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VOL. 44 | NO. 43 | Friday, October 23, 2020

A Nashville community segregated by design

How Black business district was shattered by highway planners

The first time Chakita Patterson ran through her initial vision for United Street Tours, detailing her idea with friends and family, the reaction was not good.

Civil War shaped Nashville's racial divide

When it comes to talking about New Nashville and Old Nashville, historian David Ewing says many people new to the area might have a vision that only goes back 10 years even or 50 years. But the reality of it is Old Nashville goes back much longer than that.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Down to the wire: When is a closing actually closed?

In spite of the most brutal, contentious election in history being held during a worldwide pandemic, all is calm on the Nashville real estate front. At least for the most part.

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EVENTS

Coffee, Content & Conversation: Work-Life/Life-Work: Creating Balance in the Work-From-Home Age. Moving work into homes can quickly blur the lines of personal and work life, letting workdays bleed into family time and family interrupt zoom calls. Losing face time in the office can also make it hard to build relationships with co-workers, recognize burnout and create relationships with clients. This session will feature creating balance in the new work from home world. Jay Kelley will lead a discussion on how to create community and develop company culture while remote, how to detect & prevent burnout in your employees when you’re not in the same building, how to support extroverts in WFH scenarios, how/why to reward employees during a pandemic, how to develop trust with clients and business partners when you can’t meet face to face and how to manage work with a working spouse and children in virtual school, all in the same house. Thursday, 9-10 a.m. This is a complimentary event, but registration is required. Information

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REAL ESTATE

US long-term mortgage rates hit new low; 30-year at 2.80%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week as the key 30-year loan marked a new all-time low for the 11th time this year.

Top Davidson County residential sales for September 2020

Top residential real estate sales, September 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

September existing home sales climb 9.4%, highest since '06

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sales of existing homes climbed 9.4% in September, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday, the latest sign that the housing market remains red hot despite the coronavirus pandemic.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans have never reached these heights on offense

The Tennessee Titans offense we have seen under Arthur Smith and Ryan Tannehill is unlike almost anything we have ever seen from this franchise.

Henry vs. Steelers defense will be great matchup

First down: Keep rolling with Derrick Henry. Teams had been wondering when Henry was going to have a breakout game in 2020. That came against the Texans with 212 yards rushing, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

NEWSMAKERS

Allen honored again by Raymond James

Wealth Strategies Partners founder Paul Allen, CFP, MS, has been named a member of the Raymond James Financial Services’ 2021 Chairman’s Council, a distinction given to those financial advisers who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to personal service and lead the largest revenue-producing branches. This marks the second year that he has received this prestigious recognition.

BRIEFS

Belmont, HCA to launch medical school

Belmont University and HCA Healthcare are partnering to start a new medical school in Nashville.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Busting, confirming a few myths of car ownership

You’ve probably heard over the years a number of tips or myths regarding the value of your car. They might involve how quickly a new vehicle depreciates, for instance, or the biggest factor that influences the value of your used vehicle.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Playing the market is a bad idea, especially now

The current trading boom will end as these frenzies always do – in tears. While we wait for the inevitable crash, let’s review not only why day traders are doomed but also why most people shouldn’t trade, or even invest, in individual stocks.

CAREER CORNER

No good job candidates? The problem might be you

Managers will sometimes be in the market to hire someone new only to find there are no good candidates? Everyone they interview is a dud.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Pandemic is paving the way for generation of smarter shoppers

Before March, shoppers would go to the mall or grocery store – without masks – and scout out the latest sales.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris to play CMAs

NASHVILLE (AP) — Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs and more are set to take the stage at the CMA Awards in November.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee's early voting period ends today

NASHVILLE (AP) — Thursday marks the last day in Tennessee to vote early in person for the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Tennessee offers post office absentee drop-offs until Nov. 3

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee voters now can drop off completed absentee ballots until Election Day afternoon at one post office location in every county, according to a list recently posted on the secretary of state's website.

Tennessee mulling independent review on COVID-19 vaccine

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is considering independently reviewing the safety and efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine once it is eventually approved by the federal government before distributing it to the public, Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said Wednesday.

TECHNOLOGY

China's leaders vow to become self-reliant technology power

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders are vowing to make their country a self-reliant "technology power" as a feud with Washington cuts access to U.S. computer chips and other high-tech components, hampering Beijing's industrial ambitions.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen returns to profit as global auto markets recover

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen said Thursday it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic.

HEALTH CARE

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking.

Trump rule requires health plans to disclose costs up front

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to pull back the veil on health care costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Thursday finalized a requirement for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Feds issue coverage plan for COVID-19 vaccine and treatments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials Wednesday issued insurance coverage rules designed to deliver on the promise that every American will have access to free COVID-19 vaccines when they are approved.

Merkel warns Germans of a 'difficult winter' as virus surges

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans to expect a "difficult winter" as the number of newly reported coronavirus cases in the country hit a new high.

France braces for monthlong lockdown as virus deaths mount

PARIS (AP) — French doctors expressed relief but business owners were in despair as France prepared Thursday to shut down again for a month to try to put the brakes on a fast-moving fall coronavirus outbreak.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Pelosi scolds White House over no response in virus talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a scolding assessment of COVID-19 relief talks on Thursday, blaming Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for failing to produce answers to her demands for Democratic priorities as part of an almost $2 trillion aid package.

US economy grew at 33% rate in Q3, recovery is far from complete

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 33.1% annual rate in the July-September quarter — by far the largest quarterly gain on record — rebounding from an epic plunge in the spring, when the eruption of the coronavirus closed businesses and threw tens of millions out of work.

Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 751,000, the lowest since March, but it's still historically high and indicates the viral pandemic is forcing many employers to cut jobs.

European Central Bank: Just wait until December

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank held off from strengthening its current economic stimulus but signaled that more could be coming at its December meeting given that risks are growing as surging coronavirus infections threaten Europe's economy.

Tiffany agrees to revised terms on LVMH takeover deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest deal in luxury is back on after New York's famed jeweler Tiffany agreed to a slightly reduced offering price from LVMH in Paris.

UK's Lloyds bank returns to profit on housing market rebound

LONDON (AP) — British's Lloyds Banking Group returned to profit in the third quarter of the year as it benefited from a rebound in the housing market after the coronavirus lockdown of the spring was eased.

ELECTION 2020

Winfrey boosts Biden at get-out-the-vote event

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is getting a boost from Oprah Winfrey in the final days of the presidential campaign.

Pandemic politics: Biden shuns 'false promises' of fast fix

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Focused firmly on COVID-19, Joe Biden vowed Wednesday not to campaign in the election homestretch "on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch." President Donald Trump, under attack for his handling of the worst health crisis in more than a century, breezily pledged on his final-week swing to "vanquish the virus."

Trump paints apocalyptic portrait of life in US under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suburbs wouldn't be the suburbs anymore, the economy would sink into its worst depression ever and police departments would cease to exist. Even America's older adults would be left to figure out how to get by without heat, air conditioning or electricity.

Supreme Court leaves NC absentee ballot deadline at Nov. 12

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day.

Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude absentee ballots received after Election Day in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, although it remained unclear whether those ballots will ultimately be counted.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

US vetted stars' politics to showcase Trump virus response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted political views of hundreds of celebrities for a planned $250 million ad blitz aimed at portraying President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak in a positive light, according to documents released Thursday by a House committee.

Social media CEOs rebuff bias claims, vow to defend election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire from President Donald Trump and his allies, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google rebuffed accusations of anti-conservative bias at a Senate hearing Wednesday and promised to aggressively defend their platforms from being used to sow chaos in next week's election.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Outlaw country artist Billy Joe Shaver dead at 81

NASHVILLE (AP) — Outlaw country singer songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, who wrote songs like "Honky Tonk Heroes," "I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train" and "Old Five and Dimers Like Me," has died He was 81.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tannehill 'growing, learning' as Titans starting quarterback

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee now has had a full 16 regular season games with Ryan Tannehill as its starting quarterback over the last year and a half, and the Titans are 12-4 during that span.

SPORTS

Nashville's Betts leads Dodgers to Series title in first year in LA

Mookie Betts, a graduate of Nashville's Overton High, was a difference-maker for the Dodgers in his first season in Los Angeles.

NASHVILLE SC

Willis gets MLS-leading 9th shutout, Nashville tops Montreal

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Randall Leal scored in the 33rd minute, Joe Willis recorded his MLS-leading ninth shutout and Nashville SC beat the Montreal Impact 1-0 on Tuesday night at Red Bull Arena.

MIDSTATE

Virus testing set for Wilson, 5 other counties

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are holding COVID-19 testing events over the weekend in six counties amid growing counts of virus cases in rural parts of the state.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee human services, insurance commissioners to leave

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's human services and insurance commissioners are both leaving their posts to return to private sector roles.

COURTS

Justice Dept. charges 8 in Chinese harassment plot in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government in a pressure campaign aimed at coercing a New Jersey man who was wanted by Beijing to return to China to face charges, officials said Wednesday.

MEDIA

All about Section 230, a rule that made the modern internet

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford posts better than expected 3Q profit as sales recover

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. posted a stronger-than-expected third-quarter net profit as demand for cars and trucks recovered from coronavirus shutdowns and the company sold more high-margin trucks.

Fiat Chrysler posts record Q3 profit ahead of PSA merger

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday reported record third-quarter earnings as production returned to nearly pre-pandemic levels.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Lockdowns, business rollbacks threatened amid surging virus

The alarming surge in coronavirus cases in Europe and the U.S. is wiping out months of progress against the scourge on two continents, prompting new business restrictions, raising the threat of another round of large-scale lockdowns and sending a shudder through financial markets.

France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread

BERLIN (AP) — France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500 sinks 3.5%, Dow down 934 pts. amid shutdown fears

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 943 points Wednesday as surging coronavirus cases forced more shutdown measures in Europe and raised fears of more restrictions in the U.S.

Summer US economic growth already fading

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans may feel whiplashed by a report Thursday on the economy's growth this summer, when an explosive rebound followed an epic collapse.

Tupperware is partying like it's 1965

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Tupperware relied on social gatherings for explosive growth in the mid 20th century. In the 21st century, it is social distancing that is fueling sales.

Deeper job cuts at Boeing as pandemic throttles air travel

Boeing said Wednesday that it will cut 7,000 more jobs as it continues to bleed money during a pandemic that has smothered demand for new airline planes.

Amazon launches Swedish site in 1st leg of Nordic expansion

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Online retailer Amazon has launched a website in Sweden as the first leg of a long-anticipated expansion into the tech-savvy Nordic region that is expected to have a major long-term impact on brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce.

Here's why Ant Group is about to shatter IPO records

HONG KONG (AP) — Stella Su, who lives and works in Shanghai, has used an ATM only once in the past year. Instead of cash, in recent years she has done almost all her business using the digital wallet Alipay –- shopping in a mall, buying stuff online or transferring money to friends.

With brown trucks everywhere, UPS delivers again in 3Q

ATLANTA (AP) — UPS, whose brown delivery trucks have become omnipresent on neighborhood streets during the pandemic, said profits and revenue surged in its most recent quarter.

Sony's profits rise as pandemic has people playing games

TOKYO (AP) — Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its video game sector, as people stayed home during the pandemic, the company said Wednesday.

ELECTION 2020

Tennessee sets new record for early, mail voting turnout

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say the state has broken its record for early and absentee voting combined three days before early voting ends for the Nov. 3 election.

Biden vows not to make 'false promises' about pandemic

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Biden said Wednesday he's "not running on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch" but would prioritize science, while President Donald Trump used the race's final days to keep up a whirlwind campaign schedule aimed at focusing on anything but the cornavirus.

Biden faults Trump for frigid Omaha rally end

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says Omaha supporters of President Donald Trump who were left in the cold after Trump's rally is "an image that captured President Trump's whole approach" to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gary Kauffman says he does not scare easily. So when men waving President Donald Trump flags drive by his house in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he stands on his front steps and waves a banner for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Former DHS official says he wrote 'Anonymous' Trump critique

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name "Anonymous" made his identify public Wednesday.

Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — With next week's election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies' social media platforms — and were warned of coming restrictions from Congress.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
STATE GOVERNMENT

State senator leaves hospital after aneurysm

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee state senator who suffered an aneurysm earlier this month has left the hospital, a spokesperson said Monday.

Biden endorses Tennessee's Democratic Senate candidate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has thrown his support for U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw.

COURTS

Nashville man charged with Ponzi scheme in cancer study

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man charged with running a Ponzi scheme in which he claimed he was conducting a study after curing himself of cancer through naturopathic methods, federal authorities said.

Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was formally sworn in Tuesday as the Supreme Court's ninth justice, her oath administered in private by Chief Justice John Roberts. Her first votes on the court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her.

Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump's nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come.

REAL ESTATE

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices up 5.2% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices posted a robust gain in August — another sign that the American housing market remains strong despite economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Medicare finalizing coverage policy for coronavirus vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will cover the yet-to-be approved coronavirus vaccine free for older people under a policy change expected to be announced shortly, a senior Trump administration official said Tuesday.

Lilly stays confident in possible COVID drug after setback

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eli Lilly continues to back a potential COVID-19 treatment despite research showing that it may not work on hospitalized patients.

Worst place, worst time: Trump faces virus spike in Midwest

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Gabe Loiacono is the kind of voter President Donald Trump can ill afford to lose. He lives in a pivotal county of a swing state that is among a handful that will decide the presidency.

Can I celebrate Halloween during the pandemic?

Can I celebrate Halloween during the pandemic?

MEDIA

T-Mobile offers up yet another TV streaming service

Yet another service provider is jumping into the TV streaming wars. This time it's T-Mobile and its TVision service with live news, entertainment and sports channels, starting at $10 a month.

Video app TikTok leans into e-commerce with Shopify deal

The popular short-form video app TikTok, still under U.S. government scrutiny for its Chinese ownership, is moving closer to becoming a marketplace for buying stuff.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end another wobbly day lower as virus cases rise

Wall Street's losses mounted for the second straight day Tuesday as momentum slows on worries about rising virus counts and Washington's inability to deliver more aid to the economy.

Cloud growth helps Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft reported quarterly earnings Tuesday that beat Wall Street expectations, as it continued to weather the coronavirus pandemic amid increased demand for its flagship software and services.

Trump trade policy: 4 years of high drama, limited results

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent four years upending seven decades of American trade policy.

From Beijing to Brussels, Trump's trade wars at a glance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he would shake up American trade policy. That he did. From Beijing to Brussels to Mexico City, he waged war with trading partners on multiple fronts. Here's a look at four tumultuous years of Trump trade policy:

Consumer confidence dips to 100.9 as virus spreads in US

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence dipped slightly in October as a new wave of coronavirus cases appeared across the country.

September factory orders up 1.9%, economists see risks ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a stronger-than-expected 1.9% in September with a key category that tracks business investment showing a solid gain as well.

One more huge chip deal in 2020; AMD buys Xilinx for $35B

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Advanced Micro Devices is buying Xilinx for $35 billion in an all-stock deal that will combine the two Silicon Valley chip makers and accelerate an already rapid-fire pace of mergers and buyouts in the industry.

BP reports 3Q earnings plunge amid falling demand

LONDON (AP) — BP plc says third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand.

Here's why Ant Group is about to shatter IPO records

HONG KONG (AP) — Stella Su, who lives and works in Shanghai, has used an ATM only once in the past year. Instead of cash, in recent years she has done almost all her business using the digital wallet Alipay –- shopping in a mall, buying stuff online or transferring money to friends.

ELECTION 2020

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees voting chaos that does not exist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeing chaos where others don't, President Donald Trump is falsely asserting that voting by mail is proving to be rife with problems across the country. For the most part, the surge in early votes has been managed smoothly.

1,000-plus faith leaders call for 'free and fair election'

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 clergy members, religious scholars and other faith-based advocates have signed onto a unique statement that supports a comprehensive path to "a free and fair election" and urges leaders to heed the verdict of "legitimate election results" regardless of who wins in November.

Biden goes on offense in Georgia while Trump targets Midwest

WASHINGTON (AP) — One week until Election Day, Joe Biden is going on offense, heading Tuesday to Georgia — which hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1992 — and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years ago.

High court won't extend Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a week before Election Day, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google are set to face a grilling by Republican senators who accuse the tech giants of anti-conservative bias. Democrats are trying to expand the discussion to include other issues such as the companies' heavy impact on local news.

US announces planned $2.37 billion weapon sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday notified Congress of plans for a $2.37 billion sale of Harpoon missile systems to Taiwan just hours after Beijing announced sanctions on U.S. defense contractors, including Boeing, the lead contractor on the Harpoon deal.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
TENNESSEE TITANS

First loss of season forces Titans to look at fixing issues

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans got a needed wake-up call in their first loss of the season for the issues that must be fixed on defense and special teams.

Titans' comeback magic runs out in 27-24 loss to Steelers

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans had grown so used to rallying late in winning four of their first five games that they expected to do just that once again.

AP source: NFL fines Titans $350,000 for COVID-19 outbreak

NASHVILLE (AP) — The NFL has fined the Tennessee Titans $350,000 for violating protocols leading to the league's first COVID-19 outbreak during the season, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press.

AUTO RACING

Nashville's Newgarden wins IndyCar finale

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Scott Dixon controlled his own fate and simply needed a smooth Sunday drive to win a sixth IndyCar championship.

STATEWIDE

Hagerty, longtime GOP hand, looks to Trump in Senate bid

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bill Hagerty was vacationing with his family last year in northern Japan, where he was U.S. ambassador to the country, when a friend called and said: "Look at your Twitter account."

COURTS

GOP senators power Barrett toward high court confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Overpowering Democratic opposition, Senate Republicans are set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, approving President Donald Trump's nominee a week before Election Day and securing likely conservative court dominance for years to come.

Barrett ads tied to interest groups funded by unnamed donors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The expected confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is the culmination of a decadeslong coordinated effort by a constellation of conservative groups, fueled by tens of millions of dollars from wealthy anonymous donors, to tilt the high court farther to the right.

Probe: Ex-Maury hospital worker stole $798K in supplies

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee comptroller's office says a former hospital worker stole at least $798,200 in medical supplies from the facility.

REAL ESTATE

Sept. new home sales fall 3.5%, after strong summer season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sales of new homes fell by 3.5% in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 959,000 million units, the Commerce Department said Monday, as the housing market's hot summer buying season cooled.

ENVIRONMENT

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in practically every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that "we're rounding the turn, we're doing great."

US health official says pandemic clearly can be controlled

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said "we're not going to control the pandemic," a top Trump administration health official said Monday that Americans have already proven they can do that through basic safeguards shown to work.

Fox News anchors quarantine after virus exposure on flight

NEW YORK (AP) — Several Fox News Channel on-air personalities were exposed last week to someone on a private plane who later tested positive for COVID-19, leading the network to take extra precautions this week.

Trump chief of staff: 'We're not going to control the pandemic'

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus has reached the upper echelons of the White House again, with an outbreak among aides to Vice President Mike Pence just over a week from Election Day. A top White House official declared: "We're not going to control the pandemic."

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks have their worst day in a month as virus cases surge

U.S. stocks fell sharply Monday, deepening last week's losses, as a troubling increase in coronavirus counts put investors in a selling mood. The skid came as doubts mount on Wall Street that Washington will come through with more stimulus for the economy before Election Day.

As virus resurges, so does fear of more economic pain ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — With winter looming and confirmed viral cases rising, Bob Szuter's craft brewery and restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, could use another government lifeline to help survive until spring.

Standoff in Washington imperils jobless and small businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — With winter looming and confirmed viral cases rising, Bob Szuter's craft brewery and restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, could use another government lifeline to help survive until spring.

Chinese fintech could shatter records with $35B share offer

HONG KONG (AP) — The world's largest fintech company, China's Ant Group, will try to raise nearly $35 billion in a massive public offering of stock that would shatter records.

Chinese leaders focus on tech as they make 5-year plan

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders met Monday to formulate an economic blueprint for the next five years that is expected to emphasize development of semiconductors and other technology at a time when Washington is cutting off access to U.S. technology.

ELECTION 2020

Trump says great winter ahead, not 'dark winter'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is downplaying his opponent's concerns about the surge in coronavirus cases as he campaigns in Pennsylvania.

Kushner: Black people must 'want' to succeed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential adviser Jared Kushner said Monday that President Donald Trump wants to help Black people in America, but they have to "want to be successful" for his policies to work.

Trump plans battleground blitz despite growing virus worries

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to intensify an already breakneck travel schedule in the final full week of the presidential campaign, overlooking a surge of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and a fresh outbreak in his own White House.

2020 Watch: Is Biden remaking the Democratic coalition?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into the final full week of the 2020 campaign:

House already won? Pelosi thinks so, and reaches for more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi once predicted she'd have the House majority won by November — of 2019.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and his familiar falsehoods

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Mexico is paying for the wall (it isn't), health care choice for veterans came from him (it didn't) and his tax cut stands as the biggest in American history (nowhere close).

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Democrats ask Pence to skip Barrett vote over COVID-19 risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply torn Senate is set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but Democratic leaders are asking Vice President Mike Pence to stay away from presiding over Monday's session due to potential health risks after his aides tested positive for COVID-19.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
TENNESSEE TITANS

Steelers RB Conner letting play do talking during hot start

PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner's Pittsburgh Steelers teammates insist he's having a good time, that the fourth-year running back has never been happier or more engaged.

STATE GOVERNMENT

State senator still recovering in hospital after aneurysm

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee state senator who suffered an aneurysm earlier this month is continuing to recover at a hospital, a Senate GOP spokesperson said Friday.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee draws 19,000 applicants to be poll workers

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has drawn more than 19,000 applicants willing to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic as poll workers.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Automaker Daimler rebounds after lockdowns, raises outlook

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars and Freightliner trucks, saw third-quarter profit rebound as the company clamped down on costs and auto sales recovered after the coronavirus lockdowns of earlier in the year. The company raised its outlook for expected earnings.

Tesla 'full self-driving' vehicles can't drive themselves

DETROIT (AP) — Earlier this week, Tesla sent out its "full self-driving" software to a small group of owners who will test it on public roads. But buried on its website is a disclaimer that the $8,000 system doesn't make the vehicles autonomous and drivers still have to supervise it.

COURTS

Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats' blockade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court  and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump's nominee.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Graceland expansion plans

MEMPHIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Elvis Presley Enterprises against the city of Memphis over a delay in approval for expansion plans at Graceland.

Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

BRUSSELS (AP) — Plant-based products that do not contain meat can continue to be labeled "sausages" or "burgers," European lawmakers said Friday, when they rejected a proposal back by the meat industry to ban the terms.

Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis.

California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state's gig economy law.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

AstraZeneca resuming US testing of COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca Inc. announced Friday that regulators are letting it resume testing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the U.S.

Tennessee reveals priorities for first coronavirus vaccines

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Health has revealed its plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they become available.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks shake off a wobbly start and end mostly higher

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Friday, though the S&P 500 posted its first weekly loss in four weeks.

Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Britain signed a bilateral free trade deal Friday in the first such major post-Brexit deal, reducing tariffs on Yorkshire lamb sold in Japan, as well as auto parts for Japan's Nissan plant.

AP Explains: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit?

LONDON (AP) — It's more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and almost a year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson won an election by vowing to "get Brexit done."

ELECTION 2020

Biden's warning on oil tests voter resolve on climate change

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change.

Biden accuses Trump of encouraging virus spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has long accused the Trump administration of giving up on the coronavirus pandemic, but he is getting more aggressive, arguing that the president actively encouraged its spread.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's skewed indictment of wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's dismissal of wind power as a glitchy, pricey, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity is out of step with the times.

Parties' late spending on Senate races shows GOP's jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are unleashing millions in eleventh-hour spending to contest Senate seats in states that read like a list of reliable GOP strongholds: Alaska. Arizona. Georgia. Iowa. Kansas. Montana. South Carolina. Texas.

Trump, Biden lawyer up, brace for White House legal battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's and Democratic rival Joe Biden's campaigns are assembling armies of powerful lawyers for the possibility that the race for the White House is decided not at the ballot box but in court.

US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said that Russian hackers have targeted the networks of dozens of state and local governments in the United States in recent days, stealing data from at least two servers. The warning, less than two weeks before the election, amplified fears of the potential for tampering with the vote and undermining confidence in the results.

Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate, race

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the raging coronavirus during the campaign's closing debate, largely shelving the rancor that overshadowed their previous face-off in favor of a more substantive exchange that highlighted their vastly different approaches to the major domestic and foreign challenges facing the nation.

Debate Takeaways: Round 2 highlights policy over petulance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met for the second and last time on a debate stage after a previously scheduled town hall debate was scrapped after the Republican incumbent became one of the millions of Americans to contract the coronavirus.

Analysis: Debate is brief interlude of normalcy in 2020 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second and final presidential debate, it turns out, was actually a debate — a brief interlude of normalcy in an otherwise highly abnormal year, and a reprieve for voters turned off by the candidates' noxious first faceoff.

AP FACT CHECK: Falsehoods and fumbles in Trump-Biden debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The facts took a hit right out of the gate Thursday night.


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UT SPORTS

No. 2 Alabama looks to keep rolling vs struggling Tennessee

By the numbers, Alabama-Tennessee isn't much of a rivalry anymore with the Crimson Tide having won 13 straight.

COURTS

Goldman Sachs subsidiary pleads to US charges in 1MDB probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs pleaded guilty on Thursday and agreed to pay more than $2.9 billion in a foreign corruption probe tied to the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a corruption scandal.

GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett despite Dems' boycott

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott Thursday to advance Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court  nomination to the full Senate, keeping President Donald Trump's pick on track for confirmation before Election Day.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

WASHINGTON (AP) — With vaccines against COVID-19 inching closer, U.S. regulators took an unusual step Thursday in asking outside scientists: Are the government's standards high enough to adequately judge the shots?

Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hospitals across the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small — from Idaho to Ohio — in recent days.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks shake off a wobbly start to end higher on Wall Street

Stocks shook off a wobbly start and ended higher on Wall Street. The S&P 500 climbed 0.5% Thursday.

Gap to move away from the mall, close 220 stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap is moving away from the nation's malls.

US jobless claims drop to 787,000, layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased slightly but are still running at historically high levels.

American, Southwest, Alaska add to airline loss parade in 3Q

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are piling up billions of dollars in additional losses as the pandemic chokes off air travel, but a recent uptick in passengers, however modest, has provided some hope.

ELECTION 2020

Debate night for Trump and Biden in final campaign faceoff

NASHVILLE (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.

Trump posts unedited '60 Minutes' interview before it airs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump posted his full, unedited interview with "60 Minutes" on Facebook before the show's scheduled Sunday broadcast.

Biden says he won't rule out studying court packing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won't rule out studying the addition of members to the U.S. Supreme Court as part of a commission he plans to name to look at court reforms if he's elected.

Viewers' Guide: After chaotic debate, Trump, Biden try again

After meeting last month in perhaps the most chaotic debate in modern history, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, will take the stage Thursday to give it another go.

US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — ?U.S. officials have accused Iran of being behind a flurry of threatening but fake emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states in a late-stage efforts to sway public opinion and interfere in the presidential election.

Road to 270: Trump's best path hinges on Florida, Penn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump still has a path to the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to win reelection. But it requires everything to break in his direction a second time.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

EU slaps sanctions on 2 Russians over Germany cyberattack

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and part of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency over a cyberattack against the German parliament in 2015.

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP push against Facebook and Twitter accelerated Thursday after Republican senators threatened the CEOs of the social media companies with subpoenas to force them to address accusations of censorship in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign.

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