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1. Promotions, gas prices boost US auto sales -

DETROIT (AP) — American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday promotions — coupled with falling gas prices, low-interest loans and hot new vehicles — drove U.S. auto sales higher in November, kicking off what's expected to be a strong holiday season.

2. Stocks slip after retail sales weaken, China slows -

NEW YORK (AP) — Mounting signs of weakness in the global economy and a poor start to the holiday shopping season knocked the stock market lower on Monday.

Earlier sales, a shift to online shopping and stagnant wages meant fewer Americans showed up to stores over the Thanksgiving weekend, the National Retail Federation said Sunday. The trade group estimated that total spending for the four days totaled $50.9 billion, down 11 percent from last year.

3. Toyota raises forecast on profit jump, weak yen -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota raised its annual earnings forecast after posting a 23 percent jump in quarterly profit Wednesday as a favorable exchange rate added to the momentum of the Japanese automaker's sales growth.

4. Why are Tennesseans so afraid of a state income tax? -

The odds of an income tax becoming a reality in Tennessee – one of the nation’s lowest-taxed states – are slim to none.

Yet Murfreesboro resident Ethel Hawkins says she plans to vote against Amendment 3 when she goes to the polls in the Nov. 4 election.

5. GM to move production of Volt part to US -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.

6. Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market -

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than five years of stock market gains, investors could be forgiven for worrying that big sell-offs may be the harbingers of bigger slumps.

But, even as stocks were plunging last week, strategists and professional investors were telling their clients that the volatility was no reason to abandon the market.

7. US stocks end dramatic week with rally -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a turbulent week with a big gain Friday, a sign of renewed investor confidence after days of gloomy economic news.

It was the latest large move for a market which, with a few exceptions, has been on a mostly downward track since last month. Stocks have had four weeks of declines, leaving the Standard & Poor's 500 index 6 percent below the record high from Sept. 18.

8. Behm is campaign chair for Legal Aid Society -

Margaret Behm, principal at Dodson, Parker, Behm and Capparella, P.C., will serve as the 2015 campaign chair of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Campaign for Equal Justice.

9. US indexes slide; Airlines, energy stocks drop -

The stock market couldn't shake off a case of the jitters from last week and closed sharply lower again on Monday.

Airlines, energy and materials stocks were among the biggest decliners. The market is coming off its biggest weekly decline in more than two years.

10. Rogue, Leaf help Nissan sales jump 18.5 percent in September -

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan sales rose 18.5 percent to 102,955 in September. Sales of the newly revamped Rogue crossover jumped 52 percent, while sales of the electric Leaf were up 47 percent. Both are assembled in Smyrna.

11. Court: Tennessee must release execution information -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee must turn over the names of people involved in executions to the attorneys for 11 death row inmates, a state appeals court ruled.

The ruling Monday came as part of a broader lawsuit from the inmates challenging the state's lethal injection method and its law allowing electrocutions, claiming both are unconstitutional. Attorneys for the inmates said the names of people involved, including the pharmacist who will compound the drug and the supervising physician, are needed so they can investigate whether they are qualified, among other things.

12. GE to give Penn State $10M for gas drilling center -

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research.

13. GM to introduce new, high-end Cadillac next year -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal the name of the new model soon.

14. Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter.

Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too.

The emerging consensus makes it likely that the justices soon will agree to take up the question of whether the Constitution forbids states from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. A final ruling isn't likely before June 2015, but a decision to get involved could come as soon as the end of this month.

15. Electrolux to buy GE Appliances in $3.3B deal -

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies said Monday.

The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the world's second biggest home appliance maker after U.S. rival Whirlpool.

16. Lanquist named fellow of American Bar Foundation -

Edward D. Lanquist Jr., managing shareholder at Waddey Patterson, has been selected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Established in 1955, the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, legal scholars and law faculty who have been elected by their peers to become members. Members have demonstrated outstanding achievements in and dedication to their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

17. Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale -

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.

18. GE in talks to sell historic appliance division -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment.

19. Electrics, hybrids continue to gain fans, sales -

When JP White bought his Nissan LEAF three years ago this month, the admitted tech geek was drawn to electric cars first – and foremost – by the technology.

But the appeal of bypassing gas pumps was not insignificant.

20. Obama announces $33B in commitments for Africa -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to strengthen America's financial foothold in Africa, President Barack Obama announced $33 billion in commitments Tuesday aimed at shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships.

21. Toyota profit up nearly 5 percent on sales growth -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.

22. Nissan shows big gain as US auto sales sizzle in July -

DETROIT (AP) — Big discounts helped U.S. auto sales sizzle in July.

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent. Of major automakers, only Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.

23. After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell -

TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel.

24. Dickinson Wright hires for Music Row office -

Attorneys Derek Crownover, Austen Adams and Cam Caldwell have joined Dickinson Wright PLLC in Nashville to launch the firm’s office on Music Row and lead its expanded Entertainment Law Practice Group.

25. Planning the perfect Nashville holiday dining weekend -

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal took readers on a whirlwind weekend tour of Nashville visiting favorites, from The Pancake Pantry to Mas Tacos.

But as a resident, I’d like to be a tourist in town for 36 hours just to catch up on all the new restaurants.

26. US stocks close below records; FMC falls -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are closing slightly below the record levels they hit last week as investors assess a batch of corporate news.

Wisconsin Energy fell 4 percent and General Electric fell 1 percent after the companies said they had made acquisitions. Chemicals maker FMC fell 5 percent after cutting its earnings forecast after farmers used less of its products due to an unusually harsh winter.

27. TVA’s evolving rules bring turmoil to solar industry -

Gary Wolf is chasing the sun from Tennessee to Belize. The owner of SunDog Solar Energy installation company in Nashville says the changes Tennessee Valley Authority made to their Generation Partners renewable energy program means a small rooftop solar company like his can’t survive in Tennessee.

28. Nissan sets May sales record as car buyers return -

DETROIT (AP) — Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks and a strong Memorial Day weekend were expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.

29. Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal — and companies that produce cleaner fuels or efficiency technologies — are likely to benefit from the Obama Administration's new proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

30. Protesters oppose new Tenn. electric chair law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Protesters at the state Capitol voiced opposition Tuesday to a new law signed by Gov. Bill Haslam allowing the use of the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable to execute condemned prisoners.

31. Tennessee 'ready' to use electric chair if need be -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is "ready as needed" to use the electric chair if it can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, the state's top prisons official said Friday.

A corrections spokeswoman added later in the day while the state doesn't have a supply of the drugs, authorities are confident they could acquire some. The chemicals have become scarcer following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions.

32. Senate votes to open debate on renewing tax breaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) —?? A bill to renew a package of more than 50 expired tax breaks cleared its first hurdle in the Senate Tuesday.

Other hurdles remain, however.

The Senate voted 96 to 3 to open debate on the bill, which has strong backing from the business community but would add about $85 billion to the budget deficit.

33. Murfreesboro faces more Walmart anxiety -

When Walmart puts its stamp on a town or area of a city, it’s almost always a change agent with noticeable impact on shoppers, traffic, new business development, existing stores and the overall economy.

34. Events -

Momentum in Bellevue. Matt Wiltshire, director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, is the featured speaker and will discuss opportunities that lie ahead. 7 p.m., CrossPoint Church, 7675 Memphis-Bristol Hwy, Hwy. 70.

35. Toyota moving US base from California to Texas -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota delivered a surprise pink slip to California on Monday, announcing the company would move its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas.

36. Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they've been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way.

Industrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar have been posting strong financial results in recent weeks and telling investors that orders are strong. That means other large companies are investing in expensive equipment they need to grow their business, economists say.

37. Events -

Nashville Chamber Business After Hours. An opportunity to develop relationships, walk away with new connections and market your business to more than 200 attendees. Pre-registration required. today, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Factory at Franklin Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

38. Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading -

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance.

Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. Oil trading also was suspended.

39. Stocks drift after Google, IBM earnings disappoint -

Major U.S. stock indexes drifted between gains and losses in morning trading Thursday amid a crop of disappointing corporate earnings. Google, IBM and insurers UnitedHealth and WellPoint were among the big market decliners.

40. Events -

Real Estate Investors Network Real Estate Investors Network. Ca$h Flow & Millionaire Maker Games. Learn financial strategies without having to invest any of your own cash. These games are fun and educational ways to learn about wealth creation, managing assets and liabilities and escaping from the “rat race.” Today, 6 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Ste 151, Nashville. Information: reintn.org. Additional April opportunity:

41. Energy regulator: Steps underway to protect grid -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve handling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a document that outlined specific physical threats to the nation's electric grid.

42. End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some -

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

43. AG: Tennessee can lawfully electrocute inmates -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The State Attorney General says Tennessee can lawfully use the electric chair on death row inmates if drugs used for lethal injection are not available.

Attorney General Bob Cooper's written legal opinion was issued this week as state lawmakers consider a bill that would allow condemned prisoners to be electrocuted if lethal injection is thwarted by big drug companies or the courts.

44. Supreme Court seems divided in climate case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

45. Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen.

46. GOP's Corker urges rejection of UAW at Volkswagen -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Detroit's troubles have been front and center in the heavy campaign by union opponents seeking to dissuade workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. assembly plant from voting for representation by the United Auto Workers.

47. Obama: Job training must reflect changing economy -

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Stressing the importance of having job-training programs that work, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a "soup to nuts" review of federal workforce training initiatives and pledged to copy the most successful ones.

48. Obama: Job training must reflect changing economy -

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Stressing the need to train workers for jobs of the future, President Barack Obama kicked off a government-wide review of federal job-training programs Thursday and pledged to expand the ones that work best.

49. GE profit rises 5 pct in 4Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. says its net income rose 5 percent in the fourth quarter on rising profits from the sale of aircraft engines, oil and gas drilling equipment and appliances.

50. Stocks mostly lower on weak earnings; UPS slips -

NEW YORK (AP) — Weak earnings from big U.S. companies are nudging the stock market lower.

United Parcel Service, General Electric and others issued disappointing results or forecasts.

51. Fisker bankruptcy bidding heats up quickly -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Hybrid Technology, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, has offered $55 million in an auction of Fisker Automotive's assets, just days after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware rejected Hybrid's plan to take over the failed electric-vehicle manufacturer in a private sale.

52. Mary Barra, a child of GM, prepares to lead it -

DETROIT (AP) — When Mary Barra was born in 1961, General Motors was selling half the cars on U.S. roads.

In her booming middle-class suburb north of Detroit, the woman who will soon become GM's CEO remembers pining as a 10-year-old for her cousin's red Camaro convertible and tinkering in the garage with her father, a die maker who spent four decades at GM.

53. Nissan looks to no-frills China brand for revival -

HUADU, China (AP) — His Chinese sedan was a disappointment. So when truck driver Xie Yanzhen needed to replace it, he turned to Venucia, a 2-year-old no-frills brand launched by Nissan and a Chinese partner.

54. Employers step in to prevent worker burnout -

LONDON (AP) — Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.

55. Saab is back: First cars produced under new owners -

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in south-west Sweden, on Monday.

56. US safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires -

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla's Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car's underbody and battery.

57. Third fire in Tesla Model S reported -

DETROIT (AP) — A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.

The blaze on Wednesday afternoon near Smyrna, Tenn., engulfed the front of the car. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the Model S ran over a tow hitch, which hit the undercarriage of the car, causing an electrical fire.

58. Franklin-based Clarcor buying GE subsidiary -

General Electric is selling its Kansas-based air filtration business to Clarcor Inc. of Franklin for $265 million.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1asavgU) reported Wednesday that Clarcor expects the sale to be complete by the end of the year.

59. 8 states join forces to promote clean cars -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation's roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure.

60. Leaving the driving to a computer has big benefits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don't drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don't do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker.

61. S&P 500 ekes out a small gain to set a new record -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard & Poor's 500 index eked out the smallest of gains to set a record high Monday as investors assessed third-quarter earnings news.

Earnings will hold investors' attention this week as major U.S. companies including McDonald's, Boeing and Procter & Gamble report their results. Rising profits have been one of the key supports for this year's rally in stocks.

62. GE profit slips in 3Q, but tops estimates -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric said Friday that net income fell 9 percent in the third quarter as the company struggles to grow revenue and profits after shedding media and banking assets. But improving industrial performance helped the company beat Wall Street expectations.

63. S&P 500 closes further into record territory -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors shifted their focus from politics to profits on Friday and liked what they saw, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index further into record territory.

Two days after Congress struck a last-minute deal to keep the U.S. from a devastating default on its debt, investors were bidding up stocks on surprisingly good profits from companies in industries both old and new.

64. Families hoarding cash 5 years after crisis -

NEW YORK (AP) — They speak different languages, live in countries rich and poor, face horrible job markets and healthy ones. When it comes to money, though, they act as one: They're holding tight to their cash, driven more by a fear of losing what they have than a desire to add to it.

65. Japan car parts makers in price-fixing plea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world's largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announced Thursday.

66. GM working on 200-mile electric car, exec says -

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said.

67. It's a book, it's a manifesto: 'Why We Drive' -

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul cartoonist and bicycling advocate Andy Singer takes a look at "Why We Drive" in his new coffee-table book romp through the history of a car-centric culture.

68. Auto sales rebound to pre-recession levels -

DETROIT (AP) — For the U.S. auto industry, the recession is now clearly in the rear-view mirror.

New car sales jumped 17 percent to 1.5 million in August, their highest level in more than six years. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler and General Motors all posted double-digit gains over last August.

69. Nissan breaks monthly record as automakers report double-digit increases -

DETROIT (AP) — The major U.S. and Japanese automakers all posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as car buyers snapped up pickup trucks and small cars to lead the industry toward its best month in six years.

70. GM says almost-driverless cars coming by 2020 -

MILFORD, Mich. (AP) — Sometime before the end of this decade, General Motors will put a car on the road that can almost drive itself.

The automaker says the system, called "Super Cruise," uses radar and a camera to steer the car and keep it between lane lines. Also, the radar keeps the car a safe distance from cars ahead of it, and it will brake to a complete stop if necessary.

71. Wal-Mart pushes 'made in America' at summit -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spearheaded an effort Thursday to bring together retailers, suppliers and government officials so they can figure out how to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States.

72. Mississippi car company's big plans haven't come to fruition -

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of people and pump out a brand new line of fuel-efficient vehicles.

73. GM knocks 12.5 percent off Volt price -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is knocking 13 percent off the sticker price of the Chevrolet Volt electric car as it tries to keep pace with rivals in the market for plug-in vehicles.

The automaker said Tuesday that the 2014 Volt will start at $34,995, including shipping — $5,000 less than the current model. The new model is scheduled to reach showrooms late this summer.

74. Fully-owned NBCUniversal boosts Comcast 2Q results -

NEW YORK (AP) — The decision by Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, to buy General Electric out of the NBCUniversal business looks like a smart one, as the media conglomerate posted strong results for the second quarter.

75. New Impala tops sedans in Consumer Reports tests -

DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Impala, long the standard-bearer for mediocre cars from Detroit, has made an amazing turnaround.

A completely reworked version of the full-size car has taken Consumer Reports magazine's top spot for all sedans, deposing German and Japanese cars for the first time in at least 20 years.

76. Kiwanis names Buchanan Nashvillian of the Year -

Kiwanis Club of Nashville has honored Steve Buchanan as its 2012 Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year for his community contributions. Buchanan is president of the Opry Entertainment Group, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and executive producer for “Nashville.”

77. GE posts small gain in 2Q profit, sees US pickup -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric posted a slight gain in net income in the second quarter and said its U.S. operations are picking up steam.

GE said Friday that it earned $3.13 billion, up from $3.11 billion a year earlier. On a per share basis, the company earned 30 cents, up from 29 cents. Revenue fell 4 percent, to $35.12 billion from $36.5 billion.

78. Tech slump holds back US stocks; S&P 500 edges up -

NEW YORK (AP) — A bad day for technology stocks Friday held back the stock market's big run-up.

Microsoft led the slump in tech, falling the most in more than four years after the company wrote off nearly $1 billion on its new tablet computer and reported declining revenue for its Windows operating system. Google dropped after its revenue fell below analysts' forecasts, partly because the Internet search leader's ad prices took an unexpected turn lower.

79. US safety agency may expand GM car recall -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators may add nearly 5,000 cars to a recall of the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans.

In May, General Motors announced that it would recall more than 38,000 of the 2012 and 2013 cars because a defective generator control module could stall the engine or cause a fire. The cars have GM's eAssist gas-electric hybrid system.

80. GM, Honda to collaborate on fuel cell vehicles -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

81. Auto sales maintain momentum, led by pickups -

DETROIT (AP) — Three years ago, U.S. car buyers started trickling back into showrooms after largely sitting out the recession. That trickle has turned into a flood.

From owners of revitalized small businesses that need to replace aging pickups to new hires who need a fresh set of wheels for the daily commute, increasingly confident buyers pushed auto sales back to pre-recession levels in the first six months of this year. Sales in the January-June period topped 7.8 million, their best first half since 2007, according to Autodata Corp. and Ward's AutoInfoBank. Automakers reported June sales Tuesday. They rose 9 percent to 1.4 million.

82. What's in Obama's plan to combat global warming -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's wide-ranging plan to combat global warming would for the first time put limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.

Obama on Tuesday announced plans to reduce domestic carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent between 2005 and 2020 and "put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution."

83. VW mum on prospects for Tennessee plant expansion -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen calls its Chattanooga plant a global model for energy conservation and efficient production. But executives remain tightlipped about whether the facility is in line to produce a new crossover SUV for the German automaker.

84. Investors guess Fed's actions, push stocks higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are in a game of wait-and-see with the Federal Reserve. On Monday, they guessed that the Fed will continue trying to prop up the economy, and sent stocks higher.

The major stock indexes all rose about 1 percent in early trading and stayed there for most of the day, before dipping slightly in the afternoon. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12.31 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,639.04. It had been up as much as 20 points.

85. Are we really that Amped? -

For every person charged up over the arrival of The Amp, there seems to be another blowing a fuse over Nashville’s latest alternate transportation plan.

And despite Mayor Karl Dean’s steady public words of optimism about a 2016 launch, the skeptical continue to zap him with questions about funding, route location, ridership estimates and timing for the bus rapid transit project.

86. Judge sides with GM, dismisses Spyker lawsuit -

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed a $3 billion lawsuit filed by Dutch car maker Spyker against General Motors Co.

87. US proposes labeling some nonbanks threats -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed that a group of firms that aren't banks be deemed potential threats to the financial system that need stricter government oversight.

Big insurers American International Group Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc., and General Electric Co.'s finance arm GE Capital, said they are among the firms. The near-collapse of AIG in 2008 helped trigger the financial crisis and it received a $182 billion federal bailout that it has since repaid.

88. US auto sales roar back in May, led by pickups -

DETROIT (AP) — Full-size pickups once again dominated U.S. auto sales in May, as small businesses — increasingly confident in the economy — raced to replace the aging pickups they held on to during the recession.

89. US auto sales see big gains in May -

DETROIT (AP) — Price cuts at Nissan and strong demand for pickup trucks helped U.S. auto sales rebound in May after a slight dip in April.

General Motors reported its strongest monthly sales since September of 2008. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also reported increases. Nissan Motor Co. notched its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models early in the month. Only Volkswagen said sales fell compared with May of last year.

90. Cheap leases offered to spur electric car sales -

DETROIT (AP) — Auto companies are hoping lower lease prices can put a charge into sluggish sales of electric cars.

Honda announced Thursday that it's slashing the monthly lease cost of its tiny Fit EV by one third, following similar moves by other automakers. Honda also is throwing in other goodies, such as a free home charging station and unlimited mileage.

91. Cheap leases offered to spur electric car sales -

DETROIT (AP) — Auto companies are lowering lease prices for electric cars as they try to jump-start slow sales in a competitive market.

Honda announced Thursday that it's slashing the monthly lease cost of its tiny Fit EV by one-third to $259 a month. Honda also is throwing in other goodies such as a free home charging station and unlimited mileage.

92. Stocks surge to new highs after hiring climbs -

NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks of conflicting signals about the strength of the economy, a big gain in the jobs market gave Wall Street reason to celebrate Friday.

The stock market surged, traders donned party hats, and the wave of buying drove three indexes through major milestones.

93. Comcast profit rises 17 percent in 1Q -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company and owner of NBCUniversal, on Wednesday said its net income rose 17 percent in the latest quarter, powered by continued strong results from its cable operations.

94. GM says Chevy Spark EV can go 82 miles per charge -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Wednesday that the battery-powered version of its Chevrolet Spark mini-car can travel up to 82 miles on a single charge, putting it among the leaders in mass-market electric vehicles sold in the U.S.

95. Chinese automakers struggle against global rivals -

SHANGHAI (AP) — These should be good times for Chinese automakers as they prepare to show off their latest models at the Shanghai auto show.

Their home market is the world's biggest and growing. But independent automakers such as Chery and Geely are being squeezed by bigger, richer global rivals including General Motors and Nissan that have moved into turf the Chinese makers considered their own: low-priced models for local tastes. Domestic brands account for less than half of their own market.

96. GM, Ford to collaborate on new transmissions -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and Ford are putting aside their longstanding rivalry to work together to develop a new generation of fuel-efficient automatic transmissions.

The companies said Monday that their engineers will jointly design nine- and 10-speed transmissions that will go into many of their new cars and trucks.

97. Goodbye fluorescent bulb? Philips says yes. -

AMSTERDAM (AP) — If you've worked in an office, you're probably familiar with the soft glow of fluorescent tubes drifting from the ceiling. If Europe's Philips brand is right, those lamps could soon be history.

98. Senate confirms White to head SEC -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mary Jo White's nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, making her the first former prosecutor to lead the federal agency that oversees Wall Street.

99. Stocks rise ahead of earnings season -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended modestly higher Monday, shrugging off an early decline, as investors waited to see whether big U.S. companies would deliver on expectations of strong earnings in 2013.

100. Deal to sell Dell may be about to face competition -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is Michael Dell's attempt to gain more control over his company about to turn into a financial tug-of-war?

The answer could come Friday. That's the end of a 45-day period that Dell Inc.'s board of directors set to allow for offers that might top a Feb. 5 deal to sell the personal computer maker to CEO Michael Dell and a group of investors for $24.4 billion.