NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices surged again Friday, a day after recording their biggest gain in more than six years.
U.S. crude rose 6.3 percent to finish at $45.22 per barrel after climbing 10.3 percent on Thursday. That was the biggest one-day jump for U.S. oil since March 2009. The gains ease some concerns about the economic impact of falling oil prices on oil-producing regions and the economy at large.
2. Apple's music service losing key player as exec resigns - Friday, August 28, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's online music subscription service is losing a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.
Ian Rogers, part of a team acquired last year, is leaving Apple to take a job at an unidentified company in Europe. Apple confirmed Rogers' departure Friday without providing additional details.3. What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.4. Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.5. Apple schedules new product event for Sept. 9 - Friday, August 28, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets.
The company has introduced a new iPhone model every year around this time. But in typical fashion, Apple is only dropping vague clues about its plans.6. US stocks close flat Friday after a volatile week - Friday, August 28, 2015
U.S. stocks ended the day little changed Friday, letting investors breathe a little easier after a week where both the highs and lows were extreme.
The market gave investors a hard jolt the first two days of trading this week on concerns about the health of China's economy. The rebound Wednesday and Thursday was just as sharp as investors decided to scoop up beaten-up stocks.
7. Christmas in August: Wal-Mart's holiday layaway comes early - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is giving customers a head start on holiday shopping, launching its annual layaway program two weeks earlier than last year.
It's the latest sign of retailers getting more aggressive about grabbing holiday shoppers early. Stores have offered holiday discounts earlier as they battle competition from online retailers.8. US stocks rise after Chinese market surges - Friday, August 21, 2015
U.S. stocks moved sharply higher Thursday afternoon as investors took advantage of this week's big sell-off to add to their holdings. The stock market is rebounding from a sharp six-day slump that was triggered by concerns about the health of the Chinese economy.9. Despite personnel losses, UT’s defense should be much-improved - Friday, August 28, 2015
John Jancek begins his third season as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator under head coach Butch Jones, and thanks to two solid recruiting classes should have his best defense with the Vols.
UT is bigger and faster on the defensive side than the previous two seasons, when the Vols showed improvement from the 2012 season by shaving more than 100 yards and 11 points per game allowed.10. Fed official says September rate hike 'less compelling' - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday he's less inclined to support a Fed rate hike in September amid recent global turmoil, including falling oil prices and a slowdown in China.11. Tennessee students continue to improve on ACT - Friday, August 21, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - State education officials say Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT for the third straight year.
Officials announced Wednesday that the average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what they say has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state.12. Time for reboot with a new semester looming - Friday, August 28, 2015
I don’t remember where I got the quip that is the theme for today’s I Swear Crossword. It’s hardly original.
The gist of it is that if you power down for a while, you’ll almost always power back up. It’s a comforting thought. Or is it?13. Know when to cut your workplace losses, move on - Friday, August 28, 2015
Typically, we think of sunk cost in terms of investing or economics. It’s the concept that money or some other cost you have already lost can’t be recovered.
In business, the idea of sunk cost might come in to play when a project has failed. Management eventually decides that no amount of additional work will save the project.14. Nation's first female 4-star general offers success tips - Friday, August 28, 2015
You’d like to think of your business as a well-oiled machine. Your team members march together to get their work done. They execute tasks efficiently and every product your clients get is made with military-like precision.15. Events - Friday, August 28, 2015
Nashville Originals Restaurant Week. A semiannual event in which member restaurants offer special menu items and deals, Restaurant Week offers a way to enjoy Nashville’s unique local dining establishments. Through Sunday. Participating downtown restaurants include 55 South, Americano, The Bunganut Pig, Cabana, Caffe Nonna (Lunch and Dinner), Chago’s Cantina, Copper Kettle, Cork & Cow, Cross Corner Bar & Grill, Crow’s Nest, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Fenwick’s 300, Fido, Finezza Italian Bistro, Fleet Street Pub, Flyte World Dining and Wine, Germantown Cafe, GRAY’S on Main, Harvest at Homestead, Holland House, Jackson’s, Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse, MAFIAoZA’S, Martin’s BBQ, McCabe Pub, Mere Bulles, Midtown Cafe (Lunch), Midtown Cafe (Dinner), Noelle Restaurant, Nonna’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar, Noshville Delicatessen (Green Hills and Midtown), Peg Leg Porker, The Pineapple Room at Cheekwood, Pizza Perfect, PM, Provence Breads & Cafe, Puckett’s Boat House, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (5th & Church), Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (Franklin), Red Pony, The Row, Rumours East, Saffire, Salsa, Silly Goose, Smokin Thighs, Sole Mio, South Street, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, Table 3 (Lunch and Dinner), Tin Angel, Urban Grub, Valentino’s Ristorante, Watermark Restaurant, Wild Iris, The Yellow Porch. Information: http://nashvilleoriginals.com16. Trade Mettenberger? No way. He’s too valuable - Friday, August 28, 2015
Not too long ago, the Tennessee Titans quarterback situation was viewed not only as unclear and unsettled but among the worst in the NFL.
The Titans had swung and missed twice on first-round quarterbacks in Vince Young and Jake Locker. Those types of mistakes are unforgiving and always come home to roost, as the Titans have discovered.17. Too many closers can keep this game going to extra innings - Friday, August 28, 2015
With baseball winding toward the playoffs, we honor Yogi Berra once again by using his immortal quote: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” He’d do OK in real estate, where it often ain’t over when it’s supposed to be.18. Zonn takes spotlight with new album - Friday, August 28, 2015
A violin prodigy at age 5 – “I’m still waiting to get better at it” – fiddler Andrea Zonn attacks life with an upbeat bow during a a slow build to what surely soon will qualify as “near-stardom.” At the very least.19. Fox Q&A: Infrastructure costs will be ‘central tension’ - Friday, August 28, 2015
Former Metro School Board Chairman David Fox is calling for the city to take a nuts-and-bolts direction as he faces Metro Councilwoman Megan Barry in the runoff for the city’s mayoral job.
Fox sat down with The Ledger recently to discuss the issues.20. Barry Q&A: Time to address future transportation needs - Friday, August 28, 2015
Two-term at-large Metro Council member Megan Barry is facing former hedge fund advisor David Fox in the Sept. 10 runoff for Nashville’s mayoral seat. Early voting is underway and ends Sept. 5.21. Barry: This is no time to ‘put the brakes on’ city’s economy - Friday, August 28, 2015
Local attorney Will Cheek III is backing Megan Barry in Nashville’s mayoral runoff because he’s impressed by how well she balances “socially progressive” convictions with support of business interests.22. Fox: Dial back high-profile civic projects - Friday, August 28, 2015
David Fox isn’t flashy, supporters say, but Nashville doesn’t need flash. Instead, it needs someone with a steady temperament to be Nashville’s next mayor.
“He said in one of his forums his legacy might be the David Fox Memorial Sewer Pipe. But he’s thinking about the little things, about the infrastructure,” says Townes Duncan, a former business partner of the mayoral candidate.23. Despite stock fall, financial health of many is still solid - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.24. Budget report sees shrinking deficits, but only for now - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — An unforeseen flood of revenue is shrinking federal deficits to the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, Congress' nonpartisan budget adviser said Tuesday. But in a report that will fuel both parties in their autumn clash over spending, the analysts also warned that perilously high shortfalls will roar back unless lawmakers act.25. US stocks rebound to log best day in 4 years - Friday, August 21, 2015
The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances.26. Teacher survey shows concerns with test prep, evaluations - Friday, August 21, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - With new tests on the way in math and English for students in grades three through 11, a survey released Wednesday shows Tennessee teachers worried that they're spending too much time on testing and test preparation.27. Take a deep breath: Experts advise calm in this crazy market - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Don't do anything rash. Amid the scary slide on Wall Street, that's the advice from the professionals to 401(k) holders and other ordinary investors.
At times when the stock market's movements are almost nauseating, they say the best course of action is: Sit tight. Even the most capable financial professionals, managing billions of dollars in assets, say they don't know where this market is heading — and are staying put themselves.
28. US home rents rose in July as ownership market cooled - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rents jumped in July as house prices showed signs of flagging.
Real estate data firm Zillow said Tuesday that rents rose a seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent from a year ago. The higher rents suggest that demand for apartments is continuing to grow as the share of Americans owning homes has dropped. The share of the U.S. population who own homes has fallen to 63.4 percent, a 48-year low, according to the Census Bureau.29. China cuts interest rates in new bid to spur economy - Friday, August 21, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China cut interest rates Tuesday for a fifth time in nine months in a new effort to shore up slowing economic growth.
The benchmark rate for a one-year loan will be cut by 0.25 percentage point to 4.6 percent and the one-year rate for deposits will fall by a similar margin to 1.75 percent, the central bank announced. It also increased the amount of money available for lending by reducing the minimum reserves banks are required to hold by 0.5 percentage point.30. Despite stock fall, financial health of many is still solid - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans have just absorbed a financial beating — at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.31. US stocks extend losses as early rally fades - Friday, August 21, 2015
A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street's losing streak to six days.32. Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars - Friday, August 21, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls.
The 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction Index, an annual survey that involved 4,300 consumers, found that satisfaction with automobiles dropped for the third straight year to the lowest level since 2004. High new-car prices also were a factor.33. AP survey: Dimmer outlook for US economy, wages and hiring - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the economy's fitful and sluggish six-year recovery from the Great Recession, analysts have foreseen a sunnier future: Growth would pick up in six months, or in a year.34. US crude closes under $40 a barrel to breach long-time low - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of U.S. oil closed under $40 a barrel on Monday for the first time since the days of the global economic crisis on fears of a slowdown in the world economy.
Already trading at six-year lows on a prolonged slump, U.S. crude fell $2.21 to finish at $38.24 per barrel. Oil hadn't closed below $40 since February 2009, although it briefly traded below that level on Friday. Monday's closing price was the lowest since Feb. 18, 2009.35. Bargain-conscious teens are shopping more like their parents - Friday, August 21, 2015
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she's particular about what she wears.
But when The Associated Press followed the 15-year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping trip with friends, she left a Nike store empty-handed — even though Nike is one of her favorites. The reason?36. Dubai, Saudi markets lose 7 percent after oil price dip - Friday, August 21, 2015
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Dubai closed around 7 percent lower on Sunday on the back of a further slide in oil prices.
Dubai's main index closed 6.96 percent lower on its opening day of trading for the week. Saudi Arabia's Tadawul, the region's largest index, lost 6.86 percent. Other Mideast indexes, which trade from Sunday to Thursday, also tumbled. Egypt's main index, the EGX30, dropped 5.4 percent while Abu Dhabi's index dropped 5 percent.
37. Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing back against fossil fuel interests, President Barack Obama is pressing to give ordinary Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use.
The president, in a speech at a clean energy conference in Las Vegas on Monday night, planned to announce new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.38. Russian ruble collapses to 7-month low on weak oil prices - Friday, August 21, 2015
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble plunged 2.3 percent on Monday to hit a seven-month low amid a further drop in oil prices, the country's key export.
The ruble traded at 70.7 to the dollar in early trading in Moscow, its lowest level since Jan. 30, when Russian markets were hit by a combination of low energy prices and Western sanctions.
39. Why stocks are tumbling 6 years into the bull market - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Well, that was fun while it lasted. For years, investors in U.S. stocks shrugged off threats — a government shutdown, fear of a euro collapse, a near U.S. debt default — and just kept on buying.40. Stocks slump; Dow ends down 588 after early 1,000-pt. slide - Friday, August 21, 2015
U.S. stocks slid again Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average briefly plunging more than 1,000 points in a sell-off that sent a shiver of fear from Wall Street to Main Street.
Stocks regained some of that ground as the day wore on, but the Dow finished with a loss of 588 points, the eighth-worst single-day point decline and the second straight fall of more than 500.41. Barrel of US crude drops below $40 - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A barrel of U.S. crude oil fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis.
Friday's fall, to $39.86, was just the latest indicator of a vast shift in the energy landscape over the past year. U.S. Oil bounced back a bit to close down 87 cents at $40.45, the lowest close since March 3, 2009.
42. Greek opposition tries to form government but election looms - Friday, August 21, 2015
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's president asked the main opposition party Friday to try to form a new government, a day after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned and called an early election next month to deal with a governing party rebellion over Greece's third bailout deal.43. Fears over global slowdown hammer US stocks for 2nd day - Friday, August 21, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its biggest drop in nearly four years.
The rout started in Asia and quickly spread to Europe, battering major markets in Germany and France. In the U.S., the selling started early and never let up. Investors ditched beaten-down oil companies, as well as Netflix, Apple and other technology darlings. Oil plunged below $40 for the first time since the financial crisis, and government bonds rallied as investors raced into hiding spots.
44. Tennessee officials: New test will better measure progress - Friday, August 21, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - State education officials said Thursday that new assessments in math and English for students in grades three through 11 will provide a better measurement of their progress and make sure they're on track to succeed after graduation.45. US home sales soar in July to fastest pace since early 2007 - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.
The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes rose 2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.59 million, the fastest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has declined 4.7 percent.46. Boomerang home buyers poised to return to market with a roar - Friday, August 14, 2015
TRINITY, Fla. (AP) — Tears still spring into Debbie Cooley-Guy's eyes when she thinks about her dream home, with its wide, sweeping porch. It overlooked a bayou filled with wading birds, a glittering blue pool and the space for not only a 12-foot Christmas tree, but a grand piano as well.47. 5 factors that could forestall a Fed rate hike in September - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to a strengthening U.S. economy, four weeks from now the Federal Reserve is widely expected to engineer its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade. Rates on loans throughout the economy could eventually rise as well.48. China worries weigh down US stocks in morning trading - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Another sell-off in the Chinese stock market spread across global markets on Thursday. The declines pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index into the red for 2015 in early-afternoon trading.49. ‘Never too late to be what you might have been’ - Friday, August 21, 2015
Carole King famously sang, “[I]t’s too late, baby now, it’s too late,/ Though we really did try to make it.” Something in this song created a gluey intangible not-yet-named noun that affixed itself to my soul. When I hear the words “Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide/ And I just can’t fake it,” I feel a shudder throughout my being.50. ‘Job or No Job’ TV show follows millennials’ search - Friday, August 21, 2015
In the job market today, millennials are one of the groups most likely to be unemployed. Last week, ABC Family premiered a new reality TV show to shed light on this issue, “Job or No Job.”51. Forward-thinking leaders make the best sales managers - Friday, August 21, 2015
Many sales managers want to be leaders, but they have trouble motivating their teams to willingly follow.
They see themselves as leaders, but others don’t.
What makes others willing to follow you as a leader?52. Alexis named vice president for advancement at TSU - Friday, August 21, 2015
Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has announced the appointment of Eloise Abernathy Alexis as the new associate vice president for Institutional Advancement. Alexis will serve as TSU’s chief advancement officer providing strategic advocacy and leadership for alumni relations, annual giving and development.53. Steven Tyler to headline Franklin music festival with country band - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Aerosmith's Steven Tyler will be performing with country band Loving Mary next month at the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin.
The two-day festival will be held Sept. 26-27 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, across Franklin Road from The Factory at Franklin. Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Wilco, Weezer and The Decemberists will also be featured.54. Vols nearly set on offense as season approaches - Friday, August 21, 2015
With Tennessee’s football team three weeks into fall camp, the offensive depth charts are set at some positions, while others remain open.
UT coach Butch Jones enters the 2015 season with no questions at quarterback or running back. His has plenty of receivers and all should get their share of playing time.55. Fisher, other familiar faces return for preseason play - Friday, August 21, 2015
The Tennessee Titans welcome back a familiar face Sunday night when Jeff Fisher rolls back into Nashville as coach of the St. Louis Rams.
It’s just preseason, so it’s little more than a glorified scrimmage with full-price admission.56. Opportunity knocks homeowners for loop - Friday, August 21, 2015
“We buy Ugly Houses” and “We will pay cash for your home” signs are proliferating some neighborhoods again.
I have never met a builder who constructed an ugly home. Just as parents love their children, builders love their homes. And as Ray Stevens sang in the early 1970s and continues to sing even today, “Everything is beautiful in its own way.”57. Gaming the system by buying, flipping affordable housing - Friday, August 21, 2015
One problem that can occur when affordable housing is built is qualified buyers scooping up those homes or condos and flipping them for profit.
This situation happened in Nashville during the late 2000s when some of the “affordable” condos at trendy developments such as the ICON and Rolling Mill Hill were resold for tasty profits and essentially became unaffordable for the people they were designed for.58. Affordable homes in an unaffordable market - Friday, August 21, 2015
The gold rush of residential development throughout Middle Tennessee conceals what some in the region say is a growing crisis in affordable housing.
New homes and condos come on to the market every day, and even more are under construction or still in the planning stage, but those homes are often on the higher end of the price scale.59. German parliament overwhelmingly approves Greek bailout - Friday, August 14, 2015
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament overwhelmingly approved a third bailout for Greece on Wednesday, removing a key hurdle to providing new loans to the country and keeping it from defaulting on its debts in as little as 24 hours.60. China's stock volatility rattles investors - Friday, August 14, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China's volatile stock market is taking shareholders on a white-knuckle ride, threatening to drive out the small investors Beijing hopes will help pay for reforms of state industry.
After falling 6.1 percent on Tuesday, the market benchmark declined another 5 percent on Wednesday before rebounding in the final minutes of trading to close up 1.2 percent.61. Stocks lower as Fed minutes keep rate increase in play - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted solid losses on Wednesday as investors got mixed signals from the Federal Reserve over the possibility of an interest rate hike in September. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil plummeted.62. General Motors adds 181,000 cars to 2014 headlight recall - Friday, August 14, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is adding 181,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada to a 2014 recall for headlights that can stop working, and it will have to repair thousands more for a second time because the first fix could fail again.63. Democrats criticize Haslam for exploring more outsourcing - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrats claimed on Tuesday that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is displaying hostility toward state workers by looking to outsource the management of more government functions to the private sector, but Haslam dismissed the allegation as politics.64. High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face - Friday, August 14, 2015
PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.65. Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity.
A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed Amazon's work culture as "bruising" and "Darwinian" in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. The article depicted a work culture where staffers are under constant pressure to deliver strong results on a wide variety of detailed metrics the company monitors in real time — such as what gets abandoned in peoples shopping cards and what videos people stream — and encouraged to report praise or criticism about colleagues to management to add to more data about workers performance. The story led to an outcry on social media.66. IRS says thieves stole tax info from additional 220,000 - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed.
An additional 220,000 potential victims had information stolen from an IRS website as part of a sophisticated scheme to use stolen identities to claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Monday. The revelation more than doubles the total number of potential victims, to 334,000.67. More millennials stuck renting for years before buying home - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Home ownership, that celebrated hallmark of the American dream, is increasingly on hold for younger Americans.
Short of cash, burdened by student debt and unsettled in their careers, young adults are biding time in apartments for longer periods and buying their first homes later in life.
68. Eurozone optimism after Greek lawmakers back bailout deal - Friday, August 14, 2015
BRUSSELS (AP) — Eurozone officials were optimistic of approving a draft bailout deal for Greece on Friday after the country's lawmakers cleared it in a vote that nevertheless saw the government suffer significant dissent.69. In a slow-growth world, technology stocks are trending again - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq is the best performing major U.S. stock index this year, gaining 6 percent as the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial averages have wavered between small gains and losses.70. Officials: $450K+ spent on controversial anti-DUI campaign - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Officials say more than $450,000 was spent on a controversial state anti-DUI campaign that many called sexist.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1JgMy47) Kendell Poole, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, said Wednesday that by the time the state ended the campaign in July, $456,923 had been spent. Poole says the projected budget for the campaign was over $725,000.71. US producer prices up just 0.2 percent in July - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.
The Labor Department said Friday its Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in July compared to June when prices had risen 0.4 percent.72. From bananas to phones: How cheaper yuan could reverberate - Friday, August 14, 2015
HONG KONG (AP) — China's unexpected move this week to lower the value of its tightly-leashed currency, the yuan, sent shockwaves through global financial markets. The impact on consumers around the world and China's neighbors will take longer to play out but possible winners and losers are already emerging.73. Judge issues injunction on enforcement of abortion law - Friday, August 14, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of a new abortion law that could force two clinics to close.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1Txc4a4) U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp ordered the injunction Thursday. It applies to only Davidson and Sullivan counties. It bars their district attorneys from enforcing a law requiring abortion clinics to meet strict new standards.74. 2 jumbo phones from Samsung ahead of expected new iPhone - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.
Samsung said Thursday that the new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus will start shipping Aug. 21. Usually, Note phones don't come out until well after Apple's new iPhone models in September.75. Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines - Friday, August 14, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season ended, helping push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscoring how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program.76. Monthly average of US jobless claims falls to 15-year low - Friday, August 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment aid last week, but the average for the past month fell to the lowest level in 15 years, a sign that few employers are cutting jobs.
The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless benefits rose 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 last week. Yet the four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 1,750 to 266,250, the lowest since April 15, 2000.
77. China tries to dampen fears of more big devaluations - Friday, August 07, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China tried Thursday to ease fears of more big declines for the yuan as companies from global automakers to Chinese clothing exporters faced a new era of uncertain exchange rates.
There is "no basis for persistent and substantial devaluation," said a deputy central bank governor, Zhang Xiaohui, at a news conference. Zhang said the yuan is close to "market levels" after two days of sharp declines.78. Greek government defends bailout deal ahead of vote - Friday, August 07, 2015
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government defended its new bailout program Thursday as tough but essential to avoid the nation's financial collapse, as it faced a rebellion in the governing Syriza party ahead of a parliamentary vote on the deal.79. US, world stocks steady as China slows yuan weakening - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Global markets steadied on Thursday as China's central bank eased fears of more steep drops for the country's currency. Major indexes in the U.S. wobbled between slight gains and losses.80. Podcasters find their perfect job - Friday, August 14, 2015
Last week, I had an experience that inspired me. I want to share it in hopes that it might inspire your day the way it has mine. I attended a conference in Fort Worth, Texas, called the Podcast Movement. I went with relatively low expectations – to meet a few people, and to learn something to help me with the career podcast I host.81. Millennials don’t fit your model? Better change it - Friday, August 14, 2015
While the youngest millennials may still be 18, many of them are in their late 20s or even mid 30s now.
Despite the fact that most of the “Generation Selfie” has fully entered adulthood, at least according to their birthdates, many millennials still haven’t reached the traditional milestones that were important for their parents.82. Pulitzer Prize goes to the dog in fictitious deadlock - Friday, August 14, 2015
The 2008 Arkansas Writers’ Conference featured a spontaneous writing contest. Yeah, I know, that was seven years ago, but I was thinking about it recently and, for some reason, thought you might get a chuckle out of what came of it.83. Achieving destiny doesn’t mean living on autopilot - Friday, August 14, 2015
Around work, you’ve gotten a reputation as the go-to person for certain things. Everybody has a talent; yours happens to be on the job.
People know you’re good, they utilize your ability, and you don’t mind. It’s not a big deal to you, but could there be more to it? T.D. Jakes thinks so, and in his new book “Destiny: Step into Your Purpose,” he shows how your talents may reveal a new path.84. Events - Friday, August 14, 2015
Live On The Green. The free concert series at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville begins Thursday with Lord Huron, Shakey Graves and Elliot Root. The stage is set up on the steps of the Plaza and the crowd gathers in the grassy area of Public Square Park to watch performances from local, regional and national artists. Information: liveonthegreen.net. Schedule:85. Construction attorneys move to Dickinson Wright - Friday, August 14, 2015
Nashville attorneys Rob Dodson and Slade Sevier have joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as members. Both were previously with Adams and Reese.
Dodson focuses his practice on the construction and energy industries. In addition to his primary construction practice, Dodson also has significant experience in general commercial litigation, insurance and products liability litigation.86. Freshmen to again play key roles for Vols - Friday, August 14, 2015
Despite doing so in 2014, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones doesn’t want to make a habit of placing freshmen in prominent roles.
You don’t win SEC titles with freshmen.
UT went 7-6 last season, 3-5 in the SEC, and won the TaxSlayer Bowl while setting a school record by playing 21 true freshmen in the season-opener.87. Hooker fights for right to die on his terms - Friday, August 14, 2015
John Jay Hooker, a household name in Middle Tennessee if nowhere else, is suffering from stage 4 metastatic cancer with weeks, not months to live.
Known for his flamboyant character, elaborate costumes and a history of running for public office in Tennessee (and never winning), Hooker has a reputation for fighting on and on. Whether it’s in the courtroom, the General Assembly or on the public stage, he has always liked being in the spotlight and being in control.88. Hall of Fame coach LeBeau ‘another genius in the room’ for Titans - Friday, August 14, 2015
If you want to know about the theory of relativity, who better to ask than Albert Einstein, if only he were still around.
If you want to talk light bulbs, access to Thomas Edison would have been great.89. High-end homes finding lower level of demand - Friday, August 14, 2015
Finally, some inventory. As the fall selling market approaches, there are more houses coming to market – and staying there – than in recent months.
Some houses are actually languishing on the market – for days.90. Shop owner finds right fit in Crieve Hall - Friday, August 14, 2015
“You can catch me here every day, but you gotta call during the right 12-hour shift,” says the mechanic with the gray goatee and mustache who fled 12th Avenue South – decades before corporate profiteers and the generally chichi overran that neighborhood – because of safety issues like gunfire and armed robbery.91. Raise gas tax or borrow? How to fund state's backlog of road projects - Friday, August 14, 2015
Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.92. Deciphering Google’s algorithms no easy task - Friday, August 14, 2015
Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.93. Restoring your online reputation is a task for experts. And it's expensive - Friday, August 14, 2015
As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.
“He was bound and determined to try to wreck us online,” Hill says of the angry tenant.94. China currency falls for 2nd day after surprise devaluation - Friday, August 07, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China's yuan fell further Wednesday, fueling concern about a possible "currency war" if other governments fight back with their own devaluations to compete in export markets.
Shock waves from Tuesday's 1.9 percent devaluation against the U.S. dollar, which was the yuan's biggest change in a decade, spread through financial markets, causing stocks and Asian currencies to tumble.95. Women push for equality, and quality, in country music - Friday, August 07, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Leslie Fram started seeing the problems that women were facing in country music when she came to Nashville four years ago to lead CMT's music strategy division.
A former rock radio programmer, she immersed herself in the songwriter community and was blown away when she heard Brandy Clark performing at the tiny Bluebird Cafe. Grammy-nominated Clark, an artist who has penned hits for Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, was not being played on country radio.96. China's move to cut currency reverberates in global economy - Friday, August 07, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — China's bold move Tuesday to sharply devalue its currency threatens to squeeze exporters around the world whose goods will likely become comparatively costlier than many Chinese products.97. Air controller study shows chronic fatigue - Friday, August 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government has kept secret for nearly four years.98. US stocks jump as oil's bounce boosts energy stocks - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A resurgent energy sector and another big acquisition by Warren Buffett propelled the stock market to its best day in three months on Monday.
Energy stocks jumped, following the price of oil higher. Crude rebounded after dropping to its lowest level of the year in early trading. Industrial stocks also climbed sharply after Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Precision Castparts, a maker of industrial components, for $32 billion.
99. Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees - Friday, August 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from consumers, according to a Senate report released Thursday.100. US economy adds 215K jobs and moves Fed closer to rate hike - Friday, August 07, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market just demonstrated that it may be nearing full health more than six years after the Great Recession — and showed why the Federal Reserve may be about to raise interest rates from record lows.