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VOL. 44 | NO. 30 | Friday, July 24, 2020

College was never like this

Schools face uphill task of keeping students, faculty, staff safe

Online learning. Mask requirements. Limited student services. Dining room revamps. Expanded trained health services. University campus life is in a state of pandemic flux, and higher learning institutions across the country are struggling with an avalanche of changes that go far beyond exams and lectures – although those are issues, too.

Returning UT students face semester of unknowns

Excited. Overjoyed. Eager. Undergrads at the University of Tennessee are giddy about returning to Knoxville. Or are they?

UTK not requiring ACT, SAT for 2021 admission

In an effort to make the application process for undergraduate admission easier for prospective students and their families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will make submitting standardized test scores – ACT and SAT – optional for the fall 2021 admissions cycle.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Rebel nickname struggles against ‘Flood’ of change

Prompted by a petition launched by a former student, a committee is studying whether Franklin High School should dump its Rebels team name.

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EVENTS

Leading Through Crisis. Join a virtual Williamson County Chamber event with Dr. John Delony to learn how to lead your team through crisis. 4-6 p.m. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Christmas in July: Home sales surge finally arrives

The COVID-19 droplets flying through the Nashville air are having a diminishing effect on the residential real estate market.

REAL ESTATE

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 3.01%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average rates on long-term mortgages rose this week for the first time since June 25, after weeks of marking new record lows.

NEWSMAKERS

Legal Aid’s Overby retires after 46 years

Attorney Russ Overby is retiring from Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, where he began practicing in 1974.

BRIEFS

Vanderbilt center to aid online teaching

Vanderbilt University is launching a new instructional design support service, available this summer and fall to all faculty, designed to provide concierge-level support to help faculty transition to teaching online.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Toyota Highlander tries to climb ahead of top-rated Kia Telluride

Upon its debut in 2019 for the 2020 model year, the Kia Telluride decisively captured the top spot in Edmunds’ three-row midsize SUV rankings and pushed aside more established rivals. One of those was the Toyota Highlander.

PERSONAL FINANCE

What to do with ‘valuables’ your kids don’t want

Parents who are downsizing or simply decluttering may have to get creative at finding homes for all their unwanted possessions – particularly these days.

CAREER CORNER

You don’t have to go back to college to change careers

The unexpected pandemic of 2020 has decimated many jobs and some industries. Unemployment for June was 11.1%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and if you’re one of the millions impacted at work by COVID you are likely trying to decide what’s next.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Being the go-to person at your job is an enviable role

Yes! If only your boss would say that more often. Yes, you get a raise. Yes, we’re putting you in charge of the team. Yes, you’re doing great! Yes, there’s a promotion in your future.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Smart activities for when cash is tighter than time

Many people have more time than money nowadays. If you’re one – maybe you’re taking a staycation or you freed up commuting hours by working from home – optimize that extra time by making smart financial moves that won’t cost a dime.

SPORTS

New US pro indoor volleyball league making Nashville home

NASHVILLE (AP) — The top women's indoor volleyball players in the U.S. will be calling Nashville home for their new professional league.

Cumberland baseball coach Woody Hunt wins Summitt Award

LEBANON (AP) — Cumberland University baseball coach Woody Hunt has been given the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

COURTS

Tennessee high court hearing Thursday on mail vote expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Thursday over whether to keep absentee voting open to all eligible voters for the November election due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes medical procedure at hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone a nonsurgical medical procedure in New York City and expects to be released from a hospital there by the end of the week, the Supreme Court said Wednesday night.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ghosn gone, other Nissan former executive set to face trial

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan executive Greg Kelly, who was arrested in connection with the financial scandal of his ex-boss Carlos Ghosn, will soon face trial in a Tokyo court. Both cases had been in limbo after Ghosn fled to Lebanon.

Volkswagen lost $1.8 billion in Q2 but sees profit for year

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Carmaker Volkswagen recorded an after-tax loss of 1.54 billion euros ($1.81 billion) in the second quarter as the pandemic shut down auto plants and closed dealerships.

France's Renault posts massive loss as trouble piles up

PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault reported a massive loss of 7.4 billion euros ($8.5 billion) in the first half of the year as the collapse in global auto sales due to the pandemic worsened troubles already brewing at the manufacturer.

MEDIA

Pandemic hits Comcast 2Q; new Peacock service has 10M users

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

House orders broad mask mandates after Gohmert gets virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol officials issued broad new mask requirements Wednesday after a Republican member of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, often shunned wearing masks and was known to vote without one.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Bleak economic data point to struggles ahead for US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grim picture emerged Thursday of a U.S. economy that has endured a record-shattering plunge last quarter and is now struggling to rebound as the coronavirus keeps forcing more layoffs.

1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus surges in South, West

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy.

As virus aid talks stalemate, Trump scorns help for cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands for aid to cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republican allies as talks stalemated over assistance for millions of Americans. Another lawmaker tested positive for the virus.

Record surge in daily shipping volumes for UPS in 2Q

A boom in online shopping during the pandemic pushed revenue higher at United Parcel Service Inc., which reported a $1.77 billion profit for the second quarter.

Shell profits plunge 82% as pandemic hits energy demand

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday that its second-quarter earnings plunged 82% as the COVID-19 pandemic slashed energy prices and demand.

ELECTION 2020

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, both promise sweeping progress over the next four years –- via starkly different paths.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump floats November election delay — but he can't do that

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is for the first time floating a "delay" to the Nov. 3 presidential election, as he makes unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud.

Pompeo says threats to US in Afghanistan raised with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that he and his team have warned Russian officials about all threats that Russia poses to Americans and U.S. interests in various parts of the world.

Lawmakers grill 4 Big Tech CEOs but don't land many blows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers finally got a chance to grill the CEOs of Big Tech over their dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices that stifle competition. But it's unclear how much they advanced their goal of bringing some of the world's largest companies to heel.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 29
NASHVILLE AREA

Tornado, virus, protests rattle Nashville rideshare economy

NASHVILLE (AP) — After driving for Lyft for six years, Joni Bicknese decided to invest in a minivan at the beginning of 2020, reasoning that she could make more money if she could transport more riders. Then came what she calls Nashville's quadruple-whammy: a tornado, coronavirus closures, protests that rocked downtown, then more closures.

EDUCATION

Lee: In-person school 'medically sound, preferred'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that reopening schools in-person is the "medically sound, preferred option," but he said it's dependent on quickly isolating those who are sick and quarantining their close contacts.

REAL ESTATE

More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose for the second straight month after a devastating spring freeze brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Plant closings send GM to 2Q loss, but signs of improvement

DETROIT (AP) — Even though General Motors was able to reopen its U.S. factories for the last half of the second quarter, the company still lost $806 million from April through June.

MEDIA

Holocaust survivors urge Facebook to remove denial posts

BERLIN (AP) — Holocaust survivors around the world are lending their voices to a campaign launched Wednesday targeting Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to take action to remove denial of the Nazi genocide from the social media site.

ENVIRONMENT

US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation's economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

House COVID oversight panel demands docs from TN, 3 other states

NASHVILLE (AP) — The head of a congressional coronavirus oversight panel on Wednesday demanded Tennessee's Gov. Bill Lee and three other Republican governors provide documents showing how their states are combating the pandemic.

Gohmert's positive virus test renews safety fears in Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert tested positive on Wednesday for the coronavirus, forcing him to abruptly cancel his plan to travel to his home state with President Donald Trump. The Republican immediately faced criticism from colleagues for shunning masks on Capitol Hill, where face coverings are not mandatory and testing is sparse.

US officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street rallies as Fed keeps rates pinned at record low

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street rallied on Wednesday, and the S&P 500 climbed 1.2% for its best day in two weeks after the Federal Reserve kept the accelerator floored on its support for the economy.

US is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year.

Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve expressed concern Wednesday that the viral outbreak will act as a drag on the economy and hiring in the coming months and said it plans to keep its benchmark short-term interest rate pegged near zero.

Text of the Fed's statement after its meeting Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

Troubles abound, Boeing losses bloom to $2.4 billion in 2Q

Boeing lost $2.4 billion in the second quarter and the company will slow production and cut more jobs as demand for commercial aircraft shrinks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Report: Oligarchs skirt US sanctions through shady art sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian oligarchs have skirted U.S. sanctions through murky high-end art deals, according to a congressional report released Wednesday that urged lawmakers to rein in an unregulated industry favored by money launderers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US names new Arctic envoy in push to expand reach in region

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday named a special envoy for the Arctic, filling a post that had been vacant for more than three years as the administration seeks a greater role in the region and tries to blunt growing Russian and Chinese influence there.

Officials: US is bringing 6,400 troops home from Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred on by President Donald Trump's demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,400 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday, detailing a Pentagon plan that will cost billions of dollars and take years to complete.

4 Big Tech CEOs getting heat from Congress on competition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are set to answer for their companies' practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.

GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $1 trillion COVID-19 response package by Senate Republicans is supposed to give the government more weapons to battle the surging coronavirus pandemic. But GOP lawmakers have more than just the "invisible enemy" in mind.

Trump on his own yet again as he skips farewell to Lewis

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, they passed through the grand Capitol Rotunda to pay respects to the civil rights icon.

Trump seeks out loyal donors in West Texas fracking fields

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's visit to a U.S. fracking hub on the West Texas plains comes during the state's fierce coronavirus outbreak and a global oil and gas glut that is putting the squeeze on his loyal donors in the petroleum industry.


TUESDAY, JULY 28
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans put top draft pick Wilson on COVID-19/reserve list

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are trickling into the team's headquarters for a training camp with their first-round draft pick Isaiah Wilson on the COVID-19/reserve list.

Titans wrap up deal with 2nd-round pick Kristian Fulton

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans now have only their first-round draft pick left unsigned after agreeing to terms with cornerback Kristian Fulton, their second-round selection.

COURTS

Judge: Purdue Pharma must halt some political contributions

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma can't make any more contributions to partisan organizations that seek to boost the election efforts of candidates for state attorney general offices.

Lawsuit alleges excessive force during arrest death

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit has been filed by a woman who says her son died after deputies in Tennessee used excessive force during an arrest.

REAL ESTATE

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rose 3.7% in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices grew more slowly in May, but continued to show resilience in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

AUTO INDUSTRY

2 nabbed in ex-Nissan boss' escape say they won't flee US

A U.S. magistrate judge improperly denied release to a father and son wanted by Japan on charges that they helped sneak former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of that country, their attorneys said Tuesday.

Pandemic drives average age of cars in US to a record high

Drivers are holding on to cars and trucks longer during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nissan expects second straight year of red ink amid outbreak

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan reported a 285.6 billion yen ($2.7 billion) loss for April-June, as the Japanese automaker sales crashed amid the coronavirus pandemic and it struggled to recover from the loss of its former star executive Carlos Ghosn.

Peugeot maker PSA makes profit despite pandemic sales slide

PARIS (AP) — The maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, PSA Group, said Tuesday that it made a profit in the first six months of the year even as the coronavirus pandemic caused a deep drop in sales.

TECHNOLOGY

U.S. agency: Pandemic masks thwarting face recognition tech

Having a tough time recognizing your neighbors behind their pandemic masks? Computers are finding it more difficult, too.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

'Second wave' virus fears strike blow to tourism industry

LONDON (AP) — Concerns over a "second wave" of coronavirus infections brought on by returning vacationers are wreaking havoc across Europe's tourism industry, particularly in Spain, following Britain's effective ban on travel to the country.

Air travel expected to not recover before 2024

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Global air travel is recovering more slowly than expected and it will take until until 2024 to return to pre-pandemic levels, the trade association for the airline industry said Tuesday.

Vietnam locks down its 3rd-largest city as virus cases grow

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam on Tuesday locked down its third-largest city for two weeks after 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital, the government said.

ELECTION 2020

Watchdog group: Trump campaign improperly masking payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection effort allegedly hid nearly $170 million in spending from mandatory public disclosure by routing payments through companies tied to his former campaign manager, a government oversight group said Tuesday.

Biden says post-pandemic economy can fight racial inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden unveiled a plan Tuesday to ensure that the nation's post-pandemic economic recovery is built around promoting racial equality, promising to dramatically spur investment in Black-owned small businesses and encourage home ownership while closing wealth gaps among minority communities.

Trump again pushes unproven drug as COVID-19 treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after appearing to project a more serious tone about the coronaviru s, President Donald Trump is back to spreading misinformation about how to combat the virus and the credibility of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert.

Nashville urges quick return of thousands of mail ballots

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville election officials say they have mailed almost 30,000 absentee ballots to voters so far for the Aug. 6 primary election, and only half have been completed and returned.

Here's how Trump's opposition to mail voting hurts the GOP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans once dominated voting by mail in Florida. But that was before President Donald Trump got involved.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Late slump pulls Wall Street lower; gold sets another record

Stocks pulled lower on Wall Street Tuesday following a mixed set of earnings reports from dozens of big U.S. companies.

GOP's jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn

A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states.

Democrats, GOP far apart as virus aid talks intensify

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations launched, the differences over the next coronavirus  aid package are vast, a gulf between Democrats' $3 trillion proposal and Republicans $1 trillion counteroffer, with millions of Americans' jobless benefits, school reopenings and eviction protections at stake.

US consumer confidence tumbles in July as COVID-19 spreads

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in July to a reading of 92.6 as coronavirus infections spread in many parts of the country.

Mnuchin, Pelosi talk virus relief; GOP slashes jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment assistance, eviction protections and other relief for millions of Americans are at stake as White House officials launch negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new coronavirus aid package that's teetering in Congress ahead of looming deadlines.

US-China spats rattle world, prompting calls for unity

BEIJING (AP) — Antagonisms between the United States and China are rattling governments around the world, prompting a German official to warn of "Cold War 2.0" and Kenya's president to appeal for unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Support in House for $32B more for airlines but fate unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives has endorsed a provision calling for $32 billion to protect aviation workers from layoffs though next March, as airlines fight to survive a huge downturn in travel caused by the virus pandemic.

McDonald's facing bumpy recovery, 2Q sales down 30%

Business did improve for McDonald's throughout the second quarter as restrictions lifted across the globe, but the fast food giant faces a bumpy — and expensive — recovery.

Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump administration won't accept new DACA applications

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will deny new applications for so-called "Dreamer" immigrants and cut renewals to one year from two years, despite reversals in court that kept alive the Obama-era program to shield young people from deportation.

McConnell: No room for new FBI building in virus aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican says he opposes a push by President Donald Trump to include in a new coronavirus aid package nearly $1.8 billion to rebuild the FBI headquarters on its current site in downtown Washington.

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis lies in state at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a solemn display of bipartisan unity, congressional leaders praised Democratic Rep. John Lewis as a moral force for the nation in a Capitol Rotunda memorial service rich with symbolism and punctuated by the booming, recorded voice of the late civil rights icon.

Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, pushing back against angry, skeptical Democrats who said President Donald Trump's administration is unconstitutionally suppressing dissent.

Ex-FBI agent Strzok due out with book about Trump, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose pejorative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign made him a target of the president's wrath, is releasing a book on his concerns about the president.


MONDAY, JULY 27
EDUCATION

Tennessee State helps create coding hubs at other schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee State University has been working with other historically Black colleges and universities and with Apple to create new coding hubs in other communities.

MIDSTATE

Dickson, Hickman counties quarantined for destructive beetle

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two more Tennessee counties have been placed in quarantine after a beetle that kills emerald ash trees was found there earlier this month.

TRANSPORTATION

Ryanair expects air travel to be depressed for 2-3 years

LONDON (AP) — European budget airline Ryanair said Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on its earnings, with lockdown restrictions leading to a 99% drop in passengers in the first quarter, and warned travel is likely to remain subdued for years.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Japan's Mitsubishi Motors racks up red ink on pandemic pain

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. reported Monday a 176 billion yen ($1.7 billion) loss for April-June, and forecast more red ink for the fiscal year, as the coronavirus pandemic slammed auto demand around the world.

MEDIA

Twitter faces backlash over handling of anti-Semitic posts

LONDON (AP) — Some Twitter users are staging a 48-hour boycott of the platform over its handling of a stream of anti-Semitic comments that were posted on British rapper Wiley's social media accounts.

TECHNOLOGY

Garmin acknowledges cyberattack, doesn't mention ransomware

BOSTON (AP) — The GPS device maker Garmin Ltd. acknowledged Monday being victimized by a cyberattack last week that encrypted some of its systems, knocking its fitness tracking and pilot navigation services offline. It said systems would be fully restored in the next few days.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Tennessee resists White House COVID-19 recommendations

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee stands at the cusp at being able to significantly decrease new cases of the coronavirus and must take stronger steps to prevent its spread, warned White House COVID-19 task force leader Deborah Birx, who met with state and local health leaders Monday in Nashville.

Google to keep most of its employees at home until July 2021

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has decided that most of its 200,000 employees and contractors should work from home through next June, a sobering assessment of the pandemic's potential staying power from the company providing the answers for the world's most trusted internet search engine.

Report: 2,866 COVID claims, 48 deaths among federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 federal workers have filed compensation claims for having contracted COVID-19 on the job, a number that is expected to double by early next month, according to a Department of Labor review.

2 MLB games postponed as Marlins deal with virus outbreak

MIAMI (AP) — Two major league games scheduled for Monday night were postponed after more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia.

Trump's national security adviser has coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far.

AP FACT CHECK: A more measured Trump doesn't mean accurate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump in recent days suddenly acknowledged the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic and edged away from some of his most audacious falsehoods about it. That's not to say he gave the public an honest accounting.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Gold's luster grows as investors hedge in uncertain times

Wall Street is in the throes of a gold rush, as investors drive the price of the precious metal to new heights.

Wall Street returns to rallying; gold jumps to record high

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's rally got back on track Monday, while gold rushed to a record at the start of a week packed with potentially market-moving events.

As Congress fights, analysts warn economy needs help now

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress and the White House resume their efforts to agree on a new economic aid package, evidence is growing that the U.S. economy is faltering. And so is concern that the government may not take the steps needed to support hiring and growth.

Mnuchin, Meadows to meet Pelosi; GOP seeks jobless aid cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top White House negotiators are set to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Monday at the Capitol on the next coronavirus  relief package with deadlines looming as they race to prevent unemployment assistance and an eviction moratorium from expiring for millions of Americans.

Regulators warn Under Armour over accounting disclosures

NEW YORK (AP) — Under Armour said Monday that it received a warning from U.S. regulators that the company and two of its executives could be punished over past accounting disclosures.

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods jump 7.3% in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a solid 7.3% in June, the second big monthly gain as manufacturing tries to climb out of a spring slump triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Survey: Business economists sketch a more hopeful outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic outlook of U.S. business economists has improved over the past three months, though their sunnier view may be jeopardized by the resurgence of the coronavirus.

German economic outlook brighter for 3rd month post-shutdown

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An important indicator of the German business outlook rose in July for the third month in a row as economic activity continues to pick up after many of the coronoavirus restrictions were eased or lifted.

ELECTION 2020

2nd presidential debate host withdraws amid virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The University of Notre Dame has become the second university to withdraw as the host of one of this fall's three scheduled presidential debates amid the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 Watch: Can Trump turn around his beleaguered campaign?

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

AP-NORC poll: Anxiety props up Biden, Trump voters fervent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Murtice Sherek is not excited about Joe Biden.

AP-NORC poll: US course at record low, Trump sinks on virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump's presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his reelection bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch.

Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump's fate in the November election.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Pelosi, others hail John Lewis as 'conscience' of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a solemn display of bipartisan unity, congressional leaders praised the late Democratic Rep. John Lewis as a moral force for the nation on Monday in a Capitol Rotunda ceremony rich with symbolism and punctuated by the booming, recorded voice of the late civil rights icon.

Barr able to put his stamp on executive power as Trump's AG

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gathered in the small assembly hall in Little Rock, Arkansas, their chairs spaced 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart, the business leaders listen admiringly to the nation's chief law enforcement official.


FRIDAY, JULY 24
MIDSTATE

Amazon adding 1,000 jobs in Mt. Juliet

Amazon.com today announced plans to open a fulfillment center in Mt. Juliet.

COURTS

Lee: Execution not 'right thing to do' due to resource toll

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday said he delayed the execution of a Tennessee death row inmate because he did not believe the amount of resources needed to pull off an execution in the middle of a pandemic was the "right thing to do."

REAL ESTATE

US new home sales jump 13.8% in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rose a sharp 13,8% in June, the second straight increase after two months when sales plunged as the country went into lockdown because of the coronavirus.

TECHNOLOGY

Garmin fitness tracking service goes down, frustrating users

LONDON (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin's online fitness tracking service has gone down, leaving runners and cyclists struggling to upload data from their latest workouts.

HEALTH CARE

With no deal to curb drug costs, Trump tries his own changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to land the big deal with Congress to curb drug costs, President Donald Trump is moving on his own to allow imports of prescription medicines, along with other limited steps that might have some election-year appeal.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

McDonald's to require masks at all U.S. restaurant locations

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it will be requiring customers to wear face coverings when entering its U.S. restaurants as the number of new virus cases continue to surge in many states.

COVID-19 recovery can take a few weeks even for young adults

Recovering from even mild coronavirus infections can take at least two to three weeks, according to U.S. research published Friday.

Mandatory masks becoming the rule amid Europe's virus uptick

ROME (AP) — New rules on wearing masks in England came into effect Friday, with people going to shops, banks and supermarkets now required to wear face coverings. The move came a day after Belgium imposed its own mask requirement to slow increasing coronavirus infections.

Tennessee launches campaign to promote masks to fight virus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's administration on Thursday unveiled the latest public service campaign to help battle the COVID-19 outbreak in Tennessee.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

White House, GOP at odds over jobless aid in virus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations over the next COVID-19 rescue bill were in flux Friday after the White House floated cutting an unemployment benefits boost to as little as $100 and President Donald Trump turned to a new priority, adding money to build a new FBI headquarters.

Wall Street down after worldwide slide; gold at record high

Stocks closed broadly lower for the second day in a row Friday as Wall Street gave back some of its gains from a mostly solid July rally.

AP-NORC poll: Nearly half say job lost to virus won't return

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, a sign of increasing pessimism that would translate into roughly 10 million workers needing to find a new employer, if not a new occupation.

Simon-backed venture makes offer to buy Brooks Brothers

NEW YORK (AP) — A retail venture owned by licensing company Authentic Brands Group and mall owner Simon Property Group has entered into an agreement to buy the iconic Brooks Brothers for $305 million.

Airbus moves to end 16 years of litigation, end US tariffs

European planemaker Airbus says it is taking the last step to end 16 years of litigation with the United States at the World Trade Organization over subsidies.

California men charged with $10M worldwide fraud scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three California men were charged with running a phony securities scheme that defrauded investors around the world out of more than $10 million, authorities said Thursday.

ELECTION 2020

Democrats: Trump must tell voters about election threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in Congress are dialing up pressure on President Donald Trump's administration over foreign election interference, saying it's time for officials to make a "concrete and specific statement" to inform voters ahead of the 2020 contest.

In VP search, Biden has a known quantity in Susan Rice

WASHINGTON (AP) — As then-Vice President Joe Biden left the West Wing each evening to head home, he often popped his head into national security adviser Susan Rice's nearby suite of offices to check in — sometimes on pressing foreign policy matters, sometimes just to shoot the breeze.

Biden has a long to-do list if he wins the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden wants to address health care disparities, toughen gun control, overhaul policing, provide free community college, erase student loan debt, invest in green energy and improve the nation's infrastructure.

Cognitive Test. Trump. Biden. Campaign. Flashpoint.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It doesn't quite have the ring of "Morning in America" and "I Like Ike."

Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the coronavirus threat, President Donald Trump has scrapped plans for a four-night Republican National Convention celebration in Florida that had been set to draw more than 10,000 people to a pandemic hot spot to mark his renomination.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump, GOP ally vow Confederate base names won't change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and a top Senate Republican are pushing Congress to preserve the names of military bases that honor Confederate generals, even though the House and Senate have overwhelmingly approved bills that rename them.

White House seeks advice of 'torture memos' author on powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is relying on an outlier interpretation of a recent Supreme Court decision to assert broad new powers as he prepares to sign a series of executive orders in the coming weeks.


THURSDAY, JULY 23
TOURISM

Smokies offers special hikes to discuss diversity and racism

GATLINBURG (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash has developed a new program that seeks to unite conversations about diversity and racism with the beauty of the mountains.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Taylor Swift will release surprise album 'Folklore' Friday

NEW YORK (AP) — While in isolation, Taylor Swift has created a new album and is releasing it Friday.

COURTS

Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released from prison

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered the release from prison of President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying he believes the government retaliated against him for planning to release a book about Trump before November's election.

TECHNOLOGY

US accuses Russia of testing anti-satellite weapon in space

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States accused Russia on Thursday of conducting a test of an anti-satellite weapon in space, asserting that it exposed Moscow's intent to deploy weapons that threaten U.S. and allied satellites.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

East Tennessee nursing home reports 92 coronavirus cases

BRISTOL (AP) — Coronavirus cases at an East Tennessee nursing home have nearly doubled in less than a week, officials said.

Southwest tightens face-mask rule, Delta steps up testing

DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines will provide at-home coronavirus tests for some employees and Southwest Airlines will tighten its rule on face masks by ending exceptions for medical reasons.

AP-NORC poll: 3 in 4 Americans back requiring wearing masks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three out of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans, favor requiring people to wear face coverings while outside their homes, a new poll finds, reflecting fresh alarm over spiking coronavirus cases and a growing embrace of government advice intended to safeguard public health.

2 White House campus cafeterias closed by virus

WASHINGTON -- Two White House campus cafeterias have been closed after a person involved in food service tested positive for the coronavirus.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 has biggest loss in nearly 4 weeks as tech stumbles

NEW YORK (AP) — Slumping stocks across most of Wall Street sent the S&P 500 to its worst loss in nearly four weeks on Thursday, undercut by a report showing layoffs are picking up across the country with coronavirus counts.

White House drops payroll tax cut after GOP allies object

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House reluctantly dropped its bid to cut Social Security payroll taxes Thursday as Republicans prepared to unveil a $1 trillion COVID-19 rescue package, yielding to opposition to the idea among top Senate allies.

Movie theaters implore studios: Release the blockbusters

NEW YORK (AP) — A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, "Jaws" set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in.

Jobless claims rise as cutoff of extra $600 benefit nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation got another dose of bad economic news Thursday as the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose last week for the first time since late March, intensifying concerns the resurgent coronavirus is stalling or even reversing the economic recovery.

American, Southwest add to US airline industry's 2Q losses

DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines will provide at-home coronavirus tests for some employees, while Southwest and American will tighten their rules on face masks by ending exceptions for medical reasons.

Ann Taylor owner files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) — The operator of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, the latest retailer to do so during the pandemic.

ELECTION 2020

Obama blasts Trump, praises Biden in new 2020 campaign video

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama stepped up their attacks on President Donald Trump and defended their time in the White House in a new video showing their first in-person meeting since the coronavirus outbreak began.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

HUD revokes Obama-era rule designed to help diversify the suburbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it is revoking an Obama-era housing regulation designed to eliminate racial disparities in the suburbs, a move that fair housing advocates have decried as an election year stunt designed to appeal to white voters.

0casio-Cortez, Dems assail men's abusive treatment of women

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's outrage over a Republican lawmaker's verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor Thursday as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture of "accepting violence and violent language against women" whose adherents include President Donald Trump.

House Democrats try to check Trump's pardon power

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are trying to rein in President Donald Trump's clemency powers on Thursday as they advance legislation that would discourage pardons for friends and family and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves.

Conservatives lash out at Liz Cheney over Trump criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans facing electoral uncertainty in November turned on one another in a private meeting on Tuesday, as a small group of conservative lawmakers confronted House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney over what they said was disloyalty to President Donald Trump.

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