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

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

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

2. Orders for lower-price Tesla reach 276,000 -

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors' CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend.

CEO Elon Musk posted the number Sunday on his Twitter feed. He says if the trend continues orders will hit 500,000.

3. Affordable Model 3 is Tesla's biggest test yet -

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — It's the car thousands of people were waiting for: Tesla Motors' new, lower-priced Model 3 sedan.

Tesla unveiled the Model 3 on Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. It doesn't go on sale until late 2017, but in the first 24 hours that order banks were open, Tesla said it had more than 115,000 reservations. Long lines at Tesla stores, reminiscent of the crowds at Apple stores for early models of the iPhone, were reported from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C. Buyers put down a $1,000 deposit to reserve the car.

4. GE asks US to drop "systemically important" tag for Capital -

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. asked the U.S. to drop the "too big to fail" tag for GE Capital, saying that its financing operations are a shadow of what they were when the Federal Reserve placed it under strict oversight in the aftermath of the global economic crisis almost a decade ago.

5. US stocks jump after solid March jobs report -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed Friday after the government said job growth continued at a strong clip in March. Makers of consumer goods and household products rose, and health care companies rebounded. The solid employment report helped U.S. stocks stay out of a steep global decline.

6. Affordable Model 3 is Tesla's biggest test yet -

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors built its reputation making sporty, sexy and very expensive electric cars. It's staking its future on something more affordable.

Tesla plans to unveil its Model 3 electric car Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. At a starting price of $35,000 — before federal and state government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models. The car is expected to have a range of at least 200 miles when fully charged, about double what drivers get from competitors in its price range, such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.

7. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for February 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, February 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

8. Dodging a disaster with Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

9. Automakers say electrics, hybrids no longer just gas-sippers -

NEW YORK (AP) — When Toyota aired a Super Bowl television ad featuring a surprisingly quick Prius gas-electric hybrid eluding police, it marked a turning point for the auto industry.

For years, automakers pushed fuel efficiency to sell hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, in an era of cheap gasoline, the message is: These cars are faster and quieter than their gas-powered counterparts. And, yes, you still save on fuel.

10. Honda rolls out fuel cell in Japan, to lease 200 first year -

TOKYO (AP) — Honda has rolled out a new fuel cell vehicle, the first of its kind to be a five-seater. The zero-emissions Clarity may not sell in big numbers, however, given its price tag of 7.66 million yen ($67,000).

11. Bill would open door for utilities to expand broadband by petition -

Legislation to expand broadband access across Tennessee is evolving – by necessity. State Rep. Kevin Brooks’ bill HB1303 to allow public utilities to provide Internet service outside their footprint is alive, he says, but it is being “argued vehemently.”

12. Nissan, other automakers post healthy February US sales gains -

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers posted big U.S. sales gains in February as consumers returned to showrooms after a snowy January.

Nissan's sales rose nearly 11 percent and Toyota's were up 5 percent. Ford's sales rose 20 percent over last February, boosted in part by higher sales to rental car fleets. Honda's sales were up 13 percent and Fiat Chrysler's rose 12 percent.

13. Honda plans no Takata rescue, bullish on green vehicles -

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's president is sticking to its stance that the Japanese automaker plans no independent financial bailout for supplier Takata, which is embroiled in a massive recall crisis over air-bag inflators that may explode.

14. Making homes safer for senior living -

The literal nuts and bolts of aging in place – details such as “age proofing” the home with bath rails and grab bars or equipping it for a person with a chronic illness – can make the difference between staying at home and having to move into assisted care.

15. Rural broadband supporters call for change in Tennessee law -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Rural lawmakers on Wednesday compared the dearth of broadband connections in their areas to being bypassed by electrification more than 80 years ago.

At a news conference at the state Capitol, advocates called for the Legislature to pass legislation this year to allow municipal utilities that offer broadband service to their customers to also provide ultra-fast Internet outside of their service areas.

16. JPMorgan to pay $1.42 billion to Lehman Brothers -

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $1.42 billion to settle allegations that it withheld critical funds from Lehman Brothers in the final days leading up to Lehman's collapse during the financial crisis.

17. High court upholds government's energy conservation program -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a win for the Obama administration and environmental groups, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 5-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand.

18. GM unites car-sharing services under new brand 'Maven' -

DETROIT (AP) — The final destination is a mystery, but General Motors is taking another step on its fast-moving journey into new ways of getting around.

The company on Thursday announced that it's formed a brand called "Maven" that will run its car-sharing ventures, including a new one that will begin competing with ZipCar next month in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spread to other metro areas later this year.

19. General Electric to move headquarters to Boston -

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — General Electric, one of the best known companies in corporate America, is moving its headquarters from suburban Connecticut to Boston, the company announced Wednesday.

20. Autonomous car breakthroughs to be featured at gadget show -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars.

Some breakthrough features will come to your dashboard quickly, while others will take a few years. But companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time.

21. US auto sales expected to hit an all-time high in 2015; Nissan up 19% in December -

DETROIT (AP) — Americans are buying more new cars than ever before. U.S. auto sales were expected to reach a record high of 17.47 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000.

22. GE scraps $3.3 billion sale to Electrolux -

GE has scrapped a $3.3 billion plan to sell its home appliance business to the Swedish company Electrolux, a deal opposed by U.S. regulators over concerns about competition.

The Fairfield, Connecticut, conglomerate said that it will continue to run the business as it looks for other options to sell it.

23. US auto sales hit 14-year high in November; Nissan up 4% -

DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.

Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — pushed last month's sales to a 14-year high of 1.3 million, just short of a record for the month. Sales were up 1.4 percent from last November, according to Autodata Corp.

24. Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler sales up in November, Ford flat -

DETROIT (AP) — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore.

Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — were expected to push last month's sales to near-record levels. Car buying site Edmunds.com predicted sales of new cars and trucks will hit 1.33 million, eclipsing the previous November record set in 2001.

25. Holiday car deals move earlier: 4 things to consider -

DETROIT (AP) — Lexus put the red bows atop its cars a month early, and General Motors is advertising Black Friday deals two weeks before Thanksgiving as the auto industry copies traditional retailers with holiday discounts well before the holidays.

26. Momentum builds for reviving Export-Import Bank -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank are close to reviving it four months after conservative foes ensured that its charter expired.

27. Dickinson Wright welcomes associates -

Dickinson Wright PLLC has hired Ariel Mason and Dustin Kovacic as associate attorneys. Mason joins the firm’s downtown Nashville office, and Kovacic joins the office on Music Row.

Mason previously worked for Dickinson Wright as a summer associate in the Nashville office, where she composed arguments for inclusion in trial briefs and motion memoranda. She also conducted extensive research on general litigation issues, including business disputes, employment law, and bankruptcy law.

28. Nissan test car drives itself safely, recognizes pedestrians -

TOKYO (AP) — Being a passenger in a self-driving car is similar to being driven around by a very cautious person, maybe your grandmother.

Requiring neither hands on the steering wheel nor a foot on the gas pedal or brakes, the Nissan Motor Co. car making its way on Japanese public roads is instead packed with radars, lasers, cameras and computer chips.

29. Green self-driving cars take center stage at Tokyo auto show -

TOKYO (AP) — Visions of cars that drive themselves without emitting a bit of pollution while entertaining passengers with online movies and social media are what's taking center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.

30. Tennessee electric co-op tax break deemed unconstitutional -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A tax break for Tennessee electric cooperatives, enacted by the Legislature in 1988, violates the state constitution, according to an opinion issued last week by Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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

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

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

32. Panel mulls role of utilities offering broadband in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A lobbyist for the state's cable industry on Wednesday declared all government-owned broadband services in Tennessee to be a failure.

Representatives of the Chattanooga electric utility that recently unveiled the nation's first 10-gigabit Internet service available to all electric customers begged to differ.

33. GM says Chevy Bolt electric range could be over 200 miles -

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors' entry into the long-range electric vehicle market should be able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge, company officials said Tuesday.

The company also plans to market the Chevrolet Bolt, a small hatchback car due out late next year, as a crossover SUV as it tries to take advantage of the global thirst for SUVs.

34. Lexus is top brand in Consumer Reports' reliability survey -

DETROIT (AP) — Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.

Transmission problems tripped up Honda, Nissan, Jeep and other brands in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey. Drivers reported rough shifting, clutch failure and even transmissions that had to be replaced twice in the first year of car ownership.

35. Modest rise gives stocks a third straight week of gains -

Stocks are closing higher after a day of meandering, giving the market its third straight week of gains.

Company earnings were in focus again Friday.

General Electric rose 3 percent, the most in the Dow Jones industrial average, after the industrial conglomerate reported earnings that beat analysts' forecasts.

36. Tesla's autopilot lets cars drive, change lanes themselves -

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is leapfrogging competitors with a new autopilot system that lets cars change lanes by themselves.

Like other semi-autonomous systems already available from Mercedes, Audi and Volvo, Tesla's system automatically keeps the car within its lane and maintains a certain distance from the car in front, both at highway speeds and on city streets. It can find a parking spot and parallel park itself. It also uses cameras and sensors to warn drivers about potential side impacts.

37. Wells Fargo's earnings edge up 1 percent to $5.4 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo reported a slight gain in third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, helped by an increase in borrowing from consumers and businesses.

The San Francisco-based bank earned $5.44 billion after payments to preferred shareholders, or $1.05 a share, for the three-month period ending in September. That compares with a $5.41 billion, or $1.02 a share, in the same period a year earlier.

38. Stocks close out best week of the year with a small gain -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week this year with a modest gain on Friday, helped by airlines and industrial companies.

Investors now turn their focus to corporate earnings, which will start to pick up next week.

39. US stocks end sharply higher; GE leads gains in industrials -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas Monday after last week's gloomy jobs report led investors to expect that the Federal Reserve will wait even longer before making its first interest rate increase since the financial crisis.

40. GM warns the Valley: Prepare to compete over driverless cars -

MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Move that tiny self-driving pod out of the way.

That might as well have been the message Thursday from General Motors to Google, Apple and anyone else with designs on dominating the market for autonomous cars.

41. Takata air bag recalls could expand to 7 more companies -

DETROIT (AP) — Seven more companies including electric car maker Tesla Motors could be facing recalls because they use air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., according to letters they received last week from U.S. safety regulators.

42. Bipartisan outcry kills bill to charge for public records -

People of every political stripe across Tennessee are raising in protest to legislation allowing government to charge fees for inspection of public records.

Fisk University student Justin Jones says such a financial imposition would place an “undue burden” on his fellow collegians seeking information from public records as part of research papers and other assignments.

43. Five highlights from the Frankfurt auto show -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Car sales are growing in Europe and the U.S. and automakers are responding with something for every driver class at the Frankfurt auto show.

After years of more conservative launches, automakers here are letting the R&D horses out of the stable with everything from mass-market cars with once-premium features to speedy supercar convertibles.

44. Obama using business CEOs meeting to apply budget pressure -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to avoid another contentious budget showdown and warned that the economy would surely take a hit if the government shuts down again.

45. Tech disruption hangs over automakers at Frankfurt show -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A sense of impending disruption hangs over all the shiny new cars at this year's edition of the Frankfurt International Motor Show.

The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected cars has pushed aside electric and low-emission vehicles as the major theme in just the two years since the show was last held.

46. US stocks post solid gains a day ahead of big Fed meeting -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing solidly higher ahead of the start of a crucial Federal Reserve policy meeting.

Opinions are split over whether the Fed will raise its benchmark interest rate for the first time in almost a decade.

47. Fun not fuel-saving focus in Las Vegas debut of Toyota Prius -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Where does a practical car like the Toyota Prius go to reinvent itself? The same place many people go to let loose and have fun: Las Vegas.

Brightly-lit displays on a Las Vegas Strip rooftop-turned-nightclub reminded the gathered crowd of executives, car dealers and automotive journalists on Tuesday night that the Prius could be modern, sleek and edgy.

48. US stocks surge, getting a boost from China's rally -

NEW YORK (AP) — The wild ride for investors continued on Tuesday. Stocks surged to their second-biggest gain of the year, more than wiping out a big loss from Friday and leaving the Dow Jones industrial average down just slightly for the month.

49. Judge upholds Tennessee lethal injection method -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates.

Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs didn't show during a lengthy trial that there have been problems in states where the method has been used.

50. High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face -

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

51. Raise gas tax or borrow? How to fund state's backlog of road projects -

Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.

52. Who are the stock market heavyweights? -

NEW YORK (AP) — At $660 billion dollars, Apple is the stock market's heavyweight.

Like a handful of other "big cap" companies such as Microsoft and Exxon Mobil, the iPhone maker's market value means that when its shares move, so can the market. And these are the companies that influence your stock portfolio.

53. US auto sales strong in July; Nissan posts 8% increase -

DETROIT (AP) — More Americans are buying cars that say "look at me." Luxury vehicles like Audis and Volvos drove off dealer lots at a furious pace in July and, combined with sizzling demand for SUVs, helped the auto industry roll on toward its best annual sales since before the recession. July sales rose 5 percent to more than 1.5 million, according to Autodata Corp.

54. Fed directs 8 biggest US banks to hold extra capital -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

55. First electric planes fly over English Channel -

CALAIS, France (AP) — Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday — hours after an independent French pilot made a similar voyage, beating the aeronautics giant in this symbolically important step toward making electronic flight viable in the long term.

56. Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.

57. GE takes step away from banking with $12 billion deal -

GE takes step away from banking with $12 billion deal

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric will sell its private equity business in a deal valued at about $12 billion as it refocuses on its core businesses and exits a banking sector now under stricter oversight.

58. Clinton: GOP threatening small-business jobs -

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.

59. Things to know about accidents involving self-driving cars -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small fleet of cars that maneuver through traffic using an array of sensors and computing power is driving on California roads and highways.

Since September, seven companies have received permission from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to test these cars of the future in public. Four of the 48 vehicles have gotten into accidents, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

60. Comcast announces super-fast Internet in Tennessee, mum on cost -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Comcast says it is bringing its super-fast Internet service to Nashville, but won't say how much it will cost to install or subscribe.

The company announced Wednesday it will offer residential customers fiber optic service of two gigabits per second - or twice the speed of what is currently offered by some municipal electric providers and by Google. The tech giant's high-speed Internet service, Google Fiber, earlier this year announced it will expand to four metro areas in the southeastern U.S., including Nashville.

61. GM cuts 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid car price by almost $1,200 -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.

The company says the new Volt will start at $33,995 including shipping when it goes on sale in the fall. The current version costs $35,170.

62. Winning, losing bills of 2015 Tennessee legislative session -

A look at some of the winning and losing legislation during the 2015 session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

WINNERS:

Tennessee budget: Appropriating the state’s annual $33.8 billion budget. SB1399.

63. Mixed earnings news leaves US stocks mostly lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Tepid corporate results and another drop in the price of crude oil pulled stocks mostly lower on Tuesday.

Major indexes started the day slightly higher, turned lower around noon, then languished until the closing bell. A mixed batch of first-quarter earnings reports offered traders little direction.

64. GM drops price of the electric Chevrolet Spark -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales.

GM is cutting $1,650 off the price of the electric Chevrolet Spark. The new starting price is $25,995. Chevrolet is also offering a 39-month lease for $139 per month.

65. US stocks mostly higher after rise in oil, mixed earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising oil prices helped push the stock market mostly higher on Tuesday, but the gains were tiny as investors weighed mixed results from companies reporting earnings.

Stocks fell shortly after the open, then headed mostly higher along with the price of oil. Chevron led the Dow Jones industrial average higher with a 2.2 percent gain.

66. GE pares off financial unit and returns to industrial roots -

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core.

The company said Friday that it will sell most of its GE Capital assets over the next two years. It said it has been tougher to generate acceptable returns on the businesses and that market conditions are favorable for a sale. GE also plans to buy back as much as $50 billion of its own stock.

67. Custody over abused Tennessee walking horses heats up with court decision -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A legal battle over who gets custody of two abused Tennessee walking horses is heating up after a state appeals court said it's not willing to return the animals to their purported owners just yet.

68. US close higher for second week; GE soars on deal news -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks advanced Friday, capping off a second straight weekly advance for the market. Investors were encouraged by the latest corporate deal news, that General Electric would be selling its long-struggling lending business.

69. Tennessee lawmakers delay municipal broadband bill for year -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee lawmakers won't vote this year on a bill seeking to allow municipal broadband to be offered outside of electric utilities' service areas.

Republican Sen. Janice Bowling of Tullahoma said Wednesday that while support for the measure is growing, there still aren't enough votes to pass the proposal this year.

70. Tennessee AG wants court to set aside municipal broadband ruling -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general wants a federal appeals court to set aside a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to allow cities like Chattanooga to offer municipal broadband beyond their normal service area.

71. Less for the tank, more for the bank -

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts the typical American household will save nearly $750 on gasoline in 2015, but no one should expect the good fortune to last forever.

Yes, gas prices did fall below $2 – and have begun falling again in recent days after rising about 35 cents in February and early March – but now it’s spring, a time when gas prices typically rise.

72. Stocks decline for third week; interest rate worries persist -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market was hit hard Friday, capping a third week of declines, as investors reacted to a steep drop in oil prices and a jump in the value of the dollar.

Utilities, companies that make basic materials like steel, and major exporters had the biggest declines.

73. Battle of the band(width): Fast, available Internet more important than state vs. FCC game in legislature -

Joyce Coltrin’s business is wandering in Bradley County’s technological wilderness. And it’s likely to remain there – because of legal threats – until the General Assembly changes state law.

74. Mayor Dean's morning snow emergency update -

NASHVILLE – Nashville residents should avoid driving if possible today as ice and snow have made driving conditions dangerous.

“The roads are extremely dangerous this morning. If you can stay home, stay home,” said Mayor Karl Dean from the Emergency Operations Center. “Not only will that help you keep yourself and your family safe, but it will also give Public Works crews the space they need to treat and clear our roads.”

75. Tennessee lawmakers: Block FCC ruling on municipal broadband -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Federal Communication Commission ruled last week that cities like Chattanooga may expand their municipal broadband service, but Tennessee officials who oppose the decision are lining up to block the move.

76. Homeland Security not the only area of Congress' dysfunction -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' dysfunction isn't limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption.

Lawmakers couldn't finish their work last year and it's showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back President Barack Obama's immigration policies on a bill providing money for the Department of Homeland Security.

77. US automakers improve in magazine's annual brand rankings -

DETROIT (AP) — Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine's annual brand report cards.

U.S. automakers also placed three vehicles on the magazine's list of "top picks" for vehicles, the first time that's happened in 17 years. The rankings were unveiled Tuesday in the magazine's annual auto issue.

78. Report: Apple has hundreds working on electric car project -

NEW YORK (AP) — You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of anonymity.

79. Booming SUV market gets new entries -

DETROIT (AP) — Sport utility vehicles are unstoppable — and automakers hope to cash in on the boom with some updated models coming to this year's Chicago Auto Show.

One out of every three new vehicles Americans bought last year was an SUV, according to Kelley Blue Book. SUV sales rose 12 percent to more than 5.5 million. That was double the pace of the industry as a whole.

80. Nissan raises profit forecast after sales grow in US, Europe -

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan raised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year after reporting a nearly 21 percent jump in quarterly profit as a cheap yen amplified strong overseas sales.

The Japanese automaker said Monday that sales were strong in the U.S. and Europe and the cheap yen boosted overseas revenue, offsetting a decline in its home market.

81. Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars -

DETROIT (AP) — Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math.

U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell.

82. Toyota remains top in global vehicle sales, beats VW, GM -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year.

83. UAW ‘considers itself a partner’ with GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

84. MetLife to challenge 'too-big-to-fail' tag -

NEW YORK (AP) — MetLife is challenging its U.S. designation as a company that is "too big to fail," a tag given to corporations that the government believes could pose a risk to the economy in the event of a collapse.

85. As cheap gas shifts car buyers' habits, automakers power on -

DETROIT (AP) — Inside the auto show here, automakers are showing off electric and other vehicles designed to cut our dependence on fossil fuels. Outside, car buyers are paying the lowest prices in years for carbon-based fuels.

86. GM's new electric could upstage Tesla — and its own Volt -

DETROIT (AP) — With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own.

87. Volvo to sell Chinese-made cars in US -

BEIJING (AP) — Volvo Cars, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, said Monday it will export cars made in China to the United States, a step forward for Beijing's ambitions to extend the global reach of its auto manufacturing industry.

88. Hot cars at the Detroit auto show -

DETROIT (AP) — The North American International Auto Show begins this week in Detroit with media and industry previews. It opens to the public Jan. 17.

Here are some of the new cars and experimental concept vehicles unveiled at the show:

89. Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology -

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.

Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle systems so they can eventually be applied to commercially sold cars.

90. Music takes center stage for Nashville's New Year’s Eve -

Cynics and service industry folks might call it “amateur night.” And one can hardly blame them as New Year’s Eve can turn even the most unassuming guest into a rowdy reveler for a night.

91. US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. 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.