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VOL. 42 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 12, 2018

What tourist can resist ‘Buy one pair, get two free?’

Visiting fans, bridesmaids leaving town with more than hangovers

The saxophone professor from Moscow, Idaho, flashes hazel eyes and smiles as she examines a pair of boots, participating in a favorite tourist pastime offered on the neon-lit strip of music and beer halls and cowboy boot emporiums that is Lower Broadway.

Austrian kangaroo skin? The customer is always right, right?

The tall, lean young man stands at the intersection of Lower Broadway and Fifth, waiting in the massive Saturday afternoon crowd for his chance to cross from the Tootsie’s side of the street over to the side highlighted by Ernest Tubb Record Shop.

Ready for step up? How about $2,600 for water buffalo?

High-rolling cowboys like Johnny Carson’s band leader and trumpet genius Doc Severinsen, corporate big dogs, the wild and crazy folks in the world of bull riding and many music stars take giant steps away from boot store fare when seeking their high-heeled swagger.

‘Boot Doctor’ has right prescription for your feet

With his seemingly permanent smile, Jeffrey Lloyd, 58, is a much-valued employee at Boot Country down on Lower Broadway.

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EVENTS

Nashville Business Breakfast. Speaker: Gov. Bill Haslam. Allen Arena, Lipscomb University, One University Drive, Nashville. Thursday, 6:45-8:30 a.m. Fee: $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Free parking. Information

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SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Kavanaugh vote a no-win scenario for Bredesen

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Marsha Blackburn must have been sitting back laughing as she pounded former Gov. Phil Bredesen for postponing his stance on the Kavanaugh nomination.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Ravens-Titans game stirs memories of a great rivalry gone cold

Anytime the Baltimore Ravens appear on the Tennessee Titans’ schedule, the rivalry that once was comes back to mind.

Ravens at Titans: What to watch

1. Defense, defense and more defense. The Titans defense, despite breakdowns against Buffalo, has still been a big reason for the team’s success thus far. Defense is also key to the Ravens’ success with old war horses like Terrell Suggs still leading the way. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this game end up a low-scoring affair like Titans-Ravens games of old.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Desperately seeking sanity in the pricing of houses

“I don’t want to appear desperate” is how sellers often respond when their listing agent tells them their house is not selling because the price is too high.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for September 2018

Top residential real estate sales, September 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for September 2018

Home sales in Nashville and Davidson County continue to decline as average sales prices level out.

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for third quarter 2018

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

Mortgage rates leap to 7-year highs; 30-year at 4.90 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates leaped this week to their highest levels in seven years amid global anxiety over rising interest rates that has gripped financial markets.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

Boyd takes control, helps propel VU soccer to 13-game win streak

Kaylann Boyd knew she couldn’t hold others accountable if she wasn’t accountable for her own actions. She knew she couldn’t expect to bring out the best in her teammates if she wasn’t working to bring out the best in herself.

NEWSMAKERS

Quinn moves practice to Neal & Harwell

Attorney John E. Quinn, previously a partner at Manier & Herod, has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as of counsel.

BRIEFS

Church buys 50,000-square-foot building in MetroCenter

The Belonging Co. Church has purchased a 50,000-square-foot property at 201 Great Circle Road in MetroCenter from commercial real estate firm Southeast Venture, which developed the property.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Moving up? Small luxury SUVs are good first step

A decade ago, small sedans were the entry point into luxury-car ownership. But because of the increasing popularity of SUVs, automakers are scrambling to create new, stylish SUVs to attract those shoppers.

ELECTION 2018

Tennessee women slow to back GOP's Blackburn in Senate race

NASHVILLE (AP) — If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign.

Cooper: Taylor Swift endorsement 'least expected' life event

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper says receiving Taylor Swift's endorsement was like "manna from heaven," calling it "the least expected thing that's ever happened" to him and "one of the great honors" in his life.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections.

Ebay sues Amazon, saying it tried to poach its sellers

NEW YORK (AP) — Ebay filed a lawsuit against Amazon Wednesday, saying the online retail giant used eBay's messaging system to steal its sellers.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen offers more incentives to unload old diesels

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it is offering more incentives to trade in older diesel models in an effort to improve air quality.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks skid as interest rates rise and earnings disappoint

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are falling Thursday morning as interest rates resume their upward climb and several industrial companies post disappointing third-quarter results. Interest rates started rising a day ago after the Federal Reserve released minutes showing that a minority of its leaders think interest rates will need to keep rising to a level that slightly restricts economic growth. Slower economic growth would affect stocks because it means smaller corporate profits and less spending by consumers.

Report: European taxpayers bilked out of 55 billion euros

BERLIN (AP) — A group of media outlets led by Germany's non-profit Correctiv are reporting traders have manipulated transactions in multiple European countries over years, draining tax coffers of some 55.2 billion euros ($63.5 billion).

UK prime minister: Post-Brexit transition could be extended

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she is considering a European Union proposal that would keep Britain bound to the bloc's rules for more than two years after it leaves, and idea that angers her pro-Brexit critics in the U.K.

French, Dutch ministers cancel trip to Saudi conference

PARIS (AP) — France's finance minister is the latest high-level official or executive to cancel out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid questions over the kingdom's involvement in the disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

China 'regrets' US leaving postal union amid trade dispute

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized Washington's decision to leave the United Nations treaty that regulates international postage, amid a worsening trade dispute between the world's top two economies.

Kleenex to rebrand 'mansize' tissues after gender complaints

LONDON (AP) — Kleenex maker Kimberly-Clark says it will re-brand its "Mansize" tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Poll finds vast majority of American Jews will vote Democrat

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new survey indicates an overwhelming majority of American Jews plan to vote for Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

Biden: Trump 'coddles' autocrats like Kim, Putin, Saudis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says President Donald Trump may not "know what he's doing" and coddles dictators.

Analysis: With 'America First,' where do human rights rank?

WASHINGTON (AP) — If it's an "America First" presidency, where does that rank human rights?


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
MUSIC INDUSTRY

Tauren Wells wins 4, including new artist, at Dove Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.

COURTS

Tennessee death row inmate is running out of legal options

NASHVILLE (AP) — After 34 years on death row, Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski may be running out of options.

Tennessee ordered to stop license suspensions for indigence

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to stop suspending the drivers licenses of people who are unable to pay traffic fines and court costs.

Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less after Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace Wednesday.

REAL ESTATE

US housing starts sank 5.3 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction fell 5.3 percent in September, a sign that recent hurricanes and rising mortgage rates may be weighing on the market.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside US

BEIJING (AP) — Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Wednesday to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.

TECHNOLOGY

Netflix shares jump 6 percent on strong subscriber growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix shares jumped 6 percent in early trading after the company reported a big increase in subscribers.

YouTube goes down for more than an hour

YouTube's video streaming service went out for more than an hour on Tuesday, apparently affecting locations around the world.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks erase most of early losses after huge gain; IBM sinks

NEW YORK (AP) — After an early slide, U.S. stocks clawed back much of the ground they lost and ended slightly lower Wednesday. Banks climbed but retailers, homebuilders and smaller companies fell.

Fed officials discussed hiking rates to 'restrictive' level

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month debated how high they should raise interest rates to achieve their economic goals, with some arguing that they might need to lift rates to a level that would modestly restrain growth.

US criticizes EU for moving too slowly in trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Wednesday criticized the European Union for moving too slowly in trade talks and warned that President Donald Trump's patience with the Europeans might soon run out.

Biggest Nordic bank accused of money laundering

HELSINKI (AP) — Kremlin critic Bill Browder has asked Nordic authorities to investigate whether up to $175 million of potentially illicit funds have flowed through the region's largest bank, Nordea.

Trump starts process for leaving postal union in latest anti-China move

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is initiating the process of leaving the Universal Post Union, which sets flat rates for international postage.

US regulators lift strict oversight of Prudential

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of federal regulators on Wednesday lifted the strict government oversight imposed on big insurer Prudential Financial Inc. It was the last financial company still carrying the label that subjected it to special restrictions stemming from the 2008 financial crisis.

Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO (AP) — Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it.

Sears' bankruptcy will have ripple effect, not all of it bad

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will have ripple effects on everything from landlords to suppliers to workers.

EU leaders gather for 'moment of truth' Brexit summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are converging on Brussels for what had been billed as a "moment of truth" Brexit summit but which now holds little promise for a breakthrough.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Dems shift line of attack, warning of GOP threat to Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to balance budgets if they keep control of Congress in the November election.

Trump ask Cabinet to cut next year's budgets by 5 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dubbing it the "nickel plan," President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he's asking every Cabinet secretary to cut their next-year's budgets by 5 percent.

Iran calls latest US sanctions an 'insult' to world order

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says the latest round of U.S. sanctions is an "insult" to the international order that stems from "blind hostility."

Trump escalates his attacks on Fed: 'My biggest threat'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up his attacks on the Federal Reserve, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that the Fed is "my biggest threat" because he thinks it's raising interest rates too quickly.

Trump tells AP he won't accept blame if GOP loses House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing his campaigning and endorsements have helped Republican candidates.

Analysis: Trump's Saudi bet has become much riskier

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. It's now become much riskier.

Democrats' not-so-secret plan to fight midterm malaise

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're asking pastors to text their congregants about the importance of voting. They're connecting with thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. And they're relying on groups like the NAACP, which has tripled its spending from 2016 to energize black voters.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
ELECTION 2018

Bredesen backs drug price negotiation idea

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen is backing a plan for the federal government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.

Spending tops $51m in Tennessee US Senate contest

NASHVILLE (AP) — Candidate campaigns and outside interest groups have spent more than $51 million combined so far in Tennessee's contentious, open contest for U.S. Senate.

Lee won't use 'biblical' victim witness standard if governor

NASHVILLE (AP) — A pastor who's an adviser to Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee says the Bible requires victims of sexual misconduct and other offenses to have at least two or three witnesses.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Students given shirts promoting accused Republican lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — School officials in a Tennessee county gave high school students T-shirts promoting a Republican state lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct during a recent field trip to the state Capitol.

EDUCATION

Panel nixes law school transfer to MTSU

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state panel has nixed a proposal that would have transferred Valparaiso University's law school to Middle Tennessee State University.

PREDATORS

Johansen, Forsberg lead Predators over Wild 4-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ryan Johansen and the Nashville Predators are off to a solid start this season.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans' offense struggling with extended touchdown drought

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans made a coaching change after winning their first playoff game in 14 years to rev up Marcus Mariota and the offense.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Audi fined $925 million in Germany over diesel emissions

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German law enforcement authorities added another chapter to Volkswagen's diesel scandal Tuesday by fining the company's luxury division Audi 800 million euros ($925 million) for selling cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

HEALTH CARE

UnitedHealth beats all around in 3Q, raises outlook again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth reported better-than-expected profits and revenue for the third quarter and the company raised its outlook yet again on strong trends in the insurance business.

Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, officials said Monday.

TECHNOLOGY

Can Pinterest succeed as the 'un'-social network?

NEW YORK (AP) — If Instagram is the dream vacation you'll never go on and Facebook is Thanksgiving with too many relatives arguing over politics, Pinterest is sitting on the couch by yourself, watching a home-improvement show and absent-mindedly flipping through an old issue of Gourmet magazine.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks surge, recovering some recent losses; Dow climbs 547

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rocketed to their biggest gain in six months Tuesday following strong earnings from major financial and health care companies as well as encouraging reports on the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 547 points.

Trump criticizes Fed for raising interest rates too quickly

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates too quickly.

As an oil giant, Saudi threats against US loom large

DALLAS (AP) — Saudi Arabia's status as the biggest oil exporter gives it the power to jolt the global economy — if it wants.

US employers post record number of open jobs in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August, and hiring also reached a record high, fresh evidence that companies are desperate to staff up amid solid economic growth.

Swallowing $16B purchase of Flipkart, Walmart cuts outlook

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart trimmed its profit outlook citing this year's $16 billion acquisition of the Indian online retailer Flipkart, its biggest deal ever.

Report: Uber IPO could put company value at $120 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber may put forth an initial public offering early next year that values the ride-hailing business at as much as $120 billion, according to a media report.

US industrial production climbed 0.3 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industry expanded again in September despite the impact of Hurricane Florence.

Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy

SEATTLE (AP) — Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n' roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen couldn't have asked for a better way to spend, invest and donate the billions he reaped from co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates.

NATIONAL POLITICS

US, South African farmers cry fowl over Trump metal tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Which came first, the chicken or the trade war?

Facebook requires UK political ad buyers to reveal identity

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says that anyone who takes out a British political ad on the social media platform will now be forced to reveal their identity, in a bid to increase transparency and curb misinformation.

2020 Democrats building ties to power brokers in key states

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he cut the $100,000 checks, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought the Democratic Party chairmen from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada backstage to meet late night television host Jimmy Kimmel and superstar hip-hop producer DJ Khaled.

Democrats lead Republicans on fundraising ahead of midterms

Democrats lead Republicans in the money race in many of the key Senate and House campaigns three weeks ahead of midterm elections that will determine control of Congress.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
STATEWIDE

1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at naval base in Millington

MILLINGTON (AP) — Police in Tennessee say one man has been killed and another has been wounded in a shooting at a naval base.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening in Owensboro

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening this week in Kentucky.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans linebacker Morgan out 'few weeks,' Spain day to day

NASHVILLE (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says linebacker Derrick Morgan probably will miss "a few weeks" after hurting a shoulder against the Baltimore Ravens, though left guard Quinton Spain is day to day after hurting his right shoulder.

Titans shut out for 1st time since relocating to Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — First-year head coach Mike Vrabel knows exactly what the Titans didn't do in being shut out on its own field for the first time since this franchise moved to Tennessee way back in 1997.

Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks against former coach

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens swarmed around their new defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale, celebrating after a game that will go down in the record books.

UT SPORTS

Tennessee OLB Kongbo out for season with torn ACL

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says outside linebacker Jonathan Kongbo has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the season.

COURTS

Charges filed in $1B East Tennessee telemedicine fraud scheme

GREENEVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say seven companies and four men are charged in a $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme that deceived tens of thousands of patients and more than 100 doctors.

Tennessee, other states ask for action on illegal robocalls

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general has joined several dozen other states to ask the federal government to take action on illegal robocalls.

ENVIRONMENT

Global warming driving higher costs for beer

Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

HEALTH CARE

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Low-income people in states that haven't expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report due out Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fade and finish lower as tech companies fall again

NEW YORK (AP) — After a wobbly day of trading, U.S. stocks fell for the seventh time in eight days Monday as technology companies continued to slide. Industrial and high-dividend companies rose, and the market's losses were limited relative to the steep losses it suffered last week.

Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day

Before there was Amazon — or, for that matter, Home Depot or Walmart or Kmart — there was Sears.

US budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six years as President Donald Trump's tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily in order to cover its spending.

US retail sales edged up in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September, a disappointing performance in which rebounding auto sales were offset by weakness in other areas.

Bank of America 3Q profits rise 32 percent, beats forecasts

NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America said Monday that its third-quarter profits rose by 32 percent from a year ago, as higher interest rates allowed BofA to charge more for loans, and lower corporate tax rates helped it save hundreds of millions on taxes.

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump eyes US military bases for coal, gas exports

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.

White House, senators increase pressure over Saudi writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is brushing aside threats by Saudi Arabia that it may economically retaliate for any U.S. punitive action imposed over the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pledging a "swift, open, transparent investigation" into his disappearance.

GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority.

Trump says climate change not a hoax, not sure of its source

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing off his claim that climate change is a hoax but says he doesn't know if it's manmade and suggests that the climate will "change back again."


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
NASHVILLE AREA

FedEx Ground to hire 4,300 seasonal positions in Nashville

FedEx expects to add more than 55,000 seasonal positions throughout its networks to help deliver the holidays this year, including more than 4,300 people at the FedEx Ground facility in the Nashville area.

PREDATORS

NHL criticizes reduction of suspension for Predators' Watson

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL is criticizing an arbitrator's decision to reduce the suspension of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge.

Rinne leads Predators past Jets 3-0

NASHVILLE (AP) — Despite their power play struggles, the Predators found a way to take down their Central Division rival.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country women applaud CMT for all-female awards show

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country icon Loretta Lynn doesn't mince words when it comes to CMT's decision to honor all-female artists, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and more, at its annual Artists of the Year show, where Lynn will be recognized as an artist of a lifetime.

COURTS

State Sen. majority leader, 2 others confirmed as US judges

NASHVILLE (AP) — The majority leader of the Tennessee Senate has been confirmed as a federal judge by the U.S. Senate.

Supreme Court rejects Tennessee death row inmate efforts

NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected two last-ditch efforts to save the life of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski, apparently clearing the way for his execution despite a delay caused by legal wrangling.

Federal judge blocks Tennessee's lethal injection method

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Tennessee not to proceed with plans to execute Edmund Zagorski by lethal injection after it refused his request to die in the electric chair.

Legal questions in flux over Tennessee execution

NASHVILLE (AP) — Legal challenges continue to surround a Tennessee death row inmate whose execution has been temporarily halted.

HEALTH CARE

Slight increase in Medicare's outpatient 'Part B' premium

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says its "Part B" premium for outpatient care will rise by just $1.50 a month next year. That means retirees should be able to keep more of their recently-announced Social Security cost-of-living increase.

TECHNOLOGY

Facebook: Hackers accessed personal data from 29M accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says hackers accessed a wide swath of information — ranging from emails and phone numbers to more personal details like sites visited and places checked into — from millions of accounts as part of a security breach the company disclosed two weeks ago.

Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with garbage links and clickbait.

Risk of streaming fatigue as Walmart, AT&T, Disney join fray

NEW YORK (AP) — As Walmart, AT&T and Disney join stalwarts such as Netflix in streaming video and creating original shows, a reality sets in: Not all will survive.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Shareholders must vote on Musk's return as Tesla chairman

If Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to return as chairman, shareholders will have to vote on it.

BMW ramps up investment in China to meet electric demand

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker BMW is taking a majority stake in its China joint venture and investing 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in factories there, underscoring the importance of the Chinese market as the company prepares to meet increased demand for electric vehicles.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech stock rally helps snap losing streak as rough week ends

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rebounded Friday, clawing back some of the week's steep losses, but the turbulent trading of the last few days left no doubt that the relative calm the markets enjoyed all summer had been shattered.

Stock market experts say this is a stumble, not a plunge

Woah, what was that? After months of relative calm, Wall Street has been jolted by a sudden run of turbulent trading.

China trade surplus with US widens to record $34.1B

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the American market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war.

Retailers up their game after Toys R Us closures

NEW YORK (AP) — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood.

Trump steps up his attacks on Federal Reserve's rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday escalated his attack on the Federal Reserve's interest rate increases, asserting that "the Fed is out of control" and blaming it for this week's plunge in stock prices.

US consumer prices up slight 0.1 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September as energy prices retreated after a big gain in August.

Social Security checks increasing for 2019 as inflation rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. For the average retired worker, it amounts to $39 a month.

As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appealed Thursday to the U.S. and China to cool their dispute over technology policy and play by world trade rules, as tumbling share prices drove home potential perils from a clash between the world's two biggest economies.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Journalist's disappearance tests Trump's close Saudi ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails.

Global business leaders suspend ties with Saudi Arabia

LONDON (AP) — Global business leaders are reassessing their ties with Saudi Arabia, stoking pressure on the Gulf kingdom to explain what happened to a dissident writer who disappeared after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.

Trump's boasts ring hollow in some black communities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It's one of President Donald Trump's favorite talking points in promoting his administration's success: the record low rate of black unemployment. But on a recent sunny afternoon in Vernon Park in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood, that victory seemed hollow.

Melania Trump says she might be 'the most bullied person'

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump says she could be "the most bullied person" in the world, judging by "what people are saying about me."

Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended continuing huge sales of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead.

Brexit uncertainty set to hobble UK economy through winter

LONDON (AP) — The uncertainty over Brexit that's hobbling the British economy is set to go on for longer than expected, leaving companies and households in a limbo.

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