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VOL. 45 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 5, 2021

Nashville gets a taste of something big

Fifth + Broadway food hall will be largest in the US

We’re No. 1 – and in a really good way. This week, Phase 1 of Assembly Food Hall, the largest food hall in the country, opened in the new Fifth + Broadway development, which also includes retail, office, residential units, the National Museum for African American Music and abundant parking (cheers to downtown parking!). It fills the entire footprint of the old convention center.

Fifth + Broadway food hall offerings

The Assembly Food Hall is opening in two initial phases. There are eight restaurants and two themed bars now open, plus just enjoy the cool space. A wine bar is offering more than 40 choices, and another bar is serving both locally and nationally recognized brands of beer.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Common sense caves in fight with ‘God-given liberty’

They’re relatively rare, thank goodness, which makes them stand out even more: People in the grocery store, pharmacy or wherever who refuse to even pretend to wear masks.

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EVENTS

Gallatin Artisan Crawl. Support local artisans at the first artisan crawl. TD Gallery, Inc., 201 S. Water Ave., Gallatin. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Supply is far outpaced by demand in Midstate market

Spring break is two weeks away for most schools, although in many homes the break means little as the children were not attending school and many families are not comfortable traveling.

REAL ESTATE

US mortgage rates steady to higher; 30-year at 3.02%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were steady to higher this week, as the benchmark 30-year loan breached the 3% mark for the first time since July 2020. Rates remain near historic lows as the economy strains toward recovery in the pandemic's wake.

NEWSMAKERS

McGlinchey welcomes IP, entertainment attorney

Entertainment and IP attorney Brenner McDonald has joined McGlinchey Stafford as a member of the firm and resident in its Nashville office.

BRIEFS

4 Nashville ‘bottlenecks’ make US Top 100 list

Six Tennessee bottlenecks for trucks – including four in Nashville – have made the top 100 of most congested traffic locations, the American Transportation Research Institute reports.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Big comfort in GLS, Escalade, Navigator

Among luxury SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade has long made no apologies about being big and brash. Now Cadillac has redesigned the Escalade for 2021 with a new look and an infusion of new technology. Do these updates make it the best large luxury SUV you can buy?

PERSONAL FINANCE

Worry about the right thing with your estate taxes

Death and taxes may be the only certainties in life, but death taxes are only a remote possibility for most people. The vast majority of Americans won’t ever have or give away enough to owe estate or gift taxes.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Learning new skills might be key to your job security

A little over a year ago, you didn’t think it would last.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

3 debt strategies for dealing with an unequal recovery

The past year has fractured our world in countless ways. Now, as people look to pick up the pieces, those managing debt need to account for their position in our uneven economic recovery.

CAREER CORNER

Careful what you wear, even if it’s just a Zoom call

It sometimes feels as if the pandemic has changed everything about the nature of work. One notable thing that has changed: Our work attire.

PREDATORS

NHL suspends Preds defenseman Fabbro 2 games for hit

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended Nashville Predators defenseman Dante Fabbro two games for elbowing Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn.

Staal scores late in OT as Hurricanes beat Predators 3-2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Staal scored his second goal of the game with 34.9 seconds left in overtime to give Carolina a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night and extend the Hurricanes' winning streak to six games.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Agent: Titans have released vet cornerback Butler

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans released cornerback Malcolm Butler on Tuesday three years into the five-year deal he signed in March 2018, according to his agent Derek Simpson.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Big music festival announces lineup for return to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Life is Beautiful arts and music festival announced its performer lineup on Wednesday, making a return of large annual events to Las Vegas after they were canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

STATE GOVERNMENT

House panel rejects push to oust judge over absentee voting

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee House panel on Tuesday rejected a push to remove a judge for expanding absentee voting in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, siding with prominent attorneys who warned the ouster would be an unprecedented breach of judicial independence.

COURTS

2 students charged with stealing $114K from MTSU

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Two students have been charged with stealing $114,000 from Middle Tennessee State University, authorities said.

FBI releases new video after bombs left at RNC, DNC offices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has released new video showing someone placing two pipe bombs outside the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees the night before the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

TECHNOLOGY

Security camera hack exposes hospitals, workplaces, schools

Hackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance said they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera startup.

TRANSPORTATION

US approves new airline from JetBlue founder

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department has granted approval for a new airline led by David Neeleman, who started JetBlue Airways two decades ago.

MEDIA

Facebook moves to dismiss federal, state antitrust suits

Facebook has asked a court to dismiss state and federal antitrust lawsuits that accuse it of abusing its market power in social networking to crush smaller competitors.

World viewership of royals' interview nearly 50 million

NEW YORK (AP) — Worldwide viewership of Oprah Winfrey's interview with British royals Prince Harry and Meghan is up to nearly 50 million people — and counting — as CBS quickly scheduled a Friday night rerun for anyone who missed it the first time.

New owner Buzzfeed lays off 45 from HuffPost newsroom

NEW YORK (AP) — Buzzfeed announced Tuesday that it has laid off 45 reporters, editors and producers from the newly acquired HuffPost.

Russia slows down Twitter, part of social media clampdown

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities said Wednesday they are slowing down the speed of uploading photos and videos to Twitter over its failure to remove banned content — part of growing efforts to clamp down on social media platforms that have played a major role in amplifying dissent.

RESTAURANTS

Restaurants are big beneficiaries of COVID-19 relief bill

NEW YORK (AP) — Restaurants devastated by the coronavirus outbreak are getting a lifeline from the pandemic relief package that's awaiting final approval in the House.

ENVIRONMENT

Bezos plans to spend $10 billion by 2030 on climate change

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to spend the $10 billion he invested in the Bezos Earth Fund by 2030, the fund's new CEO said Tuesday.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Nashville-based Bridgestone offers employees $100 to vaccinate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bridgestone said Wednesday it will offer its 33,000 U.S. employees $100 payments to get vaccinated against COVID-19, joining a group of large companies offering incentives for the shots.

Nursing home residents can get hugs again, feds say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing home residents vaccinated against COVID-19 can get hugs again from their loved ones, and indoor visits may be allowed for all residents, the government said Wednesday in a step toward pre-pandemic normalcy.

Clinics wait to vaccinate farmworkers: 'Our hands are tied'

With Georgia's sweet onion harvest approaching and COVID-19 vaccine arriving in increasing quantities from the federal government, migrant health centers around the state want to start vaccinating farmworkers. But there's a catch.

AP source: US to buy additional 100M J&J doses

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is announcing Wednesday the U.S. is buying an additional 100 million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.

After pandemic year, weary world looks back — and forward

No one has been untouched. Not the Michigan woman who awakened one morning, her wife dead by her side. Not the domestic worker in Mozambique, her livelihood threatened by the virus. Not the North Carolina mother who struggled to keep her business and her family going amid rising anti-Asian ugliness. Not the sixth-grader, exiled from the classroom in the blink of an eye.

Doctors urge Spain to use AstraZeneca vaccine more widely

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Chaffing under Spain's sluggish vaccination rollout, regional health authorities and doctors are urging the central government in Madrid to widen the categories of people who can receive the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks mostly climb, except tech, as inflation worries ease

Stocks are ending mostly higher on Wall Street as a benign reading on inflation led to long-term interest rates easing lower in the bond market.

Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Congress riven along party lines approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday, as President Joe Biden and Democrats claimed a triumph on a bill that marshals the government's spending might against twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended a nation.

What's inside the $1.9T COVID-19 bill passed by Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a sweeping pandemic relief package over Republican opposition on Wednesday, sending it to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The milestone political victory would provide $1,400 checks for most Americans and direct billions of dollars to schools, state and local governments, and businesses.

Why the pandemic left long-term scars on global job market

Esther Montanez's housecleaning job at the Hilton Back Bay in Boston was a lifeline for her, a 31-year-old single mother with a 5-year-old son.

US budget deficit hits record $1.05 trillion after 5 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's budget deficit through February hit an all-time high of $l.05 trillion for the first five months of this budget year, as spending to deal with the coronavirus pandemic surged at a pace far above an increase in tax revenue.

Consumer prices up 0.4% last month, core prices moderate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices increased 0.4% in February, the biggest gain in six months, led by a sharp jump in gasoline prices. But core inflation, excluding food and energy, posted a much smaller 0.1% gain, easing fears about a possible sustained acceleration in inflation.

Homebound children drive surge in Lego sales

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sales of Lego sets surged last year as more children stayed home during global pandemic lockdowns - and parents bought the colorful plastic brick toys to keep them entertained through days of isolation.

GE, AerCap join air leasing businesses in $30 billion deal

General Electric is combining its aircraft leasing business with Ireland's AerCap Holdings in a deal valued at more than $30 billion, a big step in what has become a six year odyssey to reshape the one-time sprawling, global conglomerate.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden intent on selling benefits of virus aid plan to public

WASHINGTON (AP) — Final congressional approval of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Wednesday represents an undeniable victory for President Joe Biden -- and one the White House knows it needs to sell to the public.

Senate confirms Merrick Garland to be US attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Merrick Garland to be the next U.S. attorney general with a strong bipartisan vote, placing the widely-respected, veteran judge in the post as President Joe Biden has vowed to restore the Justice Department's reputation for independence.

US-China to meet at senior level in Alaska next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Biden administration officials will hold their first face-to-face talks with their Chinese counterparts next week, the White House and State Department said Wednesday.

Biden's first 50 days: Where he stands on key promises

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden laid out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, promising swift action on everything from climate change to immigration reform to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden joining summit with key Asia-Pacific 'Quad' leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will join the first-ever meeting of the leaders of Japan, India and Australia on Friday as he seeks greater cooperation with U.S. allies to counter China's strength in the region.

House approves pro-union bill despite dim Senate odds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House approved legislation that would invigorate workers' unions, following decades of court defeats and legislative setbacks that have kneecapped the labor movement's once formidable ability to organize.

Seoul agrees to pay more for hosting American troops in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striking a delicate balance, the United States and South Korea have agreed Seoul will pay 13.9% more this year for hosting American troops as part of a multiyear deal crafted to keep Seoul's share of the overall cost within historical norms, officials said Wednesday.

Pentagon approves extending Guard deployment at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has formally approved an extension of the National Guard deployment at the U.S. Capitol for about two more months as possible threats of violence remain, the Pentagon said Tuesday.


TUESDAY, MARCH 9
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans trade 2020 first-round pick to Dolphins

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have found a team in the Miami Dolphins to take their 2020 first-round draft pick off their hands, trading offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson after his rookie season.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee: Some inmates now qualify for COVID-19 vaccine

NASHVILLE (AP) — After initially deeming that inoculating prisoners could be a "PR nightmare," Tennessee officials on Tuesday said some inmates were receiving a COVID-19 vaccine — but only those who qualify as part of other groups the state has prioritized.

Tennessee panel votes to move Confederate bust from Capitol

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel on Tuesday overwhelming voted to remove the state Capitol's bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader.

MIDSTATE

Tennessee National Guard troops deploying for Middle East

SMYRNA (AP) — Soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard's 1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery Regiment, deployed on Sunday for a 10-month tour of the Middle East.

COURTS

High court won't hear Trump immigration case after all

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't weigh in on the legality of a controversial Trump administration immigration policy after an agreement by the Biden administration and states and groups challenging it. The agreement comes amid the Biden administration's reconsideration of the so-called public charge rule.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan recalling 854K Sentra cars to fix brake light problem

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling more than 854,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because the brake lights might not come on when the driver presses on the pedal.

'Umbrella of stress' on GM staff, 2 years after plant closed

When General Motors ended a half-century of building cars in Ohio's blue collar corner, 1,600 workers had to decide whether to accept the automaker's offer to move to another factory.

Park outside: Kia recalls nearly 380K vehicles for fire risk

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is telling owners of nearly 380,000 vehicles in the U.S. to park them outdoors due to the risk of an engine compartment fire.

ENVIRONMENT

Biden hopes to boost offshore wind as Mass. project advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge wind farm off the Massachusetts coast is edging closer to federal approval, setting up what the Biden administration hopes will be a model for a sharp increase in offshore wind energy development along the East Coast.

Kerry in Brussels for climate change talks with EU officials

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry traveled to Brussels on Tuesday to discuss transatlantic cooperation with European officials in the wake of President Joe Biden's decision to rejoin the global effort to curb climate change.

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft server hack has victims hustling to stop intruders

BOSTON (AP) — Victims of a massive global hack of Microsoft email server software — estimated in the tens of thousands by cybersecurity responders — hustled Monday to shore up infected systems and try to diminish chances that intruders might steal data or hobble their networks.

HEALTH CARE

COVID bill to deliver big health insurance savings for many

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people stand to save hundreds of dollars in health insurance costs, or more, under the Democratic coronavirus relief legislation on track to pass Congress.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

AP-NORC poll: Many in US still face COVID-19 financial loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roughly 4 in 10 Americans say they're still feeling the financial impact of the loss of a job or income within their household as the economic recovery remains uneven one year into the coronavirus pandemic.

Smithsonian obtains vial from 1st US COVID-19 vaccine dose

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has acquired the vial that contained the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States as part of its plans to document the global pandemic and "this extraordinary period we were going through."

Airline industry pushes US to standardize health papers

Leading airline and business groups are asking the Biden administration to develop temporary credentials that would let travelers show they have been tested and vaccinated for COVID-19, a step that the airline industry believes will help revive travel.

From a prolonged pandemic, a rethink of life's milestones?

Wedding anniversaries for Elizabeth O'Connor Cole and her husband, Michael, usually involve a dinner reservation for two at a fancy restaurant. Not this time around.

Gibraltar, a vaccine champion, launches 'Operation Freedom'

GIBRALTAR (AP) — Maskless parents pick up smiling Cinderellas, Harry Potters and hedgehogs from schools that reopened after a two-month hiatus just in time for World Book Day's costume display. Following weeks under lockdown, a soccer team resumes training at the stadium. Coffee shops and pubs have finally raised their blinds, eager to welcome locals and eyeing the return of tourists.

Russia to make Sputnik V vaccine in Italy; a 1st in EU

MILAN (AP) — Russia has signed a deal to produce its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Italy, the first contract in the European Union, the Italian Russian Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Nasdaq jumps 3.7%, most in nearly a year, as Big Tech surges

Technology companies powered stocks higher on Wall Street Tuesday, driving the Nasdaq to its biggest gain in nearly a year and more than making up for a sharp skid a day earlier.

US airlines adding jobs, extending rebound from October low

U.S. airlines are adding jobs as industry employment extends a rebound from a low in October, when tens of thousands of airline workers were briefly laid off after federal payroll aid expired.

US officials: Report on oil, gas sale ban due by summer

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday that it will deliver an interim report on its suspension of oil and gas sales from federal lands and waters by summer, but officials declined to state how long the moratorium could remain in place.

Forecast: Virus vaccines help inject hope in world economy

PARIS (AP) — The world economy is bouncing back from the pandemic crisis faster than expected, thanks in part to successful coronavirus vaccines and U.S. stimulus efforts, but the improvements are uneven and joblessness remains a big concern, according to a new forecast.

$40M gender equality fund by Gates, Scott picks finalists

A gender equality philanthropic initiative spearheaded by Melinda Gates' investment company, with support from MacKenzie Scott, has announced 10 project finalists for $40 million in funding slated to be awarded this summer.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

GOP struggles to define Biden, turns to culture wars instead

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and the Democrats were on the brink of pushing through sprawling legislation with an eyepopping, $1.9 trillion price tag.

House moves on pro-union bill despite dim Senate odds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House was poised Tuesday to pass legislation that would invigorate workers' unions, following decades of court defeats and legislative setbacks that have kneecapped the labor movement's once-formidable ability to organize.

When to expect payments, other benefits from relief package

As the latest federal pandemic relief package makes its way to President Joe Biden's desk, Americans may be wondering when the benefits will reach them.

Pentagon set to OK extending Guard deployment at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is set to approve an extension of the National Guard deployment at the U.S. Capitol for about two more months, defense officials said Tuesday.

AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden's virus response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Biden's big relief package a bet gov't can help cure America

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants America to know that he's from the government and he's here to help.

Child tax credit expansion sets up showdown with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive coronavirus relief plan making its way to President Joe Biden's desk includes a plan to temporarily raise the child tax credit that could end up permanently changing the way the country deals with child poverty.

Trump, RNC clash over using his name in fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee is defending its right to use former President Donald Trump's name in fundraising appeals after he demanded they put an end to the practice.


MONDAY, MARCH 8
PREDATORS

Predators defeat Stars 4-3 in shootout

DALLAS (AP) — Roman Josi scored the final shootout goal on a backhander, helping the Nashville Predators beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 after blowing a 3-0 third-period lead Sunday night.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee vaccine eligibility expands today

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than 1 million Tennesseans are becoming eligible Monday for the COVID-19 vaccine after the Department of Health announced it was expecting a large supply of the immunizations.

Tennessee announces nearly $15M in broadband grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee has announced that nearly $15 million in broadband accessibility grants will soon be used to support 17,800 unserved Tennesseans in more than 7,100 homes and businesses.

COURTS

Government wants Tennessean suspected in Capitol breach detained

NASHVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors are asking that a Tennessee man charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach remain jailed until his trial.

Push to oust Nashville judge over absentee vote ruling sparks outcry

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Republican-dominated Tennessee House is sparking fears of an unprecedented breach of judicial independence by moving forward with a proposal to remove a judge for expanding absentee voting in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High court revives ex-student's suit against Georgia college

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is reviving a lawsuit brought by a Georgia college student who sued school officials after being prevented from distributing Christian literature on campus.

Supreme Court won't get involved in Fairbanks Four case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four men who say they were illegally imprisoned for nearly two decades for the murder of a teenager in Alaska will have their lawsuit go forward after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials.

Dutch prime minister extends his country's pandemic lockdown

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday extended the country's tough coronavirus lockdown until the end of the month, but he added a note of hope to his message to a pandemic-weary nation by predicting that a "tipping point is coming when the vaccine gains the upper hand over the virus and more will be possible."

Germany looks to AstraZeneca shot to boost vaccine rollout

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has begun ramping up the use of the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca, after authorities last week gave the green light for it to be administered to people age 65 and over.

Local pharmacists step up in COVID-19 vaccination effort

NEW YORK (AP) — They're just your regular neighborhood pharmacists, but some now wear superhero capes.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street finishes mixed as tech slump offsets other gains

Wall Street ended mixed as slumps in several Big Tech companies offset gains in many other parts of the market.

Yellen says women face many obstacles in economics careers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury Department, says women seeking to pursue careers in economics face a number of obstacles from the way beginning economics courses are taught to overly aggressive questioning questions in college seminars.

Yellen plays down inflation fears, pushes for relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says fears that the administration's $1.9 trillion relief bill could trigger a rapid rise in inflation are misplaced.

Attack on Saudi oil site fuels upward march for crude prices

BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices remained elevated Monday as Saudi Arabian oil facilities were targeted by drone strikes just days after the largest crude exporting nations in the world said they would not increase output.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty

A sweeping bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. Yet as the Equality Act heads to the Senate after winning House approval, its prospects seem bleak — to a large extent because of opposition from conservative religious leaders.

Biden order could change how colleges handle sex misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first step toward reversing a contentious Trump administration policy, President Joe Biden on Monday ordered his administration to review federal rules guiding colleges in their handling of campus sexual assaults.

With virus aid in sight, Democrats debate filibuster changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden on the verge of his first big legislative victory, a key moderate Democrat says he's open to changing Senate rules that could allow for more party-line votes to push through other parts of the White House's agenda such as voting rights.

US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea have reached agreement in principle on a new arrangement for sharing the cost of the American troop presence, which is intended as a bulwark against the threat of North Korean aggression, both countries announced.

Biden marks 'Bloody Sunday' by signing voting rights order

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new executive order from President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressional Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill to counter efforts to restrict voting access.


FRIDAY, MARCH 5
PREDATORS

Struggling Predators moving closer to rebuild

NASHVILLE (AP) — Just three seasons removed from hoisting the Presidents' Trophy, the Nashville Predators find themselves on the verge of rebuilding.

Ekblad's four points leads Panthers over Predators 5-4

NASHVILLE (AP) — Aaron Ekblad had two goals and two assists to lead the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Pippen Jr. scores career-high 36 as Vandy tops Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Scotty Pippen scored a career-high 36 points on near-perfect shooting, Jordan Wright added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Vanderbilt defeated Cincinnati 78-64 on Thursday night.

MIDSTATE

Fort Campbell, 101st Airborne getting new commander

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A new commander of the 101st Airborne Division is taking over at Fort Campbell.

COURTS

Nashville eyes $2.3M settlement in fatal shooting by officer

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville officials are seeking a $2.25 million settlement with the family of a Black man who was fatally shot by a white Nashville police officer from behind during a 2018 foot chase, Mayor John Cooper's administration said in a news release Friday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Lawyer says Nissan's Kelly innocent of Ghosn pay scheme

TOKYO (AP) — The chief lawyer for Greg Kelly, an American on trial in Japan on charges of under-reporting Nissan former Chairman Carlos Ghosn's compensation, says his client was merely trying to prevent Ghosn from going to a rival automaker.

TRANSPORTATION

EU, US agree to suspend tariffs over Airbus-Boeing dispute

BRUSSELS (AP) — A first phone call Friday clinched the first trade breakthrough to start rebuilding trans-Atlantic relations between the United States and the European Union in the wake of the Trump presidency.

Exam finds multiple cracks in part of United jet's engine

Microscopic examination supports early suspicions that wear and tear caused a fan blade to snap inside one engine of a United Airlines plane that made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff last month in Denver, federal safety investigators said Friday.

ENVIRONMENT

China sets moderate new energy goals for climate change

BEIJING (AP) — China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, announced generally moderate new energy and climate targets on Friday that give little sign that it will step up its pace in combatting climate change.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 still wait for advice

More than 27 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from federal health officials for what they should and shouldn't do.

Teacher vaccinations go untracked amid school reopening push

The national rush to vaccinate teachers in hopes of soon reopening pandemic-shuttered schools is running into one basic problem: Almost no one knows how many are getting the shots, or refusing to get them.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech rebound pulls stocks out of a slump, to weekly gain

A late-day rebound in technology companies pulled the stock market out of a slump and helped give the S&P 500 its first weekly gain in three weeks.

Dem split on jobless benefits slows relief bill in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats laid aside one battle over boosting the minimum wage but promptly descended into another internal fight Friday as the party haltingly tried moving its $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate.

Jump in hiring fuels optimism for US economic recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a surprisingly robust 379,000 jobs last month in a sign the economy is strengthening as virus cases drop, vaccinations ramp up, Americans spend more and states ease business restrictions.

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the February jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's job market delivered a surprising burst of strength in February. It lifted hopes that the rollout of viral vaccines, the distribution of federal aid and the increasing willingness and ability of consumers to go out and spend will invigorate the economy as the weather warms up.

Mass 2020 exodus from California did not happen, study reports

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A popular notion that there was a mass exodus from California last year is wrong, according to research from a nonpartisan think tank.

US consumers eased off credit card borrowing in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing by Americans fell in January for the first time in five months, as a big drop in the use of credit cards offset increases in auto loans and student loans.

Cuba's struggling entrepreneurs look to Biden with hope

HAVANA (AP) — Business was booming for a trendy little clothing shop called Clandestina in the heart of Old Havana, one of thousands of new private businesses that had arisen in what was once a near-wholly state-run socialist economy.

US trade deficit up 1.9% in January on record goods imports

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The level of imported goods to the U.S. in January reached unprecedented levels and pushed the trade deficit 1.9% higher as the coronavirus pandemic continues to distort global commerce.

Highlights: What's changed in the Senate's COVID relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday came out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. A look at some of the major changes in the bill now being considered by the Senate versus what passed the House last week.

OPEC, Russia send oil price up with deal to contain output

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Caution about the pandemic took the upper hand Thursday at a meeting of the OPEC oil cartel and allied countries, as they left most of their production cuts in place amid worry that coronavirus restrictions could still undermine recovering demand for crude.

Costco 4Q profits rise, helped by pandemic shopping habits

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Warehouse retail chain Costco Wholesale said its fourth-quarter profits rose slightly from a year ago, its profits weighed by wage premiums paid to employees during the pandemic.

EXPLAINER: Why rising rates are unsettling Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Interest rates keep marching higher, and Wall Street keeps shaking because of it.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House impeachment manager sues Trump, allies over riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Eric Swalwell, who served as a House manager in Donald Trump's last impeachment, filed a lawsuit Friday against the former president, his son, lawyer and a Republican congressman whose actions he charges led to January's insurrection.

Biden signals support to replace war power authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signaled support to replace decades-old authorizations for the use of military force in the Middle East, a little more than a week after he relied on the authorizations to carry out a retaliatory airstrike against Iranian-backed militia in eastern Syria.

AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden's virus response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Biden attempts bipartisan push for infrastructure package

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tried to maintain bipartisan momentum for a new infrastructure program by meeting Thursday with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House.

Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has appealed to congressional leaders to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection.


THURSDAY, MARCH 4
MIDSTATE

GM looking to build 2nd US battery factory, Spring Hill likely

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's looking for a site to build a second U.S. battery factory with joint venture partner LG Chem of Korea.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee health agency names new assistant commissioner

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health announced Wednesday that Tobi Adeyeye Amosun has been named assistant commissioner of the agency's Division of Family Health and Wellness.

COURTS

Court raises bar for some immigrants to avoid deportation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for longtime immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to avoid deportation.

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivers 1st opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has delivered her first opinion.

ENVIRONMENT

Mississippi River cities join project to map plastic litter

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Cities along the Mississippi River will take part in a global system to determine where plastic pollution comes from and how it ends up in waterways as a first step toward solving the problem, officials said Wednesday.

US-China tensions threaten global climate change efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's hopes for curbing climate change hinge on action by two giant nations whose relations are deteriorating: China and the United States. The two countries both say they are intent on retooling their economies to burn less climate-wrecking coal, oil and gas. But tensions between them threaten their ultimate success.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled

DETROIT (AP) — Pandemic lockdowns and stay-at-home orders kept many drivers off U.S. roads and highways last year. But those who did venture out found open lanes that only invited reckless driving, leading to a sharp increase in traffic-crash deaths across the country.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

'Falling through cracks': Vaccine bypasses some older adults

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jean Andrade, an 88-year-old who lives alone, has been waiting for her COVID-19 vaccine since she became eligible under state guidelines nearly a month ago. She assumed her caseworker would contact her about getting one, especially after she spent nearly two days stuck in an electric recliner during a recent power outage.

Bucking GOP trend, Alabama governor extends mask order

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Breaking with other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended her state's mask order for another month Thursday but said the requirement will end for good in April.

German panel approves AstraZeneca vaccine jab for over 65s

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's independent vaccine committee has formally approved giving the AstraZeneca shot to people age 65 and over, the health minister said Thursday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech pulls stocks lower as bond yields continue upward march

Stocks turned lower on Wall Street as bond yields made another upward spike, renewing pressure on high-flying technology companies.

Senate begins considering Democrats' $1.9T virus relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Thursday to begin debating a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden's top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber.

Powell: Higher inflation temporary, no rate hikes in sight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell suggested Thursday that inflation will pick up in the coming months but that it would likely prove temporary and not enough for the Fed to alter its record-low interest rate policies.

OPEC, Russia send oil price up with deal to contain output

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Caution about the pandemic took the upper hand Thursday at a meeting of the OPEC oil cartel and allied countries, as they left most of their production cuts in place amid worry that coronavirus restrictions could still undermine recovering demand for crude.

WH says relief checks to go to most who got December payment

Roughly 98% of U.S. households that received a COVID-19 relief check in December will also qualify for the next round of payments being championed by President Joe Biden, according to a White House official.

US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving.

Productivity down 4.2%, largest decline in nearly 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell at an annual rate of 4.2% in the fourth quarter, the largest quarterly decline in nearly four decades.

US suspends tariffs on UK goods to resolve aircraft dispute

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. agreed Thursday to suspend millions of dollars' worth of tariffs on U.K. exports including Scotch whisky as part of an effort to resolve a long-running trans-Atlantic trade dispute over aerospace subsidies.

EU wants employers to report pay levels to fix gender gap

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union executive wants to force employers to be much more open about how much their staff earn to make it easier for women to challenge wage imbalances and close the gender pay gap.

OPEC cartel, allies face decision on increasing oil output

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Members of oil producer cartel OPEC and allied countries are weighing an increase in production now that prices have recovered to near their pre-pandemic levels.

Amazon opens first UK checkout-free grocery store in London

LONDON (AP) — Amazon has opened a cashier-free supermarket in London, its first bricks and mortar expansion outside the U.S. as the company bets on strong demand for its contactless shops.

EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that Britain's "unilateral action" on trade rules will breach international law and is threatening legal action as post-Brexit tensions continue to escalate between the two sides.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation.

Law enforcement grapples with US Capitol security after plot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reviewing a police request to keep National Guard troops patrolling the U.S. Capitol for another 60 days following evidence of a "possible plot" by a militia group to storm the building again, two months after Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors in an insurrection meant to halt the certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory.

General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response.

Takeaways: What hearings have revealed about Jan. 6 failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it's clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump's supporters laid siege to the building. It's also clear that no one wants to take responsibility for it.

House panel seeks storm documents from Texas grid operator

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee is investigating the agency that operates the Texas power grid, seeking information and documents about the lack of preparation for the recent winter storm that caused millions of power outages and dozens of deaths across the state.

Double standard? Gillibrand in spotlight after Cuomo scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand was the first Democratic senator to call for her colleague Al Franken's resignation in 2017 as he faced allegations of sexual misconduct, building a profile as a leading advocate for women that became the centerpiece of her 2020 presidential bid.

Eager to act, Biden and Democrats leave Republicans behind

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are jamming their agenda forward with a sense of urgency, an unapologetically partisan approach based on the calculation that it's better to advance the giant COVID-19 rescue package and other priorities than waste time courting Republicans who may never compromise.

With Biden's backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they say hurt them during last fall's election.

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