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VOL. 43 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 8, 2019

Why would you cook?

Local chefs have you covered for Thanksgiving

It’s the countdown to the biggest eating day of the year. But an afternoon of overindulgence also means a whole lot of cooking. There are onions to chop, potatoes to boil, cans of cream of mushroom soup to open for the ubiquitous green bean casserole and, of course, a plump turkey that will consume all your oven space for at least four hours.

Nashville Food Projects offers rare opportunity for public purchase

Aunt Edna’s creamed onions? Check. There’s Uncle Floyd’s cornbread dressing, and occupying that center spot of glory on the table are Grandma Flo’s homemade yeast rolls. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Hard to appreciate autumn when it includes November

This year, like every year, I made my annual vow to better appreciate October, my favorite month.

Local Weather
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EVENTS

Mayor's Night Out. Nashville Mayor John Cooper is hosting Mayor’s Night Out event on the second Thursday of each month. Nashville residents are invited to voice their concerns in one-on-one conversations with the mayor and Metro department leaders. The first event is being held at Creswell Middle School, 3500 John Mallette Dr., 6-8:30 pm.

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Lack of affordable housing pushing families with kids out

Nashville’s schools are often denigrated for their shortcomings when test scores are released each year. State scores are not good, either, Tennessee placing anywhere from 36th to 43rd nationally, depending on the source.

REAL ESTATE

October real estate trends: $1M-plus in Williamson jumps 42%

Home sales increased 7% in Williamson County in October with 618 sales recorded for the month compared to 579 in October 2018.

US mortgage rates fall this week from 3-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates slipped this week from the highest level since July and remain at historically low levels that are helping would-be purchasers to buy homes.

NEWSMAKERS

BNA’s Kreulen named TN Aviation Person of the Year

The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame has recognized Nashville International Airport President and CEO Douglas E. Kreulen, A.A.E., as Tennessee’s 2019 Aviation Person Of The Year.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Byard has high school coach, MTSU to thank for NFL career

Fate intervened and made an interesting, yet defining, turn for Titans safety Kevin Byard in 2012 when he was coming out of Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia, Georgia.

Titans have to contain Chiefs’ speedsters

The Kansas City Chiefs will bring their high-powered offense to Nissan Stadium on Sunday, and chances are they will have quarterback Patrick Mahomes back after time missed with a knee injury.

Week 10 predictions: Chiefs too much for Titans

Nissan Stadium will be a focal point for NFL fans this week, but not because of the Titans. Rather, the focus will be on the Kansas City Chiefs and the likely return of Patrick Mahomes.

UT SPORTS

Vols receiver Callaway ‘always the kid everybody loved’

Marquez Callaway thought it was a bit strange that he was allowed to return home only a week before his first career game in a Tennessee uniform.

BRIEFS

Laffer Investments now part of ButcherJoseph

Laffer Investments, Inc., an SEC registered investment adviser based in Nashville, has been acquired by ButcherJoseph Financial Holdings, LLC, an investment banking firm.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

What to expect with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay updates

The fall season coincides with the reveal of the latest smartphones and operating systems from Apple and Google. This year in particular marks the first time the two brands have significantly overhauled their automotive software – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – to make them easier to use.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Speedier payment systems could curb your expenses

Here’s an illustration of the many ways slow payment systems can inconvenience you and cost you money.

CAREER CORNER

Cutting the horn off the unicorn

I saw the perfect profile for a recruiter recently. “I am not a ninja / purple squirrel / unicorn hunter, nor someone who hires ‘rock stars.’ I am a strategic and tactical recruiter, meaning I partner with leaders and we hire – at scale, for the niche skills required to make the difference to a business.”

MILLENNIAL MONEY

You need a plan for Black Friday

My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and I mine.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Despite female push, Garth Brooks bests Underwood at CMAs

The Country Music Association Awards almost fully honored and highlighted the women of country music — whose songs have been heavily dismissed on country radio over the years — until two words were uttered when they named its entertainer of the year: Garth Brooks.

List of winners at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Complete list of winners from the 2019 Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

ENVIRONMENT

Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said.

German FM calls for Europe to raise its climate targets

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says the European Union should increase its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if it wants to lead in the fight against climate change.

TECHNOLOGY

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Automaker Daimler to save $1.54B by cutting manager posts

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler says it plans to slash costs 1.4 billion euros ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and other austerity measures.

Ferrari aims to entice new clients with Roma coupe

ROME (AP) — Ferrari has unveiled a new sports coupe aimed at enticing new buyers and competing with the Porsche 911, part of an overhaul of its model lineup by 2022.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US producer prices up 0.4% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose 0.4% in October, the biggest jump in six months, reflecting a surge in energy costs.

Walmart’s online sales are surging heading into holidays

Walmart raised its annual profit expectations after reporting strong third-quarter results helped by its grocery business.

China presses Washington for tariff cut in trade deal

BEIJING (AP) — China pressed Washington on Thursday to roll back punitive tariffs in a tentative trade deal.

German economy avoids recession in 3Q, challenges remain

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s economy, Europe’s largest, avoided entering a widely-anticipated recession in the third quarter as strong domestic spending helped spark modest growth, the Federal Statistical Office reported Thursday.

Japan’s economy slows with 0.2% annual expansion in 3Q

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy grew at a modest annual pace of 0.2% in July-September, supported by consumer purchases ahead of a tax hike, the government said Thursday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Battle lines harden as Trump impeachment inquiry goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — With historic impeachment hearings underway, Democrats and Republicans are hardening their arguments over the actions of President Donald Trump as they set out to win over a deeply polarized American public.

Next up in impeachment hearings: A parade of key witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several more witnesses scheduled to testify in the House impeachment hearings over the next week are expected to say they too worried about President Donald Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate Democrats as the U.S. withheld military aid from the country.

Poll: Americans struggle to ID fact from fiction

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharply divided country, here's something many Americans agree on: It's hard to know what's a true and honest fact.

AP FACT CHECK: GOP presses empty Ukraine meddling theory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans pressed the discredited theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election in defending President Donald Trump in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings.


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13
STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee House GOP won’t pursue rep’s expulsion

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee’s House speaker says his chamber’s GOP supermajority will not move forward with a possible expulsion vote of a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Maren Morris is set to have an epic night at the CMA Awards

Maren Morris is walking to the 2019 Country Music Association Awards with a lot of feelings.

BMI honors Dwight Yoakam, top country songwriters

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country music singer, songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam was honored by performing rights organization BMI for his trailblazing and highly unique style of California country rock.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee creating strike team for prescribed forest burns

NASHVILLE (AP) — Forestry officials in Tennessee say a strike team is being created to perform prescribed burning on public and private forest land in the Cumberland Plateau.

EDUCATION

Tennessee seeking public comment on K-12 math standards

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Board of Education is seeking public comment on the state's K-12 mathematics standards.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans announce project to nearly double team headquarters

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans plan to nearly double the size of the team’s headquarters with a project that adds 60,000 square feet of space.

PREDATORS

Pettersson scores twice, Canucks beat Predators 5-3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Pettersson put on show to celebrate his 21st birthday with 12 family members and friends watching in the crowd.

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW expanding electric vehicle production in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga.

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why.

Tesla to build factory in Germany after subsidies announced

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday hailed Tesla’s decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electric cars.

ENVIRONMENT

Hyatt will remove small bottles from hotel bathrooms by 2021

CHICAGO (AP) — Hyatt Hotels Corp. is the latest hotel company to say it’s removing small bottles from its bathrooms in an effort to reduce waste.

TRANSPORTATION

Flying this Thanksgiving? Expect record crowds at airports

Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.

BANKING

Maybe banking culture doesn’t always make people dishonest

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they were unable to confirm a highly publicized 2014 study that suggested banking culture can promote dishonesty.

COURTS

Walmart Inc. sues 31 Colorado counties to shrink tax bills

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The parent company of Walmart has sued dozens of counties in Colorado where the company has store locations. The company claims its stores’ equipment is being overvalued.

Justices could return cable TV race bias suit to lower court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to overturn a lower court ruling in favor of an African-American media mogul and comedian who’s suing cable giant Comcast for racial discrimination.

Death row inmate points to biased juror as execution nears

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Tennessee prepares to electrocute yet another death row inmate, a last-minute legal battle has raised questions surrounding the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago.

California sued again for requiring women on company boards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation law requiring publicly held companies to put women on their boards of directors is facing a second legal challenge.

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation.

Truckers file 1st suit contesting California gig economy law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Trucking Association on Tuesday filed what appears to be the first lawsuit challenging a sweeping new labor law that seeks to give wage and benefit protections to workers in the so-called gig economy, including rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US budget deficit surges to $134.5 billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record.

Wobbly day on Wall Street ends mixed; New highs for S&P, Dow

Wall Street capped a wobbly day for stocks with another record-setting finish Wednesday.

Fed’s Powell sees steady growth, signals pause in rate cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated Wednesday that the Fed is likely to keep its benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged in the coming months, unless the economy shows signs of worsening.

US consumer prices up 0.4% in October; gasoline prices surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging gasoline prices caused U.S. consumer prices to rise last month at the fastest pace since March.

Nike calls off pilot program with Amazon ending direct sales

Nike is ending a sales partnership with Amazon less than a month after the athletic gear company named an e-commerce veteran as its new chief executive.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Impeachment witness says Trump asked about Ukraine probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top American diplomat revealed new evidence Wednesday of President Donald Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine to investigate political rivals as House investigators launched public impeachment hearings for just the fourth time in the nation’s history.

Takeaways so far from House public impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wednesday’s start of public impeachment hearings unfolding in Congress marked the first time that the American public could watch and listen to the witnesses whose testimony is at the center of the Democrats’ investigation.

Trump impeachment inquiry spurs shadow disinformation war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The online spin and dissembling began even before Wednesday’s impeachment hearing got underway.

AP FACT CHECK: GOP presses empty Ukraine meddling theory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans pressed the discredited theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election in defending President Donald Trump in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings.

US proposes tougher rules on work permits for asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed to make it tougher for asylum-seekers to obtain permission to work in the United States while their immigration cases are pending.

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence

MEMPHIS (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of mental health issues.

Trump slams impeachment hearing witnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at a pair of witnesses who are set to testify as the House impeachment inquiry goes public.

'Sad day' or 'scam'? What to watch at impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A “solemn day” or a “show trial”? Americans and the world can decide for themselves as House Democrats let the public in to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Separating fact from fiction at Trump's impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been fulminating for weeks over the impeachment inquiry, which he sees as a persecution cooked up by Democrats and "Never Trumpers."

Watchdog report on Russia probe nears public release

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's watchdog is nearing the release of its report on the early stages of the FBI's Russia investigation, a document likely to revive debate about a politically charged probe that shadowed President Donald Trump's administration from the outset.

Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the U.S. and turning toward Russia on security issues and Ankara facing a Washington backlash over attacks on Kurdish civilians during its incursion into Syria last month.


TUESDAY, NOV. 12
NASHVILLE AREA

Activist files to run against US Rep. Cooper

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee activist Justin Jones has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in a 2020 Democratic primary.

MIDSTATE

Mersen bringing $65M investment, 100 jobs to Maury Co.

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Mersen officials announced today the manufacturer will invest up to $65 million over time to establish operations in Columbia.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt improves to 2-0 with win over Corpus Christi

NASHVILLE (AP) — Aaron Nesmith and Saben Lee are both off to a good start this season and so is Vanderbilt.

HEALTH CARE

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Scandal-hit Nissan's profits crash amid lower global sales

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan reported Tuesday that its July-September profit tumbled to half of what it earned the year before as sales and brand power crumbled following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

4 charged over pay for VW employee council members

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have charged four current and former personnel managers at Volkswagen over the payment of allegedly excessive salaries and bonuses to members of the automaker's influential employee council.

COURTS

Trump appeals court nominee in jeopardy following GOP revolt

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won't support him.

Court's conservatives seem to back Trump on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority seems prepared to allow the Trump administration to end a program that allows some immigrants to work legally in the United States and protects them from deportation.

Stone wanted to 'debrief' Kushner on DNC email hack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone asked for Jared Kushner's contact information in order to "debrief" the president's son-in-law about hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Protections for 660,000 immigrants on line at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protections for 660,000 immigrants are on the line at the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes turn mixed after early rally loses momentum

Stocks on Wall Street closed with modest gains Tuesday after an early rally lost momentum toward the end of the day.

No. 1 milk company declares bankruptcy amid drop in demand

Got milk? Increasingly, Americans don't, and that led the nation's biggest milk producer to file for bankruptcy Tuesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

What to watch as impeachment inquiry of Trump goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are giving President Donald Trump a reality show for the ages as they take their case public for his impeachment.

Timeline of the House impeachment hearings Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outline of the Democratic-led impeachment hearing Wednesday:

Trump claims credit for economy, jobs in New York speech

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed credit Tuesday for the nation's strong economic performance under his leadership.

Mulvaney won't sue over impeachment, declines to cooperate

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday that he no longer plans to sue over the House impeachment proceedings and will instead follow President Donald Trump's directions and decline to cooperate.

Impeachment aside, federal budget remains a pressing matter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump come at the very time that Capitol Hill usually tends to its mound of unfinished business.

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The view among the national security officials was unanimous: Military aid to Ukraine should not be stopped. But President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff thought otherwise.

Meet the witnesses: Diplomats start off impeachment hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomats and career government officials, they're little known outside professional circles, but they're about to become household names testifying in the House impeachment inquiry .

Report: Election vendors are 'prime targets,' need oversight

ATLANTA (AP) — The private companies that make voting equipment and build and maintain voter registration databases lack any meaningful federal oversight despite the crucial role they play in U.S. elections, leaving the nation's electoral process vulnerable to attack, according to a new report.

Clinton criticizes UK for blocking Russian influence report

LONDON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she's "dumbfounded" that the U.K. government has failed to release a report on Russian influence in British politics before the country holds a national election next month.

Trump to release April call with Ukraine leader this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll be releasing the transcript of his April telephone conversation with Ukraine's new leader "before week's end!"


MONDAY, NOV. 11
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Will female acts win big at CMA Awards?

NASHVILLE (AP) — The lack of women on country radio is as tired as a bad country song cliche, but the Country Music Association Awards is trying to set the stage for them to reign, both as the hosts, as performers and perhaps the night's biggest winners.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee DACA recipients head to DC for immigration hearing

NASHVILLE (AP) — For Alexa Maqueo-Toledo, who traveled with her mom to a small town in Tennessee from Mexico when she just a toddler, sitting back while the Supreme Court prepares to determine her future wasn't an option.

MIDSTATE

Popeyes worker accused of attacking patron who wanted refund

COLUMBIA (AP) — A Popeyes worker recorded throwing a woman onto the pavement outside a restaurant in Tennessee has been charged with felony aggravated assault.

Campaign helps military members get home for the holidays

LYNCHBURG (AP) — The Tennessee distillery that produces Jack Daniel's whiskey is once again teaming up with a military support group to help service members and their families get home for the holidays.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans rally, spoil Mahomes' return beating Chiefs 35-32

NASHVILLE (AP) — Forcing Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to settle for a bunch of field goals gave the Tennessee Titans a chance to stay close.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slip as uncertainty reigns in US-China trade talks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks mostly fell on Monday as uncertainty continues to hang over U.S.-China trade talks, or at least over investors' perception of them.

China's Alibaba, JD report booming Singles Day sales

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com reported more than $60 billion in sales Monday on Singles Day, an annual marketing event that is the world's busiest online shopping day.

UK avoids recession but economy growing at near decade lows

LONDON (AP) — The British economy avoided falling into recession in the third quarter of the year, but annual growth is running at a near-decade low rate as a result of ongoing uncertainty related to Britain's departure from the European Union and a subdued global backdrop, official figures showed Monday.

Iran discovers new oil field with more than 50 billion barrels

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country's south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country's proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions.

Saudi Aramco takes another step toward 1st public offering

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant Aramco released a lengthy document late Saturday that lays the ground for investors to buy into the world's most profitable company, but it remains unknown how much is on offer.

COURTS

Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against NY over tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump's lawsuit against New York officials that was aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns.

Mulvaney's bid to join impeachment lawsuit challenged

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is facing opposition, including from a former Trump administration adviser, in his bid to join a lawsuit over testimony in the House impeachment inquiry.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Prosecutors seek sentencing date for ex-Trump campaign aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to set a sentencing date for next month for former Trump campaign official Rick Gates.

What's coming in impeachment: The inquiry goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine whether President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden's family and the 2016 U.S. presidential election all while the White House was withholding military aid to the East European ally that borders Russia.

GOP Rep. Peter King retiring, giving Dems new 2020 target

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has represented a Long Island congressional district for nearly 30 years, announced Monday he won't seek reelection, enhancing Democrats' chances to grab yet another suburban House seat as they defend their majority in 2020.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed 'read the transcript' defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been his drumbeating demand: "Read the transcript!"


FRIDAY, NOV. 8
STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee remains hopeful on school voucher timeline

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee said Friday that his newly enacted school voucher law won't go into effect next year if the state isn't ready, adding that he'll know by early 2020 when to begin implementing the program.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville announces cold weather plan for homeless

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's mayor has released an emergency cold weather plan for sheltering the city's homeless community, weeks after reversing a decision to close the winter overflow facilities.

MIDSTATE

Teen's school project gets $40K from 'Shark Tank' investors

GALLATIN (AP) — Investors on ABC's "Shark Tank" are funding a product pitched by a 13-year-old Tennessee boy who initially developed the idea for a fourth-grade project.

STATEWIDE

Justice Department announces $95M for Tennessee safety

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced approximately $95 million in awards to support public safety efforts in Tennessee.

Tennessee gov announces $25M in vocational education grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced the 28 projects that will benefit from a $25 million pot of money set aside for career and technical education.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Chiefs' Mahomes to start against Titans, barring setbacks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes will start for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, just over two weeks after the quarterback's season was jeopardized by a dislocated kneecap.

PREDATORS

Donskoi scores 3 goals as Avalanche beat Predators 9-4

DENVER (AP) — With a dizzying flurry of goals in one electric eight-minute stretch, the Colorado Avalanche rediscovered their offense and ended nearly four years of frustration at home against Nashville.

AUTO INDUSTRY

European Commission president: US auto tariffs not expected

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he does not think U.S. President Donald Trump will impose new tariffs targeting European automobiles.

Japanese automaker Honda cuts profit outlook as sales slip

TOKYO (AP) — Honda has become the latest automaker to report weaker earnings as global demand softens.

EDUCATION

Facing lawsuit, DeVos erases student loans for 1,500

The U.S. Education Department is forgiving student loans for more than 1,500 borrowers who attended a pair of for-profit colleges that shut down last year.

TECHNOLOGY

Got a weird text? A telecom vendor says it's to blame

If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.

Saudi recruitment of Twitter workers reflects insider risks

Allegations that two former Twitter employees spied on users for the Saudi government have spotlighted the threat posed by insiders who exploit their access to the mountains of sensitive data held by tech companies.

COURTS

Steve Bannon testifies for prosecution Roger Stone trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, who served as chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, told jurors Friday he saw Roger Stone as "an access point" to WikiLeaks, which later released hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks push past latest trade-war confusion to more records

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped another week of healthy gains on Friday, but it ended on more of a befuddled note than a bang as confusion about the U.S.-China trade war hung over the market.

Trump pushes back on reports US will remove China tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a Chinese official's assertion that his administration has agreed to roll back some of the higher tariffs it's imposed on Chinese goods.

Trump to pursue higher sales age for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will pursue raising the age to purchase electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21 in its upcoming plans to combat youth vaping.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Lawyer: Bolton has knowledge about Ukraine not yet public

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton was "part of many relevant meetings and conversations" relevant to the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump that are not yet public, his lawyer said Friday.

Trump says he is weighing Putin invitation to Russia parade

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's weighing an invitation from Russia President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) to attend the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow.

Trump insists impeachment inquiry hasn't hurt him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Friday he has not been damaged by impeachment testimony detailing efforts by him and his administration to pressure Ukraine to publicly investigate his political rivals.

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist.

Bloomberg taking steps to prepare for possible 2020 run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg is reaching out to prominent Democrats in key states and scrambling to meet fast-approaching primary filing deadlines, his first steps toward formalizing a late run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Anonymous book describes volatile, incompetent Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A forthcoming book by an anonymous author identified only as "a senior official in the Trump administration" describes President Donald Trump as volatile, incompetent and unfit to be commander in chief, according to excerpts published Thursday by The Washington Post.

The words Trump had to hear: Investigations, Biden, Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were three words President Donald Trump wanted to hear from the Ukraine president: Investigations, Biden, Clinton.

Mulvaney stands up Democrats in impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has stood up Democrats in their impeachment inquiry, skipping his 9 a.m. deposition as Democrats wrap up closed-door interviews and move into a public phase of the investigation.


THURSDAY, NOV. 7
HEALTH CARE

Warren health plan departs from US 'social insurance' idea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to pay for "Medicare for All" without raising taxes on the middle class departs from how the U.S. has traditionally financed bedrock social insurance programs. That might impact its political viability now and in the future.

Tennessee Medicaid officials want more postpartum coverage

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials with Tennessee's Medicaid program want to expand postpartum health insurance for low-income women.

TECHNOLOGY

Trump adviser warns China exporting tech authoritarianism

LONDON (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's technology adviser warned Thursday about China exporting authoritarianism globally in parallel with its rise as a tech power.

Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics, US says

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, U.S. prosecutors have alleged.

ENVIRONMENT

Exxon denies that it misled investors on climate risks

NEW YORK (AP) — Climate change may be the defining risk for oil and gas companies in coming decades, and attorneys for New York state are saying Exxon Mobil misled investors about how it was handling that risk.

COURTS

Judge fines Trump $2 million for misusing charity foundation

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge Thursday ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million to an array of charities as a fine for misusing his own charitable foundation to further his political and business interests.

Stone cited Nixon as he urged witness to stonewall Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone has long admired Richard Nixon, so much so that he even has a tattoo of the late president's face on his back. But on Thursday, federal prosecutors used a Nixon quote to try to help make their case against Stone, a longtime political provocateur and confidant of Donald Trump.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks stumble to more records on conflicting trade reports

NEW YORK (AP) — In the stock market, it's all about trade now.

Consumer borrowing rises, led by more auto and student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer borrowing rose in September at a modest pace, led by higher student and auto loans, though a category that mostly includes credit cards fell for the second straight month.

Gap CEO steps down amid slumping sales

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap says CEO Art Peck is stepping down as the company continues to grapple with slumping sales.

Matchbox Cars, coloring book, Magic make Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Matchbox Cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering were inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame, recognized for an enduring appeal that keeps them on store shelves today.

PG&E expects more than $6B in wildfire costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric reported substantial losses for the third quarter on Thursday, driven by catastrophic wildfires that have been blamed on the utility's outdated transmission lines. The company anticipates those costs could escalate to as much as $6.3 billion.

Bank of England warns over global economic hit to UK

LONDON (AP) — The growth outlook for the British economy has deteriorated largely as a result of a gloomier global backdrop, the Bank of England said Thursday as it refrained from cutting rates in the run-up to a general election that could have huge repercussions on Brexit.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

The words Trump had to hear: Investigations, Biden, Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were three words President Donald Trump wanted to hear from the Ukraine president: Investigations, Biden, Clinton.

Bolton a no-show at impeachment panel; Pence aide appears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton failed to appear for an interview with impeachment investigators Thursday, making it unlikely that he will provide testimony to the House about President Donald Trump's handling of Ukraine.

Senior US envoy in Syria highly critical of troop withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department envoy has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Trump denies he wanted Barr to publicly clear him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during his July phone conversation with Ukraine's president in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democrats, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Bolton declines to appear for impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton failed to show up for an interview with impeachment investigators Thursday, making it unlikely that he will provide any testimony to the House about President Donald Trump's handling of Ukraine.

Immigration opens ideological fault lines for 2020 Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is adding his support to a call by some of his fellow presidential hopefuls for decriminalizing illegal border crossings, a proposal that's further exposing deep ideological divides in the Democratic primary and may prove politically treacherous for the party in the general election.

Diplomat Taylor expected to testify 1st in public hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats announced they will launch public impeachment hearings next week, intending to bring to life weeks of closed-door testimony and lay out a convincing narrative of presidential misconduct by Donald Trump.

EU labors to keep nuclear deal alive after new Iran moves

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday affirmed their support for the nuclear deal with Iran, after the Islamic Republic began enrichment work at its Fordo site in a fresh act of defiance that seems likely to spell the end of the painstakingly crafted international agreement.

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