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1. President's windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry -

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources.

Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is expanding offshore, with big corporations planning $70 billion in investment for the country's first utility-scale offshore wind farms.

2. Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion.

The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims.

3. US-Russia arms control treaty dies; US to test new weapon -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to test a new missile in coming weeks that would have been prohibited under a landmark, 32-year-old arms control treaty that the U.S. and Russia ripped up on Friday.

4. French wine vs US tech prowess: new Trump-Macron standoff -

PARIS (AP) — France is pushing ahead with a landmark tax on tech companies like Google and Facebook despite U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliatory tariffs on French wine.

That's rattling French vintners, who sold 1.6 billion euros ($1.78 billion) worth of wine last year to American consumers. But neither Trump nor French President Emmanuel Macron appears ready to back down.

5. China criticizes possible US penalties against banks -

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday criticized Washington's efforts to enforce U.S. law abroad following a news report three Chinese banks might be penalized over dealings with North Korea.

The banks named by The Washington Post as facing possible loss of access to the U.S. financial system denied they were under investigation.

6. Trump signs order imposing sanctions on Iran supreme leader -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the U.S. has taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups.

7. Trump says Iran made 'big mistake' by taking down US drone -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" in shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone near the Persian Gulf but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions that have led to fears of open conflict.

8. Putin open for talks with Trump, warns against force on Iran -

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he's open for a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump but doesn't expect quick progress on easing tensions with Washington.

The Russian leader also strongly warned the United States against using force on Iran, saying it will trigger a "catastrophe."

9. Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, US sends troops -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington.

10. Iran speeds up uranium enrichment as Mideast tensions mount -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a year after the U.S. withdrawal lit the fuse for the heightened tensions now between Tehran and Washington.

11. Japan plans carbon emission cuts, more nuclear energy -

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is calling for further efforts to cut carbon emissions by promoting renewables but also nuclear energy despite the 2011 Fukushima reactors meltdowns.

The energy white paper, adopted by the Cabinet Friday, said Japan faces an "urgent task" of reducing carbon emissions coming from utilities that have relied heavily on fossil fuels to make up for shortages of cleaner nuclear energy. The call comes as the Fukushima nuclear reactors are slowly being restarted amid lingering anti-nuclear sentiments since the 2011 crisis.

12. Amid trade war, China's Xi talks up economy, heads to Moscow -

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is talking up the Chinese economy's resilience as he heads to Moscow for a state visit affirming increasingly close ties between the former Cold War rivals.

13. Joe Biden's $5T climate plan: Net zero emissions by 2050 -

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S. to net zero emission of carbon pollution by 2050.

The former vice president calls for $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, with the rest of the investments coming from the private sector. Biden proposes covering the taxpayer costs by repealing the corporate tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed in 2017, while eliminating existing subsidies to the fossil fuel companies.

14. Energy secretary says US can make oil, gas, coal cleaner -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing "draconian" regulations on oil, gas and coal, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday.

15. A hefty donation to Trump's inaugural comes under scrutiny -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate mogul Franklin Haney contributed $1 million to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and all he's got to show for the money is the glare of a federal investigation.

16. North Korea calls Bolton 'war monger' over missile comment -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "human defect" after he described its recent tests of short-range missiles as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

17. Spilling the secrets behind Oak Ridge, the ‘Secret City’ built to build 'the bomb' -

Who knew the beginning of the Atomic Age was so funny? Sort of like the Humor in Uniform section of “Reader’s Digest,” Oak Ridge historian Ray Smith uses homespun humor to tell a condensed version of the key role his city played in the development of the atomic bombs that ended World War II.

18. US imposes new sanctions on Iran as tensions escalate -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as a new threat from Tehran .

19. US targets 'vast network' for evading Iran sanctions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to break up a group of Iranian-linked companies that has transferred around $1 billion to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions on the country.

20. North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul's spy service.

21. Trump, Kim in Hanoi for second round of nuclear talks -

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — After long journeys to Vietnam, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in place for their second summit Wednesday to address perhaps the world's biggest security challenge: Kim's pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of viably threatening targets around the planet.

22. Reliford joins Neal & Harwell -

Attorney Mozianio “Trey” S. Reliford has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an associate. He has experience in the areas of complex white collar and regulatory defense, securities, antitrust, employment and intellectual property law.

23. Report: White House pushed sharing nuclear tech with Saudis -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration.

24. Trump, North Korean leader to hold 2nd summit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced Friday.

25. AP FACT CHECK: Prosecutors' filings do not exonerate Trump -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is in denial when it comes to the Russia investigation and other scandals besieging him.

The president insists he's been fully vindicated by court filings released Friday that lay out the level of cooperation from two of his former top advisers, whom prosecutors have accused of lying to federal investigators or Congress. In fact, Trump's Justice Department puts him in even greater legal jeopardy by directly implicating him in an illegal scheme involving hush money payments to a porn actress and a former Playboy model.

26. China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei -

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded that Canada release an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei who was arrested in a case that compounds tensions with the U.S. and threatens to complicate trade talks.

27. China demands Canada release Huawei executive -

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks.

28. AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on dipping oil prices, cold snaps -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrong when he suggests global warming can't be happening if it's really cold outside.

He points to a "brutal and extended cold blast" in the Eastern U.S. during Thanksgiving week and wonders aloud to his Twitter followers, "Whatever happened to Global Warming?" In fact, he is confusing short-term weather patterns with longer-term climate change. A scientific report put out Friday by his own administration rejects as folly any notion that a particular plunge in temperatures can cast doubt on whether Earth is warming.

29. US reimposes all Iran sanctions lifted under nuclear deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. It's the second batch of penalties that the administration has reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal in May.

30. Trump faces complaints that new Iran sanctions are too weak -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle is brewing between the Trump administration and some of the president's biggest supporters in Congress who are concerned that sanctions to be re-imposed on Iran early next month won't be tough enough.

31. Analysis: Trump's Saudi bet has become much riskier -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. It's now become much riskier.

From the early days of his presidency, Trump and his foreign policy team embraced the kingdom and Mohammed bin Salman as the anchors of their entire Middle East strategy. From Iran and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the administration gambled that Saudi Arabia, effectively run by the prince, could credibly lead, and willingly pay for, a "Pax Arabica" in a part of the world from which Trump is keen to disengage.

32. Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy -

SEATTLE (AP) — Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n' roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen couldn't have asked for a better way to spend, invest and donate the billions he reaped from co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates.

33. Advanced energy sector soars -

Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council states the advanced energy sector is so strong in Tennessee that it outperforms the state’s overall economy, employing nearing 360,000 Tennesseans in more than 18,000 businesses that contribute almost $40 billion to the state’s gross domestic product.

34. Tennessee’s hottest jobs -

Since bouncing back from the Great Recession, Tennessee’s economy has been in the midst of a prolonged expansion. The recovery, now in its eighth year, could soon become the longest since the end of World War II.

35. Iran oil minister: French oil giant Total pulls out if Iran -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's oil minister said on Monday that France's oil giant Total SA has officially pulled out of Iran after cancelling its $5 billion, 20-year agreement to develop the country's massive South Pars offshore natural gas field over renewed U.S. sanctions.

36. House backs defense bill with pay raise for troops -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved a $716 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years.

The compromise bill weakens a bid to clamp down on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE and allows the president to waive sanctions against countries that have bought Russian weapons but now want to buy U.S. military equipment.

37. Steady drum of Trump's anti-Germany remarks raises questions -

BERLIN (AP) — The steady drum of anti-German rhetoric from the United States, one of the country's traditionally closest friends, has people wondering whether to get ready for a messy breakup.

First, it was then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign trail contention that Chancellor Angela Merkel was "ruining Germany" with her decision to allow in more than 1 million asylum-seekers in 2015 and 2016. Then, as president, came his repeated criticism of the German export surplus with a focus on its popular car brands like Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen, and the accusation Berlin is shirking its NATO obligations by spending too little on defense.

38. Trump-Kim shake hands, commit to 'complete denuclearization' -

SINGAPORE (AP) — Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Yet as Trump toasted the summit's results, he faced mounting questions about whether he got too little and gave away too much — including an agreement to halt U.S. military exercises with treaty ally South Korea.

39. New disclosure shows growing Kushner wealth, debt -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial disclosure forms released late Monday show that White House special adviser — and President Donald Trump's son-in-law — Jared Kushner's wealth and debt both appear to have risen over the year, an indication of the complex state of his finances and the potential conflicts that confront some of his investments.

40. Trump plays down need for preparation for Kim summit -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump says that "attitude" is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

41. Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so.

42. Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a "tremendous setback" for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any "foolish or reckless acts" by the North.

43. Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement by the North.

44. Iran signs oil deal with UK group as France's Total exits -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France's Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of renewed U.S. sanctions.

45. Trump to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to reveal his decision on whether to keep the U.S. in the Iran deal on Tuesday, a move that could determine the fate of 2015 agreement that froze Iran's nuclear program.

46. Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit.

47. Construction is booming in North Korea, but who's paying? -

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Beachfront, five-star hotels? Skyscrapers just blocks from Kim Il Sung Square?

North Korea is racing forward with major development projects some experts believe are aimed at expanding a market for rented or privately owned real estate to help fortify the finances of Kim Jong Un's regime against the bite of sanctions over its nuclear program.

48. Trump to announce new NKorea sanctions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hitting more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with sanctions in the latest bid to turn up the pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, a senior administration official said Friday.

49. Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget -

Highlights from President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal year 2019, released Monday.

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

The Trump administration wants NASA out of the International Space Station by 2025 and to have private businesses running the place instead.

50. Trump boasts of 'nuclear button' but doesn't really have one -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted that he has a bigger and more powerful "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does — but the president doesn't actually have a physical button.

51. Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. And it's moving slower as well.

52. New US sanctions target North Korean, Chinese companies -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies in its latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of revenue.

53. Trump administration announces sanctions against North Korea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday new sanctions on North Korea, after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.

54. Trump says US will declare NKorea a state sponsor of terror -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. "maximum pressure campaign" against the North. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

55. AP FACT CHECK: Trump admin on opioids, international relief -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his vice president came out this past week with initiatives that are not as big, bold or immediate as they appeared.

Despite the drum-roll implied in Mike Pence's recent remarks to Christians, the U.S. is not suddenly walking away from U.N. humanitarian relief programs and switching all that money directly to persecuted religious groups. And Trump's action on the opioid epidemic counts on a powerful anti-drug punch from advertising, a feeble weapon at least in the past.

56. Officials: Trump will scorn but not bolt from Iran nuke deal -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won't withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration.

57. Trump to residents in Irma's path: 'Just get out of its way' -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged any U.S. residents still in Hurricane Irma's path Saturday to "just get out of its way" and not worry about possessions, as he monitored the powerful storm's advance on Florida from the secluded Camp David presidential retreat.

58. Analysis: US options on NKorea narrow further after test -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sanctions on North Korea have been tried, and failed. Serious negotiations seem like a pipedream. And any military strike would almost surely bring mass devastation and horrific civilian casualties.

59. About that lapsing federal flood insurance program . . . -

As residents of Texas suffer from the ravages of Harvey, the United States Congress is faced with a vote on the National Flood Insurance Program. Over the years, the program has been added to various appropriations bills as it expires, which amounts to kicking the can down the street. The current program expires on September 30.

60. Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes -

LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut (AP) — From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren — a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer.

61. AP FACT CHECK: US debt is not made in China -

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, the U.S. national debt was not made in China. Or by Canada, or Europe or other trading partners.

President Donald Trump wrongly blamed his country's trade imbalance for swelling the sea of red ink the U.S. government is swimming in. But imports are not related to national debt.

62. Environmental groups challenge TVA nuclear reactor plan -

OAK RIDGE (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's proposal to use a Tennessee nuclear reactor design site abandoned in the 1970s to develop new small modular reactors.

63. Coal is dying, and the free market holds the murder weapon -

Chattanooga’s Michael Walton, 33, grew up in Greenville, Tennessee, about six hours from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, where his biological grandfather was a supervisor at a strip coal mine.

64. Voices from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days -

It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe.

65. China, EU push message of free trade, engagement -

BEIJING (AP) — Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged closer cooperation Wednesday, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and open engagement in contrast to fears that the U.S. is turning inward under President Donald Trump.

66. Prospectors strike gold with mineral water from Linden -

The Oscars were held in Los Angeles earlier this year, but it’s likely the team from Planet H2O didn’t see the telecast.

They had their own competition to worry about.

They were in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, to compete in the 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, known in some circles as the “Academy Awards of Water.”

67. Winners and losers in Trump's first budget plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs — from Africa to Appalachia — would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he'd put on a crash diet.

68. Winners and losers in Trump's first budget plan -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs — from Africa to Appalachia — would take big hits, among the many parts of the government he'd put on a crash diet.

69. Iran seals deal with Boeing to buy 80 planes worth $16.6B -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's flag carrier finalized a major deal with U.S. plane maker Boeing Co. to buy $16.6 billion worth of passenger planes Sunday in one of the most tangible benefits yet for the Islamic Republic from last year's landmark nuclear agreement.

70. Iran welcomes OPEC production-cut decision -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday welcomed an OPEC deal that cut the oil cartel's output to push up crude prices.

Speaking in a provincial meeting, broadcast live on State TV Thursday, Rouhani called the decision "a positive development."

71. Phillips: Midstate has added 5K construction jobs since 2010 -

If you’re a Tennessean looking for a great job with a future and find yourself compulsively checking online websites such as Career Builder, Monster.com or LinkedIn, you might want to add another tool – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s website at www.jobs4tn.gov.

72. Tennessee’s a hot job market (If you’re in the right field) -

If you’re a Tennessean just starting to plan for a career – or considering a new career – you can take heart. Indicators that show Tennessee, as a whole, is emerging as a job-friendly place with stable, good paying jobs with good benefits available.

73. AP FACT CHECK: Trump resurfaces debunked claims in speech -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite promising "the truth, and nothing else" in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims and some new ones Thursday night — about the U.S. tax burden, the perils facing police, Hillary Clinton's record and more.

74. Tennessee lagging on alternative energy -

Tennessee has never been at the forefront of alternative energy. If California is the cool kid tapped in on all the latest advances, we could be considered the behind-the-times cousin always trying to play catch up.

75. ‘I had a story to tell and I wanted to share it’ -

When President George H.W. Bush lost the White House, J.T. Ellison was out of a job, too. Her stint in high-level politics over, she moved to Nashville with her husband. Having injured her back and with no job, she spent most of her time at the public library.

76. Neal & Harwell adds Aaron as associate -

Benjamin C. Aaron has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an associate.

Aaron previously worked as an attorney with his father, Doug Aaron, in Manchester. He served as a clerk at The Garza Law Firm in Knoxville, and was a student attorney at the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic while in law school.

77. Iran: $100B in assets 'fully released' under nuclear deal -

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Monday it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said much of the money had been piling up in banks in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey since international sanctions were tightened in 2012 over Tehran's nuclear program.

78. Black Caucus demanding changes to Achievement School District -

NASHVILLE – The Legislature’s Black Caucus – led by Memphis members – has its sights set squarely on the Achievement School District, either eliminating it or putting it on hold until major improvements are made.

79. Obama summons Americans to compromise and change -

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Americans soon to begin choosing his successor, President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran.

80. Iran, Saudi Arabia tensions can't halt slide in oil prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Even the escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, two big oil-producing countries, can't halt the slide in energy prices.

Oil futures spiked briefly on Monday after the news that Saudi Arabia would cut diplomatic ties with Iran, a development that could be seen as a threat to oil supplies.

81. UT using digital courses to improve on-campus learning -

“A free college education for all!” It’s one of the rallying cries of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, and it’s a big reason why the septuagenarian socialist is so popular among students, many of whom are graduating with crippling loans.

82. Conservatives rejoice after Boehner's resigns as speaker -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The news of House Speaker John Boehner's resignation brought hundreds of religious conservatives to their feet to cheer — and one after another, much of the Republican Party's presidential class joined Friday in their rejoicing.

83. Alexander elected to chair Senate appropriations panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has been elected to chair the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

The Tennessee Republican was elected this week by his colleagues in Washington.

84. Tennessee auto industry hits the accelerator: Nissan, GM, VW find ‘best employees’ here -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

85. Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.

86. US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

87. Automaker seeks $118M tax break for 4-mile move -

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Subaru of America says it is applying for $118 million in state tax credits from New Jersey to move its headquarters about four miles.

The plan announced Friday would keep the company in New Jersey, and move it from suburban Cherry Hill to Camden, one of the nation's most impoverished cities.

88. Experts see Korean parallels in Sony hack -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

89. Senate Democrats scuttle a vote on spending bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apparently fearing that the top Senate Republican might score a political win, Democrats for the second time in a week cancelled a preliminary vote on a major spending bill.

At issue was an amendment by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell that would have allowed the Kentucky Republican and Appropriations panel member to successfully go to bat for his state's coal industry as the spending panel was to consider on Thursday a measure funding the Energy Department and other agencies.

90. Senate to consider massive spending bill – maybe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive spending bill to fund five Cabinet departments for the upcoming budget year is about to hit the Senate floor, giving senators a rare opportunity for open debate on legislation of any kind.

91. Cyber case puts more strain on US-China relations -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The indictment of five Chinese military officials on cyber espionage charges will intensify friction between Beijing and Washington that has been growing as China gets bolder in asserting its territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia.

92. Cost of fighting global warming 'modest,' says UN panel -

BERLIN (AP) — The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

93. Huge thermal plant opens as solar industry grows -

PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the West.

94. What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay? -

San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.

Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked barges instead of on land, where city building permits and public plans are mandatory. Construction became obvious a few weeks ago.

95. Investing only in companies that agree with your politics isn't easy -

When it comes to voicing your opinion with your wallet, it’s easy to simply choose between stores you shop and stores you drop.

Don’t like Chick-fil-A’s financial support of conservative groups? Don’t buy a sandwich. Love that Hobby Lobby donates to Christian-affiliated groups. Buy stuff.

96. Baker Donelson hires attorneys for two groups -

Baker Donelson has hired Klint Alexander for the firm’s Global Business Team, which concentrates on global trade and commercial transactions, dispute resolution and general business law, and David Sawrie for its Intellectual Property Group.

97. Norman will lead VU School of Nursing -

Linda Norman, DSN, R.N., who for 22 years has spearheaded curricular innovations at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), will become the school’s new dean, pending Board of Trust approval.

98. Waller expands, adds 16 attorneys in Nashville -

Waller has announced the addition of 16 new attorneys to the following practice groups:

  • Corporate (one partner and four associates);
  • Finance & restructuring (two associates);
  • Health care (four associates);
  • Real estate (one Of Counsel and two associates);
  • Trial & appellate (one partner and two associates).

Corporate

Mark Folk joins Waller as a partner with more than 25 years of experience. Prior to joining Waller, Folk was partner and co-chair of the health care department for Partner Shutts & Bowen, LLP, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

99. Administration warns of 'destructive' budget cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House report issued Friday warns that $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts at the start of the new year would be "deeply destructive" to the military and core government responsibilities like patrolling U.S. borders and air traffic control.

100. Bass, Berry & Sims adds Lloyd to firm -

Travis Lloyd, formerly an associate in the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

Lloyd is joining the firm’s health care practice as an associate and will provide counsel to clients within the health care industry on a wide range of regulatory matters. Lloyd has experience in fraud and abuse analysis, health information privacy and security compliance, healthcare facility licensure and accreditation, and provider enrollment and reimbursement.