DETROIT (AP) — Lexus is the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in rankings that increasingly hinge on high-tech features.
Buick, Toyota, Cadillac and Honda and Porsche, which were tied, rounded out the top five spots in the annual survey, released Wednesday by the consulting firm J.D. Power. The survey asked original owners of vehicles from the 2012 model year about problems experienced in the last year.
29. Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.30. Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them - Friday, February 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library.
It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won't charge him to provide safety, warmth, useful services and entertainment.31. US automakers improve in magazine's annual brand rankings - Friday, February 20, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Buick is the first U.S.-based automotive brand to crack the top 10 in Consumer Reports magazine's annual brand report cards.
U.S. automakers also placed three vehicles on the magazine's list of "top picks" for vehicles, the first time that's happened in 17 years. The rankings were unveiled Tuesday in the magazine's annual auto issue.32. Yellen reiterates Fed's patience in raising rates - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but for now the Fed is sticking with patience in raising interest rates because the labor market is still healing and inflation is too low.33. Obama faces left-right opposition on trade, military force - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reps. Barbara Lee and John Fleming are highly dubious at best about President Barack Obama's requests for enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the U.S. military. And that's like oil and water mixing easily.34. In a bind, Republicans offer vote on Homeland Security bill - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered on Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats.35. Health care survey: Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014 - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.36. Home Depot approves $18B buyback; boosts dividend 26 pct. - Friday, February 20, 2015
ATLANTA (AP) — Home Depot authorized the repurchase of $18 billion of its own shares and boosted its quarterly dividend by 26 percent.
The home-improvement store also beat Wall Street expectations for profit and revenue during the fourth quarter and it released a better-than-expected outlook for the year.37. Comcast 4Q profit edges up, adds customers, boosts dividend - Friday, February 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s fourth-quarter net income edged up less than 1 percent as the company added more customers for its cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone services.38. Higher rates coming? Yellen faces lawmakers at pivotal time - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of sounding reassuring notes about the need to keep interest rates at record lows, the Federal Reserve is finding the shift to an era of pending rate hikes a tricky and complicated one.39. US home sales plunge 4.9 percent in January - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.
The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That brings sales down to their lowest level since April 2014.
40. US stocks edge mostly lower, pulling Dow back from a record - Friday, February 20, 2015
U.S. stocks are edging mostly lower as the market pulls back from an all-time high reached last week.
Energy shares were among the biggest decliners Monday as the price of oil fell. The Nasdaq composite eked out a small gain, extending a winning streak.
41. Obama calls for tighter rules on retirement account brokers - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans' retirement accounts, reigniting a confrontation with the financial services industry over rules affecting trillions of dollars in 401k and other savings accounts.42. SmartWay traffic app benefiting motorists - Friday, February 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — A new real-time road conditions map developed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation has come in handy this winter.
The department debuted the improved SmartWay traffic Web app in December. With the recent harsh winter weather, it has helped provide motorists with fast information about icy highways, crashes and even recent interstate closures.43. Tennessee legislators want to keep their state-paid insurance information secret - Friday, February 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Republican lawmakers still seething about the release of their enrollment in the state's health care plan want to keep further coverage information from being made public.
The Legislature's administrative director Connie Ridley, who serves at the behest of the Republican leadership, has warned members that more details about their taxpayer-subsidized insurance could come to light even though she argues the information should be covered by federal medical privacy laws.44. Kentucky governor: On union matters, we're no Tennessee - Friday, February 20, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - In an unexpected shot across the bow of his GOP neighbors to the south, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has a simple message on labor and economic development for automakers looking to build new plants: We're not Tennessee.45. Stock market hits new high after Greece gets loan extension - Friday, February 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A deal giving Greece more time to repay its debts swung the U.S. stock market higher Friday and drove the stock market to a record high.
While expected, the deal between the struggling country and its European creditors left investors relieved. Any failure to reach an accord could have sent tremors through markets at a time when Europe is trying to revive its regional economy.
46. Facing militant threat, Corker shoulders matters of war - Friday, February 20, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.
Now the combination of Republicans' political fortunes in last November's elections and brutal terrorism overseas have put the two-term Tennessee lawmaker in the limelight. He heads the storied Foreign Relations Committee and is in charge of the weightiest question to ever face members of Congress: whether to authorize war.47. What will Fed do with latest data economic data? - Friday, February 20, 2015
The recent weeks have seen a flurry of economic data that shed light on the United States economy.
Here is a recap of two of those data points:
Gross Domestic Product. The first GDP release for fourth quarter 2014 (a data point that will be revised multiple times down the road) revealed an economy that grew by 2.6 percent in the quarter, down sharply from the 5 percent growth registered in the third quarter.48. Relocation compensation not what it used to be - Friday, February 20, 2015
Moving for a new career, or the potential of a new career, can be daunting.
You’ll have to sell your home. Your children will need new schools. Your belongings will have to be boxed, moved and unboxed. You’ll need to find new service providers, including doctors, hairstylists and child care.49. The sales relationship: Build trust, show knowledge - Friday, February 20, 2015
A key to sales success is identifying the prospect’s needs. But that knowledge doesn’t mean much if the potential relationship lacks a foundation of trust.
Smart buyers are generally willing to consider the guidance of salespeople provided trust has been established first. If a prospect trusts the seller, the first – and arguably hardest – step to success has been achieved. But how do you build trust with a prospect?50. Outback: More refined, added features for 2015 - Friday, February 20, 2015
The Subaru Outback, one of the best vehicles at gracefully blending car and sport utility characteristics, is revamped for 2015 with more interior room than ever, improved ride, handsome looks and more features.51. Relevant again? 10 keys to success for UT baseball - Friday, February 20, 2015
KNOXVILLE – Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t pushing the panic button after his team lost two of three games in their season opening series at Florida International University in Miami last weekend.52. Events - Friday, February 20, 2015
Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams at Salon@615. A Nashville author and songwriter, Randall is best known for her novel, “The Wind Done Gone,” a reinterpretation of Gone With the Wind. Her daughter Caroline was recently named one of the ‘50 People Changing the South in 2015’ by Southern Living magazine. Saturday, 2 p.m. Salon@615 is a free, ticketed event, with advance tickets available online (www.salonat615.org) for a $2.50 service fee. A limited number of tickets will also be available each event day 30 minutes before show time. After each talk, authors will sign books. To participate in book signings, guests must purchase a copy of the writer’s latest work from Parnassus Books in Nashville in advance or at the event. Salon patrons receive a 10 percent discount. Additional opportunities:53. Gauge of US economy posts slight 0.2 percent January gain - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy rose in January by the smallest amount in five months, indicating the economy's momentum may have slowed a bit.54. Haslam wary of gas tax hike after ‘Insure’ loss - Friday, February 20, 2015
Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.
After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.55. What recession? Midstate largely spared - Friday, February 20, 2015
After handling clients at SunTrust as a senior portfolio manager for high-net-worth clients, many with $10 million or more in assets, Dana Moore, CFA, and two colleagues (George Stadler, Angela Helbig), founded HMS Investment Advisors in 2009.56. Best time to buy big-ticket items - Friday, February 20, 2015
You’ve got money to spend, but is it the right time to spend it? Here’s what the experts say.
A European vacation
Dana Moore, a principal with HMS Investment Advisors, says now is the time to pull the trigger if you’ve been dreaming of a trip overseas.57. Ready to spend: With recession over, Middle Tennessee consumers are opening their wallets - Friday, February 20, 2015
Elizabeth Moss is in the middle of a total kitchen renovation at the Hendersonville home she bought on August 4, 2013.
It’s been a long time coming, and has included some anxious moments and worrisome decisions.58. Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises - Friday, February 13, 2015
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.59. White House: Higher wages needed to make up for stagnation - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top economists say that even as the U.S. has managed to kick start a lasting and growing recovery, modest wage gains are far from making up for decades of paycheck stagnation for middle-class workers.60. Poll: Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
All three were proposed by President Barack Obama during his recent State of the Union address as ways to increase protections for American workers. But the poll also found that most Americans don't approve of the job Obama is doing helping the middle class.61. US stocks open lower as oil slides - Friday, February 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Most US stock indexes sagged Thursday morning as the price of oil slumped for a second day and pulled down energy stocks. Crude is falling on reports that supplies remain abundant.62. Morning winter storm update from Mayor's Office - Friday, February 13, 2015
Mayor Karl Dean continued to urge residents and visitors to be cautious as they go about their business Wednesday morning and warned about expected record-low temperatures in the next few days.
“Please, use your discretion and be careful,” Mayor Dean said from the Emergency Operations Center. “With extreme cold temperatures heading our way, our attention will soon turn to keeping residents and visitors safe and doing our best to make sure our homeless have refuge.”63. US factory output rose a modest 0.2 percent in January - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory production edged up last month as manufacturers cranked out more computers, clothing, steel and other metals, offsetting declines in autos and aerospace.
The Federal Reserve says factory production increased 0.2 percent in January, after a flat reading in December. The data suggests manufacturing is still supporting economic growth, though is weaker than last year. Strong hiring has given Americans more money to spend, which has boosted demand for autos, electronics and other manufactured goods. At the same time, weak growth overseas has dragged down U.S. factories' exports.64. White House: Health law sign-ups top 11M - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year, the White House announced Tuesday evening.
But that preliminary estimate — 11.4 million people — comes with a couple of asterisks:65. Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind - Friday, February 13, 2015
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along.
One of my frustrations with early smartwatches has been how little they can do on their own. Sure, your phone might be with you most of the time, but sometimes you want to leave it behind. The Gear S and SmartWatch 3 still need to be close to an Android phone for a lot of things, but both do more solo than other smartwatches.66. US stock market ends mostly lower - Friday, February 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market edged mostly lower on Wednesday, easing back from its latest all-time highs.
The markets barely budged following the midafternoon release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's January meeting. The transcript showed that policymakers were less likely to raise interest rates in June than investors previously thought.67. Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump - Friday, February 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.68. Afternoon winter storm update from Mayor's Office - Friday, February 13, 2015
More snow and dangerously cold temperatures will threaten Nashville over the next few days, promising to continue to make commutes hazardous and posing serious dangers to anyone caught outside.
Nashville Fire Chief/Director of the Office of Emergency Management Ricky White said rapidly changing conditions are forcing emergency officials to adjust quickly, but that Metro remains ready for the weather to come.69. US to appeal ruling blocking Obama immigration plan - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas issued a temporary injunction, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. The ruling puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare more than 4 million people who are in the U.S. illegally from deportation.70. US stocks edge higher, bringing market back to record - Friday, February 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed slightly higher Tuesday as investors continued to monitor talks between Greece and its creditors in hopes that a deal will be reached to keep the country from falling out of the eurozone.71. Education commissioner begins tour to connect with teachers - Friday, February 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Education Commissioner Candace McQueen plans to connect with at least 10,000 teachers by the end of the calendar year.72. Tennessee Legislature closed Tuesday due to inclement weather - Friday, February 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Legislature will be closed Tuesday because of inclement weather.
The speakers of the House and Senate sent emails saying there will be no legislative meetings in Nashville requiring the attendance of lawmakers or staff.73. Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage.74. Democrats seek relief from health law penalties - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.75. Drones rule: Proposed rules for commercial unmanned aircraft - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon.76. Report: Apple has hundreds working on electric car project - Friday, February 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of anonymity.77. Frustrated Republicans taste limits of majority control - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A month into their newfound control of both chambers of Congress, it wasn't supposed to be like this for Republicans. Instead of advancing a conservative agenda and showing voters they can govern, they are confronting the very real possibility of a shutdown of the Homeland Security Department later this month.78. Obama asks help dealing with cybersecurity 'wild West' - Friday, February 13, 2015
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Cyberspace is the new "wild West," President Barack Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he said the private sector must do more to stop cyberattacks aimed at the U.S. every day.79. As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for Obama health law - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama's law could be short-lived.
The 2015 enrollment season, which ends Sunday, has avoided last year's website meltdown so far. But a Supreme Court case could result in millions of consumers losing financial assistance for their premiums later in the year.80. Boehner can't rule out Homeland Security Department shutdown - Friday, February 13, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Thursday of a potential shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because of a congressional impasse over immigration.
He said a shutdown "would be bad," but that Senate Democrats would be to blame if the department's $40 billion budget were to lapse in late February.81. Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know - Friday, February 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The next phishing email you get could be from your boss.
With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees are not a hack waiting to happen.82. Dr. Phil delivers hockey therapy to the masses - Friday, February 13, 2015
Dr. Phil toys with me as he allows me to work my center and left wing to get the puck tantalizingly close to his net.
Then that big smile erupts on the face of a man who hands out “Live With Happiness” dog-tags – like the one dangling beneath his Hawaiian shirt – as he passes through life. With a couple of cagey quick twists of his wrists, Dr. Phil clears his end of the rink and fires a slap shot past my befuddled defensemen and goalie.…83. Insure Tennessee fails to win sound bite test - Friday, February 13, 2015
Fresh off a resounding November re-election victory, Gov. Bill Haslam ran smack dab into the reality of Tennessee politics: The Republican Party abhors anything connected to President Barack Obama.84. Common Core is working – so let's kill it - Friday, February 13, 2015
Common Core determines what Tennessee’s K-12 students should know and when they should learn it, yet like many other issues it has become a political pariah, especially for the state’s Republican leaders.85. Expedia buying Orbitz for about $1.33 billion - Friday, February 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry.86. Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.87. Authorities crack down on cardboard theft in California - Friday, February 06, 2015
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators wearing bulletproof vests sit in unmarked cars outside a Southern California recycling center, swapping license plate details over two-way radio before dawn.
A truck emerges and they follow, hoping to learn where drivers pick up what to many looks like trash but turns out to be treasure: cardboard.88. Court sentences Korean Air nut rage exec to 1 year in prison - Friday, February 06, 2015
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The inflight tantrum dubbed "nut rage" culminated Thursday in a one year prison sentence for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, a humiliating rebuke that only partially quelled public outrage at the excesses of South Korea's business elite.89. 2-year college presidents back Tennessee academic standards - Friday, February 06, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - The presidents of Tennessee's 13 community colleges are showing their support for the state's academic standards.
They held a news conference on Wednesday to emphasize the need for the standards to prepare students to get a higher education.90. Sunday deadline driving health law sign-ups for 2015 - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a Sunday deadline, consumers are stepping up to enroll for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, administration officials said Wednesday.
The number of people signing up jumped last week in the 37 states served by the federal insurance marketplace, to nearly 276,000 compared with about 180,000 the previous week, according to the Health and Human Services department.91. US stocks end little changed as Greek debt meeting begins - Friday, February 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed effectively flat in quiet trading Wednesday as investors waited to see what the outcome would be of an emergency meeting between Greece and the rest of the eurozone to discuss the country's finances.92. Investor seeks $8B GM stock buyback, seat on board - Friday, February 06, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place next year.93. Robots replacing human factory workers at faster pace - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said.
The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25-biggest export nations through 2025, up from 2 percent to 3 percent a year now. The investment will pay off in lower costs and increased efficiency.94. Let hackers in: Experts say traps might be better than walls - Friday, February 06, 2015
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul.95. Oil on wild ride; How will it end? - Friday, February 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it's headed.
After falling nearly 60 percent from a peak last June, the price of oil bounced back more than 20 percent as January turned to February. Then, on Tuesday, it sunk 5 percent, closing just above $50. Oil has fallen or risen by 3 percent or more on 14 of 27 trading days so far this year. By comparison, the stock market hasn't had a move that big in more than three years.
96. US stocks advance on earnings, possible Greece deal - Friday, February 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A mix of positive earnings and corporate news boosted stocks on Tuesday. Signs that Greece might be willing to broker a deal with its creditors also gave the market a lift.
Coca-Cola rose after the company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit. General Motors gained after an activist investor said he would seek a seat on the company's board and push for a stock buyback.
97. Netflix brings its streaming video service to Cuba - Friday, February 06, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix began selling its Internet video service in Cuba Monday in what appears to be a largely symbolic move driven by the recent loosening of U.S. restrictions on doing business with the communist-run island.98. Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime - Friday, February 06, 2015
Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.
Names, birthdates and — more importantly — Social Security numbers can help hackers open fake credit lines, file false tax returns and create false medical records. And health care businesses can lag far behind banks, credit card companies and retailers in protecting such sensitive information.99. Even as US job market picks up, unemployed face frustration - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings.
The pace of job growth over the past three months was the fastest in 17 years. The gains spanned nearly every industry, and some employers have finally had to dangle higher pay to attract or retain top talent.100. Report: Automakers fail to fully protect against hacking - Friday, February 06, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting.