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1. Walgreens, Google affiliate to launch drone delivery test -

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered.

Snacks like Goldfish Crackers or gummy bears as well as aspirin for sick kids will be delivered starting next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, by a 10-pound (4.5-kilogram) drone flying as fast as 70 miles (113 kilometers) per hour, the companies said Thursday.

2. Stocks recover after economic worries set off an early skid -

U.S. stocks turned higher Wednesday afternoon as investors shook off early jitters that had briefly pulled the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 580 points.

Technology and consumer staples stocks powered much of the gains, offsetting losses in banks, energy and elsewhere.

3. Health insurers experience July heatwave -

Health insurer stocks heated up in July.

UnitedHealth Group, Anthem and several others outpaced the broader market in what has been an otherwise choppy year for the sector. The sector is also holding up surprisingly well during the most recent round of corporate earnings. It is showing solid profit growth while companies within the broader S&P 500 are expected to report an overall contraction.

4. Dow Jones industrials cross 27,000 points for first time -

A turbulent day on Wall Street ended in the record books Thursday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 27,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 index hit another all-time high.

The milestones came on a day when the S&P 500 briefly moved above 3,000 for the second straight day before an early rally lost some of its momentum.

5. Setbacks for Trump's drive to lower prescription drug costs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans.

6. S&P 500 snaps 4-day losing streak in broad rally -

Banks and health care companies led stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, ending a four-day losing streak for the benchmark S&P 500 index.

The gains after a mostly wobbly week of trading reflect cautious optimism on the part of investors ahead of a key trade meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China set for this weekend.

7. Tennessee’s favorable hemp laws help entrepreneurs get into the game -

Full spectrum is a term one often hears regarding the strength of CBD oil, one of the popular extracts derived from hemp. Simply put, it means the product has everything in the cannabis plant – all the cannabinoids and terpenes but no more than 0.3 percent THC – that can provide therapeutic relief to users.

8. At stores and online, health care moves closer to customers -

Health care is moving closer to patients.

Drugstores are expanding the care and support they offer, and telemedicine is bringing doctors and therapists to the family room couch as the system shifts to help people stay healthy and attract customers who want convenience.

9. CVS announces further expansion into health care services -

CVS Health is pushing deeper into health services with plans to add dietitians, medical equipment and space for the occasional yoga class to 1,500 stores over the next few years.

The drugstore chain that quit selling tobacco several years ago said Tuesday it will expand a store model it recently tested. Its HealthHub stores will have about twice as much space devoted to health care as other locations and will aim to help people with chronic conditions like diabetes.

10. HCA's Johnson the highest-paid CEOs in Tennessee -

Here are the top paid CEOs by state for 2018, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30. Not every state has such a company headquartered there. The survey includes only CEOs who have been in place for at least two years, but it does not limit the survey to companies in the S&P 500, as the AP's general compensation study does. That's why it includes such CEOs as Tesla's Elon Musk.

11. CVS beats all around and ups expectations for the year -

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Health is reporting a 42% spike in profits during the first quarter and it's raising its outlook for the year.

The drug store chain posted earnings of $1.42 billion, or $1.09 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $1.62 per share, which is 12 cents better than expected, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.

12. Stocks tick up to another record high as Goldilocks reigns -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes edged further into record territory Monday following more signs that the economy is growing in the not too hot, not too cold way that investors love.

The S&P 500 index ticked up by 3.15 points, or 0.1%, to 2,943.03. Big gains for banks led the way on hopes for bigger profits from making loans, but losses for high dividend stocks held indexes in check.

13. CVS moves into dental care with teeth-straightening service -

CVS Health is venturing into dental care with plans to offer a relatively new teeth-straightening service.

The drugstore chain said Thursday that it will add SmileDirectClub locations to hundreds of its stores, where customers can get started on getting their teeth straightened without an in-person visit with a dentist or orthodontist. That lack of an office visit has drawn criticism from orthodontists.

14. Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales -

Walgreens has decided to ban tobacco sales to minors several weeks after a federal official called the drugstore chain a top violator of laws restricting access to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and other products.

15. Mainstream retailers embrace marijuana's less taboo cousin -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's showing up in everything from skin creams to bath balms to dog treats — an elixir that can supposedly reduce anxiety and help you sleep.

The ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn't cause a high.

16. Heated debate over high drug costs returns to Capitol Hill -

Patient bills, competition and secrecy shared the spotlight Tuesday as pharmacy benefit managers testified before Congress about prescription drug prices.

Members of a Senate Finance Committee investigating drug costs pushed the benefit managers to explain why they can't do more to control prices and to reveal the details behind the contracts they negotiate. The hearing was the committee's third so far this year focused on the high cost of prescriptions.

17. CVS spreads same-day prescription deliveries to 36 states -

CVS Health is expanding same-day prescription deliveries nationwide in the latest push by drugstores to keep customers who don't want to wait and are doing more shopping online.

The drugstore chain says it can deliver medications and other products within a few hours to homes or offices from 6,000 locations. The company started this service, which comes with a fee, in late 2017 in New York and expanded it to several cities last year.

18. FDA chief calls out Walgreens over tobacco sales to minors -

A top U.S. regulator wants to meet with Walgreens leaders to discuss whether the drugstore chain has a problem with illegal tobacco sales to minors.

Scott Gottlieb of the Food and Drug Administration said Monday Walgreens is a top violator among drugstores that sell tobacco products including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. He says inspectors have found nearly 1,800 instances since 2010 in which one of the company's stores violated the law.

19. US stocks decline, breaking S&P 500's 3-day winning streak -

Health care and energy companies led U.S. stocks lower Thursday, ending a three-day winning streak for the S&P 500 and giving the benchmark index only its fourth loss this month.

The modest sell-off came as investors weighed mixed economic data and company earnings reports while keeping an eye on Washington, where U.S. and Chinese negotiators resumed high-level talks aimed at ending their costly trade dispute. Treasury yields rose and the price of gold fell.

20. US stocks cap day of listless trading with modest gains -

Wall Street capped another day of listless trading Wednesday with a slight gain, extending the market's winning streak to a third day.

Financial, materials and industrial companies accounted for much of the gain, outweighing losses in health care and real estate stocks as investors reviewed the latest batch of company earnings reports.

21. Trouble at CVS Health long-term care business weighs heavily -

CVS Health is setting 2019 earnings expectations well below Wall Street forecasts, as the company struggles to fix part of its business while blending in a major acquisition and attempting to change how customers use its stores.

22. Trump health chief asks Congress to pass drug discount plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top health official asked Congress on Friday to pass its new prescription drug discount plan and provide it to all patients, not just those covered by government programs like Medicare.

23. US stocks rise again; tech and high-dividend companies climb -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mixed in morning trading Thursday as technology and health care companies rise. Safer, high-dividend stocks in real estate and utilities are also climbing. Banks are falling, and smaller companies continue to lag their larger rivals.

24. Tech stocks lead Wall Street higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in midday trading on Wall Street as technology stocks recover some of the big losses they took over the last month.

Companies including CVS Health are rising Tuesday after releasing strong third quarter reports. CVS added 4.3 percent and Booking Holdings, the parent company of Priceline.com, rose 4.6 percent.

25. DOJ approves $69B CVS Health-Aetna merger, with conditions -

NEW YORK (AP) — The proposed $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is getting a greenlight from the Department of Justice, with some conditions.

The Justice Department on Wednesday approved the deal on the condition that Aetna moves ahead with its plan to sell its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business, resolving some anti-monopoly issues.

26. Merger cancellation pushes Rite Aid into uncertain future -

Rite Aid shares plunged Thursday as the company headed into an uncertain future after calling off its merger with the grocer Albertsons.

Analysts and retail insiders questioned the drugstore chain's prospects after it ended a planned takeover by Albertsons before Rite Aid shareholders could vote on it. That vote also faced shaky prospects due to opposition from shareholders and influential proxy advisory firms.

27. Rite Aid, Albertsons call off merger deal ahead of vote -

Rite Aid and the grocer Albertsons called off an agreement to become a single company with the deal facing shaky prospects in a shareholder vote.

Shares of the drugstore chain plunged after markets opened Thursday.

28. Green Hills is cooking, but don’t call it ‘trendy’ -

Much is being made about the massive 18-story mixed-use development under construction along Hillsboro Pike in Green Hills, with its 300-plus luxury apartments and Oprah Winfrey-connected concept restaurant, and how it is changing the face of the community and worsening traffic woes.

29. US stock indexes dip as oil prices sink energy companies -

NEW YORK (AP) — A late gain for U.S. stocks slipped away Wednesday as a four-day winning streak ended. Energy companies sank along with the price of oil.

The price of crude oil fell more than 3 percent Wednesday. Big dividend payers and industrial companies slipped. Gains for Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet helped technology companies finish higher. Banks and health care companies also rose.

30. US stocks skid as banks and consumer products companies fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Thursday morning as weak results from banks and consumer products companies pull major indexes lower. Online retailer eBay plunged after its second-quarter sales fell short of Wall Street projections. Comcast rose after ending its bid to buy most of Twenty-First Century Fox.

31. US stocks are mixed; Amazon shakes up health care, delivery -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mixed Thursday morning a day after they gave up an early gain and fell to their lowest level in a month. Amazon said it's buying an online pharmacy and launching its own delivery van business, and drugstores and medication distributors as well as delivery companies are sinking. Banks and technology companies are higher.

32. Stocks slip after Fed says interest rates will rise faster -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and said it expects to increase rates two more times by the end of the year. Investors bet that several huge deals are more likely to happen after a federal court cleared AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner.

33. Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now -

NEW YORK (AP) — Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald's to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn't have kiosks to take orders, people didn't use smartphones to pay, and job seekers did applications on paper.

34. US stock indexes eke out small gains after early rally fades -

The major U.S. stock indexes eked out small gains Monday after a late-afternoon pullback weighed on small-company shares.

The market had been broadly higher earlier in the day on hopes that trade tensions were easing between the U.S. and China. But much of that rally faded, leaving decliners on the New York Stock Exchange outnumbering risers.

35. Health care leads gains for US stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Health care companies led U.S. indexes modestly higher on Wall Street, closing out the market's biggest weekly gain since March.

Drug makers and other health companies ended broadly higher Friday after President Donald Trump announced plans to rein in drug prices that didn't seem to pose immediate threats to health care company profits.

36. Health insurer Aetna swings to a first-quarter profit. -

Aetna made $1.21 billion and beat Wall Street earnings expectations in the first quarter, as the health insurer moved closer to sealing its roughly $69 billion combination with CVS Health.

The nation's third largest insurer said Tuesday that it swung to a profit after booking a loss in the first three months of 2017 due to costs from another deal, its failed bid to acquire rival Humana. Several months after regulators rejected that combination, CVS Health said it would buy Aetna.

37. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for March 2018 -

Top commercial real estate sales, March 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

38. CVS Health eyes kidney patients for next expansion into care -

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — CVS Health is now planning to treat kidney failure patients, as the national drugstore chain continues to branch deeper into monitoring and providing care.

The company said Wednesday it will offer home dialysis for patients through its Coram business, and it is working with another unspecified company to develop a new device for that. A CVS spokeswoman declined to name the company or disclose how much CVS is spending on the venture.

39. Walmart reportedly eyes deal with insurer Humana -

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper said that the retail giant is in early talks with Humana, a major provider of Medicare Advantage coverage for people age 65 and older. Citing anonymous sources, the Journal said late Thursday that the companies are discussing a number of options, including an acquisition.

40. US stock indexes end choppy day of trading slightly lower -

U.S. stock indexes struggled to find direction Wednesday, ending the choppy day of trading with a loss for the second straight day.

The latest market decline was modest compared with the previous day's steep drop, but both were largely driven by a sell-off in technology stocks. Losses in Amazon, Netflix and other consumer-focused companies also weighed on the market Wednesday. Energy stocks fell in tandem with crude oil prices.

41. Health insurer Cigna buying Express Scripts for $52 billion -

Health insurer Cigna is buying the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

42. Cigna to spend about $52 billion for Express Scripts -

The insurer Cigna will spend about $52 billion to acquire the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

43. US stocks edge higher; Express Scripts jumps on deal news -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Thursday morning as they continue a recovery that started late the previous day. Technology companies and retailers are making some of the biggest gains. Industrial companies are rising after the White House said President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that give exemptions to Canada and Mexico. Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts jumped after health insurer Cigna agreed to buy it.

44. Can 3 business titans cure the US health care system? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a legendary investor, the king of on-line retail and a Wall Street financier find a cure for what ails America's health care system?

The trio of Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon have had enough success in their respective industries that they are at least being given the benefit of the doubt.

45. UnitedHealth ventures deeper into care with nearly $5B deal -

The nation's biggest health insurer is spending nearly $5 billion to buy hundreds of clinics, just three days after rival Aetna announced a bigger tie up with CVS Health Corp.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Wednesday that it will buy DaVita Medical Group in a deal that extends the reach of its Optum health care services business to several more states.

46. Beyond Rx? CVS Health-Aetna deal may mean more services -

CVS Health wants to do much more than fill your prescription or jab your arm with an annual flu shot.

The second-largest U.S. drugstore chain is buying Aetna, the third-largest health insurer, in order to push much deeper into customer care. The evolution won't happen overnight, but in time, shoppers may find more clinics in CVS stores and more services they can receive through the network of nearly 10,000 locations that the company has built.

47. Losses for banks and smaller companies take US stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped Tuesday as smaller companies and banks took their worst losses in a few months. With stock indexes near record highs, investors moved some money into big-dividend stocks like real estate companies.

48. Stocks rise as oil jumps 2-year high; chipmakers climb -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks made modest gains and set more records Monday as upheaval in oil-rich Saudi Arabia sent crude prices to two-year highs. Chipmakers and media companies climbed on deal reports while phone and household goods companies sank.

49. Corporate deal-making driven by fast technological change -

LONDON (AP) — The appetite for mergers and acquisitions remains near a record high as firms try to adapt to fast technological changes and despite a welter of geopolitical concerns, a survey of executives found Monday.

50. Record highs for major US stock indexes; Dow passes 23,000 -

A day of modest gains on Wall Street resulted in more milestones for U.S. stocks Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 points for the first time.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Nasdaq composite also finished at record highs.

51. Anthem will turn to CVS after troubled Express Scripts deal -

Anthem has found a new partner to help run prescription drug coverage after the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer's rocky relationship with Express Scripts ends.

The nation's second-largest insurer says it will create a pharmacy benefits manager called IngenioRx starting in 2020 and will work with CVS Health Corp. to manage the business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

52. Franklin receives infrastructure loans -

The state Department of Environment and Conservation has announced the recipients of low-interest construction loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

The City of Franklin will receive a $1.5 million low-interest loan for its wastewater treatment plant improvement and expansion project.

53. Grocery store stocks plummet after Amazon-Whole Foods deal -

Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market is sending the stocks of grocery store operators and other companies that compete with Whole Foods plunging.

Investors worry that Amazon, which has already won over hordes of shoppers of clothing, electronics and many other kinds of goods, wreaking havoc on department stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers, will do the same thing with groceries.

54. Stocks scuffle as slowing auto sales worry Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite strong results from industrial companies, U.S. stocks couldn't get any momentum going Tuesday after car makers said their sales are shrinking.

Engine maker Cummins sent manufacturers and other industrial companies higher after reporting solid first-quarter earnings.  A late slump took the price of oil to its lowest price in almost six months. Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler all fell after they said sales declined in April.

55. CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price -

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

56. CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price -

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

57. Walgreens, Rite Aid selling 865 stores to Fred's in $9.4B deal -

Walgreens and Rite Aid will sell 865 stores to rival retailer Fred's for $950 million, potentially removing the final roadblock thwarting a tie up between the nation's largest and third-largest drugstore chains.

58. Record-setting stock streak hits sixth day on broad gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continued to set records. The biggest gains went to companies that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods.

59. US stocks close broadly higher as investors eye election -

Investors remained in a buying mood on Election Day, sending U.S. stocks broadly higher and building on big gains from a day earlier.

Safe-play stocks such as utilities and phone companies were among the biggest gainers Tuesday. Energy companies were essentially flat.

60. 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.

61. Stocks shed early gain as energy and consumer companies fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks surrendered early gains and finished mostly lower Wednesday as energy companies skidded with the price of oil. Apple led technology companies higher. The mixed finish came after three days of big, erratic moves.

62. Public schools Hall honorees announced -

Renata Soto, co-founder and executive director of Conexión Américas, will receive the Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award at the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s 12th annual Public Schools Hall of Fame luncheon on Oct. 17.

63. US stocks take biggest losses in nearly a month -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in almost a month on Tuesday as investors worried about the health of the U.S. economy and sold shares in retailers and car companies. Machinery companies also fell and the price of oil continued to decline.

64. The highest-paid CEOs by state -

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2015, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm. The survey considered public companies with at least $1 billion in revenue that filed proxy statements with federal regulators on or before April 30, 2016. It includes CEOs who were newly hired, who often receive large grants as incentives. It does not include data for Alaska, Montana or West Virginia.

65. CVS earnings rise despite no tobacco fix -

Pricey specialty drugs helped CVS Health cope with tobacco withdrawal and top analyst expectations in the second quarter.

But the nation's second-largest drugstore chain also narrowed its full-year earnings outlook and issued a third-quarter forecast that fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

66. Target selling pharmacy, clinic businesses to CVS Health -

Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain will pay about $1.9 billion to run Target's in-store health operations and expand what they offer for customers who have come to expect that they will be able to fill a prescription when they shop at Target.

67. CVS buying Omnicare for about $12.7 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — CVS will buy the pharmacy benefits provider Omnicare in a deal valued at about $12.7 billion, putting it in a better position to get its prescriptions to the growing U.S. population living in senior-care facilities.

68. Bovender inducted into Business Hall of Fame -

More than 400 business leaders gathered at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel last week to induct Jack Bovender, Jr., retired Chairman of HCA., into the Phoenix Club Nashville Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the city’s outstanding contributors to business and philanthropy and benefits Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee students.

69. Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping -

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

The world's largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

70. Old prescription drugs being collected Saturday -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials are urging Tennesseans to dispose of unneeded or leftover prescription drugs at drop-off locations around the state on Saturday.

Doug Varney, the commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, says the event that is part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is aimed at fighting prescription drug abuse.

71. CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early -

As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.

CVS Caremark said it will now be known as CVS Health, effective immediately. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won't change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers.

72. Wellness programs grow more popular with employers -

That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.

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

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

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

74. Obama praises CVS for pulling tobacco from shelves -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising CVS Caremark for its decision to stop selling tobacco products at its drugstores.

Obama says CVS is setting a "powerful example," and says the decision will help his administration's efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths and disease and bring down health care costs.

75. CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales -

CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider.

The company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores nationwide, in a move that it says will help it grow its business that works with doctors, hospitals and others to improve customers' health.

76. Confusion, relief mark start of new health reforms -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.

77. Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?

Most major pieces of the Affordable Care Act take full effect with the new year. That means people who had been denied coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition can book appointments and get prescriptions.

78. Obama's tarnished health care law at a crossroads -

WASHINGTON (AP) — All things good, bad and unpredictable converge with the new year for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul as the law's major benefits take effect, along with an unpopular insurance mandate and a risk of more nerve-wracking disruptions to coverage.

79. Helping musicians strike a healthy chord -

Music Health Alliance is offering assistance in navigating the health care system specifically to members of the music industry.

MHA was launched in January 2013 to help musicians, songwriters and affiliated professionals understand their health care options and direct them to insurance plans and other resources that meet their needs and fit their budget. Its mission is to “protect, direct and connect,” says founder Tatum Hauck Allsep, a music business veteran herself.

80. Bashful? Buy the little blue pill online -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Men who are bashful about needing help in the bedroom no longer have to go to the drugstore to buy that little blue pill.

In a first for the drug industry, Pfizer Inc. told The Associated Press that the drugmaker will begin selling its popular erectile dysfunction pill Viagra to patients on its website.

81. Walgreen clinics expand care into chronic illness -

Walgreen Co. has expanded the reach of its drugstore clinics beyond treating ankle sprains and sinus infections to handling chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.

82. Walgreen fiscal 1Q profit sinks nearly 26 pct -

Walgreen's fiscal first-quarter earnings sank nearly 26 percent as costs tied to a couple big deals and Superstorm Sandy helped put a bigger-than-expected dent in the drugstore chain's performance.

83. Stocks lower as investors watch Washington -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slipped Thursday on Wall Street after more signs of tension emerged from federal budget talks in Washington.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 70 points at 13,174 just after 1 p.m. EST. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 10 points at 1,418. The Nasdaq composite index was down 24 points at 2,989.

84. Twinkie maker Hostess reaches the end of the line -

NEW YORK (AP) — Twinkies may not last forever after all.

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of the spongy snack with a mysterious cream filling, said Friday it would shutter is operations after years of struggling with management turmoil, rising labor costs, intensifying competition and America's move toward eating healthier snacks even as its pantry of sugary dessert cakes seemed suspended in time.

85. Haven Behavioral names new executive VP, COO -

Nashville’s Haven Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., a provider of behavioral health care for adults, senior citizens and active-duty military personnel, has hired Scott W. Kardenetz as executive vice president and chief operations officer.

86. Walgreen fiscal 2Q profit slides nearly 8 percent -

Drugstore operator Walgreen Co.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings fell almost 8 percent due in part to its decision to leave the Express Scripts pharmacy network, but the performance still topped analyst expectations.

87. Zeitlin wins award for lifetime achievement -

Shirley Zeitlin, CEO and founder of Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, has won in the “Lifetime Achievement” category in the international Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Zeitlin’s competition for the award included the president and CEO of a financial firm in Toronto, the EVP of international finance for a Turkish bank (Akbank) and the president & CEO of WomenOnBusiness.com. More than 1,300 entries from around the world were submitted this year for consideration in 75 categories. A full list of those recognized can be found at stevieawards.com.

88. McLure new chairman at change:healthcare -

change:healthcare has announced the addition of Howard McLure as chairman of the board. McLure also will transition to chief executive officer over the next several months, replacing company founder Christopher Parks, who will move to chief development officer to lead continued development of the company’s platform and strategic relationships.