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VOL. 43 | NO. 36 | Friday, September 6, 2019

Robinson: 'We want to build our own legacy' in Nashville

During his four seasons as general manager of the Tennessee Titans, Jon Robinson has been at the forefront of significant changes and upgrades regarding Nashville’s NFL club.

Browns offer intriquing storyline

The Tennessee Titans are in the spotlight nationally for week 1 with CBS sending top crew Jim Nantz and Tony Romo for the broadcast. But it doesn’t have much to do with Nashville’s hometown team.

Week 1 NFL predictions

Here’s a look at our Week 1 predictions as the NFL begins its 100th season.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

The rain in Nashville falls mainly in your basement

Albert Hammond had a big hit with a song he co-wrote called “It Never Rains in Southern California.’’ Maybe not in California, but in Nashville, it rains and it rains all year. In February, the rain topped the charts with 12.55 inches, the most the city has seen in its history in that month.

Local Weather
Currently
Nashville, TN
55.0°F
Fair
Wind: North at 9.2 mph
Humidity: 55%

EVENTS

The Tennessee State Fair is open through Sept. 15. Agricultural fairs are a tradition in Tennessee. Among the state fair highlights are entertainment and music, pageants, livestock and equine competitions, food, arts and crafts, midway rides and games. 500 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville. Information: http://tnstatefair.org

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Long-term mortgage rates dip; 30-year at 3-year low of 3.49%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the average on the key 30-year loan reaching its lowest point in nearly three years.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Mama's family visited 'kin' without a care

Cousin Glen is coming to Nashville! Mama would be so envious.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Spanish speakers turn to Paz to untangle IRS tax bill

The memory of her brother, Carlos – murdered by one of the gangs that have made El Salvador a wellspring for the stream of refugees seeking asylum or illegal safety at our border – is never far from the surface of Amy Paz’s emotions … even as she builds a successful tax and accounting business whose aim is to help those immigrants.

UT SPORTS

No way but up? Vols refect on how to bounce back

The day started with a Vol Navy boat catching fire and sinking into the Tennessee River before sunrise.

NEWSMAKERS

Bone McAllester adds veteran attorney Sloan

Doug Sloan is joining Bone McAllester Norton PLLC to lead the firm’s land use and zoning practice.

BRIEFS

Legendary drummer Jimmy Otey dies

 James “Jimmy” Otey Jr., 73, of Nashville, best-known as a drummer for the likes of Little Richard and Ray Charles, died Thursday.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Summer's end car sales less impressive than years past

In the car business, Labor Day is more than just the end of the summer selling season. It signals the beginning of what many bargain hunters eagerly await: the end-of-model-year clearance. In the eyes of these shoppers, the Labor Day holiday weekend sales time equals big-time savings. But as Edmunds data shows, this year’s Labor Day weekend deals might not be as impressive as they were in the past.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville mayor's race heads to runoff election today

NASHVILLE (AP) — Election Day has arrived in the runoff race for Nashville mayor.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Americana awards honor John Prine, Brandi Carlile, others

NASHVILLE (AP) — John Prine's winning streak has continued at the Americana Music Association's annual awards ceremony in Nashville, though his two-year reign as Americana artist of the year has ended.

STATEWIDE

Publix only wants cops to carry guns in its supermarkets

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — If you're carrying a gun, Florida's largest supermarket chain doesn't want to see it.

Tennessee names new state veterinarian

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has appointed a Samantha Beaty as state veterinarian and assistant commissioner for animal health.

MIDSTATE

Nonprofit protests baptisms on Tennessee school's field

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A nonprofit that advocates for the separation of church and state has filed a formal complaint about baptisms on the football field of a Tennessee high school.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee CB Thompson permitted to return to practice

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee cornerback Bryce Thompson has returned to practice less than three weeks after his arrest on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

ENVIRONMENT

AP-NORC poll: Trump gets some of his worst grades on climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gets some of his worst marks from the American people when it comes to his handling of climate change, and majorities believe the planet is warming and support government actions that he has sometimes scoffed at.

HEALTH CARE

Some states say they'll keep fighting Purdue Pharma in court

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Courtroom showdowns still face OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the family that owns it, the Sacklers.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Merkel: Germany, auto industry face 'Herculean' climate task

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany's auto industry and the country as a whole face a "Herculean task" meeting the goals set for combating climate change.

COURTS

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of Trump asylum rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US consumer prices up slight 0.1% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices slowed in August, rising by a slight 0.1%, reflecting a big drop in the cost of gasoline and other energy products.

European Central Bank deploys new stimulus to help economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank delivered a new blast of monetary stimulus Thursday to help the shaky economy in the face of uncertainties like the U.S.-China trade conflict and Brexit.

Walmart rolls out unlimited grocery delivery subscription

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is rolling out an unlimited grocery delivery subscription service this fall as it races to gain an advantage in the competitive fresh food business.

Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Abortion, border wall put major spending bills into disarray

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fights over abortion and President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall have thrown Senate efforts to advance $1.4 trillion worth of agency spending bills into disarray, threatening one of Washington's few bipartisan accomplishments this year.

Some Democrats concerned as Judiciary sets impeachment rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is preparing for its first impeachment-related vote, set to define procedures for upcoming hearings on President Donald Trump even as some moderates in the caucus are urging the panel to slow down.

7 questions heading into 10-candidate Democratic debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — And then there were 10. The Democratic Party's strongest presidential contenders — according to polls and fundraising, at least — meet on the same debate stage for the first time Thursday night.

Johnson denies lying to queen; court rejects Brexit case

LONDON (AP) — The British government insisted Thursday that its forecast of food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets after a no-deal Brexit is an avoidable worst-case scenario, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied misleading Queen Elizabeth II about his reasons for suspending Parliament just weeks before the country is due to leave the European Union.


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11
REGION

Audit: TVA execs overspent on travel expenses

NASHVILLE (AP) — An audit has found instances where executives for the nation's largest public utility overspent on travel.

NASHVILLE AREA

Tennessee State Museum added to Music Pathways trail

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Music Pathways trail has a new stop, the Tennessee State Museum.

TECHNOLOGY

Libraries want public to protest publisher's e-book embargo

NASHVILLE (AP) — The American Library Association asked the public for help Wednesday to press Macmillan Publishers to rethink a planned embargo on electronic copies of new releases to public libraries.

Apple takes on Netflix with a $5-a-month streaming service

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price — $5 a month beginning on Nov. 1.

HEALTH CARE

OxyContin maker reaches tentative opioid-crisis settlement

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reached a tentative deal Wednesday with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic, but criticism by several state attorneys general clouded prospects for an end to litigation against the company and the family that owns it.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks notch solid gains as China eases trade tensions

Stocks notched broad gains on Wall Street Wednesday as investors drew encouragement from China's move to exempt some U.S. products from a recent round of tariffs.

Spokesman: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Government will propose banning flavors used in e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping .

Friendly fire: Trump's trade fights target US allies, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has risked turmoil in the financial markets and damage to the U.S. economy in waging his trade war with China, America's top strategic rival.

As 9/11 dawns, Trump blasts Fed members as 'boneheads'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is missing out economically because "Boneheads" at the Federal Reserve won't lower interest rates at his insistence.

US wholesale prices up tiny 0.1% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices edged up a slight 0.1% in August as energy prices took a big plunge, a further sign that inflation is remaining tame.

As Europe eyes economic stimulus, Trump says why not US?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank appears to be preparing a new shot of stimulus to prop up the economy, amid broader questions about whether central banks like the ECB and the U.S. Federal Reserve can re-energize global growth on their own.

China keeps penalties on US pork, soy, eases some others

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday announced it will exempt American industrial grease and some other imports from tariff hikes in a trade war with Washington but kept in place penalties on soybeans and other major U.S. exports ahead of negotiations next month.

Hong Kong stock exchange swoops in for London rival

LONDON (AP) — The Hong Kong stock exchange wants to buy its London counterpart to create a company worth more than $70 billion that could shore up the U.K. capital's status as a global financial hub after Brexit.

Merkel says orderly Brexit still possible

LONDON (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says an orderly departure of Britain from the European Union remains possible, less than two months before the deadline.

California Senate approves bill regulating gig economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate has passed a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump says he's considering 5 candidates to replace Bolton

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's looking at five individuals to become his fourth national security adviser to replace John Bolton, the hawkish diplomat who clashed with the president on global challenges, especially Iran and North Korea.

Trump denies ordering NOAA to rebuke forecasters over Dorian

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied instructing an aide to urge a federal agency to repudiate weather forecasters who contradicted his claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama.

Senators pitch Trump on expanded gun background check bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators pushing to require background checks for private gun sales made a fresh pitch to President Donald Trump on Wednesday amid continued gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence following a summer of more mass shootings .

White House lawyer, nominated as judge, stays mum at hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer nominated to be a federal appeals court judge is declining to answer questions from senators about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department.

Trump marks his 3rd 9/11 anniversary with war still raging

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump marked his third 9/11 anniversary as president on Wednesday amid his growing frustration about what he calls the "endless war" in Afghanistan, where al-Qaida conceived the deadly 2001 attacks.

UK court rules Johnson's suspension of Parliament unlawful

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament less than two months before Britain is due to leave the European Union was unlawful, a Scottish court ruled Wednesday — though it said Britain's top court must make the final decision.

Gun legislation stalls as congressional leaders trade barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in "theatrics" over gun control legislation, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that "people are dying" because the Senate leader refuses to act.


TUESDAY, SEPT. 10
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Urban returns to headline Nashville’s New Year’s Eve

NASHVILLE – Reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban will headline Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville for a fourth consecutive year, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

Lawyer: John Hinckley interested in music industry job

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

Nashville vocal coach indicted on child sexual abuse charges

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville vocal coach has been indicted on charges of sexually abusing a minor for six years.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans add C Hroniss Grasu to their active roster

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have added center Hroniss Grasu to their active roster and waived running back Dalyn Dawkins.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee turning to younger players except at QB

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will be relying more and more on younger players to help the Volunteers bounce back from their worst start in over three decades.

NASHVILLE AREA

Prominent Vanderbilt dean testifies for cigarette makers

NASHVILLE (AP) — A prominent Vanderbilt University dean who co-directs the school's public policy poll has used his credentials as a polling expert to help cigarette makers win lawsuits against sickened smokers, WPLN-FM reports .

Looking to hire 30,000, Amazon plans job fairs in Nashville, nationwide

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is going on a hiring spree.

Tennessee A&I championship teams inducted into Naismith Hall

NASHVILLE (AP) — Three men's college basketball teams from the late 1950s at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial Normal School have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee speaker floats cutting state funds to Nashville

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton is warning Nashville officials that he might attempt to withhold state funding due to the city's recent executive order discouraging local cooperation with immigration officials.

Report: Consolidating elections may not boost voter turnout

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Tennessee grapples with how to improve its consistently dismal voter turnout, a newly released state government report warns that requiring cities to move their local and school elections to coincide with statewide elections wouldn't necessarily address the problem.

Tennessee lawmaker clarifies higher education comments

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he was clearly joking when he called in a radio broadcast for the abolishment of higher education in order to cut off the "liberal breeding ground."

EDUCATION

Trump announces help for certain historically black colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Historically black colleges and universities with a religious affiliation will no longer be restricted from accessing federal funding for capital projects, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE

AP FACT CHECK: Trump overstates his influence on drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is off the mark in taking credit for a drop in drug prices that he calls unprecedented in half a century.

Share of uninsured Americans rises for 1st time in a decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The proportion of Americans without health insurance edged up in 2018 — the first evidence from the government that coverage gains under President Barack Obama's health care law might be eroding under President Donald Trump.

Scientists rethink Alzheimer's, diversifying the drug search

WASHINGTON (AP) — When researchers at the University of Kentucky compare brains donated from people who died with dementia, very rarely do they find one that bears only Alzheimer's trademark plaques and tangles — no other damage.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford plans big push into electrics in Europe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ford Motor Co. says that more than half of its European sales will be electric-powered by 2022 as it unveils a premium model of its Puma crossover that uses recovered braking energy to boost acceleration.

ENVIRONMENT

Experts say adapting to climate change can pay off manifold

BERLIN (AP) — A group of leaders from business, politics and science have called for a massive investment in adapting to climate change over the next decade, arguing it would reap significant returns as countries avoid catastrophic losses and boost their economies.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple unveils a cheaper iPhone and pricing for streaming TV

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple unveiled new iPhones that are largely unchanged from previous models and accompanied by an unexpected price cut for the cheapest model, underscoring the company's efforts to counteract a sales slump of its flagship product.

Big Tech faces a new set of foes: nearly all 50 US states

Big tech companies have long rebuffed attempts by the U.S. federal government to scrutinize or scale back their market power. Now they face a scrappy new coalition as well: prosecutors from nearly all 50 states.

COURTS

Judge sets new sentencing date for Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Michael Flynn accused federal prosecutors of misconduct on Tuesday as a judge set a December sentencing hearing for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes end mostly higher after late buying burst

Major U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Tuesday, erasing much of an early slide, as investors favored smaller, U.S.-focused companies for the second straight day.

States sue SEC, claiming investors left behind by new rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven states and the District of Columbia have sued the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying the regulatory agency is putting investors in jeopardy by relaxing rules designed to ensure that securities brokers keep the interests of their customers ahead of their own.

US job openings fell 0.4% in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of open U.S. jobs slipped 0.4% in July, while hires climbed slightly, a sign that some employers may be growing cautious amid rising economic uncertainty.

France's business federation warns of 'Brexit without end'

PARIS (AP) — France's main business federation says Britain's Oct. 31 departure from the European Union shouldn't be delayed again unless there's a major shift in negotiations, warning that "a Brexit without end" would be economically damaging.

Officials spar with senators over plan for mortgage giants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials on Tuesday defended their plan to Congress for ending government control of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, clashing with Democratic senators on whether the change would raise home borrowing costs and neglect lower-income homeowners.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

McConnell: Democratic 'theatrics' won't determine gun vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats are trying to scare people by demanding a vote on background checks for gun sales.

Trump issues new, revised order to counter terrorism

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day before the anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to expand the administration's ability to go after terrorists and their financiers and supporters.

Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.

Democrats will try to block Trump's border wall maneuver

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are moving on two fronts to block President Donald Trump from using special emergency powers to transfer money from military base construction projects like new schools to pay for new fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.

UK opposition rages at Johnson after he suspends Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Opposition politicians raged Tuesday at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's five-week suspension of Parliament before the deadline for Brexit, which drew angry and unprecedented protests in the House of Commons.

Trump calls NC vote 1st step to removing Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is urging North Carolina voters to "take the first steps" toward removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and "winning the back the House in 2020."


MONDAY, SEPT. 9
STATE GOVERNMENT

Judge: New voter signup penalties create 'chilling effect'

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge handed down tough criticism on Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters while refusing to dismiss a legal challenge surrounding the new law set to take effect in October.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen bets big on electric. Will consumers buy in?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the European auto market. The cars are the result of massive investments in battery technology and new factories driven by environmental regulation and concerns about global warming.

Nissan board says chief has resigned, successor to be named

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa tendered his resignation Monday after acknowledging that he had received dubious income and vowed to pass the leadership of the Japanese automaker to a new generation.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Republican Bill Hagerty enters Tennessee's US Senate race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty has officially filed to run for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat.

How much do Trump tweets swing the market? Check "Volfefe"

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets have become so in thrall to President Donald Trump's tweets that J.P. Morgan has created an index to help identify how much volatility they're creating.

Congress returns to McConnell's legislative 'graveyard'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing criticism that the Senate has become little more than what one member calls an "expensive lunch club," Congress returns for the fall session Monday with pressure mounting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to address gun violence, election security and other issues.

Plan for Taliban meeting latest bold Trump gamble to unravel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's weekend tweet canceling secret meetings at Camp David with the Taliban and Afghan leaders just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is the latest example of a commander in chief willing to take a big risk in pursuit of a foreign policy victory only to see it dashed.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 finishes flat; smaller company stocks notch gains

Major U.S. stock indexes ended mixed Monday as large companies gave up early gains and smaller companies closed broadly higher.

US consumer borrowing posts biggest gain since late 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer borrowing surged in July at its fastest pace since late 2017, driven by a big jump credit card use.

UPS plans to hold holiday hiring steady at about 100,000

DALLAS (AP) — UPS said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fred's Inc. files for bankruptcy, closing retail stores

MEMPHIS (AP) — Discount retail and pharmacy chain Fred's Inc. is filing for bankruptcy and closing its stores over the next two months.

Elliott invests $3.2B in AT&T, seeks changes

NEW YORK (AP) — Activist hedge fund manager Elliott Management is making a new $3.2 billion investment in AT&T and calling for changes at the company such as selling its DirecTV and Mexican wireless operations.

To fill 30,000 jobs, Amazon plans hiring events in 6 cities

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is going on a hiring spree.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee's health care task force prepares to meet, draft policy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's health care task force is hoping to introduce legislation to improve telemedicine throughout Tennessee in time for the 2020 legislation session.

TECHNOLOGY

Huawei debuts latest advanced chipset for smartphone

BERLIN (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei unveiled its latest advanced chipset Friday ahead of the upcoming launch of its latest flagship smartphone, even as uncertainty hangs over whether the device can use Google's Android.

As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes

NEW YORK (AP) — Two bipartisan groups of state attorneys general are launching separate antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, adding to regulatory scrutiny of two of the world's largest and most ubiquitous tech companies.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks' mixed finish nudges S&P 500 to a 2nd weekly gain

Major U.S. stock indexes finished little changed Friday after a day of mostly quiet trading capped the S&P 500's second straight weekly gain.

Fed Chairman Powell says he doesn't expect recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the Fed is not expecting a U.S. or global recession. But it is monitoring a number of uncertainties, including trade conflicts, and will "act as appropriate to sustain the expansion."

African-American jobless rate hit record low in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate for black Americans fell sharply to 5.5% in August, hitting its lowest level since record-keeping began in 1972. But the drop was driven primarily by a negative development: Fewer African-Americans were either working or seeking jobs.

US hiring slow but steady amid trade war and global weakness

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that hiring has slowed but remains durable in the face of global economic weakness and President Donald Trump's trade war with China.

US adds just 130K jobs, boosted by Census hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that global economic weakness and President Donald Trump's trade war with China may have begun to slow hiring.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US limits amount of money that Americans can send to Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration toughened sanctions against Cuba on Friday by reducing the amount of money that Cuban-Americans can send to family members on the island.

House Democrats probe use of taxpayer money at Trump hotels

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are demanding information on the use of taxpayer money at President Donald Trump's hotels and properties, including during Vice President Pence's trip this week to Doonbeg, Ireland. The push is part of an expanded effort this fall to investigate the president's financial entanglements and business practices.

China criticizes US opposition to Chinese 5G telecom tech

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized Washington's opposition to Chinese-made next-generation telecoms technology after Vice President Mike Pence called on Iceland and other governments to find alternatives.

US defense chief Esper cautions Europe to be wary of China

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper cautioned European allies against cozying up to China, arguing on Friday that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology.

AUTO INDUSTRY

GM hires Google to make infotainment system more like phones

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is hiring Google to run key parts of its dashboard infotainment system, admitting that the tech firm can do a better job.

Samsung folding phone to launch after screen problem delay

LONDON (AP) — Samsung's highly anticipated folding phone will go on sale Friday, after the original launch date was delayed by months because of embarrassing problems with the screen.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Plans for new US-China trade talks boost US stock indexes

Investors powered U.S. stocks to broad gains Thursday, cheering plans for another round of trade negotiations between Washington and Beijing, and drawing encouragement from a batch of positive economic data.

A slowdown in US business formation poses a risk to economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a decade-plus of economic growth, Americans have slowed the pace at which they're forming new companies, a trend that risks further widening the gap between the most affluent and everyone else.

US, Chinese envoys to meet in October for tariff war talks

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese envoys will meet in early October for more talks aimed at ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth.

Survey: US services sector expanded at faster pace in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services expanded at a stronger pace in August, driven by an uptick in business activity and new orders.

US productivity climbs 2.3% in second quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity rose at a healthy pace in the second quarter but dropped at American factories, another sign of trouble for manufacturers.

Survey: Businesses added a solid 195,000 jobs in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a healthy 195,000 jobs last month, a sign companies are still hiring at a solid pace despite the Trump administration's trade war with China.

TECHNOLOGY

Friends with benefits: Can Facebook tackle your love life?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is tackling a new frontier: love.

Mom pleads guilty to attempting to poison her children

FRANKLIN (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to poison her children with a mixture of NyQuil and antidepressants.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook expands new tool aiming to shrink 'news deserts'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to coax "news deserts" into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn.

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