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1. GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation.

2. Greek store closures spike as recession, austerity return -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Giorgos Prasinoudis ran his motocycle repair shop in Athens for three decades, through good times and bad. Now a "For Sale" sign hangs outside the window.

Empty storefronts are again a feature of Greece's towns and cities as spending dries up in a crisis that put Greece's future in the euro in doubt. The tales of hardship are repeated up and down the country of nearly 11 million people.

3. US stocks sink; S&P 500 index notches another losing week -

The U.S. stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week.

Disappointing quarterly results and outlooks from several companies pulled the major stock indexes sharply lower on Friday. New signs pointing to a slowing of China's economy also added to investor jitters, bringing down the price of oil and other commodities.

4. Franklin’s Almanac was best-seller of its day -

Two weeks ago we left the 17-year-old Ben Franklin in the process of fleeing Boston. That was where he and his employer/brother, James, had literally come to blows.

At issue were the stated and unstated job requirements of assistant publisher of the “New England Courant.”

5. No rest in exploring the family side of St. Louis -

Waking on Sunday morning in the HoteLumiere in Downtown St. Louis, I was physically beat from a scorching hot Cardinals game the night before.

But traveling with my 8-year-old son affords no rest for the weary. It was 8 a.m. and it seemed like we had just wrapped up our midnight room service dinner when suddenly the curtains that cover the massive window in our room that overlooks the Mississippi River six stories below were thrown open.

6. Job interruption? Some disruption is what you need -

Being out of work in today’s economy can be daunting. Even as things continue to improve, finding a job can be tough.

In addition to the small number of new positions created each day, the entire hiring process takes longer – despite when you find the perfect job.

7. Questions hold the answers to closing deals -

Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it can almost always keep you from killing a deal.

Questions are a powerful tool in the sales process, but if you’re only using questions to identify your prospect’s needs at the beginning of the sales process, you may be missing key opportunities.

8. Events -

Ninth annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville present the ninth annual NELAs, which recognize young professionals in 15 industry classifications who are excelling in their careers and making a difference in the Nashville community. Today, 5-10 p.m., Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615 743-3063.

9. Texas can keep its PAC money, misleading ads -

If being the “It City” means that a super PAC from Texas elects the city’s mayor, I vote we relinquish the crown.

If the PAC insists in playing in our sandbox, it should learn more about Nashville government, in particular the mayor’s role.

10. Rekindling the flame that was Jefferson Street -

Lorenzo Washington pushes “pause” on his conversation so he doesn’t have to compete with the scream of a fire engine as it roars past his Jefferson Street recording empire and into the barbecue-flavored haze of this steamy, storm-threatened mid-summer’s day.

11. With no real rival, state Republicans attack their own -

Republicans are sitting in Tennessee’s political catbird seat, but that doesn’t keep them from flying off in different directions.

Elected political leaders of the same stripe found themselves at odds this year over the Bible as a state book, Common Core education standards and Insure Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to catch 280,000 people in a medical coverage gap.

12. As new residents push into Nashville, neighborhoods push back -

It’s no secret that Nashville’s a city on the rise, and a close look at numbers suggests the rapid population growth is not just strong, it’s stratospheric. Undoubtedly, the city’s current boomtown status puts Nashville in the international spotlight and brings jobs and prosperity to more residents.

13. US stocks move mostly lower on earnings -

U.S. stocks veered lower in midday trading Thursday, weighed down by disappointing earnings and outlooks from big several companies, including American Express, Caterpillar and 3M. Utilities were among the biggest decliners. The slide has the stock market on course for its third down day in a row.

14. Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 42-year low -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly 42 years, evidence that employers are holding onto their staffs and likely hiring at a steady pace. Yet the drop also reflects seasonal volatility in the data.

15. Greece clears final reform hurdle before new bailout talks -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's radical left-led government survived another revolt by rebels in the early hours of Thursday, passing reforms that should pave the way for the imminent start of bailout discussions with European creditors.

16. Comcast adds Internet customers; box office pumps up revenue -

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a slowdown in subscriber growth, the Internet is still propelling Comcast.

The country's largest cable company added 180,000 Internet customers in the April-June quarter, the smallest gain in at least two years. That brings its total Internet subscribers to 22.6 million.

17. Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees.

18. Even Apple loyalists taking their time on Apple Watch -

NEW YORK (AP) — For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming.

Sure, it can do many useful, even delightful things, such as showing incoming texts and email, tracking heart rates during exercise or sending digital doodles to friends. But is that enough to spend $350 or more, especially when it requires wearing a watch again while still carrying an iPhone around?

19. Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly rewriting a landmark law that tightened regulation of the financial services industry after the 2008 financial crisis that sparked the Great Recession.

20. Report: Social Security disability fund to run dry next year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign.

21. US home sales surge in June to fastest pace in 8-plus years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought homes in June at the fastest rate in over eight years, pushing prices to record highs as buyer demand has eclipsed the availability of houses on the market.

22. UN climate chief: Paris talks last chance -

PARIS (AP) — U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres says that the upcoming climate change conference in Paris is the last chance for a meaningful agreement.

Figueres is deep into preparations for trying to broker a landmark global climate deal with more than 190 nations in Paris in December.

23. Technology shares lead a slump in US stocks; Apple sinks -

U.S. stocks notched their second decline in as many days Wednesday, pulled down by a technology stock slump headlined by Apple and Microsoft.

Both companies delivered disappointing quarterly results or outlooks the night before, setting the stage for the sell-off in the technology sector.

24. Greece gets new liquidity boost ahead of key reform vote -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's liquidity-starved banks got a new cash injection from the European Central Bank on Wednesday, hours before a key vote in parliament on further economic reforms demanded by international creditors in return for a third bailout.

25. Strong iPhone sales; Apple stock down with few Watch details -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's latest financial report shows iPhone sales are still surging, driven partly by growth in China. But it also contains hints that Apple's much-vaunted smartwatch may not be selling as fast as Wall Street expected.

26. World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' -

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.

27. Obama nominates economist Kathryn Dominguez to Fed board -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating economist Kathryn Dominguez to serve on the Federal Reserve's board of governors.

28. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years -

NASHVILLE (AP) - After years of tabloid gossip claiming marital troubles, country music's top couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage.

The news was confirmed in a statement by the couple to The Associated Press, issued by their representatives Monday.

29. Congress' to-do list grows; misstep could mean govt shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear.

At the top are maintaining the flow of highway funding, easing automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies, renewing tax breaks and raising the debt limit. A misstep at any of several points could trigger a partial government shutdown.

30. US stocks notch modest gains on solid earnings reports -

U.S. stocks are closing with modest gains after several companies reported solid earnings.

Toymaker Hasbro and the oil and gas company Halliburton rose after reporting results Monday that were better than analysts were expecting.

31. Google shares gain a record $65B in value -

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is already one of the largest companies in the world, and on Friday it made one of the largest stock market moves ever.

The Internet giant reported strong second-quarter results on Thursday, sending its stock climbing. Google's market capitalization, already around $403 billion, rose some $65 billion to finish at $468.3 billion, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

32. Vanderbilt athletes, AD to live history with trip to Cuba -

NASHVILLE (AP) - A trip originally planned to hand out free shoes and study a different culture has turned into a living history lesson.

Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams and a group including 10 of his student-athletes are flying to Cuba in time to see the United States finally enjoy full embassy status Monday in Havana for the first time in decades. It's a trip to a country Williams wasn't even sure they could visit when he suggested Cuba as a destination last winter.

33. Rising gas prices push inflation up modestly in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising gasoline prices pushed inflation up modestly in June, leaving overall consumer prices higher than they were a year earlier for the first time since December.

Economists say the tick up in consumer prices makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will end a policy of keeping short-term interest rates near zero for more than six years. "Rebounding inflation combined with solid employment growth will likely lead the Fed to raise rates in September," said Gregory Daco, head of U.S. macroeconomics at Oxford Economics.

34. Yellen: Higher rates won't derail recovery -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sought to reassure worried lawmakers on Thursday that when the Fed begins to raise interest rates, it will be careful not to derail the economy.

35. On the brink, EU leaders clinched bailout deal — with an SMS -

BRUSSELS (AP) — As dawn broke in Brussels on Monday, Europe's frazzled leaders gazed into an abyss: the looming exit of Greece from a common currency that symbolized European unity.

Hours past a midnight deadline to clinch a Greek bailout deal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were about to walk away from the table — exhausted from all-night talks filled with threats, shouting and ultimatums.

36. Earnings overdrive, US companies putting up strong quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) — So far, second-quarter earnings have been like Christmas in July on Wall Street.

Over the last week 38 companies on the S&P 500 index have reported second-quarter results and S&P Capital IQ says most have posted bigger-than-expected profits. The market has responded, sending what has been a lackluster index up 3 percent since last Thursday's close, when the earnings season kicked off.

37. Amazon says 'Prime Day' will be annual event -

Amazon says its "Prime Day" sale led to a sales surge and "hundreds of thousands" of new signups for its $99 annual Prime loyalty program. The company said it plans to make the sale an annual event.

38. Amazon: 20 bets in 20 years -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Amazon turns 20 on Thursday. Here's a timeline of 20 investment bets Amazon made in the past 20 years:

1995: Amazon opens its virtual doors as an online bookseller.

Late 1990s: Amazon invests in startups like Pets.com and kozmo.com that promised to change the way people bought pet food and ordered delivery items. But they both went bust shortly after the bubble burst in 2000, causing Amazon to lay off some staff and scale back elsewhere.

39. Mail-order meals deliver; leftovers missed -

Last week, I wrote about two websites, BlueApron.com and HelloFresh.com, which deliver ready-to-cook meals to your doorstep. Curious as I am, I ordered from both of them to see what they’re like.

40. Pocket change: Column morphs into song lyrics -

Recently I wrote a song titled “Some Change.” Literally, the song is about a guy whose gal has not come home: “Thirty minutes past midnight. Where could you be?”

Apparently, something like this has happened before: “On one of your road trips, from sea to shining sea?” When she still has not come back the next day, a mysterious third party makes the first of two appearances in the song: “Bubba said, ‘She’s gone and done it. She finally got out of this town. Just sayin’, she needed some change.’”

41. New tricks: How to change careers later in life -

This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing.

“A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer,” she states. “She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable.

42. Six best practices to boost sales staff efficiency -

Thomas Watson, president of IBM in the 1950s, insightfully declared, “Nothing happens until a sales is made.”

A company’s sales effort is the ultimate driver of organizational growth. It is the most critical function within any company and requires advanced training and intestinal fortitude for success.

43. You have more career control than you think -

There’s no way you were ever the Rotten Egg.

No, you’d do anything to avoid that moniker: first in the pool or front seat, first to complete tasks or touch the finish line. You never dawdled or tarried, never lagged, and you were never, ever last. Boy, was that fun.

44. Uber tops taxi use for business travelers, new report shows -

NEW YORK (AP) — Taxis are losing business travelers to ride-hailing services like Uber, a survey shows.

In the three months ended in June, Uber overtook taxis as the most expensed form of ground transportation, according to expense management system provider Certify. Uber accounted for 55 percent of ground transportation receipts compared with taxis at 43 percent.

45. Netflix delivers strong 2Q with 3.3 million more customers -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's second-quarter performance followed a familiar script of accelerating subscriber growth that has turned the Internet video service into a stock market sensation.

The company added 3.3 million worldwide subscribers during the three months ending to end the period with 65.6 million customers. About 900,000 of the additional subscribers were signed up in the U.S., where Netflix Inc. now has 42.3 million customers.

46. US stocks rise as eBay, Citi, others report strong earnings -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising broadly in midday trading Thursday after several big companies reported better-than-expected earnings. Citigroup, Intel, Netflix and eBay all beat analysts' forecasts. The rise in U.S. stocks follows a rally in European markets on news that Greece's parliament approved pension reforms and other measures demanded by its creditors.

47. Kings of Leon to headline New Year's Eve Nashville bash -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Kings of Leon will help Nashvillians ring in 2016.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced this week that the Grammy Award-winning family band from Nashville will headline the Jack Daniel's Bash on Broadway: New Year's Eve in Music City.

48. Shoppers disappointed in much-hyped 'Prime Day' sales -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Amazon aimed for Christmas in July with its much-hyped "Prime Day" sale. But some shoppers found a lump of coal instead.

The online retailer said Prime Day would offer bigger sales than those during the winter holiday shopping season. The goal was to boost $99 annual Prime loyalty program memberships during the sluggish summer months. The sale gained so much attention, other retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Best Buy, had sales of their own.

49. Events -

Portland’s Music on Main. Bucky Covington will perform at this free event, which begins tonight at 7. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.


Real Estate Investors Network

Advanced investor notes group: For local investors who want to actively invest in notes. The goal is to help each other stay motivated, analyze deals, discuss strategies, etc. Members should have more than a basic understanding of notes. 11:30 a.m., The Egg and I, 1000 Meridian Blvd, Suite 118, Franklin. Information: www.reintn.org/calendar.

50. Tennessee executioner barred from testifying for now -

NASHVILLE (AP) - For the time being, Tennessee's executioner will not testify in a trial challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection.

The state Court of Appeals issued the order Wednesday in response to a request by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery. The court gives attorneys for the 33 death row inmate plaintiffs until July 29 to respond.

51. Beware of potential buyers at your door -

It’s a little early for Halloween, but that’s not stopping adults dressed as real estate professionals from knocking on doors and looking for handouts.

But these little ghouls aren’t asking for candy. They’re looking for a big payday – as opposed to a Payday – and to take advantage of potential sellers in this robust market.

52. Apple's iPod Touch update brings faster chip, better cameras -

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is updating its iPod Touch music player for the first time in nearly three years, as the company seeks to make music a central part of its devices once again.

The new Touch has a faster processor and better cameras. It also has a software update that enables Apple Music, a $10-a-month service that offers unlimited playback of millions of songs. Apple Music launched June 30 as music fans increasingly embrace subscriptions over pay-per-song services such as Apple's industry-leading iTunes.

53. ‘The Fighting 26’ Democrats work to stay relevant -

Sometimes Tennessee Democrats must feel like a tree that falls in the forest: Does anyone hear them?

When Democratic legislative leaders called for a special session this summer on Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s market-based plan to use federal dollars to catch 280,000 working people in a coverage gap, they found themselves alone.

54. New park, new affiliation deliver for Sounds -

Engagement. Wedding. Honeymoon. That pretty much describes the past year for general manager Garry Arthur and the Class AAA Sounds, who are proudly flashing a sparkling new diamond just north of downtown Nashville.

55. For VU’s Williams, it’s not all about game-day attendance -

Vanderbilt, the smallest and only private school in the SEC, has always lagged the league in attendance.

The Commodores, even during the back-to-back 9-4 teams of 2012 (37,860) and ’13 (35,675), failed to fill the stadium (capacity (40,550).

56. Colleges, pro franchises seek strategies to keep millennials interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

57. Vols, Titans fight to fill empty stadium seats -

When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.

Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.

58. Watchdog: Budget cuts lead to poor taxpayer service at IRS -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS provided poor customer service during this year's tax filing season as taxpayers struggled with a rise in identity theft and complications related to President Barack Obama's health law, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

59. Yellen: First Fed rate hike likely later this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she is encouraged by signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter. And if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later this year.

60. House to take up bill to keep highway aid flowing to states -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the prospect of a shutdown in highway and transit aid to states, the House is due to take up a bill to temporarily shore up funding for transportation programs for the 35th time since 2009.

61. Greece pledges to get rid of tax evasion as a way of life -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris Bokas keeps meticulous records of the bathroom fixtures he sells from his small shop in the quiet middle-class residential neighborhood of Koukaki near the center of Athens — just in case a tax inspector makes a surprise visit to ensure Greece's 23 percent sales tax is being collected and reported correctly.

62. Military announces plan to lift transgender ban -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to be examined.

63. Investors hope US earnings lift markets as fears fade -

NEW YORK (AP) — After fretting over a Greek bailout, a collapse in Chinese stocks and the timing of an interest rate increase, investors are hoping U.S. corporate earnings will bring more reassuring news this month.

64. Second company probed for air bag inflator malfunctions -

DETROIT (AP) — The problem of exploding air bags could be widening beyond Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.

U.S. safety regulators are investigating inflators made by ARC Automotive Inc. that went into about 420,000 older Fiat Chrysler Town and Country minivans and another 70,000 Kia Optima midsize sedans.

65. Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source -

Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this spring, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators.

66. New Comcast online video service for its Internet customers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast, the country's largest cable company, is offering its own online video alternative as people spend fewer hours watching live TV and more time using tablets and phones for entertainment.

67. Yellen expects interest rate hike this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects to start raising interest rates later this year but stresses that a number of headwinds are still holding back the U.S. economy.

68. House OKs bill to speed drug approvals, boost bio research -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Urged on by the medical industry and patients' groups, the House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill that would speed federal approval of drugs and medical devices and boost biomedical research.

69. First electric planes fly over English Channel -

CALAIS, France (AP) — Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday — hours after an independent French pilot made a similar voyage, beating the aeronautics giant in this symbolically important step toward making electronic flight viable in the long term.

70. Critics say Senate bill would weaken rental car, rail safety -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A transportation bill introduced by a Senate committee chairman would allow car rental companies to rent recalled vehicles that haven't been repaired and eliminate any hard deadline for railroads to start using long-sought technology that automatically stops trains to prevent crashes, safety advocates say.

71. Facebook makes it easier to tweak what you see in your feed -

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook wants you to see more of what you want to see. New tools will help you weed through the clutter of boring, unwanted information, often from long-forgotten acquaintances, and surface the gems from close friends and interesting pages.

72. Country music acts quietly abandon Confederate flag -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Confederate flag was once a familiar symbol in country music, representing the rural South and the renegade spirit of artists such as David Allan Coe and Hank Williams Jr.

But the rebel banner that will be removed Friday from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol has faded from stage and song, with many country artists quietly distancing themselves from the emblem that used to feature prominently in merchandise, lyrics and concerts.

73. Greece's Tsipras to sell austerity deal to reluctant party -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought his left-wing party's backing on Friday for a new budget austerity package that is harsher than what he urged Greeks to reject in a vote just last week, but would provide the country will longer-term financial support.

74. NYSE: Bad software upgrade reason for outage -

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange said an outage of more than three hours was caused by problems associated with a software upgrade on the exchange's computers.

The NYSE said in a statement Thursday that the upgrade caused communication problems between its trading software and other systems, causing customers' orders to not go through.

75. 2 visions emerge for getting self-driving cars on road -

DETROIT (AP) — Two competing visions could determine how you first experience a driverless car.

Traditional automakers like Mercedes and Toyota already make vehicles equipped with systems that keep cars within their lanes, apply the brakes or park by themselves. Their plan is to gradually automate more functions of driving until, perhaps by 2025, some cars will be fully capable of driving themselves.

76. NYSE: Bad software upgrade reason for outage -

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange says an outage of more than three hours was caused by problems associated with a software upgrade on the exchange's computers.

The NYSE said in a statement Thursday that the upgrade caused communication problems between its trading software and other systems, causing customers' orders to not go through.

77. 2 visions emerge for getting self-driving cars on road -

DETROIT (AP) — Two competing visions could determine how you first experience a driverless car.

Traditional automakers like Mercedes and Toyota already make vehicles equipped with systems that keep cars within their lanes, apply the brakes or park by themselves. Their plan is to gradually automate more functions of driving until, perhaps by 2025, some cars will be fully capable of driving themselves.

78. Meals, grocery deals delivered to your door -

I recently received an email from Amazon.com about a new service since I am one of their best prime customers – at least my husband tells me so.

Amazon was informing me of their food pantry. I can now order most any grocery items I want, except fresh veggies, and have them shipped to my house. It seems like a pretty good service, and coupons are available.

79. Take charge of your career independence -

With the Fourth of July fresh in my memory, I’ve been thinking about the importance of independence.

So often, I meet people who are struggling. Whether they’ve lost their job, or work for a boss who doesn’t appreciate them, they’re going through a rough time.

80. Country music struggles with its Confederate flag past -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Country artists are struggling to articulate their feelings about the Confederate flag's history and symbolism amid heightened debate following the recent massacre at a South Carolina church.

81. Applications for US jobless benefits rose again last week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late February. But the increase likely reflected temporary auto plant shutdowns rather than any underlying labor market weakness.

82. Medicare's end-of-life counseling policy may find acceptance -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched off a political uproar that threatened to stall President Barack Obama's health care law in Congress. Wednesday, when Medicare finally announced it will make the change, reaction was muted.

83. Easier terms for Greece could open a can of worms in Europe -

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eurozone governments taking a tough line on Greece's demand for debt relief and easier bailout terms fear opening a can of worms.

Ceding too much ground to Athens could ignite a broader political crisis by infuriating people in other bailed-out countries in the currency bloc which, unlike Greece, have obediently complied with the demands of creditors and largely restored their financial health through painful — and politically costly — austerity measures.

84. Greece rushing to finalize reforms and remain in euro -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government was racing Thursday to finalize a plan of reforms for its third bailout, hoping this time the proposal will meet with approval from its European partners and stave off a potentially catastrophic exit from Europe's joint currency, the euro, within days.

85. US stocks rebound after big loss; European, China markets up -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gained Thursday, bouncing back from big losses a day earlier, as investors speculated that last-ditch talks between Greece and its creditors will produce an agreement. European shares rose sharply. Measures taken by the Chinese government to stem the rout in that nation's stock market also appeared to be working.

86. Fed officials still cautious in June about rate hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers last month saw signs that the economy was healing after its winter slump but still wanted more signs of improvement before they began raising interest rates.

87. Lack of brotherly love sends Franklin to Philadelphia -

Next January will mark the 310th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Thinker, inventor, scientist, diplomat, politician, writer. Founding parent of a great nation. A non-President with his face on a bit of paper currency.

88. Earning the right to ask clients tough questions -

The world’s best salespeople excel at asking engaging questions and actively listening to a prospect’s response without interruption.

They master the art of posing high-impact questions that generate insightful responses, which offer a glimpse into a prospect’s decision-making process, competitors also under consideration, the likelihood of purchase, or even the factors that will be weighed most heavily by decision makers.

89. Harbison takes office as TBA president -

Nashville lawyer William L. “Bill” Harbison has been installed as president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Harbison was elected vice president in 2013 and served in that role during the 2013-2014 bar year. He served as president-elect during the 2014-2015 bar year.

90. Special action on same-sex nuptials a waste of time -

With Republican lawmakers scrambling for a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay-marriage ruling, Tennesseans on both sides of the issue say they are seeking “equality.”

Immediately after the court’s decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville says, “Love and equality won. I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled on the right side of history.”

91. Traci Peel looks back on moment in spotlight -

During the course of research for this package, I spent a couple of hours with Traci Peel, talking about her well-publicized, tabloid-grabbing romance with Mayor Bill Boner as well as where she is today and her views on other issues about Nashville.

92. Cardwell a link to Metro’s past, present -

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell definitely is a member of the “good old boys” network that ran Nashville for decades.

Just ask him.

But he also knows that era is long gone and he continues to serve Nashville, as he’s done since 1958.

93. Former mayor Purcell traces city transformation to 1978 election -

Former Mayor Bill Purcell lived through the transition from the good old boys who ran Nashville to the “new Nashville,” in which a displaced Yankee became mayor in 1991 and began the type of forward-thinking, executive-style leadership that has propelled Nashville to skyline-shattering status on the national stage.

94. Boner, Peel and a reporter’s call spark a city’s embarrassment -

Nashville’s mayor broke into a broad smile and funny walk, pointing across the main dining room at the old TGI Friday’s on Elliston Place to a young reporter seated at a long table with eight colleagues and friends.

95. Boner, Fate and our summer of shame -

Phil Bredesen knew what he was trying to do. He just didn’t know if he could accomplish it.

“I had this sense that Nashville was ready for change,” says the former Metro mayor and Tennessee governor, reflecting on his early motivation for taking on the system that had run Nashville for decades.

96. American Toyota exec released from custody in Japan -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's highest ranking female executive until her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations was released from custody without charges Wednesday.

Julie Hamp, 55, who resigned last week from Toyota Motor Corp., was arrested June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer. The drug is tightly controlled in Japan.

97. Greece seeks 3-year aid program, rushes to detail reforms -

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece requested a new three-year rescue program from its European partners on Wednesday and rushed to complete a detailed plan of economic reforms in time to avoid the country's descent into financial chaos.

98. Craft sake is the latest trend that's brewing in US -

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — First came boutique wineries. Then microbreweries and craft distilleries. Now Japanese sake aficionados are hoping to transform the so-called "rice wine" into the next artisan alcohol-of-the-moment in the U.S.

99. US stocks end higher as Greece debt talks proceed -

NEW YORK (AP) — New twists in the Greek debt crisis led to a choppy day of trading on Tuesday, as a late turn left the stock market with a modest gain.

Greece and its creditors held talks in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to keep the country from falling out of the euro. Reports out late in the day said European officials considered providing Greece with emergency funding to help it avoid defaulting on its debts. Greece has little time left before its banks run out of cash.

100. IMF: Financial risks growing at US insurers, mutual funds -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010.