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VOL. 45 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 8, 2021

‘One of the best people I think I’ve ever known’

Former coach, teammates praise Vandy’s first home-grown coach in 30 years

Every new coach – no matter the sport or level of competition – knows all the right things to say when hired to take over a struggling program and energize fan support.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

$1M-plus sales up whopping 13% over record 2019 totals

The Greater Nashville Realtors will likely announce next week that 2020 was another record year for real estate sales in Middle Tennessee. As the pandemic grew from speculation to reality, Nashville realty followed the same curve, even in the upper-end market.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County residential sales for 2020

Top residential real estate sales, 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

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EVENTS

Chamber West: Tax Insights for the New Year. A virtual meeting to discuss the impact of 2020 on small businesses. Managing tax exposure in light of the many challenges, navigating the remainder of the PPP loan process, and streamlining accounting considering new circumstances. Price CPA’s professionals will provide insights and guidance. Free event, but registration is required. Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Information

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Davidson County real estate trends for December 2020

December 2020 real estate trends for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates hit new lows; 30-year at 2.65%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week to new record lows for the first week of 2021.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Jets add Titans OC Arthur Smith to list of HC candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets interviewed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Monday for their head coaching vacancy.

Derrick Henry unable to replicate playoff run for Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Derrick Henry ran the Tennessee Titans all the way to the AFC championship game a year ago.

Titans seem to have Ravens’ number

But can they make it 3 in a row?

The Ringo Starr classic “It Don’t Come Easy” might be a fitting theme song to the Tennessee Titans’ 2020 season.

Building early lead crucial for first round win

Can the Titans make it three consecutive wins against the Ravens in less than a full year? The Ravens opened as a field goal favorite, but they also were favored in their last two losses to Tennessee.

Ravens Jackson itching to add playoff win to solid resume

Lamar Jackson has an NFL MVP Trophy, two 1,000-yard rushing seasons and a 30-7 regular-season record as the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback.

NEWSMAKERS

Byrd elected partner at Adams and Reese

Adams and Reese has elected six attorneys across the firm to partnerships, including Clayton Byrd of Nashville.

BRIEFS

Acadia sells its UK division

Franklin-based Acadia Healthcare has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its operations in the United Kingdom to Waterland Private Equity.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Need for speed: Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche 911

The Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911 are closer competitors than they’ve ever been before. Both cars were redesigned for 2020 with big changes for the Corvette and small but effective evolutions for the 911.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

You might actually have more time than you think

One. That’s all you need. One more hour magically crammed into your day and you’d be set. No more moving today’s tasks over to stress you out tomorrow. And if there was an extra hour wedged into tomorrow, great, that’d help, too.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Start 2021 off strong with these money moves

After the train wreck that was 2020, you might well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store.

CAREER CORNER

Reprioritize your goals for a better 2021

If last year taught us anything, it’s that things can change in an instant. Even small things we took for granted can become complex and unknown.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How to nail a no-spend month

Holiday spending always gets the best of me. The gifts, the food, the Christmas tree and decorations – sandwiched between two monthly rent payments – siphon money from my bank account. Every year I feel the sticker shock, briefly tuck my tail between my legs, then carry on like it never happened.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee's Ty Chandler transferring to North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Running back Ty Chandler is transferring to North Carolina for his final season of eligibility after graduating from Tennessee.

Tennessee hires Steele as defensive assistant coach

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt has hired Kevin Steele as a defensive assistant coach, bringing him back to the program where the former Auburn defensive coordinator started his coaching career.

STATEWIDE

University of Memphis' first Black professor dies

MEMPHIS (AP) — Miriam DeCosta-Willis, the University of Memphis' first Black professor and a participant in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, has died, the school said. She was 86.

STATE GOVERNMENT

McNally announces Senate committee appointments

Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) today announced state Senate committee assignments for the 112th General Assembly. McNally was re-elected Speaker of the Senate on Tuesday.

Tennessee lawmakers to elect 3 statewide officials

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers voted Wednesday to reelect the secretary of state and treasurer and pick a new comptroller.

MEDIA

EU court opinion leaves Facebook more exposed over privacy

LONDON (AP) — Any EU country can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of data privacy rules, not just the main regulator in charge of the company, a top court adviser said Wednesday.

YouTube suspends Trump's channel for at least a week

HONG KONG (AP) — YouTube has suspended U.S. President Donald Trump's channel for at least a week amid concerns over "ongoing potential for violence," making it the latest platform to limit the president's online activities.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen sold 9.3 million cars in pandemic year, down 15%

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said its global sales fell 15.2% during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but showed significant recovery toward the end of the year. The company more than tripled its sales of battery-only vehicles.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

UK's Johnson pledges vaccine program to operate 24-7

LONDON (AP) — Britain's coronavirus vaccine program will operate around the clock seven days a week "as soon as we can," Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Wednesday as the U.K. accelerates efforts to inoculate millions of its most vulnerable people against coronavirus.

Survey finds global mistrust could weigh on vaccine rollout

Waning trust in governments and all types of media is threatening to limit the rollout of coronavirus vaccines around the world, particularly in the United States, according to a survey conducted by communications firm Edelman.

UK may move patients into hotels to ease hospital strain

LONDON (AP) — England's health care system may move patients into hotels to ease pressure on hospitals struggling to handle rising COVID-19 admissions.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street drifts higher; Treasury yields slow their rise

Stocks closed mixed on Wall Street after major indexes spent the day drifting up and down, not far off the record highs they reached last week.

Fed survey finds economy slowing in some areas of country

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of U.S. business conditions has found modest economic gains at the start of the year, although some parts of the country saw slowdowns stemming from a renewed surge of COVID-19 cases.

US budget deficit up 60.7% in first 3 months of budget year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's deficit in the first three months of the budget year was a record-breaking $572.9 billion, 60.7% higher than the same period a year ago, as spending to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic surged while revenue declined.

US to block cotton from China region targeted in crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Uighur region of China in its most sweeping action yet to pressure the Communist Party over its campaign against ethnic minorities.

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants flounder

BORING, Ore. (AP) — A line formed out the door during the lunch rush at the Carver Hangar, a family-owned restaurant and sports bar, and waitresses zipped in and out of the kitchen trying to keep up with orders as customers backed up in the lobby.

Airbnb to block, cancel reservations ahead of inauguration

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb says it will be blocking and cancelling all reservations in the Washington, D.C. area during the week of the presidential inauguration.

Intel replaces its chief executive after a rocky stretch

Intel is replacing its CEO after only two years in what had been a rough stretch for the chipmaker.

Consumer prices up 0.4% in December led by higher gas prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices rose 0.4% in December, led by a sharp rise in gasoline prices.

Target continues to thrive in whirlwind retail environment

NEW YORK (AP) — Target's strong sales streak extended through a pandemic-shrouded holiday season after a hard push online and an increased effort to provide alternatives to customers who are trying to minimize risk.

Yellen's Senate confirmation hearing set for Jan. 19

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee announced Tuesday that it will hold a confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary-nominee Janet Yellen on Jan. 19.

N. Ireland stores see empty shelves as Brexit trade rules bite

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s biggest supermarket chains warned Wednesday that food supplies in Northern Ireland face disruption because of new checks imposed by Britain's departure from the European Union.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone

WASHINGTON (AP) — His place in the history books rewritten, President Donald Trump endured his second impeachment largely alone and silent.

Schumer says trial likely to begin after Jan. 19

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer vows there will be an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, even if it's after he leaves office and Democrat Joe Biden is inaugurated.

McConnell blocks quick Trump trial, unsure how he'll vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday blocked a quick Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump  but did not rule out that he might eventually vote to convict the now twice-impeached president .

Led by Cheney, 10 House Republicans back Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Republican House members — including the No. 3 House GOP leader — voted to impeach President Donald Trump over the deadly insurrection at the Capitol. The GOP votes were in sharp contrast to the unanimous support for Trump among House Republicans when he was impeached by Democrats in December 2019.

Report: Companies donated $170M to GOP election objectors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Corporations and industry groups have donated at least $170 million in recent years to Republicans who rejected President-elect Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump, according to a new report by a government watchdog group.

Hawley, facing fallout, blames media, D.C. 'establishment'

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, facing waning support from longtime backers and donors in the wake of the attack at the U.S. Capitol last week, defended himself in a newspaper column Wednesday, accusing the media and "Washington establishment" of deceiving Americans into calling him an "insurrectionist."

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's call to action distorted in debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment debate on Wednesday heard a distorted account of President Donald Trump's remarks to his supporters a week ago when he exhorted them to "fight like hell" before they swarmed the Capitol.

Jordan reads statement from Trump on House floor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he opposes violence in a statement read on the House floor as members debate impeaching him for his role in fomenting the violent insurrection at the Capitol last week.

Tom Hanks heads TV special celebrating Biden's inauguration

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States, with performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons.

GOP lawmaker expects more Republicans to impeach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is predicting more Republicans will join him in voting to impeach President Donald Trump.

EXPLAINER: How Trump's 2nd impeachment will unfold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is expected to impeach President Donald Trump for his encouragement of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, a vote that would make him the first American president to be impeached twice.

What to watch as House moves to impeach Trump for 2nd time

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's fiery speech at a rally just before the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol is at the center of the impeachment charge against him, even as the falsehoods he spread for months about election fraud are still being championed by some Republicans.

Fury at the shaken Capitol over the attack, security, virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time the fury enveloping the U.S. Capitol comes not from an insurgent mob but from within.

Anti-Semitism seen in Capitol insurrection raises alarms

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol last week clamoring to overturn the result of November's presidential election, photographs captured a man in the crowd wearing a shirt emblazoned with "Camp Auschwitz," a reference to the Nazi concentration camp.

FBI says it warned about prospect of violence ahead of riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI warned law enforcement agencies ahead of last week's breach of the U.S. Capitol about the potential for extremist-driven violence, U.S. officials said, contradicting earlier statements that they were caught off guard by the assault by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Biden picks Samantha Power, former UN envoy, for US aid post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has picked Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the agency overseeing American foreign humanitarian and development aid.


TUESDAY, JANUARY 12
NASHVILLE AREA

Al Gore, Condoleezza Rice participate in unity initiative

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are participating in a new initiative at Vanderbilt University focused on bridging the partisan divide in the U.S., officials said Tuesday.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee doctors group turns to lawmakers for mask mandate

MEMPHIS (AP) — A group of Tennessee doctors that has been pushing Gov. Bill Lee for a statewide mask mandate turned its attention to the legislature Tuesday, the first day of the 2021 legislative session.

Tennessee lawmakers return for session amid pandemic, FBI probe

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers gathered to start their annual session Tuesday in Nashville amid a pandemic and an FBI probe that drew searches of multiple legislative offices by federal agents last week.

STATEWIDE

Smokies seeks volunteers to monitor visitor use patterns

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for volunteers to monitor visitor use patterns in several of the park's most popular locations, according to a Monday news release from the park.

COURTS

Supreme Court wrestles with Georgia college free speech case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether to revive a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus.

EXPLAINER: Who's been charged in the deadly Capitol siege?

Prosecutors have brought dozens of cases after the deadly attack at the U.S. Capitol and more charges are expected in the coming days as investigators identify more members of the pro-Trump mob.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM charges up new unit to sell electric delivery vans, gear

DETROIT (AP) — The market for battery-powered delivery vehicles and equipment has so much potential that General Motors is forming a new business unit to serve it, a move that lifted the automaker's stock to a multiyear high.

Volkswagen triples electric car sales ahead of climate rules

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's push into electric cars is gathering speed — despite the pandemic.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

No choice: Dutch PM extends coronavirus lockdown by 3 weeks

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte extended his country's tough five-week lockdown by a further three weeks Tuesday amid concerns that infection rates are not falling quickly enough and fears about the new more transmissible variant first detected in the United Kingdom.

US shifts to speed COVID shots as cases, deaths rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely a month into a mass vaccination campaign to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump administration unexpectedly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots. The move came after widespread concern over a slow start even as coronavirus cases and deaths reach alarming new highs.

COVID fears grow in Capitol as three lawmakers test positive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Within a span of about 24 hours, three House Democrats announced they tested positive for COVID-19, prompting concern that last week's insurrection at the Capitol has also turned into a super-spreader event threatening the health of lawmakers and their staffs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks notch gains on Wall Street; Treasury yields climb

Stocks shook off a midday slide and ended broadly higher on Wall Street.

IRS gets more relief payments out after delays

The IRS said that after initial problems, it is getting more of the second round of relief payments to taxpayers.

Job openings down in most industries, while layoffs spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Layoffs spiked in November compared with the previous month and the number of job openings slipped, signaling that the job market has stalled as the resurgent coronavirus has brought about another wave shutdowns of restaurants and bars and hobbled consumer spending.

German investigators shut down big darknet marketplace

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday that they have taken down what they believe was the biggest illegal marketplace on the darknet and arrested its suspected operator.

Social media crackdown continues after siege of US Capitol

LONDON (AP) — Social media platforms are continuing to crackdown on fringe groups and conspiracy theories following last week's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Airbnb banning rioters, hate groups ahead of inauguration

Airbnb said Monday that it's reviewing reservations in the Washington, D.C., area ahead of next week's presidential inauguration and will bar any guests associated with hate groups or violent activity.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House GOP won't pressure members to vote against impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans are telling rank-and-file lawmakers they won't be pressuring them to vote a particular way when the chamber considers impeaching President Donald Trump for a second time.

US prosecutors weighing sedition charges in Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are considering sedition charges against at least some of the Trump loyalists who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week and will be examining the movement and money flow of the rioters who converged on Washington, officials said Tuesday.

FBI says it warned law enforcement about threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI says it notified other law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Capitol Police, the day before the riot at the Capitol about an online message about a "war" and storming the U.S. Capitol.

Pompeo cancels last trip abroad as concerns of violence grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has canceled what would have been his final official trip abroad as concerns grow over potential violence at next week's presidential inauguration, the State Department said Tuesday.

Trump takes no responsibility for riot, visits Texas

ALAMO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday took no responsibility for his part in fomenting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, despite his comments encouraging supporters to march on the Capitol and praise for them while they were still carrying out the assault.

Pompeo hits Iran for al-Qaida support on his way out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Iran of having secret ties with the al-Qaida network and imposed new sanctions on several senior Iranian officials.

Las Vegas Sands founder, CEO, GOP megadonor Adelson dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire mogul and power broker who built a casino empire spanning from Las Vegas to China and became a singular force in domestic and international politics has died after a long illness.

House races to oust Trump as he says effort angers nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House pressed swiftly forward Tuesday toward impeachment or other steps to forcibly remove President Donald Trump from office, even as Trump blamed Democratic foes and not himself for last week's deadly attack on the Capitol.

Law enforcement: We'll be ready for Joe Biden's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, they'll be ready. The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will be held on the same risers in the same spot at the U.S. Capitol where a violent, pro-Trump mob descended last week.

EXPLAINER: Why National Guard's role was limited during riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, questions are being raised about why the District of Columbia National Guard played such a limited role as civilian law enforcement officers were outnumbered and overrun.

Analysis: Trump abdicating in the job he fought to retain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's days in office are numbered. But he's already stopped doing much of his job.

After frosty few days, Pence, Trump appear to reach détente

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear to have come to a détente after nearly a week of silence, anger and finger-pointing.

Trump heads to Texas border in final days to showcase wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — After days out of sight following the Capitol siege, President Donald Trump travels to Texas to trumpet one of the pillars of his presidency: his campaign against illegal immigration.

Trump Homeland Security chief abruptly quits at tense time

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's acting head of the Department of Homeland Security abruptly resigned Monday, leaving the post ahead of schedule as the nation faces a heightened terrorism threat from extremists seeking to reverse the election.


MONDAY, JANUARY 11
STATEWIDE

Tennessee gov: COVID-19 drug available in state for seniors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is urging seniors who contract COVID-19 to ask their health care providers about certain drugs that could prevent them from getting so sick that they wind up in the hospital.

Tennessee Congressman Fleischmann tests positive for virus

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee said Sunday he has tested positive for the coronavirus after coming into contact with another member of Congress with whom he shares a residence in Washington, D.C.

COURTS

Supreme Court rejects fast track for Trump election cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday formally refused to put on a fast track election challenges filed by President Donald Trump and his allies.

Supreme Court won't hear PA abortion clinic free speech case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to get involved in a case about free speech outside a Pittsburgh abortion clinic.

Tennessee, Texas men charged in connection with Capitol riot

DALLAS (AP) — A retired Air Force officer and a man from Tennessee were charged Sunday for being part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, federal prosecutors said.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford announces closing of Brazil manufacturing operations

SAO PAULO (AP) — Ford Motor said on Monday it will close three plants in Brazil and stop producing automobiles in the South American country.

TECHNOLOGY

Meet the online gadget show, a hall of mirrors to the future

Every January, huge crowds descend on Las Vegas for the CES gadget show, an extravaganza of tech and glitz intended to set the tone for the coming year in consumer technology. CES kicks off this week, but thanks to the pandemic, it will be in a radical new format — a "virtual" show taking place only in cyberspace.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

UN: COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programs to stop COVID-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year.

US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

The U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination drive in history with a major expansion of the campaign, opening football stadiums, major league ballparks, fairgrounds and convention centers to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people.

California virus deaths top 30,000 after deadliest weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's coronavirus catastrophe reached a staggering new level Monday as Johns Hopkins University data showed the nation's most populous state has recorded more than 30,000 deaths since the pandemic started nearly a year ago.

China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

BEIJING (AP) — Experts from the World Health Organization are due to arrive in China this week for a long-anticipated investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the government said Monday.

80% say Tokyo Olympics should be called off or won't happen

TOKYO (AP) — More than 80% of people in Japan who were surveyed in two polls in the last few days say the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or say they believe the Olympics will not take place.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slip as Wall Street takes a breather after 4-day run

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street Monday as trading cools in markets around the world following record-setting runs.

Wall Street distances itself from Trump, GOP after riots

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A growing number of Wall Street banks and businesses have cut ties with President Donald Trump's campaign and financial arms, as well as the broader Republican Party, following last week's riots and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Doggie desserts: Ben & Jerry's enters the pet food business

Think your dog deserves dessert? So does Ben & Jerry's.

Chunky bootmaker Dr. Martens to sell shares to public

LONDON (AP) — The maker of Dr. Martens boots, the chunky-soled footwear once championed by rebellious young people but now favored by celebrities like Rihanna, plans to sell shares to the public as the existing owners seek to profit from growth of the iconic brand.

Businesses rethink political donations after Capitol siege

Businesses are rethinking political contributions in the wake of the deadly Capitol siege by President Donald Trump's supporters on Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week's deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump hits Cuba with new terrorism sanctions in waning days

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday re-designated Cuba as a "state sponsor of terrorism," in a move that hits the country with new sanctions shortly before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

House speeding to impeach Trump for Capitol 'insurrection'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Poised to impeach, the House sped ahead Monday with plans to oust President Donald Trump from office, warning he is a threat to democracy and pushing the vice president and Cabinet to act first in an extraordinary effort to remove Trump in the final days of his presidency.

Trump rewards GOP ally Rep. Jim Jordan with Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the outgoing president's fiercest GOP allies.

Biden inauguration theme: 'America United'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The theme for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will be "America United," an issue that's long been a central focus for Biden but one that's taken on added weight in the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.

US announces new sanctions over 2020 election interference

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday sanctioned more than a half-dozen associates of a Ukrainian lawmaker blamed by U.S. officials for interfering in the 2020 presidential election by releasing edited audio recordings of President-elect Joe Biden.

Biden chooses veteran diplomat Burns as CIA director

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Burns, a well-known figure in diplomatic circles around the world, is President-elect Joe Biden's choice to lead the CIA, a selection likely to be embraced by the rank and file at the nation's premier spy agency.

Who were they? Records reveal Trump fans who stormed Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — They came from across America, summoned by President Donald Trump to march on Washington in support of his false claim that the November election was stolen and to stop the congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden as the victor.

Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under battle flags bearing Donald Trump's name, the Capitol's attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the crowd.

The unfolding of 'home-grown fascism' in Capitol assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under battle flags bearing Donald Trump's name, the Capitol's attackers pinned a bloodied police officer in a doorway, his twisted face and screams captured on video. They mortally wounded another officer with a blunt weapon and body-slammed a third over a railing into the crowd.

Trump remains defiant amid calls to resign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump enters the last days of his presidency isolated and shunned by former allies and members of his own party as he faces a second impeachment and growing calls for his resignation after his supporters launched an assault on the nation's Capitol in an effort to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.

EXPLAINER: Can social media companies boot Trump? Yes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social media companies decided this past week they had finally seen enough from President Donald Trump.

Pelosi says House will impeach Trump, pushes VP to oust him

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump as she pushes the vice president and the Cabinet to invoke constitutional authority to force him out, warning that Trump is a threat to democracy after the deadly assault on the Capitol.

Biden faces challenge in guiding America past Trump era

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden appeared on television last week as a bipartisan group of lawmakers huddled in an undisclosed location to protect them from a violent mob that was ransacking the U.S. Capitol.

Analysis: A GOP reckoning after turning blind eye to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a lie, one that was allowed to fester and flourish by many of the same Republicans now condemning President Donald Trump for whipping his supporters into a frenzy with his false attacks on the integrity of the 2020 election.

Trump to honor Belichick with Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Bill Belichick, the football coach of the New England Patriots and the only coach to win six Super Bowl titles.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
UT SPORTS

Tennessee signs Virginia Tech QB Hooker as graduate transfer

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has signed Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker as a graduate transfer, bolstering the position after a pair of Volunteers decided to transfer.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans to honor officers who responded to Christmas bombing

NASHVILLE (AP) — The six first responders who evacuated residents before the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville will be the "Honorary 12th Titans" for Tennessee's home game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

STATE GOVERNMENT

US Attorney: FBI agents search lawmakers' offices and homes

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Tennessee said Friday that FBI agents have searched the homes and offices of several state lawmakers.

HEALTH CARE

Tennessee is 1st to be approved for Medicaid block grant

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to be approved to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program through a block grant program, Gov. Bill Lee said Friday.

COURTS

Dominion sues Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against lawyer Sidney Powell on Friday, seeking at least $1.3 billion for Powell's "wild accusations" that the company rigged the presidential election for Joe Biden.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Semiconductor shortage forces auto production cuts, including Nissan

DETROIT (AP) — A widening global shortage of semiconductors for auto parts is forcing major auto companies to halt or slow vehicle production just as they were recovering from pandemic-related factory shutdowns.

New campaign, and logo, for GM in a bid to electrify image

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is changing its corporate logo and launching an electric vehicle marketing campaign to reshape its image as clean vehicle company, rather than a builder of gas-powered pickups and SUVs.

US safety agency rejects petition to recall Tesla vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety agency has rejected a request to investigate unintended acceleration in Tesla electric vehicles, saying the acceleration was caused by drivers pushing the wrong pedal.

MEDIA

Courier Journal stopping Louisville presses permanently

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The presses at the Courier Journal building in downtown Louisville are stopping for good.

Neil Sheehan, Pentagon Papers reporter, Vietnam author, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Neil Sheehan, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times and who chronicled the deception at the heart of the Vietnam War in his epic book about the conflict, died Thursday. He was 84.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

With virus surging, Biden to speed release of COVID vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 surging and vaccinations off to a slow start, President-elect Joe Biden will rapidly release most available vaccine doses to protect more people, his office said Friday, a reversal of Trump administration policies.

Vaccine rollout hits snag as health workers balk at shots

The desperately awaited vaccination drive against the coronavirus in the U.S. is running into resistance from an unlikely quarter: Surprising numbers of health care workers who have seen firsthand the death and misery inflicted by COVID-19 are refusing shots.

U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. topped 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time, breaking a record set just one day earlier, with several Sun Belt states driving the surge.

London mayor seeks help as UK sees record new virus deaths

LONDON (AP) — London's mayor declared the capital's COVID-19 situation to be critical Friday, reflecting deteriorating conditions for beleaguered hospitals, as the country recorded its highest daily death toll in the pandemic.

Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in the two more-contagious variants of the coronavirus that have erupted in Britain and South Africa.

UK regulators approve use of 3rd vaccine against coronavirus

LONDON (AP) — Britain has authorized a coronavirus vaccine developed by Moderna, the third to be licensed for use in the country as it ramps up a vaccination program critical to lifting the country out of the pandemic.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stock market shakes off a slump to reach more record highs

Wall Street notched more milestones Friday as the market largely shrugged off another discouraging jobs report amid expectations that the incoming Biden administration will pump more aid into the pandemic-ravaged economy.

US consumer credit up 4.4% in November, best in 5 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer borrowing rose 4.4% in November, its strongest showing in five months, led by strong gains in auto and student loans that offset a drop in credit card borrowing.

Deutsche Bank to pay $130 million to avoid bribery charge

NEW YORK (AP) — Deutsche Bank agreed Friday to pay fines and penalties of about $130 million to avoid a criminal prosecution on charges it participated in a foreign bribery scheme to win business in Saudi Arabia.

Fed transcripts show doubts about need for 2015 rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released transcripts show that many Federal Reserve officials had concerns in late 2015 over whether they were making a mistake in raising a key interest rate for the first time in nearly decade.

Companies say post-Brexit rules are clogging up UK-EU trade

LONDON (AP) — Some businesses said Friday that costs and paperwork are hampering trade between Britain and the European Union as the reality of the U.K.'s post-Brexit trading relationship with the bloc takes hold.

US loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly drop since spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is faltering as the viral pandemic tightens its grip on consumers and businesses.

More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive.

Bitcoin crosses $40K mark, doubling in less than a month

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — First it went through $20,000. Then 10 days later, it broke through $25,000, and then, with barely taking a breath, it crossed $30,000. Now only a few days into 2021, the price of bitcoin has crossed $40,000.

Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle charge over 737 Max

Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle a Justice Department investigation and admit that employees misled regulators about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft, which suffered two deadly crashes shortly after entering airline service.

France's hopes lift as US freezes tariffs over tech tax

PARIS (AP) — France's government breathed a sigh of relief Friday after the U.S. indefinitely delayed tariffs on French wine, cosmetics and other goods designed as retaliation for a French tax on technology giants.

Head of Chinese bank behind foreign building spree jailed

BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of the main Chinese state bank behind Beijing's initiative to build railways and ports across dozens of Asian countries has been sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges, a court announced.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden calls Trump 'unfit' but doesn't endorse impeachment

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden said Friday that President Donald Trump isn't "fit for the job," but he repeatedly refused to endorse growing Democratic calls to impeach him a second time.

Trump to skip Biden swearing-in — Biden's fine with that

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will skip President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, refusing to fulfill the outgoing president's traditional role in the peaceful transition of power and undercutting his own message just one day earlier on the need for "national healing and unity."

Pelosi's talk of limits on Trump nuke power raises old worry

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's concern about President Donald Trump potentially ordering the launch of a nuclear weapon in his final days in office highlights a little-known fact: Launch authority rests with the president alone.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts record on National Guard in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting how he responded to the chaos at the Capitol this week, falsely stating that he acted immediately to bring in the National Guard.

Pompeo: US is not a 'banana republic'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is rejecting suggestions that the United States is a "banana republic" following the assault on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. It's a highly unusual defense to criticism that hasn't previously warranted an riposte from America's top diplomat.

Pelosi, Democrats lay plans for swift Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats laid plans Friday for impeaching President Donald Trump, even as he's headed out of the White House, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had spoken to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing an "unhinged" Trump from ordering a nuclear strike in his final days.

Trump finally faces reality — amid talk of early ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — With 12 days left in his term, President Donald Trump has finally bent to reality amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he'll peacefully leave after Congress affirmed his defeat.

Biden blames Trump for violence at Capitol that's shaken US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has denounced the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol as "domestic terrorists" and he blamed President Donald Trump for the violence that has shaken the nation's capital and beyond.

Law firm seeks support in call for President Trump's ouster

NEW YORK (AP) — A large Washington, D.C.-based law firm is asking other lawyers to join in a call for President Donald Trump's cabinet to oust him after rioting supporters of the president attacked and occupied the U.S. Capitol.

Stay or go? After Trump-fueled riot, aides debate early exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A steady stream of Trump administration officials are beating an early path to the exits as a protest against the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol this week even as others wrestling with the stay-or-go question conclude that they owe it to the public to see things through to the end.

Capitol siege raises security worries for Biden inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is intensifying scrutiny over security at the upcoming inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden, which already has been reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic and President Donald Trump's decision not to attend.

Police officer's death intensifies Capitol siege questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A police officer has died from injuries suffered as President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, a violent siege that is forcing hard questions about the defeated president's remaining days in office and the ability of the Capitol Police to secure the area.

Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter.

Warnock, Biden wins give twin thrills to religious liberals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. and Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock shares more than a party with President-elect Joe Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals.


THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
UT SPORTS

No. 9 Tennessee pulls out 79-74 thriller over Arkansas

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Josiah-Jordan James and Victor Bailey scored 17 points apiece and Tennessee hit eight free throws in the final minute as the No. 9 Volunteers pulled out a 79-74 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday night.

PREDATORS

Predators sign Luke Kunin to 2-year, $4.6 million deal

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Luke Kunin to a two-year, $4.6 million contract.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee panel OKs 5th online sportsbook operator

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel conditionally approved a license for a fifth sportsbook operator Wednesday under the state's online-only sports betting program.

TN lawmakers Pody, Griffey hold prayer rally in support of Trump

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Tennessee lawmakers held a prayer rally Wednesday timed to coincide with a protest in the nation's Capitol in support of President Donald Trump.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

The U.S. registered more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than ever before -- nearly 3,900 -- on the very day the mob attack on the Capitol laid bare some of the same, deep political divisions that have hampered the battle against the pandemic.

Japan declares emergency for Tokyo area as cases spike

TOKYO (AP) — Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital.

COVID-19 vaccine contender CureVac links up with Bayer

BERLIN (AP) — A German company that is in the advanced stages of producing a vaccine against COVID-19 is linking up with pharmaceutical giant Bayer to help develop and distribute the product.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street keeps rising on Democratic wins, stimulus hopes

Wall Street rallied to more record highs as investors hope the Democratic sweep of Washington means more stimulus is on the way for the economy.

Didn't get your relief payment yet? You aren't alone

Didn't get your second relief check yet? You aren't alone.

Biden picks Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo as commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to lead the Commerce Department, helping set trade policy and looking to promote U.S. opportunities for growth domestically and overseas.

US services sector grows for seventh consecutive month

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, grew for the seventh consecutive month in December even as coronavirus cases surged through the holidays.

US trade deficit jumps to $68.1 billion in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped to $68.1 billion in November, the highest monthly deficit in 14 years, as a surge in imports overwhelmed a smaller increase in exports.

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly last week to 787,000, a historically high number that points to a weak job market held back by the viral pandemic.

Walgreens tops fiscal 1Q forecasts as it fights pandemic hit

Walgreens Boots Alliance lost $308 million in its first fiscal quarter due to a big charge tied to its ownership stake in the drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Pelosi asks top general about curbing Trump's military power

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she has spoken to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing President Donald Trump from initiating military actions or a nuclear strike.

Siege of US Capitol by pro-Trump mob forces hard questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day later, the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters forced painful new questions across government — about his fitness to remain in office for two more weeks, the ability of the police to secure the complex and the future of the Republican Party in a post-Trump era.

Social platforms flex their power, lock down Trump accounts

After years of treating President Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric with a light touch, Facebook and Instagram are silencing his social media accounts for the rest of his presidency. The move, which many called long overdue following Wednesday's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, is also a reminder of the enormous power that social-media platforms can wield when they choose.

EXPLAINER: Transfer of power under 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's role in inciting violence at the Capitol and his refusal to acknowledge his election defeat is prompting some lawmakers to urge his removal from office through the 25th Amendment.

Transportation Secretary Chao resigns after riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning effective Monday, becoming the highest ranking member of President Donald Trump's administration to resign in protest after the pro-Trump insurrection at Capitol.

Pentagon activates 6,200 National Guard members

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has formally activated roughly 6,200 members of the National Guard from six northeastern states to help support the Capitol Police and other law enforcement in Washington in the wake of the deadly riot Wednesday that rocked the U.S. Capitol.

Biden to introduce Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden will introduce Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general on Thursday along with three others he has selected for senior Justice Department positions to "restore the independence" of the agency and faith in the rule of law.

Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner before dawn Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a stunning attempt to overturn the election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Trump in the White House.

Biden urges restoring decency after 'assault' on democracy

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden called Wednesday for the restoration of "simple decency" as a mob incited by his predecessor stormed the U.S. Capitol and delayed Congress from certifying the results of November's election.

World watches US chaos with shock, dismay and some mockery

PARIS (AP) — As the world watched American institutions shaken to the core by an angry mob, officials and ordinary citizens wondered: How fragile is democracy, and how much stress could their own political systems withstand?

Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Where are they?" a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors.

Capitol police chief defends response to 'criminal' rioters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Capitol Police defended his department's response to the storming of the Capitol, saying Thursday that officers "acted valiantly when faced with thousands of individuals involved in violent riotous actions." Washington's mayor called the police response "a failure."

After excusing violence, Trump acknowledges Biden transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump for the first time acknowledged his defeat in the Nov. 3 election  and announced there would be an "orderly transition" on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, after Congress concluded the electoral vote count early Thursday certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Pence defies Trump, affirms Biden's win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence defied President Donald Trump early Thursday morning as he affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's November victory, putting an end to Trump's futile efforts to subvert American democracy and overturn the results of the election.

Somber Senate unites to reject election challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sober, shaken Senate returned to its hallowed chamber Wednesday night to slap away a frivolous election challenge, but its secondary purpose seemed to be to rise from the wreckage of a shocking day in which they were forced to flee the Capitol by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims, fuel on a day of chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed his hopeless case for overturning the election to a crowd of supporters Wednesday, fueling the grievances of a mob that then stormed the Capitol and disrupted the confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

ELECTION 2020

Dems' Georgia alliance is diverse and broad. Is it durable?

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump came to the north Georgia mountains Monday night to gin up turnout in conservative strongholds and stave off the Democratic challengers who threatened the GOP's Senate majority in two runoff elections.

Ossoff seals Democrats' sweep, will be youngest US senator

ATLANTA (AP) — As a teenager, Jon Ossoff was inspired by the pivotal role John Lewis played in the fight for racial equality when the civil rights icon was in his early 20s.

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