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VOL. 42 | NO. 37 | Friday, September 14, 2018

It's gonna be a big year for holiday parties

Despite premiers of several new venues, few openings remain

Happy holidays are here again, especially in the Nashville area. The city’s booming economy bodes well for those who own and operate party spots, big and small, new and trendy, or classic and traditional. In recent years, businesses have tended to shy away from the big corporate bash for clients, customers or employees as a cost-cutting measure.

Nashville-area event spaces

Some of the Nashville top venues available for rent for any occasion, especially at the holidays.

Add some bounce to your party with trampolines

Kyle Nagel has all the excitement of a child when he talks about the latest addition to his Hermitage entertainment and recreation complex, and he hopes other adults and kids are jumping for joy when the new facility opens in November.

SAM STOCKARD: VIEW FROM THE HILL

Come fly with Phil, Marsha on gilded wings

Early in his U.S. Senate campaign, former Gov. Phil Bredesen shied away from talking about his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, preferring to focus instead on ideas.

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EVENTS

REIN’s Williamson County Lunch Meeting. Rehabbers, new construction builders, commercial, mini-storage, wholesalers, private lenders, transaction funders, hard-money lenders, bankers, title attorneys, Realtors and vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. First Watch, 1000 Meridian Blvd. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Information

more events »

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Winning in The Nations: Buy, upgrade, sell, repeat

The Nations is the neighborhood located off Charlotte Avenue and is so named to memorialize a treaty between James Robertson and the Chickasaw Indians in which the Chickasaw were guaranteed certain boundaries in exchange for protecting the settlers. That’s one theory, even though the Chickasaw were one nation, failing to reach plurality.

REAL ESTATE

Middle Tennessee real estate trends for August 2018

Average home sales prices in Nashville and Davidson County rose slightly in August while the number of home sales recorded for the month were down 9 percent from last year.

Average US mortgage rates climb; 30-year at 4.60 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates this week jumped to their highest level since the start of August, raising costs for would-be homebuyers.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans' journeyman tight end still awaiting big break

“Next man up” is an old football adage invoked after a key player’s injury.

Texans at Titans: What to watch

Regroup and assess the damage. The Titans lost tight end Delanie Walker to a gruesome leg ankle injury, lost quarterback Marcus Mariota to an elbow injury to his throwing arm and Taylor Lewan to a concussion. The Titans will have to try to replace Walker long term and monitor the situations on the other two this week as they prepare to face AFC South rival Houston.

NEWSMAKERS

Siloam Health expands board of directors

Siloam Health, a faith-based, charitable health center for the uninsured, especially the immigrant and refugee community, has added four health, community and religious leaders to its board of directors.

BRIEFS

VUMC, Advance Financial make new Forbes’ list

Two Nashville-based organizations, Advance Financial and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, have been named to Forbes’ first-ever ranking of The Best Employers for New Graduates.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

2019 highlights: Notable new cars hitting showrooms

The 2019-model-year vehicles are hitting dealerships right now. Trucks are a big deal, and new and improved full-size pickups from General Motors and Ram will offer buyers a bumper crop of choices.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Make your own luck by building habits that position

Your lucky penny is in your bag. Or you’re wearing your lucky shirt or socks or tie, and you performed your Lucky Dance before you left the house. What else could you do?

CAREER CORNER

Hiring managers continue to ask illegal questions

The title of this column is a reference to the big elephant in the room. It’s that thing that everybody knows, but nobody is talking about. I’d like to talk about it a little today: illegal job interview questions.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Could your brand pull off campaign like Nike’s

If you haven’t seen Nike in the news lately, it’s time to catch up.

ELECTION 2018

Bredesen says Kavanaugh accuser 'credible'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.

Bredesen ad touts gun rights support as NRA backs Blackburn

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen went clay shooting in a TV ad released after the National Rifle Association endorsed his Republican opponent, Marsha Blackburn.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee revenues exceed forecasts in August

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials say tax revenues for the first month of the state's fiscal year came in nearly 3 percent higher, or $34.4 million higher than originally projected.

Boyd recommended as University of Tennessee president

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that he is recommending former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to serve as the university system's interim president.

COURTS

Tennessee man gets 15-month sentence for postal worker bribe

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to bribing a postal worker to deliver a package later found to contain marijuana has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans' Mariota still dealing with weakness in throwing hand

NASHVILLE (AP) — Marcus Mariota wakes up every morning hoping his injured right hand feels better.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Aston Martin valued at $6.7 billion in IPO pricing

LONDON (AP) — Aston Martin Lagonda, the maker of James Bond's favorite sports car, plans to raise as much as 1.27 billion pounds ($1.67 billion) when it sells shares to investors for the first time.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales were flat in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000 — a level considered to be affordable for the middle class — has become a drag on the real estate market.

Average US mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 4.65 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fourth consecutive week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level since May.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 trade at record highs

An early wave of buying sent U.S. stocks solidly higher on Wall Street Thursday, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average above the all-time high it closed at in January.

Trump to nominate economist Nellie Liang for Fed board seat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to nominate former Federal Reserve economist Nellie Liang to the central bank's board of governors, tapping an official who played a key role at the Fed in dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Fox-Comcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK

LONDON (AP) — Comcast and 21st Century Fox will settle their battle for control of broadcaster Sky through a rare auction designed to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media empires seeking a foothold in the European pay TV market.

EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade.

EU consumer chief "impatient" with Facebook over data

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's consumer protection chief said Thursday she's growing impatient with Facebook's lack of action in complying with the bloc's demands to be more transparent with users about their data.

Japan digital currency exchange hacked, losing $60 million

TOKYO (AP) — Hackers have stolen 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) worth of cryptocurrencies from a Japanese digital currency exchange, the operators said Thursday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

GOP warns time running out for Kavanaugh's accuser to talk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, even as President Donald Trump called the woman's allegation hard to believe in one of the GOP's sharpest attacks on her credibility.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
EDUCATION

Boyd recommended as University of Tennessee president

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that he is recommending former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to serve as the school's interim president.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Music modernization bill clears another hurdle in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The way music is licensed and songwriters are compensated for the digital age will be undergoing big changes under a bill making its way through Congress.

STATEWIDE

Haslam: Tennessee median household income up by 5.8 percent in 2017

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's office says the median household income in Tennessee grew by 5.8 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville Public Library to build women's voting rights exhibit

NASHVILLE (AP) — Board members for the Nashville Public Library have signed off on a plan to build a new exhibit dedicated to the role Nashville served in securing women the right to vote.

SPORTS

Eagles bring back receiver Jordan Matthews

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Jordan Matthews and placed Mike Wallace on injured reserve.

Rangers make Sounds decision with Triple-A move to Nashville

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are making a Sounds decision by moving their Triple-A affiliation to Nashville.

COURTS

Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Agribusiness company Monsanto has asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company's Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer.

REAL ESTATE

August housing construction up 9.2 pct., but permits slide

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rebounded in August at the fastest pace in seven months but applications for new building permits plunged, sending mixed signals for an industry that has been struggling with rising lumber costs.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Germany to have 1 million electric cars by 2022

BERLIN (AP) — Germans are beginning to embrace electric cars, with experts predicting the country will have a million hybrid or battery-electric vehicles on the road by 2022.

CEO of AutoNation, biggest US dealership, is stepping down

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Jackson is stepping down after almost two decades leading AutoNation, the nation's largest dealership chain.

HEALTH CARE

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's undue credit for slowing health costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — What a difference a year makes. From predicting that the Affordable Care Act would "implode" and "explode," President Donald Trump is now claiming credit for modest average premium increases expected next year.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

US stock indexes post mixed finish as bond yields surge

Major U.S. stock indexes finished unevenly Wednesday as gains in banks and other financial companies outweighed losses elsewhere in the market.

No way out? US, China tariffs may become the 'new normal'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to peace in a trade war between the United States and China is getting harder to find as the world's two biggest economies pile ever more taxes on each other's products.

US, Canada pulling all-nighters in talks to revamp NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Canadian negotiators — facing a deadline at the end of the month — are working long hours to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc.

World Bank: Global poverty rate drops to record low 10 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global poverty has fallen to a record low. The World Bank said Wednesday that 10 percent of the world's population lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2015 — the last year for which numbers were available — down from 11.2 percent in 2013. That means 735.9 million people lived below the poverty threshold in 2015, down by 68.3 million from 804.2 million two years earlier.

Florence's flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Trump's tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts

SPANGLE, Wash. (AP) — In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he's no fan of President Donald Trump's trade policy.

Trump rips Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on Jeff Sessions, saying, "I don't have an attorney general."

Tax law limit on deductions looms large in some House races

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party's sweeping tax overhaul.

Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI to investigate before hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter to the panel.

Anita Hill says FBI investigation needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anita Hill says the Senate Judiciary Committee could be holding a "sham" hearing next week without an FBI investigation of a woman's sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
ELECTION 2018

Lee: Faith-based group could reduce TN prison population

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee on Tuesday pointed to a Nashville faith-based halfway home as a possible model for reducing Tennessee's recidivism rate.

Pence, Blackburn to attend conservative conference

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will be one of the top guests at a conference for conservative leaders in Tennessee.

STATEWIDE

FedEx downplays US-China trade spat's impact on its business

DALLAS (AP) — Shortly before the Trump administration announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods, FedEx Corp. leaders tried to assure investors Monday that a widening trade war will have little direct effect on the company.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans bring back Durden, promote running back to roster

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have brought back cornerback Kenneth Durden and promoted running back Dalyn Dawkins to the roster from the practice squad.

Titans sign receiver Nick Williams, waive 2 players

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have signed wide receiver Nick Williams and have waived receiver Cameron Batson and tight end Anthony Firkser.

COURTS

US appeals court rules for bartenders, waiters in tip fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Restaurants must pay waiters and bartenders minimum wage when they are engaged in tasks such as cleaning toilets that are unrelated to their main jobs and do not offer tips, a divided U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday.

TECHNOLOGY

Moonstruck Japan tycoon to blast off on 1st SpaceX trip

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese billionaire who Tesla chief Elon Musk says plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial space trip aboard the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket often makes headlines in Japan. The SpaceX mission, set for takeoff in 2023, is just the latest exploit in tycoon Yusaku Maezawa's colorful and ambitious career:

AUTO INDUSTRY

Tesla says it has turned over documents to feds

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Inc. has turned over documents to the U.S. Justice Department after statements by CEO Elon Musk about taking the company private, the electric car maker confirmed Tuesday.

Tesla shares fall after report of criminal investigation

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. fell more than 5 percent Tuesday after a report that it's under criminal investigation over statements about taking the company private.

Back to its roots: Ferrari unveils wide-ranging new plans

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari is going back to its roots.

EU investigates German carmakers for possible collusion

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have opened an in-depth investigation into whether automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development and roll-out of car emission control systems.

Renault-Nissan to use Android system in its dashboards

DETROIT (AP) — The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google's Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features.

HEALTH CARE

Feds approve importation of pot drug for tremor study

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a rare move, the U.S. government has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, highlighting a new avenue for American researchers who have long had trouble obtaining the drug for medical studies.

EDUCATION

Defrauded students inch closer to victory in DeVos lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' move to ease protections for former students of for-profit colleges should be reversed, handing a victory to those who said they were defrauded by their schools.

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work.

ENVIRONMENT

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era rule meant to curb climate-changing pollution on Tuesday, easing restrictions on energy companies that allow huge volumes of natural gas to escape after drilling it from U.S. lands.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks end higher as traders shrug off new China-US tariffs

Once again, Wall Street's jitters over the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China proved to be short-lived.

US-China trade war could soon pose a serious economic threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking better-skilled workers, Cedar Electronics decided last year to return some of its manufacturing to the United States from the Philippines, only to run smack into a worsening U.S.-China trade war.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union.

OPEC chief: Cartel must stay together as US sanctions Iran

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC must stick together for the good of the global economy as founding member Iran faces renewed U.S. sanctions, the head of the cartel said Tuesday — though he did not address how an already-tight market will make up for the loss of Iranian supply.

China looks unlikely to give in after US tariff hike

BEIJING (AP) — Exporters scrambled to replace lost orders after U.S. President Donald Trump raised tariffs in July on $50 billion of Chinese imports. Waves of job losses loom over factory towns. But Chinese leaders expressed confidence in their $12 trillion-a-year economy and refused to budge on tactics they see as a path to prosperity and global influence.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Polish leader proposes US base called Fort Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Poland is telling President Donald Trump that he'd like the U.S. to create a permanent American base in Poland that would be named Fort Trump.

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December.

GOP hopes testimony showdown can save Kavanaugh's nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a woman's claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers, hoping to salvage the judge's endangered Supreme Court nomination with a risky, nationally televised showdown between him and his accuser.

Withdraw Kavanaugh nomination? 'Ridiculous,' says Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sided with his embattled Supreme Court nominee, defending Judge Brett Kavanaugh against allegations of sexual assault as the White House walked a fine line in addressing accusations that revived memories of the president's own #MeToo moments. Time and again, Trump has defended powerful men against the claims of women.

Air Force: Space Force would cost $13 billion over 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Creating a Space Force as a separate military service, as proposed by President Donald Trump, would cost an estimated $12.9 billion in its first five years, according to a detailed Air Force plan for how to go about it.

US again slashing number of refugees it will accept

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will slash the number of refugees it will accept for a second straight year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, insisting amid criticism from human rights groups that the country is still committed to providing sanctuary to people fleeing the world's danger zones.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
ELECTION 2018

Blackburn: Kavanaugh accusations are a 'delay tactic'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn says sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from high school are a "delay tactic," saying his female accuser should testify under oath and a committee vote shouldn't be delayed.

EDUCATION

University of Tennessee president Joe DiPietro retiring

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Monday that he plans to retire early next year.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Mixed emotions: Vrabel gets 1st win, Mariota status unclear

NASHVILLE (AP) — A game ball for his first victory as an NFL coach is on Mike Vrabel's desk, and the Tennessee Titans got their first "Victory Monday" off of the season.

Vrabel gets 1st win as Titans dig deep to beat Texans 20-17

NASHVILLE (AP) — No Marcus Mariota. Both starting offensive tackles out, along with the top backup against Houston and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

STATEWIDE

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to assess storm impact

GATLINBURG (AP) — Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will begin assessing the impact of Tropical Storm Florence's remnants.

REGION

Florence death toll at 17, including 3-month-old

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 17, including 11 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina.

ENVIRONMENT

Rains from Florence cause collapse at NC coal ash landfill

Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech firms lead slide as trade worries weigh on US stocks

A slide in technology companies helped pull U.S. stocks lower Monday, snapping a five-day winning streak for the market.

Wall Street salaries highest since 2008 crisis, report finds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Salaries on Wall Street rose last year to their highest level since the 2008 financial crisis, according to a report issued Monday by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Report: Machines to handle over half workplace tasks by 2025

GENEVA (AP) — More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Monday that highlights the speed with which the labor market will change in coming years.

UK leader warns rebels: it's my Brexit agreement or no deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned opponents of her blueprint for Brexit that rejecting it means crashing out of the European Union without a deal, an outcome the International Monetary Fund said Monday would have "very large" economic costs.

Amazon launches small business shop

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants you to shop small. The online retailer launched a new section of its site Monday called Amazon Storefronts, which only lists products sold by small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S.

Co-founder of Salesforce buys Time magazine for $190 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time Magazine is being sold by Meredith Corp. to Marc Benioff, a co-founder of Salesforce, and his wife, it was announced Sunday.

NATIONAL POLITICS

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates benefits of tariffs to US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is declaring on Twitter a premature victory from his tariffs. Despite the manufacturing renaissance he claims, it's too soon to determine the full scope of any benefit or harm they might create.

Kavanaugh willing to talk to panel, arrives at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he was willing to speak to a Senate panel to "refute" an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman while in high school, after his accuser said via her attorney that she was ready to testify in public.

Barack Obama's return: good or bad for Democrats?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two years out of the White House, former President Barack Obama is facing another political test.

GOP, White House fret about election prospects

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prognosis for President Donald Trump and his party was grim.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
ELECTION 2018

Bredesen jabs at Blackburn, unnerves some with Trump talk

MEMPHIS (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen took some soft jabs at Republican opponent Marsha Blackburn on Thursday for refusing to debate him in Memphis, Tennessee, while also unnerving some supporters when he said he could back policies made by President Donald Trump — as long as they help the state.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee AG lawyer downplays jump to 553 record exemptions

NASHVILLE (AP) — A state attorney general's office lawyer is downplaying concerns that Tennessee code includes 553 public records exemptions, saying that's just nine added annually on average.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans limit QB Marcus Mariota at practice

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans limited Marcus Mariota at practice Thursday and gave more work to backup Blaine Gabbert, and coach Mike Vrabel says they want to evaluate which quarterback will give them the best chance against the Houston Texans.

PREDATORS

Preds see teams piling up talent, fighting to be West's best

NASHVILLE (AP) — Predators captain Roman Josi heard about San Jose trading for Erik Karlsson just before talking with reporters at the start of Nashville's training camp.

Predators: Support Watson while fighting domestic violence

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators started training camp explaining why they're keeping a player after the NHL suspended forward Austin Watson for the entire preseason and the first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Casada jumps into contested Tennessee House speaker race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republican House Majority Leader Glen Casada has made his run for House speaker official, setting up at least a three-way race to succeed Speaker Beth Harwell.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Country music star's son-in-law, prosecutor dies in fall

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Nashville prosecutor who was the son-in-law of country music star Alan Jackson has died in a fall in Florida.

Airport fracas charge against singer Gretchen Wilson dropped

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Country singer Gretchen Wilson has agreed to donate $500 to charity to settle a criminal charge related to a disturbance at a Connecticut airport last month.

COURTS

State: Strike expert testimony on recent execution from suit

NASHVILLE (AP) — Attorneys for the state say Tennessee's Supreme Court shouldn't consider an expert's conclusions about "tortuous effects" of the latest execution in a challenge of the state's lethal injection protocol.

Former officer pleads guilty to lying in stun gun case

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former corrections officer at a Tennessee jail has pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents in connection to an incident in which a stun gun allegedly was used on a restrained detainee.

REGION

'Uninvited brute': Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

Truly deep: Florence to dump 18 trillion gallons of rain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florence's rain total will likely be staggeringly huge.

TECHNOLOGY

The Apple Watch is inching toward becoming a medical device

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.

EDUCATION

$25M donation set to fuel Vanderbilt military scholarships

NASHVILLE (AP) — A $25 million donation will set up a scholarship program for military veterans to pursue graduate and professional degrees at Vanderbilt University.

Federal court rules against DeVos in for-profit fraud case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' move to delay Obama-era protections for students defrauded by for-profit colleges was dealt a setback when a federal judge found her actions to be "arbitrary and capricious."

AUTO INDUSTRY

VW to stop making iconic Beetle next summer

DETROIT (AP) — After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle.

TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX changes plans to send tourists around the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX said it has signed the first private moon traveler, with some changes to its original game plan.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Small-company stocks shine on an otherwise ho-hum day

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks hardly moved Friday as the market wrapped up a solid week. Smaller companies rose following signs of sustained economic growth and reports that more tariffs on Chinese goods could be on the way.

US retail sales up just 0.1 pct. after previous strong gain

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July.

US industrial production rose a solid 0.4 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose by a healthy 0.4 percent in August, boosted by gains in the production of autos, oil and natural gas.

Reports: Bank of England chief warns of no-deal Brexit chaos

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England governor has warned senior government ministers of the severe economic problems that would be created if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal on future relations.

Sears sales decline improved in latest quarter; shares soar

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp., the struggling department store operator, said it key sales figure improved and its stock soared in after-hours trading Thursday.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos to start $2 billion charitable fund

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he is giving $2 billion to start a fund that will open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that helps homeless families.

Target to boost holiday hiring by 20 percent to 120,000

NEW YORK (AP) — Target plans to hire more than 120,000 people for the busy holiday shopping season, a 20 percent increase from last year.

ECB's Draghi: Trade war chief worry for global economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank pushed forward Thursday with its plan to gradually phase out its monetary stimulus, saying it is confident in the region's growth. But its president, Mario Draghi, warned that the United States' trade dispute with several major powers has become a key economic concern.

US energy chief: sanctions possible on new Russia pipeline

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States could impose sanctions on a new Russia-Germany gas pipeline, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday during a visit to Moscow.

US consumer prices rose an annual 2.7 percent in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose 2.7 percent in August from a year earlier, with higher housing and gasoline costs driving most of the increase.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with special counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate with the special counsel's Russia investigation as he pleaded guilty to federal charges and avoided a second trial that could have exposed him to even greater punishment.

As Trump threatens election meddlers, Russia says 'so what?'

PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump is finally making moves against foreign election meddling — and Russia says it couldn't care less.

Takeaways from the 2018 primary season

The stage is set for a November brawl that could loosen President Donald Trump's grip on Washington.

Analysis: Trump leans on shaky numbers to shape reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of illegal voters. Crowd size. The GDP.

White House defends Trump on Puerto Rico death toll claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Hurricane Florence bore down on the U.S., President Donald Trump angrily churned up the devastating storm of a year earlier, disputing the official death count from Hurricane Maria and falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the Puerto Rican toll to make him "look as bad as possible."

Debate on new tax cuts undercut by GOP election pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are debating a Republican proposal to expand the new tax law by making permanent the individual tax cuts now set to expire in 2026. But the move is undercut by election pressures faced by GOP lawmakers from high-tax states where residents are hurt by the law's limits on state and local tax deductions.

US budget deficit hits $214.1B in August, 33% higher than last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government racked up a $214.1 billion deficit in August, double the red ink from a year ago, although a big part of that increase reflected quirks in the calendar.

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