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1. Did Trump break the law? FBI search raises fresh questions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The year was 2016, the presidential candidate under investigation was Hillary Clinton and the FBI director at the time, James Comey, laid out the factors the Justice Department weighs in deciding whether to charge someone with mishandling classified records.

2. US will stretch monkeypox vaccine supply with smaller doses -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday authorized a plan to stretch the nation's limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by giving people just one-fifth the usual dose, citing research suggesting that the reduced amount is about as effective.

3. Biden formalizes US support for Finland, Sweden joining NATO -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden formally welcomed Finland and Sweden joining the NATO alliance Tuesday as he signed the instruments of ratification that delivered the U.S.'s formal backing of the Nordic nations entering the mutual defense pact, part of a reshaping of the European security posture after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

4. FBI search at Trump Mar-a-Lago estate one of several probes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate marked a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of the law enforcement scrutiny of the former president, but the Florida operation is just one part of one investigation related to Trump and his time in office.

5. One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency's counterterrorism center, the CIA's No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency's money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China.

6. Sinema gives her nod, and influence, to Democrats' big bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin sealed the deal reviving President Joe Biden's big economic, health care and climate bill. But it was another Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who intently, quietly and deliberately shaped the final product.

7. EXPLAINER: How do we know when a recession has begun? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has contracted for two straight quarters, intensifying fears that the nation is on the cusp of a recession — if not already in one — barely two years after the pandemic recession officially ended.

8. Meta quieter on election misinformation as midterms loom -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook owner Meta is quietly curtailing some of the safeguards designed to thwart voting misinformation or foreign interference in U.S. elections as the November midterm vote approaches.

9. Long-term mortgage rates less than 5% for 1st time in 4 months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate fell below 5% for the first time in four months, days after the Federal Reserve jacked up its main borrowing rate in an aggressive effort to get inflation under control.

10. Bank of England predicts recession at the end of the year -

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England projected Thursday that the United Kingdom's economy will enter a recession at the end of the year as it hiked interest rates by the largest amount in more than 27 years, pushing to tame accelerating inflation driven by the fallout from Russia's war in Ukraine.

11. Ukrainian cities shelled, including one near nuclear plant -

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rattled the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Thursday and a city close to the country's biggest nuclear power plant sustained a barrage of shelling amid Russian attacks in several regions, Ukraine's presidential office said.

12. US says Russia aims to fabricate evidence in prison deaths -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials believe Russia is working to fabricate evidence concerning last week's deadly strike on a prison housing prisoners of war in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine.

13. Wish you were here! Summer travel FOMO is real -

Views from a tower in Portugal, gondolas in Venice, beaches in the Bahamas – as you scroll through your social media feeds, it seems like everyone you’ve ever met is on a picturesque vacation this summer.

14. Bridging workplace generations takes thought, patience -

We’re at an interesting point in business culture. People with many backgrounds and experiences are working together more now than ever before.

Some young team members have never worked at an in-person job and have always had a cellphone. Others started working before laptop computers or the internet even existed. Some have only worked in at big corporate environments, while others have been at startups.

15. Live on the Green announces lineup -

The lineup for Live on the Green features both local favorites and noisemaking newcomers as the Labor Day weekend music festival returns to Nashville’s Public Square Park after a two-year pandemic-related hiatus.

16. Events -

YP Learning Series: How to Use Tik Tok to Grow Your Business. This session features Taylor Red, identical triplets who are singers, songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists. They will discuss how they use Tik Tok to achieve viral fame through the platforms. Free for Nashville Chamber members and young professionals organizations, but registration is required. Wednesday, Noon-1 p.m. Information

17. Freije from long range: Rates will remain stable -

This week’s mortgage interest rate news is provided by Matt Freije, branch manager and vice president of mortgage lending with Guaranteed Rate Mortgage. Many may recognize the name as Freije was as an All-SEC basketball player for Vanderbilt and was the school’s all-time leading scorer when he graduated in 2004.

18. Forest or Forrest? Little city tackles a thorny issue -

The city of Forest Hills here in Davidson County wants to rename some of its streets that have Civil War associations, to which my first thought was: Forest Hills is a city?

Second thought, more on point: This could be interesting.

19. OPEC+ boosts oil output by slower pace than previous months -

The OPEC oil cartel and its allies decided Wednesday to boost production in September by a much slower pace than in previous months at a time of high gasoline prices and unstable energy supplies exacerbated by the war Russia has waged on Ukraine.

20. The downside: US strike shows Afghanistan still terror base -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is holding out the CIA operation that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri as a monumental strike against the global terror network responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001. But there's a downside, too.

21. Biden: Killing of al-Qaida leader is long-sought 'justice' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Monday that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, an operation he said delivered justice and hopefully "one more measure of closure" to families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

22. Watching al-Qaida chief's 'pattern of life' key to his death -

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the sun was rising in Kabul on Sunday, two Hellfire missiles fired by a U.S. drone ended Ayman al-Zawahri's decade-long reign as the leader of al-Qaida. The seeds of the audacious counterterrorism operation had been planted over many months.

23. US rules out summer COVID boosters to focus on fall campaign -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators said Friday they are no longer considering authorizing a second COVID-19 booster shot for all adults under 50 this summer, focusing instead on revamped vaccines for the fall that will target the newest viral subvariants.

24. Unexpected deal would boost Biden pledge on climate change -

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unexpected deal reached by Senate Democrats would be the most ambitious action ever taken by the United States to address global warming and could help President Joe Biden come close to meeting his pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, experts said Thursday, as they sifted through a massive bill that revives action on climate change weeks after the legislation appeared dead.

25. Amazon posts 2Q loss but revenue tops estimates, stock jumps -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon on Thursday reported its second-consecutive quarterly loss but its revenue topped Wall Street expectations, sending its stock sharply higher.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant also said it is making progress in controlling some of the excess costs from its massive expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

26. Senate deal should make it easier to buy electric vehicles -

DETROIT (AP) — The surprise deal by Senate Democrats on a slimmed-down bill to support families, boost infrastructure and fight climate change also is likely to jump-start sales of electric vehicles.

27. EXPLAINER: How do we know when a recession has begun? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has contracted for two straight quarters, intensifying fears that the nation is on the cusp of a recession — if not already in one — barely two years after the pandemic recession officially ended.

28. Average US long-term mortgage rates retreat to 5.3% -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates retreated this week just as the Federal Reserve announced another big rate hike in its bid to get four-decade high inflation under control.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year rate fell back to 5.3% from 5.54% last week. One year ago the average 30-year rate was 2.8%.

29. US not yet in recession and 4 other takeaways from the Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell delivered a tough message at the start of a news conference Wednesday: Inflation is way too high, and the Federal Reserve is laser-focused on taming it with higher borrowing costs.

30. Best Buy cuts sales forecast as inflation tempers spending -

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy, the nation's largest consumer electronics chain, cut its annual sales and profit forecast Wednesday, citing surging inflation that has dampened consumer spending on gadgets.

31. How the Federal Reserve's rate hikes affect your finances -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher mortgage rates have sent home sales tumbling. Credit card rates have grown more burdensome, and so have auto loans. Savers are finally receiving yields that are actually visible, while crypto assets are reeling.

32. tnAchieves needs 7,500 mentors by Oct. 21 -

tnAchieves needs more than 7,500 mentors by Oct. 21 to ensure every student in the TN Promise Class of 2023 has access to local mentor support.

In 2023, tnAchieves is returning to in-person, mandatory meetings to allow all volunteers a high-impact, structured environment in which they can establish a stronger connection with their students.

33. Fed unleashes another big rate hike in bid to curb inflation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate by a hefty three-quarters of a point for a second straight time in its most aggressive drive in three decades to tame high inflation.

34. Prisons chief deflects blame for failures, angering senators -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just days left in his tenure, the embattled director of the federal prison system faced a bipartisan onslaught Tuesday as he refused to accept responsibility for a culture of corruption and misconduct that has plagued his agency for years.

35. Risks, mined waters slow rush to extract grains from Ukraine -

Shipping companies are not rushing to export millions of tons of trapped grain out of Ukraine, despite a breakthrough deal to provide safe corridors through the Black Sea. That is because explosive mines are drifting in the waters, ship owners are assessing the risks and many still have questions over how the deal will unfold.

36. US rocket system enables Ukraine to strike key supply bridge -

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian military used a U.S.-supplied precision rocket system to deliver a morale-lifting knockout punch Wednesday to a bridge Russia used to supply its forces in an occupied region of southern Ukraine.

37. Can job-hopping help, hurt retirement savings? -

Millennials have been coined the “job-hopping generation,” and I’ve contributed to that stereotype. I started my career at 22 and have job-hopped almost every year since. For many of those years, I was young and restless, and there was another part of me looking for more fulfilling work and pay that reflected what I was worth.

38. How to budget realistically for home repairs -

If you’re a homeowner and haven’t faced a big repair bill yet, just wait. Stuff will wear out or break even in the best-maintained homes.

Budgeting for these inevitable bills isn’t always easy. One commonly cited rule of thumb – to save 1% to 4% of your home’s value each year for maintenance and repairs – can give homeowners sticker shock as real estate prices soar.

39. Highland Ventures to make Williamson home -

Highland Ventures Ltd. will invest $8.2 million to relocate its headquarters operations from Glenview, Illinois, to Brentwood, company officials say, creating 80 jobs during the next five years.

Located at 209 Powell Place, Highland Ventures’ new Tennessee headquarters will serve as the hub for the company’s brands: Family Veterinary Group, Stay Fit 24, Highland Pure Water & Ice and Legacy Commercial Property.

40. Events -

Member Connect Leads Exchange. Connect with fellow members while gaining exposure for your business at the monthly Leads Exchange. This is a facilitated, small group networking opportunity allowing each attendee to talk about their business in an intentional way. Williamson, Inc. /Power Room, 4031 Aspen Grove Dr., Suite 630, Franklin. Parking 4000 Rush Street. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Additional meeting time: Wednesday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Information

41. Dad means well, but he’s no expert on real estate -

As another recession looms, those in the mortgage lending community are absorbing the data and working with buyers and investors as they plot their financial courses.

Mary Littleton, a senior mortgage broker with Accurate Mortgage, notes “Bond pricing is worse this week as the 10-year Treasury yield opened at 3.028 last week and moved to 2.842 Monday morning.” She adds: “Treasury yield spread continues to show inversion, a typical sign of impending recession.”

42. Politicians are telling us how smart they aren’t -

One way to think of an election ballot, like the ones for next week’s Republican and Democratic primaries in Tennessee, is as a multiple-choice IQ test.

Some people would argue that anyone who asks for a Republican ballot has already failed that test. I have a friend who might agree. After a recent column in which I gave the Republican legislature some measure of credit for reasonable social studies curricula in Tennessee schools, he had this response:

43. Devouring the (Mr)Beast -

How does the MrBeast Burger experience work? For the end consumer, most probably the highly pressured parent of a pre-teen gamer or YouTube fanatic (or both), it works very much like any other food delivery service.

44. What's on the virtual menu? -

If you’re traveling around downtown Nashville this weekend and hear an enthusiastic shout of “Wooooo!” don’t assume it’s coming from a pedal tavern-straddling bachelorette party.

45. EXPLAINER: How do we know when a recession has begun? -

WASHINGTON (AP) — By one common definition, the U.S. economy is on the cusp of a recession. Yet that definition isn't the one that counts.

On Thursday, when the government estimates the gross domestic product for the April-June period, some economists think it may show that the economy shrank for a second straight quarter. That would meet a longstanding assumption for when a recession has begun.

46. Walmart cuts profit outlook as shoppers adapt to inflation -

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Inc. on Monday lowered its profit outlook for the second quarter and the full year, saying rising prices on food and gas are forcing shoppers to cut back on discretionary items, particularly clothing, that carry higher profit margins.

47. Hobbled by chip, other shortages, GM profit slides 40% in Q2 -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' second-quarter net income fell 40% from a year ago as computer chip and parts shortages hobbled factory output and drove the company's U.S. sales down more than 15%.

48. Russia aims new air strikes at Black Sea coastal targets -

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia targeted Ukraine's Black Sea regions of Odesa and Mykolaiv with air strikes Tuesday, hitting private buildings and port infrastructure along the country's southern coast, the Ukrainian military said.

49. EU struggles with how to cut off reliance on Russian gas -

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations struggled Monday to find common ground on how to wean the bloc off its reliance on Russian natural gas, seeking to appease wary consumers at home while upholding unity as Moscow turns down the tap.

50. ACC, SEC reap benefits from transfers moving between leagues -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The plan wasn't for Georgia Tech to lose top running back Jahmyr Gibbs as a transfer to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference. Yet the Atlantic Coast Conference school has found its share of help from the SEC, too, in the form of seven transfers.

51. Jay Carney, Amazon's top policy exec, leaves for Airbnb -

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Carney, the top policy and communications executive at Amazon and one-time White House spokesman, has been named the head of policy at Airbnb, marking another high-profile departure for Amazon as it faces a shifting consumer landscape and heightened regulatory scrutiny.

52. White House announces $270M military package for Ukraine -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Friday that the U.S. is sending an additional $270 million in security assistance to Ukraine, a package that will include additional medium range rocket systems and tactical drones.

53. Democrats widen scrutiny of tech over abortion data privacy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic representatives are widening their scrutiny into the role of tech companies in collecting the personal data of people who may be seeking an abortion, as lawmakers, regulators and the Biden administration grapple with the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling last month ending the constitutional protections for abortion.

54. Jan. 6 takeaways: White House in chaos, unmovable Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee closed out its set of summer hearings with its most detailed focus yet on the investigation's main target: former President Donald Trump.

The panel on Thursday examined Trump's actions on Jan. 6, 2021, as hundreds of his supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, guiding viewers minute-by-minute through the deadly afternoon to show how long it took for the former president to call off the rioters. The panel focused on 187 minutes that day, between the end of Trump's speech calling for supporters to march to the Capitol at 1:10 p.m. and a video he released at 4:17 p.m. telling the rioters they were "very special" but they had to go home.

55. Tomorrow's 'Top Gun' might have drone wingman, use AI -

FARNBOROUGH, England (AP) — Maverick's next wingman could be a drone.

In the movies, fighter pilots are depicted as highly trained military aviators with the skills and experience to defeat adversaries in thrilling aerial dogfights.

56. Average long-term US mortgage rates edge up to 5.54% -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates ticked up again this week in a rapidly cooling housing market as the Federal Reserve gears up for what could be yet another bump to its benchmark interest rate.

57. Amazon to buy primary care provider One Medical for $3.9B -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon will acquire the primary care organization One Medical in a deal valued roughly at $3.9 billion, marking another expansion for the retailer into health care services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant said Thursday it is buying One Medical for $18 per share cash. Its one of Amazon's biggest acquisitions, following its $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods in 2017 and its $8.5 billion purchase of Hollywood studio MGM, which closed earlier this year.

58. Housing market chills as mortgage rates, prices scare buyers -

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the summer that cooled off the housing market.

Rising mortgage rates have combined with already high home prices to discourage would-be buyers. Mortgage applications have declined sharply. Sales of previously occupied homes have fallen for five straight months, during what is generally the busiest time of year in real estate.

59. CSX rail profit grows 5% even with ongoing delivery delays -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX on Wednesday delivered slightly better profit in the second quarter even though volume was flat and the railroad still struggled to handle all the goods companies wanted to ship because it is having a hard time hiring.

60. Ford touts ample supply deals to hit electric vehicle goals -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford says it has contracts to deliver enough batteries to produce electric vehicles at a rate of 600,000 globally per year by late in 2023.

The company says Thursday that Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. of China will supply new lithium-iron phosphate batteries starting next year. The deal is in addition to a contract with SK Innovation of Korea that includes building batteries in a joint venture at plants to be built in Kentucky and Tennessee. Ford also is getting batteries from LG Energy Solution of Korea.

61. Amazon signals Post-COVID shift in workspace -

We’ve known that remote work is the new normal since early 2020. Now fresh signs are beginning to emerge that we might never go back to the way things were before.

Amazon recently announced it is pausing construction of six office towers, including a second tower in downtown Nashville. While some companies are continuing to recall employees, this change is definitely a sign of the times.

62. Suit faults FEC for inaction on Trump's teasing of 2024 run -

A pro-Democratic super PAC is accusing the Federal Election Commission of allowing former President Donald Trump "to continue violating the law" by dragging its feet over a complaint concerning Trump's teasing of a future White House bid.

63. Most major nations lag in acting on climate-fighting goals -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For most of the major carbon-polluting nations, promising to fight climate change is a lot easier than actually doing it. In the United States, President Joe Biden has learned that the hard way.

64. Paying more no guarantee that things will last longer -

Savvy consumers consider price, performance and reliability when making a major purchase, such as a car or home appliance. The greatest of these is reliability – particularly lately.

Supply chain disruptions can mean long waits for parts or replacements if something breaks. Getting a new refrigerator, dishwasher or other major appliance now often takes weeks or even months, says Paul Hope, home and appliances writer for Consumer Reports. Plus, the microchip shortage means many manufacturers prioritize making their most expensive models, which are typically the most profitable, Hope says.

65. Events -

Williamson County Young Professionals Luncheon. Topic: Beyond the Handshake - Top Tips for Impressing Your Future Clients. Speaker Deb Varallo. Wednesday, 11:30-1 p.m. Williamson, Inc. / Power Room, 4031 Aspen Grove Dr. Parking: 4000 Rush Street. Fee: $20, members; $35, non-members. Information

66. Big truck, big bucks and other real estate fallacies -

In residential real estate, there are presumptions and assumptions made by buyers and sellers that are not accurate. In fact, they are just plain wrong.

One of the best is that when either party decides that the other party is wealthy and decides no financial concessions should be made.

67. Catching a game, good food, history with Memphis visit -

As a result of a recent birthday visit there, Memphis has risen significantly in my personal estimation.

You might think that, as a Mississippian, I would already have felt a kinship with the city next door. I mean, if it was good enough for fellow Magnolia Stater Elvis.

68. Travel the Tennessee Whiskey Trail -

Given the state’s many travel destinations, it’s no wonder tourism officials love to create theme-based trails in Tennessee. Golfing, hiking, fishing, various historical periods – they’re all there.

69. Automakers targeting average households with new crop of EVs -

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — In their first rollouts of electric vehicles, America's automakers targeted people who value short-range economy cars. Then came EVs for luxury buyers and drivers of pickups and delivery vans.

70. Biden holds off on climate emergency declaration -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will travel to Massachusetts on Wednesday to promote his efforts to combat climate change but will stop short of issuing an emergency declaration that would unlock federal resources to deal with the issue, according to a person familiar with the president's plans.

71. Biden order aims to punish captors of Americans held abroad -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at increasing the flow of information to families of Americans detained abroad and at imposing sanctions on the criminals, terrorists or government officials who hold them captive.

72. Aviation faces hurdles to hit goals for cutting emissions -

FARNBOROUGH, England (AP) — Airplanes are a minor contributor to global greenhouse-gas emissions, but their share is sure to grow as more people travel in coming years — and that has the aviation industry facing the prospect of tighter environmental regulations and higher costs.

73. Senate panel subpoenas federal prisons director to testify -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outgoing director of the Bureau of Prisons has been subpoenaed to testify before a Senate committee examining abuse and corruption in the beleaguered federal agency.

Michael Carvajal was served a subpoena to appear at a hearing later this month. The subpoena was announced Monday by Sen. Jon Ossoff, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

74. Russia pounds Ukraine as Putin holds talks in Tehran -

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles struck cities and villages in eastern and southern Ukraine, hitting homes, a school and a community center on Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Iran to discuss a U.N.-backed proposal to unblock exports of Ukrainian grain.

75. No major problems with ballot drop boxes in 2020, AP finds -

ATLANTA (AP) — The expanded use of drop boxes for mailed ballots during the 2020 election did not lead to any widespread problems, according to an Associated Press survey of state election officials across the U.S. that revealed no cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected the results.

76. Tennessee equine census being conducted by university, state -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Officials in Tennessee are conducting a census to learn more about the economic impact and demographics of the equine industry in the state.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the state Department of Agriculture are handling the project. Data will be used to assist with future state programs, support and resources for the equine industry, the institute said in a news release.

77. Georgia DA considers seeking Trump testimony in 2020 probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor investigating potential criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election is considering requesting that former President Donald Trump testify under oath to a grand jury, while several people already subpoenaed as part of the probe have received letters informing them that they're at risk of being indicted.

78. China's economy shrinks 2.6% during virus shutdowns -

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy contracted in the three months ending in June compared with the previous quarter after Shanghai and other cities shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, but the government said a "stable recovery" is under way after businesses reopened.

79. Fed board member opens door to 1-point hike if demand rises -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Waller, a member of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, said Thursday that he would be open to supporting a huge 1 percentage point increase in the Fed's key short-term interest rate later this month if upcoming economic data points to robust consumer spending.

80. Average long-term US mortgage rates bounce back up to 5.51% -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were back up this week, just as the latest government data shows inflation has not slowed, meaning the Federal Reserve is almost certain to raise its benchmark borrowing rate later this month.

81. Russian missiles kill at least 23 in Ukraine, wound over 100 -

VINNYTSIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles struck a city in central Ukraine on Thursday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 100 others, Ukrainian authorities said. Ukraine's president accused Russia of deliberately targeting civilians in locations without military value.

82. After 1st term, Gov. Lee unopposed in GOP primary election -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nearly four years ago, Bill Lee startled political insiders when the first-time political candidate survived a bruising and crowded $45 million GOP primary for Tennessee governor. He cruised to win the top elected state seat a few months later.

83. EXPLAINER: Why US inflation is so high, and when it may ease -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation's relentless surge didn't merely persist in June. It accelerated.

For the 12 months ending in June, the government's consumer price index rocketed 9.1%, the fastest year-over-year jump since 1981.

84. US inflation surges again in June, raising risks for economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. inflation surged to a new four-decade high in June because of rising prices for gas, food and rent, squeezing household budgets and pressuring the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates aggressively -- trends that raise the risk of a recession.

85. China trade surplus surges to record as exports accelerate -

BEIJING (AP) — China's monthly trade surplus soared to a record $97.9 billion in June as export growth picked up after anti-virus controls that shut down Shanghai were lifted and shippers moved a backlog of cargo.

86. 4 money moves to make before your baby arrives -

The arrival of a new baby is all-consuming. In the early weeks, your waking hours are a cycle of feedings, diaper changes and Googling “Is it normal for a baby to (fill in the blank)?”

Mustering the energy – and attention span – for otherwise routine tasks like showering and paying bills can feel like a tall order. You’ll be lucky to remember what day it is, much less when your next credit card payment is due.

87. Big-ticket purchases looming? Here’s how to plan -

When Brandy Baxter needed to replace her home’s entire heating and air conditioning system several years ago, she asked contractors if they offered deals at certain times of the year. She learned that if she waited until February, the slow season for such work, she could get a lower price. Baxter, a financial coach based in Dallas, says she saved around $6,000 as a result.

88. Events -

Gallatin Industry Roundtable. Industry Roundtables are striving to promote community over competition by providing a place where attendees can discuss what’s happening in the business sector and also mingle with others from different industries to make valuable connections. Coffee will be provided, and a Chamber team member will be at each meeting to help connect members to resources. Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Gathering Place by Bit-O-Honey, 450 W Main Street. Registration required. Fee Included in Chamber membership. Information

89. Statewide early voting begins Friday -

Tennessee’s early voting period for the Aug. 4 primaries and general election is scheduled for July 15-30, daily except Sundays.

On the August ballot, Tennessee voters will see primary races for governor, U.S. House, state Senate, state House and the state Executive Committee members for each political party, as well as retention or general elections for judicial offices and other state and local positions.

90. Signing Forsberg sets Preds on course to catch Avs -

Christmas in July? You betcha. It is for Nashville Predators star forward Filip Forsberg, who has a new contract worth $68 million, as well as for the Stanley Cup-starved Smashville fan base, which gets to keep him in Nashville with the eight-year deal.

91. Rising rates? No problem. Sales numbers still climbing -

After the Federal Reserve announced it had raised interest rates by 75 basis points in June, mortgage interest rates jumped to 5.85% for a fixed-rate, 30-year loan, even though mortgage rates are tied to 10-year Treasury Bills, not the Federal Reserve.

92. Hats off to the national anthem, but that’s all -

I don’t think of myself as a rebel, college alma mater (Hotty toddy!) notwithstanding. But I staged a mini-protest the other night at a Sounds game by refusing to stand and take off my hat as requested.

93. Justice Dept. taps reforming outsider to run federal prisons -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Tuesday named Colette Peters, the director of Oregon's prison system, to run the federal Bureau of Prisons, turning to a reform-minded outsider as it seeks to rebuild the beleaguered agency.

94. New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond -

The quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious omicron mutant that's worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including the United States.

95. Fed's Bullard: Solid US economy can handle rising rates -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is healthy and shows little sign of an imminent recession, and can withstand higher interest rates, St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard said Monday.

96. EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the June jobs report -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is raging. The stock market is tumbling and interest rates rising. American consumers are depressed and angry. Economists warn of potentially dark times ahead.

But employers? They just keep hiring.

97. Biden awards Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican whom Biden served with in the Senate, and gun-control advocate Gabby Giffords.

98. Average long-term US mortgage rates retreat this week -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates eased again this week as the Federal Reserve remains likely to raise its benchmark borrowing rate in its ongoing battle to bring down inflation.

99. Retailers scale back hiring as worry about a slowdown grows -

NEW YORK (AP) — After going on a frenzied hiring spree for a year and a half to meet surging shopper demand, America's retailers are starting to temper their recruiting.

The changing mindset comes as companies confront a pullback in consumer spending, the prospect of an economic downturn and surging labor costs. Some analysts suggest that merchants have also learned to do more with fewer workers.

100. German lawmakers back plan to expand renewable energy -

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday approved a major package of reforms aimed at boosting the production of renewable power, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz warned that the country has for too long relied on energy supplies from Russia.