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1. US economy struggles at start of election year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was not a great start for the U.S. economy. With consumers and businesses turning cautious, the U.S. struggled to grow in the first three months of a presidential election year that is shining the spotlight on the economy's fitful recovery.

2. Volkswagen CEO says he apologized in person to Obama for scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.

3. Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.

4. Big deals and gains for tech stocks lead US indexes higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday morning as a handful of companies jump on deal news. Facebook and PayPal are leading technology stocks higher after they announced strong first-quarter results. The U.S. government said the economy slowed a little more than expected in the first three months of this year.

5. VW to spend up to $8.8 billion on diesel buybacks, fixes -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Thursday it had set aside 7.8 billion euros ($8.8 billion) to buy back or fix diesel-powered cars that had been rigged to cheat in emissions tests.

The sum is part of 16.2 billion euros the company deducted from last year's earnings to cover the costs of the emissions scandal, in which its cars were fitted with software that enabled them to pass tests but then turned emissions controls off during everyday driving.

6. Email forgiveness is a holiday to embrace -

In today’s workplace, email is an inevitable fact of life. Gone are the days of predictable phone calls or regular in-person chats to check in.

The bulk of communication is expected through email.

7. What you don’t know about mold can kill you -

Houses are dangerous, but they are not death traps. Now if a house fell on a person, it might kill them. Just ask any witch you know.

Other than that, a house might serve as home to things that can make a person very sick, but most of those things are easily mitigated. Some, such as mold, have reached infamy status, and that little fungus has now achieved a place of fear last held by the plague.

8. Germany to subsidize electric cars to help own auto industry -

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's auto industry risks being overtaken by foreign competitors unless it receives greater domestic support, the country's economy minister said Wednesday, announcing a 1 billion euro ($1.13 billion) plan to subsidize electric cars that are seen as the technology of the future.

9. Security at Nashville bus terminal increased after 4 shot -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville police are increasing security at a downtown bus terminal in the aftermath of shootings that wounded four teenage boys.

Javious Chatman, 18, was seriously injured in Monday's shooting, but his condition had improved to stable by Tuesday, said police spokesman Don Aaron. Three boys, two 16 and one 17, were also shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said in a news release.

10. Mitsubishi Motors says false mileage tests done since 1991 -

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker that acknowledged last week that it had intentionally lied about fuel economy data for some of its models, said an internal investigation found such tampering dated back to 1991.

11. Kid Rock mourns assistant who died in ATV accident -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Kid Rock said in a statement he's devastated about the death of his personal assistant who was killed in an ATV accident at the singer's home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Metro Nashville Police Department said in a news release that 30-year-old Michael Sacha was found dead early Monday morning.

12. USA Today owner Gannett bids for LA Times publisher Tribune -

NEW YORK (AP) — Newspaper publisher Gannett wants to buy Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers.

13. VW to take $18 billion hit as German carmakers face recall -

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — German carmaker Volkswagen capped two grim days for the country's auto industry by revealing its diesel emissions cheating cost it a chunky 16.2 billion euros ($18.2 billion) for 2015 alone — and that's likely only a part of the total bill.

14. Daimler emissions investigation overshadows earnings -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German car, truck and bus maker Daimler AG rebuffed questions about an internal investigation into its emissions certifications as news of the probe sent shares lower Friday.

15. Report: German automakers to recall 630,000 cars -

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa is reporting that several of the country's automakers are going to recall a total of 630,000 cars following an investigation into emissions levels.

Citing unidentified government sources, dpa reported Friday that the manufacturers would need to change technology used to switch off the vehicles' emissions treatment systems at certain temperatures.

16. US mortgage rates remain low as home-buying season starts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates stayed near 2016 lows this week, potentially good news for the housing market as the spring home-buying season begins.

The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged up to 3.59 percent from 3.58 percent last week. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 2.85 percent, lowest since May 2013, and down from 2.86 percent last week.

17. GM profits more than double on record N. America earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' first quarter profit more than doubled as all of its business units posted improved numbers including record pretax earnings in North America.

The Detroit automaker earned $1.95 billion, or $1.24 per share, even after a $500 million cash investment in ride-sharing company Lyft.

18. US mortgage rates remain low as home-buying season starts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says average long-term U.S. mortgage rates stayed near 2016 lows this week, potentially good news for the housing market as the spring home-buying season begins.

19. Mixed open on Wall Street; indexes waver -

U.S. stock indexes edged lower in early trading Thursday as investors pored over the latest crop of company earnings news. Telecom services and consumer staples companies were down the most. Oil prices were also headed lower. The stock market is coming off a three-day winning streak.

20. GM profits more than double on record N. America earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' first quarter profit more than doubled as all of its business units posted improved numbers including record pretax earnings in North America.

The Detroit automaker earned $1.95 billion, or $1.24 per share, even after a $500 million cash investment in ride-sharing company Lyft.

21. Volkswagen reaches judge's deadline for diesel car fix -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge's deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws.

22. Moore named Nashville Bar fellow -

Margaret Moore, member at Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, has been named a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. Fellows are selected by their colleagues in honor of significant contributions to the community.

23. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for March 2016 -

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

24. Rules still apply to ‘sophisticated buyers’ -

It happened again today. A real estate broker representing a buyer called a listing agent and prefaced the conversation with “I have a very sophisticated buyer.” Will this ever end?

What follows, of course, is the explanation of why this oh-so-sophisticated buyer will never pay the list price or anywhere near because he knows exactly what has sold for what.

25. Summitt’s legacy tarnished? Don’t be ridiculous -

When Tyler Summitt resigned as women’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech due to what was termed an “inappropriate relationship,” those in a rush for judgment suggested it tarnished his mother’s legacy.

26. US stocks end modestly higher as oil price recovers -

Financial and energy companies led a modest increase in U.S. stocks Wednesday, giving the stock market its third gain in a row.

The market got a boost from a pickup in the price of oil, which climbed about 4 percent after an early slide. When oil prices rise they tend to favor battered energy stocks and financial companies such as banks, which have been in the doldrums due to investor concerns that loans to struggling oil companies could go bad.

27. Japan's Mitsubishi Motors finds falsified fuel mileage tests -

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker tarnished by a massive recall cover-up 15 years ago, owned up to another scandal Wednesday, saying employees had intentionally falsified fuel mileage data for several vehicle models.

28. In Kansas, lawmakers lose patience with governor's tax cuts -

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After he became Kansas governor in 2011, Sam Brownback slashed personal income taxes on the promise that the deep cuts would trigger a furious wave of hiring and expansion by businesses.

29. Tile maker expanding facility in East Tennessee -

LOUDON (AP) — An Italian tile maker says it is expanding its manufacturing operation in East Tennessee, investing $30 million and adding 40 jobs.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1ShgrAH) reports Del Conca USA will add two production lines at its facility in the Sugarlimb Industral Park in Loudon. The plant opened in 2014.

30. Lower US supply to underpin oil price despite talks failure -

LONDON (AP) — The failure by oil-rich nations to agree to freeze production sent crude prices lower Monday.

But prices recovered much of their losses by afternoon, and analysts said that oil is likely to rise in the longer term as many companies, particularly in the U.S., scale back output.

31. US stocks recover from an early slump and close higher -

Energy companies led a broad rally in U.S. stocks Monday as investors shrugged off another slide in crude oil prices.

The gain nudged the Dow Jones industrial average slightly above the 18,000-point mark for the first time since last summer, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose to the highest level in a year.

32. Global finance officials seeking ways to boost growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a shaky world economy and political attacks on free trade, global finance leaders meeting in Washington are searching for ways to increase cooperation to battle a variety of economic threats.

33. Low rates, troubled loans send bank profits lower -

PHOENIX (AP) — 2016 is getting off to a lousy start for major U.S. banks. Energy loans are turning bad, low interest rates are making it hard to make profitable loans, and markets have been volatile.

34. Tennessee Supreme Court case records available to be ordered -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Records of Tennessee Supreme Court cases that were previously only available by visiting Nashville can now be requested online.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives said the new online ordering system allows researchers to order cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans.

35. GOP House under Speaker Ryan set to blow budget deadline -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for Speaker Paul Ryan that raises questions about his stewardship of the House despite his high profile on the national stage.

36. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for first quarter 2016 -

First quarter 2016 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.

37. Aim high: How to reach C-Level decision makers -

Getting a meeting with C-level decision makers is no easy task, but it can be done. As with any true success, it all starts with doing your homework.

First, target the right organizations. Make a list of 10 to 20 companies that would make an ideal customer.

38. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for March 2016 -

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

39. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for March 2016 -

March 2016 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.

40. Homebuyers feel pinch of higher prices, low inventory -

When Will Burns bought his condo along a once-blighted stretch of Nolensville Pike near the Fairgrounds, he thought it would be a good investment. It turns out he was right.

Home prices in the nearby Woodbine neighborhood skyrocketed nearly 30 percent in the past year, according to a market analysis by the Layson Group, a Keller Williams real estate firm in Nashville.

41. Some big US banks have 6 months shape up plans -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five of the biggest U.S. banks have six months to get their disaster plans in shape. That's the message regulators issued Wednesday after giving the banks failing grades for the strategies they would deploy if they tumbled into bankruptcy.

42. US stocks jump as JPMorgan gives banks a big boost -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed again Wednesday as quarterly results from JPMorgan Chase gave banks a big lift. Economic news from China powered industrial and technology companies in the U.S. and stock exchanges overseas.

43. Volkswagen to cut managers' bonuses following diesel scandal -

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen said Wednesday that its top managers' bonuses will be cut significantly, citing the need to send a "signal" on executives' pay following the automaker's diesel emissions scandal.

44. With new monument, Obama and Dems seize on Equal Pay Day -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and other Democrats on Tuesday seized on Equal Pay Day — a symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes a woman to earn as much as a man — to court women voters and call out Republicans for inaction on the issue.

45. US stocks close rise broadly higher led by gains in the energy sector -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid gains on Tuesday, led by gains in energy companies after news reports said Saudi Arabia and Russia were working toward an agreement to cut oil production. Investors also worked through the initial batch of earnings from the first quarter of the year.

46. Mayor Barry devotes $10M to affordable housing plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's mayor has announced she will devote $10 million in city money to affordable housing projects.

News outlets report Mayor Megan Barry held a news conference Monday announcing the plan to spur on the construction of workforce housing and low-income housing in Metro Nashville.

47. US cites Chinese Internet filters as trade barrier -

BEIJING (AP) — The American government has cited Chinese Internet controls as a trade barrier in a report that comes as Beijing tries to block its public from seeing news online about the finances of leaders' families.

48. MTSU Center receives grant to digitize live bluegrass recordings -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - The Grammy Foundation has awarded a nearly $20,000 grant to a university music center to digitize a historical collection of live bluegrass audio recordings.

Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Popular Music will digitize a collection from Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick.

49. 4 Fed leaders to share thoughts on central bank's influence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their words move markets. Their plans stir speculation. Their tenures spark debate.

Arguably no one holds more sway over the global economy and financial markets than the chairman of the Federal Reserve. And on Thursday evening, all four living Fed leaders, past and present, will gather for a public conversation to take stock of the outsize role each has played.

50. Tennessee lawmakers lure us in with momentary sanity, and then ... -

Just when it appears the Tennessee Senate is made up of sensible people – as evidenced by the killing of de-annexation legislation – the body is changing course with a Bible-thumping measure.

51. Allergan, Pfizer call off proposed $160B merger -

The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., will stay put thanks to aggressive new Treasury Department rules that succeeded in blocking Pfizer from acquiring rival Allergan and moving to Ireland — on paper — to reduce its tax bill.

52. Politicians, celebs deny abuse of offshore accounts -

BERLIN (AP) — The president of Ukraine became the latest prominent politician to deny wrongdoing Wednesday after his name was linked to secretive offshore accounts arranged by a Panama law firm.

The revelations have raised suspicion that such offshore entities were set up to avoid taxes, but Petro Poroshenko denied that was the purpose in his case. Rather, he said, it was necessary to create an offshore holding company to put his candy business in a blind trust when he became president of Ukraine in 2014.

53. IMF chief Lagarde: Global economy losing momentum -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund is warning that the global economy is losing momentum and urging governments to take action to preserve the recovery.

Christine Lagarde said in a speech Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany, that "the recovery remains too slow, too fragile."

54. Tennessee standardized testing to be scaled back next year -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's top education official has announced that students will be spending less time taking standardized tests next year.

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen told news outlets over the phone on Monday that TNReady's math and English tests will be shortened. The state has not yet made a decision about the length of the social studies test or whether the tests will be online or on paper.

55. $1M Powerball ticket sold in Washington County -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A $1 million Powerball ticket has been sold in Washington County.

Tennessee Powerball officials say in a news release that the ticket sold in Gray matched the first five numbers in Saturday night's drawing. The winner didn't immediately step forward to claim the prize.

56. US stocks end slightly lower in quiet trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell slightly in quiet trading Monday as investors worked through several company announcements and prepared for the start of company earnings releases.

Health care companies were solidly higher. Global markets rose modestly.

57. State Rep. Durham seeks re-election despite investigation -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state representative under investigation after allegations he sexually harassed staff members says he will run for re-election.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1TtpoeB) Franklin Republican Jeremy Durham has filed candidacy paperwork with the Williamson County Election Commission.

58. US gains 215,000 jobs in March, unemployment rises to 5 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers notched another solid month of hiring in March by adding 215,000 jobs, driven by large gains in the construction, retail and health care industries.

Despite the jump, the Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent. But that increase includes some good news: more Americans came off the sidelines to look for work, though not all found jobs.

59. Tranquil start to last trading day of stormy quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are slightly higher Thursday morning, a tranquil start to the last trading day of what has been a stormy first quarter. Energy companies are rising the most as the price of oil edges upward. The gains are adding to a strong March that wiped away steep losses from the start of the year.

60. No, you’re not really a technophobe -

There’s an elephant in the room. It’s something we’re talking about, but not really getting to the heart of. The elephant is our relationship with technology.

Very often, I speak with someone who says, “I’m a great manager and I’m good with people, but I absolutely am not comfortable with technology. I can do anything but things related to technology.”

61. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for February 2016 -

February 2016 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.

62. Statewide demand outstrips supply of qualified workers -

Tennessee is surging as a major manufacturing state, bouncing back from the Great Recession by attracting billions of dollars in new investment and creating thousands of new – and often very high-paying – advanced manufacturing jobs.

63. A rebounding stock market helps lift US consumer confidence -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers are feeling more confident in March, with a rebounding stock market brightening their outlook.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 96.2 this month after tumbling to a revised 94 in February.

64. Judge awards $2 million in fees in same-sex marriage case -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has awarded more than $2 million to attorneys who helped gay couples in Tennessee win a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that the results the lawyers got in the case were "superb and far-reaching" and that they should be entitled to costs and fees. The $2.03 million awarded in legal fees and expenses was 15 percent less than what the attorneys wanted.

65. Bill to cap liquor store ownership headed to Haslam's desk -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The House passed a bill Monday to impose a cap on liquor store ownership in Tennessee, sending the measure that some Republicans derided as contrary to free market principles to Gov. Bill Haslam's desk.

66. Financial stocks lead an early decline on Wall Street -

U.S. stocks moved broadly lower in early trading Thursday, led by a slide in financial and energy stocks as the price of oil and other commodities fell. Investors were poring over the latest batch of company earnings and economic news, including government data indicating that orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell more than expected last month.

67. 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.

68. Security beefed up across world after Brussels attacks -

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Europe and across the world tightened security at airports, railway stations, government buildings and other key sites after deadly attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system.

69. Will Americans like Blendle, the iTunes for news? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans pay to download music. They pay for TV episodes. Will they pay a few cents for news articles to escape ads and bypass subscription requirements?

The news service Blendle launches Wednesday in the U.S. with 20 news outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. You pay 9 cents to 49 cents to read a story (with a refund if you don't like it).

70. Kentucky's AG sues Volkswagen for emissions-rigging scheme -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Volkswagen on Tuesday, claiming the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating scheme violated the state's consumer protection law.

71. Airports increase security after Brussels attacks -

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Europe and beyond tightened security at airports, on subways, at the borders and on city streets after deadly attacks Tuesday on the Brussels airport and its subway system.

72. US indexes mostly fall; travel companies drop after attacks -

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Tuesday as airlines, cruise companies and travel booking sites fell following the deadly bombings in Belgium.

News of the attacks, which killed at least 31 people, pulled the broader market lower for much of the morning. An early afternoon rally erased some of the losses, but the rebound didn't hold.

73. Tennessee Republican leaders want McNally to replace Ramsey -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Leading Senate Republicans are discussing plans to make Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge the new lieutenant governor of Tennessee.

McNally, who chairs the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee, would replace Ron Ramsey, who is both the current lieutenant governor and Senate speaker. Ramsey, a Republican from Blountville, announced last week that he would not seek re-election.

74. Stocks shake off an early loss and end with slight gains -

Major U.S. stock indexes eked out modest gains on Monday, extending the market's winning streak into a fourth day.

Stocks wavered into the red at times before steadying in the late afternoon. The price of oil also veered lower at times, but ended higher.

75. Report: Automation may replace millions of jobs in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A report released by the state of Tennessee suggests that up to 1.4 million people are at risk of losing their jobs to automation.

Citing a study by the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee, the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/22qNbBD ) reports that automation could replace nearly 50 percent of the state's workforce.

76. US stocks mostly higher as gold and silver prices surge -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher in Thursday morning trading. Materials companies are rising as the price of gold and silver jump, while energy companies are up with the price of oil. Drug company stocks continue to tumble, pulling health care companies lower.

77. SeaWorld to stop breeding orcas, making them perform tricks -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Finally bowing to years of public pressure, SeaWorld announced Thursday that it will immediately stop breeding killer whales and making them perform crowd-pleasing tricks at its theme parks.

78. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for February 2016 -

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

79. What do today’s buyers want? Finished product -

As homeowners prepare their homes for the spring selling season, they ponder what improvements should be made in order to make their homes more sellable, in particular what expenditures will deliver the most return for the cash invested.

80. US bars Atlantic drilling; Obama builds environmental legacy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president's aggressive steps to combat climate change.

81. With no rate hike seen, Fed's outlook on economy is awaited -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial world is awaiting the Federal Reserve's response to a critical question: How stable are the world's economies and financial markets?

Whatever picture the Fed sketches will help shape expectations of when it will resume the interest rate increases it began in December. That's when the Fed raised its key rate from record lows to reflect an economy finally strong enough 6½ years after the Great Recession ended to withstand higher loan rates.

82. IRS has over $17M unclaimed Tenn. tax refunds from 2012 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says it has over $17 million in unclaimed refunds for Tennessee residents who failed to file a 2012 tax return.

The law provides taxpayers with a three-year window to claim a refund, but those wishing to collect must file their 2012 returns no later than April 18.

83. European Central Bank surprises with strong stimulus action -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank cut all its main interest rates, expanded its bond-buying stimulus program, and offered new cheap loans to banks, making an unexpectedly aggressive effort to boost inflation and economic growth in the 19 countries that share the euro.

84. Freshman pitcher Raby ‘living a dream’ at Vanderbilt -

Vanderbilt freshman Patrick Raby was sitting in the bullpen Feb. 19 at Hawkins Field in Nashville in front of 3,054 fans, a record crowd for a Commodore home opener.

Among those in the stands were Raby’s parents, Steve and Pat, Patrick’s brother and sister, and several other family members and friends.

85. Out the door? Have a plan and leave gracefully -

With the unusual job market we’ve been experiencing for years now, keeping an exit strategy in mind is a must.

Do you have yours nailed down? If your exit strategy is dependent on hope and crossed fingers, it’s time to rethink things.

86. You best advertising might be good public relations -

Public relations is a great way for a small business to raise awareness. But when business owners put together marketing plans, they usually think advertising, not public relations.

Why? We see advertising everywhere we look. It’s top of mind.

87. VW employee chief urges US to consider fallout of fines -

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Volkswagen's employee council said Tuesday he hopes that American authorities will consider the potential fallout on jobs in the U.S. and beyond as they mull what fines to impose on the company over its emissions-rigging scandal.

88. Sponsors ditch Sharapova, world's top-earning female athlete -

MOSCOW (AP) — Maria Sharapova, the world's highest-earning female athlete for many years, was abandoned Tuesday by some of her biggest sponsors after the Russian tennis star acknowledged taking a recently banned substance for a decade.

89. Germany: 17 now under investigation in Volkswagen probe -

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors now have 17 people under investigation in a probe of suspected fraud connected to Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal.

Braunschweig prosecutors' spokesman Klaus Ziehe confirmed a report by the Funke newspaper group Tuesday that the number of people under investigation has increased to 17 from six. He didn't identify them or give further details, though the newspaper report said without citing sources that the suspects didn't include any current or former management board members.

90. Bloomberg again at center of his company, but readying exit? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Since returning to the financial information company that bears his name, Michael Bloomberg has presided over two years of robust expansion andrecord revenue, all while laying the groundwork for his second departure — whether that's to retirement in 10 years or a presidential campaign in 10 days.

91. Stock market wobbles following four-day winning streak -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing mostly higher on Wall Street as another jump in the price of crude oil brought energy companies back in favor.

Murphy Oil soared 13 percent Monday, Southwestern Energy rose 10 percent and Chesapeake Energy rose 3 percent.

92. Funding for new Nashville courthouse passes final hurdle -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville is set to get a new federal courthouse after funding passed a final hurdle in Washington.

According to the office of U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved the funding on Wednesday. That was the final approval needed for the $181.5 million project to move forward.

93. Lack of clear No. 1 hurts Titans’ chance for big score -

Have the Tennessee Titans picked a bad year to be bad? It depends upon how you view things.

Having the No. 1 overall pick in April certainly can’t hurt the Titans, despite the fact that the 2016 draft lacks that certain flair and doesn’t appear to have a can’t-miss talent that would make Tennessee’s choice on April 28 obvious.

94. Survey: US companies added 214,000 jobs in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, another sign that the U.S. job market remains resilient despite economic weakness overseas and tumult in financial markets.

95. Stock market has best day in more than a month -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing sharply higher, giving the market its best day in over a month.

Traders were encouraged by several pieces of good news on the U.S. economy Tuesday, including a jump in construction spending to the highest level in eight years.

96. Lumber Liquidators 4Q losses much greater than expected -

TOANO, Va. (AP) — Lumber Liquidators swung to a fourth-quarter loss that was more than three times larger than what expected as fallout over the safety of some of its products continues to rattle the embattled flooring manufacturer.

97. Title IX lawsuit against Tennessee could loom for some time -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — There's been a flurry of activity at and around Tennessee since the university was sued over its handling of sexual assault complaints by athletes with news conferences, legal motions, amendments.

98. Which is safer _ Uber or a taxi? There's no clear answer -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The deadly shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, raises anew a question that has dogged Uber and other taxi competitors: Their rides may be cheaper and more convenient than a cab, but are they as safe?

99. CEO Tim Cook defends Apple's resistance in FBI iPhone case -

CUPERTINO, California (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's opposition to the FBI's iPhone-hacking plan at its annual shareholder meeting, one day after the tech giant formally challenged a court order to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a murderous extremist in San Bernardino, California.

100. US economy ends 2015 on better note, starts 2016 with a bang -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.