WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The deal, once approved by a judge, would resolve all civil claims against BP and end five years of legal fighting over the 134 million-gallon spill. It also would bind the company to a massive cleanup project in the Gulf Coast area aimed at restoring wildlife, habitat and water quality.
2. House GOP in turmoil with new uncertainty in speaker race - Friday, October 02, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are in upheaval as their front-runner for speaker faces fresh opposition and conservatives push to postpone leadership elections.
With daunting challenges ahead, it's increasingly clear that Speaker John Boehner's resignation only deepened divisions in the fractious caucus.3. Northwest Tennessee judge selected as new senior judge - Friday, October 02, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has selected a former northwest Tennessee Circuit Court judge to serve as a new senior judge, presiding over cases across the state.
According to a news release from the court, Judge William Acree will be one of four senior judges in Tennessee when he begins his two-year term on Nov. 2.4. Obama: No more temporary spending bills; budget deal needed - Friday, October 02, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won't sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires on Dec. 11.
He is instead demanding a budget agreement with Republicans controlling Congress that would lift a freeze on the budgets of both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.5. Apart from low unemployment, just how healthy is job market? - Friday, October 02, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate — now just 5.1 percent — grabs a lot of the attention each month when the government issues its jobs data. Yet the rate doesn't come close to sketching a full picture of the job market.6. Stock market shakes of an early stumble, ends higher - Friday, October 02, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — News of slower hiring last month jolted markets early Friday, driving government bonds up and the dollar down. The stock market, after slumping in early trading, finished the day with a solid gain.7. VW plant cuts shift, financial arm freezes hiring - Friday, September 25, 2015
BERLIN (AP) — A Volkswagen engine factory said Wednesday it has dropped one shift a week and the company's financial services division imposed a temporary hiring freeze as the world's largest automaker grapples with an emissions-rigging scandal.8. Root of investor anxiety: Uncertainty about China and Fed - Friday, September 25, 2015
Fears about China's slowdown and a coming U.S. interest rate hike have sent global stock markets into a fidgety freefall.
But why? China's economy has been slowing for years. And the Federal Reserve has long been expected to raise short-term interest rates from near zero, where it's kept them since 2008. So what's sowing panic now?9. Sometimes it’s best to admit the well is dry - Friday, October 02, 2015
Nothing. That’s what I’ve got today. It happens.
For a couple of years now, there’s been some connection between the I Swear Crossword and this column in any given week. So, having nothing today is actually appropriate, as I am running a puzzle without a theme. There’s a cutting-edge, in-the-news 15-letter phrase across the center of the puzzle.10. Saving souls takes toll on pastors’ health - Friday, October 02, 2015
The first time I thought about what it takes to be a church pastor was when mine took a three-month sabbatical after a decade in Downtown Presbyterian’s pulpit.
I asked my friend Bob Smietana, a lifelong churchgoer and now senior news editor at Christianity Today magazine, why pastors do that.11. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for August 2015 - Friday, October 02, 2015
Top commercial real estate transactions, August 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.12. 40 percent of millennials pay for print, online news - Friday, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — In a world flush with free information, some young people are still willing to shell out for news they read.
A recent poll shows that 40 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-34 pay for at least some of the news they read, whether it's a print newspaper, a digital news app or an email newsletter. Another 13 percent don't pay themselves but rely on someone else's subscription, according to the survey by Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Older millennials are more likely than younger ones to personally pay for news.13. A big gain for stocks at the end of a turbulent quarter - Friday, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose across the board Wednesday following big gains in Asia and Europe, a buoyant end to the worst quarter for the market in four years.
From worries over a slowing Chinese economy, uncertainty over interest rates and a scary slide in commodity prices, stocks have been hit with one blow after another in the past three months. But on Wednesday, investors were in the mood to buy, especially stocks that have been battered recently. Energy companies and raw material suppliers, the biggest losers in the quarter, rose more than 2 percent each.
14. US consumer confidence rises again in September - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were feeling more confident again this month, good news for the U.S. economy.
The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose again to 103 in September after surging in August to 101.3. The September reading was the highest since January. Economists had expected the index to fall this month.
15. Apple sells 13 million new iPhones in 3 days - Friday, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones in the three days since its iPhone launch, topping last year's early sales mark.
Apple sold 10 million IPhone 6 and 6 Plus models during their first weekend last year. This year's results include sales in China which was included in the initial launch for the first time.16. Trump unveils tax plan that would lower taxes for millions - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is calling for an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate income taxes for millions of Americans, while lowering them for the highest-income earners and business.17. Boehner says he'll get lots done in last month as speaker - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner says he's determined to clean up some of the mess of a politically gridlocked Congress in his final month before his successor takes over.
The Ohio Republican says a spending bill to keep the government running will pass and there will be no shutdown when money runs out at midnight Wednesday. Beyond that, he said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday he expects "I might have a little more cooperation from some around town to try to get as much finished as possible."18. Conservatives rejoice after Boehner's resigns as speaker - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The news of House Speaker John Boehner's resignation brought hundreds of religious conservatives to their feet to cheer — and one after another, much of the Republican Party's presidential class joined Friday in their rejoicing.19. Multiple factors cause high prescription drug prices in US - Friday, September 25, 2015
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Sticker-shocked patients increasingly wonder why prices for prescription drugs continue to rise in the U.S.
The issue heated up this week on news that Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Daraprim, the only approved treatment for a rare, life-threatening parasitic infection, by more than 5,000 percent to $750 a pill.20. Obama issues new China sanctions threat over cybertheft - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Somber against a backdrop of grand pageantry, President Barack Obama laid out a fresh threat of sanctions against China for alleged cybercrimes on Friday, even as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement not to conduct or support such hacking. "It has to stop," Obama declared.21. EPA says will 'aggressively' test other models after VW - Friday, September 25, 2015
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The top U.S. environmental regulator says she wants to make sure Volkswagen's use of software in its vehicles to evade U.S. auto emissions limits was a "one-off," and other models will be tested aggressively to determine if other carmakers are trying to defeat pollution tests.22. Speaker Boehner stuns Congress, announces resignation - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress in turmoil, House Speaker John Boehner abruptly informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, stepping aside in the face of hardline conservative opposition that threatens an institutional crisis.23. Yellen says she expects Fed to raise rates by year's end - Friday, September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday that she expects the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates from record lows by the end of the year.
In a lecture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Yellen said she thought inflation would gradually move up to the Fed's target rate of 2 percent as unusually low oil prices and other factors prove temporary. And she suggested that global economic weakness won't likely be significant enough to dissuade the Fed from raising its key short-term rate from zero by December.24. US stocks fall on global growth worries; Caterpillar slumps - Friday, September 18, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are sinking in midday trading, led by slumps in health care and industrial companies.
Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar plunged 6 percent Thursday after lowering its revenue forecast and announcing a restructuring.
25. Translate academic resume for the corporate world - Friday, September 25, 2015
Over time, one theme keeps coming up in the questions I receive from readers. After spending years going to school to receive a master’s or doctoral degree, many recent graduates find themselves with a long resume.26. Burr & Forman adds partner, continues expansion - Friday, September 25, 2015
Burr & Forman LLP has added C. Tucker Herndon as partner in its Nashville office, building upon the firm’s continued expansion in Middle Tennessee. Herndon’s arrival follows the addition of 15 attorneys in early 2015 to its Nashville office, which has more than doubled its attorney count to 26 attorneys.27. Bipartisan outcry kills bill to charge for public records - Friday, September 25, 2015
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.28. From Banner to bankruptcy - Friday, September 25, 2015
More than 17 years after the Nashville Banner ceased publication, another chapter in the story – perhaps the last – has been written in Winchester’s Eastern District bankruptcy court with the final disposition of Irby C. Simpkins Jr.’s Chapter 7 case.29. David Smith named Gov. Haslam's communications director - Friday, September 18, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named David Smith as his communications director.
Smith has been the Republican governor's press secretary since he took office in 2011, and was Haslam's spokesman during the 2010 governor's race. He succeeds Alexia Poe, who left in August to become a private communications consultant.30. Apple withdraws some China apps after malware found - Friday, September 18, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — Apple Inc. has removed some applications from its App Store after developers in China were tricked into using software tools that added malicious code in an unusual security breach.31. VW rocked by emissions scandal as prosecutors come calling - Friday, September 18, 2015
BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen's chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than 13 billion euros (around $15 billion) from the company's market value in a single trading session.32. What the Federal Reserve wants to see before raising rates - Friday, September 18, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — So what will it take for the Federal Reserve to finally raise interest rates?
The U.S. economy is now in its seventh straight year of expansion. It's growing at a steady if unexciting 2.2 percent annual rate. Unemployment has sunk from a 10 percent peak to a reassuring 5.1 percent. Auto and home sales have accelerated.33. Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged, citing low inflation - Friday, September 18, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve ended weeks of speculation Thursday by keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.34. As Fed meets, decision on rate hike may be a toss-up - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Will they or won't they? Nine years after they last raised their benchmark interest rate and after months of feverish speculation, Federal Reserve policymakers this week may finally raise that rate from a record low near zero.35. 5 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Thursday - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — As it does once each quarter, the Federal Reserve will deliver a triple-dose of news Thursday afternoon — a policy statement, economic forecasts and a news conference by Chair Janet Yellen. But all eyes will be on one question:36. King of Beers: Makers of Budweiser, Miller eye global merger - Friday, September 11, 2015
LONDON (AP) — The makers of Budweiser aren't satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire.
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer — and the maker of long-time rival brand Miller Genuine Draft.37. Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The wallets of America's middle class and poorest aren't seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season.38. Jail officials arrested after inmates say labor exploited - Friday, September 11, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Three Nashville jail employees — two current and one former — are accused of pocketing money from the sale of inmate-made products through a personal business they marketed as a "Christian-based organization."39. Ford Edge gets bigger, sleeker with overhaul - Friday, September 18, 2015
The Ford Edge sport utility vehicle received its first major overhaul in 2015 and is now bigger, sleeker and quieter than before.
The mid-size SUV’s back seats now have as much legroom – well more than 40 inches – as those in the front row and are comfortable for adults. And it has more cargo room, too, offering 73.4-cubic feet of space behind the front seats, which is more than what’s in many other mid-size SUVs.40. Top Davidson County lenders for August 2015 - Friday, September 18, 2015
A look at Davidson County’s top lenders based on total number of all loans, commercial and residential.
Only loans that have the actual Lender name listed on the trust deed filing are included.41. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for August 2015 - Friday, September 18, 2015
Top residential real estate transactions, August 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.42. Stocks advance ahead of Federal Reserve decision - Friday, September 11, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid gains Wednesday ahead of a closely watched decision by the Federal Reserve on whether or not to raise interest rates.
Beer companies gained on word of a possible deal between two giant brewers, and energy stocks rose sharply following a big jump in the price of oil.
43. Fund established to close digital divide in Nashville - Friday, September 11, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials in Nashville have announced a fund to provide free or low-cost digital access to people in the city who don't have it.
Mayor Karl Dean's office said in a news release Tuesday that more than 40 percent of Metro Nashville Public Schools students didn't have access to computers or Internet connectivity at home in 2012.44. Most oppose new public records charges in Tennessee hearings - Friday, September 11, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Lawmakers are asking taxpayers to weigh in on a proposal to charge people to view public records, and the taxpayers' response so far is clear: No.
The meetings were organized by the state Office of Open Records Counsel at the behest of lawmakers who want to change the current law that allows custodians to charge for copies but not for simply inspecting records.45. Bezos' space company to build, launch rockets in Florida - Friday, September 11, 2015
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is shipping his space business to Florida.
At a news conference Tuesday, Bezos announced that his Blue Origin space company will build rockets and launch them into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.46. As Fed meets, decision on rate hike seems like a toss-up - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Will they or won't they? Nine years after they last raised their benchmark interest rate and after months of feverish speculation, Federal Reserve policymakers this week may finally raise that rate from a record low near zero.47. Twitter offers new cash stream for presidential candidates - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Think of it as tweeting for dollars. The social media service Twitter on Tuesday introduced a feature that enables political candidates and advocacy groups to raise money directly via its mobile application, making it quicker and easier to harvest small donations from followers.48. BMW CEO collapses during presentation at auto show - Friday, September 11, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW CEO Harald Krueger collapsed Tuesday during a news conference at the Frankfurt auto show and was helped off stage by staff. His condition was not serious, the company said later.49. State Building Commission approves renovation of UT arena - Friday, September 11, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The State Building Commission has approved a $15 million project of renovations and upgrades for the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1NkP0pU) the commission on Thursday also approved a new $21.3 million UT garage.50. Pelosi: Judge's ruling in health care lawsuit 'astounding' - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she is astonished by a judge's ruling that clears the way for a Republican challenge to President Obama's health care law to move ahead.51. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage inches up to 3.9 percent - Friday, September 11, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates inched up this week as financial markets awaited the Federal Reserve's crucial decision next week on interest rates.
The subdued gains followed a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over the Fed's interest-rate policy.
52. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for August 2015 - Friday, September 11, 2015
August 2015 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.53. Health care suffers as rural hospitals continue slow fade - Friday, September 11, 2015
Fayette County is the latest victim of hospital closings in Tennessee as many rural health care facilities continue to struggle financially.
Methodist Healthcare-Fayette Hospital closed in late March, bringing to four the number of shuttered hospitals in West Tennessee after Gibson General, Humboldt General and Haywood Park Community called it quits in 2014.54. Health insurance signups near 10 million in midyear report - Friday, September 04, 2015
CHICAGO (AP) — About 9.9 million people have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration said Tuesday, a slight dip from a previous count but on track toward the administration's year-end goal of 9.1 million.55. Apple event to focus on new iPhones, Apple TV and Siri - Friday, September 04, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week?
Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant.56. US stocks surge, getting a boost from China's rally - Friday, September 04, 2015
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.57. Stocks gain; Europe's central bank ready to boost stimulus - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stocks were modestly higher Thursday, helped by comments from European Central Bank policymakers, who said they were willing to provide more stimulus to the region's economy, if needed. A rebound in oil prices lifted energy stocks.58. Whisenhunt knows pain of turning in his playbook - Friday, September 04, 2015
“Coach wants see you – and bring your playbook.” Those eight words will shatter many an NFL dream over the next few days, not only with the Tennessee Titans but around the league as rosters are trimmed from 90 players to 75 and, finally, to 53.59. Kind post-Katrina Web comments lure Grab the Gold to Middle Tennessee - Friday, September 04, 2015
It took 18 hours of driving to find a safe place to land after evacuating New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina bore down in August 2005.
Danielle Ontiveros had packed an overnight bag, a book and, of course, all the pets, thinking surely they’d be back home in Metairie, Louisiana, in a couple days.60. Union: Fiat says Jeep Wrangler staying in Ohio, not Cherokee - Friday, August 28, 2015
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Fiat Chrysler assembly plant managers told workers Tuesday that Jeep Wrangler production will stay in the city where the vehicle's roots date to World War II, but they also delivered a surprising announcement that the Jeep Cherokee line would be sent out of state, union leaders said.61. Comcast teeing up new services targeted at millennials - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, baby boomers and their parents, now is fighting for millennial eyeballs.
The TV giant is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract young viewers. It's setting up a streaming TV service for millennials who don't watch a boob tube. And it's developing a YouTube-like video app and website.62. Wobbly euro economy may get bigger push from central bank - Friday, August 28, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When is a trillion euros not enough? Could be soon, in Europe's shaky economy.
Analysts are already talking about when and how the European Central Bank might extend its 1.1 trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program that has been running for the past six months in an attempt to boost the modest recovery in the 19 countries that use the euro.63. Yahoo chief Mayer says she's pregnant with twins - Friday, August 28, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.
Mayer says on a posting on her blog that she and her husband are expecting the twin girls in December.
"I have some exciting news to share - I'm pregnant!" she says on her Tumblr posting Monday night.64. US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.65. US stocks close out their worst month in 3 years - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing out its worst month in more than three years on a down note.
Stocks fell broadly in Monday trading, with the exception of energy shares, which reversed an early slump after the price of crude oil surged.
66. Survey: Plunging stock prices hit US consumer sentiment - Friday, August 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Plummeting stock prices have taken a toll on U.S. consumer confidence, though there are signs the setback may be temporary.
The University of Michigan says its consumer sentiment index fell to 91.9 this month from 93.1 in July. The index is still up 11.4 percent from a year ago.67. Oil jumps 10 percent for biggest one-day gain since 2009 - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil soared more than 10 percent Thursday, its biggest one-day gain since March 2009, lifted by resurgent global stock markets and a report showing the U.S. economy grew faster than previously reported in the second quarter.68. 6th president of TSU dead at the age of 76 - Friday, August 28, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — James A. Hefner, the sixth president of Tennessee State University, has died at the age of 76 following a long illness.
According to a news release from the university, Hefner died Thursday morning surrounded by family at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee.
69. US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week - Friday, August 28, 2015
U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.
The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.
70. Too many closers can keep this game going to extra innings - Friday, August 28, 2015
With baseball winding toward the playoffs, we honor Yogi Berra once again by using his immortal quote: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” He’d do OK in real estate, where it often ain’t over when it’s supposed to be.71. Barry: This is no time to ‘put the brakes on’ city’s economy - Friday, August 28, 2015
Local attorney Will Cheek III is backing Megan Barry in Nashville’s mayoral runoff because he’s impressed by how well she balances “socially progressive” convictions with support of business interests.72. Despite stock fall, financial health of many is still solid - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.73. US durable goods orders up 2 percent in July - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in July, and demand in a key category that tracks business investment plans jumped by the largest amount in 13 months.74. China probing brokers, regulators for possible stock crimes - Friday, August 21, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — Employees of one of China's biggest securities firms and one current and one former employee of its market regulator are under investigation on suspicion of illegal stock trading, state media reported Wednesday, amid the collapse of a stock price boom.75. DENSO investing $400M for expansion, adding 500 jobs - Friday, August 21, 2015
MARYVILLE (AP) — DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee's plant in Maryville is expanding with a $400 million investment expected to bring 500 new jobs to East Tennessee.
Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the expansion Tuesday.76. Despite stock fall, financial health of many is still solid - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.77. US stocks extend losses as early rally fades - Friday, August 21, 2015
A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street's losing streak to six days.78. Police: Ashley Madison hack might have led to suicides - Friday, August 21, 2015
TORONTO (AP) — The hack of the cheating website Ashley Madison has triggered extortion crimes and led to two unconfirmed reports of suicides, Canadian police said Monday.79. Why stocks are tumbling 6 years into the bull market - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Well, that was fun while it lasted. For years, investors in U.S. stocks shrugged off threats — a government shutdown, fear of a euro collapse, a near U.S. debt default — and just kept on buying.80. Former top Haslam adviser lands $120K state museum contract - Friday, August 21, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's former chief of staff, Mark Cate, will earn $120,000 per year as a "project coordinator" developing the new Tennessee State Museum to be built near the state Capitol.81. Greek opposition tries to form government but election looms - Friday, August 21, 2015
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's president asked the main opposition party Friday to try to form a new government, a day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and called an early election next month to deal with a governing party rebellion over Greece's third bailout deal.82. Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.
The rout started in Asia and quickly spread to Europe, battering major markets in Germany and France. In the U.S., the selling started early and never let up. Investors ditched beaten-down oil companies, as well as Netflix, Apple and other technology darlings. Oil plunged below $40 for the first time since the financial crisis, and government bonds rallied as investors raced into hiding spots.
83. ‘Never too late to be what you might have been’ - Friday, August 21, 2015
Carole King famously sang, “[I]t’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,/ Though we really did try to make it.” Something in this song created a gluey intangible not-yet-named noun that affixed itself to my soul. When I hear the words “Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide/ And I just can’t fake it,” I feel a shudder throughout my being.84. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for July 2015 - Friday, August 21, 2015
Top commercial real estate transactions, July 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.85. China's stock volatility rattles investors - Friday, August 14, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China's volatile stock market is taking shareholders on a white-knuckle ride, threatening to drive out the small investors Beijing hopes will help pay for reforms of state industry.
After falling 6.1 percent on Tuesday, the market benchmark declined another 5 percent on Wednesday before rebounding in the final minutes of trading to close up 1.2 percent.86. Tennessee tourism spending reached record $17.7B in 2014 - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Tourism spending in Tennessee reached a record $17.7 billion in 2014 as more than 100 million people visited the state, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday.
The spending represents a 6 percent increase over the previous year, while tourism-related jobs grew by nearly 3 percent to about 153,000 positions.87. Executive director of Tennessee State Museum rejects ouster call - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The longtime executive director of the Tennessee State Museum is rejecting calls for her to be replaced as the state plans for a new $160 million facility in Nashville.
Lois Riggins-Ezell in an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1E33JUt) said she plans to remain "as long as I can," citing her role in growing the museum from six staffers working in a basement of the War Memorial Building in 1981 to its current 120,000-square foot facilities with 42 employees and an annual budget of $3.8 million, not counting private donations.88. NBCUniversal making $200 million investment in BuzzFeed - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal will make a $200 million investment in media company BuzzFeed as part of a move to reach a wider audience of millennial and mobile video viewers.
In a statement, NBCUniversal said the news and entertainment site reaches over 200 million monthly unique visitors and has 1.5 billion monthly video views.89. US stocks fizzle as Wal-Mart falls and China slumps - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market shuffled to a slight loss in a lazy day of summer trading Tuesday.
Wal-Mart's shares slid after the retailer cut its profit forecast for the year, while renewed concerns over the strength of China's economy weighed on companies that depend on customers there.90. Tennessee creates new task force to promote rural development - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is creating a new task force to advance economic development in rural Tennessee.
Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said in a news release the Rural Development Task Force is being created to help rural areas of the state reach the same economic success as urban areas. Goals include recruiting new businesses, increasing educational attainment, supporting rural entrepreneurship, promoting rural tourism and supporting agri-business.91. Stocks end higher as investors weigh mixed news on economy - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing slightly higher as investors weigh mixed news on the U.S economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 67 points, or 0.4 percent, to end at 17,545 on Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 10 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,102. The Nasdaq composite climbed 43 points, or 0.9 percent, to 5,091.
92. Eurozone optimism after Greek lawmakers back bailout deal - Friday, August 14, 2015
BRUSSELS (AP) — Eurozone officials were optimistic of approving a draft bailout deal for Greece on Friday after the country's lawmakers cleared it in a vote that nevertheless saw the government suffer significant dissent.93. China tries to dampen fears of more big devaluations - Friday, August 07, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China tried Thursday to ease fears of more big declines for the yuan as companies from global automakers to Chinese clothing exporters faced a new era of uncertain exchange rates.
There is "no basis for persistent and substantial devaluation," said a deputy central bank governor, Zhang Xiaohui, at a news conference. Zhang said the yuan is close to "market levels" after two days of sharp declines.94. US, world stocks steady as China slows yuan weakening - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Global markets steadied on Thursday as China's central bank eased fears of more steep drops for the country's currency. Major indexes in the U.S. wobbled between slight gains and losses.95. Digital media hub Vox valued at $1B as NBCUniversal invests - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal is investing $200 million in digital media company Vox Media, whose brands include news site Vox, food blog Eater, the sports-focused SB Nation and the tech blog Re/code.96. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for July 2015 - Friday, August 14, 2015
July 2015 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.
Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.97. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for July 2015 - Friday, August 14, 2015
Top residential real estate transactions, July 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.98. Deciphering Google’s algorithms no easy task - Friday, August 14, 2015
Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.99. US stocks wobble, then recover after China currency weakens - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Another drop in China's currency shook markets around the world for a second straight day amid rising concerns about the world's second-largest economy. Major markets in Europe slumped, while the U.S. stock market recovered from an early drop to finish nearly flat.100. Feds: Group made $30M with hacked press release info - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group of Ukrainian hackers worked with securities traders in the U.S. to make $30 million by breaking into the computer systems of companies that publish news releases about mergers and acquisitions and trading on the information before it became public, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.