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1. Survivors struggle as scientists race to solve COVID mystery -

There was no reason to celebrate on Rachel Van Lear's anniversary. The same day a global pandemic was declared, she developed symptoms of COVID-19. A year later, she's still waiting for them to disappear. And for experts to come up with some answers.

2. Toyota profits up amid solid recovery from pandemic fallout -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota reported a 50% jump in its October to December profit Wednesday, underlining a solid recovery at the Japanese automaker from the damage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s fiscal third quarter profit totaled 838.7 billion yen ($8 billion), up from 559 billion yen the previous year.

3. Home Depot reunites with HD Supply in deal valued at $8B -

Home Depot is reuniting with former subsidiary HD Supply, buying the company in a deal valued at about $8 billion.

The acquisition will give Home Depot a stronger hand in the contractor and professional side of its business, which is booming during the pandemic, just like its more consumer facing, DIY sales.

4. With elective procedures delayed, UnitedHealth profit spikes -

The nation's largest health insurer more than doubled its second-quarter profit, as COVID-19 shutdowns kept patients out of doctor's offices and off operating tables.

UnitedHealth's medical costs tumbled 11% to $34.68 billion with demand for care suppressed from the middle of March until it started to recover in May. Toward the end of the quarter, a more normalized level of care was returning.

5. A diminished Victoria's Secret is sold -

NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria's Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels prancing around in their bras and oversized angel wings, is being sold as women increasingly look for styles that more realistically fit their body type.

6. US stocks close lower amid jitters over virus outbreak -

Banks led a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as a virus outbreak in China rattled global markets, prompting investors to shift assets into bonds and defensive sector companies.

The sell-off snapped a three-day winning streak by the S&P 500. The benchmark index ended last week at an all-time high.

7. New Nissan CEO reaffirms alliance, promises revival -

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's new chief executive, Makoto Uchida, reaffirmed on Monday the importance of the Japanese automaker's alliance with France's Renault as it strives to puts its financial scandals behind it.

8. US stocks close lower as spike in crude oil rattles market -

Airlines, cruise lines and other companies in fuel-dependent industries dragged U.S. stocks lower Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring.

9. Princeton Review taps MTSU for best listing -

The Princeton Review has named Middle Tennessee State University one of the best places for an undergraduate degree.

It is the first time MTSU was awarded a spot in the review’s guide, “The Best 385 Colleges,” an honor given to roughly 13% of the nation’s approximately 3,000 four-year institutions.

10. US stocks cap milestone-setting week with modest losses -

Bond yields rose and stocks mostly bounced back from an early slide to finish with modest losses Friday, a downbeat end on Wall Street to an otherwise milestone-setting week for the broader market.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Events -

Nashville Comedy Festival. The festival, which runs through Sunday, features some of the funniest comedians in the world at different locations around the city. The 2019 line-up includes popular comedians like Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Sebastian Maniscalco, Ali Wong, Jim Jefferies, Rhett & Link, Tom Segura, John Crist, Nate Bargatze, Doug Loves Movies, Cody Ko, Noel Miller, Janeane Garofalo, Rita Rudner and 85 South. Information

15. Events -

Youth Job Fair. The summer Youth Job Fair is for YOUTH (ages 15 & up) who are seeking summer employment in Gallatin for summer, part time, seasonal, after school, etc. American Job Center, 1598 Green Lea Blvd., Gallatin. Thursday, 3-7 p.m. Information: 615-452-4000.

16. On road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs -

Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford.

Tesla's cheapest model right now is the $44,000 Model 3, and it needs to broaden its customer base to survive.

17. As stock prices go on discount, their biggest buyers return -

NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest buyers of stocks are coming back.

More than any other group, companies themselves are the largest purchasers of their own shares. But they were notably absent from the market the last few weeks, just as stock prices were tumbling on worries about global trade and rising interest rates.

18. Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business.

The question now is whether a smaller version of the company that once towered over the American retail landscape can be viable. Sears, which started as a mail order catalog in the 1880s, has been on a slow march toward extinction as it lagged far behind its peers and incurred huge losses over the years.

19. Tesla shares slip after company decides to stay public -

Shares of Tesla slipped on the first day of trading after the electric vehicle maker said it won't consider going private after all.

In morning trading Monday, Tesla Inc. was trading at $313.13, down $9.69, or 3 percent, while the broader markets rallied.

20. Stocks tumble as investors fret about China's growth -

NEW YORK (AP) — Deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout in riskier assets including technology stocks, copper and crude oil Wednesday. U.S. retailers took a drubbing after Macy's reported weaker sales.

21. Stocks finish mixed as Amazon leads retail rally; Exxon dips -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished with a split decision Friday after a wobbly day of trading. Amazon led a rally among retailers, but Exxon Mobil dragged energy companies lower to end an uneven week on Wall Street.

22. AP-NORC Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say Trump a racist -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of Americans, including large majorities of blacks and Hispanics, think President Donald Trump is a racist. More than half think his policies have made things worse for Hispanics and Muslims, and nearly half say they've made things worse for African Americans.

23. AP-NORC Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say Trump a racist -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of Americans, including large majorities of blacks and Hispanics, think President Donald Trump is a racist. More than half think his policies have made things worse for Hispanics and Muslims, and nearly half say they've made things worse for African Americans.

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

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

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

25. Toys R Us will shutter 180 stores, 1 in Nashville -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us, squeezed by Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart, will close 20 percent of its U.S. stores — including the location at 5731 Nolensville Road in nashville — or 180 locations, within months.

26. Macy's, Penney see holiday sales growth -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's and J.C. Penney both reported holiday sales growth, offering encouraging signs that if department stores struggling to hold their own against online retailers had a decent period, other retailers did as well.

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

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

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

28. Barbie's world shaken by Toys R Us bankruptcy -

NEW YORK (AP) — There's trouble in toyland, and companies are blaming Toys R Us.

Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, reported disappointing third-quarter results late Thursday and said it was hurt by Toys R Us' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last month. Earlier this week, Hasbro, the maker of My Little Pony and Monopoly, also blamed weak results on the Toys R Us bankruptcy filing.

29. JC Penney shares touches all-time low after slashing outlook -

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney slashed its annual profit forecast as it accelerated the clearance of slow-moving inventory and warned of weaker sales.

Shares tumbled more than 20 percent to an all-time low Friday, pulling Sears, Dillard's, Kohl's and other retailers down with it.

30. Tech giants lead rally as stocks near records; Amazon surges -

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the biggest companies in the world had their best day in years Friday as Microsoft and Alphabet soared following strong third-quarter reports, as did online retail giant Amazon. U.S. stocks set more records as their winning streak extended to a seventh week.

31. Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence -

NEW YORK (AP) — In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world.

32. Key ACA insurer urges gov't to keep customer subsidies -

One of the biggest insurers in the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces is warning the federal government that it must preserve cost-sharing payments for low-income customers to avoid hurting millions of people.

33. Macy's warns about profit margins, sending shares lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's has warned investors that its profit margins would keep shrinking this year, sending shares in the chain tumbling more than 8 percent and affecting other department store stocks.

34. Deal hunger sends food stocks higher; US indexes at records -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are breaking records again Tuesday as investors come back from a long weekend hungry for deals. While Kraft Heinz and Unilever couldn't complete a proposed $143 billion mega-merger, food and household goods makers are rising as investors think other deals are coming. Chicken chain Popeyes is jumping after it agreed to be bought by Restaurant Brands, which owns Burger King. Energy companies are also climbing.

35. TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4B cash-and-stock deal -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is buying Scottrade in a $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that would significantly expand its branch network at a time when many financial firms are expanding automated adviser programs.

36. US stocks creep higher as Federal Reserve meeting starts -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading as investors kept an eye on central banks in the U.S. and Japan. Health care and household goods companies led the way while energy companies slipped.

37. Banks lead gains on Wall Street on hopes for higher rates -

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks led the stock market higher Monday as investors anticipate that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates this year from their historically low levels. That could help banks recover from a long slump by making lending more profitable.

38. US stocks rise as drugmakers gain; gold keeps climbing -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks changed course and turned higher Wednesday, with drug and consumer companies leading the way. Investors were willing to take a few more risks than the day before, but they remained cautious, and demand for bonds and precious metals stayed high.

39. Drug prices top Americans' list of health care concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans from across the political spectrum are worried about the cost of prescription drugs for serious diseases, following weeks of news coverage about companies hiking prices for critical medicines.

40. AP analysis: Companies 'adjust' profits more in their favor -

NEW YORK (AP) — Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they're cracked up to be.

As the stock market climbs ever higher, professional investors are warning that companies are presenting misleading versions of their results that ignore a wide variety of normal costs of running a business to make it seem like they're doing better than they really are.

41. Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T evolves beyond phones -

NEW YORK (AP) — The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.

AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.

42. Four retailers in need of holiday cheer -

NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.

43. US stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid -

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.

44. Stocks close higher as banks gain on rising rates -

Stocks rebounded from a downbeat start Tuesday, building on small gains for the third day in a row.

News that U.S. consumer prices jumped sharply in May drove up long-term interest rates, setting the stage for the turnaround as investors bid up shares in financial stocks such as E-Trade Financial, Charles Schwab and Goldman Sachs.

45. Stocks fall as government shutdown drags on -

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sent the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its lowest close in a month Monday as few signs emerged of a deal to end the U.S. government shutdown and raise the nation's borrowing limit.

46. Dow Jones average has its best week since January -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose broadly Friday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average its best week since January.

The market got a lift from two economic reports, one showing that inflation remained tame in August and the other showing that Americans spent more at stores last month.

47. Apple's new iPhones simultaneously aim high, low -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that has reshaped technology and culture, Apple will offer two distinct versions of its latest iPhones — a cheaper model made of colorful plastic and another one that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" with a faster processor, fancier camera and fingerprint scanner for better security.

48. Apple introduces 2 new iPhone models -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that changed cellphones forever, Apple will offer two distinct versions of the latest iPhones — a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" and reads your fingerprint.

49. Blackberry maker posts larger-than-expected loss, shares plunge -

TORONTO (AP) — Shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion plunged nearly 30 percent Friday after the company posted a loss and warned of future losses despite releasing its make-or-break new smartphones this year.

50. Apple stock falls to one-year low on supplier news -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Apple Inc. hit their lowest levels in a year and half on Wednesday, after a supplier hinted at a slowdown in iPhone and iPad production.

51. RIM success in 4Q, but too early to declare win -

TORONTO (AP) — Research In Motion Ltd., once written off as dead amid fierce competition from more modern mobile devices such as the iPhone, surprised Wall Street Thursday by returning to profitability and shipping more BlackBerry 10 phones than expected in the most recent quarter.

52. BlackBerry success in 4Q, but too early to declare win -

TORONTO (AP) — Research In Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it sold about 1 million of its critically important new BlackBerry 10 devices and surprised Wall Street by returning to profitability in the most recent quarter.

53. New BlackBerry coming to the US on March 22 -

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will launch its new touchscreen smartphone in the U.S. with AT&T on March 22. The release will come several weeks after RIM launched the much-delayed devices elsewhere.

54. New BlackBerrys coming to UK, Canada in next week -

NEW YORK (AP) — A new generation of more versatile BlackBerry smartphones is finally about to hit the market after excruciating delays allowed mobile devices made by Apple, Samsung and others to build commanding leads in a market that is redefining society.

55. Oil drops 1.5 percent; gains could be tapering off -

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil declined the most this year Wednesday on reports that the amount of oil moving through a key pipeline to the Gulf Coast had been cut in half.

Benchmark oil dropped $1.45, or 1.5 percent, to finish at $95.23 per barrel, the first decline of more than 1 percent since Dec. 21.

56. Stocks soar on budget deal, but problems lurk -

NEW YORK (AP) — The "fiscal cliff" compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to ignite the stock market on Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year.

57. Getco buying Knight Capital in $1.4B deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly five months after a major software malfunction at Knight Capital roiled financial markets, the trading firm has agreed to sell itself to a competitor, Getco, in a cash-and-stock deal that the companies value at $1.4 billion.

58. Most automakers report sales jumps despite storm; Nissan down -

DETROIT (AP) — Most major automakers reported sales increases in October despite losing at least three days of business to the punishing rain and wind from Superstorm Sandy.

Toyota said its sales rose almost 16 percent for the month, while Volkswagen reported another strong month with sales up 22 percent. Honda sales slowed from double-digit growth earlier in the year to 8.8 percent, while Chrysler sales rose 10 percent. General Motors was up 5 percent and Ford rose slightly.

59. Most automakers report sales jumps despite storm -

DETROIT (AP) — Most major automakers reported sales increases in October despite losing at least three days of business to the punishing rain and wind from Superstorm Sandy.

Toyota said its sales rose almost 16 percent for the month, while Volkswagen reported another strong month with sales up 22 percent. Honda sales slowed from double-digit growth earlier in the year to 8.8 percent, while Chrysler sales rose 10 percent. General Motors was up 5 percent and Ford rose slightly.

60. Pearson, Bertelsmann confirm publishing tie-up -

LONDON (AP) — Two of the world's biggest publishing houses are to link up in a deal that will bring the writings of classics like George Orwell's "1984" and this year's literary phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" under one umbrella.

61. Investors eye the 'cliff' as Obama gains in polls -

NEW YORK (AP) — As President Barack Obama widened his lead over Mitt Romney in polls this month, traders at hedge funds and investment firms began shooting emails to clients with a similar theme: It's time to start preparing for an Obama victory.

62. Pump prices fall; oil prices up slightly -

Gas prices are finally falling, but motorists shouldn't expect the numbers at the pump to drop quickly this fall.

The national average for retail gasoline fell about a penny Friday to $3.833 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. That's down 4 cents from a week ago, the biggest weekly decline since early summer. The average price is still 50 cents higher than on July 1.

63. Oil slides on economic concerns -

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil slipped Tuesday after a weak report on U.S. manufacturing suggested demand for oil would fall.

U.S. benchmark crude fell $1.17 to close at $95.30 in New York. Brent crude, which is used by many U.S. refineries to make gasoline, fell $1.60 to $114.18 in London.

64. Oil rises as Isaac plows through Gulf -

Oil rose as Isaac gathered strength on its way into the heart of the Gulf of Mexico's oil and refinery operations.

The price got a boost after midday when forecasters said Isaac had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds.

65. Apple stock hits new high after 4-month dip -

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's stock hit a new high Friday after a four-month swoon, as investors looked ahead to the release of a new iPhone and possibly a smaller iPad.

Already the world's most valuable company, Apple Inc. saw its stock hit $648.19 just before closing, before retreating to $648.11. That was up $11.77, or 1.9 percent, from Thursday's close.

66. HCA probe shines light on chest pain overtreatment -

CHICAGO (AP) — An investigation into one of the nation's biggest hospital chains is refocusing attention on concerns about overtreatment for chest pain.

Many doctors are unclogging arteries to treat the pain, providing quick relief. However, studies have shown medicine is a safer and cheaper alternative for patients whose heart disease isn't life-threatening.

67. Mednax buys East Tennessee physician group -

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mednax Inc. said Monday it has acquired a Knoxville-based physician group that provides anesthesia services across the eastern portion of Tennessee.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based national physician group did not disclose terms of the deal. It said Anesthesia Medical Alliance of East Tennessee includes 45 anesthesiologists and 158 anesthetists and will become part of its American Anesthesiology division.

68. Hospital stocks jump after health care ruling -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospital stocks rose sharply Thursday after the Supreme Court guaranteed them millions more paying customers by upholding the core of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

69. Hospital stocks jump after health care ruling -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospital stocks rose sharply Thursday after the Supreme Court guaranteed them millions more paying customers by upholding the core of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

70. Auto sales surge in March, led by small cars; Nissan up 12% -

DETROIT (AP) — Appealing small cars, low interest rates, truck deals and unseasonably warm weather helped the auto industry achieve its best monthly performance in almost four years in March.

71. Bank of America CEO got sixfold raise last year -

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America gave its CEO a pay package worth $7.5 million last year, six times as large as the year before. It happened while the company's stock lost more than half its value and the bank lost its claim as the biggest in the country.

72. BlackBerry maker co-CEOs step down -

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry maker Research in Motion's co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie, who in 2007 tried to buy the Nashville Predators and move them to Hamilton, Ontario, and Mike Lazaridis, announced they have stepped down as co-CEOs and co-chairmen of the once-iconic company that has struggled to compete in recent years.

73. JPMorgan earnings miss, Europe drag stocks lower -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell in morning trading after a rare earnings miss for JPMorgan Chase, the country's largest bank, and as reports swirled that France and other European governments may get their ratings cut soon.

74. Shoppers say 'ho-hum' not 'ho-ho-ho' to sales -

Sale, schmale. Customers used to come running when stores cut prices. But these days, more Americans are becoming blasé about bargains.

Jennifer Beasley recently left a Toys R Us in Cary, N.C., unimpressed by the retailer's offers that day of 50 percent discounts on things like a $150 Sylvania tablet computer and a $45 My Baby Alive Doll.

75. AT&T, Telekom to press ahead with T-Mobile deal -

Deutsche Telekom and AT&T vowed Thursday to press ahead with the planned sale of the German company's T-Mobile USA unit to the U.S. cell phone operator despite concerns raised by American authorities.

76. Dow plunges more than 600 points after downgrade -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged Monday as anxiety overtook investors on the first trading day since Standard & Poor's downgraded American debt.

The Dow Jones industrials fell 634.76 points. It was the sixth worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst one-day drop since December 2008. Every stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index declined Monday.