroup each fell about 1 percent.

21. Big spenders: S&P 500 stock buybacks set record in 1Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Flush with savings from lower tax bills and profits from a growing economy, big U.S. companies are spending a record amount buying back their own stock.

Stock repurchases hit $189.1 billion in the first quarter for the S&P 500, according to preliminary results from S&P Dow Jones Indices. That tops the prior record of $171.9 billion set during the summer of 2007, just before the Great Recession struck.

22. Business leaders speak out against child separation policy -

DETROIT (AP) — Business leaders are condemning the Trump administration's decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally.

The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group that includes the CEOs of Walmart Inc., General Motors Co., Boeing Co. and Mastercard Inc., released a statement Tuesday urging the immediate end to the policy.

23. US stocks end choppy day slightly lower amid trade jitters -

U.S. stock indexes closed slightly lower Thursday after a day of mostly choppy trading, wiping out some of the market's gains from a day earlier.
Technology stocks took some of the worst losses. Fast-food chains and other consumer-focused companies, utilities and banks also declined, outweighing gains in energy and industrial stocks. Small-company stocks fared better than the rest of the market.
The indexes veered solidly into the red by late afternoon ahead of a new round of trade talks between the U.S. and China. The countries have threatened tariffs on each other.
"Now that we're making it out of earnings season, geopolitical is going to come back into the forefront of what the market's concerns are," said Shawn Cruz, manager of trader strategy at TD Ameritrade. "And that may continue to drive intraday volatility until we get more certainty as far as what is actually going to come out of these trade talks."
The S&P 500 index slipped 2.33 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,720.13. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 54.95 points, or 0.2 percent, to 24,713.98. The drop pulled the Dow into the red for the year. The Nasdaq composite fell 15.82 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,382.47.
The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks bucked the downward trend, setting an all-time high for the second day in a row. The index picked up 8.92 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,625.29.
Small-cap companies tend to be more focused on business in the U.S., rather than overseas, which may make them more attractive to investors worried about a trade war or rising interest rates.
"The concern is on the geopolitical front, that's why you're seeing the large-cap, the multinationals, really getting hit by this," Cruz said.
The Trump administration was scheduled to resume talks in Washington with senior Chinese officials seeking to ward off a trade war between the world's two biggest economies. But while fielding questions from reporters Thursday afternoon, Trump suggested the talks may not end up averting a trade war with China: "Will that be successful? I tend to doubt it," Trump said.
Investors took note of the remarks and the market indexes moved lower after spending much of the day wavering between small gains and losses.
The Trump administration has proposed tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese products to punish Beijing for forcing American companies to turn over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market. China has countered by targeting $50 billion in U.S. products. Neither country has imposed the tariffs.
The latest quarterly results and outlooks from several companies also put investors in a selling mood.
J.C. Penney sank 12.4 percent to $2.69 after the struggling department store chain said it might take a loss in 2018 as it cut its annual forecast. Jack in the Box lost 8.3 percent to $83.79 after the burger chain's earnings fell short of analysts' expectations.
Cisco Systems led a slide in technology stocks after the seller of routers, switches and software's latest quarterly results disappointed traders. The stock slid 3.8 percent to $43.46.
Dillard's bucked the trend with earnings that exceeded Wall Street's estimates. The department store chain climbed 6.3 percent to $76.53.
CBS slid 4.1 percent to $51.61 after a Delaware judge refused Thursday to grant the company a restraining order against its majority shareholder. CBS had sought to prevent Shari Redstone's National Amusements from thwarting a board vote on a dividend that would dilute National Amusements' voting power, effectively giving CBS independence.
An early rally in crude oil faded by late afternoon. Benchmark U.S. crude oil ended flat at $71.49 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oil, rose 2 cents to close at $79.30 a barrel in London. It had been briefly above $80 a barrel, its highest level since November 2014.
Energy stocks notched solid gains. Valero Energy gained 4.1 percent to $119.71.
Williams Partners jumped 8 percent to $41.49 after it agreed to be acquired by oil pipeline company Williams Cos. in an all-stock deal they valued at $10.5 billion.
Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 3.11 percent from 3.10 percent late Wednesday.
The dollar rose to 110.75 yen from 110.25 yen on Wednesday. The euro weakened to $1.1799 from $1.1802.
Gold fell $2.10 to $1,289.40 an ounce. Silver added 11 cents to $16.48 an ounce. Copper gained 2 cents to $3.09 a pound.
In other energy futures trading, heating oil rose a penny to $2.28 a gallon. Wholesale gasoline fell a penny to $2.24 a gallon. Natural gas gained 4 cents to $2.89 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Major stock indexes in Europe finished higher Thursday. Germany's DAX gained 0.9 percent, while France's CAC 40 rose 1 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.7 percent. Major indexes in Asia ended mostly lower. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 0.5 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.5 percent. The Kospi in South Korea slid 0.5 percent.


24. Stocks power higher after a dreadful week; Dow jumps 410 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks powered higher Monday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average up 410 points, as the market clawed back more of its massive losses from the previous two weeks.

Apple jumped 4 percent and led a rally in technology companies, while industrial companies, banks, and consumer-focused companies like retailers also rose.

25. US stocks mostly slip away from their latest record highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks mostly slipped away from their latest record highs Wednesday as the two former halves of Hewlett-Packard both tumbled, while falling interest rates helped phone companies but hurt banks.

26. Technology companies, retailers send US stock indexes higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Monday as a mix of smaller, U.S.-focused companies, technology firms and banks climbed. Drugmakers struggled, which limited those gains.

Retailers and smaller companies rose for the third day in a row as their latest quarterly reports have investors feeling better about the U.S. economy and the amount of shopping people are likely to do over the holidays. Technology companies rose following another deal between chipmakers, and industrial companies also posted gains.

27. Tech companies lead early gains for US stocks -

U.S. stocks moved higher in early trading Thursday, led by big gains in technology companies. Consumer product makers and health care stocks also rose. Energy companies declined as the price of crude oil headed lower.

28. US stocks skid as GE tumbles and technology companies fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Industrial and technology companies and retailers all stumbled Monday as U.S. stocks began the week with losses. General Electric suffered its worst one-day loss in six years following downgrades from analysts.

29. US stocks slide after results from Wal-Mart and Cisco -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning as investors fail to get excited by quarterly reports from big names like retailer Wal-Mart and technology bellwether Cisco Systems. Most industries are slipping, with some of the biggest losses going to technology and industrial companies, retailers and banks. After dramatic moves late last week and earlier this week, stocks appear to have returned to the pattern of small moves that has marked this year.

30. Technology and health care lift stocks to record highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, health care and energy companies. Media companies also rose as stock indexes set record highs.

The technology part of the Standard & Poor's 500 index finally broke the record it set in March 2000, before the dot-com bubble burst. Energy companies rose with the price of oil as U.S. energy stockpiles continued to shrink. Cable network companies Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications jumped after the Wall Street Journal reported that they are in talks to combine.

31. Stocks bounce back as technology and defense companies climb -

NEW YORK (AP) — Strong gains for technology companies like software and chip makers helped lead U.S. stocks higher Monday. Defense contractors also climbed as the market continued to bounce back from a bout of turbulence last week.

32. US stock indexes edge higher in early trading; oil down -

U.S. stock indexes edged higher in early trading Thursday a day after the market posted its biggest single-day loss in eight months. Investors were weighing quarterly results from Wal-Mart Stores and other big retailers. Phone company stocks led the gainers. Materials stocks were down the most.

33. Take a breath: Stocks slow down after a record-setting run -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world pulled back Thursday following a record-setting run that marked the longest winning streak in over 3 years for the S&P 500 index. U.S. stock indexes receded from their latest all-time highs reached a day earlier. The dollar's value fell against rival currencies, and Treasury yields fell as bond prices rose.

34. Trump tells anxious tech leaders: 'We're here to help' -

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump, who faced fierce opposition from some Silicon Valley leaders during the election campaign, strove to assure the titans of tech on Wednesday that his administration is "here to help you folks do well."

35. Tech leaders couldn't beat Trump; they'll meet him instead -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology leaders are about to come face-to-face with President-elect Donald Trump after fiercely opposing his candidacy, fearful that he would stifle innovation, curb the hiring of computer-savvy immigrants and infringe on consumers' digital privacy.

36. Trump: Japanese mogul pledges $50 billion US investment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday, Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son said he will invest $50 billion in new startups in the United States, committing to creating 50,000 new jobs over an unspecified time period.

37. US stocks make small gains as banks trade higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S.stocks are mostly higher Thursday morning as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen emphasizes that the Fed plans to raise interest rates, which is sending bond yields higher and giving banks a boost. Companies that make and sell food and household goods are lagging the market after Wal-Mart and Smucker announced disappointing sales.

38. US stocks close higher as investors buy big dividend payers -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished slightly higher on Wednesday as investors picked stocks that pay big dividends, like real estate and phone companies. Energy companies fell with the price of oil and health care stocks continued to slide.

39. Will boom in loans at retailers, manufacturers turn to bust? -

NEW YORK (AP) — They sell diamond rings in malls and used cars at dealerships, make wrench sets for mechanics and giant combines for farmers. Not one has "bank" in its name, but they are all big lenders, and getting bigger by the day.

40. US stocks wobble as energy companies rise, health care dips -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are little changed Thursday morning as the market remains in the doldrums. Energy companies are rising as the price of oil continues a recent recovery and phone companies and health care stocks are trading lower.

41. Report: US among 7 countries benefiting most from tech innovation -

GENEVA (AP) — The United States, Singapore, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel are getting the biggest bang for their buck in economic and digital innovation, according to a survey released Wednesday by the organizers of the Davos economic forum.

42. US markets dive amid global selloff -

Major U.S. stock indexes veered sharply lower in morning trading Thursday as concerns about global economic weakness intensified. The latest slide followed steep market declines all around the world. Financial stocks were among the biggest decliners as investors worried that interest rates in the U.S. and elsewhere would remain low.

43. Dell buying EMC in transformational $67 billion deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, a move that will transform the PC company into a major player in the data storage market.

44. US, world stocks steady as China slows yuan weakening -

NEW YORK (AP) — Global markets steadied on Thursday as China's central bank eased fears of more steep drops for the country's currency. Major indexes in the U.S. wobbled between slight gains and losses.

45. 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

46. Entrepreneurs’ Organization announces new board -

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization Nashville chapter has announced its 2015/2016 board of directors. Board members are:

The new board of directors for the EO Nashville chapter includes:

President: Charles May, president & co-founder, bytes of knowledge

47. US stocks rise as technology, energy sectors gain -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Thursday as technology and energy stocks notched gains.

Cisco Systems was the biggest gainer in the technology sector after reporting better-than-expected earnings. Energy stocks advanced as the price of oil rebounded following two days of heavy losses.

48. Supreme Court takes up Cisco patent dispute -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a patent infringement dispute between computer networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. and rival Commil USA LLC.

49. IBM to pay $1.5B to shed its chip division -

NEW YORK (AP) — IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division.

IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its chip research.

50. US stocks creep higher following earnings news -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market crept higher Thursday following a mixed batch of corporate news. In Europe, investors brushed aside more worrying news on the economy and nudged markets up.

51. Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stock market's laws of gravity are inflicting pain on its highest fliers.

Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples instead of companies that promise potential growth from online services that are building huge audiences.

52. Stocks edge higher as investors assess earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Thursday as investors assessed the latest corporate earnings and some weak economic reports. Goodyear Tire & Rubber soared after reporting a big earnings gain, while Cisco Systems and Whole Foods dropped after releasing disappointing results.

53. Stocks mostly higher; Cisco drags tech sector down -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher on Thursday, but a sales slump from technology giant Cisco Systems dragged other technology stocks lower.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 45 points, or 0.3 percent, to 15,865 as of 1:55 p.m. Eastern. Other indexes also posted modest gains, however the stocks that rose the most were safe-play stocks such as utilities and health care companies, a sign that investors were avoiding risk.

54. Warnings of slower sales drive US stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Warnings of weaker sales from two major companies and concern that the Federal Reserve could ease off its support for the economy sent the stock market spiraling lower Thursday.

55. Stocks flip between gains and losses; Cisco climbs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cisco Systems led the Dow Jones industrial average slightly higher Thursday after the technology company reported higher sales. Mixed corporate earnings and economic reports kept the major stock indexes flipping between slight gains and losses.

56. Stocks mixed as Europe's economy slows -

NEW YORK (AP) — Renewed worries about Europe overshadowed an encouraging U.S. jobs report, and stocks flipped between slight gains and losses on Thursday.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell eight points to 13,974, shortly after 2:30 p.m. E.S.T.

57. Stocks slide as impasse over budget deficit looms -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors drew little hope Wednesday for a quick compromise in U.S. budget talks after President Barack Obama insisted that higher taxes on wealthy Americans would have to be part of any deal.

58. S&P 500 creeps near four-year high; Cisco surges -

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging earnings from Cisco and hopeful signs in a housing report lifted the stock market Thursday. The gains nudged the Standard & Poor's 500 index near the four-year high it hit earlier this year.

59. Stocks drop for a 3rd day as earnings slide -

NEW YORK (AP) — A parade of grim news, from weak corporate earnings to a pullback at U.S. factories to spreading fault lines in Europe's debt crisis, sent investors fleeing stocks for a third straight day on Tuesday.

60. How Apple's phantom taxes hide billions in profit -

NEW YORK (AP) — On Tuesday, Apple is set to report financial results for the second quarter. Analysts are expecting net income of $9.8 billion. But whatever figure Apple reports won't reflect its true profit, because the company hides some of it with an unusual tax maneuver.

61. China court: Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case -

BEIJING (AP) — Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market.

62. Attorney Garrett to lead Cumberland initiative -

Nashville attorney Stacey A. Garrett will lead the expansion and growth of Cumberland University’s online and continuing education programs for professionals and employers in the Nashville area.

63. Internet group picks little-known executive as CEO -

NEW YORK (AP) — A businessman with experience in building consensus will be the next CEO of the Internet agency in charge of contentious policies surrounding Internet addresses.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is pushing through a major change in the way Web and email addresses are structured and assigned, announced Fadi Chehade's appointment Friday. He will replace former U.S. cybersecurity chief Rod Beckstrom as chief executive.

64. Stock market decline is muted, despite bank slump -

JPMorgan's surprise $2 billion trading loss prompted a sell-off in financial stocks Friday, but just small declines in the broader market as investors decided this was a problem for investment banks and not other industries.

65. Dow on its way to breaking six-day losing streak -

Stocks rose on Thursday, putting the Dow Jones industrial average on track to break a six-day losing streak.

The gains came after the government said claims for unemployment benefits edged lower last week. Investors have been worried that a strong start to hiring this year was coming to an end.

66. Stocks rise, and Dow aims for 7th gain in a row -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed Thursday afternoon after spending the morning barely in the green. The Standard & Poor's 500 index crossed 1,400 for the first time since June 2008, and the Dow Jones industrial average was on track to close higher for a seventh straight day.

67. Apple market value hits $500B, where few have gone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's market capitalization topped $500 billion Wednesday, climbing to a mountain peak where few companies have ventured — and none have stayed for long.

Apple was already the world's most valuable company. The gap between it and No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp. has widened rapidly in the past month, as investors have digested Apple's report of blow-out holiday-season sales of iPhones and iPads. And, more recently, Apple has raised investors' hopes that it might institute a dividend.

68. Stocks rise on hopes for European banks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose for a second straight day Wednesday on signs that the U.S. economy grew in September and that European officials are moving to support the region's struggling banks.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 92 points, or 0.9 percent, to 10,901 with half an hour of trading left. The Standard & Poor's 500 gained 16, or 1.4 percent, to 1,140. The Nasdaq composite jumped 48, or 2 percent, to 2,453.

69. Google's patent play: $12.5B for Motorola Mobility -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion deal to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. is aimed at giving the Internet search leader more legal firepower as it battles Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to gain the upper hand in the increasingly important mobile computing market.

70. US stock futures fall again after another big drop -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are falling a day after the ninth-worst day ever for the Dow Jones industrial average and the second big daily drop this week.

About two hours ahead of the opening bell, Dow futures are down 79 points, or 0.7 percent, to 10,646. S&P 500 futures are down 10, or 0.9 percent, to 1,113.50. Nasdaq 100 futures are down 9, or 0.4 percent, to 2,076.

71. Unemployment aid applications tick down to 400K -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week, a sign the job market may be improving slowly.

Weekly applications for unemployment benefits edged down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 400,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level in four months. The previous week's figure was revised upward from 398,000 to 401,000.

72. Economy's spring slump could last through summer -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy's spring slump appears to be extending into the summer, according to a slew of mixed data released Thursday.

Layoffs are rising. Manufacturing activity in the Northeast expanded only slightly in July after contracting in June. Economic growth is projected to pick up this fall, but not enough to give businesses confidence to hire and speed the recovery.

73. More people sought unemployment benefits last week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are rising and the job market is weak.

Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped to 421,250.

74. Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop names Cole managing partner -

Lisa Ramsay Cole, an attorney with the law firm Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop, P.C., for more than 18 years, has been named managing partner of the firm’s Nashville office.

Cole has an active law practice in the areas of employment law, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and general casualty defense. She also is very active in the Nashville civic community where she is chair-elect of the Board of the Sexual Assault Center, among other involvements.

75. Stocks slide on tech earnings, European debt woes -

If weak financial results from big tech companies are sign of what's to come, stock indexes are in for a tough summer.

Stocks fell Friday after poor earnings reports from technology companies. Those results suggested that companies invested less in new technology as the economic recovery slowed.

76. Health care PR firm Revive opens Nashville office -

Revive, a national public relations firm specializing in Health Services and Healthy Living, has announced the opening of a second office in Nashville.

Based in Santa Barbara, the firm chose Nashville for the site of its second location based on the city’s reputation as the nation’s health care industry capital and the depth of health care PR talent in the market. The firm will be located in Cummins Station.