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1. Fiat Chrysler-PSA deal likely to bring fewer brands, models -

MILAN (AP) — Automobile shoppers across the globe are likely to see fewer vehicles and brands if the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA goes through, but the new company will be big enough to compete in a fast-changing business that requires vast sums of money to develop autonomous and electric vehicles.

2. Ford, auto workers union reach tentative contract agreement -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford after three days of intense bargaining.

The union said the deal was reached Wednesday night but didn't give details.

3. Stocks climb after Fed cuts rates -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly after the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates for the third time this year.

The gains Wednesday were enough to push the S&P 500 to its second record high this week.

4. Fiat Chrysler eyes Peugeot merger, seeking strength in size -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Wednesday it is in talks with French rival PSA Peugeot in its second bid this year to reshape the global auto industry at a time of heightened uncertainty for the sector.

5. GE cash flow picture, and its outlook, is improving -

One year into the job at General Electric, there are signs that CEO Larry Culp's plan to transform General Electric into a sleeker company is paying off.

6. Automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California -

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many others in the auto industry are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards.

7. GM 3Q profit falls 7% as auto workers strike cuts production -

DETROIT (AP) — Only two weeks of a lengthy strike against General Motors took place in the third quarter, but that was enough to dent the company's net profit by about $1 billion.

GM's third-quarter net income fell 7% as a strike by the United Auto Workers union brought its U.S. factories to a standstill.

8. Costs of GM deal could make talks with Ford, FCA difficult -

DETROIT (AP) — Just after workers ratified a new contract with General Motors last week, the president of the United Auto Workers union put out a statement that Ford would be next for "pattern bargaining."

9. GM suppliers face lingering revenue fallout from strike -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cars will soon start rolling off General Motors' factory floors after a monthlong shutdown, but the pain will linger for some of the carmaker's key suppliers.

American Axle & Manufacturing, Lear and other car parts suppliers rely heavily on General Motors for revenue. The companies all suffered varying degrees of damage from the sudden shutdown of operations on September 16, when United Auto Workers members went on strike.

10. Despite labor costs, GM averts financial woes of its past -

DETROIT (AP) — A decade ago, high labor costs helped drag a bloated and debt-ridden General Motors into a government-funded bankruptcy.

Now, a contract deal reached this week with the United Auto Workers union will raise the company's costs once again, at a time when the auto industry is facing the uncertainty of tariffs and trade wars, slowing global sales and rising capital expenses to develop autonomous and electric vehicles.

11. GM workers to stay on picket line until vote on new contract -

DETROIT (AP) — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for at least another week until they vote on a tentative contract with the company.

Factory-level officials from the United Auto Workers union voted to recommend the agreement to members at a daylong meeting in Detroit Thursday. But they also voted not to return to factories unless members approve the deal.

12. GM contract: Worker pay hikes, factory closings move forward -

DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four-year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus.

In return, the contract allows GM to proceed with factory closures in Lordstown, Ohio; Warren, Michigan; and near Baltimore.

13. Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry -

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter.

14. Workers celebrate deal with GM, show union power in industry -

DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter.

15. GM, union reach tentative deal that could end strike -

DETROIT (AP) — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company's U.S. factories to a standstill.

16. Hopes are dim as US and China resume high-stakes trade talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping have plenty of reasons to call off their trade war.

Both face weakening economies that would likely further deteriorate if their conflict escalates.

17. GE freezes pensions for 20K workers in bid to trim debt pile -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric is freezing the pension plans of about 20,000 of its workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees as it attempts to reduce its mountain of debt.

18. UAW rejects GM offer over pay, temporary workers -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors offered striking union members wage increases or lump-sum payments in all four years of a proposed contract, as bargainers seek a deal to end a walkout that’s in its third week.

19. UAW rejects GM offer over pay, temporary workers -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors offered striking union members wage increases or lump-sum payments in all four years of a proposed contract, as bargainers seek a deal to end a walkout that’s in its third week.

20. GM strike enters 2nd week with no clear end in sight -

NEW YORK (AP) — The strike against General Motors by 49,000 United Auto Workers entered its second week Monday with progress reported in negotiations but no clear end in sight.

Bargainers met all weekend and returned to talks Monday morning as the strike entered its eighth day.

21. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's twisted reality on guns, environment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is twisting reality on gun control and the environment.

Pressed over the weekend for his position on gun legislation, the president declined to answer whether he would support expanded background checks in the wake of deadly mass shootings and blamed Democrats in Congress for "doing nothing" on the issue. That's not true. The Democratic-controlled House in February approved legislation, which has since stalled because the Senate hasn't acted. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he won't move on it or any gun legislation until Trump says what he wants.

22. GM electric car push could mean fewer and lower paying jobs -

DETROIT (AP) — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble.

Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix up chemicals to make batteries.

23. UAW strike puts Trump, GOP in political bind in key states -

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically.

24. AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on fuel economy rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team are distorting the facts in explaining the administration's decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks.

25. AP Source: GM's offer to UAW would add lower-paying jobs -

DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors offer to invest $7 billion in U.S. facilities includes $2 billion from joint ventures and suppliers for new plants that would pay workers less than the top union wage, a person briefed on the matter said.

26. Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators.

27. Federal plan to end state mileage standards draws criticism -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.

28. Slow progress reported in talks as GM strike enters 3rd day -

DETROIT (AP) — Union and company bargainers are making progress toward a new contract as a strike by United Auto Workers that brought 33 General Motors factories to a halt continued into its third day.

29. EPA set to end California's ability to regulate fuel economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.

30. Progress reported in contract talks between GM, union -

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and General Motors showed some signs of progress as a strike by more than 49,000 employees extended into a second day.

The walkout brought to a standstill more than 50 factories and parts warehouses in the union's first strike against the No. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade. Workers left factories and formed picket lines shortly after midnight Monday in the dispute over a new four-year contract.

31. Auto strike idles more than 50 GM factories and warehouses -

DETROIT (AP) — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike Monday against General Motors, bringing more than 50 factories and parts warehouses to a standstill in the union's first walkout against the No. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade.

32. UAW extends Ford, Fiat Chrysler pacts; strike possible at GM -

DETROIT (AP) — Leaders of the United Auto Workers union have extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors is still set to expire Saturday night.

33. NTSB: Tesla Autopilot let driver rely too much on automation -

DETROIT (AP) — A design flaw in Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and driver inattention combined to cause a Model S electric car to slam into a firetruck parked along a California freeway, a government investigation has found.

34. 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.

35. GM: VP Pence was mistaken about funds for buying idled plant -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — General Motors says U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was incorrect in saying that a fledgling electric vehicle maker and a new affiliated company have secured funding to buy GM's shuttered Lordstown plant in Ohio.

36. California signs deal with 4 automakers to raise gas mileage -

DETROIT (AP) — Four major automakers have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing the Trump administration's plan to freeze standards at 2021 levels.

37. Boeing CEO raises possibility of pausing Max production -

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing's CEO says the company will consider temporarily shutting down production of the 737 Max if the plane's return is significantly delayed beyond the company's October forecast.

The comment by Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg underscores the uncertainty swirling around the company and its best-selling plane, which has been grounded since March after two deadly crashes.

38. Stocks close higher following solid earnings results -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks marched broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday as several major companies reported solid second quarter gains.

Investors pushed stocks closer to the record highs they reached just over a week ago. The gains followed several stumbles last week, extending a period of volatility in July as investors weigh a looming rate cut by the Federal Reserve as well as uncertainties over trade and the economy.

39. AutoNation replaces new CEO with a new CEO -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four months after the country's largest auto dealership chain named a new chief executive to replace its longtime CEO, it's making another change at the top.

Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Miller is the new CEO at AutoNation, replacing Carl Liebert, who came to the company from the USAA financial services firm in March.

40. Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance -

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn't the first thing that pops into your head.

Instead, you think Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren.

41. VW, Ford broaden alliance to autonomous, electric vehicles -

NEW YORK (AP) — Volkswagen will sink $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that's mostly owned by Ford as part of a broader partnership on electric and self-driving vehicles, the companies confirmed Friday.

42. Ford restructuring to cost 12,000 jobs in Europe -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmaker Ford said Thursday it is shedding 12,000 jobs in Europe to increase profitability, part of a global trend of cost cuts by automakers facing shifting consumer tastes and heavy investments in electric cars.

43. Ford restructuring to cost 12,000 jobs in Europe -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmaker Ford said Thursday it is shedding 12,000 jobs in Europe to increase profitability, part of a global trend of cost cuts by automakers facing shifting consumer tastes and heavy investments in electric cars.

44. Mitsubishi Motors to relocate North America HQ to Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors announced on Tuesday that it is relocating its North America headquarters from California to Tennessee, a move that will bring the Japanese automaker closer to its sister company Nissan and strengthen Tennessee's growing reputation as an epicenter of the automotive sector.

45. Tennessee’s carmakers are focused on the next generation of global consumers -

Tennessee’s three big automakers, General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen, are being forced to adapt to a global economy largely dictated by China. Why? Because China is now the world’s largest producer and consumer of automobiles.

46. Optimism over trade sends US stocks sharply higher -

Potentially encouraging news on trade and interest rates put Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday, driving the  market to solid gains and sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average 350 points higher.

47. Discontinued car models offer value – with a price -

Model year 2019 marks the end of the line for some notable Ford and General Motors sedans. As a result, dealers will be slashing prices to try to move these discontinued models out of their inventory.

48. GOP officials rehash old fight against Volkswagen union vote -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Top Tennessee Republicans are predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize, and they are following a blueprint that helped GOP officials sink a similar vote five years ago.

49. Fiat Chrysler-Renault deal collapsed over Nissan role -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler's surprise decision to withdraw a merger offer with French carmaker Renault stunned the industry, collapsing Thursday on fundamental differences over when Renault's long-time alliance partner, Nissan, would be brought in.

50. Fiat Chrysler-Renault deal collapsed over Nissan role -

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler's surprise decision to withdraw a merger offer with French carmaker Renault stunned the industry, collapsing Thursday on fundamental differences over when Renault's long-time alliance partner, Nissan, would be brought in.

51. Lee appoints members to criminal justice task force -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has appointed members to a task force dedicated to addressing and improving Tennessee's criminal justice system.

Lee announced Wednesday that Brandon Gibson will chair the committee. Gibson is one of Lee's senior advisers after previously working as Tennessee's only female Court of Appeals judge. Lee had previously created the task force in an executive order in March.

52. In Michigan, Warren touts plan to boost US manufacturing -

DETROIT (AP) — Elizabeth Warren launched her first tour of Michigan as a Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday with a proposal to boost domestic manufacturing, including the creation of a Cabinet-level department charged with "creating and defending" American jobs.

53. Renault delays decision on Fiat Chrysler marriage proposal -

PARIS (AP) — Renault has delayed a decision on whether to merge with Fiat Chrysler, a deal that could reshape the global auto industry as carmakers race to make electric and autonomous vehicles for the masses.

54. Renault board to vote next week on merger with Fiat Chrysler -

PARIS (AP) — French automaker Renault says its board will meet on Tuesday to vote on a possible merger with Fiat Chrysler.

Fiat Chrysler has proposed to merge with Renault to create the world's third-biggest automaker, worth almost $40 billion, and combine forces in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles. The merged company would produce some 8.7 million vehicles a year, more than General Motors and trailing only Volkswagen and Toyota.

55. US-China trade dispute weighing on retail sector -

NEW YORK (AP) — Pressure from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to weigh on the retail sector.

Retailers have seen their shares seesaw this week as they express concern over tariffs squeezing their businesses. The latest is PVH Corp., owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, which said late Wednesday that it was cutting its full-year adjusted earnings forecast partly because of the U.S.-China trade dispute.

56. US-China trade dispute weighing on retail sector -

Pressure from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China is weighing on the retail sector, with shares of many in the industry falling in premarket trading on Thursday.

Retailers have seen their shares seesaw this week as they express concern over tariffs squeezing their businesses. The latest is PVH Corp., owner of the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, which said late Wednesday that it was cutting its full-year adjusted earnings forecast partly because of the U.S.-China trade dispute.

57. France: No jobs must be lost in Renault-Fiat Chrysler tie-up -

PARIS (AP) — A merger between Renault and Fiat Chrysler will only happen if French jobs are protected, France's finance minister said on Tuesday.

Speaking on RTL radio, Bruno le Maire said he has asked for "four guarantees" for the deal to go ahead, including that not a single job or factory on French soil will disappear.

58. New auto giant? Fiat Chrysler wants to merge with Renault -

PARIS (AP) — Fiat Chrysler proposed on Monday to merge with France's Renault to create the world's third-biggest automaker, worth $40 billion, and combine forces in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles.

59. 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.

60. Ford sees twisting road ahead, cuts 7K white-collar jobs -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce.

61. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for April 2019 -

Top residential real estate sales, April 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

62. GM in talks to sell shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is negotiating the sale of its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks.

The company confirmed Wednesday that it's in talks with Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group to sell the huge facility, and also announced plans to invest $700 million in three Ohio factories to create 450 additional jobs.

63. Weak sales weigh on GM in 1st quarter -

Americans paid more for some General Motors vehicles in the first quarter, but overall sales declined and the automaker's results fell short of expectations.

GM delivered more than 665,000 vehicles in the U.S. with the highest average prices for any first quarter in its history. Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty trucks rose 20% year from a year ago, priced nearly $5,800 higher than models they replaced.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. Sleek new SUVs dominate reveals at New York auto show -

Auto shows may be waning in importance as companies find other ways to introduce new products, but the New York International Auto Show still has a healthy list of new vehicle debuts.

In keeping with the dramatic shift from cars to sport utilities, most of the new models are SUVs.

67. Electric car makers woo Chinese buyers with range, features -

SHANGHAI (AP) — Automakers showcased electric SUVs and sedans with longer range and luxury features Tuesday at the Shanghai auto show, wooing Chinese buyers as Beijing slashes subsidies that helped to launch the industry.

68. In a first, electric cars outsell traditional cars in Norway -

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in Norway last month.

Christina Bu, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association's general secretary, said Monday that 58.4 percent of new cars sold in the country in March were battery-powered, calling it "historically high."

69. GM announces 400 jobs, $300M investment for electric -

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.

70. Ford repackages investment, boosts new jobs from 850 to 900 -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is repackaging a previously announced $900 million manufacturing investment in the Detroit area, boosting the number of jobs added from 850 to 900.

Most of the new workers will build a new generation of electric vehicle at Ford's existing factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, south of Detroit, which will see an $850 million investment. The company also plans a roughly $50 million autonomous vehicle manufacturing center at an undisclosed site near Detroit that will add hardware to existing vehicles.

71. UAW chief raises strike pay, issues warning to automakers -

DETROIT (AP) — The president of the United Auto Workers union warned automakers that the union is prepared to strike if it doesn't get its way in upcoming contract talks.

Gary Jones told delegates at the union's bargaining convention in Detroit Monday that it would raise weekly strike pay from $200 to $250 per week this month and $275 in January of next year.

72. Health companies lead US stocks their 3rd loss in a row -

Health care companies led U.S. stocks broadly lower Wednesday, giving the market its third straight loss.

Technology and energy stocks also bore the brunt of the selling, offsetting gains in materials and utilities companies. Several retailers also rose. Smaller companies fell more than the rest of the market.

73. The Cruze cruises: GM assembly plant closing, maybe for good -

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The last compact car rolled off the line Wednesday at General Motors' massive assembly plant in Ohio as the automaker began moving toward its future while workers wondered about theirs.

74. Industrial, tech companies pull US stocks slightly lower -

A mostly listless day on Wall Street ended Tuesday with stocks closing slightly lower as losses in industrial, technology and financial stocks outweighed gains elsewhere in the market.

Stocks wavered between small gains and losses through much of the day, with communications companies and retailers bucking the overall market decline. Mixed data on new U.S. home sales pulled homebuilders lower.

75. GM restructuring: Production ending at Ohio plant this week -

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — General Motors will end production this week at the first of five North American plants it wants to close by early next year as part of a companywide restructuring.

The last American-made Chevrolet Cruze will come off the assembly line Wednesday at GM's sprawling Ohio assembly plant near Youngstown, GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said Monday.

76. Elliott Davis names Schmitz market leader -

Elliott Davis, a business solutions firm with nine offices across the Southeast, has hired James (Jim) Schmitz as market leader for the firm’s Nashville office. Schmitz retired last year as Middle Tennessee president of Regions Bank.

77. Nashville hopes to put on a high-tech show for NFL draft -

It’s April 25, and the NFL draft is about to kick off in downtown Nashville. More than 100,000 football fans have poured onto streets near Riverfront Park to witness the historic Music City primetime event.

78. Is Nashville ready? -

How can Nashville enhance its reputation as a tech savvy city? What do cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Texas – even Huntsville and Chattanooga – have that Nashville doesn’t?

79. UAW sues General Motors to stop plant closings in 3 states -

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The United Auto Workers has sued General Motors from closing three plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, claiming the union's current contract forbids the company from idling them, according to the suit filed Tuesday.

80. US stocks close higher after Trump postpones tariff increase -

Stocks closed modestly higher Monday after shedding most of the gains from an early rally spurred by the Trump administration's decision to hold off on increasing tariffs on imported Chinese goods.

81. GE sells biopharma unit for $21 billion -

BOSTON (AP) — General Electric is selling its biopharma business to Danaher Corp. for $21.4 billion as it continues to sell off chunks of a once sprawling conglomerate.

The biopharma unit, part of GE Life Sciences, generated revenue of about $3 billion last year. Danaher said after tax benefits, the deal will have a price tag that is closer a $20 billion. The mostly-cash transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

82. From corn to Apple: What's behind the US-China standoff -

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear the Americans tell it, the Chinese have gone on a commercial crime spree, pilfering trade secrets from seed corn to electronic brains behind wind turbines. China has stripped the arm off a T-Mobile robot, the U.S. says, and looted trade secrets about robotic cars from Apple.

83. Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain -

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese carmaker Honda plans to close its car factory in western England in 2021, a fresh blow to the British economy as it struggles with the uncertainty associated with leaving the European Union next month.

84. Tennessee mulls 1 less court review before executions -

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Tennessee ramps up for another round of executions, the Republican-led Legislature is considering eliminating one level of state court review of death sentences.

A bill named for fallen Dickson County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker would provide for automatic reviews of death penalty cases by the state Supreme Court, skipping over Tennessee's Court of Criminal Appeals. The same concept failed two years ago. This year, it has the support of the Senate and House speakers.

85. Martin selected as fellow to 2019 NELC Academy -

Racquel B. Martin of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has been selected a fellow to the 2019 National Employment Law Council Academy.

Founded in 1995, NELC is a non-profit organization charged with enriching minority bar members who represent management in the field of labor and employment law. Held in conjunction with NELC’s annual conference, the NELC Academy provides advanced skills training for minority attorneys with less than four years of experience practicing management-side labor and employment law.

86. GM posts $8.1 billion 2018 profit on strong vehicle pricing -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors posted an $8.1 billion net profit for 2018, fueled by better prices for vehicles sold in the U.S., its most lucrative market.

It's a strong rebound from the previous year when the company lost $3.9 billion on a giant tax accounting charge.

87. S&P 500 index heads for its biggest monthly gain since 2015 -

Wall Street got its mojo back in January after finishing 2018 with its worst December since 1931.

Stocks finished higher Thursday, closing out the month with the best gain for the S&P 500 index since October 2015.

88. GE wins new fans with DOJ settlement and direction -

BOSTON (AP) — After years of belt-tightening and spinoffs that ate into both revenue and profit, General Electric Co. reported fourth-quarter net income of $761 million, sending shares up 10 percent in at the opening bell.

89. Lee signs 3 executive orders on ethics, transparency -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's newly signed executive orders show that he will largely follow his Republican predecessor's footsteps when it comes to ethics disclosure, transparency and non-discrimination employment practices.

90. VW, Ford team up on pickups, explore deal on electrics -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen and Ford are forming a global alliance to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups together while exploring broader cooperation on future battery-powered and autonomous vehicles and services.

91. 2 top auto awards go to Hyundai, 1 to Ram 1500 -

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai scored two out of three wins on Monday in the North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, as the Detroit auto show's press previews officially got underway.

92. Volkswagen to build electric vehicles, add 1,000 jobs in Chattanooga -

German automaker Volkswagen said Monday its factory in Tennessee will be the focus of an $800 million investment in the company's manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America.

Volkswagen made a couple of announcements that it will expand its plant in Chattanooga and create 1,000 jobs there as the factory gears up for electric vehicle production beginning in 2022. The company issued a news release and disclosed the expansion at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

93. Ford and Cadillac SUVs, Toyota sports car star at auto show -

DETROIT (AP) — SUVs and a big pickup truck will get top billing at Detroit's auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda.

Press days for the show begin Monday, although there are a couple of unveils set for before the show starts

94. Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few -

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren't even ready for production.

95. GM raises 2018 forecast, predicts stronger 2019 earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors strengthened its pretax profit estimate for 2018 and predicted even stronger performance for this year as it executives made a presentation to investors on Friday.

96. Auto industry troubles buffet Ford, Jaguar Land Rover -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The headwinds buffeting the global auto industry made themselves felt in Europe on Thursday as mass-market carmaker Ford and luxury-focused Jaguar Land Rover announced sweeping restructurings that will cost thousands of jobs.

97. Ford revamps Explorer SUV for 1st time since 2011 model year -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford's aging Explorer big SUV is getting a major revamp as it faces growing competition in the market for family haulers with three rows of seats.

The company unveiled the new version Wednesday night at Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions. It comes just before next week's press days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where the new SUV will be on display.

98. Ford to shake up European business, cut jobs -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is cutting jobs in Europe as it reshapes its business to focus on more profitable commercial trucks and SUVs while shifting production to electric cars over the longer term.

99. Nissan unveils new Leaf car after Ghosn's arrest delays it -

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is showing the beefed up version of its hit Leaf electric car as the Japanese automaker seeks to distance itself from the arrest of its star executive Carlos Ghosn.

The unveiling Wednesday at Nissan Motor Co.'s Yokohama headquarters, southwest of Tokyo, had been postponed when Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19.

100. Tesla breaks ground on factory in Shanghai -

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Inc. broke ground Monday for a factory in Shanghai, its first outside the United States.

CEO Elon Musk said Monday on Twitter that the company will start production in China of its Model 3 and a planned crossover by the end of the year.