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VOL. 42 | NO. 44 | Friday, November 2, 2018

Desperately seeking holiday workers

Competition means higher pay, more perks for seasonal employees

Every holiday season has its “must-have” toy or gift item that tops the shopping list.

Employers must ‘get creative’ to attract enough workers

Given the national employment picture, it’s no surprise that employers are having difficulty filling the ranks all over the country, says Greg Dyer, president of Randstad Commercial Staffing.

How much are seasonal workers worth? More than last year

As the competition heats up for seasonal workers, a tight labor market means more money and more perks for those who are looking to find a second job to supplement their income or move into a new field of employment. Also, many hope to convert a temp gig into a part- or full-time position.

Holiday spending increase of 4% predicted

Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,007.24 during the holiday season in 2018, a 4.1 percent increase from $967.13 last year.

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EVENTS

Bass Learning Center College and Career Fair. More than 50 vendors representing various colleges, businesses and hiring agencies will be on site at Bass Learning Center, 5200 Delaware Avenue. 9 a.m.-noon. Information: www.mnps.org

more events »

ROGERS COLUMN

Why do we have 28 candidates in governor’s race? It's simple

Libertarians have flooded the Tennessee ballot for governor in an effort to show how hard it is to get on the Tennessee ballot. Let me explain.

TIM GHIANNI: STREET LEVEL

Carlene Carter finally home, ready for a pony

Carlene Carter doesn’t resemble the scarred survivor who occupies part of her soul as she sits on the sun-drenched porch overlooking a rented corner of East Nashville and welcomes her fourth husband, Joe Breen – a Julliard-trained classical singer, filmmaker, Broadway veteran and soap opera actor – as he returns from a neighborhood stroll with their two rescue mutts.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Fortunes mostly made in Belle Meade transactions

Belle Meade has long been considered the bellwether for the upper-end housing market as the neighborhood is loaded with old and new money.

REAL ESTATE

US average mortgage rates ease; 30-year at 4.83 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, in a quiet pause after weeks of market anxiety over rising interest rates.

US construction spending flat in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects was essentially unchanged in September, the weakest showing since June, as an increase in home construction was offset by a slide in spending on government projects.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Firkser's route – Harvard to NFL – is a path rarely taken

In the business world, a degree from Harvard is gold, openings doors for professionals in all walks of life and presenting opportunities for success.

Titans at Cowboys: What to watch

1. A sense of desperation. Both the Titans and Cowboys are coming off bye weeks and have mediocre 3-4 records entering Monday night’s game. The Titans, losers of three consecutive after a 3-1 start, are running the risk of sinking toward the bottom of the AFC South with another loss.

UT SPORTS

Lady Vols lean on togetherness to rebuild

If they’re heading to the gym for some extra work, they always have a few teammates tagging along. If they need a ride to the store, they just text a teammate instead of using an Uber. If they hit the floor during practice, they can depend on a teammate to extend a helping hand.

Tennessee delays start of construction on Neyland renovation

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is delaying the start of construction on a Neyland Stadium renovation project to review all aspects of the plan.

NEWSMAKERS

Lee is now member-in-charge at Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd has named Thomas H. Lee member-in-charge of the firm’s Nashville office. Lee succeeds Mekesha Montgomery, who led FBT’s Nashville team of attorneys for the past seven years and will now become chair of the firm’s Manufacturing Industry Team while continuing to chair the Member Personnel Committee.

BRIEFS

Nashville MLS appoints first general manager

Nashville’s Major League Soccer team has hired Mike Jacobs as general manager for soccer operations.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

How to not go deep into debt when buying your first car

A diligent first-time car buyer will spend hours checking out competing vehicles, test-driving, and choosing must-have car features. Then comes the decision to buy a new car or used one, or to lease. In short, if you’re the typical first-time car shopper, you have a lot of research to do.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Looking for travel upgrades? Here’s how to get them

Let’s shatter one myth right now: Airline passengers typically can’t talk their way into upgrades from the cheapest coach seats to first class just by dressing up and asking politely.

PREDATORS

Sissons nets hat trick to lead Predators past Avalanche 4-1

DENVER (AP) — Colton Sissons put an exclamation point on his run of success against the Colorado Avalanche.

NASHVILLE AREA

Carbon monoxide leak sickens 14 at Westin

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials say a carbon monoxide leak at a Nashville hotel has sickened more than a dozen people.

HEALTH CARE

Health insurers riding postelection wave

Health insurers are extending their postelection streak before the opening bell thanks to several ballot initiatives and the increased chance that a divided Congress that may not repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Obama's health insurance overhaul a winner in midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The personality looming over the 2018 midterms was President Donald Trump. The issue was health care, the top concern for voters as they decided how to cast their ballots.

Tennessee provides resources to help residents quit smoking

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is providing resources to help residents who want quit smoking during the Great American Smokeout .

AUTO INDUSTRY

Nissan sees profit dip as sales fall, offsetting cost cuts

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan reported Thursday an 8 percent fall in profit for the latest quarter as declining sales offset the benefits of cost cuts.

Tesla names new board chair in settlement with regulators

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla's board has named one of its own as chairman to replace Elon Musk, complying with terms of a fraud settlement with U.S. securities regulators.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stocks edge mostly lower after a big post-election surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. are taking small losses Thursday morning after a big rally the day before. Technology companies are slipping after chipmaker Qualcomm gave a disappointing revenue forecast for the current quarter and homebuilders are down after a weak fourth quarter. Health care companies are broadly higher after a big gain a day ago following the U.S. midterm elections.

Fed is set to keep rates on hold before a hike later in year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates once more this year but will likely hold off on any action when its latest policy meeting ends Thursday.

Report: Google planning big New York City expansion

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is planning a major expansion in New York City, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal .

Eurozone economy seen slowing through to 2020

Economic growth across the 19-country eurozone is set to slow down further in coming years and become increasingly reliant on domestic factors like consumer spending, the European Union said Thursday.

China's exports to US tick up as traders try to beat tariffs

BEIJING (AP) — Growth in Chinese exports to the United States ticked up in October as traders rushed to beat a new tariff hike in a battle over Beijing's technology policy.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Newly empowered Dems take aim at Trump business conflicts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond trying to get their hands on the Holy Grail of President Donald Trump's business dealings — his tax returns — House Democrats are prepared to use their new majority and subpoena power to go after financial records that could back up their claims that he's using his presidency to enrich himself and his family.

Banks could face tighter scrutiny under Rep. Maxine Waters

NEW YORK (AP) — Come January, the banking industry is going to be on Rep. Maxine Waters' time.

Trump, Democrats can take 2020 clues from midterm elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's midterm elections offered revealing lessons for both parties as battle lines begin to emerge for the 2020 presidential election.

Trump, Pelosi talk about getting along - until they don't

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly facing life under divided government, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders talked bipartisanship but then bluntly previewed the fault lines to come. Trump threatened to go after House Democrats who try to investigate him, while Rep. Nancy Pelosi said her party would be "a check and balance" against the White House.

White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
COURTS

Jury sides with workers sickened during coal ash cleanup

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A jury has sided with workers who say they were sickened after they were tapped to clean up a massive 2008 coal ash spill in Tennessee.

ELECTION 2018

Lee: Policy priorities, cabinet selections coming soon

NASHVILLE (AP) — A day after securing enough votes to become Tennessee's next governor, Republican Bill Lee says he will soon reveal his top policy proposals and cabinet selections as he transitions into the office.

As much of America voted, some chose not to or couldn't

ATLANTA (AP) — For some, it's a privilege lost. Others are disillusioned by a system they say does nothing for them. Others still are turned off by the anger and divisiveness they see as ripping the country apart.

Democrats seize House control, but Trump's GOP holds Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda. But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized.

Voters give House Democrats a check on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats took back the House with a surge of fresh new candidates and an outpouring of voter enthusiasm Tuesday, breaking the GOP's monopoly on power in Washington and setting the stage for a multitude of investigations of President Donald Trump that could engulf his administration over the next two years.

Tennessee Dems trounced by GOP, despite high midterm hopes

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Democrats began their Tuesday feeling like they had their best chance in years to regain some political clout in their conservative state.

Blackburn wins Tennessee Senate race, keeping seat for GOP

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn won a grueling, expensive contest Tuesday to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee, keeping a key midterm seat under GOP control.

Republican Lee elected Tennessee governor, succeeds Haslam

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican businessman and political newcomer Bill Lee will become Tennessee's next governor, after he bested Democratic former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Tuesday

Republicans sweep 3 open seats for US House in Tennessee

MEMPHIS (AP) — Republicans netted a clean sweep Tuesday in races for the three open U.S. House seats in Tennessee.

Results of top Tennessee races

U.S. Senate

1,966 of 1,969 precincts - 99 percent

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Garland, Shittu shine in Vanderbilt debuts

NASHVILLE (AP) — Darius Garland and Simi Shittu had some early jitters, but they disappeared quickly in their much-anticipated debuts.

TECHNOLOGY

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. There's now a potential catalyst on the horizon.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech and health care lead US stock surge after midterms

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied Wednesday as investors were relieved to see that the U.S. midterm elections went largely as they expected they would. Big-name technology and consumer and health care companies soared as the S&P 500 index closed at its highest level in four weeks.

With split Congress, prospect for economic deals looks dim

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Democrats now in control of the House, President Donald Trump faces a tough test of whether he can forge compromises with a group of lawmakers who, he had warned his supporters, would wreck the U.S. economy.

US consumer borrowing up solid $10.9 billion in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their borrowing by a solid amount in September. But the gain was less than half the big August surge as borrowing in the category that includes credit cards fell.

Election Impact: Health care stocks jump following midterms

NEW YORK (AP) — The outcome of the midterm elections was good for the stock market in general, mostly because it didn't produce any big surprises, but it was especially good for the health care industry and several other companies.

Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before UK parliament

LONDON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an international parliamentary committee delving into the questions around fake news.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump forces out Jeff Sessions as US attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

From bad to worse: Trump's media relationship frays more

NEW YORK (AP) — President Trump's combative relationship with the media deteriorated further Wednesday with a news conference where he called some reporters rude and accused a PBS reporter of posing a racist question when she asked him about white nationalists.

Close Texas loss may not dim O'Rourke's political star

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke didn't sound like someone giving a farewell speech after losing a Senate race in deep-red Texas by less than 3 points. If anything, his concession to Ted Cruz was a signal that voters could be hearing a lot more from him.

A Democratic House could probe Trump business ties abroad

PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's Russian business ties, Jared Kushner's relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Ivanka Trump's Chinese trademarks — all could come under new scrutiny by the Democrats when they take over the House of Representatives.

Pelosi as House speaker would 'show the power of the gavel'

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a pivotal moment for Nancy Pelosi — the beginning of a triumphal return as the nation's first female House speaker, or the start of a political reckoning over who should lead Democrats in the Donald Trump era.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
TENNESSEE TITANS

Mariota recovers, Titans top Cowboys 28-14 in Cooper's debut

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kevin Byard secured the interception that sparked the sluggish Tennessee Titans and turned toward midfield.

MIDSTATE

Barge builder to expand operations in Cheatham County

NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say barge builder Arcosa Marine is investing more than $10 million to expand its operations in Middle Tennessee.

COURTS

Judge favors white nationalists in state security costs case

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a white nationalist group isn't responsible for covering the cost of hiring law enforcement officers or repairing damage done by protesters if the group hosts a conference at a state-owned facility in Tennessee.

TECHNOLOGY

Chinese 'gait recognition' tech IDs people by how they walk

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech, health stocks gain post-election

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology and health care stocks are leading indexes broadly higher on Wall Street as results of the midterm elections came in largely as investors had expected.

Amazon considers New York, Virginia amid reports of HQ split

NEW YORK (AP) — After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the communities it ultimately selects.

Heads of World Bank, IMF say risks of trade tensions growing

BEIJING (AP) — Leaders of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other global financial organizations warned Tuesday that trade tensions pose a growing risk for emerging economies.

Closed bank, mothballed planes: Iran mocks US sanctions list

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The "largest-ever" U.S. sanctions list targeting Iran drew mockery from Iranian officials on Tuesday for including mothballed Boeing 747s, a bank that closed years earlier and a sunken oil tanker that exploded off China months ago.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP survey: Health care, immigration high on voters' minds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.

What to watch: After turbulent campaign, it's up to voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room.

Facebook blocks 115 accounts ahead of US midterm elections

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behavior" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
PREDATORS

Predators sign Matt Donovan to two-year, two-way contract

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Matt Donovan to a two-year, two-way contract.

ELECTION 2018

Lyft, Uber offering free, discounted rides to polls

NEW YORK (AP) — Ride-share companies are capitalizing on voter enthusiasm ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections by offering free or discounted rides to the polls in shared cars, bikes and scooters.

Bredesen says he'll put Tennessee first, not Trump

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen says he's willing to work with President Donald Trump but will put Tennessee first.

'Everything's at stake' on eve of first Trump-era elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day of reckoning for American politics has nearly arrived. Voters on Tuesday will decide the $5 billion debate between President Donald Trump's take-no-prisoner politics and the Democratic Party's super-charged campaign to end the GOP's monopoly in Washington and statehouses across the nation.

Concerns over voter registrations loom in Shelby county

MEMPHIS (AP) — Concerns about voter registrations and the security of electronic voting machines are looming over the upcoming election in Tennessee's largest county.

Trump turns up pressure before midterms, focused on Senate

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to distance himself from the fate of House Republican candidates Sunday as he devotes his final two days before Tuesday's midterm elections to helping Senate and gubernatorial candidates.

HEALTH CARE

Enrollment open in Tennessee on health insurance marketplace

NASHVILLE (AP) — Enrollment for health insurance on the federally facilitated marketplace is now open, and many Tennesseans will have some new choices in 2019.

COURTS

Tennessee death row inmates ask to have firing squad used

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four Tennessee death row inmates are asking a federal court to allow them to have a firing squad used as an execution method.

Supreme Court rejects net neutrality appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ended the court fight over repealed Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that required internet providers to treat all online traffic equally.

Justice lawyers fail to halt Trump financial records release

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge denied the Justice Department's efforts to halt legal proceedings in a case accusing President Donald Trump of violating the U.S. Constitution — opening the door for Trump's critics to soon gain access to financial records related to his Washington, D.C., hotel.

TECHNOLOGY

TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data center with 100 percent renewable energy.

Verizon reorganizes structure under new CEO to prep for 5G

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is undergoing a significant restructuring under new CEO Hans Vestberg, including its dominant wireless division, as it prepares to roll out its 5G technology.

Social media's misinformation battle: No winners, so far

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they're making some headway, although they're still a very long way from winning the war.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech stocks lead Wall Street higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising in midday trading on Wall Street as technology stocks recover some of the big losses they took over the last month.

US services firms' growth slipped in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms expanded at a slightly slower rate in October, after achieving a record pace in September in a sign of the economy's strength and endurance.

Report: Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near DC

NEW YORK (AP) — Retail giant Amazon Inc. is in "advanced talks" to open its second headquarters in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Buffett's firm quadruples 3Q profit on investment gains

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company more than quadrupled its third-quarter profits because of a huge paper gain in the value of its investments, although its insurance and railroad businesses also improved.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Analysis: Democrats seek blueprint for bucking Trump in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats, the midterm elections have been a beacon in the dark, a chance to re-emerge from the political wilderness and repudiate a president they view as a dangerous force.

Economic realities moderate Trump's hard line on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration was caught between allies at home and abroad and the reality of global economics as it reinstated sanctions Monday on Iran, forced to carve out exemptions for important allies and back off on measures that could have been even more punishing for Tehran.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fabrications on Medicare, immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the final days before pivotal midterm elections, President Donald Trump is painting a distorted picture of immigration while exaggerating his record of achieving economic gains for non-whites and improving health care for veterans.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
ELECTION 2018

Facing uphill battle, Dems lay foundation in GOP stronghold

FRANKLIN (AP) — Patricia Linder is the kind of undecided voter Democrats are looking for.

US Senate hopefuls weigh Tennessee early voting spike

NASHVILLE (AP) — About 1.38 million Tennesseans have cast early or absentee ballots, nearly presidential-year-level turnout that Senate race rivals deem positive for their campaigns.

Facebook: Blackburn anti-abortion ad mistakenly removed

NASHVILLE (AP) — A spokesperson for Facebook says the company accidentally removed an anti-abortion group's ad supporting Tennessee U.S. Senate nominee Marsha Blackburn.

PREDATORS

Rinne shines in return, Predators beat Lightning 4-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pekka Rinne didn't miss a beat after being sidelined for two weeks.

COURTS

After long hiatus, Tennessee could execute 3 this year

NASHVILLE (AP) — After four decades with only six executions, Tennessee is on schedule to execute three inmates this year.

Zagorksi smiles, says 'Let's rock' before dying

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate grimaced and waved goodbye before saying "let's rock," moments before he became the first man executed in the electric chair in that state since 2007, put to death Thursday for shooting two men and slitting their throats during a drug deal decades ago.

Zagorski scheduled to die tonight in electric chair

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is scheduled to execute a double-murderer in the electric chair Thursday evening.

Condemned Tennessee man wants pig for last meal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski has selected his final meal before Thursday's scheduled execution.

REGION

Audit: Tennessee Valley Authority helicopter use broke rules

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's use of a nearly $7 million executive helicopter was not always cost effective, and broke federal travel rules and its own policies, the organization's inspector general said in a new report.

HEALTH CARE

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of that was the result of a record number of opioid-related deaths.

Federal health care website up and running after slow start

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal website where consumers can get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act was up and running Thursday after a slow start as sign-up season for 2019 opened days before the midterm elections.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US regulators subpoenaed Tesla production data, company says

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. securities investigators have subpoenaed information from Tesla about production forecasts for the Model 3 electric car that were made last year, the company acknowledged in a regulatory filing Friday.

TECHNOLOGY

Tech elite stages a Revolt of the Haves against employers

NEW YORK (AP) — When Google employees staged a global walkout Thursday to protest the company's treatment of women, they made themselves the most visible example of a surprising trend: high-paid engineers emerging from their comfortable bubbles to speak out.

Amazon's new goal: Teach 10 million kids a year to code

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to get more kids thinking about becoming computer engineers.

Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carrying signs with messages such as "Don't be evil," several hundred Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job Thursday in a protest against what they said is the tech company's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end a strong week with losses as Apple shares skid

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped Friday as Apple absorbed its worst loss in more than four years. Thanks to gains over the previous three days, the S&P 500 index finished with its biggest weekly increase since March.

Wages surge as US adds a robust 250,000 jobs in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses ramped up hiring in October, and wages rose by the largest year-over-year amount in nearly a decade, a combination that is pulling a rising share of Americans into the job market.

US trade gap grew to $54 billion in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record imports expanded the U.S. trade deficit for the fourth straight month in September, as the politically sensitive trade deficit in goods with China hit a record.

Energy Department says US is now world's top oil producer

The United States is pumping record amounts of oil, vaulting over Russia to become the world's biggest producer of crude.

Bank of England warns of economic shock if Brexit talks fail

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England warned Thursday that Britain could suffer an economic shock if it crashes out of the European Union without a deal, saying it could cause gridlock at ports and an inflation-rearing fall in the pound that could require an increase to interest rates.

As stock prices go on discount, their biggest buyers return

NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest buyers of stocks are coming back.

US factories grew more slowly in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — American manufacturers grew at a slower pace in October as factories contended with supply disruptions caused by disputes with China, Europe and other trading partners.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US reimposes all Iran sanctions lifted under nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

China says Xi-Trump phone call 'extremely positive'

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping had an "extremely positive" phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump about trade and other issues, the foreign ministry said Friday.

AP: Political money in state-level campaigns exceeds $2B

The story of money in politics doesn't stop with spending on races for Congress.

Trump to receive election security briefing before midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to receive his final briefing on election security Thursday before polls close next Tuesday.

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