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VOL. 46 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 9, 2022

Murphy’s law

Stadium tours, Bridgestone, amphitheaters steal the shows from the arena that once hosted music’s giants

From future NBA and country stars to traveling circuses and science fairs, MTSU’s Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center has hosted them all. And as plans gear up for its 50th anniversary this fall, renovations and upgrades show how it remains relevant as a sports destination and host to other events even as newer, larger sites have lured away its concert business.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Insanity defined: Trying, failing to have a lush lawn

It’s that time of year again, when my grass thumbs its nose at me, defiantly dying off and shriveling up to reveal large patches of underlying dirt. In fact, it’s been that way for weeks now.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Slowdown? Not when the price includes word ‘million’

The woes that have befallen many buyers with the rise in interest rates continue to elude those buying and selling at the high end of Nashville’s real estate market, as evidenced by the sale of 2239 Chickering Lane last week. The 7,275-square-foot mansion sold for a staggering $1,134 per square foot with a sale price of $8.25 million.

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EVENTS

Cool Springs Business Mixer. Guest Speaker: Diana Sanchez-Vega, founder & CEO of Sanchez Vega Communications. Topic: The Joys and Pitfalls of Knowing A Lil’ Spanish or A Lil’ English. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Franklin Cool Springs, 5011 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin. Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Information

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REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County residential sales for August 2022

Top residential real estate sales, August 2022, for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

Long-term mortgage rates now at highest point since 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped again this week, hitting the highest levels in almost 14 years and pushing even more would-be buyers out of the market.

As housing market cools, homebuyers regain leverage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Years of soaring home prices and sharply higher mortgage rates remain hurdles for many would-be homebuyers, but new data shows that they're regaining some leverage at the negotiating table as the housing market slows.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Brewer wins left guard job, respect of Vrabel, players

When asked about Aaron Brewer, Mike Vrabel utters one of his best lines of training camp, declaring the left guard as “tougher than a $2 steak.”

Turn out the lights on disastrous 2020 draft class

Last week’s final cuts all but closed the books on the Tennessee Titans’ disastrous 2020 draft class.

Giants at Titans: What to watch

It is finally time for the NFL regular season, and there are still plenty of questions to be answered as the Titans open the 2022 season against the New York Giants at Nissan Stadium. Let’s look at some of those and how they could come into play against the Giants.

Adoree Jackson heading back to Tennessee as Giants No. 1 DB

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Veteran cornerback Adoree Jackson isn't heading back to Tennessee with the New York Giants this weekend, looking to show the Titans they made a mistake releasing him in March 2021.

Titans QB Tannehill has 'burning fire' after playoff loss

NASHVILLE (AP) — The questions came at Ryan Tannehill in a variety of ways Wednesday, with reporters trying to draw out any remaining emotion from the Tennessee Titans quarterback's last game.

UT SPORTS

Pittsburgh gives Vols rare road test vs. Top 25 non-SEC foe

Tennessee is accustomed to playing against physical teams in hostile environments in the Southeastern Conference. But the Vols rarely venture on the road against other major programs outside the SEC.

NEWSMAKERS

Harris, Katz join Bradley as partners

Nathan S. Harris and Benjamin Katz have joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as partners in the Nashville office.

BRIEFS

Tourism nets state $24B in 2021

Tennessee tourism generated $24.2 billion in domestic and international travel spending in 2021, a recently released economic impact data from U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics reveals.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Affordable electrics: Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Bolt EV

Shopper interest in electric vehicles, or EVs, is rising, with 40% of non-EV owners very or somewhat likely to purchase an EV as their next vehicle, data from the Pew Research Center in 2021 reveals.

CAREER CORNER

A new kind of Labor Day

Labor Day is always a fun time of the year. Most people are off work for the three-day weekend, and many get a chance to spend time with loved ones at picnics and barbecues.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Be prepared: You should increase credit limits now

Relying on a credit limit in a shaky economy is the equivalent of expecting a weak bridge to weather a storm and carry you to survival.

PREDATORS

Nashville Predators hire 1st female scout Engelhardt

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators announced Ronda Engelhardt will become a North American amateur scout based out of Minnesota, the first female scout hired by the team.

UT SPORTS

Oklahoma games versus SEC's Tennessee, Georgia postponed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Oklahoma's regular-season games against Southeastern Conference teams will have to wait until the Sooners are officially a conference member.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee Park of the Year is Nashville's Radnor Lake

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's Radnor Lake State Park has been named Park of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

REGION

Jim Beam outlines expansion to ramp up bourbon production

Jim Beam plans to ramp up bourbon production at its largest Kentucky distillery to meet growing global demand in a more than $400 million expansion to be powered by renewable energy.

COURTS

California sues Amazon, alleging antitrust law violations

NEW YORK (AP) — California is suing Amazon, accusing the company of violating the state's antitrust and unfair competition laws by stifling competition and engaging in practices that push sellers to maintain higher prices on products on other sites.

3 Iranian citizens charged in broad hacking campaign in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that three Iranian citizens have been charged in the United States with ransomware attacks that targeted power companies, local governments and small businesses and nonprofits, including a domestic violence shelter.

Judge unseals additional portions of Mar-a-Lago affidavit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday unsealed additional portions of an FBI affidavit laying out the basis for a search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home, showing that agents earlier obtained a hard drive after issuing a subpoena for surveillance footage recorded inside Mar-a-Lago.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Money approved for states to build car-charging network

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it has approved ambitious plans by 34 states and Puerto Rico to create a national electric vehicle charging network as the U.S. begins in earnest its transition away from gas-powered transportation.

'Car guy' Biden touts electric vehicles at Detroit auto show

DETROIT (AP) — President Joe Biden, a "car guy" with his own vintage Corvette, showcased his administration's efforts to promote electric vehicles during a visit Wednesday to the Detroit auto show.

MEDIA

California 1st to make firms disclose social media policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will impose first-of-its-kind requirements on social media companies to publish their policies for removing disturbing content including hate speech, with details on how and when they remove that content, under a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

TikTok search results riddled with misinformation: Report

TikTok may be the platform of choice for catchy videos, but anyone using it to learn about COVID-19, climate change or Russia's invasion of Ukraine is likely to encounter misleading information, according to a research report published Wednesday.

Whistleblower: China, India had agents working for Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter's former security chief told Congress Tuesday there was "at least one agent" from China's intelligence service on Twitter's payroll and that the company knowingly allowed India to add agents to the company roster as well, potentially giving those nations access to sensitive data about users.

ENERGY

Government OKs nearly $190M in bids from offshore oil lease sale

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. government has accepted nearly $190 million in bids from an offshore oil and gas lease sale that was held nearly a year ago but rejected by a federal judge, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

1 rail union rejects deal, 2 accept ahead of strike deadline

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Members of one union rejected a tentative deal with the largest U.S. freight railroads Wednesday, while two ratified agreements and three others remained at the bargaining table just days ahead of a strike deadline, threatening to intensify snarls in the nation's supply chain that have contributed to rising prices.

Stocks manage to post modest gains after a wobbly day

Stocks closed modestly higher on Wall Street after a day of veering between gains and losses.

From carmakers to refiners, industries brace for rail strike

Car buyers might not get the vehicle they want on time, commuter rail lines could see service disrupted, and shipments from everything from oil to livestock feed could be snarled.

US wholesale inflation declines in August to still-high 8.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level jumped 8.7% in August from a year earlier, a slowdown from July yet still a painfully high level that suggests prices will keep spiking for months to come.

EU moves to ban products made with forced labor

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to ban products made with forced labor, in an effort to crack down on a modern-day form of slavery that a U.N. agency estimated affects more than 27 million people worldwide.

Driven by consumers, US inflation grows more persistent

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. inflation is showing signs of entering a more stubborn phase that will likely require drastic action by the Federal Reserve, a shift that has panicked financial markets and heightens the risks of a recession.

Businesses, White House plan for possible rail strike Friday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business and government officials are bracing for the possibility of a nationwide rail strike at the end of this week while talks carry on between the largest U.S. freight railroads and their unions.

UK inflation dips slightly in August to 9.9%

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the United Kingdom slowed slightly last month as a drop in gasoline and diesel fuel prices gave consumers the first glimmer of hope that Britain's cost-of-living crisis may be beginning to ease.

EU court largely upholds $4B Google Android antitrust fine

LONDON (AP) — A top court largely rejected Google's appeal of a record European Union antitrust fine imposed for throttling competition and reducing consumer choice through the dominance of its mobile Android operating system. It marks another win for EU regulators taking a global lead in controlling the power of big tech companies.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden chooses veteran diplomat for new US envoy to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has picked a veteran foreign service officer with years of experience in Russian affairs as its nominee to be the next ambassador to Russia.

GOP's Graham unveils nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Upending the political debate, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a nationwide abortion ban Tuesday, sending shockwaves through both parties and igniting fresh debate on a fraught issue weeks before the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.

China keeps West guessing about economic pressure on Russia

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping is keeping the West guessing about whether Beijing will cooperate with tougher sanctions on Russia as he meets President Vladimir Putin a year after declaring they had a "no limits" friendship ahead of the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.

MyPillow exec Lindell says FBI agents seized his cellphone

WASHINGTON (AP) — MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell said Tuesday that federal agents seized his cellphone and questioned him about a Colorado clerk who has been charged in what prosecutors say was a "deceptive scheme" to breach voting system technology used across the country.

UKRAINE

Devastated Ukrainian village emerges from Russian occupation

HRAKOVE, Ukraine (AP) — There's not much left of Hrakove. Its houses and shops lie in ruins, its school is a bombed-out hull. The church is scarred by rockets and shells, but the golden dome above its blasted belfry still gleams in the fading autumn light.

Ukraine's Zelenskyy visits recently retaken, devastated city

IZIUM, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday visited an area of northeastern Ukraine that was recently retaken from Russian forces, witnessing largescale devastation as prosecutors claimed that local residents had been tortured and killed during the half-year occupation.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans place AJ Moore, Da'Shawn Hand on injured reserve

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans placed defensive back A.J. Moore and defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand on injured reserve Tuesday.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee staff fret as contentious charter school denied

NASHVILLE (AP) — When local school officials voted down a Tennessee charter school linked to Hillsdale College this summer, staffers at the state commission that would soon have to decide whether to let the controversial school open anyway reacted with shock at how things unfolded.

TennCare: Update may have disclosed personal information

NASHVILLE (AP) — Personal information for about 1,700 Medicaid recipients in Tennessee may have been disclosed during an update to a computer system, officials said.

COURTS

Panel: Archives still not certain it has all Trump records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is still not certain that it has custody of all Donald Trump's presidential records even after the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago club, a congressional committee said in a letter Tuesday.

Justice Kagan cautions Supreme Court can forfeit legitimacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Monday cautioned that courts look political and forfeit legitimacy when they needlessly overturn precedent and decide more than they have to.

Trump's PAC faces scrutiny amid intensifying legal probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sitting on top of more than $115 million across several political committees, Donald Trump has positioned himself as a uniquely indomitable force in the GOP who would almost certainly have the resources to swamp his rivals if he launched another presidential campaign.

Justice Dept. OK with 1 Trump pick for Mar-a-Lago arbiter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Monday that it was willing to accept one of Donald Trump's picks for an independent arbiter to review documents seized during an FBI search of the former president's Florida home last month.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen truck units selling Russia business activities

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen truck subsidiary Traton said Tuesday that two of its divisions are selling their business activities in Russia to local partners, transactions expected to lead to a loss of up to 550 million euros (dollars).

GM's Cruise robotaxi service to expand into Phoenix, Austin

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors' self-driving car company on Monday announced plans to expand a robotaxi service that recently launched in California into new markets in Arizona and Texas before the end of this year.

Work at Stellantis plant to resume after deal with UAW

United Auto Workers union members who went on strike Saturday at a Stellantis casting plant in Indiana are returning to work after ratifying a deal with the company.

German court rejects environmental group's suit vs Mercedes

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has rejected a lawsuit from an environmental group which sought to have automaker Mercedes-Benz barred from selling cars with combustion engines that emit greenhouse gases after 2030.

Fraud trial begins for founder of automaker Nikola

NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Milton, the founder of the automaker Nikola Corp., went on trial Monday on charges that he whipped up an investor frenzy for the startup company with false claims about its ability to produce trucks that run on electricity or hydrogen fuel cells.

RESTAURANTS

Hard Rock spends $100M to raise pay for non-tipped US staff

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hard Rock International, the global gambling, entertainment and hospitality company, said Monday it is spending over $100 million to give significant raises to 10,000 non-tipped workers, most of them in the U.S.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Markets shudder on dashed inflation hopes; Dow falls 1,250

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled to their worst day in more than two years Tuesday, knocking the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1,250 points, following Wall Street's humbling realization that inflation is not slowing as much as hoped.

Starbucks to revamp stores to speed service, boost morale

Starbucks – ringing up record sales but struggling with low employee morale – plans to spend $450 million next year to make its North American stores more efficient and less complex.

UN: Food exports from Ukraine are up, Russia fertilizer down

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Food exports from Ukraine and Russia have increased since a July 22 grain deal, but critically needed fertilizer exports from Russia are still down despite being covered by the agreement, with financing and shipping still issues, the United Nations said Tuesday.

US inflation still stubbornly high despite August slowdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower gas costs slowed U.S. inflation for a second straight month in August, but most other prices across the economy kept rising — evidence that inflation remains a heavy burden for American households.

US, Mexico to cooperate on semiconductors, electric vehicles

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the United States plan to take advantage of the Biden administration's massive investment in semiconductor production to push the integration of their supply chains and cooperate on expanding the production of electric vehicles through Mexico's nationalized lithium industry, officials from both countries said Monday

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Ken Starr, whose probe led to Clinton impeachment, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ken Starr, a former federal appellate judge and a prominent attorney whose criminal investigation of Bill Clinton led to the president's impeachment, died Tuesday at age 76, his family said.

US: Russia spent $300M to covertly influence world politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia has covertly spent more than $300 million since 2014 to try to influence politicians and other officials in more than two dozen countries, the State Department alleges in a newly released cable.

What's left as Jan. 6 panel sprints to year-end finish

WASHINGTON (AP) — With only three months left in the year, the House Jan. 6 committee is eyeing a close to its work and a final report laying out its findings about the U.S. Capitol insurrection. But the investigation is not over.

Schumer sending $15M to Democrats, Senate Campaign Committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of support for keeping a Democratic Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is transferring $15 million from his campaign account to his party's candidates, incumbents and political committee for the fall election.

UKRAINE

US leaders avoid victory dance in Ukraine combat advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. leaders from President Joe Biden on down are being careful not to declare a premature victory after a Ukrainian offensive forced Russian troops into a messy retreat in the north. Instead, military officials are looking toward the fights yet to come and laying out plans to provide Ukraine more weapons and expand training, while warily awaiting Russia's response to the sudden, stunning battlefield losses.

Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops piled pressure on retreating Russian forces on Tuesday, pressing a counteroffensive that has produced major gains and a stunning blow to Moscow's military prestige.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans back themselves against wall with 5 of next 7 on road

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's opening schedule looked daunting from the moment the NFL released a slate sending the Titans on the road for five of their first eight games.

Titans blow 13-point lead, then miss potential winning FG

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans started exactly the way they wanted, jumping out to a double-digit lead.

COURTS

Trump team takes aim at records probe; calls it 'misguided'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's lawyers dismissed as a "storage dispute" the former president's retention of top-secret documents at his Florida home, urging a judge Monday to keep in place a directive that temporarily halted key aspects of the Justice Department's criminal probe.

HEALTH CARE

EU regulator clears Pfizer-BioNTech's tweaked COVID booster

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended the authorization of a tweaked booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against two of the latest versions of omicron, as countries look to bolster their immunization programs ahead of winter.

Americans give health care system failing mark: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Emmanuel Obeng-Dankwa is worried about making rent on his New York City apartment, he sometimes holds off on filling his blood pressure medication.

In a nod to JFK, Biden pushing 'moonshot' to fight cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to channel John F. Kennedy on the 60th anniversary of JFK's moonshot speech, highlighting Biden administration efforts aimed at "ending cancer as we know it."

TECHNOLOGY

Bezos rocket fails during liftoff, only experiments aboard

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos' rocket company suffered its first launch failure Monday. No one was aboard, only science experiments.

TRANSPORTATION

Sustainable transportation forum set for November at UT

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee is hosting a sustainable transportation forum and an electric vehicle summit in November, and registration is now open, officials said.

Pressure mounts on US railroads and unions to reach a deal

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Freight railroads and their unions are facing increasing pressure from business groups and the White House to settle their contract dispute before Friday's looming strike deadline.

ENERGY

Germany's Scholz sees no imminent nuclear deal with Iran

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made clear Monday that he doesn't expect an agreement with Iran in the immediate future to restore Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers, though he said there's no reason for Iran not to sign up and European countries would remain "patient."

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street rallies ahead of high-stakes inflation report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed again Monday, as Wall Street made its final moves ahead of a high-stakes report that will hopefully show inflation hammered the economy less hard last month.

Twitter whistleblower bringing security warnings to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, the Twitter whistleblower who is warning of security flaws, privacy threats and lax controls at the social platform, will take his case to Congress on Tuesday.

Malerba sworn in as 1st Native American in US Treasurer post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mohegan Chief Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba was sworn in Monday as the Treasurer of the United States, the first Native American to hold that office.

Biden to announce new support for US biotech production

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is launching a new initiative to encourage biotech production and research in the U.S., the latest move by the White House to boost domestic industry.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden's midterm self-edit: Less talk about inflation woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has stopped talking so much about inflation worries.

Biden honors 9/11 victims, vows commitment to thwart terror

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden marked the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, taking part in a somber wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon held under a steady rain and paying tribute to "extraordinary Americans" who gave their lives on one of the nation's darkest days.

UKRAINE

As Ukraine pursues counteroffensive, Russia strikes Kharkiv

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Among the boarded-up windows and blast-scarred buildings of Ukraine's second-largest city, where Russian missiles and rockets strike during the day and the night, fear forms the backdrop of life.

Ukraine keeps up momentum, claims it reached Russian border

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine claimed Monday that it took several more villages, pushing Russian forces right back to the northeastern border, part of a lightning counteroffensive that forced Moscow to withdraw troops from some areas in recent days.

EXPLAINER: Ukraine's nuclear power plant shutdown cuts risks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The forced shutdown of Ukraine's endangered and crippled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — Europe's largest — significantly reduces the risk of a radiation disaster that has haunted the world for weeks.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans, S Malik Hooker agree on multiyear contract extension

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans and safety Amani Hooker agreed to terms Friday on a multiyear contract extension.

COURTS

Trump team, Justice Dept. to make new Mar-a-Lago filing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and Donald Trump's legal team are to stake out positions Friday on the precise role to be played by an independent arbiter who will review documents seized during an FBI search of the former president's Florida home.

High court blocks recognition of LGBTQ campus at Yeshiva U

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a court order that would have forced Yeshiva University to recognize an LGBTQ group as an official campus club.

Proud Boys Hawaii leader, friend plead guilty in Jan. 6 riot

The founder of the Hawaii Proud Boys chapter and a Texas man who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and posed for a picture in front a door on which one of them had written "Murder the Media" each pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to a felony charge in connection with the riot.

Judge tosses Trump's Russia probe suit against Clinton, FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Florida has dismissed Donald Trump's lawsuit against 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and former top FBI officials, rejecting the former president's claims that they and others acted in concert to concoct the Russia investigation that shadowed much of his administration.

Grand jury probing Trump leadership PAC, reports say

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is reportedly seeking information about Donald Trump's Save America leadership PAC as investigations into the former president continue to expand.

ELECTION 2022

Computer experts urge Georgia to replace voting machines

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of computer and election security experts is urging Georgia election officials to replace the state's touchscreen voting machines with hand-marked paper ballots ahead of the November midterm elections, citing what they say are "serious threats" posed by an apparent breach of voting equipment in one county.

MEDIA

Trump partner in Truth Social delays key vote on merger

NEW YORK (AP) — A key decision over whether Donald Trump's social media platform Truth Social will merge with a cash-rich company and get $1.3 billion to take on Twitter has been put off for another month.

ENERGY

EU nations struggle to find joint approach on energy prices

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations struggled to find full consensus Friday on ways to shield the population from dramatically increasing energy prices that threaten to plunge millions into cold and poverty over the winter as Russia chokes off natural gas supplies.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end broadly higher, breaking a 3-week losing streak

Wall Street added to its recent gains Friday with a broad rally that broke the market's three-week losing streak.

Burger King investing $400m in U.S. revamp to boost sales

Burger King plans to invest $400 million in its U.S. restaurants over the next two years to update its stores and boost flagging sales.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

2 House chairs seek probe into airlines' use of federal aid

Two leading House Democrats are asking for a federal investigation into whether airlines used any of the $54 billion they received in government pandemic relief to pay employees to quit.

King Charles III, in first address, vows `lifelong service'

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III vowed in his first speech as monarch Friday to carry on Queen Elizabeth II's "lifelong service," as Britain entered an uncertain new age under a new sovereign. Around the world, the queen's exceptional reign was commemorated, celebrated and debated.

Rep. Katie Porter's university housing deal draws scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Orange County, California, where the typical house sells for $1 million, Rep. Katie Porter's four-bedroom, three-bath residence in a leafy subdivision on the University of California Irvine campus is a bargain.

Biden to tell Ohioans his policies will revive manufacturing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden wants to put the spotlight on a rare bipartisan down payment on U.S. manufacturing when he visits Ohio on Friday for the groundbreaking of a new Intel computer chip facility.

Biden is 13th and final US president to meet Queen Elizabeth

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Joe Biden gained the distinction of being the 13th and final U.S. president to meet the woman whose reign spanned seven decades.

UKRAINE

US: Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians forced to Russia

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. said Wednesday it has evidence that "hundreds of thousands" of Ukrainian citizens have been interrogated, detained and forcibly deported to Russia in "a series of horrors" overseen by officials from Russia's presidency.

Russia and US clash over Western weapons for Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia dismissed claims that modern Western weapons supplied to Ukraine can lead it to victory as "empty fantasies," insisting Thursday that the Russian army is destroying Ukraine's old and new weapons and will "finish" the war as President Vladimir Putin vowed.

Treasury sanctions Iranian firms for drone sales to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday that it is levying sanctions against four Iranian companies that it says were involved in sending drones to Russia last month for use in Moscow's war against Ukraine.


THURSDAY, SEPT. 8
NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville: No license plate readers in imposing abortion ban

NASHVILLE (AP) — Law enforcement in Nashville will be prohibited from using license plate readers to enforce Tennessee's anti-abortion laws, city council members decided.

WEST TENNESSEE

Police arrest Memphis man in livestreamed shootings; 4 dead

MEMPHIS (AP) — A gunman who livestreamed himself driving around Memphis shooting at people, killing four and wounding three others in seemingly random attacks, was finally arrested after crashing a stolen car, police said early Thursday.

COURTS

Trump documents probe: US appeals ruling on special master

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is appealing a judge's decision to name an independent arbiter to review records seized by the FBI from former President Donald Trump's Florida home.

Bannon charged with money laundering in wall-building scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's longtime ally Steve Bannon surrendered Thursday to face state money laundering and conspiracy charges in New York alleging he duped donors who gave money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Bannon is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Cheaper electric vehicles coming despite high battery costs

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Even though battery costs are rising, auto companies are rolling out more affordable electric vehicles that should widen their appeal to a larger group of buyers.

Jeep unveils 1st electric SUVs for North America and Europe

DETROIT (AP) — Jeep will start selling two fully electric SUVs in North America and another one in Europe over the next two years.

ENERGY

Report: Clean energy jobs grow, but wages lag fossil sector

BERLIN (AP) — Clean energy now provides more employment than the fossil fuel industry, reflecting the shift that efforts to tackle climate change are having on the global jobs market, according to a report Thursday.

Summer of '22 brought record heat, solar power to Europe

BERLIN (AP) — Europe smashed previous temperature records this summer, with long periods of sunshine causing sweltering conditions and droughts across much of the continent but also helping boost much-needed solar power, according to data published Thursday.

HEALTH CARE

Feds try to stop unlawful nursing home debt collections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing homes and debt collectors are flouting a law that prohibits them from requiring friends and family of care home residents to shoulder the costs of the facilities, according to a federal report issued Thursday.

Monkeypox cases dropping, but racial disparities growing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday it's optimistic about a decline in monkeypox cases and an uptick in vaccinations against the infectious virus, despite worsening racial disparities in reported cases.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks recover from a stumble on Wall Street and end higher

The stock market recovered from a midday stumble and ended higher, staying on track for its first weekly gain in four weeks.

Powell: Higher rates unlikely to cause deep US recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time the Federal Reserve faced inflation as high as it is now, in the early 1980s, it jacked up interest rates to double-digit levels — and in the process caused a deep recession and sharply higher unemployment.

Fewer Americans apply for jobless aid last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level since May despite repeated attempts by the Federal Reserve to cool the economy and bring inflation under control.

Retailers pull lobster from menus after 'red list' warning

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu after an assessment from an influential conservation group that the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Queen Elizabeth II, UK's longest-serving monarch, dies at 96

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability across much of a turbulent century, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96.

Yellen pushes Biden economic plans in battleground Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pressed the case for Democratic economic policies during a visit Thursday to Ford's Rouge electric vehicle assembly plant in Michigan, a battleground state in the November midterm elections.

Senate to vote on same-sex marriage in coming weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Wednesday that the Senate will vote on legislation to protect same-sex marriage "in the coming weeks" as a bipartisan group backing the bill negotiates changes to gain more Republican support.

Gloves off, Biden embraces tough tone on 'MAGA Republicans'

WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent days, President Joe Biden has sharpened his attacks against Donald Trump and the so-called MAGA Republicans for posing a threat to democracy. He's likened the philosophy undergirding the dominant strain of the modern-day GOP to "semi-fascism."

GOP gives thumbs down to Biden's $47B emergency request

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's request for more than $47 billion in emergency funding to help Ukraine and tackle COVID-19, monkeypox and natural disasters is encountering deep skepticism from Senate Republicans, signaling a showdown ahead.

UKRAINE

NATO chief warns of hard winter for Ukraine, its backers

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday that Ukraine and its supporters face a tough winter in coming months but he urged the public in Western nations to keep faith in their efforts, saying that the war is at a critical point as Russia loses some territory.

Ukrainian forces retake Russian-held territory near Kharkiv

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces in the northeastern Kharkiv region have retaken portions of Russian-held territory there as a Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south has drained some of Moscow's resources in the area, according to a report released Wednesday.

Blinken, in Kyiv, unveils $2B in US military aid for Europe

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unscheduled visit to Kyiv on Thursday as the Biden administration announced major new military aid worth more than $2 billion for Ukraine and other European countries threatened by Russia.

U.S. approves up to $675M in further military aid to Ukraine

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday President Joe Biden has approved additional military aid to Ukraine worth up to $675 million, an announcement that came as he gathered allies to renew their commitment to military support "for the long haul."

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