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VOL. 42 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 9, 2018

Work at home? Yes. Customers? No.

Owners of home-based businesses file suit to force Metro’s hand

“Chet Atkins’ Workshop’’ was the best-selling album of the guitarist’s career, earning Atkins a gold record in the 60s.

Home business owners face stiff fines for ignoring Metro orders

Lij Shaw and Patricia Raynor are suing to stop a Metro Nashville Codes provision from being enforced against their home businesses – a recording studio and one-chair salon, respectively.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

What’s best for state, education or punishment?

Carlos Reyes, a graduate of Murfreesboro Oakland High School’s Class of 2017, would be in his second semester at MTSU majoring in business administration – if he could afford it.

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EVENTS

REIN Williamson County Lunch. Rehabbers, builders,commercial, mni-storage, wholesalers, private lenders, transaction funders, hard-money lenders, bankers, title attorneys, Realtors and vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. First Watch, 1000 Meridian Blvd, Suite 118, Franklin. Information

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TRANSPORTATION

Long-ago DUI offender helps keep others safe

State fatality rate falling. Are Uber, Lyft the reason?

It was a warm Tennessee night in April of 1992 when 23-year-old Larry Randle got into his maroon Ford Thunderbird – the first car he ever owned – and drove a few miles to a friend’s house in his hometown of Martin, Tennessee to have a few beers and watch a basketball game on TV. He left around midnight to drive home, and just as he was pulling up to a stoplight he saw flashes of blue in his rearview mirror.

NASHVILLE SC

Leader of the pack: Nashville SC seeks a captain

In the early days of the expansion Nashville Predators, one of the team’s top priorities was finding a quality captain – someone with experience, leadership qualities and the ability to serve as a bridge between players and coaches.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Time is right to address mass transit shortcomings

For those who are unaware, there will be a referendum on May 1 that allows voters- residents of Davidson County to decide if the city should move forward with a transit plan. As the material being disseminated by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce notes, today is the best day you will have in Nashville traffic, plan or no plan.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for February 2018

February 2018 real estate trends for Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US mortgage rates climb to 4-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed this week to their highest average in more than four years, ratcheting up affordability pressures at the start of the traditional spring home buying season.

NEWSMAKERS

Castañeda appointed to oversight commission

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally recently appointed Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda to the Tennessee Post-Conviction Defender Oversight Commission. She will serve a one-year term.

BRIEFS

Waller Law honored for pro bono leadership

Nashville law firm Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP recently received the Pro Bono Leadership Award from the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors, the national organization that is a key funder of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Crossover showdown: Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue

Americans are buying more small crossover SUVs than ever before, and among the best sellers are the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Is Facebook still relevant? You’d better believe it

Facebook is expected to lose nearly two million users younger than 25 to growing social platform Snapchat in 2018, leaving many to wonder whether Facebook will remain a prominent business partner in 2018.

CAREER CORNER

To share or not to share: Getting tired of social networks

Social media used to be so fun. We could all stay connected with friends and family around the world. And it felt like social media was expanding our friend circles.

NASHVILLE AREA

Dollar General posts strong same-store sales, bold outlook

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General's light revenue during the fiscal fourth quarter was outshined by booming sales at established stores and a strong outlook.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers revive child marriage ban proposal

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican-led Tennessee House panel has revived legislation to ban child marriage.

REAL ESTATE

Builders optimism slides for third consecutive month

NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey reveals fading optimism among homebuilders, and a downward revision in sentiment from February suggests a more sustained perception of deterioration.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes climb higher after two days of losses

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing Thursday as technology, industrial and health care companies lead the way following two days of broad losses. Discount retailer Dollar General is climbing after a strong profit forecast for the year. Toymakers Hasbro and Mattel are down as Toys R Us moves toward shuttering its U.S. stores.

FDA begins anti-smoking push to cut nicotine in cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are taking the first step in a sweeping anti-smoking plan to drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren't addictive.

Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers

NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.

Surge in airline hiring boosts interest in aspiring pilots

DALLAS (AP) — Major U.S. airlines are hiring pilots at a rate not seen since before 9/11, and that is encouraging more young people to consider a career in the cockpit.

North Pole Blockbuster Video store to close in April

NORTH POLE, Alaska (AP) — Time has run out for one of the last remaining Blockbuster Video stores in the country.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US imposes sanctions on Russians for US election meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his Russia-related investigation.

US accuses Russia of penetrating US energy grid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is accusing Russia of a new and ongoing operation to penetrate the U.S. energy grid.

Trump admits making up trade claim in Trudeau talk

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump freestyled with the facts when talking trade with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump confirms CNBC contributor Kudlow to be economic aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he has picked CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow as his top economic adviser and said the country is in line for a long run of upbeat financial news.

Trump lawyers have no easy options on interview request

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's office wants to talk to Donald Trump about the firings of James Comey and Michael Flynn, but as the president's lawyers negotiate the terms and scope of a possible interview, they're left with no easy options.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
STATE GOVERNMENT

Bill to criminalize voting to remove monuments fails

One of several bills considered retribution against the city of Memphis for the removal of Confederate statues died in a House committee today amid questions about its constitutionality.

Panel dismisses campaign finance complaints against Black

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee panel has dismissed two campaign finance complaints against Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black in her gubernatorial bid.

Gov. Haslam joins chorus of concerns over Trump tariffs

NASHVILLE(AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is joining several other Tennessee officials voicing concerns over President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville State, Motlow get new presidents

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Board of Regents has named the next presidents at Nashville State Community College and Motlow State Community College.

MIDSTATE

Republican Reeves wins special election to Tennessee Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Shane Reeves has won a special election to fill a vacant seat in the Tennessee Senate.

STATEWIDE

FedEx investing $1 billion to modernize Tennessee hub

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx said Wednesday that it is investing more than $1 billion to modernize and expand its Tennessee hub, in a move the shipping giant says will improve its efficiency and reliability as it delivers packages throughout the world.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

After a lost record deal, Scotty McCreery rebounds on a song

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two years ago, country singer Scotty McCreery found out he lost his record deal with Mercury/Interscope while he was shooting an episode for "American Idol," the show he won in 2011. He was mentoring new contestants, but his own career, which he started as a teenager, was at a precipice.

SPORTS

Titans agree to terms with DaQuan Jones, guard Josh Kline

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans keep wrapping up their own players with defensive lineman DaQuan Jones the latest to reach agreement on a new deal keeping him on the roster.

Jets sign LB Avery Williamson to 3-year, $22 million deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets have signed linebacker Avery Williamson to a three-year contract worth $22.5 million.

Rinne makes 32 saves as Predators beat Jets 3-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Facing a tired team, the Nashville Predators jumped on Winnipeg early.

Titans agree to terms with pair of Patriots' free agents

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are doing their best to recreate the Patriot Way in Music City.

COURTS

Holmes surrenders Theranos, pays $500K after "massive fraud"

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Holmes, a Stanford University dropout once billed as the "next Steve Jobs" has forfeited control Theranos, the blood testing startup she founded, and will pay $500,000 to settle charges that she oversaw a "massive fraud."

Lawsuit: Microsoft confirmed 1 of 118 gender bias complaints

SEATTLE (AP) — Only one of 118 gender discrimination complaints made by women at Microsoft was found to have merit, according to unsealed court documents.

HEALTH CARE

House rejects GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House rejected legislation Tuesday easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses, as Democrats calling the bill risky and misleading overcame support from President Donald Trump and emotional arguments by Republican lawmakers and ailing constituents.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Industrials, banks weigh on stock prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell on Wall Street as banks and industrial companies posted sizable losses.

Toys R Us said to be planning liquidation of US operations

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us's management has told its employees that it will sell or close all of its U.S. stores.

February retail sales fall 0.1 pct; few signs of tax bump

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent less at auto dealers, gas stations and department stores in February, causing overall retail sales to slip 0.1 percent.

US wholesale prices rise 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.2 percent in February as a pickup in services prices offset a drop in the cost of food and energy.

Ex-Equifax executive charged with insider trading

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Equifax executive who sold stock for nearly $1 million before the company's massive data breach was publicly announced faces insider trading charges.

Walmart's online same-day grocery ready for prime-time

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40 percent of U.S. households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end as it tries to keep pace with online leader Amazon.com.

Broadcom officially drops Qualcomm bid after Trump decision

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two days after President Donald Trump blocked Broadcom in its hostile takeover bid of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm, the Singapore company is officially withdrawing its $117 billion bid.

EU appeals to Trump: 'make trade, not war'

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Donald Tusk urged U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday not to undermine the sides' longstanding trans-Atlantic ties by seeking economic gains through punishing trade tariffs.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Democrat clings to lead in Pa. House race; GOP eyes recount

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Republicans eyed a recount and a lawsuit over perceived irregularities in a closely watched U.S. House race in Pennsylvania where Democrat Conor Lamb clung to a slender lead Wednesday in the longtime GOP stronghold friendly to President Donald Trump.

Trump picks camera-proven Kudlow as top economic aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow to be his top economic aide, elevating the influence of a long-time fixture on the CNBC business news network who previously served in the Reagan administration and has emerged as a leading evangelist for tax cuts and a smaller government.

Pennsylvania takeaways: GOP reaches for the panic button

NEW YORK (AP) — The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district has made one thing clear: Democrats turned a region that overwhelmingly backed President Donald Trump just 16 months ago into a dead heat. It didn't matter that this congressional district will effectively disappear next year. Each side fought hard and spent big knowing that the race would help shape the national political landscape heading into the November midterm elections.

Trump's State, CIA picks face confirmation fights in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate confirmation isn't expected to go as smoothly for President Donald Trump's new selections for secretary of state and CIA director as they did last year.


TUESDAY, MARCH 13
SPORTS

Agent: Malcolm Butler agrees to 5-year deal with Titans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Cornerback Malcolm Butler's agent says he has agreed to a five-year deal worth more than $60 million.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee in-state immigrant tuition bill clears 1st hurdle

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee House subcommittee has approved legislation with in-state tuition for public college students whose parents brought or kept them in the country illegally.

House OKs bill to ban TennCare money to abortion providers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-led House has passed legislation seeking federal approval to ban TennCare payments to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, for non-abortion services.

NASHVILLE AREA

Mayor: Park by slave-built fort to help Nashville 'atone'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley says his city can begin to acknowledge, atone and seek reconciliation for slavery by replacing an unused minor league baseball stadium with a park commemorating a Civil War fort built by slaves.

STATEWIDE

Free hikes being offered at Tennessee's state parks

NASHVILLE (AP) — State parks throughout Tennessee will offer free, guided hikes later this month.

HEALTH CARE

House vote nears on GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican bill easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses headed toward a House vote Tuesday, but opposition by top Democrats and scores of patients' groups left its fate uncertain.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen boss vows to be 'part of solution' on diesel

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the automaker had "an excellent year" in 2017 and is committed to addressing concerns about diesel pollution.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech slump leaves stock market lower

NEW YORK (AP) — A seven-day surge in technology stocks ended Tuesday after President Donald Trump blocked Singapore-based chipmaker Broadcom's effort to buy Qualcomm. Trump said he opposed the $117 billion deal because it could have been detrimental to national security.

For the tech industry, a red flag on megadeals?

NEW YORK (AP) — The decision by President Donald Trump to scuttle a hostile takeover by Singapore's Broadcom of the U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm could signal a shift toward stronger sector oversight.

US consumer prices rose modest 0.2 percent in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices increased at a modest pace in February, underscoring that inflation pressures appear to be muted for now.

Trump blocks Broadcom takeover bid for Qualcomm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blocked Singapore chipmaker Broadcom from pursuing a hostile takeover of U.S. rival Qualcomm, ruling the proposed combination would imperil national security.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, ending Tillerson's difficult tenure by tweeting an ouster that had been long expected and yet was shocking in its abruptness.

Corker expresses surprise at Tillerson firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, says President Donald Trump's decision to fire his chief diplomat caught him by surprise.

Trump's pick for new CIA director is female career spymaster

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice to be the first female director of the CIA is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the president has supported.

Trump considers TV commentator as possible economic adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's strongly considering selecting CNBC senior contributor Larry Kudlow to succeed Gary Cohn as his top economic adviser, praising the veteran financial commentator and campaign supporter.

Trump's strong words on guns give way to political reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being "afraid of the NRA," declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month's Florida school shooting.


MONDAY, MARCH 12
STATEWIDE

Bredesen TV ad says he's 'not running against Donald Trump'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen says in his U.S. Senate campaign's second TV ad that he's "not running against Donald Trump."

SPORTS

SEC lands conference-record 8 teams in NCAAs

NASVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference's push to improve in men's basketball finally has paid off in record fashion.

Ex-Spartans RB London says he's transferring to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Running back Madre London has tweeted that he's transferring from Michigan State to Tennessee.

Former Tennessee AD Currie to be resident at Robert Morris

Robert Morris University says former Tennessee athletic director John Currie will serve as executive-in-residence for a week at its business school.

REAL ESTATE

Senate bill would diminish mortgage disclosures by banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buried within new Senate legislation to roll back restraints on banks is a provision that would exempt an estimated 85 percent of all U.S. banks and credit unions from public reporting requirements, raising fears that discriminatory practices by lenders could go undetected.

HEALTH CARE

Fate hazy for GOP bill helping dying patients try new drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican bill making it easier for terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs faces an uncertain fate due to opposition from a leading House Democrat.

Bids to curb health care costs offer little more than talk

WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums.

Trump promising consumers digital-age health care approach

WASHINGTON (AP) — A smartphone app that lets Medicare patients access their claims information. Giving consumers a share of drug company rebates for their prescriptions. Wider access to websites that reliably compare cost and quality of medical tests.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech gains but industrials slide, leaving indexes mixed

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were split Monday as technology companies continued to climb, but Boeing and other industrial companies gave back some of the ground they won on Friday.

US budget deficit jumped to $215.2 billion in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government recorded a budget deficit of $215.2 billion in February, up significantly from a year ago as the impact of the GOP tax cuts passed in December begin to surface.

Industry: $10B will be bet on March Madness, most illegally

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — America's gambling industry predicts $10 billion will be bet on the March Madness college basketball tournament — nearly all of it illegally or off-the-books.

Judge: $560M Powerball winner can remain anonymous

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov't files

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn't find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data.

Judge: Trump administration violated law over smog findings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge says the Trump administration violated federal law when it failed to meet a deadline to identify all parts of the U.S. with dangerous smog levels.

Trump doesn't set age for guns, defers on arming teachers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to prevent school shootings doesn't increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21 — an idea Trump publicly favored just last month — and leaves the question of arming teachers to states and local communities.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's trouble with numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a creative approach to numbers. Whether he's talking about a half dozen or a half trillion, he tends to make them what he wants them to be.


FRIDAY, MARCH 9
NASHVILLE AREA

Briley to run to keep the job in August

NASHVILLE (AP) — New Nashville Mayor David Briley, who was sworn in after ex-Mayor Megan Barry resigned in the fallout of her extramarital affair, says he plans to run to keep the job in an August election.

SPORTS

Titans to release QB Matt Cassel among 3 players being cut

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have told backup quarterback Matt Cassel, safety Da'Norris Searcy and receiver Eric Weems that they will be released.

Ex-Stanford QB Keller Chryst finishing career at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has added former Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst to its roster as a graduate transfer.

Predators stretch record to 10 consecutive wins, beat Ducks 4-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — A year after an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, the Nashville Predators have been hard at work preparing for the postseason.

Predators, Bettman honor David Poile for most wins by NHL GM

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators waited a week to honor David Poile as the general manager with the most victories in the 100-year history of the NHL, throwing a big celebration before a home game Thursday night.

Titans plan to release RB DeMarco Murray

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans plan to release running back DeMarco Murray.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lawmaker halts Tennessee bill to keep autopsy reports secret

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state senator has halted efforts on his bill to make autopsy reports no longer public records in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE AREA

Family Dollar clerk shoots suspected shoplifter in foot

NASHVILLE (AP) — Authorities have arrested a shop clerk who they say shot a suspected shoplifter.

STATEWIDE

Blackburn, Bredesen have concerns about Trump's tariffs

NASHVILLE (AP) — In Tennessee's U.S. Senate race, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and ex-Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen are concerned about President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Tennessee has double the national average of guns at schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's education commissioner says the state has more than twice the national average of cases involving students bringing firearms to school.

Bredesen's Senate campaign fears it was hacked

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's campaign for U.S. Senate told the FBI on Thursday that it fears it has been hacked, amid growing concern that candidates in the 2018 election could be targets of cyberattacks.

COURTS

'Pharma Bro' tearfully apologizes, then sentenced to 7 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — The smirk wiped from his face, a crying Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud Friday in a hard fall for the pharmaceutical-industry bad boy vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug.

Racist recordings of ex-Pilot Flying J head to be released

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Secret recordings have been released capturing the ex-president of the country's largest diesel fuel retailer using racial slurs and profanely criticizing his own board of directors and his boss' football team and fans.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook to stream 25 MLB games in exclusive deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, partnering with Major League Baseball to air 25 weekday afternoon games in an exclusive deal.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Google's autonomous vehicle unit to test semis in Atlanta

DETROIT (AP) — Just days after ride-hailing service Uber announced it was testing tractor-trailers that drive themselves, Google's autonomous vehicle operation announced similar testing in Georgia.

HEALTH CARE

Health insurer Cigna buying Express Scripts for $52 billion

Health insurer Cigna is buying the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks soar on strong jobs report; inflation fears ease

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street got exactly what it wanted from Friday's jobs report: solid hiring, moderate wage growth and continued low unemployment. Investors sent stocks sharply higher, particularly their recent favorites, technology companies.

Hiring surge added 313K jobs in February, most in 1½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, the most in any month since July 2016, and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.

US bull market, 2nd longest since WWII, turns 9

NEW YORK (AP) — The bull market turned nine Friday, extending a run that began in the depths of the Great Recession.

Stock market lifts US household wealth to $98.7 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A soaring U.S. stock market and healthy home price gains lifted Americans' net worth to $98.7 trillion in the final three months of last year, a gain that could lift household spending.

Manning sold Papa John's stores 2 days before NFL cut chain

DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning sold 31 Denver-area Papa John's stores last week, two days before the NFL dropped the chain as its official pizza sponsor.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP Analysis: NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools

The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis, but few have shown any indication that they'll follow the lead of businesses that are cutting ties with the group following last month's massacre at a Florida high school.

GOP senator to review Trump tariffs on steel, aluminum

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of a Senate oversight committee is launching a review of the president's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

EU seeks clarity on whether it will be hit by US tariffs

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is seeking clarity from Washington about whether the 28-nation bloc will be exempt from President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs, the EU's top trade official said Friday.

US trading partners, businesses say tariffs will backfire

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports drew warnings Friday from businesses and U.S. trading partners that the measure could backfire, provoking a trade war without resolving the problems it's intended to address.

Does Cohn's exit mark end of Trump's Goldman era?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Has President Donald Trump's romance with the Goldman Sachs crowd gone cold?

S. Korean president says talks won't ease pressure on North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday downplayed concerns that the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue will be accompanied by an easing of international sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program.

Senate GOP leaders add elements to bipartisan bank bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate debated a banking bill Thursday after GOP leaders added some further limits on regulators as well as consumer benefits to the legislation rolling back restraints on banks, as substantial support from Democrats helped edge the bill closer to passage.

11 nations sign Pacific trade pact as Trump plans US tariffs

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs just hours before President Donald Trump announced his plans to impose new tariffs on aluminum and steel to protect U.S. producers.

Trump announces stiff trade tariffs, unswayed by warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unswayed by Republican warnings of a trade war, President Donald Trump ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. on Thursday, vowing to fight back against an "assault on our country" by foreign competitors. The president said he would exempt Canada and Mexico while negotiating for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

European Central Bank: Trump tariff move 'dangerous'

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's top monetary official criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to put tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as a "dangerous" unilateral move.

What swamp? Lobbyists get ethics waivers to work for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite promising as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.

Trump discusses violence with video game execs and critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump raised concerns about the graphic depiction of violence in video games at a White House meeting Thursday with members of the industry and some of their most vocal critics.

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