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1. Week 9 predictions: Newton-less Panthers still too much for Titans -

Panthers 23, Titans 17: The Titans are back on the road and might run into problems as the Panthers will be eager to atone for the beating they took from the 49ers. Injured Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will remain on the sideline for this one.

2. IMF head says more needed to boost growth than US-China deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's new leader said Thursday that a trade truce between the United States and China could trim expected losses to the world economy but won't be enough to produce strong global growth.

3. Stocks rise on trade progress, S&P 500 notches weekly gain -

The S&P 500 finished with its first weekly gain in four weeks Friday as investors welcomed a thaw in the punishing trade war between the U.S. and China.

After two days of negotiations in Washington, the U.S. agreed to suspend a planned hike in tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods that had been set to kick in Tuesday. Beijing, meanwhile, agreed to buy $40 billion to $50 billion in U.S. farm products.

4. Former envoy defies Trump, testifies he pushed to oust her -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself had pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.

5. Wake up to the truth about ‘dream schools’ -

The college admissions scandal, which recently led to a 14-day prison sentence for actress Felicity Huffman, exposed a group of wealthy parents’ obsession with getting their students into the “right” school.

6. Events -

Young Professionals Luncheon. Enjoy a luncheon tailored for ambitious individuals who are interested in furthering their leadership aspiration, cultivate relationships and grow professionally. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle Ste. 104, Brentwood. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: Member - $20, Non-member- $30. Information

7. WeWork shelves plan for IPO, tries to rebuild battered image -

NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork's new leaders shelved plans to enter the stock market Monday as they sought to repair the battered image of a company that appeared to revolutionize the office-rental industry and was poised just weeks ago to go public with a valuation of nearly $50 billion.

8. California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.

9. US ambassador pressed Ukraine corruption fight before ouster -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Months before the call that set off an impeachment inquiry, many in the diplomatic community were alarmed by the Trump administration's abrupt removal of a career diplomat from her post as ambassador to Ukraine.

10. Events -

Nashville Film Festival. More than 250 films from around the world sharing diverse stories through the art of filmmaking. Various levels of passes are available. Individual film tickets: $15. Oct. 3-12. Regal Hollywood Theaters, 719 Thompson Lane. Information

11. The story behind Biden's son, Ukraine and Trump's claims -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2014, then-Vice President Joe Biden was at the forefront of American diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine's fragile democratic government as it sought to fend off Russian aggression and root out corruption. So it raised eyebrows when Biden's son Hunter was hired by a Ukrainian gas company.

12. Trump suggests he talked Bidens with Ukraine's president -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested that he raised former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son in a summer phone call with Ukraine's new leader, as Democrats pressed for investigations into whether Trump improperly used his office to try to dig up damaging information about a political rival.

13. Events -

September Sundown. Presented by Musicians Corner featuring local artists, food trucks, Kidsville, Musicians Corner Pub and other vendors. Each Thursday in September. Thursday, 5-9 p.m. Centennial Park. Sept. 26: The New respects, Daniella Mason, Whoa Dakota, Jamiah and Creature Comfort. Information

14. 7 questions heading into 10-candidate Democratic debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — And then there were 10. The Democratic Party's strongest presidential contenders — according to polls and fundraising, at least — meet on the same debate stage for the first time Thursday night.

15. Of summer’s end, heat and the lackadaisical chef -

The pawpaws ripen in the heat, fall to the ground and, in short order, sprint from soft to rot. This time of year they demand attention.

The passion fruit orbs are more patient. They start big and fill slowly. You have to check their weight in the palm of your hand and wait for them to begin to shrivel or risk hollow disappointment.

16. 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

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Essra Mohawk lived sex, drugs and rock 'n roll life -

Uncle Meat leans back on the piano bench – arm-swept clear of the CDs and assorted implements of a musician’s life that fill it and the rest of the living room of the home in Bellevue – and sings a joyous, or at least joy-filled and powerful song titled “Rollin’ With The Punches.”

20. 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

21. Events -

Full Moon Pickin' Parties: Enjoy these unique Friday night parties featuring bluegrass music performed by attendees as well as main acts. Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center. Food available, Water, soft drinks and up to four beers are included with admission. Adults: $20 advance, $25 day of; Youth (7-17): $7 advance, $10 day of; Children 6 and younger free. Pickers: $5 (no alcohol), $10 with beer. Season pass: $100. Proceeds benefit Warner Parks. 7-11 p.m. Information: http://warnerparks.org/programs-events/events-2/pickin-party

22. Consistently great acting rise above wistful tale -

A strange thing happened as I watched “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,” the new movie from filmmaker Quentin Tarantino: I grew sad.

That was strange because the only things I’ve felt while watching a Tarantino movie is admiration for his film craft, levity, due to his often clever and humorous dialogue, and boredom, due to his often self-indulgent and drawn out dialogue.

23. Events -

County Fairs: Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee has plenty to choose from. Middle Tennessee fairs and dates include:

Aug. 14-18: Cheatham County, 870 Fairgrounds Road, Ashland City. www.facebook.com/CheathamCountyFair

24. Events -

County Fairs Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee has plenty to choose from. Middle Tennessee fairs and dates include:

Aug. 2-10: Williamson County, Long Lane, Franklin. www.williamsoncountyfair.org

25. Girls report more harassment amid rise in US cyberbullying -

SEATTLE (AP) — Rachel Whalen remembers feeling gutted in high school when a former friend would mock her online postings, threaten to unfollow or unfriend her on social media and post inside jokes about her to others online.

26. Should you buy used luxury or fully loaded new car? -

The luxury vehicle of your dreams might now be something you can afford, thanks to a record number of lease returns hitting the used-car market.

This trend has widened the price difference between a new vehicle and a 3-year-old used one, Edmunds transaction data show.

27. Events -

First Friday: Your Small Business Resource: Topic: Leverage Partnerships to Grow your Business. First Friday offers individuals the opportunity to expand their knowledge on best business practices from some of the most successful business leaders in the county. E|Spaces, 1550 W. McEwen Drive, Suite 300. 7:30-9 a.m. Free. Information

28. Coke's broadening palate drives sales -

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola upped its revenue expectations for the year as new lines of healthier drinks and coffees win over fans.

The world's largest drink company posted second quarter earnings of $2.61 billion, or 61 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 63 cents per share, which is a penny better than expected, according to analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.

29. Dive bars require character, characters, layers of grime -

“Upscale dive bar,” it read. The press release made its way across the media landscape last week, its language regurgitated without question or irony. The reaction on social media, however, was swift and comical, mocking the simple three-word description of a new “watering hole” coming to Charlotte Pike.

30. Victrolas crank out profit for lilelong enthusiast -

In the world of estates and antiques, there are always niche markets. Costume jewelry, particular types of furniture and appliances and collectibles of all kinds can always find a home.

For several decades, Nashville-based antiques dealer Carl Zehner has capitalized on being in Music City to tap into a different group: phonograph enthusiasts.

31. Events -

Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals Luncheon. This event is tailored to individuals who are interested in furthering their leadership aspirations, cultivating relationships and growing professionally. Network and connect to learn from some of the most experienced business leaders in Williamson County. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle, Ste. #104. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Members $20, Non-members $30. Information

32. US election security official highlights email threat -

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Beware the phishing attempts.

An election security official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday warned top state election officials nationwide to safeguard against fraudulent emails targeting state and local election workers.

33. Events -

Street Eats. A gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

34. Takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate -

MIAMI (AP) — Democrats hoping that Wednesday night's first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign would be clarifying probably came away disappointed. There were no major stumbles but few standout moments as 10 candidates vied for the nation's attention.

35. Events -

Downtown Nashville celebration begins. July 4 activities kick off in Downtown Nashville July 3, noon-5 p.m., with Family Fun Zone activities at Music City Walk of Fame Park. 3:50-7:15 p.m., Bizz & Everyday People, The Whigs and Alejandro Aranda at Ascend Amphitheater. Gold Cup Soccer will take place in Nissan Stadium, 8 p.m. Fireworks at 10.

36. Events -

Hellbender on the River. Ticket sales support the work of the Cumberland River Compact to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. Enjoy live music, local brews, a Hellbender cocktail, Hattie B’s and more. The Bridge Building at East Bank Landing & Cumberland Park, 2 Victory Ave. Fee: $35-$45. Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Information 

37. Events -

Street Eats. A gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

38. Rutschman goes 1st, VU's Bleday 3rd in MLB draft -

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Adley Rutschman heard the chatter for months that he'd be the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

The switch-hitting Oregon State catcher just kept slugging at the plate and throwing out would-be basestealers all season from behind it — making it an easy call for the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

39. Events -

Transportation Summit Business Luncheon. Learn how transit is being addressed in Middle Tennessee through the South Corridor Study and how similar communities are working to combat this issue. Guest Speaker: Mayor Jackie Millet, Lone Tree, Colorado, will discuss her city’s transit initiatives. Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: Members $55, Nonmembers $75. Information

40. Number of US homes on the market rose in 1Q as sales slowed -

Homebuyers in Salt Lake City, Atlanta and other big U.S. metropolitan areas are seeing a pickup in the number of homes for sale, especially in the most affordable segment of the market.

In Atlanta, for example, the number of homes for sale jumped 18.9% to 33,836 in the first quarter. That's the first annual increase in two years.

41. Events -

Business Studio: The Economic Case for Branding. Branding isn’t a trendy strategy to lure millennial consumers – it’s a dynamic and important investment that generates substantial impact on a company’s long-term success. This meeting will feature a panel discussion with Matt Cheuvront and Patrick Copeland from Proof Branding and Lauren Egge, Owner and Founder of Noka Supply Co. as we learn valuable information and expert insight into the value of branding, and the importance of both walking the walk and talking the talk from day one. Attendees will be entered in a drawing to take home a Noka Box, and all will walk away armed with strategies and inspiration to imaginatively brand their products and services. Business Studio gathers Nashville’s small business community, entrepreneurs, and creators for monthly events centered on growth and scaling, strategic marketing and networking. Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody Street. Thursday, 3-5 p.m. Information

42. 3 Minutes: Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. And President Donald Trump came and went in three minutes, never stopping to sit down or shake hands.

43. Out with the old: Treasured antique mall saying goodbye -

The “77 Sunset Strip” board game makes me smile, even as I’m immersed in commercial death throes while wandering the sprawling building on Eighth Avenue South where yet another longtime business – one where 73-year-old owner Pat Morris has toiled day and night to create something special – is going to close.

44. What’s the better hatchback, Mazda 3 or Toyota Corolla? -

The 2019 Toyota Corolla and the 2019 Mazda 3 are two of the newest small hatchbacks on the market.

The Mazda 3 is completely redesigned for 2019 and features an upgraded interior and available all-wheel drive. The Corolla hatchback is a new addition to the Toyota lineup and is the debut body style for the newest Corolla generation. (The redesigned sedan will be released as a 2020 model-year vehicle.)

45. Events -

Street Eats. A gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks along Deaderick Street between Fourth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North each Thursday. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Information

46. Flowers add flair to unforgettable dishes -

Spring’s velvet riot of blossoms brings a welcome counterpunch to the 40 shades of green that come to drape the landscape. There’s more than beauty, though, in the layers of petals.

On warm nights and mornings, a perfume drifts on the humid air, intoxicating, some just sweet enough, simple at times, while others are as complex as a mockingbird’s songbook.

47. Coming to a neighborhood near you -

James Kelley has lived since 1988 in the historic Richland-West End neighborhood, a tree-lined, enclave located on land that was once part of John Brown Craighead’s 194-acre estate.

It’s an idyllic example of Nashville’s architectural past, a mix of bungalows and Craftsman houses in Colonial Revival, Tudor and American Foursquare styles, and was one of the city’s first planned subdivisions, created in 1905.

48. Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at prison -

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen took a last swipe at President Donald Trump as he reported to a federal prison Monday to begin a three-year prison sentence for crimes including tax evasion and campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made to protect his former boss.

49. Car top down, radio on: Best convertible picks for 2019 -

Spring is here, which means it’s warm enough to visit a few dealerships and test-drive the new convertibles you’ve been eyeing all winter.

But which one to buy? Should you get a lithe, two-seat roadster or a roomy luxury convertible? To help you out, Edmunds highlights five of the best 2019 drop-tops.

50. Survey: US businesses added 275K jobs in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies in April added the most jobs in 9 months, a sign that hiring remains strong amid solid economic growth.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses hired 275,000 people last month, up from just 151,000 in March. That's a much higher number than economists forecast for Friday's government jobs report. Current projections call for the Labor Department to report 181,000 new jobs, according to data provider FactSet.

51. Southwest CEO 'not happy' about Max crisis but backs Boeing -

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines executives acknowledge they are upset with Boeing over the grounding of its 737 Max jetliner, a move that has caused the airline to cancel thousands of flights.

But they are still standing by the embattled aircraft maker and deny interest in buying planes from its rival, Airbus.

52. Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber -

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit.

53. Stars even series with 5-1 win over Predators after 4 in 1st -

DALLAS (AP) — The bounce-back effort by Ben Bishop after a tough game didn't surprise Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

54. 2020 Democrats court young voters, but will they show up? -

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — Austin Anderson was excited to see Beto O'Rourke on his college campus last week, intrigued by his "character" and talk of bipartisanship. But would he support the former Texas congressman in next year's Iowa caucuses?

55. Brexit compromise may rest on UK odd couple May and Corbyn -

LONDON (AP) — She is the strait-laced daughter of an Anglican priest who has championed conservative values all her life; he has for decades campaigned on issues dear to left-wingers around the world.

56. US stocks end moderately higher; S&P 500 on 5-day win streak -

Stocks recovered from a late-afternoon bout of selling on Wall Street to finish modestly higher Wednesday, giving the benchmark S&P 500 its fifth straight gain.

Technology stocks powered much of the rally, led by chipmakers. Retailers, homebuilders and hotel operators were among the big gainers. Energy companies, consumer goods makers and industrial stocks took the heaviest losses.

57. Low tax burden not only reason for Nashville influx -

The spring market is here, and houses are flowing onto the market as vigorously as last month’s rains flooded basements and crawl spaces. The real estate bubble is yet to burst, and sellers know it. Prices remain on the rise.

58. UK's May meets Labour leader for Brexit compromise talks -

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit drama entered a dramatic overtime period Wednesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May and the country's main opposition sought a compromise deal to prevent an abrupt British departure from the European Union at the end of next week.

59. May: UK to seek further Brexit delay, try to break logjam -

LONDON (AP) — With Britain racing toward a chaotic exit from the European Union within days, Prime Minister Theresa May veered away from the cliff-edge Tuesday, saying Britain would seek a further delay to Brexit as its politicians sought a compromise solution to the crisis.

60. UK Parliament seeks new options on Brexit -

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament sought a way out of the country's Brexit morass on Monday, voting on a series of measures that could soften or reverse the U.K.'s departure from the European Union — if a majority of lawmakers can agree.

61. US consumer spending edges up weak 0.1% in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent in January, while incomes advanced a modest 0.2 percent in February, further evidence that economic activity may have decelerated after strong growth for most of last year.

62. UK faces new Brexit crisis after lawmakers reject May's deal -

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Friday rejected the government's Brexit deal for a third time, leaving the U.K. facing the stark prospect of a chaotic departure from the European Union in just two weeks, with political leaders in turmoil and the country ill-prepared for the shock.

63. US economic growth revised down to 2.2 percent rate in Q4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter last year to an annual rate of just 2.2 percent. There are concerns that growth has slowed even more in the first quarter this year as global weakness, fading government stimulus and rising trade tensions take a toll on the economy.

64. UK's May: Parliament support too low for 3rd Brexit vote -

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May conceded Monday that Parliament would defeat her twice-rejected Brexit divorce deal again if she put it to a new vote, but said she still hopes to change lawmakers' minds and get the agreement approved.

65. UK leader meets Cabinet as she fights to stay in power -

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was under intense pressure Monday to resign as the price of breaking the country's Brexit impasse and winning support for her unloved EU divorce deal.

66. For EU, Brexit has trashed May's 'strong and stable' image -

BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May used to promise "strong and stable" government. Fellow EU leaders used to believe her.

But then came almost three years of Brexit missteps and mayhem. For the EU, Britain's 2016 vote to leave was a shock; what has happened since has left the reputation of Britain's prime minister, and the country's political institutions, badly tarnished.

67. Boy with a gun is now man with a plan to help at-risk teens -

The guy who long ago buried “Trigga” – his gun-slinging street name – is running a few minutes late because he’s straightening out a work-site problem concerning one of his employees.

68. Fed set to signal no expectation of rate hikes anytime soon -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patience. A focus on incoming economic data. And no interest rate hikes likely soon.

The message the Federal Reserve is poised to send when its latest policy meeting ends this week is a soothing one. It reflects an abrupt shift in tone since the start of the year in the face of a slowdown in the United States and abroad, persistently tame inflation and a nervous stock market. The shift toward a more hands-off Fed has pleased investors and encouraged the view that the central bank is done raising rates for now and might even act this year to support rather than restrain the economy.

69. Counselors learn more at camp than treating bug bites -

Confidence, communication, responsibility, resilience, participation and resourcefulness – these are some of the skills that teenagers learn as camp counselors.

What today’s teen counselors may not know is that these are abilities they can take to college, into the workplace and beyond.

70. A hot US job market is coaxing people in from the sidelines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly strong burst of job growth over the past year has led many economists to wonder: Where are all the workers coming from?

As recently as last spring, analysts had worried that hiring would slow as the pool of unemployed shrank. Many employers have complained for years that they could no longer find enough people to fill their open jobs.

71. Martha Stewart partners with Canadian cannabis firm -

No, you're not smoking something. Martha Stewart has entered the fast-growing — but still legally murky — cannabis market.

The domestic diva who brought us hemp yarn is now partnering with Canada's Canopy Growth Corp. to develop new products containing CBD, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn't cause a high.

72. EPA defends enforcement record, despite drop in penalties -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement chief on Tuesday defended the Trump administration's work, despite a report by her own agency showing that civil and criminal crackdowns on polluters have dropped sharply in the past two years.

73. US stocks close higher after Trump postpones tariff increase -

Stocks closed modestly higher Monday after shedding most of the gains from an early rally spurred by the Trump administration's decision to hold off on increasing tariffs on imported Chinese goods.

74. Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris -

PARIS (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's iconic couturier whose designs had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man in the trademark white ponytail, high starched collar and dark enigmatic glasses who dominated high fashion for the past 50 years.

75. Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows -

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 400 points Friday as renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood.

The rally marked a turnaround from a day earlier, when disappointing holiday sales data led to a modest sell-off. Friday's gains helped push the benchmark S&P 500 index to its third-consecutive weekly gain.

76. Old favorites still deliver -

These Nashville restaurants aren’t new for this Valentine’s Day but offer a taste of what the foodie scene here is all about: Variety, fresh takes and unforgettable decor:

Bastion

434 Houston St., 615 490-8434

77. A dozen new Nashville restaurants to try for Valentine’s Day -

Looking for a new spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here are a dozen new Nashville restaurants you might want to try:

Bourbon Steak

201 8th Ave. S. 34th Floor, 629 208-8440

78. AP-NORC poll: How financial security varies by age, income -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just how financially secure you feel depends on your age, your race, your education and — perhaps not surprisingly — your income.

A new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that college graduates feel far more confident than high school graduates that they could afford an emergency $1,000 expense.

79. Democrats gain in statehouses as GOP lawmakers defect -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrats' gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections.

Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in and this year's statehouse sessions got underway, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations to become Democrats.

80. Democrats gain in statehouses as some GOP lawmakers defect -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrats' gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections.

Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in and this year's statehouse sessions got underway, Republicans in California, Kansas and New Jersey switched their party affiliations to become Democrats.

81. Brexit battle looms as UK lawmakers attack May's 'Plan B' -

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is determined to get a tweaked version of her rejected European Union divorce deal through Parliament. British lawmakers have other ideas — lots of other ideas.

82. UK leader unveils Brexit Plan B, looks a lot like Plan A -

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit Plan B on Monday — and it looks a lot like Plan A.

May launched a mission to resuscitate her rejected European Union divorce deal, setting out plans to get it approved by Parliament after securing changes from the EU to a contentious Irish border measure.

83. May's foes gather as Britain's Brexit stalemate drags on -

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May held talks Friday with European leaders and British Cabinet colleagues, but efforts to end Britain's Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked, with neither May nor Britain's opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions.

84. Mnuchin urges senators to support easing Russia sanctions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging senators to vote against a Democratic resolution that would maintain sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Mnuchin met with Republican senators behind closed doors Tuesday in the hours before a planned Senate vote on the sanctions resolution. The measure would block a Treasury Department move to lift penalties against the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal and two other companies connected to Deripaska.

85. Powell says he would reject any Trump request to resign -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump, and that he is prepared to be patient in deciding when to raise interest rates again.

86. Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxiety -

BEIJING (AP) — Apple's $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S.

CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections, a decrease he traced mainly to China.

87. Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxiety -

BEIJING (AP) — Apple Inc.'s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S.

CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections, a decrease he traced mainly to China.

88. Still going strong as those who idolize him fade -

The gentle music giant, once a prospective Traveling Wilbury and a guy whose twangy guitar pulsates the heart of rock ’n’ roll, sits in his Franklin home and talks about – among other things – The Beatles’ so-called “White Album” that he got right from the source when it was released a half-century ago.

89. 100 days to Brexit: EU acts to cushion no-deal shock -

BRUSSELS (AP) — With British politics gridlocked and just 100 days until Brexit, the European Union on Wednesday triggered contingency plans designed to cushion some of the shock of a "no-deal" U.K. exit from the bloc.

90. Ellis scores go-ahead goal as Predators beat Senators 3-1 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pekka Rinne was beaten early, but never again.

Ryan Ellis scored his first game-winning goal of the season, Rinne made 25 saves and the Nashville Predators defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Tuesday night.

91. Macron vows tax cuts, pay rise; will France's anger subside? -

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron tried to reassert control over a nation wracked by increasingly violent protests with offers of tax relief for struggling workers and pensioners — and an exceptional admission Monday that "I might have hurt people with my words."

92. Gibson moving Memphis guitar production to Nashville -

Gibson Brands Inc. will stop making guitars in Memphis by April and move the operation to its Nashville headquarters.

Company officials 13 months ago announced Gibson was marketing for sale its Downtown facility and moving to a new, state-of-the-art facility elsewhere in Memphis.

93. Cruise control: GM's No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors' No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker's self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation.

94. You won’t miss the pizza at Ed’s Fish & Pizza House -

Don’t expect to get a New York-style slice with pepperoni at Ed’s Fish & Pizza House. Nor with just cheese. Certainly not even a sniff of unfairly pilloried anchovies. Fact is, there’s been no pizza at Ed’s since 1993, when Big Anthony bought the place from his Uncle Ed Morris.

95. Adults want cozy, kids want gross: 4 holiday trends to watch -

NEW YORK (AP) — Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples.

Those are just some of the trends expected this holiday season, when shoppers are projected to spend as much as $720 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.

96. Nowhere to go but down for international skydiving champ -

Smyrna resident Jake Jensen gets high on the job whenever he can. When he’s not working, he gets high just for fun.

More than two miles high whenever he is given the opportunity.

Two miles may not seem that much to some – after all, The Byrds long ago celebrated being “Eight Miles High,” but from my vantage, I’m reasonably sure they were not singing about the wild, blue yonder that surrounds Jake while he’s on the job.

97. Safety group IDs 'worst toys" for the holidays' -

BOSTON (AP) — A Black Panther "slash claw" and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its 46th annual list of the 10 "worst toys" Tuesday at Franciscan Children's Hospital in Boston.

98. Economic realities moderate Trump's hard line on Iran -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration was caught between allies at home and abroad and the reality of global economics as it reinstated sanctions Monday on Iran, forced to carve out exemptions for important allies and back off on measures that could have been even more punishing for Tehran.

99. US companies hiring at robust pace, wages rise faster -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added jobs in October at the healthiest pace in eight months, and wages rose by the most in a decade, the latest evidence of the durable strength of the U.S. job market.

100. Coke rides higher on sales of healthier drinks -

ATLANTA (AP) — Strong sales of water and sugar-free drinks powered third-quarter earnings for Coca-Cola Co.

Sales of water and sports drinks jumped 5 percent in the July-September period, with particularly strong growth in China and Mexico.