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VOL. 42 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 23, 2018

Morgan builds an empire, one hungry vegan Titan at a time

Chef, entrepreneur, film producer and Titan wife thinking restaurant

Charity Morgan has a lot on her plate. She is currently focused on feeding the huge appetite of very large men. But for 2019 and beyond, she is preparing a feast of dreams.

Vegan burgers? Cheesesteaks? Titans swear by them

Game days are always special for the Tennessee Titans, but for the 15 team members on the vegan plant-based meal plan of Chef Charity Morgan, “Burger Fridays” rank pretty high, too.


Best thing about Amazon news? We finished 3rd

We’re No. 3! Hey! We’re No. 3! As a boast, it lacks oomph. It does not indicate superior status. We’re not No. 1, is the clear message. We’re not even No. 2.

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TEDxNashvilleWomen. TEDWomen and TEDxWomen are expanding to Middle Tennessee with  TEDxNashville, 1-5 p.m. Thursday at City Winery with a reception to follow at The Ink Building. Featured speakers are former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry; Samar Ali, 2010 White House fellow, recognized as one of World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, first Arab-American elected Vanderbilt’s Student Body President, recipient of the 2016 Truman National Security Fellowship, former assistant commissioner for international affairs for Gov. Bill Haslam, adviser for Department of Homeland Security, Vanderbilt Law School’s board of advisors, Bone McAllester Norton associate; Charlane Oliver, founder and board president of The Equity Alliance, recipient of Dr. Evelyn Fancher Unsung Hero Award, recipient of Unsung Hero award by the East Nashville Chamber of Commerce Council, 2017 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Finalist, 2016 Nashville Black 40 Under 40 award recipient, Alumni of Young Leaders Council, named one of NashvilleBusiness.Net’s 100 Leading African Americans in 2018, TnAchieves mentor, member of the Public Relations Society of America and Nashville Women of Color in Communications, 2017 Communications Excellence Grand Award by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; Jennifer Masley, food and wellness entrepreneur, host of Acme Radio’s “The Hive Hour,” founder of Michigan-based Sip Organic Juice Bars, founder of Eio and The Hive restaurant; Erin Wolf, nationally ranked athlete, founding director of Women’s Leadership Center of Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, former Wall Street investment banker and corporate C-Suite executive at a global consulting firm, founder of Suite Track; Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, founder of The Girls' Lounge; Kimberly Papillon, nationally recognized expert on neuroscience and psychology of decision-making, attorney and educator, speaker at Talks at Google; Bailey Bryan, singer-songwriter penning every track off her impactful debut EP, “So Far;” Cristina Spinei, Nashville-based artist recognized as “one of the most talented young composers in America” by GRAMMY award-winning conductor José Serebrier; Heather McBee (Emcee), VP of operations at Nashville Entrepreneur Center, emcee for Who Knew events, former board member of Leadership Music, former VP of Accelerator Programming. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public.

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Amazon workers will find buyers’ market for condos, apartments

Just as the gloom was starting to set in from the real estate slowdown came the announcement that Amazon was opening an office here that would employ 5,000 people making an average salary of $150,000.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for October 2018

Top commercial real estate sales, October 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates fall: 30-year at 4.81 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates recorded the biggest drop in nearly four years this week, but remain much higher than they were a year ago.

US home sales rise 1.4 percent, snap 6-month losing streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak. But sales are still down from a year ago, hurt by rising interest rates.


Titans facing a major decision on Mariota’s future

In approximately six weeks, the clock will start ticking for the Tennessee Titans and General Manager Jon Robinson.

Titans at Texans: What to watch

1. DeShaun Watson making things happen. The first time the Titans played the Texans this year, they seemed to rattle Watson and keep the Texans QB out of rhythm. That was amazing considering he had thrashed them for 57 points last year in his only game against Tennessee.


Bradley welcomes 8 associates in Nashville

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has added eight attorneys in the firm’s Nashville office as associates. They are:


Caymas Boats bringing 280 jobs to Ashland City

Caymas Boats has announced the boat manufacturing company will establish operations in Ashland City.


Car buying on Black Friday isn’t what it used to be

Over the last decade, Black Friday weekend became a bona-fide sales event in the car business. In 2015, for example, it accounted for more than 18 percent of all car deals made that month.


One-step-at-a-time money goals might leave you short

NEW YORK (AP) — Tackling money goals one at a time cost financial literacy expert Barbara O’Neill at least $1 million.


Taking simple concept of ‘thank you’ to new heights

A great big bear. That’s what you’ve sounded like all week: a growl here, a snort there, grump, grump, snarl. Everything that could go wrong did – spectacularly.


Interviewing is not hazing

I never joined a sorority when I was in college. But, like you, I’ve heard some of the horror stories that pledges have to endure as part of Greek life.


UT forms search committee as it selects chancellor

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee system interim president Randy Boyd has named a search committee to assist in the selection of a Knoxville campus chancellor.


QB Will McBride announces he's transferring from Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Quarterback Will McBride says on social media he's transferring from Tennessee after a season in which he didn't appear in a single game.


Sacks piling up as Titans struggle to protect Mariota

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have an issue protecting their quarterback right now with Marcus Mariota taking a pounding he hasn't experienced since his rookie season.


Opioid case has new complication: Babies born in withdrawal

The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation's opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts?

MillerCoors, Pabst settle lawsuit over brewing contract

MILWAUKEE (AP) — MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing Co. settled a lawsuit Wednesday in which the hipster's brand of choice claimed the bigger brewer lied about its ability to continue brewing Pabst's beers to put that company out of business.


US average mortgage rates steady; 30-year stays at 4.81 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates barely budged this week after marking the biggest drop in nearly four years a week earlier.

US pending home sales fell 2.6 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people signed contracts in October to purchase homes, as higher mortgage rates have worsened the affordability and dampened enthusiasm among would-be buyers.


As GM cuts in US, Fiat Chrysler invests in Italian plants

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday that its plants in Italy would return to full employment with a 5 billion-euro ($5.7 billion) investment in new cars and engine technology, including a fully electric version of the 500 city car and a plug-in hybrid Alfa Romeo compact utility vehicle.

Japanese prosecutors vow to hold Ghosn as long as needed

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors said Thursday they will detain former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for as long as is needed to finish their investigation into suspicions of financial irregularities, as the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance reaffirmed its partnership.

SUVs compete for spotlight at Los Angeles Auto Show

As buyers flock to SUVs and pickup trucks instead of sedans, automakers are revealing their latest offerings for the growing market at the Los Angeles Auto Show.


US stocks dip a day after biggest rally since March

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning after huge gains the day before. Technology and internet companies are taking some of the largest losses. The S&P 500 index is coming off its largest rally in eight months and has climbed nearly 4 percent this week. Deutsche Bank skidded after German authorities searched its offices on suspicion some of the bank's employees helped clients launder money.

US consumer spending up strong 0.6 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months — both good signs for future economic growth.

May won't rule out no-deal Brexit; bank says firms not ready

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May refused Thursday to rule out Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, a day after the Bank of England warned that such a scenario could plunge the country into its deepest recession in decades.

LA joins other big cities in legalizing street vending

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was his 63rd birthday but instead of staying home to celebrate Wednesday, Andres Garcia got in his truck and drove 25 miles to Los Angeles City Hall to see the little sidewalk vending business he's run for 15 years finally become legal.


McConnell's year-end wish: Getting Congress to legalize hemp

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate's top leader has his own priority in Congress' lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana that's making a comeback in his home state.

Trump says he wouldn't take Manafort pardon 'off the table'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pardon for Paul Manafort is "not off the table," President Donald Trump said, drawing swift rebuke from critics who fear the president will use his executive power to protect friends and supporters caught up in the Russia probe.

Keeping it quick: Trump taking in-and-out trip to Argentina

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marathon days. Red-eye flights. Jam-packed agendas. When President Donald Trump travels abroad, he's increasingly keeping it quick lately.

Senators send rebuke to Saudis, Trump over Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying President Donald Trump, senators sent a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

AP FACT CHECK: Entire Trump tweet on immigrant aid is wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading a false claim from supporters that people who are in the United States illegally receive more in federal assistance than the average American gets in Social Security benefits.


Nashville mayor backs contracting changes on race, gender

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley is backing policy changes to address race and gender disparities in the city's government contracting process.


Tennessee lottery chief elected to global post

NASHVILLE(AP) — The head of Tennessee's lottery has been elected president of the World Lottery Association.

Tennessee attorney confirmed as USDA's general counsel

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a Tennessee attorney to become the U.S. Department of Agriculture's general counsel.


MacKinnon's 2 goals lead Avalanche past Predators 3-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Colorado was due for a regular-season win against the Nashville Predators.


Vandy rolls in first full game without star player

NASHVILLE (AP) — A high-scoring blowout might be just what Vanderbilt needed after losing the gem of its recruiting class.


Kalodimos sues WSMV citing age, gender discrimination

NASHVILLE (AP) — A longtime Tennessee news anchor is suing her former employer over alleged age and gender discrimination, saying management replaced her with a younger woman before abruptly firing her late last year.

Charges against Nashville protesters dropped

NASHVILLE (AP) — Charges have been dropped against 14 people who were protesting in Tennessee this summer as part of the Poor People's Campaign.


US new-home sales plunged 8.9 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 8.9 percent in October, as the number of newly built, unsold homes sitting on the market climbed to its highest level since 2009.


Trump dismantling US climate efforts as warnings grow dire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has moved steadily to dismantle his predecessors' efforts against climate-changing coal, oil and gas emissions, even as warnings grow that climate change will have a devastating impact on the U.S. economy as well as the Earth.

EU executive wants bloc to go climate neutral by 2050

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's executive branch proposed Wednesday that the bloc should cut its emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, a measure that scientists say needs to be adopted worldwide in order to avoid catastrophic global warming.

World faces 'impossible' task at post-Paris climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering again to agree on the fine print.

UN report says fragile climate puts food security at risk

BANGKOK (AP) — Feeding a hungry planet is growing increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermine food systems, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization said Wednesday as it renewed appeals for better policies and technologies to reach "zero hunger."


More than jobs riding on fate of GM plant after Trump promise

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — General Motors is moving to shut down as many as five North American factories in a major restructuring, but there are more than jobs riding on the fate of at least one of them: Ohio's Lordstown assembly plant.

Trump suggests he's looking into tariffs on car imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hinted Wednesday that he's looking into slapping tariffs on car imports, a day after he threatened to slash federal subsidies to General Motors for wanting to close five U.S. factories.

Porsche shows off new edition of mainstay 911 sports car

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Porsche says its future is in electric cars but for now it is rolling out a more powerful version of its internal combustion mainstay, the sleek 911 sports car.

Trump tests presidential limits by threat to General Motors

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tested the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle as he threatened to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the U.S.


With an eye on past problems, Facebook expands local feature

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements.


Stocks surge as Powell hints at slower interest rate hikes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rocketed to their biggest gain in eight months Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hinted that the Fed might not raise interest rates much further. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 617 points.

Suddenly, luxury stores miss free-spending Chinese tourists

NEW YORK (AP) — There was something missing at the luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. in recent months: Chinese tourists.

Powell: US economy healthy and rate hikes aren't automatic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cast a bright picture of the U.S. economy Wednesday and appeared to suggest that the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes next year to assess the impact of its credit tightening.

Fed: US businesses' debt at highest level in over 2 decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — American corporations have elevated their debt loads to potentially risky levels, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in a report that raised concerns about the financial system 10 years after the 2008 crisis erupted.

US economy grew at brisk 3.5 pct. annual rate last quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a solid 3.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, led by lower but still strong consumer spending and more business investment than previously estimated.

UK govt: Brexit will make Britain poorer no matter what

LONDON (AP) — Britain will be poorer after leaving the European Union than if it had stayed in, no matter what sort of trade deal it has with the bloc, the government said Wednesday — unwelcome news for Prime Minister Theresa May as she tries to sell her Brexit divorce deal to a skeptical nation.

Market to parse Powell words for clues to Fed's future hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the Federal Reserve considering a pullback in its interest rate hikes?

Trump calls Federal Reserve 'much bigger problem than China'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thinks the Federal Reserve's policies are a greater threat to U.S. economic growth than a burgeoning trade war with China.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump spreads false claims on immigrant aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading a false claim from supporters that people who are in the United States illegally receive more in federal assistance than the average American gets in Social Security benefits.

Divisive race ends with Republican Hyde-Smith victory

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal Trump supporter after the president stumped for her in what was a divisive runoff marked by racial turmoil over a video-recorded remark Hyde-Smith made decried as racist.

Kremlin says it expects Putin-Trump meeting to go ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kremlin said Wednesday it still expects a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump to go ahead as planned despite a suggestion from Trump that it could be canceled.

As shutdown looms, Trump and GOP leaders discuss border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a partial government shutdown possible on Dec. 7, President Donald Trump has met with Republican leaders to hash out a spending plan that includes money for Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.

Pelosi unopposed as Dems meet to nominate House speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi enters the House Democratic leadership elections on Wednesday in an unusual position: She's running unopposed.


Governor-elect Lee names 9 administration picks

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov.-elect Bill Lee has named three Cabinet members and six senior staffers.


Failed 4th down turns tide in Titans' 34-17 loss to Texans

HOUSTON (AP) — The Tennessee Titans were down by four with the ball on the 3-yard line in the second quarter Monday night against the Houston Texans when coach Mike Vrabel chose to go for it on fourth-and-inches.


Vandy's Garland to miss rest of season with knee injury

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew says heralded freshman guard Darius Garland will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee last week.


Shelby county to pay workers at least $15 an hour

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tennessee's largest county will pay its workers at least $15 an hour next year.

Tennessee OKs incentives for aluminum firm, truck tech group

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel has approved economic incentives of $975,000 for an aluminum rolling company and $772,000 for a trucking technology firm.


US home prices rise more slowly amid weaker sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased more slowly in September from a year ago as higher mortgage rates weighed on sales.


FDA goal to be "first" on devices worries former regulators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Jeffrey Shuren was adamant: The United States would never cut corners to fast-track the approval of medical devices.

Tennessee health departments to offer free flu shots

NASHVILLE (AP) — County health departments across the state of Tennessee are giving out free flu shots on Dec. 5.


Hailing the future taxi: Drone-car mashup model takes flight

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A scale model of a flying drone-car drove and hovered across an Amsterdam exhibition hall Tuesday, providing a glimpse of what could be the future of urban mobility.

Global lawmakers grill Facebook exec; Zuckerberg's a no-show

LONDON (AP) — A cohort of international lawmakers is trying to turn up the pressure on Facebook, grilling one of its executives and making a show of founder Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to explain to them why his company failed to protect users' data privacy.

Uber fined nearly $1.2 million by Dutch, UK over data breach

LONDON (AP) — The ride-hailing service Uber has been fined the equivalent of nearly $1.2 million by British and Dutch authorities for failing to protect customers' data during a cyberattack in 2016.


Trump warns GM could lose subsidies over layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was "very disappointed" that General Motors was closing plants in the United States and warned that the White House was "now looking at cutting all GM subsidies," including for its electric cars program.

GM slashes thousands of jobs in tech shift

DETROIT (AP) — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation.


UN: No sign of emissions peak in sight, action must be taken

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations environment office is warning that the gap is widening between current greenhouse gas emissions and the levels needed to stop catastrophic global warming.


Judge: Trump hotel boost from presidency does not break law

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of breaking a law on unfair competition by using the presidency to attract customers to restaurants in his Washington hotel.


US stock indexes edge higher a day after a big gain

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wobbled Tuesday as large high-dividend stocks rose and smaller companies sank. Major indexes were coming off big gains the day before.

Retail group says holiday season off to a strong start

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest U.S. retail trade group says the holiday shopping season has gotten off to a "very strong" start.

Apple's stock sours, Microsoft's soars. Say what?!

Wall Street investors are enamored with a newly emergent tech company.

US farmers store record soybean crop as China dispute weighs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed.

US consumer confidence slips in November but is still strong

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence slipped this month but remains strong.

LinkedIn co-founder, MIT award MeToo leaders

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Three women influential in the #MeToo movement are receiving an MIT award that recognizes disobedience for the good of society.

Top EU court hears Brexit challenge as critics slam May deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court on Tuesday began considering whether Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU, as British Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to contain criticism of her divorce deal from U.K. politicians and U.S. President Donald Trump.

United Technologies is breaking into 3 independent companies

NEW YORK (AP) — United Technologies is breaking itself into three independent companies now that it has sealed its $23 billion acquisition of aviation electronics maker Rockwell Collins.


US ambassador angers Poles with letter to prime minister

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Poland has triggered anger in Poland with a letter allegedly sent to the prime minister that takes his government to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned independent television station.

Trump adviser: US 'disappointed' in China's trade stance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House warned Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday against trying to wait out President Donald Trump in the ongoing trade dispute between their countries.

Report: Manafort met with Julian Assange ahead of 2016 leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A British newspaper alleges that Paul Manafort secretly met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London within days or weeks of being brought aboard the Donald Trump presidential campaign.

Trump energy nominee clears hurdle after fossil-fuel remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has approved the Trump administration's nominee for the top federal energy board after a video surfaced showing him declaring that renewable energy "screws up" the nation's electrical grid.

Last US Senate race of midterms up for vote in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters are deciding the last U.S. Senate race of the midterms, choosing between a white Republican Senate appointee backed by President Donald Trump and a black Democrat who was agriculture secretary when Bill Clinton was in the White House.


ABC to join ESPN, NFL Network in broadcasting NFL draft

ABC is joining the NFL draft broadcast business and will televise all three days of picks next April.


Tennessee House elects 1st African-American minority leader

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Democrats have elected the chamber's first African-American minority leader.


Second Tennessee prisoner choses death in the electric chair

NASHVILLE (AP) — A second Tennessee prisoner is requesting to die in the electric chair rather than by lethal injection.


Tennessee projects revenue growth between 2.7, 3.2 percent

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are projecting growth in general state revenue to range from 2.7 to 3.2 percent during the budget year that starts in July.

Tennessee officials to host 9 opportunity zone seminars

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee economic development officials are hosting nine regional training sessions about the benefits of opportunity zones.


Midterms reveal South split along urban, rural differences

ATLANTA (AP) — The Solid South is no more. A century of rule by "Southern Democrats" followed by a generation of Republican domination is evolving into something more complex.


Boyd lists priorities as University of Tennessee president

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New University of Tennessee system interim president Randy Boyd has outlined his priorities.


Watson's hat trick leads Predators over Ducks 5-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Austin Watson had a difficult time remembering the last time he scored a hat trick — at any level.


Tennessee has disappointing finish to Pruitt's 1st season

Perhaps the clearest evidence of Tennessee's fall over the last decade is how the Volunteers have lost their status as the premier program in their own state.


Proposed changes on Medicare drugs, but would costs go down?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit that would affect people's costs over the next few years.

FDA says it will overhaul criticized medical device system

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Monday they plan to overhaul the nation's decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which has long been criticized by experts for failing to catch problems with risky implants and related products.


GM to lay off up to 14K workers, close as many as 5 plants

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced Monday.

Union clings to GM plant in area where Trump promised jobs

One of the last industrial anchors in what was once Ohio's manufacturing core is now on life support, just a little over a year after President Donald Trump told people not to leave and promised that jobs would come back to the area.

Mitsubishi Motors fires Ghosn, CEO to be interim chairman

TOKYO (AP) — The board of Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors, which is allied with Renault and Nissan, voted unanimously Monday to dismiss Carlos Ghosn as its chairman following his arrest last week.

Nissan's Ghosn: From auto industry icon to scandal

PARIS (AP) — A trailblazer and visionary in the auto industry, Carlos Ghosn is also a highflyer prone to excesses that may have helped bring on his surprise downfall as head of the world's best-selling auto group.


Apple to tutor women in tech in bid to diversify industry

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is launching a new program designed to address the technology industry's scarcity of women in executive and computer programming jobs.

UK parliament seizes confidential Facebook documents

LONDON (AP) — Britain's parliament has seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as it turns up the heat on the social media company over its data protection policies.

Supreme Court could allow suit over Apple iPhone apps' sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.


Stocks bounce back as tech, retail and banks jump

NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks rose Monday after taking big losses last week. Major technology companies recovered some of their recent losses and retailers and travel companies climbed on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season.

Dolce&Gabbana fiasco shows importance, risks of China market

BEIJING (AP) — Don't mess with China and its growing cadre of powerful luxury consumers.

Divorce papers signed, now Brexit battle moves to Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union have signed their divorce papers, but that's not the end of the 45-year relationship. It's just the start of a British political battle over the separation.

Taxes may be a bigger part of online shopping this season

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they're being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren't before. The reason: the Supreme Court.


Trump proposes 'worldwide network' to counter CNN overseas

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is raising the possibility of starting "our own Worldwide Network" to counter news spread internationally by CNN.

Trump: 'I don't believe' government climate report finding

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is rejecting a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released Friday by his own administration.

Global trade is at stake as Trump and Xi come face to face

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he was made for a moment like this: A high-stakes face-off. A ticking clock. A cagey adversary.

Senate GOP taking up judicial nominee some call 'the worst'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are working to soon fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy with a North Carolina lawyer whose nomination has raised objections from black lawmakers and civil rights groups concerned about his work defending state laws found to have discriminated against African-Americans.

Ex-Trump campaign adviser Papadopoulos to report to prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was scheduled to report to prison on Monday after a federal judge rejected his last-minute bid to delay his two-week sentence.

Trump to rally for GOP's Senate candidate in Mississippi

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to Mississippi for two rallies to try to keep a Senate seat in Republican hands.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on dipping oil prices, cold snaps

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrong when he suggests global warming can't be happening if it's really cold outside.

Pelosi's opponents counting on chaos to deny her speakership

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the chaos theory for picking the next House speaker.


Familiar flaws put Vols, Vandy at risk of losing seasons

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee and Vanderbilt are both below .500 in the final week of the regular season because each team has one major weakness that it hasn't fixed all year.


Nissan board fires Ghosn as chairman following arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. fired Carlos Ghosn as chairman Thursday, curtailing the powerful executive's nearly two-decade reign at the Japanese automaker after his arrest for alleged financial improprieties.

VW to appeal German court ruling ordering diesel car buyback

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it will appeal a court ruling that orders it to buy back a six-year-old diesel vehicle at the original sales price.


Senate aims to confirm man for bench despite racial concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are working to soon fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy with a North Carolina lawyer whose nomination has raised objections from black lawmakers and civil rights groups concerned about his work defending state laws found to have discriminated against African-Americans.

Trump demands 'some common sense' from judges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Incensed by a ruling against his migrant asylum policy, President Donald Trump demanded "some common sense" from America's judges and directed his ire at a liberal-leaning appeals court. He professed respect for Chief Justice John Roberts, with whom he is engaged in a startling public dispute over the independence of the judiciary, yet shrugged off the Republican appointee as someone who "can say what he wants."

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's judicial comments appear misinformed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Betraying no trust in an independent judiciary, President Donald Trump is using a federal appeals court in San Francisco as a punching bag for his frustrations about not getting his way on border security. He's spreading misinformation in the process and appearing to misunderstand how appeals work.


US stocks end lower as oil plunges

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower in a shortened session Friday as energy stocks fall along with the price of oil. The S&P 500 closed in what's known on Wall Street as a correction — 10 percent below its most recent high.

Betting on themselves: Share buybacks hit record high in 3Q

Corporations' appetite for buying back their own stock has hit a record high.

Stores fighting for Black Friday sales aim for convenience

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are offering much of their Black Friday deals online, but shoppers still showed up at malls and stores around the country looking for discounts — and also to take in the scene.

Adults want cozy, kids want gross: 4 holiday trends to watch

NEW YORK (AP) — Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples.

Amazon staff in Europe protest to coincide with Black Friday

MADRID (AP) — Some of Amazon's workers in Europe are protesting against what they call unfair work conditions, in a move meant to disrupt operations on Black Friday.


Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the margins.


As Ghosn heads for Nissan exit, Renault merger hopes fade

TOKYO (AP) — The arrest of Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn could extinguish any remaining hopes for a merger with key shareholder Renault, which the Japanese company's CEO has publicly opposed.

Reports say Japan prosecutors to hold Ghosn for 10 more days

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn will be detained for another 10 days following his arrest on suspicion of falsifying income reports by millions of dollars and misusing company assets for personal gain, Japanese media reported Wednesday.


Children end effort to contest Glen Campbell's wills

NASHVILLE (AP) — Three of country singer Glen Campbell's children have dropped their fight to contest the validity of two wills that exclude them from any inheritance.

Springfield businessman sentenced in insurance fraud scheme

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee businessman has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison and ordered to repay millions of dollars in a health insurance fraud scheme.


Black singers have historic week on country music charts

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmie Allen has made history as the first black artist to have his debut single reach No. 1 on country radio, and it happened on the same week Kane Brown, who is black and white, has the top country and pop album in the U.S.

Tennessee to offer incentives for producing musical scores

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are launching a new incentives program for companies producing original music scores for films, television, video games and other digital media projects in the state.


Stocks edge higher on Wall Street after 2 days of big losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. finished mostly higher Wednesday, a break after two days of steep losses. Technology and internet companies and retailers were responsible for most of the gains.

Retailers aim to pick up business from defunct, dying rivals

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us and Bon-Ton may be gone but they haven't been forgotten.

British, EU leaders to meet as Brexit deadline looms

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May told skeptical lawmakers on Wednesday that rejecting her divorce deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division, before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalize the Brexit agreement.

Oil plunge could help US consumers, some emerging markets

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Holiday shoppers should enjoy more spending power thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, though cheaper energy could also weigh on the U.S. economy by dampening investment in shale oil production.

US durable goods orders fall 4.4 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell by the largest amount in 15 months with a key category that tracks business investment showing weakness for the third consecutive month.

World economy has 'passed its peak' as trade wars weigh

PARIS (AP) — A global economic watchdog says world growth has passed its peak and faces growing risks, including from trade disputes and higher interest rates.


Trump thanks Saudis after defying calls to punish prince

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump publicly thanked Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices just a day after he was harshly criticized for deciding not to further punish the kingdom for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before joining the Justice Department, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned nearly $1 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn't disclose its donors, according to newly released financial disclosure forms.

Trump team turns over written answers to Mueller's questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It's the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation.

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