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VOL. 43 | NO. 46 | Friday, November 15, 2019

3 new coaches, 3 unique storylines

Casey follows a legend at Belmont, Acuff follows Casey at Lipscomb, Stackhouse, VU try to rebuild

One played for a Dean, the other inherited the title of dean of Nashville’s college basketball coaches. And the third may not have that connection, but he does share the last name of the King of Country Music.

VU, Lipscomb, Belmont players have NBA aspirations

This time last year, Darius Garland, Dylan Windler and Garrison Mathews were all in Nashville starring for Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb, respectively.


A better way of remembering the dearly departed

It’s a notion you hear from time to time: With all the attractions available in this country, why go anywhere else?

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A familiar face in an ever-changing corner of the city

With the Lone Ranger hi-yo-ing Silver on the TV in the back room of the comfortable home on Caldwell Avenue, Alvin M. Fitzgerald Sr. beckons me past the porch pots filled with fresh, bright artificial flowers and into his home of 56 years.


It’s another record sales year barring December collapse

Despite low inventory, the area reported a 16% increase in total transactions in October compared to October 2018, Greater Nashville Realtors sales data reveals. Unit sales hit 3,742 last month, an increase from 3,216 during the previous October.


Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for October 2019

Top residential real estate sales, October 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.75%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week amid optimism over prospects for the U.S. economy. Rates remain at historically low levels, however, as an incentive to prospective homebuyers.


Titans learn to live with home-field disadvantage

The “elephant” in Nissan Stadium was much more prevalent than usual during Sunday’s improbable win by the Titans over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kicking game, offensive line, health top list of bye week issues

Since the Titans are on their bye week, we will revamp the four downs feature to reflect four areas of analysis about the team, rather than finding specific things related to an opponent.

Week 11 predictions: Steelers’ demise are greatly exaggerated

The NFL goes on, even if the Titans are idle. This week’s schedule has some intriguing matchups worth watching and games that will affect the Titans’ position in the standings and rankings.


Neyland getting $180M in Phase 1 renovations

New entry plazas, restroom upgrades, donor lounge among improvements

The University of Tennessee has been given the green light to continue renovating Neyland Stadium.


Butler Snow hires 4 attorneys in Nashville

James H. Maners, Jianne D. McDonald, Wilson Roe Moore and Alexandra M. Ortiz have joined Butler Snow’s Nashville office. Maners and Ortiz will practice with the firm’s commercial litigation group, McDonald will practice with the firm’s health law group and Moore will practice with the firm’s business services group.


Hastings named No. 3 architecture firm in US

ARCHITECT Magazine has ranked Nashville-based Hastings Architecture No. 3 overall in its 2019 Architect 50 ranking.


Can you put cellphone away for 1 day a week?

Between 2 inches and 3 feet. That’s the average distance between you and your cellphone when it’s not in your hand because you must have it close.


All adaptive cruise systems are not created equal

Adaptive cruise control, once only seen on luxury vehicles, has now become increasingly available on entry-level models. For example, nearly every new Honda and Toyota vehicle comes with this feature as standard equipment.


What to do if/when your parents need financial help

Most parents in the U.S. provide some sort of financial support to their adult children, multiple surveys have found. But often, financial aid goes the other way.


Some employers shy away from out-of-towners

I’ve never seen a time in which we were more divided as a nation. Oddly, the job search also has become divided.


In reversal, state says Tennessee vouchers aren't taxable

NASHVILLE (AP) — Reversing course, Tennessee's Department of Education says it aims to ensure its school vouchers won't be taxable.


Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said that even though President Donald Trump wants to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. cannot legally pull out until the day after next year's presidential election.


Vanderbilt heats up in second half to beat Austin Peay 90-72

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Vanderbilt's top three guards are clicking, the Commodores are tough to beat.

Murphy leads Belmont past Lipscomb 73-67

NASHVILLE (AP) — Grayson Murphy had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Belmont to a 73-67 win over Lipscomb in the 145th Battle of the Boulevard on Wednesday night.

No. 20 Tennessee breezes past Alabama State 76-41

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's stingy defense made up for its own poor outside shooting as the Volunteers had no trouble extending the longest active Division I home winning streak.


US home sales rose 1.9% last month, lifted by lower rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans purchased more homes in October, though sales were held back by a shortage of available properties.


Judge temporarily stops 1st federal execution in 16 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily halted the first federal execution in 16 years as a lawsuit on how the government intends to carry it out continues.


Fiat Chrysler chairman 'not worried' by General Motors lawsuit

MILAN (AP) — The chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in indicating that the merger with French carmaker PSA Peugeot will not be affected by a General Motors lawsuit.

UAW president steps down as GM sues rival over union bribery

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers President Gary Jones abruptly resigned Wednesday, capping a tumultuous day that saw union leaders move to oust him, and General Motors accusing rival Fiat Chrysler in a lawsuit of bribing union officials to get more favorable contract terms from the UAW.


Senators press Amazon on doorbell camera security concerns

A group of Democratic U.S. senators is questioning Amazon about the security of its Ring doorbell cameras following reports that some Ukraine-based employees had access to video footage from customers' homes.


China bats away rumors, says trade talks with US continue

BEIJING (AP) — China is working to resolve conflicts with Washington over trade, a Commerce Ministry official said Thursday, dismissing speculation the talks might be in trouble as inaccurate "rumors."

Macy's cuts outlook for the year with holidays around corner

Macy's cut its profit and sales expectations for the year after posting its first comparable store sales decline in almost two years.

Legal hemp, CBD stir more farmers to grow unfamiliar crop

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Dave Crabill and two business partners started small for their first foray into farming hemp, growing two strains of the now-legal cousin of marijuana on an acre along a dirt road outside the industrial city of Flint.


Hill slams 'fictional' Ukraine election interference

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House Russia analyst sternly warned Republican lawmakers in the impeachment probe Thursday to quit pushing a "fictional" narrative that Ukraine not Russia interfered in the 2016 election as they defend President Donald Trump.

Impeachment hearing takeaways: A 'fictional narrative'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a pivotal conversation between President Donald Trump and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland.

'On whose authority?': What to watch in impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — They owned the White House's policy on Ukraine. Or so they thought.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claim about Apple plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to take credit Wednesday for opening a plant that's been in business for years.

GOP support for Trump shows no overt signs of cracking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republican support for President Donald Trump is showing no overt signs of buckling, the latest demonstration of how Democrats' impeachment inquiry has left the two parties dwelling in different political universes.

Trump: Navy won't remove Gallagher's SEAL's designation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is insisting the Navy "will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin" that designates him a SEAL.

Takeaways from the 5th Democratic 2020 presidential debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate.

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency vied for advantage Wednesday night in a debate just over two months before the primary voting begins.


Tennessee Medicaid block grant plan heads for federal review

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say they're committing not to halt or limit coverage under a revised proposal to become the first state to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program, TennCare.

Tennessee governor's communications director to leave post

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's top communications official will be leaving his post at the end of the year.


Tanya Tucker 'beyond shocked' by Grammy nominations

NASHVILLE (AP) — The first time Tanya Tucker was nominated for a Grammy Award, it was 1972, it was for her breakout country hit, "Delta Dawn," and she was just a teen. Now more than 45 years later, Tucker finds herself nominated for four Grammys, including song of the year for "Bring My Flowers Now," competing against the likes of Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.


Hellebuyck's 38 saves lead Jets past Predators 2-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck saw a lot of shots and turned away all but one as Winnipeg skated to yet another road win.


More than 100 in Congress ask MLB to reconsider minors plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked Major League Baseball to reconsider its proposal for a restructuring of the minor leagues after the 2020 season that would lead to 42 teams being dropped, including Chattanooga and Jackson in Tennessee.


Road-safety regulator rapped over regulating autonomous cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles.

GM accuses Fiat Chrysler of bribing UAW to get lower costs

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is suing Fiat Chrysler, alleging that its crosstown rival got an unfair business advantage by bribing officials of the United Auto Workers union.


Disney Plus blames past hacks for user accounts sold online

Disney said Disney Plus account passwords being sold in underground hacking forums are coming from previous breaches at other companies, predating last week's launch of its streaming service.


Trump to meet on teen vaping as plans for flavor ban fade

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials say President Donald Trump will meet with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping later this week.

Some family doctors ditch insurance for simpler approach

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Emilie Scott was only a few months into her first job when she started hearing the complaint: She was spending too much time with each patient.


Free to a good home: 1 newspaper in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — If you've ever wanted to own a small bi-weekly newspaper in Alaska but didn't have the money, this could be your chance.

Hedge fund Alden becomes Tribune's largest shareholder

NEW YORK (AP) — Hedge fund Alden Global Capital is now the largest shareholder of Tribune Publishing, the company that owns the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and New York Daily News.


Feds release data on wages, debt for specific college majors

The U.S. Education Department has released information for the first time that allows students to compare earnings and debt averages from specific college programs, rather than at the school as a whole.


Trade worries send stock indexes lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street as investors worry that the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal this year.

Fed minutes: Officials felt 3 cuts this year could be enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Federal Reserve officials believed last month that the three rate cuts they have made this year would be enough unless the economy weakened significantly.

Target bursts into the holiday season with a bang

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is bursting into the critical holiday season with strong third-quarter earnings as the company pushes faster delivery and invests heavily in stores, on technology and on new brands.

E-commerce giant Alibaba raises $11 billion in share listing

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has raised at least $11 billion in a share offering in Hong Kong, netting the city's biggest offering since 2010 despite recent political turmoil.


Trump directed Ukraine quid pro quo, key witness says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a "quid pro quo" with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats. But he also came to believe the trade involved much more.

Impeachment hearings takeaways: `Everyone was in the loop'

WASHINGTON (AP) —  Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump's ambassador to the European Union, bolstered Democrats' impeachment narrative Wednesday as he repeatedly talked of a "quid pro quo" involving Ukraine.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distances himself from Sondland

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to defend against accusations that he pushed Ukraine's president for a political "favor" by making a dubious claim that he had little involvement with the U.S. ambassador testifying in House impeachment hearings.

Bloomberg spending $15M-$20M to register half million voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he moves toward a presidential announcement, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is rolling out plans to spend an estimated $15 million to $20 million on a voter registration drive designed to weaken President Donald Trump's reelection chances in five battleground states.

Pence aide denies discussion of link in Ukraine aid holdup

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that a conversation described by EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland about a link between military aid for Ukraine and investigations "never happened."

AP source: FBI has asked for interview with whistleblower

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has requested an interview with the whistleblower whose complaint fueled the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

'I now recall': What to watch in Trump impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly what is Gordon Sondland's story? Certainly it's full of international mystery, which House impeachment investigators are sorting through as they probe President Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. But the intrigue is largely due to other witnesses recalling conversations with Sondland that he did not mention to impeachment investigators.

GOP-requested witness rejects Trump 'conspiracy theories'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sought by Republicans to testify, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine spoke up instead for Democrat Joe Biden in Tuesday's impeachment hearings, rejecting "conspiracy theories" embraced by President Donald Trump and some of his allies.

State Department approves $1B weapons sale to India

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it has approved the sale of naval guns and related equipment to India in a deal worth more than $1 billion.

Poll: Facts missing from American democracy

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time when many Americans say they're struggling to distinguish between fact and fiction, the country is broadly skeptical that facts underlie some of the basic mechanisms of democracy in the United States — from political campaigns to voting choices to the policy decisions made by elected officials.


Nashville Community Oversight Board leader resigns

NASHVILLE (AP) — The director of a Tennessee board responsible for reviewing misconduct allegations against the capital city's police force has resigned, citing too much stress.


Tennessee announces plan to spend some of welfare surplus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has announced plans to spend part of $732 million in reserves from a federal welfare program for families with children.


Vanderbilt AD says Mason staying as football head coach

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt athletic director Malcolm Turner says Derek Mason has his full support as the Commodores coach and they'll be working together to give the football program the resources and support needed to succeed.


Judge: Death row inmate hasn't proven prejudice by juror

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has ruled a death row inmate nearing execution hasn't proven a juror was prejudiced against him when she helped sentence him to death decades ago.


Tennessee school resource officers up; 450 schools lack them

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's education commissioner says the law enforcement presence in schools is increasing, but 450 schools still lack a school resource officer.


Doobie Brothers unite with Michael McDonald for tour

NASHVILLE (AP) — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers are joining with singer and songwriter Michael McDonald for a 50th anniversary tour next year.


EasyJet says it will operate net-zero carbon flights

LONDON (AP) — European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight.


Muted launch for Google's game-streaming service Stadia

NEW YORK (AP) — Google's new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it's hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme.

Disney Plus user accounts already found on hacking sites

Disney says its new Disney Plus streaming service doesn't have a security breach, but some users have been shut out after hackers tried to break into their accounts.

Google's do-good arm tries to make up for everything else

PARIS (AP) — Google's head of philanthropy says the company is having "a lot of conversations" internally amid worries about the tech giant's bottomless appetite for consumer data and how it uses its algorithms.


US housing starts climbed 3.8% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building jumped 3.8% in October, a positive sign for the overall economy as developers anticipate steady demand.


US stock indexes edge mostly lower as retailers sink

Major stock indexes ended a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street mostly lower Tuesday, as losses in energy companies and department store operators edged out gains elsewhere in the market.

GateHouse, Gannett join, become largest US newspaper chain

NEW YORK (AP) — GateHouse has closed its $1.1 billion takeover of Gannett, promising a $300 million cut in annual costs as it becomes the country's largest newspaper company by far at a time when print publications are in precipitous decline.

Vatican financial watchdog now a 'shell' after police raid

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A board member of the Vatican's financial watchdog has resigned in the wake of a Vatican police raid that resulted in the agency's suspension from the global communications network of financial intelligence units.

Home Depot cuts outlook as 3Q revenue misses forecast

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot reported a shortfall in third-quarter revenue as the retailer's strategy to meld its online business and its physical stores is taking longer to deliver benefits.

Chick-fil-A halts donations to 3 groups against gay marriage

Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base.


Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine's state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Rudy Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates.

Volker says he should have seen Ukraine-Biden connection

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former special envoy to Ukraine testified Tuesday he should have realized — as many of his colleagues did — that President Donald Trump was holding up military aid to pressure the country to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

Republicans assail aide who reported Trump phone call

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career Army officer testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine was "improper," as Republicans tried to undercut the national security official with pointed exchanges questioning his loyalty to the U.S. during a remarkable day in the impeachment hearings.

Takeaways from Day 3 of House impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career Army officer. A career foreign service official. Both had a consistent message during Day 3 of the House impeachment inquiry, and each was troubled by the phone call between President Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump stretches in assailing witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused witnesses at the House impeachment hearings of spreading word-of-mouth information about matters they have no knowledge of themselves. But the testimony of Lt. Col Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams did not come from a rumor mill.

House passes short-term spending measure as talks falter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep federal agencies running for another month in hopes the additional time will help negotiators wrap up more than $1.4 trillion in unfinished appropriations bills.

Trump says he went through 'very routine physical'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he went through a "very routine physical" when he visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center over the weekend.

About that call: What to watch on Day 3 of Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the July 25 phone call for themselves. And now, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and adviser Jennifer Williams are telling Americans and the world about its content and their concerns as the lead witnesses in perhaps the most consequential week of the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.

UN watchdog: Iran now in violation of heavy water limits

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog says Iran has breached another limit in its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by stockpiling more heavy water than the accord allowed.

UN 'concerned' about Trump's exoneration of 3 US servicemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says it's "very concerned" about U.S. President Donald Trump's exoneration of three U.S. servicemen accused of war crimes, calling one pardon in a pending case "particularly troubling."

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians' effort to gain statehood.


Tennessee quarterly business filings increase over last year

NASHVILLE (AP) — New business filings in Tennessee increased by 8.2% last quarter compared to the same time frame last year.


Official: Tennessee vouchers are federally taxable income

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee’s education commissioner says the state’s new school vouchers for private education will be considered federally taxable income for parents.

US draws fewer new foreign students for 3rd straight year

The number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges and universities continued to fall last year, according to a new report, but the Trump administration says the drop should be blamed on high tuition costs and not students’ concerns over the nation’s political atmosphere.


Climate said to imperil 60% of Superfund sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says.


Partisan divide seen in how local news should be propped up

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s partisan divide is evident when Americans are asked about what should be done to help the nation’s struggling local news industry.


Airbus nails $20B in new plane orders at Dubai Airshow

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airbus nailed down $20 billion in new plane orders on the second day of the Dubai Airshow after previous rounds of the biennial showcase saw its competitor Boeing take the lion’s share of deals.


Warren’s ‘Medicare for All’ plan reignites health care clash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to gradually move the country to a government-funded health care system has further inflamed the debate over “Medicare for All,” likely ensuring the issue will play a significant role in this week’s Democratic presidential debate.

New, old drugs may offer fresh ways to fight heart disease

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing away from the idea of banning most flavored e-cigarettes.

Drug cost legislation gets a push from White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign.


Auto union opens talks with Fiat Chrysler; strike possible

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union on Monday turned its bargaining focus to Fiat Chrysler, raising the possibility of another strike against a Detroit automaker.

Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales.


US failing to stop China from stealing research, report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has failed to stop China from stealing intellectual property from American universities and lacks a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the problem.

US again extends limited reprieve on tech sales to Huawei

The Trump administration has extended for 90 more days a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei.

Czechs to impose 7% tax on global internet giants

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has approved a plan to adopt a tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.


Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out how to handle the high-stakes dispute.

Judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years post-execution

MEMPHIS (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have legal standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims.


Stocks end wobbly day slightly higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended a wobbly day with tiny gains on Wall Street, enough to nudge major indexes to more record highs.

Trump summons Powell to discuss rates amid his attacks on Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump summoned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to the White House on Monday to discuss the economy and interest rates — issues on which Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed.

Yogurt sales sour as US breakfast culture changes

What’s eating yogurt? Despite shelves full of new varieties — from Icelandic to Australian to coconut-based — U.S. yogurt sales are in a multiyear slump.

Pope replaces financial watchdog head amid fallout from raid

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday replaced the head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency amid continuing fallout from a controversial Vatican police raid on the agency’s offices that jeopardized the Holy See’s international financial reputation.

HP rejects takeover offer from Xerox

HP Inc. says its board has rejected a roughly $33.5 billion takeover offer from Xerox.

Yahoo Japan, Line to merge business to form online giant

TOKYO (AP) — Online services Yahoo Japan and Line Corp. have announced they are merging.


House Democrats propose stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have released a temporary government-wide funding bill to forestall a shutdown and give negotiators through Dec. 20 to try to hash out details of more than $1.4 trillion worth of unfinished spending legislation.

House lawyer says committee investigating whether Trump lied

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s investigation.

UK leader Johnson faces questions about ties to US woman

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced new questions Monday about his relationship with an American businesswoman who allegedly received favors and public funds while Johnson was the mayor of London.

AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine’s Trump anxiety

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. State Department officials were informed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden even before the July phone call that has led to impeachment hearings in Washington, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

Crucial impeachment hearings break into open for all to see

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight witnesses. Five hearings. Three days. The Trump impeachment inquiry is charging into a crucial week as Americans hear from some of the most important witnesses closest to the White House in back-to-back-to-back live sessions.

What’s next: Impeachment hearings enter crucial stretch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment hearings are entering a crucial second week as Democrats are set to hear from eight additional witnesses about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Three State Department officials have already testified about their concerns as Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Democrats and withheld military aid from the country.

Trump suggests he might give written testimony in House probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Monday he might be willing to offer written testimony in the House impeachment inquiry over whether he pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden and his son while withholding aid to the country.

Russia still plays big role in House impeachment drama

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia.

FACT CHECK: Trump’s attack on diplomat, impeachment myths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth was lost in the first round of historic impeachment hearings as President Donald Trump launched a tweet attack on a senior U.S. diplomat that distorted reality and Republicans cried foul, claiming improper stifling of questioning that wasn’t so.


CoreCivic preps for 2020 election ‘worst case scenario’

NASHVILLE (AP) — The head of a giant private prison company says his firm is prepared for the “worst case scenario” should a Democratic presidential candidate win the 2020 election and attempt to abolish private involvement in the prison sector.

Lyft will end scooter operations in Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — The ride-sharing company Lyft says it’s removing its scooters from Nashville, Tennessee by the end of the month.


Swift questions AMAs performance over fight with music group

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift said Thursday that she may not perform at the American Music Awards and may have to put other projects including a forthcoming Netflix documentary on hold because the men who own her old recordings won’t allow her to play her songs.


Vanderbilt gets Neal back at QB, Kentucky looks to rebound

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is trying to get the Commodores to focus on the immediate task of playing Kentucky with three games left in a disappointing season.

Gustavson’s FT lifts Richmond past Vandy in OT, 93-92

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jacob Gilyard already had six steals, but wasn’t about to take all the credit for the last, and biggest, one.


Former BMW executive Duesmann named new CEO at rival Audi

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says former BMW executive Markus Duesmann is to become its new chief executive.

Volkswagen donation to expand US forest by 1,500 acres

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen plans to donate $1.25 million to help expand Cherokee National Forest near the company’s Chattanooga plant and offer community grants.


Trump ally Stone guilty of witness tampering, lying to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty Friday of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid.

Supreme Court steps into Google-Oracle copyright fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will referee a high-profile copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google. Oracle says it wants nearly $9 billion from Google.


Twitter details political ads ban, issue ads allowed

Twitter says its new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content.

Free broadband? UK Labour Party promises nationalization

LONDON (AP) — The British Labour Party's latest plan for public ownership of big industries sent shivers through the telecoms sector Friday with an electoral promise to nationalize part of the former phone monopoly BT to provide free fiber optic broadband.

Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington.


US approves new drug to manage sickle cell disease

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new medicine that can help reduce extremely painful sickle cell disease flare-ups.

Warren says she won’t immediately push for Medicare for All

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that she won’t immediately push to give every American government-funded health care and instead will work to oversee passage of a sweeping “Medicare for All” program by the end of her third year if elected president — a significant step away from a plan she’s long championed.

White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.


Trade hopes send stocks to records

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing at all-time highs after U.S. officials said they’re making progress in the latest push for a trade agreement with China.

Fed finds resilient financial system despite high debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says corporate debt remains at historically high levels but overall the U.S. financial system is resilient, a view in sharp contrast to the problems that led to the 2008 financial crisis.

US retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the economy’s growth.

GM strike pushes industrial production down 0.8% last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strike at General Motors pushed U.S. manufacturing production lower in October, adding to the troubles confronting American industry.

China issues plan to promote high-tech manufacturing

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government has issued a plan to promote high-tech manufacturing after discarding a strategy that helped trigger a tariff war with Washington.

Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process.


Ousted ambassador felt threat; Trump assails her anew

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch provided chilling detail Friday in Trump impeachment hearings of being suddenly ousted from her post and feeling threatened upon learning President Donald Trump had denounced her in a phone call to Ukraine’s president. In that call, Trump assailed her as “bad news” and said she was “going to go through some things.”

Takeaways from Day 2 of House impeachment public hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Day Two of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump featured a career diplomat with a soft voice and a powerful story.

Fact check: Trump portrays ex-ambassador as wrecking ball

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Friday that a U.S. diplomat was responsible for Somalia’s descent into chaos decades ago, a tweet that Democrats branded witness intimidation.

Congress to hear diplomat who overheard a key Trump call

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department official who has drawn praise for speaking out in the past about problems in the Foreign Service was expected to testify Friday to House impeachment investigators about a conversation he overheard President Trump having about “investigations” in Ukraine.

Conflicting White House accounts of 1st Trump-Zelenskiy call

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump released the rough transcript Friday of a congratulatory phone call he had with the incoming president of Ukraine, holding it out as evidence that he did nothing wrong. Instead, the memorandum shows how White House descriptions of Trump’s communications with foreign leaders at times better reflect wishful thinking than the reality of the interactions.

Bloomberg pouring $100M in anti-Trump ad campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is deciding whether to launch a Democratic presidential bid, is pouring $100 million into an online advertising campaign attacking President Donald Trump.

Diplomat built reputation as solid pro, but saw it sullied

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine watched in disbelief as her reputation was publicly sullied in a slow-burning campaign to discredit her. She was unceremoniously ousted from her job even as her boss assured her she had done nothing wrong.

Justice department investigating Florida GOP congressman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Florida Rep. Ross Spano over accusations of campaign finance violations.


Tennessee men’s basketball signs 3 top-40 recruits

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has signed three top-40 prospects to produce a recruiting class ranked fourth nationally.


Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Underwood at CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music — whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years — until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks.

List of winners at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Complete list of winners from the 2019 Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.


Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable.

Automaker Daimler to save $1.54B by cutting manager posts

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler says it plans to slash costs 1.4 billion euros ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and other austerity measures.

Ferrari aims to entice new clients with Roma coupe

ROME (AP) — Ferrari has unveiled a new sports coupe aimed at enticing new buyers and competing with the Porsche 911, part of an overhaul of its model lineup by 2022.


US experts back fish oil drug to prevent heart attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers are recommending broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help prevent heart problems.


Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online.


Pelosi says agreement on revamped NAFTA ‘imminent’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to see Congress pass President Donald Trump’s revamped North American free trade deal this year.

S&P 500 ekes out record high after listless day of trading

A day of listless trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with another record high for the S&P 500.

Wall Street feuds with Warren, much to her apparent delight

NEW YORK (AP) — Senator Elizabeth Warren’s fight with Wall Street escalated when billionaire investor Leon Cooperman called the presidential candidate’s proposal to put a new tax on the nation’s wealthiest people a plan to “penalize success” and said her ideas “made no sense.”

US chickens headed to China after Beijing lifts 5-year ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is lifting a five-year ban on U.S. poultry, a goodwill gesture at a time when the world’s two biggest economies are trying to finalize a tentative trade deal.

Powell urges Congressional panel to tackle budget deficits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy.

WeWork loses $1.25 billion in third quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — WeWork racked up $1.25 billion in losses in the third quarter as it geared up for, and ultimately scuttled, its debut as a public company.

US producer prices up 0.4% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose 0.4% in October, the biggest jump in six months, reflecting a surge in energy costs.

Walmart offers holiday cheer as traditional peers struggle

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is offering some holiday cheer heading into the crucial Christmas shopping season even as many of its traditional peers struggle.


Trump wants Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax returns, in a test of the president’s ability to defy investigations.


Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery.

Second US official heard Trump call with Sondland

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned.

Energy nominee distances himself from Ukraine investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy to outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he had no role in the Ukraine matters now at the heart of the House’s impeachment investigation as he tried to distance himself from the controversy with the Senate considering his Cabinet nomination.

Battle lines harden as Trump impeachment inquiry goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — With historic impeachment hearings underway, Democrats and Republicans are hardening their arguments over the actions of President Donald Trump as they set out to win over a deeply polarized American public.

Next up in impeachment hearings: A parade of key witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several more witnesses scheduled to testify in the House impeachment hearings over the next week are expected to say they too worried about President Donald Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Democrats as the U.S. withheld military aid from the country.

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick announces Dem presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he is running for president, making a late entry into the Democratic race less than three months before primary voting begins.

Poll: Americans struggle to recognize fact vs. fiction

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact.

Brexit Party fails to clinch voting pact with Conservatives

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit Party has failed to reach a tactical voting pact with the ruling Conservatives, saying Thursday that it will field 300 candidates in next month's election to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his promise of a clean break with the European Union.

New acting DHS head takes over; hard-liner named as deputy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in.

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