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VOL. 45 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 15, 2021

Who’s paying for COVID? All of us

Unvaxxed, uninsured could cost us billions

We are tired. We locked ourselves down in March 2020 and waited almost a year for a lifesaving vaccine. We got our one or two doses (depending on the vaccine brand) as soon as we could. We stayed masked up and social distanced even after our jabs.

Government aid helped postpone COVID bankruptcies

Hundreds of thousands of people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, some for long periods of time. That comes with high medical bills.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Manning up is a sure way to sway this football fan

I’m trying to become a Titans fan, as befits a bona fide Nashvillian. But it’s going ... slowly. Here’s the problem:

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EVENTS

Second Ave. Design Input Community Meeting. Metro Planning Department, Civic Design Center, NDOT, GHP, Hawkins Partners and Kimley-Horn, will host a virtual public meeting to preview draft design concepts for First Ave. N., Second Ave. N. and Riverfront Park. Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. Register

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Those cranes aren’t flying away unless we chase them

Some have designated the crane as the official bird of Nashville. The skyline is decorated with the machinery swinging through the heights of the city, now spreading their wings into Midtown, down West End and into SoBro.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County residential sales for September 2021

Top residential real estate sales, September 2021, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US average mortgage rates jump; 30-year loan at 3.05%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term mortgage rates jumped this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan again breaching 3%.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Let’s not talk about injuries

Titans’ secrecy leads to suspicion of mishandling

Last week, there was some refreshing candor from the Tennessee Titans camp.

Football-skin sofa? Byard has big plans for turnover stash

Kevin Byard has talked at length this year about the Titans needing to force more turnovers. Now he’s leading by example.

Bills vs. Titans: What to watch

The stakes get a little higher when the Titans host the Buffalo Bills this week on Monday Night Football. The Bills probably haven’t forgotten the 42-16 smackdown the Titans put on them last year in a rare Tuesday night game. The game had been rescheduled due to the Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak.

Titans' Julio Jones back at practice after missing 2 games

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice Wednesday after missing the past two games with an injured hamstring.

UT SPORTS

Kiffin will feel the heat in return to ground he scorched

Lane Kiffin slipped out of Knoxville in the dead of night, leaving burning mattresses, police barricades and expletive-screaming students in his wake.

NEWSMAKERS

Lawson joins Dickinson Wright

Rachel Schaffer Lawson has joined Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Nashville office as of counsel.

BRIEFS

Nashville International ranks No. 9 in U.S.

Condé Nast Traveler has announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Nashville International Airport named as the Ninth Best Airport in the U.S.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2022 Toyota Tacoma still the midsize truck to beat

The Toyota Tacoma has been the most popular midsize truck sold in America through the first half of 2021. It’s also one of Edmunds’ most highly rated models in the category.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Fortify your finances against natural disaster

Emergency preparedness experts recommend that you have a “go bag” and a “stay bin” for disasters: Kits with supplies to help you survive a few days if you have to evacuate your home or shelter in place.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Diffusing the urge to walk off job

In retrospect, it was such a small thing. Any other day, that nearly-inconsequential little annoyance at work might not have bothered you. This time, it did, though, and that was it. You had no more cares to give, and you were done, immediate action was required.

PREDATORS

Predators score twice in third period, top Kings 2-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Matt Duchene and Tanner Jeannot scored in the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans banged up, resilient, ready to build off 34-31 win

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans just passed their biggest test this season even with an injury report that grows with each passing game.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers OK $900M Ford incentive package

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Wednesday committed to spending nearly $900 million on state incentives, infrastructure upgrades and more as part of a sweeping plan with Ford Motor Co. to build an electric vehicle and battery plant near Memphis.

Officials: Tennessee can't drop COVID rule despite GOP push

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee labor officials say they are unable to reject a federal rule designed to protect health care workers from COVID-19 despite receiving stern instructions earlier this week from Republican lawmakers to do so.

REGION

Distillery to offer new attraction to Lake Cumberland region

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The Lake Cumberland region of southern Kentucky will get another tourist attraction once a new bourbon distillery opens.

COURTS

Tennessee doctor sentenced in opioid overdose death

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee doctor who pleaded guilty to causing the overdose death of a patient by illegally prescribing the painkiller hydrocodone has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

HEALTH CARE

Biogen CEO: 'Major bottleneck' still limits Alzheimer's drug

A new Alzheimer's drug from Biogen brought in only $300,000 in sales during its first full quarter on the market, extending a slow debut complicated by coverage questions and doctor concerns.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla hits record profit despite parts shortage, ship delays

DETROIT (AP) — Record electric vehicle sales last summer amid a shortage of computer chips and other materials propelled Tesla Inc. to the biggest quarterly net earnings in its history.

ENVIRONMENT

EU chief says key to energy crisis is pushing Green Deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Wednesday exhorted the 27 member nations to wean themselves off natural gas not only to speed the transition to clean energy but also to make the bloc a more independent player in the world.

MEDIA

UK fines Facebook $69.4 million for failing to supply data

LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog fined Facebook 50.5 million pounds ($69.4 million) on Wednesday for violating rules during the U.K. investigation into the social media giant's purchase of Giphy.

Netflix posts higher 3Q earnings, solid subscriber growth

Netflix posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings Tuesday thanks to a stronger slate of titles, including "Squid Game," the dystopian survival drama from South Korea that the company says became its biggest-ever TV show.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school youngsters in a matter of weeks.

Southwest: We won't put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will let unvaccinated employees keep working past early December instead of putting them on unpaid leave if they apply for an exemption on medical or religious grounds.

UK encourages booster jabs, resists new virus restrictions

LONDON (AP) — Under pressure from rising infections and alarmed health experts, the British government on Wednesday urged millions of people to get booster vaccine shots but resisted calls to reimpose coronavirus restrictions such as mandatory mask-wearing.

WHO: Europe the only region with rise in COVID-19 last week

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said there was a 7% rise in new coronavirus cases across Europe last week, the only region in the world where cases increased.

1,028 more COVID deaths in Russia as non-workweek considered

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's coronavirus deaths surged to another daily record Wednesday as soaring infections prompted the Cabinet to suggest declaring a nonworking week to stem contagion.

To jab or not to jab? Vaccinations still hot topic in sports

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman let out a faint cough and assured those seated at least 6 feet away that it was allergies, not COVID-19. He had tested negative for the coronavirus three times in the previous week.

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Sometimes when she's feeding her infant daughter, Amanda Harrison is overcome with emotion and has to wipe away tears of gratitude. She is lucky to be here, holding her baby.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher, bringing S&P 500 to the cusp of a record

Stocks ended higher on Wall Street Wednesday, bringing the S&P 500 to the brink of another record high.

Fed survey finds economy facing supply chain, other drags

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve reports that the economy faced a number of headwinds at the start of this month, ranging from supply-chain disruptions and labor shortages to uncertainty about the delta variant of COVID.

Workers fed up with nights, weekends seek flexible schedules

NEW YORK (AP) — After struggling to hire workers for its outlet store in Dallas, Balsam Hill finally opened on Sept. 1. But the very next day, the online purveyor of high-end artificial holiday trees was forced to close after four of its five workers quit.

Bitcoin sets high, tops $66,000 on mainstreaming excitement

NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin jumped to a record high Wednesday morning, topping $66,000, as it rides a wave of excitement about getting further mainstreamed by the financial establishment.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Senate GOP again blocks Democrats' election bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time this year, Senate Democrats on Wednesday tried to pass sweeping elections legislation that they tout as a powerful counterweight to new voting restrictions in the states.

Senator asks Facebook CEO to testify on Instagram and kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senator leading a probe of Facebook's Instagram and its impact on young people is asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel that has heard far-reaching criticisms from a former employee of the company.

Biden scales back $2T plan: free community college unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scaling down his ambitious domestic agenda, President Joe Biden has described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers of his $2 trillion package for addressing climate change and expanding social services.

Biden touts middle-class values of his $2T spending plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden headed to his hometown Wednesday to highlight the middle class values of his $2 trillion domestic agenda package, now scaled back but still an unprecedented attempt to expand social services for millions as well as tackle the rising threat of climate change.

Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19
VANDERBILT SPORTS

Pippen is preseason player of year; Kentucky is favored to win SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title, while defending champion Alabama is picked to finish second in voting among a panel of national and league media.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans stop Allen on 4th down, hang on to beat Bills 34-31

NASHVILLE (AP) — Derrick Henry showed once again how important he is to the Tennessee Titans.

Allen, Bills come up short as Buffalo coach goes for win

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have seen Josh Allen run for first down after first down since coming into the NFL in 2018.

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan carted off field with injury

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan was carted off the field strapped to a backboard after taking a hit to his head and neck area Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee AG: Proposed ballot push would make job political

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday blasted a proposed ballot initiative to require that the attorney general be confirmed by state lawmakers after the current process of selection by the state Supreme Court, saying it "would be a shame" to make the position a "political office."

COURTS

Facebook paying fine to settle US suit on discrimination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is paying a $4.75 million fine and up to $9.5 million to eligible victims to resolve the Justice Department's allegations that it discriminated against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill high-paying jobs.

District attorneys refuse to prosecute some GOP-led laws

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Republican lawmakers in Tennessee blocked a policy to ease up on low-level marijuana cases, Nashville's top prosecutor decided on a workaround: He just didn't charge anyone with the crime.

5 applicants being considered for Tennessee judicial opening

JACKSON (AP) — Five applicants will be considered for an opening in the Court of Criminal Appeals Western Section, the Tennessee Supreme Court said.

REGION

Bourbon producer signals intent to hire replacement workers

Declaring an impasse in contract talks with striking union workers, global spirits producer Heaven Hill said Monday it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse operations in Kentucky.

REAL ESTATE

US home construction declines 1.6% in September

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. home construction fell 1.6% in September as builders continue to be tripped up by supply chain bottlenecks.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

UK music streaming faces scrutiny from competition watchdog

LONDON (AP) — Regulators are stepping up scrutiny of the United Kingdom's music streaming market to see whether there is enough competition after lawmakers outlined concerns that major online platforms like Spotify may be too dominant.

ENVIRONMENT

Vulnerable nations lay out demands for climate talks

LONDON (AP) — A group comprising dozens of nations particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming have laid out their key demands ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Glasgow.

Who will get Powell Jobs' $3.5B gift for climate work?

Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs is gearing up to invest $3.5 billion into climate-focused initiatives in the next 10 years. But if the donation patterns of her foundation continue, the public might never know where that money is going.

UK courts green investment to fuel carbon-cutting plans

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom announced plans Tuesday to stop installing home heating that uses fossil fuels by 2035 as the government hosted a meeting aimed at attracting billions of dollars in foreign investment for green projects in Britain.

MEDIA

Chinese users have mixed feelings about LinkedIn departure

HONG KONG (AP) — For nearly seven years, LinkedIn has been the only major Western social networking platform still operating in China. People like 32-year-old Jason Liu view it as an important career enhancing tool.

HEALTH CARE

Income test for Medicare dental under debate; gets pushback

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than 55 years, Medicare has followed a simple policy: covered benefits are the same, no matter if you're rich, poor, or in-between.

US regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health regulators on Tuesday unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems.

USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal health officials are rethinking their approach to controlling salmonella in poultry plants in the hope of reducing the number of illnesses linked to the bacteria each year, and on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce several steps it plans to take to achieve that goal.

J&J hikes 2021 profit forecast, COVID-19 vaccine sales grow

Johnson & Johnson is raising its 2021 profit forecast again after growing sales of the cancer treatment Darzalex and other drugs pushed it past Wall Street's third-quarter earnings expectations.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US expected to authorize mix-and-match COVID booster shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an effort to provide flexibility for those seeking to maintain protection against the coronavirus.

Russia hits another record of daily coronavirus deaths

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia registered another daily record of coronavirus deaths Tuesday as rapidly surging infection rates raised pressure on the country's health care system and prompted the government to suggest declaring a nonworking week.

New Zealand hits virus high, pushes vaccination as way out

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand counted its most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic Tuesday as an outbreak in its largest city grew and officials urged vaccinations as a way out of Auckland's two-month lockdown.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech, health care stocks lead Wall Street indexes higher

Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street Tuesday, giving the S&P 500 its fifth straight gain and getting it closer to the record high it set in early September.

P&G raising prices to offset higher commodity, freight costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Proctor & Gamble is raising prices on a range of goods as higher commodity and freight costs are set to take a bite out of its profits.

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can't find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration electricity if it's a cold winter.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden's climate plan at risk, Dems scramble for alternatives

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a centerpiece of President Joe Biden's climate change strategy all but dashed, Democratic lawmakers headed to the White House Tuesday searching for new ways to narrow and reshape what had been his sweeping $3.5 trillion budget plan.

Biden's dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want?

Jan. 6 panel plans contempt vote as Trump sues over probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is moving swiftly Tuesday to hold at least one of Donald Trump's allies in contempt as the former president is pushing back on the probe in a new lawsuit.

How lawmakers are investigating the Jan. 6 riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee tasked with investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been ramping up its efforts in recent weeks, issuing subpoenas to nearly 20 individuals, including four of former President Donald Trump's advisers and associates.

Trump files lawsuit to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to a House committee investigating the attack, challenging President Joe Biden's initial decision to waive executive privilege.

Treasury says it needs to modernize its economic sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says that the economic and financial sanctions the United States has employed over the past two decades to battle global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, drug cartels and other threats need to adapt to a rapidly changing financial world.

Colin Powell: A trailblazing legacy, blotted by Iraq war

WASHINGTON (AP) — A child of working-class Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, Colin Powell rose from neighborhood store clerk to warehouse floor-mopper to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. It was a trailblazing American dream journey that won him international acclaim and trust.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
UT SPORTS

SEC fines Vols $250,000 for fans interrupting Ole Miss game

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has fined Tennessee $250,000 for fans stopping the Volunteers' game with Mississippi for about 20 minutes throwing water bottles, beer cans, pizza boxes, hot dogs, a plastic mustard bottle and at least one golf ball onto the field late in the game.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Henry, Titans keep batting away questions over his workload

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has a simple test for how sore he is after plowing through and over NFL defenders.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country star Luke Bryan to host CMA Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music star Luke Bryan has taken home the top prize at the CMA Awards, but he'll step into a larger role when he hosts the awards show in November.

Ronnie Tutt, drummer for Elvis and other stars, dies at 83

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ronnie Tutt, a legendary drummer who spent years playing alongside Elvis Presley and teamed up with other superstars ranging from Johnny Cash to Stevie Nicks, has died. He was 83.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee considering $900M Ford incentive package

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is poised to spend approximately $900 million of its tax revenues on incentives, infrastructure projects and more under an agreement with Ford Motor Co., which has announced plans to build an electric vehicle and battery plant near Memphis.

MEDIA

Fox-17, Sinclair probes weekend data breach, ransomware found

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates dozens of TV stations across the U.S., said Monday that some of its servers and work stations were encrypted with ransomware and that data was stolen from the company's network.

COURTS

Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure's constitutionality plays out in the courts.

Judge limits unpaid leave for unvaccinated workers at US lab

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has limited the ability for now for the nonprofit running Oak Ridge National Laboratory to place employees on unpaid leave who receive exemptions to a COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Automakers step up pace on electric vehicle battery plants

DETROIT (AP) — Global automakers and tech companies are stepping up the pace when it comes to building factories and prepare for what many believe will be a fast-moving transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles.

Sweden's Volvo Cars launches IPO, seeks Stockholm listing

HELSINKI (AP) — The Chinese-controlled Swedish car maker Volvo Cars will make a return as a listed company after a hiatus of more than two decades following an initial public offering and share listing in Sweden later this month.

Ford to make electric power units in northwest England

LONDON (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to spend up to 230 million pounds ($315 million) to turn a transmission factory in northwest England into a plant that will make electric power units for cars and trucks sold throughout Europe.

Smartphone producer Foxconn announces electric car venture

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwanese company that manufactures smartphones for Apple Inc. and other global brands announced plans Monday to produce electric cars for auto brands under a similar contract model.

ENVIRONMENT

Ford Foundation to divest millions from fossil fuels

The Ford Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced Monday that it will divest millions from fossil fuels, following similar investment decisions made by other sizable foundations in recent years.

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic 'forever chemicals'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is launching a broad strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds associated with serious health conditions that are used in products ranging from cookware to carpets and firefighting foams.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story.

Russia's coronavirus infections exceed 8 million

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's total number of coronavirus infections has topped 8 million, more than 5% of the population, and the daily infection toll hit a new record.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end mixed on Wall Street ahead of busy earnings week

Stocks wobbled to a mixed finish on Wall Street Monday as the market's momentum slowed down following its best week since July.

Bitcoin investing could get boost from exchange-traded fund

NEW YORK (AP) — Interested in Bitcoin but don't want to open a crypto trading account? Wall Street has something for you.

House committee seeks more info from Amazon, issues warning

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. House lawmakers are threatening to seek a criminal investigation of Amazon, saying the tech giant has one "final chance" to correct previous testimony by executives on its competition practices.

Industrial production falls 1.3% as effects from Ida linger

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 1.3% in September, much more than expected as the lingering effects of Hurricane Ida continue to stymie activity.

Farmers, John Deere suppliers worry about strike's impact

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Farmers and Deere & Co. suppliers are worried about what the strike at the tractor maker's factories will mean for their livelihoods.

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in Europe to build 'metaverse'

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform that promises to connect people virtually but could raise concerns about privacy and the social platform gaining more control over people's online lives.

Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father, closed its Rhode Island factory and moved production to China in 1983.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Colin Powell has died of COVID-19 complications, family says

WASHIINGTON (AP) — Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications, his family said Monday. He was 84.

Reaction to Colin Powell's death from US and world figures

WASHINGTON (AP) — World figures are reacting to the death of Colin Powell, a Vietnam War veteran who rose to the rank of four-star general and became the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then secretary of state. Powell died Monday of COVID-19 complications at age 84.

Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration's accomplishments on a global stage.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
PREDATORS

Kraken post 1st NHL victory, spoiling Preds' opener 4-3

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Seattle Kraken wound up having to wait longer to play their first regular-season game on home ice than they did their first victory.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee continues to post positive revenues

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has posted another month of positive revenue numbers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

RELIGION

Southern Baptist leader resigns amid abuse review division

NASHVILLE (AP) — A top Southern Baptist Convention administrator is resigning amid internal rifts over how to handle an investigation into the SBC's response to sexual abuse, a decision that underscores the broader ongoing turmoil in the nation's largest Protestant denomination.

COURTS

Supreme Court commission talks positively of shorter terms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A commission tasked with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court has released a first look at its review, a draft report that is cautious in discussing proposals for expanding the court but also speaks approvingly of term limits for justices.

High court rejects natural gas company's pipeline appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts has rejected a Supreme Court appeal by the St. Louis-based natural gas company Spire Inc. to allow it to keep operating a pipeline through Illinois and Missouri.

ENVIRONMENT

White House targeting economic risks from climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is taking steps to address the economic risks from climate change, issuing a 40-page report Friday on government-wide plans to protect the financial, insurance and housing markets and the savings of American families.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nippon Steel sues Japan business partner Toyota over patent

TOKYO (AP) — Nippon Steel Corp. is suing Toyota Motor Corp. over a patent for a technology used in electric motors in a rare case of legal wrangling between Japan's top steelmaker and top automaker over intellectual property.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren't as protected as those given two-dose brands.

FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

U.S. health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago should get a half-dose booster to rev up protection against the coronavirus.

UK: 43,000 may have received false negative COVID results

LONDON (AP) — British health officials said Friday that 43,000 people may have been wrongly told they don't have the coronavirus because of problems at a private laboratory.

EU agencies crack down on pandemic recovery fund fraud

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — European Union agencies are launching a year-long operation to crack down on fraud targeting the bloc's multibillion-euro COVID-19 pandemic recovery fund, EU police agency Europol announced Friday.

Russia breaks record again for COVID-19 deaths, infections

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's daily tolls of coronavirus infections and deaths surged to another record on Friday, a quickly mounting figure that has put a severe strain on the country's health care system.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher, giving S&P 500 its best week since July

Stocks ended higher again on Wall Street Friday, giving the S&P 500 its best week since July. The benchmark index added 0.7% and ended the week up 1.8%.

Goldman Sachs' profits jump 60% helped by deal-making frenzy

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs' profits jumped 60% in the third quarter, as the deal-making bonanza that dominated financial markets this summer brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in fee revenue for the investment bank.

Resilient shoppers push retail sales up 0.7% in September

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans continued to spend at a solid clip in September even while facing sticker shock in grocery aisles, car lots and restaurants as snarled global supply chains slow the flow of goods.

TSMC plans chip plant in Japan, says supply shortages easing

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. has confirmed it is planning to build a computer chip factory in Japan.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump's not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year out of the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency.

Biden pushing child care provisions in stalled spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was set to highlight his plan to lower the cost of child care for most American families as he makes the case for his stalled social spending bill during a visit to Connecticut on Friday.

Jan. 6 panel moving swiftly as it sets Bannon contempt vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has moved aggressively against close Trump adviser Steve Bannon, swiftly scheduling a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against the former White House aide after he defied a subpoena.

Bill Clinton in hospital for non-COVID-19-related infection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to a Southern California hospital with an infection but is "on the mend," his spokesman said.

US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14
VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt, South Carolina meet seeking to end losing skids

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There may be debate over the Southeastern Conference's top team this season. After Saturday, though, there should be little doubt about who's at the bottom when Vanderbilt faces South Carolina.

STATEWIDE

Solar firm buys carbon offset outfit, both tied to Bredesen

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee solar energy firm has bought an organization that helps companies offset their carbon emissions by funding new solar farms, both of which a former governor helped establish.

2nd driver killed by air bag inflator from Tennessee's ARC

DETROIT (AP) — A second person has been killed by an exploding air bag inflator made by a Tennessee company that has been under investigation by a federal agency for more than six years without any resolution.

COURTS

Suit: US enabling LGBTQ discrimination in foster program

NASHVILLE (AP) — The federal government is funding organizations that illegally discriminate against LGBTQ candidates to become foster care parents for unaccompanied refugee children, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges.

HEALTH CARE

UnitedHealth boosts outlook, again, after big Q3 numbers

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth's Optum division continues to outperform and after putting up better-than-expected numbers for the third quarter, the nation's largest health insurer raised its outlook for 2021 for the third time.

ENVIRONMENT

New wind farms would dot US coastlines under Biden plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven major offshore wind farms would be developed on the East and West coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan announced Wednesday by the Biden administration.

Kerry says climate talks might miss target

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crucial U.N. climate talks next month likely will end short of the global target for cutting coal, gas and oil emissions, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says, after nearly a year of climate diplomacy that helped win deeper cuts from allies but has so far failed to move some of the world's biggest polluters to act fast enough.

MEDIA

Feds warn companies: Fake online reviews could lead to fines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say they are cracking down on "an explosion" of businesses' use of fake reviews and other misleading messages to promote their products and services on social media.

Consortium behind Pegasus Project wins EU journalism prize

BRUSSELS (AP) — The consortium of journalists behind the Pegasus Project investigation into malware from Israel-based NSO Group that provided further evidence that it was used to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents, won the top European Union journalism prize Thursday.

'As seen on TikTok' is the new 'As seen on TV'

NEW YORK (AP) — Near the Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids at It'Sugar are random items — fidget toys, fruit-shaped soft jelly candies — that earned a spot on the candy store's shelves because they went viral on TikTok.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

FDA unlikely to rule on Merck's COVID pill before December

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will ask its outside experts to meet in late November to scrutinize Merck's pill to treat COVID-19.

US reaffirms support for easing WTO rules on COVID vaccines

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.S. trade official said Thursday the Biden administration remains committed to an easing of rules that protect the technology behind coronavirus vaccines so that they can be produced more widely.

FDA panel debates lower-dose Moderna COVID shots for booster

U.S. health advisers are debating if millions of Americans who received Moderna vaccinations should get a booster shot -- this time, using half the original dose.

Chicago police union head urges cops to defy vaccine mandate

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Chicago police officers union has called on its members to defy the city's requirement to report their COVID-19 vaccination status by Friday or be placed on unpaid leave.

Russia marks pandemic high of infections, deaths

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday recorded the highest daily numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic, a rapidly surging toll that has severely strained the nation's health care system.

Bali reopens to foreign travelers as COVID-19 surge subsides

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened for international travelers to visit its shops and white-sand beaches for the first time in more than a year Thursday — if they're vaccinated, test negative, hail from certain countries, quarantine and heed restrictions in public.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks rally the most since March as momentum builds

Stocks rallied on Wall Street Thursday as the market shook off several days of wobbly trading.

For first time in a decade, Domino's same-store sales slip

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Domino's, a company seemingly tailormade for a pandemic, has not been spared from a phenomenon plaguing almost every employer this summer: A severe shortage of workers.

Shredded Banksy artwork sells for $25.4 million at auction

LONDON (AP) — A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally self-shredded just after it sold at auction three years ago fetched 18.5 million pounds ($25.4 million) on Thursday, a record for the artist.

US wholesale prices rose record 8.6% over 12 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level rose 8.6% in September compared to a year ago, the largest advance since the 12-month change was first calculated in 2010.

Bank profits soar, helped by merger frenzy, fewer bad loans

NEW YORK (AP) — It's good to be a bank right now.

Unemployment claims fall to lowest level of pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since the pandemic began, a sign the job market is still improving even as hiring has slowed in the past two months.

Deere & Co. workers go on strike after rejecting contract

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday after "the company failed to present an agreement that met our members' demands and needs," the United Auto Workers union said in statement.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Jan. 6 panel sets vote on contempt charges against Bannon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has set a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon after he defied the panel's subpoena on Thursday.

Stymied by GOP, Senate mounts new push on voting rights bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are set to try again to advance a sweeping elections and voting overhaul bill, testing objections from Republicans with a vote planned for next week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Thursday.

Quarreling Dems must put aside differences, Schumer warns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned fellow Democrats on Thursday they "must put aside our differences" as the party struggles to coalesce around President Joe Biden's huge but now-scaled-back package of social services and climate change strategies.

Biden to meet with Pope Francis to discuss COVID-19, climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day swing through Italy and the U.K. for global economic and climate change meetings.

Progressives warn against 'false choice' in Biden bill trims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressive leaders in Congress are warning colleagues against a "false choice" over what to keep or cut as Democrats scale back President Joe Biden's now-$2 trillion package of social services and climate change strategies.

Lawyer who aided Trump subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department lawyer who positioned himself as an ally of Donald Trump and aided the Republican president's efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a "Plan B" for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

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