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VOL. 43 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 6, 2019

It's getting late early for Predators

NHL history unkind to teams that misfire in 1st quarter of season

Do you have a copy of NHL 20 the video game? You might want to pick one up as the winter holidays approach because that might be the only chance you’ll get to see this year’s Predators in the Stanley Cup Final.

Preds coach has franchise history on his side

The St. Louis Blues fired their coach in November 2018. The team then rallied from last place, made the playoffs and defeated the Boston Bruins to capture the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

Community Foundation announces grant recipients

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced $2,397,870 in grants to be awarded to 365 local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2019 annual grant-making process.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Nashville a mural hotbed despite lack of support

We’re Music City, sure. But Nashville’s increasingly becoming a Mural City, too, with examples splayed all over town.

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EVENTS

TEDxNashville Women. TEDxNashvilleWomen 2019 Bold + Brilliant conference is a four-hour presentation focusing on groundbreaking ideas from some of the world’s most extraordinary risk-takers and innovators. The TEDxNashvilleWomen annual conference is known for celebrating pioneers making power moves, brilliant people who are just getting started and those who tirelessly show up as allies and advocates. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Fee: $45. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Don’t make holiday buyers climb down the chimney

With Thanksgiving in the taillights and a plethora of religious holidays on the horizon, anyone owning a home should be extremely grateful they are not forced to experience the homebuying process during this frenetic market.

REAL ESTATE

November real estate trends: $1M-plus sales jump 47% in Davidson

Home sales activity was down 3% in the Nashville area and across Davidson County this November with 1,247 home sales recorded compared to 1,280 sales recorded in November of last year.

US long-term mortgage rates steady; 30-year loan at 3.68%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates held steady this week amid mixed signs in the housing market. Rates remain at historically low levels as a lure to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged from the previous week at 3.68%. By contrast, the benchmark rate stood at 4.75% a year ago.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Castoffs becoming heroes for Titans

NFL stands for Not For Long, the old adage states with regard to the average length of a player’s career.

Key for Titans at Oakland: More of same

The Tennessee Titans find themselves in the midst of the AFC playoff chase with four games remaining, and they must take advantage of opportunities when games are played against other teams in the chase.

Week 13 Predictions: Titans should win on West Coast

Titans 23, Raiders 19: The Titans stay alive in the playoff race by going out to Oakland and downing a young, but talented Raiders team. If the offensive line does its work by opening holes for Derrick Henry and protecting Ryan Tannehill, the Titans should be able to take care of business.

UT SPORTS

Meeting after Florida game helped turn Vols’ season

Even the most optimistic Tennessee football fan would have been hard-pressed in early October to predict a seasonal resurrection.

NEWSMAKERS

Kottkamp joins Waller’s health care department

Nathan Kottkamp has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP in the firm’s health care department.

BRIEFS

Housing ‘silver tsunami’ will see smaller impact here

A newly released analysis by Zillow predicts a flood of homes will come on the market in the next 20 years as Baby Boomers age, creating a ‘silver tsunami’ of available houses.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Must-have car features when shopping for a new car

The average person owns a vehicle for about six and a half years. When it’s time to buy a new one, chances are there’s a lot of new technology to catch up on.

PERSONAL FINANCE

It’s time to let go of shame over your debt

Many of us feel bad about our debt. Most of us probably shouldn’t.

CAREER CORNER

Holidays are no time to put job search on vacation

Now’s the time to get started on your resolution to find a new job in the New Year. The holidays are the perfect time to begin your search. Yes, many human resources departments are on vacation, and hiring appears to halt. But, it’s a great time for you to lay the foundation to stand out in 2020.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How to give back without busting your budget

It might not come as a surprise that millennials are passionate about giving back.

HEALTH CARE

Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season.

COURTS

Trump asks Supreme Court to shield banking records for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and three of his children asked the Supreme Court on Friday to shield records held by Deutsche Bank and Capital One from House Democrats.

Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a newspaper cannot use the state's fair report privilege law as a shield against a defamation lawsuit for a story that was based on a one-on-one interview with a police detective.

Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing

NASHVILLE (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death penalty in 1976.

TECHNOLOGY

NATO researchers: Social media failing to stop manipulation

LONDON (AP) — Social media companies are failing to stop manipulated activity, according to a report Friday by NATO-affiliated researchers who said they were easily able to buy tens of thousands of likes, comments and views on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Hiring gains send stock indexes higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes are ending a choppy week with solid gains after the government reported that hiring in the U.S. jumped last month to the highest level since January.

Consumer borrowing increases with higher credit card use

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers ramped up their credit card spending in October.

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018.

Cannabis stocks' 2019 skid showing few signs of easing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to investing in cannabis stocks, the marijuana bud's faded bloom has shown few signs of returning this year.

Where's my Amazon package? It may be late

NEW YORK (AP) — It's just a week into the holiday shopping season, and Amazon is already having trouble getting packages to shoppers' doorsteps on time.

US gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January as U.S. employers shrugged off global trade conflicts and added 266,000 jobs.

China waiving tariff hikes on US soybeans, pork

China is waiving punitive tariffs on U.S. soybeans and pork while the two sides negotiate a trade deal, the Ministry of Finance said Friday.

OPEC nations, Russia look to cut oil output to lift prices

The OPEC oil-producing countries and ally Russia said Friday they have agreed to cut their crude production by an extra 500,000 barrels a day as they try to support global energy prices.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House passes bill to restore key parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has approved a bill that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act that once required officials in all or parts of 15 states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process.

As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knows he has fierce Democratic adversaries in Congress. But there is also powerful sentiment against him from the Judiciary branch, where black-robed judges who sit in courtrooms just blocks from the Capitol and in New York City have repudiated his view of executive power.

Articles of impeachment: Explaining what's next in the House

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a crucial step toward a vote of the full House.

Trump on likely impeachment: 'Do it now, fast'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just get on with it. After months of fighting the House impeachment inquiry, blocking witnesses and ignoring subpoenas, the White House is now publicly embracing a strategy it has privately signaled for weeks: It will accept the reality that President Donald Trump will likely be impeached by the House and focus instead on a made-for-TV trial on friendlier turf in the Republican-controlled Senate.


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NASHVILLE AREA

Tennesseans invited for holiday tour of governor's mansion

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans are invited to visit the governor's mansion this holiday season for self-guided tours.

COURTS

Trump asks Supreme Court to void financial records subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president's financial records from his accounting firm.

Blind inmate faces execution tonight

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is set to carry out what is expected to be only the second execution of a blind prisoner in the United States since the nation reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

TOURISM

Airbnb introduces new rules to rein in parties, nuisances

Airbnb is taking more steps to crack down on parties and nuisance guests in the wake of a Halloween shooting at an Airbnb rental in a San Francisco suburb.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan gives workers 2 unpaid days off as US sales slump

FRANKLIN (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is making its U.S. factory and office employees take two days off without pay amid slumping sales.

GM, Korea's LG Chem in venture to build factory in Ohio

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors and Korea's LG Chem have formed a joint venture to build an electric vehicle battery cell factory near Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland.

TECHNOLOGY

2 Russians charged in multimillion-dollar malware scheme

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department unsealed charges Thursday against the alleged leader and an administrator of a Russian cyber-criminal gang that U.S. officials say developed and distributed malware used to steal at least $100 million from banks and other financial institutions in more than 40 countries over the past decade.

HEALTH CARE

US report: Prescription drug prices down slightly last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices for prescription drugs edged down by 1% last year, a rare result driven by declines for generics and slow, low growth in the cost of brand-name medications, the government said Thursday.

New details emerge on drug that may slow Alzheimer's disease

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease made its case to scientists Thursday, disclosing more results that may help explain why one study of the experimental medicine succeeded and another failed.

Pelosi sets showdown vote on Medicare drug negotiations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill empowering Medicare to negotiate prices for costly prescription drugs, her office announced Thursday.

ENVIRONMENT

US feels the heat as Trump pulls out of global climate pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No. 1 economy and the second-biggest carbon emitter.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end wobbly day with slight gains ahead of jobs report

Wall Street capped a wobbly day of trading Thursday with slight gains for the major stock indexes as technology companies and banks outweighed declines elsewhere in the market.

Saudi Aramco plans $25.6B share sale in biggest ever IPO

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco on Thursday set a share price for its IPO — expected to be the biggest ever — that puts the value of the company at $1.7 trillion, more than Apple or Microsoft.

US trade gap narrows 7.6% to $47.2 billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October as imports fell faster than exports. The politically sensitive trade gap with China dropped.

France shuts down: Mass strike hits trains, Eiffel Tower

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower shut down, France's vaunted high-speed trains stood still and several thousand people protested in Paris as unions launched open-ended, nationwide strikes Thursday over the government's plan to overhaul the retirement system.

OPEC debates deeper production cuts to push up oil price

VIENNA (AP) — The countries that make up the OPEC oil-producing cartel are meeting Thursday to decide whether to cut down on their production and push up prices of fuel and energy around the world.

Huawei asks court to throw out US telecom funds ban

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is asking a U.S. federal court to throw out a rule that bars rural phone carriers from using government money to purchase its equipment on security grounds.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.

Democrats take big new step toward impeaching Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

Across Capitol Hill, impeachment saga shifts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A different chairman. A committee twice the size. A shift from evidence to law.

Board finds border agents broke rules in shooting at cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Border Patrol agents didn't follow department rules when they opened fire in two separate incidents along the U.S.-Mexico Border, both involving agents shooting at drivers who were trying to speed away, a review board has found.

Amazon blaming Trump over Pentagon contract loss, judge says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon is arguing in a court case that President Donald Trump's bias against the company harmed its chances at winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract.

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