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VOL. 43 | NO. 29 | Friday, July 19, 2019

Millennials don't want your prized 'heirlooms'

Too much supply, too little demand as boomers downsize

Everyone loves Grandma’s mahogany-inlaid sideboard. Stories were told of the horrors of moving it when she wanted to polish the floor. Its underbelly was a favored hide-and-seek spot.

Estate sellers tell of their Antique Roadshow-worthy finds

There’s not always gold in them thar hills, and finding an original copy of the U.S. Constitution behind a thrift store painting is more the stuff of legend than reality.

How estate sales work

There are some variables in how estate sales come to be, but for the most part they are commission-based. A seller will come into the home, assess the contents, work up a general value and then sit with the client to settle on a commission.

Victrolas crank out profit for lilelong enthusiast

In the world of estates and antiques, there are always niche markets. Costume jewelry, particular types of furniture and appliances and collectibles of all kinds can always find a home.

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Ledger wins 4 top awards in statewide competition

The Nashville Ledger has won four first-place awards in the annual University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association newspaper competition.


‘Veggie burger’ bill wilts on closer examination

Tennessee legislators may have dodged a bullet. Mississippi legislators definitely did not. Maybe you’ve seen some of the resulting headlines lately. They’re intended to attract attention, and they do a good job. They sure got mine.


Dive bars require character, characters, layers of grime

“Upscale dive bar,” it read. The press release made its way across the media landscape last week, its language regurgitated without question or irony. The reaction on social media, however, was swift and comical, mocking the simple three-word description of a new “watering hole” coming to Charlotte Pike.


Earnestly, there has to be a better way to kill a deal

During the first couple of hundred years of the country’s existence, there were various contracts used by buyers and sellers of real estate to help them agree on the terms and conditions of sales.


Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for second quarter 2019

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

Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for second quarter 2019

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

US average long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.81%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week after three weeks of holding steady, tipped higher by expectations that the Federal Reserve could reduce interest rates soon.


Bradley partner Lipshie named to Who’s Who list

Samuel D. Lipshie, a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Nashville office, has again been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading sports and entertainment law practitioners. He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2019 directory.


Working Mother likes Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson has been named by Working Mother to its 12th annual “Best Law Firms for Women” list. This is the third consecutive year the firm has been included in this prominent list, which recognizes firms that utilize best practices in recruiting, retaining, promoting and developing women lawyers.


Upstart Genesis G70 holds its own with BMW 3 Series

Genesis is a new but growing luxury automotive brand that’s been winning over consumers with great value and high quality.


Feminine slant on avoiding common financial pitfalls

Find a penny, pick it up. The rest of that little ditty promises luck but whatever. You don’t see a penny as worth much, but how do you perceive money as a whole? In the new book, “Women with Money” by Jean Chatzky, the answer to that question may lead you to a better relationship with your wallet.


3 steps to help ‘solo agers’ lead happier, safer lives

Retirement coach Sara Zeff Geber visited several Northern California assisted living facilities to interview “solo agers” – people either single or coupled who don’t have children to help them as they grow older.


Credit score doing OK? Build credit smarts, too

Well done, America. Credit scores across the nation are going up. On the other hand, knowledge of how credit works is declining.


McGee appointed to Tennessee Court of Appeals

SAVANNAH (AP) — Tennessee's Court of Appeals has a new member.


Schools get $3.7M for career and technical programs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Career and technical education programs in Tennessee schools are receiving a boost.


Titans safety Kevin Byard agrees to multi-year extension

Kevin Byard left the talking to the Titans and his agent this offseason, and now he's agreed to a deal making him the NFL's highest-paid safety with a contract extension hours before they report for training camp.


California signs deal with 4 automakers to raise gas mileage

DETROIT (AP) — Four major automakers have reached a secret deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing the Trump administration's plan to freeze standards at 2021 levels, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Nissan to slash 12,500 jobs to cut costs, achieve turnaround

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan is slashing 12,500 jobs or about 9% of its global workforce to cut costs and achieve a turnaround amid tumbling profits, the Japanese automaker said Thursday.

Volkswagen increases profits, sales in shrinking markets

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Thursday that its after-tax profit rose 24% in the second quarter as the company managed to increase its share in contracting markets, and as more-profitable vehicles such as SUVs and pricey Porsche luxury cars took a bigger role in the sales mix.


American expects grounded jet to cut profit by $400 million

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines said Thursday that the long grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets will cut its pretax earnings for 2019 by about $400 million, including $175 million in the second quarter.

Profit flat as Southwest takes $175 million hit from Max jet

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines doesn't expect to use Boeing 737 Max jets until January, and it is talking to Boeing about compensation for the grounding, which the airline says cost it $175 million in the second quarter.


US factory orders for large manufactured goods up 2% in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for large manufactured goods rose last month after sharp declines the previous two months, propelled by demand for commercial aircraft and cars. A category that tracks business investment had its biggest increase in four months.

Boris Johnson urges EU rethink on Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on the European Union to "rethink" its refusal to renegotiate the Brexit deal, as he pledged to throw all his energy into making sure Britain leaves the bloc on time on Oct. 31.

ECB council signs off on Lagarde as Draghi successor

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank's governing council has signed off on the nomination of International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde as the next head of Europe's top monetary authority.


What's next after Mueller? Lawsuits, investigations and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of anticipation, Congress finally heard testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller. So what now?

Mueller rejects Trump's claims of exoneration, 'witch hunt'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller, the taciturn lawman at the center of a polarizing American drama, bluntly dismissed President Donald Trump's claims of "total exoneration" in the federal probe of Russia's 2016 election interference. In a long day of congressional testimony, Mueller warned that Moscow's actions represented — and still represent — a great threat to American democracy.

Analysis: Mueller has spoken, but 2020 may be the final word

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's testimony sent the clearest signal yet that impeachment may be slipping out of reach for Democrats and that the ultimate verdict on President Donald Trump will be rendered by voters in the 2020 election.


US appeals court rules against Tennessee refugee challenge

NASHVILLE (AP) — An appeals court has ruled against Tennessee lawmakers in their challenge of the federal refugee resettlement program.

Tennessee House GOP nominates new speaker after scandal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Republicans nominated a new leader Wednesday as part of their latest attempt to calm the mounting controversies surrounding the GOP-controlled chamber, which has been plagued by scandals involving its outgoing speaker.

State representative resigns after casting vote for speaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker has resigned from the state legislature, saying he needs to spend more time with his family and tend to his winery business.


Smokies officials seek input on African-American experience

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are inviting the public to help with an effort to research the African-American experience in southern Appalachia.


Lewan says he's suspended 4 games for PED

NASHVILLE (AP) — Taylor Lewan, Tennessee's three-time Pro Bowl left tackle, says the NFL has suspended him for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancers.


John Prine postpones shows due to stent surgery

NASHVILLE (AP) — Americana singer-songwriter John Prine is postponing several shows this summer so he can have surgery to insert a stent to prevent a stroke.


Tesla posts $408M loss in 2Q, causing stock to plummet

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla suffered a loss of $408 million during its latest quarter as the company continues to struggle to prove it can make money while producing electric cars at prices that a mass market can afford.

Ford 2Q profit falls 86% on cost of overseas restructuring

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford's net profit tumbled 86% in the second quarter due largely to restructuring costs in Europe and South America.

Nissan directors say reforms, job cuts are coming

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The newly tapped directors to strengthen corporate governance at Nissan promised to turn the Japanese automaker's ailing business around but said Wednesday that extensive job cuts designed to drive a recovery are also coming.

Daimler loses $1.3 billion on diesel, air bag woes

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, says it lost 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in the second quarter as the company booked 4.2 billion euros in one-time charges for troubles with diesel vehicles and air bag recalls.


US new home sales rise slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. new home sales rose at a modest pace in June but remained below sales levels earlier this year, suggesting low mortgage rates and a healthy job market aren't encouraging many more purchases.


Prescription opioid potency increased as crisis grew

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2012, as the death toll from the nation's opioid crisis mounted, drug companies shipped out enough of the powerful and addictive painkillers for every man, woman and child in the U.S. to have nearly a 20-day supply.


Boeing CEO raises possibility of pausing Max production

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing's CEO says the company will consider temporarily shutting down production of the 737 Max if the plane's return is significantly delayed beyond the company's October forecast.

Senate confirms former Delta executive as FAA administrator

A former Air Force pilot and Delta Air Lines executive was confirmed Wednesday by the Senate to lead the Federal Aviation Administration after overcoming opposition from Democrats who claim that he mistreated a whistleblower during his tenure at Delta.


Stocks hit record highs as investors reward solid earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks steadily gained ground Wednesday and closed broadly higher on Wall Street as investors rewarded solid earnings results from several large companies.

FTC fines Facebook $5B, adds limited oversight on privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business. But they are only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion.

Justice Dept. puts Big Tech under the antitrust microscope

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like Europe before it, the U.S. government looks ready to try reining in its technology giants. But doing so may be more difficult than it seems.

FTC sues firm behind Facebook privacy scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is suing Cambridge Analytica over privacy violations and has settled with key individuals in the Facebook privacy scandal.

Restructuring Deutsche Bank posts $3.45 billion loss

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank says it lost 3.1 billion euros ($3.45 billion) in the second quarter as it booked heavy charges for its sweeping restructuring that will lead to the loss of 18,000 jobs by 2022.

Dining reservation app OpenTable moves into delivery

OpenTable is getting into the food delivery business. The world's biggest online restaurant reservation service — which was founded 21 years ago — has been watching warily as more and more diners opt for delivery. Between May 2018 and May 2019, U.S. restaurant visits were flat at 23.8 billion, but deliveries rose 3% to 2 billion, according to NPD Group, a market research company.


Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's congressional testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller refused to play the part. Not for Republicans and not for Democrats.

Mueller dismisses Trump's claims of Russia probe exoneration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller on Wednesday bluntly dismissed President Donald Trump's claims of total exoneration in the federal probe of Russia's 2016 election interference, telling Congress he explicitly did not clear the president of obstructing his investigation. The former special counsel also rejected Trump's assertions that the probe was a "witch hunt" and hoax.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Mueller exonerated him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to discredit Robert Mueller — and make some campaign money from the effort — President Donald Trump falsely claimed exoneration Wednesday even as the former special counsel was testifying to Congress about his investigation.

Trump, allies frame Mueller testimony as win for White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Believing a two-year shadow over the White House at last has been lifted, President Donald Trump and his allies seized on Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress on Wednesday as a clear-cut victory, mocking the former special counsel's findings and performance.

Judge won't block US asylum restrictions at southern border

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday that the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out.

What to look for when Mueller testifies on the Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a reluctant Robert Mueller takes his seat at the congressional witness table, Democrats will be looking for incriminating, hidden-till-now details about Donald Trump and Russia. Republicans want the former special counsel to concede his investigation was all a waste of time and money, if not an outright hoax.

US economy dodges the threat of painful spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget agreement that congressional leaders and President Donald Trump forged late Monday lifted a big potential drag on the U.S. economy for this year and next.


ICE agent gives up after man aided by neighbors

NASHVILLE (AP) — An immigration agent gave up trying to arrest a Tennessee man who, aided by neighbors, refused to leave his vehicle for four hours.


Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame inducts 3 posthumously

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Three newspaper executives have been posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame.


Predators sign Colton Sissons to 7-year, $20M contract

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Colton Sissons by signing the forward to a seven-year, $20 million contract.


Titans put DT Casey, TE Smith, K Succop on PUP list

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have placed Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, tight end Jonnu Smith and kicker Ryan Succop on the physically unable to perform list.


US home sales fall 1.7% with prices high and supply low

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales tumbled 1.7% in June, with rising prices and a scarce supply locking out many Americans from ownership.


Senators unveil compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior senators — a Republican and a Democrat — unveiled compromise legislation Tuesday to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Medicare recipients, while saving money for federal and state health care programs that serve seniors and low-income people.


AutoNation replaces new CEO with a new CEO

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four months after the country's largest auto dealership chain named a new chief executive to replace its longtime CEO, it's making another change at the top.

Daimler welcomes investment by Chinese partner BAIC

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Daimler says its Chinese partner BAIC Group has taken a 5% equity stake, a move Daimler said reinforces the cooperation between the two companies.

Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colonial-era Korean forced laborers launched a legal step Tuesday to get court approval for the sale of local assets of their former Japanese employer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which has refused to compensate the former workers.


Stocks close higher following solid earnings results

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks marched broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday as several major companies reported solid second quarter gains.

UPS adds pickup spots at retailers, seeks to fly more drones

NEW YORK (AP) — United Parcel Service Inc. is responding to the growth in online shopping and pressures for speedy delivery by seeking to expand its drone deliveries and adding thousands of new spots where customers can pick up packages.

IMF sees a weaker global economy but upgrades US forecast

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its outlook for the world economy because of simmering international trade tensions.

USDA rule could affect food stamp eligibility for 3 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration's proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program.

Channel Tunnel operator: 'no-deal' Brexit now main scenario

LONDON (AP) — Channel Tunnel operator Getlink is warning that Britain's departure from the European Union without a deal is now "very likely" and is its main scenario as it forecasts earnings.

Trump meets with chipmakers on Huawei, other economic issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with executives from several of the nation's leading chip and computer part makers Monday and discussed restrictions his administration has imposed on the sale of components to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, the White House said.

Coke's broadening palate drives sales

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola upped its revenue expectations for the year as new lines of healthier drinks and coffees win over fans.


Analysis: Budget deal is epitaph for bid to control spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years ago, Washington's power players reluctantly sealed a pact to curtail federal spending and the debt. Now, with help from President Donald Trump, they are writing its epitaph.

Trump sues House panel, NY to protect state tax returns

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is suing the House Ways and Means Committee and New York state officials to prevent his state tax returns from being turned over to the congressional committee.

Senate approves bill to extend 9/11 victims fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks never runs out of money.

Democratic group launches ad campaign targeting Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest outside Democratic group will spend as much as $450,000 per week on an ad campaign aimed at weakening President Donald Trump in battleground states.

What to look for when Mueller testifies about Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats want incriminating, hidden-till-now details about Donald Trump and Russia. Republicans want Robert Mueller to concede it was all a waste of time and money, if not an outright hoax.

Senate confirms Army veteran Mark Esper secretary of defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist Mark Esper as secretary of defense.

Immigration operation touted by Trump nets 35 arrests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The immigration enforcement operation touted by President Donald Trump that targeted some 2,000 people resulted in 35 arrests, officials said Tuesday.

Lawmakers return to assess budget and debt agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are returning to Washington to assess a budget and debt deal between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump, but there's no evidence of any last-gasp drama that could upset the hard-won compromise.

Deal sealed on federal budget ensures no shutdown, default

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have announced a critical debt and budget agreement that's an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid political and economic tumult over the possibility of a government shutdown or first federal default.

McConnell promises budget vote before recess

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the Senate will vote on the budget deal agreed to by congressional leaders and the White House before senators leave town for the August recess.

FBI's Wray dodges questions on Mueller report's findings

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray offered a lesson Tuesday in how to dodge questions about the special counsel's Russia investigation , offering a possible preview of what lawmakers can expect when Robert Mueller testifies to Congress.

Boris Johnson wins race to become UK's next prime minister

LONDON (AP) — Brexit hard-liner Boris Johnson, one of Britain's most famous and divisive politicians, won the race to lead the governing Conservative Party on Tuesday, and will become the next prime minister in a little over 24 hours.


Federal lawsuit: $25M fraud at Tennessee senator's clinic

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee senator and other officials at a now-shuttered pain clinic company are facing a federal lawsuit that claims they defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of more than $25 million.

Tennessee House speaker denies voucher vote-buying claims

NASHVILLE (AP) — Outgoing Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is denying allegations of vote-buying attempts on an education voucher bill.


Southwest planes collide on Nashville airport tarmac

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two Southwest Airlines planes have collided on the tarmac of Nashville International Airport.


Tennessee ag agency offers more farmer assistance options

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is changing its assistance to farmers diversifying and expanding their farm operations.


FDA approves 9 generic versions of nerve pain drug Lyrica

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic copies of a popular, pricey pill for nerve pain.

Revamped OxyContin was supposed to reduce abuse, but has it?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Raeford Brown was uniquely positioned to help the U.S. government answer a critical question: Is a new version of the painkiller OxyContin helping fight the national opioid epidemic?


Microsoft pays $25 million to settle corruption charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is paying more than $25 million to settle federal corruption charges involving a bribery scheme in its Hungary office and three other foreign subsidiaries.

Equifax to pay up to $700M in data breach settlement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Equifax will pay up to $700 million to settle with the U.S. and states over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people.


British Airways pilots vote to strike in pay dispute

LONDON (AP) — British Airways pilots have voted overwhelmingly to strike amid a long-running dispute over pay.


Stevens praised as 'brilliant man' at Supreme Court ceremony

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was remembered as a "brilliant man" with a "deep devotion to the rule of law" during a ceremony Monday at the court where he served for nearly 35 years.


Technology shines on an otherwise sluggish day for US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Tech stocks were the standouts in an otherwise sluggish day of trading on Monday, as investors gear up for the arrival of the heart of earnings reporting season.

European Central Bank could act before Fed to add stimulus

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank could take action including a possible rate cut at its policy meeting on Thursday, as central banks around the globe rev up stimulus to support the world economy through a period of heightened uncertainty from trade wars and Brexit.

Budget negotiators close on debt, agency spending deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are on the cusp of a critical debt and budget agreement, a deal that would amount to an against-the-odds victory for Washington pragmatists seeking to avoid politically dangerous tumult over fiscal deadlines.

Turkish minister says govt will respond to any US sanctions

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has reiterated that the country intends to respond to any U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems.

'Avengers: Endgame' has passed 'Avatar' as biggest film ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The global box office has a new king in "Avengers: Endgame."


Trump wants Pakistan to help 'extricate' US from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he could win the war in Afghanistan in a week, but that he doesn't want to kill millions of people and wipe Afghanistan "off the face of the earth."

House Republicans vow tough questions for Mueller at hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potentially last-ditch bid to impeach him.

Nadler: Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week's hearing with Robert Mueller will air "very substantial evidence" of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they see as a "one-sided" Russia investigation.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team warps Omar words on 9/11, al Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America.

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions.


Tennessee senator faces unethical medical conduct charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — Health officials are accusing a Tennessee Republican lawmaker of engaging in unethical conduct as a physician and are urging the state to take disciplinary actions.


Metro Police: Officer killed in crash wasn't wearing seat belt

NASHVILLE (AP) — Police say a Tennessee officer wasn't wearing his seat belt when he was hit by a fleeing driver and killed.

More than 17M passengers pass through Nashville airport

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville International Airport saw more than 17 million passengers pass through its doors during the last fiscal year.


Media picks Alabama to beat Georgia again in SEC title game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Defending Southeastern Conference champion Alabama is the favorite to once again beat Georgia in the title game in a preseason media poll.


Haynesworth thanks new 'family' of potential kidney donors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has recovered enough to receive treatment outside a hospital as his search for a new kidney continues.


Mason promises 'different-looking' Vandy team

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Derek Mason is striking an optimistic note about his sixth season at Vanderbilt, like most coaches this time of year.


Police say Greg Johnson's death an apparent suicide

DETROIT (AP) — A police report says the death of former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson was an apparent suicide, the Detroit News is reporting.


Chattanooga Volkswagen plant hires new CEO

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A Volkswagen plant in Tennessee is getting a new chief executive who in the coming months will work on an $800 million expansion and oversee two vehicle launches.

Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn't the first thing that pops into your head.

Renault chief confident partnership with Nissan on track

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France (AP) — Renault's chairman expressed confidence Thursday that the French automaker's alliance with Nissan remains on track following the appointment of a new board at the Japanese firm in the wake of the scandal involving Carlos Ghosn, who had chaired both companies.


Tennessee sees annual increase in drug overdose deaths

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee saw its highest number of drug overdoses last year as surrounding states saw drops in the ongoing opioid crisis.

Federal judge upholds a Trump alternative to 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is upholding the Trump administration's expansion of cheaper short-term health insurance plans as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act's costlier comprehensive insurance.

2020 Dems grapple with how to pay for 'Medicare for All'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates campaigning on "Medicare for All" are wrestling with how to pay for the dramatic overhaul of the American health care system.

Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance.

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so.

Authorities: Pharmaceutical distributor indicted for opioids

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities say a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor and others have been charged in Ohio with conspiring to distribute millions of painkiller pills.

House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats and Republicans joined in a rare show of unity Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to repeal an unpopular tax on generous health insurance that's a symbol of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

UnitedHealth hikes profit forecast after big 2Q

UnitedHealth is raising its profit expectations for the year after earnings rose almost 13% in the second quarter, topping most expectations.


EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for 'predatory pricing'

BRUSSELS (AP) — In yet another European Union move against a U.S. tech company, the bloc's antitrust chief on Thursday fined chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of "predatory pricing" to drive a competitor out of the market.

Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company's trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

EU clears Vodafone's $22B deal to expand in Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has cleared telecom operator Vodafone's acquisition of Liberty Global's operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania but has imposed some conditions.


MLS stadium lawsuit headed back to trial court

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's Major League Soccer stadium has hit a snag under the latest development in the legal battle surrounding the project.

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups.

About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlement

DENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will be paid an average of $3,500 each under a class-action settlement that alleged exploitation of the mostly young women who perform the jobs.


The heat goes on: June toastiest on record, July may follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heat goes on: Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record as the climate keeps going to extremes.

Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants' defenses against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise.


Stocks give up an early gain, close lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gave up an early gain and are closing broadly lower, giving the market its first weekly loss after two weeks of gains.

Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump.

Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that negotiators have reached an agreement on the core elements of a deal to increase the government's borrowing cap and set a $1.3 trillion overall level for the agency budgets that Congress passes each year.

Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue

NEW YORK (AP) — How much is too much for streaming video?

Facebook's Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefs

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies issued a stark warning on Thursday that cryptocurrencies like the Libra digital money recently unveiled by Facebook should not be allowed before "serious regulatory and systemic concerns" are addressed.

Toys R Us plans a small comeback with 2 stores this year

NEW YORK (AP) — The first two new Toys R Us stores — one in Texas, the other in New Jersey — will open in November as part of a small comeback of the defunct iconic toy chain in the U.S.

Japan exports dip as China-US trade war takes toll

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports declined in June as shipments of goods were hit by trade disputes between China and the U.S., the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump challenges Fed with dubious theory

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flipping interest-rate theory on its head as he tries to blame the Fed for holding back growth.

Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans' attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of President Donald Trump's conduct.

Trump's harsh words on 'squad' reinforce dark posts online

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should "go back" to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described squad was lurking online.

Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Court records released Thursday show that President Donald Trump took part in a flurry of phone calls in the weeks before the 2016 election as his close aides and allies scrambled to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair.

UK lawmakers warn citizens' rights at risk in no-deal Brexit

BRUSSELS (AP) — British lawmakers were meeting with the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator on Friday, seeking an iron-clad guarantee that the 1.3 million U.K. citizens in the bloc won't have their rights removed and their lives disrupted if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

House approves $15 minimum wage, Senate prospects are dim

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, but the bill has almost no chance in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Some in GOP chastise Trump rally's cries to 'send her back'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans are criticizing the chants of "send her back" by the crowed at a rally with President Donald Trump.

Warren pitches new constraints on private equity

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is proposing new regulations on the private equity industry, pitching constraints designed to end what she decries as "legalized looting" by investment firms that take over troubled companies.

House votes to block sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is heading for a showdown with President Donald Trump after the House voted to block his administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia.

White House slams contempt vote for officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is slamming the Democrat-controlled House's vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts Omar's words on terrorism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of expressing pride in terrorists and misrepresented the record on the economy and health care in his freewheeling North Carolina rally.

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