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VOL. 44 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 25, 2020

Why not Vandy in an upside-down year?

Well, there are plenty of reasons, but crazier things keep happening

In a year that has seen everybody’s world turned upside down, what other surprises does 2020 have in store? How about a Southeastern Conference football championship run for Vanderbilt?

UT SPORTS

UT players happy to kick off bare-bones season

Nobody knows how many games will actually be played. Nobody knows how many players will be available. Nobody knows how many spectators will be allowed to watch at any particular game.

Pruitt gets raise, extension from Tennessee after 2 seasons

KNOXVILLE (AP) — No. 16 Tennessee has given coach Jeremy Pruitt a raise and a contract extension through 2025 after two seasons on the job.

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EVENTS

Supporting Employee Mental Health During Stressful Times. Join Robin Morgan, LCSW, director of clinical integration at TrustPoint Hospital for a discussion about what you can do as an employer to support employee mental health, particularly in times of increased stress. This training will be via Zoom. Thursday, 10 a.m. Registration requested. Information

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TENNESSEE TITANS

Talented Tannehill lets Titans flip the script

There is no doubt that Derrick Henry commands the attention of opposing defenses. On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars were determined not to let Henry run roughshod over them the way he had so many times in the past, making them his personal highlight reel. Mission accomplished on that end for the Jacksonville defense that held the Titans star running back to 82 yards on 24 rushes.

Titans must worry about Cousins, their own issues

First down: Kirk Cousins. The Vikings are off to an uncharacteristic start at 0-2, and Cousins struggled Sunday against Indianapolis. The good version of Cousins is bound to surface sooner or later, and the Titans have to be wary of him and his talented receivers, especially with a secondary that suddenly looks banged up and could be exposed.

MEDIA

Nashville Ledger, sister papers honored by Tennessee Press Association

The Nashville Ledger, Knoxville Ledger and Hamilton County Herald took 13 first-place awards Thursday in the annual Tennessee Press Association competition, with the Knoxville Ledger and the Hamilton County Herald winning “general excellence” as the top papers in their circulation categories.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Is our problem the tax rate or undervaluing property?

Since taxes seem to be involved in most real estate conversations, let’s talk tax.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commercial sales for August 2020

Top commercial real estate sales, August 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Mortgage rates tick up to 2.9%, remain at historic lows

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. average rates on long-term mortgages rose slightly this week but remain at historically low levels.

Sales of new homes surge 4.8% in August

NEW YORK (AP) — The market for newly constructed homes in the U.S. continued its upward climb in August, despite the ongoing pandemic and lingering worries about the future of the U.S. economy.

NEWSMAKERS

Lipscomb selects vice provost for health affairs

Quincy Byrdsong, a veteran health care and higher education leader, has been appointed vice provost for health affairs at Lipscomb University.

BRIEFS

Entrepreneur Center, Mitsubishi partner

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. are partnering to create a first-of-its-kind Small Batch-Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How the new Kia K5 stacks up against Honda Accord

The current generation Honda Accord has been a class leader since it was introduced in 2018. It has garnered an Edmunds Top Rated award for the last two years, meaning it outranked all other midsize sedans.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

RBG in her ‘Own Words’ and those of her associates

Please and Thank You. Those were The Magic Words you learned at your mother’s knee, the ones that opened doors and gained favors. That also was when you learned something important, as you’ll see in “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams): Letters, when properly collected, can move mountains.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Fear of bankruptcy can be worse than actually filing

The mystery isn’t why so many people file for bankruptcy each year. It’s why more people don’t.

CAREER CORNER

Feeling overwhelmed? Set small steps to bigger successes

We’ve all been there. The list of things you have to do or to manage suddenly grows. It can feel truly overwhelming. And, that’s because it is overwhelming.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

New-home costs don’t stop with down payment check

If you’re saving for your first home, there’s no shortage of advice out there – some of it questionable, even if you do have an avocado toast habit. Still, it’s true that your down payment may be the biggest check you ever write.

UT SPORTS

Sankey approves Mayes, other transfer waivers inside SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has agreed to approve transfer waiver requests for players who switched schools inside the league.

MIDSTATE

N95 mask maker to create 220-job, $25M Tennessee facility

NASHVILLE (AP) — A manufacturer of N95 respirator masks plans to set up a $25 million facility in Tennessee that is expected to create more than 200 jobs over the next three years.

AUTO INDUSTRY

New Ford CEO replaces CFO, pledges stronger profit margins

DETROIT (AP) — On his first day in Ford's top job, CEO Jim Farley is replacing the company's chief financial officer and announcing other structural and management changes.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Hospitals feel squeeze as coronavirus spikes in Midwest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The coronavirus tightened its grip on the American heartland, with infections surging in the Midwest, some hospitals in Wisconsin and North Dakota running low on space and the NFL postponing a game over an outbreak that's hit the Tennessee Titans football team.

Can the coronavirus travel more than 6 feet in the air?

Can the coronavirus travel more than 6 feet in the air? Research indicates it can, but it's not clear how much of the pandemic is caused by such cases.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US layoffs remain elevated as 837,000 seek jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery that began this summer.

Consumer spending gains slows to 1% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending slowed in August while personal incomes fell, reflecting the expiration of the $600 weekly benefit for the unemployed.

Pelosi and Mnuchin have 'extensive' talks on COVID relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an "extensive conversation" Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting face to face for the first time in more than a month in a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of coronavirus relief.

Trump business deductions: sketchy, normal or in-between?

NEW YORK (AP) — The massive losses Donald Trump has claimed on his tax returns were reportedly due at least in part to the huge deductions he took against the income his businesses made before and after he became president.

Low-cost fashion chain H&M sees sales 16% drop due to virus

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB said Thursday its third quarter sales fell 16% to 51 million kronor ($ 5.7 million), largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vatican releases financial, budget data amid scandal

ROME (AP) — The Vatican released a detailed budget, balance sheet and earning statement for the first time ever Thursday as it seeks to reassure Catholics amid a corruption scandal that has exposed its shoddy financial management.

ELECTION 2020

Facebook tightens political ad bans as US election nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just over a month to go before Americans head en masse to the polls in an extraordinarily contentious election, Facebook is expanding restrictions on political advertising, including new bans on messages claiming widespread voter fraud.

Biden, Trump snipe from road and rails after debate chaos

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden kept up their debate-stage sniping from the road and the rails, fighting for working-class voters in the Midwest while both parties — and the debate commission, too — sought to deal with the most chaotic presidential faceoff in memory.

Trump Proud Boys remark echoes Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to walk back his refusal to outright condemn a far right fascist group during his debate with Democrat Joe Biden, but the inflammatory moment was far from the first time the president has failed to denounce white supremacists or has advanced racist ideas.

Check's in the mail? Trump doling out aid before election

CHICAGO (AP) — It's almost as if he's writing a personal check.

Parscale steps back from Trump team after hospitalization

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager is stepping away from the reelection campaign days after he was hospitalized after Florida law enforcement officials said threatened to harm himself.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Trump signs temporary government funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts Thursday.

Trump plans to slash refugee admissions to US to record low

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed further slashing the number of refugees the United States accepts to a new record low in the coming year.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
AUTO RACING

Nashville included in NASCAR 2021 schedule shakeup

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR promised radical changes to the 2021 schedule and delivered Wednesday with six road courses, the first dirt race for the Cup Series since 1970 and new stops in Nashville and Austin, Texas.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have at least one more day to see if the team's coronavirus outbreak is under control before their game with the Steelers is rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits "A Little Less Conversation" and "In the Ghetto," and whose own hits include "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me," has died. He was 78.

STATEWIDE

Officials to use NBA arena in Memphis for ballot counting

MEMPHIS (AP) — Election officials plan to use the FedExForum sports arena in Memphis, Tennessee, to count absentee ballots cast in the Nov. 3 election.

Ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump's student visa ban

DENVER (AP) — Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort this winter. The 22-year-old student worked the last two ski seasons in the equipment rental shop at the small resort nestled in the Smoky Mountains and was excited to reconnect with friends, practice her English and take a break from law school in Lima, Peru, where she lives.

COURTS

Trump thrusts Supreme Court pick into election turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's stark expectation that the Supreme Court will intervene to "look at the ballots" in what he calls a rigged election casts new questions Wednesday on the Senate's rush to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the vacant seat before Nov. 3.

Judge approves $800M Las Vegas shooting settlement

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A court on Wednesday approved a total of $800 million in payouts from casino company MGM Resorts International and its insurers to more than 4,400 relatives and victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting that was the deadliest in recent U.S. history.

Faith group deletes mentions of Barrett from its website

WASHINGTON (AP) — A religious organization tied to Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, sought to erase all mentions and photos of her from its website before she meets with lawmakers and faces questions at her Senate confirmation hearings.

Tennessee's medication abortion law blocked by judge

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee law that required women undergoing drug-induced abortions be informed the procedure could be reversed.

Nashville firm's ex-leader gets 35 months for embezzlement

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Louisiana man faces 35 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $760,000 from Nashville-based Omnis Health Inc., where he formerly was president.

Tennessee appeals court upholds school voucher ruling

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a ruling that declared the state's school voucher program unconstitutional.

TECHNOLOGY

Google unveils latest Pixel phone, rolls out new TV service

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Former Audi chief on trial in VW diesel emissions scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The former head of Volkswagen's Audi luxury car division and three others went on trial Wednesday on charges related to the company's cheating on diesel car emissions tests. The proceedings represent the first criminal trial in Germany over the scandal that erupted five years ago and has cost the Volkswagen Group more than 32 billion euros ($35 billion) in fines and settlements.

REAL ESTATE

More Americans sign contracts to buy homes in August

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting the hot U.S. housing market will continue to churn well into fall.

ENVIRONMENT

Germany welcomes China climate goal, sees need for EU action

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed China's plan to be carbon-neutral by 2060, contrasting it with the U.S. failure to abide by the goals of the Paris climate accord.

$215M in BP oil spill money to restore Louisiana marshes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will get nearly $215 million in BP oil spill money for two projects planned to restore more than 4,600 acres of marsh and other habitat in the New Orleans area, Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

HEALTH CARE

Even before pandemic struck, more US adults were uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 2.5 million more working-age Americans were uninsured last year, even before the coronavirus pandemic struck, according to a government report issued Wednesday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street rallies to close out strong, but wild quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, but only after zooming up, down and back up again in a fitting end to what was a wild month and quarter for Wall Street.

Pelosi and Mnuchin plan last-ditch meeting on virus relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin planned to meet face to face for the first time in more than a month Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of coronavirus relief.

Secretive, never profitable Palantir makes its market debut

BOSTON (AP) — Seventeen years after it was born with the help of CIA seed money, the data-mining outfit Palantir Technologies is finally going public in the biggest Wall Street tech offering since last year's debut of Slack and Uber.

Economy plunges 31.4% in spring but big rebound expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy plunged at a record rate in the spring but is poised to swing to a record increase in the quarter that is just ending.

Uber, Lyft look to kill California law on app-based drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians are being asked decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible for the benefits that come with being company employees.

Cold weather means new challenges for struggling restaurants

U.S. restaurants are moving warily into fall, hoping their slow recovery persists despite the new challenge of chilly weather and a pandemic that's expected to claim even more lives.

Shell plans to cut up to 9,000 jobs as oil demand slumps

LONDON (AP) — Energy producer Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it's planning to cut between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2022 following a collapse in demand for oil and a subsequent slide in prices during the coronavirus pandemic.

UK economy slump not as bad as feared but still a record

LONDON (AP) — The British economy did not contract as much as originally thought during the second quarter of the year when coronavirus lockdown measures were at their most intense — though the slump remained the worst on record.

Walmart looks to airports as inspiration of new store layout

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is getting inspiration from the airport terminal as it revamps the layout and signage of its stores to speed up shopping and better cater to smartphone-armed customers.

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida.

ELECTION 2020

Debate commission says it will make changes to format

NEW YORK (AP) — The presidential debate commission says it will soon adopt changes to its format to avoid a repeat of the disjointed first meeting between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

9 discarded ballots weren't fraud, state election chief says

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It appears that an election worker's decision to throw out nine military ballots in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, amounted to a mistake and not "intentional fraud," the state's top elections official said Wednesday.

Debate Takeaways: An acrid tone from the opening minute

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met on the debate stage Tuesday night in Ohio.

World reacts with surprise, worry to 1st Biden-Trump debate

GENEVA (AP) — Head-scratching perplexity about U.S. democracy in Australia and Denmark. Disdain for "chaos" and "insults" between America's presidential contenders in a Chinese Communist Party tabloid. A European market watcher's warning of a "credibility deficit" in U.S. politics amid fears that a long tradition of peaceful, amicable transfer of power could be in jeopardy.

AP FACT CHECK: False claims swamp first Trump-Biden debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing.

Analysis: Trump leans on tone that turns off voters he needs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump needed to make the first general election debate about his rival, Democrat Joe Biden. Instead, as he so often does, Trump made it about himself.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

GOP lawmakers grill Comey on leadership of Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday confronted former FBI Director James Comey about his oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation during a politically charged hearing that focused attention on problems with a probe that have becoming a rallying cry for supporters of President Donald Trump.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans have NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak: 8 positive tests

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five personnel tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first COVID-19 outbreak of the NFL season in Week 4.

Former Vol, Titan Haynesworth charged with domestic assault

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was arrested Monday after he was accused of threatening and yelling at his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

SPORTS

East TN minor league teams converting to college summer league

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball started the process of contracting minor league affiliates Tuesday, with the Appalachian League – and its five Tennessee teams – converted to a college summer circuit for rising freshmen and sophomores.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee gov to lift virus business limits on most counties

NASHVILLE (AP) — Businesses in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties will no longer have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday, even though cases of COVID-19 in the state have been persistently high.

Tennessee won't say which businesses got virus relief

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has given more than $170 million in federal relief funds to businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic, but top state officials aren't saying exactly who is getting the money.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee receives suicide prevention funding

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health has announced that it has received $750,000 for suicide prevention efforts over the next five years.

COURTS

Lawyer for Flynn says she updated Trump on status of case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn told a judge Tuesday that she recently updated President Donald Trump on the case and asked him not to issue a pardon for her client.

Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head" of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands.

Democrats try to stick to health care in Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are confronting the limits of their power as they fight against the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett with a strategy aimed at avoiding costly mistakes that could hurt the party's candidates in November.

Ex-IMF chief acquitted in Spanish bank stock listing case

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court has acquitted 34 people who were tried over the stock market listing of financial firm Bankia, including former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan employee testifies against American on trial in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A Nissan employee testified Tuesday that he worked with another former Nissan executive, American Greg Kelly to find ways to pay the automaker's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn without fully disclosing his compensation.

REAL ESTATE

Report: US home prices rise 3.9% in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a faster pace in July as the housing market continued to show strength in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

EDUCATION

James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft resolves major Monday outage after five hours

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft took five hours to resolve a major outage of its workplace applications on Monday, but has not clarified what caused the outage.

Cyberattack hobbles major hospital chain's US facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer outage at a major hospital chain thrust healthcare facilities across the U.S. into chaos Monday, with treatment impeded as doctors and nurses already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic were forced to rely on paper backup systems.

Amazon sees its palm recognition tech in stadiums, offices

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has introduced new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end lower ahead of first debate between Trump, Biden

Stocks ended with moderate losses Tuesday as investors waited for the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

JPMorgan to pay $920M for manipulating bond, metals markets

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase admitted Tuesday to manipulating the markets for precious metals and U.S. Treasuries, agreeing to pay $920 million in fines and penalties for the illegal behavior.

Consumer confidence posts solid gain to 101.8 in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rebounded more quickly in September than most economists had expected though they remain far from levels that were the norm before the pandemic struck.

House Democrats unveil new $2.2T proposal for virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a scaled-back $2.2 trillion aid measure Monday in an attempt to boost long-stalled talks on COVID-19 relief, though there was no sign of progress in continuing negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

ELECTION 2020

Biden releases 2019 taxes as pre-debate contrast with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden paid nearly $288,000 in federal income taxes last year, according to returns he released just hours before his Tuesday night debate with President Donald Trump.

Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump's debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he's indebted to.

Analysis: In debate, a last chance for Trump to define Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump seized control of the White House race and never let go. He masterfully defined and denigrated his opponents with cutting nicknames and a say-anything debate style, and repeatedly drew his rivals into the controversies he created.

5 questions heading into Trump and Biden's first debate

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, will meet on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday night in Cleveland. Millions of voters will get their first opportunity to compare the candidates' policies and personalities side by side on national television for 90 minutes just five weeks before Election Day and as early voting is already unfolding in some states.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Mueller pushes back on criticism from lawyer on Russia team

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former special counsel Robert Mueller pushed back Tuesday against criticism from one of the top prosecutors on the Russia investigation team that the team was not as aggressive as it should have been in probing connections between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

House Intelligence panel to subpoena DHS over whistleblower

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday he will subpoena the Department of Homeland Security after a department whistleblower wasn't allowed access to documents and clearance he needs to testify.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans without defensive play-caller due to COVID testing

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans improved to 3-0 despite not having their defensive play-caller on the sideline in Minnesota, and coach Mike Vrabel said Monday assistant Shane Bowen remains in the COVID-19 protocol.

Titans top winless Vikes 31-30; Gostkowski has 6 FGs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans have had little reason to sweat these tight finishes.

STATEWIDE

Tennesseans with virus-susceptible roomies OKed to mail vote

NASHVILLE (AP) — A judge has ruled that Tennessee officials have to change the absentee ballot application again to reflect their promise to let voters cast mail ballots if someone in their household has an underlying health condition that makes them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Financial unit with Tennessee Guard heading to Europe

NASHVILLE (AP) — A financial management detachment with the Tennessee National Guard is departing for a 10-month deployment to Europe to support Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, officials said.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

WHO, partners roll out faster COVID tests for poorer nations

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization announced Monday that it and leading partners have agreed to a plan to roll out 120 million rapid-diagnostic tests for the coronavirus to help lower- and middle-income countries make up ground in a testing gap with richer countries — even if it's not fully funded yet.

US to ship millions of tests in push to reopen K-12 schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to announce Monday that the federal government will begin distributing millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week and urging governors to use them to reopen schools for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

COURTS

US judge orders stop to Postal Service cuts, echoing others

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia joined others Monday in ordering a halt to recent Postal Service cuts that critics say are causing mail delays and threatening the integrity of the presidential election.

Biden urges pause on Trump court pick until after election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pushing for quick confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett while his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, implored the Republican-led Senate to hold off on voting on her nomination until after the Nov. 3 election to "let the people decide."

How it happened: From law professor to high court in 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, Amy Coney Barrett was a little-known law professor in Indiana. Within weeks, she is likely to be the newest associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett could be Ginsburg's polar opposite on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett paid homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her White House speech Saturday as a shatterer of glass ceilings. She said she would be mindful of the woman whose place she would take on the Supreme Court.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street claws back some of its losses from September

Stocks notched solid gains Monday as Wall Street clawed back some of its sharp and sudden September losses.

Healthy US economy failed to narrow racial gaps in 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid growth that the United States enjoyed before the viral pandemic paralyzed the economy this spring failed to reduce racial disparities in Americans' income and wealth from 2016 through 2019, the Federal Reserve said Monday.

Amazon to kick off holiday shopping with October Prime Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is aiming to kickstart the holiday shopping season early this year.

France to release $49 billion in economic stimulus next year

PARIS (AP) — France's government presented its 2021 budget on Monday, a plan that aims to rescue the country's beleaguered economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by injecting a 42 billion-euro ($49 billion) stimulus next year.

Uber gets 18-month London license after winning court appeal

LONDON (AP) — Uber can keep operating in London for another year and a half after winning its appeal of a decision by the British capital's transit regulator not to renew its license.

Swedish fuel giant stops planned expansion of oil refinery

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's largest fuel company said Monday that it has decided to stop a planned oil refinery expansion that would have made it the country's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and was increasingly becoming a hot potato issue for Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's minority government.

ELECTION 2020

Trump went even further than other uber-rich to shrink taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tax-avoidance strategies that President Donald Trump capitalized on to shrink his tax bill to essentially zero are surprisingly common among major real estate developers and other uber-wealthy Americans.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's falsehood on Biden's health care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of their first debate, President Donald Trump took aim at Democratic rival Joe Biden on health care, accusing the former vice president of wanting to foment uncontrolled immigration by offering free health care to people who don't have legal authorization to be in the country. But Trump's volley missed its mark because Biden has proposed no such thing.

2020 Watch: How much do debates matter this year?

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump's tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York Times report that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House — and, thanks to colossal losses, no income tax at all in 11 of the 18 years that the Times reviewed — served to raise doubts about Trump's self-image as a shrewd and successful businessman.

Trump's tax revelation could tarnish image that fueled rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bombshell revelations that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for office and paid no income taxes at all in many others threaten to undercut a pillar of his appeal among blue-collar voters and provide a new opening for his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, on the eve of the first presidential debate.

Biden, Trump take differing approaches to debate preparation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast in policy, personality and preparation.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's dubious claims on health care, court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't providing all the facts when he promises that people with preexisting medical problems will always be covered by health insurance if "Obamacare" is ruled unconstitutional.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee judge rules election panel violated open meetings

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Friday the state's Registry of Election Finance violated open meetings law when it held a vote by email on the eve of an election filing deadline.

COURTS

Tennessee prosecutors at odds over abortion law enforcement

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee prosecutors are at odds over whether to enforce a new law that requires abortion providers to tell their patients it may be possible to reverse the action of abortion medication half-way through the procedure. Doctors who do not comply could face felony charges, fines and lawsuits.

Ginsburg makes history at Capitol amid replacement turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  lay in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol as the first woman ever so honored, making history again as she had throughout her extraordinary life while an intensifying election-year battle swirled over her replacement.

Fight over Trump tax returns goes to appeals court — again

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in President Donald Trump's long-running fight to prevent a top New York prosecutor from getting his tax returns.

Trump infuses politics into his choice for the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the result be contested.

Tennessee accepting applications for appeals court opening

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is now accepting applications for an opening on the state's Court of Criminal Appeals.

ENVIRONMENT

Groups decry proposal to roll back Alaska forest protections

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country's largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday.

House backs bill to boost 'clean energy,' enhance efficiency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote "clean energy" and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming.

AUTO INDUSTRY

BMW fined $18 million for inflating monthly US sales figures

DETROIT (AP) — BMW will pay an $18 million fine to settle allegations that it inflated its monthly U.S. sales numbers for five straight years.

REAL ESTATE

Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban

MEMPHIS (AP) — As millions of Americans struggle to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic, landlords are going to courts, claiming that the national eviction moratorium unfairly strains their finances and violates their property rights.

HEALTH CARE

Waiting for Trump's $200 prescription cards? Could be a long wait

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you're on Medicare, don't run to the mailbox looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Trump's coronavirus remarks weigh on minds of senior voters

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's remarks at a campaign event in Ohio this week reverberated all the way to a sparkling waterfront in Florida, where senior citizens parsed his assessment of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus outbreak is heating up fast in smaller cities in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high.

Under virus strain, Europe's leaders plea at UN for unity

PARIS (AP) — Struggling to contain resurgent virus infections, European leaders decried a collective failure to vanquish the pandemic and told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that the time has come for countries to reinvent international cooperation.

Virus surges in France, Marseille fights against closures

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Angry restaurant and bar owners demonstrated in Marseille on Friday to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections.

China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese health official said Friday that the country's annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories.

MEDIA

Google parent agrees to $310M misconduct lawsuit settlement

NEW YORK (AP) — Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives' sexual misconduct.

Facebook critics start rival, independent 'oversight board'

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network's early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an "oversight board" to rival the company's own.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks post solid gains as technology shares lead rally

Stocks shook off another bout of volatile trading and finished solidly higher Friday, led by gains in technology and health care companies. Despite the rally, the S&P 500 still posted its fourth straight weekly loss, extending Wall Street's September swoon.

Desk shortage forces people to get creative about workspaces

NEW YORK (AP) — First it was toilet paper. Disinfectant wipes. Beans. Coins. Computers. Now, desks are in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods ticks up just 0.4%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods increased just 0.4% in August following a much larger gain in the previous month.

EU leader Michel lashes out at Britain over post-Brexit plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Charles Michel used the virtual pulpit of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to lash out at Britain for its threats to renege on parts of the withdrawal treaty it signed with the EU and warned that the 27-nation bloc won't back down in the final weeks of acrimonious talks on a free-trade deal.

EU Commission appeals after losing Apple $15B tax case

LONDON (AP) — The European Commission said Friday it is appealing a court decision that Apple doesn't have to repay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland.

Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge COVID-19 relief bill, paring back the measure in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration.

Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action vs. Google

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Thursday.

ELECTION 2020

White House again criticizes FBI director for voting remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray was the target of White House criticism for the second time in a week Friday as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows chided him over remarks made a day earlier to Congress about voter fraud.

Biden's push for unity faces test with Supreme Court fight

From the opening of his third presidential bid, Joe Biden has argued that he is in a unique position to mend a fractured nation and work — even with Republicans — to "unify the country" into some semblance of consensus.

Witness mandate vex some new mail-in voters in key states

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope.

Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers turned to unprecedented steps to ensure he can't ignore the vote of the people. Amid the uproar, Trump said anew he's not sure the election will be "honest."

Biden's low-key campaign style worries some Democrats

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Watchdog: State Dept lied about rescinding woman's award

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department's internal watchdog has determined that the agency lied about the reasons it rescinded a prestigious award to a Finnish journalist, finding she was denied the honor because of her criticism of President Donald Trump.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
EDUCATION

US parents delaying preschool and kindergarten amid pandemic

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Claire Reagan was feeling overwhelmed as her oldest child's first day of kindergarten approached and with a baby on the way. The 5-year-old boy has autism, and she worried he would struggle with juggling in-person and virtual learning, and that she wouldn't have enough time to give him the help he needs.

COURTS

Trump-appointed judges under an election-year political lens

NASHVILLE (AP) — U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson, a Trump administration appointee who bucked the president's conservative base by blocking a Tennessee law that restricts mail-in voting, had an announcement to make before wrapping up his decision: it had nothing to do with politics.

Innocent Madoff investors must pay back profits, court rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors who profited from Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme even though they knew nothing of it must still pay back their profits, an appeals court decided Thursday.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee unveils tool to track absentee ballots

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Secretary of State's office announced Wednesday that voters who request a mail-in absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election will be able to track the status of their ballot.

TECHNOLOGY

Apple's smaller rivals unite to fight iPhone app store rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spotify and the makers of Fortnite and Tinder are taking on Apple and Google as part of a newly formed coalition calling for "fair treatment" in the way the tech giant runs its app store.

Facebook oversight board to start operating in October

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's long-awaited oversight board that will act as a referee on whether specific content is allowed on the tech giant's platforms is set to launch in October.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in the company's diesel emissions scandal, this time accused of market manipulation.

COURTS

Progressives pledge to keep pushing Biden to expand court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since Joe Biden ran away with the Democratic presidential nomination in March, leading progressives have accepted him — sometimes grudgingly — as their party's leader. But, in the final weeks of the campaign, the Supreme Court vacancy is threatening to inflame old divides.

Trump pays respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday morning, just two days before he announces his nominee to replace her on the high court.

AP Explains: What's next with the Supreme Court vacancy?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is putting the Senate in uncharted political terrain. There's no recent precedent for a confirmation vote so close to a presidential election.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'

UK may take part in COVID-19 vaccine 'challenge studies'

Lufthansa to try out pre-flight corona tests on routes to US

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it will test the practice of offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in an attempt to find a way to get long-haul passengers flying again.

Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese pharmaceutical company said Thursday the coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready by early 2021 for distribution worldwide, including the United States.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks end higher as market volatility continues

Stocks eked out modest gains Thursday even as volatility continued to be the dominant force in Wall Street's tumultuous September.

Mnuchin and Powell back jobless aid and small business loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the government's top priorities in any new economic relief package should be to provide affordable loans to small businesses and further support for millions of Americans still unemployed.

IPOs head for banner year on stock market's strength

Companies that cater to the "new normal" of working and shopping from home are rushing to go public.

Jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many American workers applying for unemployment benefits after being thrown out of a job by the coronavirus face a new complication: States' efforts to prevent fraud have delayed or disrupted their payments.

ELECTION 2020

Crowd jeers as Trump pays respects at court to Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was booed Thursday as he paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He plans to nominate a replacement this weekend for the liberal justice, best known for her advancement of women's rights.

McConnell, Pelosi dispute Trump, vow peaceful power transfer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, swiftly pushed back Thursday after President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

The slice of Michigan that covers Detroit, its suburbs and towns dependent on the auto industry is coveted political terrain in one of this year's most important presidential swing states. It also has another distinction as home to one of the worst-performing U.S. Postal Service districts in the country.

Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's untruths on court pick, Biden's flubs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Senate allies are misrepresenting the facts about Supreme Court nominations as he prepares to push ahead with a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Bolton lawyers seek to question Trump officials over book

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release.

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