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1. Trump's Rust Belt revival is fading. Will it matter in 2020? -

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump once promised that coal and steel would be the beating heart of a revived U.S. economy — a nostalgic vision that helped carry him to victory three years ago in the industrial Midwest.

2. Volkswagen warns of slowing global auto markets -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says its profits jumped 44% in the third quarter thanks to a more profitable mix of vehicles in its lineup but warned that global car markets are slowing more than expected and lowered its forecast for annual sales.

3. Beverage companies aim to get bottles recycled, not trashed -

Every year, an estimated 100 billion plastic bottles are produced in the U.S., the bulk of which come from three of America's biggest beverage companies: Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Keurig Dr Pepper.

The problem? Only one-third of those bottles get recycled; the rest end up in the trash.

4. After withdrawal, Trump shifts focus to Syria's oil fields -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russian and Turkish leaders divvy up security roles in northeast Syria following an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal, President Donald Trump is focused on oil fields elsewhere in the war-torn country.

5. US new homes sales fell 0.7% in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. new home sales fell slightly in September with all regions of the country except the Midwest showing declines.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that sales of new homes fell 0.7% last month following a big 6.2% surge in sales in August. Homes were sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 701,000, 15.5% higher than a year ago.

6. US new homes sales fell 0.7% in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. new home sales fell slightly in September with all regions of the country except the Midwest showing declines.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that sales of new homes fell 0.7% last month following a big 6.2% surge in sales in August. Homes were sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 701,000, 15.5% higher than a year ago.

7. Fed survey: US economy being hurt by trade battles -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy was expanding at a modest pace in September and into October despite the fact manufacturing was being hurt by rising trade tensions and weaker global growth while adverse weather was affecting farmers.

8. 'Flash drought' brings dust, dread to Southern farmers -

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A furnace-like "flash drought" is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday.

9. 'Flash drought' brings dust, dread to southern farmers -

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Across a vast expanse of the South stretching from Texas to Maryland, there are growing concerns for the cattle, cotton and corn amid a worsening drought fueled by this summer's record high temperatures.

10. Bradley welcomes Davis as litigation associate -

Judea S. Davis is joining Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Previously, Davis clerked for Judge Michelle Childs of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and Judge Garrison Hill of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. She served as a law fellow and law clerk for the Equal Justice Initiative, researching constitutional and criminal law issues and representing clients before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

11. Pending home sales rebound in a hopeful sign for housing -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, signaling that low mortgage rates may spark a sustained turnaround for the housing market.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index rose 1.6% to 107.3 in August. Pending home sales, which reflect purchases that are usually completed a month or two later, are up 2.5% from their pace a year ago.

12. Dorian creeps up US coast; near-record storm surge feared -

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Weakened but still deadly, Hurricane Dorian crept up the Southeastern coast of the United States on Wednesday and millions were ordered to evacuate as forecasters said near-record levels of seawater and rain could inundate the area.

13. Events -

The Tennessee State Fair is open through Sept. 15. Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee. Among the state fair highlights are entertainment and music, pageants, livestock and equine competitions, food, arts and crafts, midway rides and games. 500 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville. Information: http://tnstatefair.org

14. US pending home sales slid 2.5% in July in sign of slowdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, signaling that the housing market has yet to enjoy a strong bounce from lower mortgage rates.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index fell 2.5% to 105.6 in July. The index has slipped 0.3% from a year ago as uncertainty has mounted about the health of the economy. With trade tensions and fears of a possible recession intensifying, a robust job market hasn't been enough to strengthen sales.

15. Events -

State Fairs: Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee, and the annual Tennessee State Fair will open Friday.

The Fair Association promotes the education of agriculture, horticulture, the creative arts, performing arts, industry, commerce, recreation, economic development, natural resources, and related areas to the public, through the planning, promotion, conduct, and operation of an annual fair. Among the state fair highlights are entertainment and music, pageants, livestock and equine competitions, food, arts and crafts, midway rides and games.

16. Fed officials widely divided on rates at July meeting -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were widely divided at their meeting last month when they decided to cut rates for the first time in a decade, with some arguing for a bigger rate cut while others insisted the Fed should not cut rates at all.

17. Events -

Through Sept. 22: Shakespeare Festival A summer production of Shakespeare’s best-known works The Tempest & Pericles. One C1ty, 8 City Blvd. The Tempest: August  29, 31, September 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, & 22 Pericles: August 30, September 1 (late show), 6, 13, 20

18. Court limits order that had stopped Trump asylum limits -

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court's ruling Friday will allow the Trump administration to begin rejecting asylum at some parts of the U.S.-Mexico border for migrants who arrived after transiting through a third country.

19. UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future -

GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious.

20. US-Russia arms control treaty dies; US to test new weapon -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the U.S. and Russia ripped up on Friday.

21. More Americans sign contracts to buy homes in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in June, marking the second straight month of growth.

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that its pending home sales index rose 2.8% to 108.3 in June, up from 105.4 in May. Pending home sales are up 1.6% from their pace a year ago, snapping a 17-month streak of annual declines.

22. Ford 2Q profit falls 86% on cost of overseas restructuring -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's net profit tumbled 86% in the second quarter due largely to restructuring costs in Europe and South America.

Net income for the April-through-June period dropped to $148 million, or 4 cents per share. Without the charges the company made 28 cents per share. Revenue was flat at $38.9 billion.

23. Stocks hit record highs as investors reward solid earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks steadily gained ground Wednesday and closed broadly higher on Wall Street as investors rewarded solid earnings results from several large companies.

The S&P 500 got off to a weak start but gained steam and closed at a record high. Smaller stocks far outpaced larger ones and gave the Russell 2000 the biggest gain among major indexes. The Nasdaq gained ground all day and also closed at a record. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell.

24. Toys R Us plans a small comeback with 2 stores this year -

NEW YORK (AP) — The first two new Toys R Us stores — one in Texas, the other in New Jersey — will open in November as part of a small comeback of the defunct iconic toy chain in the U.S.

Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us executive and now CEO of the new company called Tru Kids Brands, says an online experience will follow. He says brand partners and more details will be announced in coming weeks.

25. Fed survey finds widespread concerns over trade -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's latest nationwide survey released Wednesday reveals that despite growing worries about the impact of President Donald Trump's trade battles, the overall economy remained solid.

26. Economists urge Germany to price carbon, end subsidies -

BERLIN (AP) — A panel of economists advising the German government is recommending that the country should put a price on carbon emissions if it wants to meet its targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.

27. Nashville companies partner on home health -

Ascension Saint Thomas and Nashville-based Contessa are joining together to offer Home Recovery Care, an emerging health care option that brings inpatient care to patients’ homes.

Home Recovery Care will be available for patients at Saint Thomas Midtown and West hospitals this fall, followed by Saint Thomas Rutherford and surrounding communities.

28. Politicians' tweets could get slapped with warning labels -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Presidents and other world leaders and political figures who use Twitter to threaten or abuse others could find their tweets slapped with warning labels.

The new policy, announced by the company on Thursday, comes amid complaints from activists and others that President Donald Trump has gotten a free pass from Twitter to attack his enemies in ways they say could lead to violence.

29. Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia -

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority.

With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some experts are saying it is the largest animal disease outbreak in history.

30. Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions.

31. Researchers: Bitcoin's carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas -

BERLIN (AP) — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.

32. Researchers: bitcoin's carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas -

BERLIN (AP) — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.

33. Heritage Medical Associates names CEO -

Heritage Medical Associates has hired James Shill as CEO. Shill brings more than 25 years of health care leadership experience to his new role.

Most recently, he served as CEO of Ferguson Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with locations throughout southeast Missouri. Before that, he held leadership positions with multiple health care organizations in Alaska, including the state’s largest locally-owned medical clinic.

34. US home construction climbed 5.7% in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that homebuilding rose 5.7% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.24 million. But housing starts fell 2.5% from a year earlier, suggesting that would-be home buyers are facing a shortage of new houses.

35. Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections -

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.

36. US, China wield threats going into high-stakes trade talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators are to resume trade talks Thursday just hours before the United States is set to raise tariffs on Chinese imports in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the world's two biggest economies.

37. Chinese companies brace for tariff hike as trade talks begin -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese exporters of all sorts of products, from power adapters and computers to vacuum cleaners, are anxiously hoping trade talks in Washington this week will yield a deal that might stave off higher U.S. tariffs on imports from China.

38. Historic Franklin photo contest is underway -

In honor of preservation month, the city of Franklin is conducting the 2019 My Historic Franklin Photo contest with hundreds of dollars in prizes, plus a chance to win two free tickets to the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in September.

39. US, China wield threats going into high-stakes trade talks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators are to resume trade talks Thursday just hours before the United States is set to raise tariffs on Chinese imports in a dramatic escalation of tensions between the world's two biggest economies.

40. Chinese companies brace for tariff hike as trade talks begin -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese exporters of all sorts of products, from power adapters and computers to vacuum cleaners, are anxiously hoping trade talks in Washington this week will yield a deal that might stave off higher U.S. tariffs on imports from China.

41. Global auto slowdown drags down Mercedes-Benz maker -

LONDON (AP) — German carmaker Daimler endured a weak start to the year, echoing trouble at other major manufacturers, as a global economic slowdown weighed on sales, particularly in the big Chinese market.

42. Home sales fall 4.9% in slow start to spring buying season -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes fell in March after a huge gain the previous month, held back partly by a sharp slowdown among the most expensive properties.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that home sales fell 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million, down from 5.48 million in February. The drop followed an 11.2% gain the previous month, the largest in more than three years.

43. Transportation study targets south corridor -

The Greater Nashville Regional Council, WeGo Public Transit and Tennessee Department of Transportation have kicked-off the South Corridor Study to find public transportation options for the corridor stretching through Davidson, Williamson and Maury counties.

44. Leadership Nashville hires new executive director -

Leadership Nashville has named local entrepreneur and civic leader Evette White as its next executive director. White will succeed Jerry Williams, who is retiring effective June 30 after 25 years of service.

45. GSRM Law welcomes Bashinsky as associate -

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Lisa Bashinsky as an associate attorney. Bashinsky will practice in the firm’s Business and Corporate section, with a focus on providing legal representation to businesses, entrepreneurs, individuals and professionals with their business transactions and commercial needs.

46. Creswell named GNR Realtor of the Year -

Denise Creswell with Pilkerton Realtors has been named the 2018 Realtor of the Year by Greater Nashville Realtors.

The Realtor of the Year award is presented annually to the association’s member who has made the most significant contribution to their clients, the real estate profession and the community. Creswell was awarded the honor for her commitment to professionalism, clients and the real estate industry at the association’s annual Awards of Excellence Gala on March 9. The 2017 recipient, Amy Cannon, presented Creswell with the award.

47. From sports to science, a camp for every interest -

Camp provides children with the opportunity to connect with nature, participate in human-powered activities and benefit from personal and primary relationships. From academics to athletics, there is a camp for children of almost every age or interest. Here are a few to consider when trying to find the best option for your family.

48. UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says.

Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are making the planet an increasing unhealthy place for people, says the scientific report issued once every few years.

49. Fed survey finds adverse impact from government shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy was expanding in January and February, but half the country was seeing fallout from the 35-day partial government shutdown. Some manufacturers expressed worries about weakening global demand for their products and adverse effects from President Donald Trump's trade policies.

50. Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump -

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years.

51. Elliott Davis names Schmitz market leader -

Elliott Davis, a business solutions firm with nine offices across the Southeast, has hired James (Jim) Schmitz as market leader for the firm’s Nashville office. Schmitz retired last year as Middle Tennessee president of Regions Bank.

52. Is Nashville ready? -

How can Nashville enhance its reputation as a tech savvy city? What do cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Texas – even Huntsville and Chattanooga – have that Nashville doesn’t?

53. US suffers setbacks in effort to ban Chinese tech company -

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The U.S. government's fight to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from next-generation internet networks appears to be flagging.

The two sides faced off Tuesday at the world's biggest mobile technology trade fair, in Barcelona, Spain, where they sought to win over customers and governments.

54. Adams Keegan expands operations in Nashville -

Adams Keegan, a national managed HR, payroll and benefits provider, has expanded its presence in Nashville by opening a new office near Vanderbilt University at 210 25th Avenue North. The company also has hired Jeff Young as business development manager.

55. Toys R US plans second act under new name -

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us fans in the U.S. should see the iconic brand re-emerge in some form by this holiday season.

Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us executive and now CEO of the new company called Tru Kids Brands, told The Associated Press he and his team are still working on the details, but they're exploring various options including freestanding stores and shops within existing stores. He says that e-commerce will play a key role.

56. Economists: Hard Brexit would hit German auto industry hard -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A no-deal Brexit could affect more than 100,000 jobs in Germany, and regions of the country with Volkswagen and BMW factories would be among those worst hit, according to economists at a prominent nonprofit institute.

57. US pending home sales fell 2.2 percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December with affordability pressures causing interest from would-be buyers to fall.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index fell 2.2 percent last month to 99, its lowest reading since April 2014. The index based on contract signings has plunged 9.8 percent over the past 12 months.

58. Tennessee names rural economic development official -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's economic and community development commissioner has found his new rural assistant commissioner from within his department.

Commissioner Bob Rolfe has named Sammie Arnold as the department's assistant commissioner of community and rural development.

59. Top selections for fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive cars -

As ice and snow envelop many of America’s roads this winter, all-wheel-drive vehicles become more desirable than their two-wheel-drive counterparts. And all-wheel drive’s extra traction makes it easier to accelerate, especially on icy hills.

60. Polly is chair of 2019 Campaign for Equal Justice -

Erin Palmer Polly, an attorney at Butler Snow LLP in Nashville and immediate past president of the Nashville Bar Association, will serve as the chair for its 2019 Campaign for Equal Justice, an annual initiative that raises funds for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

61. Lee issues first executive order, focuses on rural areas -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is directing all state agencies to find ways to improve how they serve rural Tennessee regions as part of his first executive order.

Lee announced Wednesday his administration is placing a high emphasis on the development and success of rural areas.

62. Week 5: Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating.

63. US home sales plummeted 6.4 percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales cratered in December, causing price growth to slip to the lowest level in more than six years as the housing sector ended 2018 on a decidedly weak note.

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales of existing homes plunged 6.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.99 million last month, the worst pace in almost three years. For all of 2018, sales of existing homes fell 3.1 percent from a year ago to 5.34 million units, the weakest total since 2015.

64. Trump's proposal to break budget deadlock falls flat -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have released a measure designed around President Donald Trump's proposal for breaking a budget impasse, its centerpiece his demand for $5.7 billion to build a southern border wall all but guaranteeing Democratic opposition and no foreseeable end to a partial government shutdown.

65. Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle Seattle housing crisis -

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area.

As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed with the expansion of Amazon and other companies, the cost of housing has soared. Tent encampments packed with homeless people have become common, and even those with good middle-income jobs, such as teachers and nurses, have been priced out of the cities where they work.

66. Fed survey finds businesses worried by political uncertainty -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday business contacts in many regions of the country are expressing less optimism amid a host of adverse developments, from plunging stock prices to uncertainty about a widening trade war.

67. US pending home sales slip 0.7 percent in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market.

The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its pending home sales index dipped 0.7 percent last month to 101.4. The index based on contract signings has dropped 7.7 percent over the past year and has recorded 11 straight year-over-year decreases.

68. Auto parts firm picks Antioch for HQ -

LKQ Corporation has opened its North American headquarters in Antioch.

LKQ Corporation, with operations in Europe and Taiwan, is a provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles.

69. US home sales rose 1.9% in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales increased in November for the second straight month, but sales plummeted 7 percent from a year ago amid growing affordability pressures.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.32 million last month. But higher mortgage rates have caused sales over the past 12 months to plunge at the steepest pace since May 2011, when the real estate sector was still in the grips of the housing bust.

70. Glaxo, Pfizer to merge consumer health care divisions -

Drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer plan to merge their consumer health businesses into what will be the world leader in sales of nonprescription medicines such as pain relievers, vitamins and cold remedies.

71. AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distorted reality in expanding probes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump keeps changing his story in the swirling investigations into Russia election interference and hush money payments to women who say they had affairs with him.

72. Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move.

73. China mum on detained Canadian, queries status of employer -

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry denied knowledge Wednesday of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat but said the organization he was working for, the International Crisis Group, is not registered in China and so any of its work in the country would be illegal.

74. Farm bill compromise unveiled, clearing way for vote -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.

75. Fed survey cites rising concerns about trade tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy was growing in the fall, but there were concerns about higher tariffs from a widening trade war, rising interest rates and tight labor markets.

76. World faces 'impossible' task at post-Paris climate talks -

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering again to agree on the fine print.

The euphoria of 2015 has given way to sober realization that getting an agreement among almost 200 countries, each with their own political and economic demands, will be challenging — as evidenced by President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris accord, citing his "America First" mantra.

77. Stocks surge as Powell hints at slower interest rate hikes -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rocketed to their biggest gain in eight months Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinted that the Fed might not raise interest rates much further. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 617 points.

78. AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on dipping oil prices, cold snaps -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrong when he suggests global warming can't be happening if it's really cold outside.

He points to a "brutal and extended cold blast" in the Eastern U.S. during Thanksgiving week and wonders aloud to his Twitter followers, "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" In fact, he is confusing short-term weather patterns with longer-term climate change. A scientific report put out Friday by his own administration rejects as folly any notion that a particular plunge in temperatures can cast doubt on whether Earth is warming.

79. US home sales rise 1.4 percent, snap 6-month losing streak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak. But sales are still down from a year ago, hurt by rising interest rates.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes climbed 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.22 million last month from 5.15 million in September. But the October sales were still down 5.1 percent from a year earlier, the largest annual drop since July 2014.

80. US home sales rise 1.4 percent, snap 6-month losing streak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak. But sales are still down from a year ago, hurt by rising interest rates.

The National Association of Realtors says that sales of existing homes climbed 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.22 million last month from 5.15 million in September. But the October sales were still down 5.1 percent from a year earlier, the largest annual drop since July 2014.

81. Bradley welcomes 8 associates in Nashville -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added eight attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office as associates. They are:

Elliot A. Bertasi is a member of the Healthcare Practice Group. Prior to law school, he worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Alaska Law Review and co-director of the Street Law Society. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

82. Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats took back the House with a surge of fresh new candidates and an outpouring of voter enthusiasm Tuesday, breaking the GOP's monopoly on power in Washington and setting the stage for a multitude of investigations of President Donald Trump that could engulf his administration over the next two years.

83. Health care and banks lead US stocks higher for a third day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher Thursday morning as major indexes extend a rebound into a third day.

Health care companies are rising after insurer Cigna topped Wall Street's expectations in the third quarter and raised its estimates for the rest of the year, while a big gain in AIG is helping send financial stocks higher.

84. Nashville MLS appoints first general manager -

Nashville’s Major League Soccer team has hired Mike Jacobs as general manager for soccer operations.

Jacobs will maintain his current position as technical director with Nashville SC of the United Soccer League and transition into his new MLS role during the 2019 season.

85. How much are seasonal workers worth? More than last year -

As the competition heats up for seasonal workers, a tight labor market means more money and more perks for those who are looking to find a second job to supplement their income or move into a new field of employment. Also, many hope to convert a temp gig into a part- or full-time position.

86. Muzzleloader and archery season for deer opens Saturday -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The 2018 muzzleloader and archery season for deer in Tennessee opens on Saturday.

According to a news release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee's muzzleloader season always begins the third Saturday before Thanksgiving.

87. Water out of thin air: California couple's device wins $1.5M -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.

88. Organizing committee named for 2019 NFL Draft -

The local organizing committee for the 2019 NFL Draft includes 35 Nashville business and community leaders, including country artist Tim McGraw and Eddie George, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, and is led by honorary co-chairs Amy Adams Strunk, Tennessee Titans owner, and Mayor David Briley. Serving as co-chairs are Steve Underwood, CEO and president of the Tennessee Titans, and Dan Mohnke, senior vice president, sales & marketing and operations, Nissan North America.

89. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 3 attorneys -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has hired three attorneys for its Nashville office:

Kevin J. Butler, associate, represents clients in complex litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, health care fraud and abuse matters, contract disputes, business torts and government investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings. He previously was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Bernice B. Donald with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for the Hon. John J. Tuchi with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. He is a graduate of Ohio University and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

90. Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy -

SEATTLE (AP) — Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n' roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen couldn't have asked for a better way to spend, invest and donate the billions he reaped from co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates.

91. Trump's boasts ring hollow in some black communities -

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It's one of President Donald Trump's favorite talking points in promoting his administration's success: the record low rate of black unemployment. But on a recent sunny afternoon in Vernon Park in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood, that victory seemed hollow.

92. As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it -

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appealed Thursday to the U.S. and China to cool their dispute over technology policy and play by world trade rules, as tumbling share prices drove home potential perils from a clash between the world's two biggest economies.

93. As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it -

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appealed Thursday to the U.S. and China to cool their dispute over technology policy and play by world trade rules, as tumbling share prices drove home potential perils from a clash between the world's two biggest economies.

94. Church buys 50,000-square-foot building in MetroCenter -

The Belonging Co. Church has purchased a 50,000-square-foot property at 201 Great Circle Road in MetroCenter from commercial real estate firm Southeast Venture, which developed the property.

Previously meeting at Rocketown, The Belonging Co. Church was founded in 2013 by co-pastors Henry and Alex Seeley, who moved to Nashville from Australia in 2012.

95. Quinn moves practice to Neal & Harwell -

Attorney John E. Quinn, previously a partner at Manier & Herod, has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as of counsel.

His practice is in the defense of all aspects of civil litigation, including commercial, professional negligence, personal injury, products liability, employment and insurance litigation. He has extensive trial experience and has conducted more than 50 trials in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations in Tennessee and Europe.

96. ‘Boot Doctor’ has right prescription for your feet -

With his seemingly permanent smile, Jeffrey Lloyd, 58, is a much-valued employee at Boot Country down on Lower Broadway.

“I am The Boot Doctor,” he says, proudly. “I can look at a person’s foot and tell what size they wear.”

97. European officials seek tougher emissions rules for cars -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Union officials are working on tougher car emissions standards aimed at fighting global warming — but which the auto industry cautions could hurt workers and consumers.

98. US pending home sales fell in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pending home sales slipped in August as fewer Americans signed contracts to purchase a house, the fourth decline in the past five months.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index fell 1.8 percent last month to 104.2. This measure of contract signings has tumbled 2.3 percent in the past year, with the sharpest annual decline of 11.2 percent in the West where homes generally cost more.

99. US pending home sales fell in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pending home sales slipped in August as fewer Americans signed contracts to purchase a house, the fourth decline in the past five months.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index fell 1.8 percent last month to 104.2. This measure of contract signings has tumbled 2.3 percent in the past year, with the sharpest annual decline of 11.2 percent in the West where homes generally cost more.

100. Pinnacle is top bank in Nashville area for deposits -

Pinnacle Financial Partners is the No. 1 bank in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin MSA by deposit market share, data from the FDIC reveals.

The firm leapt ahead of a large regional bank and one of the biggest banks in the nation to earn the top spot. Last year, Pinnacle was at No. 3 behind Bank of America and Regions, respectively.