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VOL. 44 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 21, 2020

Summer camps: Slow it down or rev it up

Area programs offer skill-building, good time for every child – or adult

Shanelle Rauh attended the 2020 American Camp Association national conference in San Diego last week and came away with a renewed energy about the upcoming summer camp season.

Adult summer camps offer chance to hone old, new skills

Growing up in Minnesota, Paula Trujillo had ice skates on her feet by the time she was 5. And she was good – so good she was in the Ice Capades as a showgirl for a decade.

Summer camp guide 2020

Camps provide children and teens a chance to connect with nature, participate in team-based activities and develop relationships. From academics to athletics, there is a camp for everyone at every age, with any interest. Here are just a few.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Belcourt is proof individuals can make a difference

If you value range and a bit of quirkiness in your movie viewing, consider this: Belcourt Theatre’s showings for February include the Oscar winning “Parasite,” the film noir classic “Key Largo,” the Hitchcock psychodrama “Rebecca,” the horror movie “Zombie,” the acclaimed boxing documentary “When We Were Kings” and, to top it all off, the Cat Video Fest.

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EVENTS

ServerlessDays Cloud Conference. Speakers include James Beswick, AWS; Linda Nichols, Microsoft; Michah Hodge, Asurion; Danielle Heberling, Stackery. Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street. $25 includes breakfast and lunch. and others. Information

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RESTAURANTS

Prolific restaurateur Rayburn looks at restaurants past, future

Randy Rayburn has been a fixture in the Nashville restaurant scene for nearly 40 years. He was interviewed for a Nashville restaurant oral history project. A longer version of this interview has been submitted for deposit at Special Collections at the Nashville Public Library.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

New generation revives Music Row’s Bobby’s Idle Hour

Long, brown hair framing her face, the young woman’s smile and green eyes shine as she stands by the stage at Bobby’s Idle Hour.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

The great home inspector conspiracy finally exposed

The relationship between home inspectors and Realtors is one of the most misunderstood partnerships in the business world.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for January 2020

Top residential real estate sales, January 2020, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates tick up this week, 30-year reaches 3.49%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but they remain far below year-ago levels, which has provided a boost to home sales.

UT SPORTS

Lady Vols' Key erases ‘a lot of mistakes’ with blocked shots

Her last name fits her perfectly because Tamari Key does her best work in that area on the basketball court.

NEWSMAKERS

Client Choice Award honors Bradley’s Trent

J. Thomas Trent Jr., a partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ Nashville office, is one of two attorneys in Tennessee and the only one in Nashville to win a 2020 Client Choice Award.

BRIEFS

Report: Auto tariffs could mean $4B loss to state

Middle Tennessee State University’s Business and Economic Research Center has released an automobile tariffs study for the state.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

4 sporty SUVs for less than $45,000

Just about every luxury automaker offers a high-performance version of one of its SUVs these days. But not everyone can afford a $70,000 Porsche Cayenne, let alone a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

What will you do when machines take your job?

Click. And with that quiet little sound, an email is sent, a door is unlocked, an alarm is engaged, a recipe is downloaded, a machine is launched.

CAREER CORNER

Should I be Facebook friends with my boss?

A reader recently wrote in with what clearly is an issue on the minds of professionals: Social media in the workplace. Specifically, should I be Facebook friends with my boss?

PERSONAL FINANCE

Beware of these overhyped, pricey financial strategies

A good rule of thumb when you’re trying to eat healthy is to beware of any food you see advertised. The most beneficial fare – whole grains, fruits, vegetables – tends not to have a marketing budget.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Strict adherence to loyalty programs can make you miss deals

Blogger Dani Austin of Dallas, Texas, logged into her Southwest Airlines account a few days before the end of 2019.

NASHVILLE AREA

Barr, DeVos speak at religious broadcasters forum

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned a group of Christian broadcasters on Wednesday that the decline of religion in America is undermining liberal democracy.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vandy interim AD: Strategic plan only 1st step to upgrades

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt interim athletic director Candice Storey Lee knows Commodores' fans want specifics about what the Southeastern Conference's only private university will do to upgrade athletic facilities.

Missouri beats Vandy 61-52 for 1st SEC road win of season

NASHVILLE (AP) — Cuonzo Martin and his assistant coaches hadn't talked about Missouri needing to win a road game in the Southeastern Conference.

NASHVILLE SC

MLS owners predict league will surpass MLB, Premier League

NEW YORK (AP) — Three days ahead of the Major League Soccer's 25th season, owners, executives and players gathered for a day of unbridled optimism and hyperbole.

HEALTH CARE

Facebook bans ads with false claims about new virus

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said Wednesday that it is banning ads that make false claims about products tied to the new coronavirus.

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn't inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming.

Delta reduces flights to Korea as virus outbreak spreads

Delta Air Lines is reducing flights to South Korea while Hawaiian Airlines will suspend them entirely, as airlines deal with growing concern about the spread of the new virus beyond China.

ENVIRONMENT

Dutch consortium unveils ambitious 'green' hydrogen plan

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch consortium announced an ambitious plan Thursday to create "green" hydrogen using power from a huge offshore wind farm that has yet to be built.

REAL ESTATE

US pending home sales climbed 5.2% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was a 5.2% jump in Americans signing contracts to buy homes in January from the previous month as lower mortgage rates and a solid economy are pushing up demand for housing.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US economy grew at 2.1% rate in Q4 but virus threat looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.1% in the final quarter of last year, but damage from the spreading coronavirus is likely depressing growth in the current quarter and for 2020 as a whole.

US orders for durable goods slip 0.2% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods dipped in January, pulled down by decreased demand for cars, auto parts and military aircraft.

UK opens EU trade talks with threat to walk away

LONDON (AP) — Britain published its opening demands for trade talks with the European Union on Thursday, delivering a blunt threat to walk away from the table if there is no progress within four months.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump faces a critical personal challenge in grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak: asking Americans to believe him after he and some of his top advisers have contradicted federal scientists in playing down the threat.

ELECTION 2020

AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections, with few saying they have high confidence that votes in the 2020 presidential election will be counted accurately.

Sanders' rise fuels Dems' angst over keeping House control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders' ascendancy as Democrats' leading presidential hopeful fueled growing unease as lawmakers openly expressed anxiety that the self-proclaimed democratic socialist could cost them House control and questions abounded over what party leaders should do.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26
STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers advance bill to prevent 'lunch shaming' students

NASHVILLE (AP) — Schools would be banned from "lunch shaming" students unable to afford school meals, under a bill that was narrowly advanced by a Tennessee House panel on Wednesday.

NASHVILLE AREA

Barr, DeVos, Sekulow speak at religious broadcasters forum

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr will be a featured speaker Wednesday at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Tennessee. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Jay Sekulow, one of the attorneys who defended President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial, are also on the schedule.

PREDATORS

Ellis, Arvidsson score as Preds rally, beat Senators 3-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson each scored power-play goals in the second period as the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night for their second straight win.

HEALTH CARE

Trump to detail US coronavirus efforts, Schumer seeks $8.5B

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday against criticism that his administration isn't doing enough to meet the coronavirus threat, as lawmakers called for giving disease fighters much more money than the $2.5 billion the White House has requested.

How deadly is new coronavirus? It's still too early to tell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists can't tell yet how deadly the new virus that's spreading around the globe really is — and deepening the mystery, the fatality rate differs even within China.

REAL ESTATE

US new-home sales climbed 7.9% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes jumped 7.9% in January to the fastest pace in more than 12 years, a positive sign for economic growth.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Moody's downgrades auto sales forecast on virus fears

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ratings agency Moody's is lowering its forecast for global auto sales because of the new coronavirus outbreak.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slide on Wall Street, extending steep drops this week

Stocks gave up early gains and ended lower, extending their losses for the week.

Reports: Panasonic, Tesla to scrap solar panels partnership

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics maker Panasonic declined to comment on reports Wednesday that it is planning to end its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, Congress has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law.

Congress warns Pentagon not to move money to fund Trump wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties told Pentagon leaders on Wednesday that the Defense Department is undermining its own efforts to get military money by diverting billions of dollars for the construction of President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall

ELECTION 2020

Sanders faces brunt of the attacks at South Carolina debate

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democrats unleashed a roaring assault against Bernie Sanders and seized on Mike Bloomberg's past with women in the workplace during a contentious debate that tested the strength of the two men at the center of the party's presidential nomination fight.

Debate takeaways: Bernie bruised but not broken

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democrats held their final debate before the South Carolina presidential primary and the critical Super Tuesday contests that follow three days later.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems implore fact checkers to back them up

WASHINGTON (AP) — They flailed their arms, talked over each other and at one point called for backup, asking fact checkers to come to their rescue.


TUESDAY, FEB. 25
ELECTION 2020

Tennessee presidential primary early voting ends Tuesday

The last day for voters to cast early ballots in the March 3 presidential primary in Tennessee is Tuesday.

One clear message from Democrats: We want big change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' desire for dramatic political change has emerged as a driving force in the party's presidential primary battle, one that extends beyond the progressive wing and presents challenges for candidates running on promises of moderation.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Refugee resettlement resolution advances in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers once again showed their displeasure with Gov. Bill Lee's decision to keep accepting refugees by advancing a resolution Tuesday that criticized the Republican's actions as violating the separation of powers.

Tennessee lawmakers look to change sex offender legislation

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of a Tennessee statute that made it a felony for sex offenders to live with their own young children has prompted moves by the GOP-dominant Statehouse to amend the 2019 law.

COURTS

'A world of hurt': 39 states to investigate Juul's marketing

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coalition of 39 states – including Tennessee – will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday.

Drugmaker Mallinckrodt reaches $1.6B opioid settlement

The generic drugmaker Mallinckrodt has a tentative $1.6 billion deal to settle lawsuits over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis, it announced Tuesday.

Tennessee continues push for executions, setting 2 more

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee on Monday set two new execution dates, days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year and a half.

REAL ESTATE

US home prices rise 2.9% in December on low rates, inventory

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a faster pace in December as mortgage rates remained low and a falling supply of available properties set off bidding wars between buyers.

HEALTH CARE

GOP and Dem senators voice concerns about US virus readiness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both political parties questioned Tuesday whether the White House's request for $2.5 billion is enough to prepare the United States for a possible coronavirus outbreak, even as President Donald Trump said the virus is "very well under control" here.

Trump defends $2.5B coronavirus request; Dems say it's low

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the urgent $2.5 billion plan for coronavirus he sent to lawmakers will prepare the nation in case of an outbreak in the U.S. and help other nations unprepared to handle the threat.

ENVIRONMENT

Opponents fault Trump proposal to cut environmental reviews

WASHINGTON (AP) — Describing windows rattled by industrial blasts and windowsills covered in toxic ash, an African American resident of Texas' oil hub joined Democratic lawmakers, state officials and others Tuesday in urging the Trump administration to drop a proposed rollback that they said would silence disadvantaged communities battling big polluters.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow drops 879, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy

Stocksfell sharplyagain on Wall Street Tuesday, piling on losses a day after the market's biggest drop in two years as fears spread that the growing virus outbreak will put the brakes on the global economy.

Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company through successful purchases of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox's entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday.

US consumer confidence rises slightly in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence improved slightly in February, rising to a reading of 130.7, the highest point since August.

No checkout needed: Amazon opens cashier-less grocery store

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is aiming to kill the supermarket checkout line.

Strong fourth quarter for Macy's heading to transition year

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's reported stronger-than-expected sales and profits for the fourth quarter less than a month after it announced a major restructuring.

EU approves tough negotiating mandate for UK trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday gave its chief negotiator Michel Barnier a robust negotiating mandate to get a free trade deal with Britain, which counters several of the red lines that London has set.

TurboTax maker Intuit buying Credit Karma in $7.1B deal

Intuit is buying consumer finance company Credit Karma in a $7.1 billion cash and stock deal that will take it deeper into the financial products realm.

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

BEIJING (AP) — Factories that make the world's smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China's economy. But even with the ruling Communist Party promising help, companies and economists say it may be months before production is back to normal.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Senate GOP again thwarted on bills to restrict abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions.

Trump says 2 justices should sit out cases, but they decide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A month before the Supreme Court takes up cases over his tax returns and financial records, President Donald Trump on Tuesday made the unusual suggestion that two liberal justices should not take part in those or any other cases involving him or his administration.


MONDAY, FEB. 24
MEDIA

Nonprofit picks attorney to defend Tennessee news media

NASHVILLE (AP) — A nonprofit funding pro bono legal services for local news organizations in five states has picked an attorney to help defend the right to gather and report the news in Tennessee.

HEALTH CARE

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma starts ad campaign for claims

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma launched an ad campaign Monday to tell people harmed by their powerful prescription opioid where they can file claims against the company.

White House readying emergency coronavirus budget request

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is readying an urgent budget request to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak  whose rapid spread is spooking financial markets and restricting international travel.

COURTS

Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion - his own

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer.

Supreme Court won't hear case brought by author Jon Krakauer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The educational records of a star University of Montana quarterback accused of rape will remain confidential after the Supreme Court declined to get involved in the case brought by author Jon Krakauer.

Supreme Court hears battle over Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to remove an obstacle to construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, with a majority of justices expressing skepticism about a lower court ruling that tossed out a key permit needed for the natural gas pipeline to cross under the Appalachian Trial.

TECHNOLOGY

Pentagon adopts new ethical principles for using AI in war

The Pentagon is adopting new ethical principles as it prepares to accelerate its use of artificial intelligence technology on the battlefield.

China's Huawei debuts latest version of folding phone

LONDON (AP) — China's Huawei unveiled its latest folding smartphone Monday and its first such device to be available internationally, competing in a niche category with new models from Samsung and Motorola.

TSA halts employees from using TikTok for social media posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it has stopped allowing employees to use the China-owned video app TikTok to create social media posts for the agency after the Senate's top Democrat raised concerns about potential national security issues.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow drops over 1,000 as outbreak threatens global economy

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped more than 1,000 points Monday in the worst day for the stock market in two years as investors worry that the spread of a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken global economic growth.

Buffett says economy is slowing amid virus fears

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the viral outbreak in China has slowed economic growth, but he remains confident in the long-term future of American business.

Survey: Business economists endorse Federal Reserve policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of U.S. business economists say the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy is "about right," a sharp contrast to President Donald Trump's attacks on the Fed for not cutting rates more aggressively.

China promises companies aid, global virus cases rise

BEIJING (AP) — China's government promised tax cuts and other aid Monday to help companies recover from its virus outbreak while a spike in new cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea raised the prospect of wider disruption to tourism and other global industries.

Report says Intuit nearing $7 billion deal for Credit Karma

NEW YORK (AP) — Intuit Inc. is reportedly close to a $7 billion deal to acquire personal-finance portal Credit Karma Inc. and beef up its position in the consumer-finance market.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hypes India modernization, US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump overstated India's progress in achieving universal access to electricity, skirted facts about sanitation and exaggerated his own administration's record as part of a 36-hour visit to India to reaffirm ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

AP FACT CHECK: No, Trump didn't kill 'death tax;' it lives on

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their boisterous presidential debate, several Democrats sold short the health care plans of rivals and Mike Bloomberg distorted his position on the "stop and frisk" police strategy when he was New York City mayor. In an audacious league of his own, President Donald Trump celebrated the elimination of a tax that still exists and went deep and wide in distorting what he's done in office.


FRIDAY, FEB. 21
TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame to induct Jeff Fisher

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who led the franchise to its lone Super Bowl appearance thus far, will enter the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

STATE GOVERNMENT

FBI agents search home, business of Tennessee state senator

MEMPHIS (AP) — Federal authorities said Friday that they have conducted searches at the Memphis home and business addresses of Democratic state Sen. Katrina Robinson.

Tennessee among 5 states seeking to block Equal Rights Amendment

NASHVILLE (AP) — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

New app offers access to Tennessee government services

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee state government services are now accessible through a new mobile app called "MyTN."

Tennessee lawmakers won't 'revisit' voucher contract

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legislative leaders say they have concerns over how the Department of Education selected its vendor to administer Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program, but they have no plans to halt the contract from moving forward.

COURTS

Tennessee man gets electric chair for killing fellow inmate

NASHVILLE (AP) — A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales fell 1.3% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales retreated 1.3% in January from the prior month, but low mortgage rates helped enable an increase in purchases from a year ago.

TECHNOLOGY

For-profit firm seeking to run .org names makes concessions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A private equity firm seeking to buy rights to operate the internet's .org suffix said Friday it will cap price hikes and create an advisory board with veto powers to ease concerns from the nonprofit community.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks sink, Treasury prices soar as investors seek safety

Stocks fell and bond prices rose sharply on Wall Street Friday amid fresh signs that the viral outbreak that originated in China is weighing on U.S. companies.

Trump signals he's prepared to give farmers more federal aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he's prepared to tap federal coffers again to help farmers suffering from the tariff fights that he initiated.

China suspends more penalties on US goods after trade truce

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday suspended more punitive tariffs on imports of U.S. industrial goods in response to a truce in its trade war with Washington that threatened global economic growth.

IATA: Virus may slash $29 billion from airlines' revenue

TOKYO (AP) — The outbreak of the new virus threatens to erase $29 billion of this year's revenue for global airlines, mostly for Chinese carriers, as travel crashes worldwide, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

2016 again? Trump rejects intel reports of Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday minimized new warnings from U.S. intelligence experts that Russia is interfering in this year's election campaign, and revived old grievances in claiming that Democrats are determined to undermine the legitimacy of his presidency.

Trump looks for permanent national intelligence director

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is the new acting national intelligence director, but he's expected to be a short-timer overseeing the nation's 17 spy agencies.


THURSDAY, FEB. 20
STATE GOVERNMENT

Panel vacancy delays action on Tennessee Confederate bust

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee panel won't vote on whether to remove or add context to a bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader in the Capitol until a board vacancy is filled, the board's chairman said at a meeting Thursday.

Tennessee launches some appointments, e-tickets for Real IDs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials have launched a pilot program offering some appointments and e-tickets for people looking to get their Real IDs.

COURTS

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues.

TECHNOLOGY

US expert says 5G tiff could affect information exchanges

MADRID (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for cybersecurity policy says he welcomes European Union moves toward recognizing the risks at stake in 5G technology, but warned that the U.S. will not be able to share top-level information with countries that choose "untrusted" vendors, such as China's Huawei.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 spins lower in choppy trading as caution returns

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks spun lower in a dizzying day of trading Thursday as worries about the viral outbreak that started in China knocked the S&P 500 off its record high.

Bank backs off program monitoring workers' bathroom breaks

LONDON (AP) — London-based bank Barclays backed away Thursday from a software program that monitored an employee's productivity - including bathroom breaks - after privacy campaigners described it as "creepy.''

Under Armour suffers another blow in heated retail contest

NEW YORK (AP) — The contest for athletic wear customers has left once high-flying Under Armour, which has a large distribution center in Mt. Juliet, dented and bruised as competitors pull ahead.

Microsoft announces $1.1 billion investment in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Microsoft announced a five-year, $1.1 billion investment plan in Mexico on Thursday to develop training programs and increase the availability of cloud computing services.

Morgan Stanley to buy E-Trade for $13 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced it would buy the online brokerage E-Trade for roughly $13 billion, one of the biggest deals on Wall Street since the financial crisis.

Conflict of interest fears cast shadow over EU budget talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro ($1.1 trillion) budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to companies linked to some of the very people deciding how the money should be spent.

A diminished Victoria's Secret is sold

NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria's Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels prancing around in their bras and oversized angel wings, is being sold as women increasingly look for styles that more realistically fit their body type.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump loyalist Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department's original sentencing recommendation.

Amid 'Anonymous' fallout, NSC adviser reassigned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by "Anonymous."

Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation's top intel official

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, a move that puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation's 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced.

ELECTION 2020

Trump campaign, RNC to spend $10M on voting lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Thursday that they will spend more than $10 million during the 2020 election cycle to battle Democrats on voting-related lawsuits and to bolster their Election Day operations.

Analysis: Dems' civility gives way to combustible conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — Through a year of campaigning, the Democratic presidential candidates played nice, talking up party unity, disagreeing mostly politely on policy.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems' debate flubs; Trump untruths at rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Democratic presidential debate was a raucous one, ripe for exaggerations and distortions as Mike Bloomberg made his debut on the debate stage and rivals went after him and each other. President Donald Trump weighed in on the feisty performance at a rally where he mischaracterized what some Democrats want to do with health care.

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