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1. US stocks recover from early slump; price of oil spikes -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks overcame an early stumble Tuesday and finished modestly higher as investors shook off concerns about heightened tensions in the Middle East and a drop in consumer confidence.

2. Haslam: 'People in Tennessee are scared' about refugees -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that a new level of fear has gripped Tennesseans following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"People in Tennessee are scared - maybe as scared as anything I've seen," the Republican governor said in a speech to the Nashville Rotary Club.

3. Nashville property values increasing at 'historic' clip -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Davidson County property assessor says he's expecting to see a "historic" rise in property values during Metro Nashville's next reappraisal.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/21cmxJA), George Rooker Jr. told a newly created Metro Council Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee last week that he's estimating an average increase in residential property values of between 33 and 37 percent during the upcoming 2017 reappraisal.

4. How to fly free forever: Put $170 million on your AmEx -

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

5. Markets fade after an early gain, finish with small losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained ground early Monday as they came off their best week in 2015, but faded in the afternoon and sustained small losses for the day.

Technology stocks fell more than the rest of the market. Pfizer and Allergan slipped after announcing a deal to combine and create the world's largest drug company. GameStop skidded after reporting weak results.

6. Corporate America's problem: Falling profit, revenue -

NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate America has a profit problem. U.S company earnings are falling for the first time since 2009, when the economy was still reeling from the Great Recession.

The main culprit is the plunging price of oil, which has decimated earnings at big energy companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Mining companies have also taken a beating because of tumbling prices for gold, silver and copper.

7. UAW unworried about blowback over German union cooperation -

SPRING HILL (AP) - A top official with the United Auto Workers says he is unworried about provoking more hostility from Republicans in the South over a new cooperative effort with Germany's largest union.

8. Stocks march higher, ending their best week so far this year -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week of the year Friday as big gains by retailers and technology companies pushed major indexes higher.

Stocks faded as Friday wore on, but they still finished higher. The S&P 500 index climbed almost 3.3 percent this week. By just a hair, that was the biggest weekly gain for the index in 2015.

9. Stocks indexes mixed in midday trading; Square soars in IPO -

U.S. stocks edged mostly lower in midday trading Thursday as traders weighed a mix of company earnings news. Health care stocks were among the biggest decliners after UnitedHealth Group cut its earnings forecast. Payments company Square soared in its market debut.

10. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for October 2015 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

11. Deal news and bank gains send stock market solidly higher -

U.S. stocks notched their best day in nearly four weeks on Wednesday as investors welcomed new hints pointing to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in coming weeks. Traders were also encouraged by more corporate deal news.

12. US reaches $95.5M settlement in for-profit education case -

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania company that enrolls more than 100,000 students at for-profit trade schools and colleges across the U.S. and Canada has agreed to pay $95.5 million to settle claims it illegally paid recruiters and exaggerated the career-placement abilities of its schools.

13. Energy stocks lead a rally as the price of oil climbs -

U.S. stocks mounted a broad rally on Monday, snapping a three-day losing streak as investors moved past concerns that the terrorist attacks in Paris could spell big trouble for the global economy.

Oil and gas stocks were among the biggest gainers as the price of crude rose. Traders also bid up shares in defense contractors, while travel-related stocks slumped.

14. Panel reviewing name of MTSU building to get public input -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Members of a panel appointed to offer a recommendation about a Middle Tennessee State University building named after Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest say they will have an open and public deliberation process.

15. Delivering value to buyers who’ve done homework -

These days, most buyers engage in significant online research before they ever consider speaking with sales professionals.

Today’s buyers are further along in the sales process, with a much clearer understanding of what they need, before your sales team says a word.

16. For gadfly Hooker, cancer is 'a jolt' but also opportunity -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The ups and downs of John Jay Hooker are the stuff of Nashville legend.

Friend of Muhammad Ali, socialite, lawyer who moved in the Kennedys' circle, Hooker also lost businesses, millions of dollars and high-profile political campaigns. In his later years, he has earned the moniker gadfly, mostly for losing battles, and seemed to be fading into irrelevance.

17. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for October 2015 -

October 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.

18. One man’s push to revitalize Jefferson Street -

A cheery void of sirens screaming on the North Nashville horizon, pretty college girls, talking about Jimmy Hendrix (before he became Jimi) and “Jefferson Street Joe,” the sun busting the gray wall of gloom … there’s no reason not to enjoy an hour or two inside this former “shooting gallery,” the pioneer outpost Nathaniel “Nate” Harris’ sweat equity purchased from the squalor that had consumed his home neighborhood.

19. AP FACT CHECK: GOP candidates flub some figures in debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson botched the economic effect of minimum wage increases. Jeb Bush again pitched a dubious target for economic growth. Marco Rubio, in a tale about plumbers and philosophers, undersold the value of a college education.

20. Analysis: No breakouts in GOP debate; muddled status quo -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marco Rubio emerged unscathed. Ben Carson defended his integrity. Donald Trump flashed his dominant personality. And Jeb Bush avoided disaster.

21. IMF chief calls for reforms in Gulf amid low oil prices -

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — On a trip through a Gulf squeezed by low oil prices, the head of the International Monetary Fund repeatedly called on countries to cut back on subsidies, lower government spending and consider levying taxes.

22. Tennessee high court changing rules to allow electronic filing -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court is revising its rules to allow for electronic filing in the state's appellate courts.

Electronic filing will allow parties to submit documents over the Internet instead of having to deliver them manually to the clerk's offices.

23. Authorities investigate after Metro Council Greene shot, hospitalized -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A Metro councilman was in the hospital Thursday after authorities say he was shot multiple times in west Nashville.

Media outlets report the incident happened at a Marathon gas station on Wednesday night. Police say Loniel Greene Jr. was shot three times. The wounds he suffered were non-life-threatening.

24. Even thriving businesses aren’t immune to layoffs -

With the NBA basketball season just starting up, ESPN has made an announcement that may seem quite shocking. They are planning to lay off 300 employees, or 4 percent of their 8,000-person workforce. Given that ESPN is a worldwide authority in sports, this news seems a bit jarring at first.

25. UT-South Carolina won’t be the same without the head ball coach -

I miss Steve Spurrier. It won’t be the same without Spurrier coaching South Carolina when Tennessee (4-4, 2-3 SEC) plays host to the Gamecocks (3-5, 1-5) on Saturday.

It wasn’t the same this week without Spurrier throwing a jab or two at UT leading up to the game.

26. Crow takes songwriter showcase to Arkansas -

For a couple more months, the I Swear Crossword and this column will have something in common. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the connection between the two will be lost.

The good news is that both will still be around, thanks to the dozens, maybe one dozen, of you who expressed your sentiments on that topic. I’m much appreciative for the votes of confidence.

27. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for September 2015 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

28. Consolidation of state’s newspapers bad for taxpayers -

The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.

Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.

29. Tesla's 3Q loss widens, but shares rise on production -

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors' net loss more than tripled in the third quarter as expenses and research costs rose, but investors cheered news that the company expects to meet or exceed its production targets this year.

30. Pressure grows on Volkswagen as bad news piles up -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The fallout from Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal intensified Wednesday, as investors dumped the company's stock and a credit ratings agency downgraded its debt. European regulators demanded VW speed up its investigation into the cheating, while the company halted sales of seven models in the U.S. that allegedly were part of the plot.

31. Rutherford County liquor-by-the-drink petition approved -

MURFREESBORO (AP) - Officials in Middle Tennessee have approved a petition that could lead to a vote allowing liquor by the drink in unincorporated parts of Rutherford County and Eagleville.

The Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro (http://on.dnj.com/1Q3C1eT) reports that the Rutherford County Election Commission approved the petition Monday evening by voice vote without opposition.

32. AP Source: Government to fine Takata $70M in air bag recall case -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators will fine Takata Corp. of Japan $70 million for lapses in the way it handled recalls of millions of air bag inflators that can explode with too much force, a person briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

33. Haslam announces new head of Achievement School District -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Malika Anderson will be the new superintendent of Tennessee's Achievement School District.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday.

34. Tennessee lottery posts highest first-quarter sales returns -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp. has announced it posted its highest first-quarter sales returns in the organization's almost 12-year history.

35. US stocks close higher, helped by energy, auto sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — A rally in energy companies helped push the U.S. stock market higher for a second straight day on Tuesday. Investors also worked through corporate news and prepared for key U.S. economic data later this week.

36. The Tennessean names new executive editor -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessean has named a new vice president of news and executive editor.

The newspaper reports (http://tnne.ws/1P6a1Hf) Michael A. Anastasi will also lead the TN Media network, which includes The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville and The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro.

37. Ryan: No comprehensive immigration overhaul with Obama -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday ruled out a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system while President Barack Obama is in office.

38. Audi TT gets stylish upgrades, still draws crowd -

The stylish Audi TT has been given some fashionable upgrades for 2016, with quilted-looking leather front sport seats and a new driver-centered video game-like virtual cockpit that replaces the typical car display screen in the middle of the dashboard.

39. New math: Whisenhunt explains run-pass ratio -

When a team loses five games in a row, everything is magnified.

And for the Tennessee Titans, that magnification is looking more like the large-print Bible my grandmother had as her eyesight failed in old age.

40. Top Middle Tennessee commercial real estate transactions for September 2015 -

Top commercial real estate transactions, September 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

41. 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.

42. After a wobble, stocks end higher as investors watch the Fed -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market ended solidly higher Wednesday, recovering from an afternoon wobble, after the Federal Reserve indicated that it will consider raising its benchmark interest rate at its December meeting. Bond yields rose and the dollar climbed against other currencies as traders anticipated that higher rates were on the way.

43. Report: Small to no change on Tennessee national test scores -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Two years after Tennessee proclaimed itself the fastest-improving state for education in the country, that growth has leveled off, according to a national report that concluded the state has seen little to no change in fourth- and eighth-grade math and reading scores over the last two years.

44. State report card: Rutherford County schools show progress -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — The release of the Tennessee state report card reveals a spike in graduation rates and academic progress at Rutherford County schools.

The Daily News Journal reports (http://on.dnj.com/1GCuQqQ ) the district received the highest-possible score for its value-added academic progress. The schools of Rutherford County also saw a record high school graduation rate of 93.9 percent in 2015, the newspaper reports.

45. Talks on climate deal heat up over bill for global warming -

BONN, Germany (AP) — The trillion-dollar question of who should pay for global warming is coming to a head in talks on an international climate pact, as developing countries worry they won't get enough money to tackle the problem.

46. Tennessee Promise 4,000 mentors short of goal -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Promise recruiters are scrambling to attract 4,000 volunteer mentors to apply to become part of the scholarship program within the next four weeks.

News outlets are reporting that about 5,000 Tennessee adults have applied to be mentors statewide, leaving the program 4,000 mentors short of its 9,000-person goal with less than a month remaining before the Nov. 20 application deadline.

47. Report card shows 88 percent Tennessee graduation rate -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's high school graduation rate improved to 88 percent, the third consecutive year it's increased, but students in earlier grades continue to struggle in reading, according to a state report card released Thursday.

48. Ex-Porsche CEO, CFO on trial for alleged market manipulation -

BERLIN (AP) — The former CEO and CFO of Porsche have gone on trial in Stuttgart on market manipulation charges related to the sports car maker's failed attempt to take over Volkswagen AG in 2009.

Prosecutors accuse ex-CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and former CFO Holger Haerter of making misleading statements about the company's intentions before it moved to build up its stake in the much larger Volkswagen.

49. Online degrees gain acceptance at work -

Each year, more college students are opting to replace the classroom experience altogether with degrees achieved entirely online.

Online degrees no longer carry the stigma once attached to them because of their association with unaccredited, for-profit “degree mills” churning out diplomas of limited value.

50. VW halts sales in EU of diesels with scandal-hit engine -

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen has stopped sales in the 28-country European Union of the remaining new cars that contain the diesel engine fitted with the software that was used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

51. An early rally fades, leaving stocks modestly lower -

U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday after a late-afternoon slide erased modest gains made earlier in the day.

The decline added to the market's losses from the day before and came as crude oil prices fell and investors focused primarily on the latest wave of companies reporting quarterly financial results.

52. GM overcomes huge recall costs to post healthy 3Q profit -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' third-quarter profit fell slightly, but the company rode strong North American sales to overcome $1.5 billion in costs from its deadly ignition switch recall. Its shares rose almost 6 percent in midday trading Wednesday.

53. Haslam raises hopes for new Volkswagen HQ, then backs off -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday raised the prospect of Volkswagen locating its new North American headquarters in the state, only to try to walk back those comments later in the day.

54. Stocks edge lower; IBM's woes weigh on the Dow average -

U.S. stocks snapped a three-day winning streak Tuesday as weak company earnings and outlooks weighed on the market.

Major indexes wavered between small gains and losses for most of the day before settling slightly lower in the last 15 minutes of trading. The slide in crude oil prices deepened.

55. Eyeing major settlement, US states move quickly in VW case -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With billions of dollars at stake in restitution and penalties, U.S. states are moving quickly to try to hold Volkswagen accountable for its emissions-cheating scandal.

Forty-five states and D.C. have joined a multistate investigation led by attorneys general, which is determining how VW was able to game emissions tests to hide that its "Clean Diesel" cars emitted smog-causing exhaust up to 40 times dirtier than the law allows. California and Texas are conducting their own investigations for now. At least one county, Harris County in Texas, also is going after Volkswagen with a lawsuit seeking more than $100 million.

56. Nashville School of Law bar passage rate plummets -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville School of Law administrators say they are surprised by news that just 28 percent of the school's law students who took the Tennessee bar exam this summer passed.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1W2cfq7) reports that the school is the only one in the state that had a passage rate below 50 percent. The 28 percent rate includes students who were retaking the bar exam. The first-time passage rate for the school's students was slightly higher, at 38 percent.

57. Lawsuits could force VW to buy back cheating diesels -

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether.

58. Drone close calls spur government to require registration -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will require many drone aircraft to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks, officials announced Monday.

59. US stocks eke out tiny gains after a sluggish day -

Stocks are closing with tiny gains after spending most of the day in the red.

Energy stocks remained a sore spot Monday, ending almost 2 percent lower as the price of crude oil took another tumble.

60. Bigger bite for health law penalty on uninsured -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact to help drive its new pitch for health law sign-ups.

61. China's economic growth declines to 6-year low -

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy decelerated in the latest quarter but stronger spending by consumers who are emerging as an important pillar of growth helped to avert a deeper downturn.

The world's second-largest economy grew by 6.9 percent in the three months ended in September, the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, data showed Monday. That was down from the previous quarter's 7 percent.

62. Appeals court rules in favor of Google's online library -

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decadelong dispute.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database did not violate copyright laws.

63. Haslam defends recommendation for advisers to avoid email -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is defending a practice among his outsourcing advisers to avoid email correspondence to prevent information getting out to the public.

The Republican governor told reporters after an economic development conference this week that it's a standard practice of "sharing some wisdom" with new employees who have come to government from the private sector that all of their correspondence is subject to Tennessee's open records laws.

64. Government: No benefit hike for Social Security next year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Older Americans got a double dose of bad news Thursday: There will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year, and Medicare bills are set to soar for many.

65. German order triggers recall of 8.5M VW cars in Europe -

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Thursday ordered a recall of all Volkswagen cars fitted with emissions test-cheating software, a decision that will affect 8.5 million VW diesel vehicles across the 28-nation European Union.

66. No benefit increase for Social Security next year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, the government said Thursday.

It's just the third time in 40 years that payments will remain flat. All three times have come since 2010.

67. Germany orders fixes to VW cars with deceptive software -

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport authority has ordered a mandatory recall of all 2.4 million Volkswagen cars in the country fitted with software that gave them the ability to evade diesel emissions testing, officials said Thursday.

68. Obamacare: What to do, when and how to sign up -

Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to do your research, find your best health insurance options and then secure coverage for 2016.

69. 2016 VW diesels have new software affecting emissions tests -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen has disclosed to U.S. regulators that there is additional suspect software in its 2016 diesel models that would potentially help their exhaust systems run cleaner during government tests.

70. Better Titans doing nothing for Whisenhunt’s record -

The whispers are already out there. How much job security does Ken Whisenhunt really have with the Tennessee Titans?

It seems a little soon for message boards and talk radio to be discussing the ouster of the Titans coach, but such is life in the coaching fish bowl when you lose games that should go into the win column, like the Titans have done in their past two games.

71. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for third quarter 2015 -

Third quarter 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.

72. Middle Tennessee real estate trends for September 2015 -

September 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.

73. Idle Hour abides as Music Row 'progress' marches on -

Mark Twain holds out cash as sprightly bar mistress Gena Brown (aka “Miss Flat Rock”) puts another longneck into his beer cozy.

“This is the third beer I’ve had in about five years,” Twain says. It’s also the third one he’s had on this bright afternoon when he huddles among songwriters, dreamers, schemers and a semi-reformed drifter in the dimly welcoming confines of Bobby’s Idle Hour.

74. Why are Tennessee’s ACA rate hikes among nation’s largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

75. Recently named head of VW North America will not take post -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The recently named head of Volkswagen's North American business won't be taking up his new job - and has left the company.

The announcement comes as Volkswagen faces a scandal over rigging the results of emissions testing of its diesel vehicles in the U.S. It means that one of the company's most experienced managers will not be coming to lead the company's response in the United States as it faces possible heavy fines from the Environmental Protection Agency.

76. US stocks drop as investors assess earnings, deals -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dropped on Tuesday for the first day in five as investors assessed company earnings and the latest corporate deal news. More evidence of weakness in China's economy also unsettled the market.

77. VW brand to change diesel technology, cut investments -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's flagship brand will switch to new diesel emissions control technology in Europe and North America as well as cut a billion euros ($1.1 billion) in annual investment spending.

78. Dell buying EMC in transformational $67 billion deal -

NEW YORK (AP) — Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, a move that will transform the PC company into a major player in the data storage market.

79. Global worries kept Fed from hiking rates in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were almost ready to raise interest rates in September but held off because of China's economic slowdown and its potential to derail U.S. growth and inflation.

80. VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.

81. Rutherford County chief officer suspended amid ethics probe -

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Rutherford County Chief Administrative Officer Joe Russell has been suspended for 10 days without pay after records showed he used his work email to conduct business unrelated to his job.

82. 'Harry Potter' e-books come to life in new Apple edition -

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't need to be a wizard to see the "Harry Potter" books come to life.

The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices. More than half of the illustrations are animated or interactive, with such touches as a golden snitch from Quidditch matches flying away as you tap it on the screen. Series creator J.K. Rowling also goes deeper into some of the characters and story lines with a handful of pop-up annotations.

83. Haslam visits VW Chattanooga plant to encourage workers -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said he visited Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant on Wednesday to let its workers know the state is on their side amid an emissions cheating scandal involving the German automaker that he says has nothing to do with them.

84. Gannett Co. acquires Knoxville, Memphis newspapers, others for $280M -

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gannett Co. has reached an agreement to acquire newspaper company Journal Media Group for $280 million, giving the media giant control of publications in more than 100 local markets in the U.S., company officials announced Wednesday evening.

85. New campaign aims to curb illegal gun purchases in Nashville -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A new advertising campaign in Nashville aims to cut down the number of illegal firearms purchases.

Billboards around the area are carrying the slogan, "Buy a gun for someone who can't, buy yourself 10 years in jail. Don't lie for the other guy." The campaign runs throughout October and also includes 30-second radio announcements.

86. Opportunities abound for student with perfect ACT score -

Preston Abraham had always imagined he would go to Vanderbilt University after graduating from Goodpasture Christian School in the spring, but it’s not the only dream school in the running anymore.

87. Retired Criminal Appeals Court judge to teach law at Belmont -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A recently retired Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals judge has been appointed to the faculty of Belmont University College of Law in Nashville.

According to a news release from the courts, Judge Jerry Smith will teach appellate practice at Belmont starting next fall. Smith also will continue teaching at Nashville School of Law. He has been an instructor there since 2002 teaching criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal constitutional law.

88. A rally in energy stocks doesn't lift broader market -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks paused Tuesday, closing moderately lower after five straight days of gains. DuPont and energy companies rose sharply, but the overall market was weighed down by health-care stocks, especially biotechnology companies.

89. For Volkswagen, costs of scandal will be piling up -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — For Volkswagen, the cost of its cheating on emissions tests in the U.S. is likely to run into the tens of billions of dollars and prematurely end its long-sought status as the world's biggest carmaker.

90. Seniors can apply until Nov. 2 for free tuition program -

NASHVILLE (AP) — There's less than a month left for high school seniors to apply for Tennessee promise, the governor's free tuition program.

Gov. Bill Haslam's office said in a news release Monday that more than 15,000 students from the class of 2015 are using Tennessee Promise benefits this fall, the first year of study. The release said the number of students enrolling full time in community college immediately after high school grew by 14 percent over last fall.

91. US, states announce settlement with BP over gulf oil spill -

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.

92. House GOP in turmoil with new uncertainty in speaker race -

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.

93. Northwest Tennessee judge selected as new senior judge -

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.

94. Obama: No more temporary spending bills; budget deal needed -

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.

95. Apart from low unemployment, just how healthy is job market? -

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.

96. Stock market shakes of an early stumble, ends higher -

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.

97. VW plant cuts shift, financial arm freezes hiring -

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.

98. Root of investor anxiety: Uncertainty about China and Fed -

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?

99. Sometimes it’s best to admit the well is dry -

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.

100. Saving souls takes toll on pastors’ health -

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.