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1. Texas shooting is new test for Biden's long battle over guns -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, surveyed the collection of black, military-style rifles on display in the middle of the room as he denounced the sale of guns whose "only real function is to kill human beings at a ferocious pace."

2. Worry about stagflation, a flashback to '70s, begins to grow -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stagflation. It was the dreaded "S word" of the 1970s.

For Americans of a certain age, it conjures memories of painfully long lines at gas stations, shuttered factories and President Gerald Ford's much-ridiculed "Whip Inflation Now" buttons.

3. Russia takes steps to bolster army, tighten grip on Ukraine -

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order Wednesday to fast track Russian citizenship for residents of parts of southern Ukraine largely held by his forces, while lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to strengthen the stretched Russian army.

4. CEO pay up 17% as profits, stocks soar; workers fall behind -

NEW YORK (AP) — Even when regular workers win their biggest raises in decades, they look minuscule compared with what CEOs are getting.

The typical compensation package for chief executives who run S&P 500 companies soared 17.1% last year, to a median $14.5 million, according to data analyzed for The Associated Press by Equilar.

5. Expedia's Kern, AMD's Su among highest paid CEOs -

Here are the highest paid male and female CEOs in the S&P 500 index for 2021, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

The AP's compensation study covered 340 executives at S&P 500 companies who have served at least two full consecutive fiscal years at their respective companies, which filed proxy statements between Jan. 1 and April 30. Some companies with highly paid CEOs do not fit these criteria.

6. Workers' advocates turned away at Dollar General meeting -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A civil rights advocate says he and two Dollar General store workers were denied access to the company's shareholder meeting Wednesday in Tennessee where they had been outside protesting for better pay and workplace safety improvements.

7. Will Congress act on guns after Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Uvalde? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer swiftly set in motion a pair of background-check bills for gun buyers Wednesday in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat acknowledged Congress' unyielding rejection of previous legislation to curb the national epidemic of gun violence.

8. Events -

Farmers’ Market Night Market. The restaurants and shops stay open late on the fourth Friday of each month, adding artisans and live music. The events are free to attend and family friendly. Beer, cocktails and wine available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Information

9. EU seeks more clout against sanctioned Russian oligarchs -

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm entered sensitive legal territory on Wednesday with a proposal to confiscate the frozen assets of oligarchs who try to violate the bloc's sanctions over Russia's war in Ukraine.

10. Lawsuit accuses 3 automakers and parts maker in air bag case -

DETROIT (AP) — A class action lawsuit is accusing three automakers and a parts manufacturer of knowingly selling vehicles containing air bag inflators that are at risk of exploding. Two deaths and at least four injuries have been linked to such explosions.

11. It's his bag: Bradfield blazes trail as premier base stealer -

Enrique Bradfield Jr. has always been fast. That doesn't mean base stealing came naturally to him.

The Vanderbilt sophomore is widely regarded as the most exciting player in college baseball, his reputation burnished two weeks ago by his steal of home with his team down a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Indiana State.

12. Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her Communion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco's conservative Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others.

13. Search for Supreme Court leaker falls to former Army colonel -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Gail Curley began her job as Marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court less than a year ago, she would have expected to work mostly behind the scenes: overseeing the court's police force and the operations of the marble-columned building where the justices work.

14. Stock market slump unsettling Americans eying retirement -

Americans on the cusp of retiring are facing a tough choice as they watch their nest eggs shrink: Stay the course or keep working.

A stock market slump this year has taken a big bite out of investors' portfolios, including retirement plans like 401(k)s. The S&P 500, the benchmark for many index funds, is down about 17% since its all-time high in early January.

15. Ethics panel opens investigation into GOP's Madison Cawthorn -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn had a conflict of interest in a cryptocurrency he promoted and engaged in an improper relationship with a member of his staff, the panel said Monday.

16. Pentagon says more high-tech weapons going to Ukraine -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world met Monday and agreed to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, including a harpoon launcher and missiles to protect its coast, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters.

17. European Central Bank chief signals possible July rate hike -

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The president of the European Central Bank on Monday gave the clearest sign yet that policymakers will aim to raise interest rates as soon as July to ease surging inflation.

18. Lee University considers limiting student speech on gender -

CLEVELAND (AP) — A private Christian university is considering strictly limiting the free speech rights of its students when it comes to sexuality and gender, from how they behave to what they wear and what they can say on campus or even online, according to published reports.

19. After 3 months of war, life in Russia has profoundly changed -

When Vladimir Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine, war seemed far away from Russian territory. Yet within days the conflict came home — not with cruise missiles and mortars but in the form of unprecedented and unexpectedly extensive volleys of sanctions by Western governments and economic punishment by corporations.

20. Yellen's global tax plan meets resistance abroad and at home -

KOENIGSWINTER, Germany (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen celebrated a "historic day" last summer when more than 100 nations agreed to a global minimum tax deal, aimed at putting the world's countries on a more equal footing in attracting and keeping multinational companies. President Joe Biden tweeted that the idea was "diplomacy reshaping our global economy and delivering for our people."

21. Musk denies sexual misconduct allegation by flight attendant -

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has denied a claim of sexual misconduct by a flight attendant contracted by SpaceX who worked on his private jet in 2016.

A report by Business Insider said SpaceX paid the woman $250,000 in severance in 2018 in exchange for her agreeing not to file a lawsuit over her claim.

22. Disinformation board's ex-leader faced wave of online abuse -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nina Jankowicz, like so many millennials, was excited to share a social media post announcing her new job on Twitter late last month when she was named executive director for a new disinformation board established by the Department of Homeland Security.

23. 'I can't see the light': War fuels surging prices in Europe -

MILAN (AP) — Edoardo Ronzoni inspects a construction site near Milan that he shut down in March as costs for materials skyrocketed. He can't complete a half-built roundabout at an intersection known for fender-benders because asphalt, cast-iron pipes and concrete are too expensive — prices exacerbated by Russia's war in Ukraine.

24. Rebutting Turkey, Biden lauds NATO bids of Sweden, Finland -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flanked by the leaders of Finland and Sweden, President Joe Biden forcefully supported their applications to join NATO on Thursday as Russia's war in the heart of Europe challenges the continent's security. The U.S. president rejected Turkey's opposition, insisting the two countries "meet every NATO requirement and then some."

25. Federal agency sends team to probe Tesla crash that killed 3 -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency has dispatched a team to investigate the possibility that a Tesla involved in a California crash that killed three people was operating on a partially automated driving system.

26. Lawmakers reach deal to help veterans exposed to burn pits -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on legislation to boost health care services and disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

27. Taylor Swift gets honorary degree from New York University -

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift has Grammys galore and now she has a new title — "doctor."

The superstar received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University on Wednesday, blowing kisses as the crowd roared when she walked toward the stage at a packed Yankee Stadium.

28. Don’t misjudge deceptive signs of slowing market -

Has the Midstate real estate market slowed? This is a question asked by potential buyers hoping the answer is “yes.” And there are some signs that point in that direction.

Don’t be fooled.

29. Nashville headed in the wrong direction or going too fast? -

In 2015, the first year of the Vanderbilt Poll, 72% of respondents said Nashville was headed in the right direction. “Millennials are the most optimistic but the positive feelings stretch across income levels, race and age categories,” Vanderbilt reported at the time.

30. UK inflation hits 40-year high amid Russia's war in Ukraine -

LONDON (AP) — Britain's inflation rate rose to the highest level in 40 years last month as Russia's war in Ukraine fueled further increases in food and fuel prices.

Consumer price inflation accelerated to 9% in the 12 months through April, up from 7% the previous month, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. That is the highest rate since 1982, when inflation reached 11%, according to statistical modeling by the agency.

31. EU rushes out $300 billion roadmap to ditch Russian energy -

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm moved Wednesday to jump-start plans for the 27-nation bloc to abandon Russian energy amid the Kremlin's war in Ukraine, proposing a nearly 300 billion-euro ($315 billion) package that includes more efficient use of fuels and faster rollout of renewable power.

32. Titans agree to terms with top draft pick Treylon Burks -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with the 18th pick overall in wide receiver Treylon Burks.

The Titans did not announce details of the contract Tuesday, but they now have five of their nine draft picks under contract.

33. Musk wars with Twitter over his buyout deal - on Twitter -

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that taking over Twitter would enable him to rid the social media platform of its annoying "spam bots." Now he's arguing — without presenting any evidence — that there might be just too many of those automated accounts for the $44 billion deal to move ahead.

34. Musk's China ties add potential risks to Twitter purchase -

BEIJING (AP) — Elon Musk's ties to China through his role as electric car brand Tesla's biggest shareholder could add complexity to his bid to buy Twitter.

Other companies that want access to China give in to pressure to follow Beijing's positions on Taiwan and other issues. But Twitter is shut out by internet barriers that block most Chinese users from seeing global social media, which gives Beijing no leverage over the company, though the ruling Communist Party uses it to spread propaganda abroad.

35. Predators sign Russian goalie Askarov to entry-level deal -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed Iaroslav Askarov to a three-year entry level contract, two years after making him the sixth Russian-born goalie taken in the NHL draft first round at No. 11 overall.

36. Naomi Judd celebrated at 'River of Time' memorial service -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Naomi Judd was celebrated with words and soaring music at a public memorial service Sunday that ended with her daughter Wynonna announcing that a tour planned for later this year would go on.

37. Biden looks to nudge ASEAN leaders to speak out on Russia -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden looked to nudge Southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Friday, but the war is a delicate issue for many members of the region's 10-country alliance with deep ties to Moscow.

38. Biden administration to release $45B for nationwide internet -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking the first steps to release $45 billion to ensure that every U.S. resident has access to high-speed internet by roughly 2028, inviting governors and other leaders on Friday to start the application process.

39. Ukraine puts Russian solider accused of war crime on trial -

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The trial of a Russian soldier accused of killing a Ukrainian civilian opened Friday, the first war crimes trial since Moscow's invasion of its neighbor.

Scores of journalists packed inside a small courtroom in the Ukrainian capital where the suspect appeared in a small glass cage for the start of a trial that has drawn international attention amid accusations of repeated atrocities by Russian forces.

40. Biden hosts ASEAN as he looks to show Pacific commitment -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hosting leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as his administration makes an extended effort to demonstrate that the United States has not focus on the Pacific even while dealing with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

41. UK economic growth slows, raising recession concerns -

LONDON (AP) — Britain's economy grew at the slowest pace in a year during the first quarter as retailers and manufacturers were hurt by supply disruptions and higher prices, raising concerns that the country may be headed for a recession.

42. Democrats seek criminal charges against Trump Interior head -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee asked the Justice Departmen t on Wednesday to investigate whether a Trump administration interior secretary engaged in possible criminal conduct while helping an Arizona developer get a crucial permit for a housing project.

43. Tips for saving on family travel without stressing out -

My family didn’t travel much when I was a kid, but when we did, my parents jumped through hoops to cut costs.

On a trip to Disney World, for example, our family of six switched hotels. Every. Night. My mom worked for a hotel chain and could get one free night per property.

44. For Supreme Court justices, secrecy is part of the job -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black was hospitalized, his health failing, when he gave his son Hugo Jr. an order: Burn the papers. Worried that the publication of certain of his private notes could harm the court or his colleagues, he insisted on their destruction.

45. Carvana cuts 2,500 jobs, execs to forego pay for severance -

DETROIT (AP) — Online automotive retailer Carvana Co. says it's letting go about 2,500 workers, roughly 12% of its workforce, as it tries to bring staffing and expenses in line with sales.

46. TSA is expanding use of screeners to help at busy airports -

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — The chief of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that his agency has quadrupled the number of employees who could bolster screening operations at airports that become too crowded this summer.

47. Ukraine cuts Russia gas at 1 hub, underlining risk to supply -

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas through one hub that feeds European homes and industry on Wednesday, while a pro-Kremlin official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said it would ask Moscow to annex it.

48. Flight attendants, teamsters and a fight for equality -

Your backside barely fits. There’s not much wiggle room, but you’re grateful for the seat.

You also could use more leg room, but the inconvenience is worth it to see the world again. You were welcomed aboard, you don’t even mind the loud-talker in the seat in front of you and you’ll be taking off soon so now’s the time: Get “The Great Stewardess Rebellion” by Nell McShane Wulfhart from your carry-on and buckle in.

49. Events -

Franklin Rodeo. Bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls are the focus at the 71st annual rodeo. Events begin Wednesday with the “Down in the Dirt” free rodeo experience gives fans an intimate look at the sport. Fans can see the horses and bulls up close, try their hand at roping, do a little stick horse racing and more, Through Saturday. Rodeo competition begins Thursday. Tickets can be purchased online and at the gate. All seats are reserved. Adult tickets are $25; children 12 and younger $12. Information

50. Honestly, how do you know if sellers are telling the truth? -

Very few people have lied one time and then ceased the practice. If they lied to you once, you can expect more falsehoods to follow.

For some, the lie is a creative exercise so as not to appear ignorant. For others, the lie is a means to an end. Some might drop a slight fib in order to make a piece of real estate seem more attractive to an unsuspecting buyer.

51. Well, at least legislators helped protect dogs -

The best spin that can be put on the recently completed legislative session is that it could have been worse. Especially for those who indulge in plant-based mind-altering products. More on that later, but first, a big thumbs-up:

52. Nashville ‘a roof shy’ of landing other major events -

If the Titans build an enclosed stadium and Nashville someday hosts a Super Bowl, rest assured the Music City hospitality industry is confident it can handle the crowds that come with such events.

That’s the word from Leesa LeClaire, president and CEO of the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association.

53. Yellen trip to Capitol detours into tense abortion debate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's appearance before a Senate committee took an unexpected and tense detour into the abortion debate Tuesday when senators questioned her about the potential impact of an abortion ban on the American economy.

54. Earth given 50-50 chance of hitting key warming mark by 2026 -

The world is creeping closer to the warming threshold international agreements are trying to prevent, with nearly a 50-50 chance that Earth will temporarily hit that temperature mark within the next five years, teams of meteorologists across the globe predicted.

55. Court hearing: Did Biden legally suspend oil lease sales? -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans hears arguments Tuesday about whether President Joe Biden legally suspended new oil and gas lease sales shortly after taking office because of climate change worries.

56. Avalanche 1st to advance to 2nd round with sweep of Preds -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are happy they got a bit of a challenge before sweeping the Nashville Predators.

They actually had to rally for the first time in the first round.

Valeri Nichushkin scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:58 left, and the Avalanche became the first team to advance to the second round Monday night beating the Predators 5-3 Monday night.

57. Ocoee, Hiwassee rivers open after fire at center -

DELANO (AP) — The Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers in Tennessee are open for the recreation season despite a recent fire at the Ocoee Whitewater Center, officials said.

Polk County and the Hiwassee-Ocoee Scenic River State Park say the southeast Tennessee rivers are open for visitors.

58. Tennessee, South Carolina extend health care for new moms -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee and South Carolina are joining five other states in extending health care coverage to women with low-to-modest incomes for a full year after childbirth, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced on Friday.

59. Official: US gave intel before Ukraine sank Russian warship -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it shared intelligence with Ukraine about the location of the Russian missile cruiser Moskva prior to the strike that sank the warship, an incident that was a high-profile failure for Russia's military.

60. It's Chief Justice Roberts' Court, but does he still lead? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Roberts is heading a Supreme Court in crisis.

The chief justice has already ordered an investigation of the leak this week of a draft opinion suggesting the court could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case legalizing abortion nationwide. What comes next could further test Roberts' leadership of a court where his vote already appears less crucial in determining the outcome in contentious cases.

61. HBCU medical schools to tackle organ transplant disparities -

A new initiative aimed at increasing the number of Black Americans registered as organ donors and combating disparities among transplant recipients was announced Thursday by a coalition that includes the four medical schools at the nation's historically Black colleges and universities.

62. What's next in the investigation of the Supreme Court leak? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts, in ordering an investigation into an "egregious breach of trust" in the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion, tasked a relatively unknown court official to carry out what could be one of the most high-profile investigations in decades.

63. Rising interest rates in US will hinder foreign economies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates — as it did Wednesday — the impact doesn't stop with U.S. homebuyers paying more for mortgages or Main Street business owners facing costlier bank loans.

64. Kenseth, McGriff and Shelmerdine join NASCAR Hall of Fame -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth was doing yardwork when wife Katie came outside with her phone in hand, letting him know he'd just been selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

A short while later Kenseth "celebrated" the night by cooking dinner for his daughters.

65. Lawsuit against Tennessee local school system dismissed -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed against a Tennessee school system and school officials alleging a student was repeatedly sexually assaulted has been dismissed.

The dismissal came after the student's attorney missed deadlines and and didn't provide case information to school system lawyers, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Wednesday.

66. Gov. Lee refuses to release records of execution error -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has refused to release records that could illuminate his decision to abruptly halt the execution of Oscar Smith last month, citing attorney-client privilege and the disputed "deliberative process privilege."

67. Weatherly & Dixon merges with Lewis Thomason -

The law firm of Weatherly & Dixon PLLC and its partners, James L. Weatherly and Jacqueline B. Dixon, have merged their practices with Lewis Thomason, P.C., says Lisa Ramsay Cole, president and managing shareholder for the statewide firm.

68. Transparency a must in vetting proposed developments -

I recently had a conflict with a developer who is building a multimillion-dollar subdivision near my home.

I can now tell you firsthand what callers to Tennessee Coalition for Open Government’s Help Line have been telling me for years: It’s hard for citizens to get information they need in a manner timely enough to make a difference to protect their own property value and interests.

69. 12 valedictorians a bit much for class of 49 grads -

Tennessee legislators love to bestow honors and find no shortage of excuses for doing so. Whether for retirements, deaths, significant anniversaries and birthdays, professional achievements, sporting accomplishments, pageant winners, Eagle Scouts – they hand out kudos like strings of beads flung at a Mardi Gras parade.

70. No turning back as automakers go electric -

Here’s a good analogy about the nation’s ever-changing automotive conversion from cars with internal combustion engines to a fleet of battery-powered electric vehicles.

“A lot of people sound worried, but I like to compare it to leaving the horse and going to the internal combustion engine. So, now the motor is the horse, and we’re leaving it behind,” says Ferman Clark of Brentwood, a now-retired GM employee who worked at the Saturn plant in Spring Hill from 1990 through the mid-2000s.

71. Court that rarely leaks does so now in biggest case in years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court keeps secrets. Year after year, in major case after major case, there's little beyond what the justices say during oral arguments that suggests how they will rule until they actually do.

72. Australian central bank hikes rate for 1st time in 11 years -

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank on Tuesday lifted its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than 11 years. The cash rate rose from 0.1% to 0.35% in a move potentially damaging to a government that will seek reelection on May 21.

73. Fed to fight inflation with fastest rate hikes in decades -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is poised this week to accelerate its most drastic steps in three decades to attack inflation by making it costlier to borrow — for a car, a home, a business deal, a credit card purchase — all of which will compound Americans' financial strains and likely weaken the economy.

74. GOP Gov Hutchinson says 2024 presidential bid 'on the table' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday he is weighing a presidential run in 2024 and his decision won't be affected by whether former President Donald Trump decides to join the race.

75. Titans use 6 of 9 draft picks on offense to help Tannehill -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans say they need to be excellent around Ryan Tannehill to help their quarterback take them on the deep postseason run they've missed since the 2019 season.

How big a step they've taken this offseason remains to be seen. They certainly did their best, using six of nine selections in this NFL draft on offense to give Tannehill more protection and passing targets for a team that went 12-5 last season and earned the AFC's No. 1 seed.

76. Exxon profits surge, doubling 2021 despite $3.4M Russia write down -

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil reported $5.48 billion in profits during the first quarter as oil and gas prices rose steadily, more than doubling its profits compared with the same quarter last year.

77. Titans trade Brown to Eagles to move up to 18, draft Burks -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans began the NFL draft trying to make the best of a tough situation.

The Titans wound up trading receiver A.J. Brown Thursday night, a move they insist they didn't want to make but when they felt his asking price for an extension was too high, they traded Brown away.

78. An Oval Office visit and a Moscow trip: Inside the Reed deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worst possible moment for bringing Trevor Reed home turned out to be the best.

With U.S.-Russian relations at their lowest point in decades, it seemed an improbable time to hope for the release of Reed, a former Marine detained in Russia for almost three years. Yet this week the Biden administration completed the type of transaction it had earlier seemed resistant to, exchanging Reed for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot and convicted drug trafficker serving a 20-year prison sentence in Connecticut.

79. FDA to issue plan banning menthol in cigarettes, cigars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people.

"The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers quit," said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, in a statement.

80. Long-term US mortgage rates edge down this week to 5.1% -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate edged down for the first time in two months following a swift ascent to levels that have not been seen in more than a decade.

After seven weeks of increases, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage inched down to 5.1% from 5.11% last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday. Last week's average rate was the highest since April of 2010. One year ago the 30-year rate stood at 2.98%.

81. Ukraine says Russian offensive in east picks up momentum -

IRPIN, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Thursday that Russia's offensive in the east picked up momentum, with several towns coming under intense attack as Moscow's forces attempt to surround Ukrainian troops.

82. Most in US fear Ukraine war misinformation: AP-NORC poll -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of U.S. adults say misinformation around Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a major problem, and they largely fault the Russian government for spreading those falsehoods.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 61% of people in the United States say the spread of misinformation about the war is a major problem, with only 7% saying it's not a problem. Older adults were more likely to identify the wartime misinformation as an issue, with 44% of those under 30 calling it a problem, compared with 65% of those 30 or older.

83. Dem lawmaker: Biden suggests he'll ease student loan burden -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signaled he might forgive some student loan debt and further extend the federal moratorium on repayments, a lawmaker who discussed the issue with him said Wednesday.

84. Microsoft: Russian hacks paired with Ukraine air raids -

BOSTON (AP) — Cyberattacks by state-backed Russian hackers have destroyed data across dozens of organizations in Ukraine and produced "a chaotic information environment," Microsoft says in a report released Wednesday.

85. McCarthy defends 1/6 audio, House GOP backs 'next speaker' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy told colleagues Wednesday he never asked then-President Donald Trump to resign over the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol as he defended private conversations around the siege that have spilled into the open and jeopardized his leadership.

86. Pricey pickups: Electric Rivian vs Ram 1500 -

Electrified vehicles are indiscriminate in their automotive expansion. First, it was hatchbacks and sedans, then SUVs. Next up: the pickup.

Electric variants of light-duty pickups are being developed by a number of automakers, but there’s one electric truck that’s already on sale: The all-new Rivian R1T.

87. Mariah’s family adds to story of Carnton slave -

Here, there and everywhere: My column on the antebellum home Carnton in Franklin, the Confederate cemetery there and the feelings it evoked for me, drew a surprising and most welcome response.

Damani Keene emailed to say his great-grandmother Mariah Reddick had been a slave held on the plantation.

88. Resort, marina helps launch Jackson County tourism -

Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady describes much of the past 20 years as “lean” for his community.

As a former county commissioner, he’s had a front-row seat for more than a decade as the county has worked to meet budgetary challenges, so when the state offered up the notion of using tourism to generate revenue, and came to town to talk specifics, he was all ears.

89. Russia releases US Marine vet as part of prisoner exchange -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia and the United States have carried out an unexpected prisoner exchange in a time of high tensions, trading a Marine veteran jailed by Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America.

90. Madeleine Albright honored by Biden, other world leaders -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veritable who's who of Washington's political and foreign policy elite gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to the late Madeleine Albright, a child of conflict-ravaged Europe who arrived in the U.S. as an 11-year old girl and became America's first female secretary of state.

91. House 1/6 panel wants to hear from McCarthy after new audio -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol is redoubling its efforts to have GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy appear for an interview amid new revelations concerning his private conversations about the deadly attack, the chairman said Tuesday.

92. Russia releases US Marine vet as part of prisoner exchange -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia and the United States carried out a dramatic prisoner exchange on Wednesday, trading a Marine veteran jailed in Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America, a senior U.S. official and the Russian foreign ministry said.

93. High court could free Biden to end Trump asylum policy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned lower-court orders that have blocked the Biden administration from ending a controversial Trump-era immigration program for asylum-seekers.

94. Harris positive for COVID-19, Biden not 'close contact' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to return to pre-pandemic normalcy.

95. Delta to begin paying flight attendants during boarding -

Delta Air Lines, which has narrowly fought off several attempts to unionize its flights attendants, will begin paying cabin crews during boarding, a change that is expected to increase their wages by several thousand dollars a year.

96. Light bulb rule ensures brighter future, energy chief says -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is scrapping old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, speeding an ongoing trend toward more efficient lighting that officials say will save households, schools and businesses billions of dollars a year.

97. Ocoee Whitewater Center, a 1996 Olympics venue, destroyed by fire -

COPPERHILL (AP) — A fire early Tuesday destroyed Tennessee's Ocoee Whitewater Center, which served as the host site for paddling events during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, officials said.

Polk County Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Lofty told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the blaze had engulfed about 90% of the structure by the time a full fire response got to the scene on the Ocoee River.

98. White House: Without funding US will lose COVID treatments -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the past two years, America has been first in line for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Now, as drugmakers develop the next generation of therapies, the White House is warning that if Congress doesn't act urgently the U.S. will have to take a number.

99. McCarthy downplays remarks about Trump in secret recording -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday downplayed secretly recorded remarks he made about Donald Trump shortly after last year's attack on the Capitol. He also said he never told the then-president that he should resign — something news organizations have not reported.

100. Justices hear fight over asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is seeking the Supreme Court's go-ahead to end a controversial Trump-era immigration program that forces some people seeking asylum in the U.S. to wait in Mexico for their hearings.