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VOL. 42 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 30, 2018

Scooter invasion

The good, the bad and the ugly of the first 100+ days of Lime, Bird

Forget politics, religion, sports or movies. If you want to start an argument in Nashville these days, bring up “shared urban mobility devices” – aka scooters.


Prine is great but Rock Hall isn’t the right fit

John Prine is an American treasure. People should be naming their pets – and maybe their secondary kids – after him.


Got a million? Then I have a real estate deal for you

Comedian-turned-banjo player Steve Martin had a joke early in his career about how to become a millionaire. “First,” he would state in a serious tone, “get a million dollars.”

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93rd annual Waffle Shop. Homemade waffles, hot chicken or eggs, spiced tea and coffee. Plus, live music, a silent auction, bake sale and free tours of the historic Egyptian-revival church. All proceeds benefit the homeless ministries of the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10. Information: https://dpchurch.com/93rd-annual-waffle-shop

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You won’t miss the pizza at Ed’s Fish & Pizza House

Don’t expect to get a New York-style slice with pepperoni at Ed’s Fish & Pizza House. Nor with just cheese. Certainly not even a sniff of unfairly pilloried anchovies. Fact is, there’s been no pizza at Ed’s since 1993, when Big Anthony bought the place from his Uncle Ed Morris.


Longer college season helps first-year Titans avoid ‘rookie wall’

This used to be the time of year when NFL teams would start having concerns about their first-year players hitting the so-called “rookie wall.”

Jets at Titans: What to watch

1. Whether or not Sam Darnold plays. Darnold has been out for the past couple of weeks with a foot injury, and the Jets – no surprise – have been awful in those games. If it is Josh McCown at quarterback for the Jets again, the Titans should have a decided advantage. Even if Darnold is ready to return, he could be rusty and he is still a rookie quarterback trying to find his way at the NFL level.


Young Leaders Council honors Snitker, Day

Ron Snitker, executive director of business development at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, has been named the 2018 Young Leader of the Year, and Jaynee Day, president & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, received the 2018 Hero of the Year Award from Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,500 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies since 1985.


Community Foundation awards $2.72M+ to 453 organizations

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in 40 Middle Tennessee counties and beyond, announces $2,726,800 in grants to 453 local nonprofit organizations as part of the 2018 annual grantmaking process.


Free flu shot events planned statewide

Tennessee’s county health departments are holding special “FightFluTN” events Dec. 5 to provide flu shots at no charge to increase the number of people vaccinated in Tennessee.


Four capable crossovers choices for less than $30,000

Crossover SUVs are growing in popularity every year. They provide lots of interior space, an easy-to-drive demeanor and optional all-wheel drive for enhanced traction in poor road conditions. They’re also available with all of the latest safety tech and infotainment systems. But which one should you get if you’ve got a modest budget?


Unsure about holiday tipping? You're probably tipping too little

Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much?


What do you do if asked an illegal interview query?

I’ve been talking to a number of job seekers lately about illegal interview questions. They keep coming up, and I keep asking myself why.


The speed of trust is an undeniable advantage

I find myself inspired today by a book called “The Speed of Trust,” by Stephen M.R. Covey. You’re probably familiar with Covey’s father, who wrote “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”


More Democrat governors, more skepticism of charter schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools.

Haslam appoints 20 members to university advisory boards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed 20 members to the new advisory boards for each of the four campuses within the state's university system.


Tennessee to electrocute second inmate in as many months

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee inmate is scheduled to become the second person to die in the state's electric chair in as many months Thursday evening, nearly two decades after Tennessee adopted lethal injection as its preferred method of execution.

Supreme Court to hear closely watched double jeopardy case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about an exception to the Constitution's ban on being tried for the same offense. The outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Vandy steps up its defense in win over Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Bryce Drew didn't like Vanderbilt's defensive effort four days ago.


US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan at 4.75%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week amid a steep decline in stock prices.


Fiat Chrysler taps Amazon, Shell execs to fill roles

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is tapping executives from Amazon and Shell Oil Company with previous automotive industry experience to fill its ranks.


US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species.


US stocks tumble on US-China trade jitters, oil price slide

U.S. stocks tumbled in early trading Thursday following a sell-off in overseas markets, knocking more than 450 points off the Dow Jones Industrials Average.

Record imports push US trade gap to $55.5 billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record imports in October drove the U.S. trade deficit to the highest level in a decade.

Survey: US services firms grew in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms grew at a slightly stronger pace in November, a sign that the recent stock market sell-offs have yet to dampen enthusiasm among consumers.

Survey: US businesses added a solid 179,000 jobs last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey.

US productivity up 2.3% in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.3% in the July-September quarter, slower than the previous quarter but still an improvement over the weak annual gains of the past decade. Labor costs rose at a modest pace in the third quarter.

Sears' biggest holder bids $4.6B for rest of bankrupt chain

Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock.

OPEC looks to cut oil production to support falling price

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC countries were gathered Thursday to find a way to support the falling price of oil, with analysts predicting the cartel and key ally Russia would agree to cut production by at least 1 million barrels per day.

Tech execs to gather at White House on Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump's administration and the tech industry.

UK leader may let Parliament decide on Brexit backstop

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she may let Parliament decide whether to trigger the controversial Northern Ireland "backstop" as she shrugged off suggestions that the government may delay a vote on her Brexit deal to avoid a stinging defeat.


China demands Canada release Huawei executive

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks.

Judge's order didn't end family separations at border

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.


Nashville to cover non-tuition student costs at 2 schools

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mayor David Briley says Nashville will offer scholarships to cover student expenses at two schools, complementing Tennessee's programs offering free community and technical college tuition.


Tennessee governor unveils statewide water availability plan

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wants the public's input on a state plan for future water availability.

Tennessee Senate Democrats pick Yarbro as minority leader

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Senate Democrats have picked Jeff Yarbro as their new minority leader.


Belmont edges Lipscomb 76-74 on Hollander's late jumper

NASHVILLE (AP) — Caleb Hollander made a 15-foot jumper with four seconds left to give Belmont a 76-74 victory over Lipscomb on Tuesday night.


Brown-Forman posts higher earnings in fiscal 2nd quarter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. reported slightly higher second-quarter net income Wednesday on the strength of its American whiskey and tequila sales, but cautioned that it's starting to feel the pinch from tariffs slapped on its spirits in key European markets.


Death-row inmate awaits court rulings, clemency decision

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate was waiting Wednesday to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor would halt his Thursday execution in the electric chair.

Lee Company denies allegations in wrongful termination suit

NASHVILLE (AP) — The company chaired by Tennessee's newly elected governor is denying allegations it wrongfully terminated an employee who requested medical leave.


Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota's top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs.

Ford, Volkswagen in talks to build VWs at US Ford plants

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Ford and Volkswagen are in talks about building VW vehicles in some of Ford's U.S. factories.

Trump, German auto executives meet at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and executives from Germany's biggest automakers discussed the companies' investments in the U.S. on Tuesday as trade tensions with the Europeans and Trump's threat to impose tariffs on foreign cars sold here loomed overhead.


UN: Curbing climate change would reap huge health benefits

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The United Nations says curbing climate change will have huge benefits for people's health worldwide.


Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weapon

Internal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark.


Global shares slip on doubts over US-China trade deal

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock prices fell Wednesday, though not as much as Wall Street the day before, amid confusion about what the U.S. and China agreed to in a tariff cease-fire.

Fed survey cites rising concerns about trade tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy was growing in the fall, but there were concerns about higher tariffs from a widening trade war, rising interest rates and tight labor markets.

Protesters, now joined by unions, reject French concessions

PARIS (AP) — Trade unions and farmers pledged Wednesday to join nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government failed to stem the momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in decades.

China promises action on US trade deal but gives no details

BEIJING (AP) — China issued an upbeat but vague promise Wednesday to carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington but gave no details that might dispel confusion about what Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump agreed to in Argentina.


Bush saluted with praise, humor, cannons at capital farewell

WASHINGTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America's 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad.

Last salute: A guide to George HW Bush's funeral

WASHINGTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush is getting a national farewell at Washington National Cathedral before family, friends, presidents and foreign dignitaries.

Ceremonies for Bush draw together presidents, world envoys

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital bids its final farewell to the late former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday in a service of prayer and praise that is drawing together world envoys, Americans of high office and a guy from Maine who used to fix things in Bush's house on the water.

Prosecutors recommend no jail time for cooperative Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing that describes Michael Flynn's cooperation as "substantial."

After CIA briefing, senators lay blame on Saudi crown prince

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with President Donald Trump, senators leaving a briefing with CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday said they are even more convinced that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about illegal immigration costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading misleading numbers about the cost of illegal immigration.

AP FACT CHECK: Economists say Trump off on tariffs' impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised on Twitter that tariffs would maximize the country's economic heft and "MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN."


Tennessee state veterinarian tapped for top agriculture post

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee has picked the state veterinarian to become his new commissioner of agriculture.


Dollar General meets 3Q expectations, but trims outlook

NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar General Corp. reported a boost in third-quarter profit that met Wall Street expectations, but it expects lingering costs from hurricane season to cut into finances for the remainder of the year.


NTSB: Pilot error caused crash that killed Troy Gentry

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pilot error following engine maintenance problems caused the helicopter crash that killed Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry and the pilot at a small airport where he was to perform that night, federal investigators said.


2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Internal Revenue Service and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.

Tennessee inmate asks US Supreme Court to halt execution

NASHVILLE (AP) — A condemned Tennessee inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his Thursday execution and consider his claims that the electric chair is unconstitutional but the state's lethal injection method is worse.


Fiala leads Predators to 2-1 win over Sabres

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators credited their defensive effort after their latest win.


Climate talks shift to nitty-gritty details of Paris accord

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators at the U.N. climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty task Tuesday of finalizing the rules for the Paris accord, a landmark agreement by countries three years ago to curb global warming.


White House: Trump meets with German auto executives

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Tuesday with executives from three big German automakers amid U.S.-European trade tensions focused on car exports and the threat of tariffs.


Renewed jitters over trade send Dow 799 points lowers

Stocks slumped on Wall Street Tuesday as traders worried that the U.S. and China made less progress than originally thought on defusing their dispute over trade. Bond prices surged, sending yields sharply lower as investors turned to lower-risk assets.

Marlboro maker Altria the latest big company to explore pot

TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana is going corporate. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is the latest big company to explore the cannabis market, joining beverage makers like Molson Coors and Heineken. Other big companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch and Guinness brewer Diageo haven't acted yet, but have said they're watching closely as the market for marijuana and its extracts evolves.

UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament dealt Prime Minister Theresa May's government two bruising defeats Tuesday, and that was before lawmakers began an epic debate that will decide the fate of May's European Union divorce deal and her political career.

If Parliament rejects May's Brexit deal, uncertainty reigns

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May looks to be on a collision course with Parliament over her Brexit plan.

White House intensifies confusion and fear on US-China deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration raised doubts Tuesday about the substance of a U.S.-China trade cease-fire, contributing to a stock market plunge and intensifying fears of a global economic slowdown.

Oil prices perk up on trade truce, possible OPEC decision

A rally in oil prices after a two-month slide indicates traders are betting that OPEC and its allies including Russia will agree to produce less crude.

Fed Chairman Powell says economic challenges remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Monday that despite solid economic progress, the country still faces a number of challenges ranging from slow wage-growth for lower-income workers to sluggish productivity and an aging population.


Biden says he's the most qualified person to be president

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president.

GOP campaign arm reports 'cyber intrusion'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday that it was hit with a "cyber intrusion" during the 2018 midterm campaigns and has reported the breach to the FBI.

France suspends fuel tax hike, protesters vow to fight on

PARIS (AP) — The French government's decision to suspend fuel tax and utility price hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a "first step" and vowed to fight on after large-scale rioting in Paris last weekend.

Billionaires with eye on White House to visit key states

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two deep-pocketed Democrats are set to travel to early presidential primary states, stoking further speculation about whether they will soon launch bids for the White House.

Solemn public pays tribute to Bush before dawn in Rotunda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol Rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike.

Bush and Trump presidencies show how GOP itself has changed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the nation for the first time as its president, George H.W. Bush vowed to lead with humility, moral principle and a spirit of unity.


Tennessee Senate GOP renominates speaker, picks new leader

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Senate Republicans have renominated Randy McNally as speaker and have chosen Jack Johnson as the new majority leader.


Gibson moving Memphis guitar production to Nashville

Gibson Brands Inc. will stop making guitars in Memphis by April and move the operation to its Nashville headquarters.


Tennessee GOP backs resolution for closed primary elections

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republican Party officials have passed a resolution in support of asking voters to pick a party affiliation and close primary elections to party voters.

4 Tennessee sites join National Register of Historic Places

NASHVILLE (AP) — Four Tennessee sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Titans shake off ugly start, rally to edge Jets 26-22

NASHVILLE (AP) — Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans could not have started much uglier.


GlaxoSmithKline to spend $5.1B on cancer drugmaker Tesaro

Shares of Tesaro soared early Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker.


UN chief: Climate change is 'most important issue we face'

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dramatic appeal to world leaders Monday to take the threat of global warming seriously and to act boldly to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures before the end of the century.


US-China trade truce sends US stocks solidly higher

A welcome truce in the escalating U.S.-China trade dispute put investors in a buying mood Monday, sending U.S. stocks solidly higher and extending the market's gains from last week.

NYSE, Nasdaq to close on Wednesday to honor Bush

NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock markets will close Wednesday in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at 94.

Survey: Small business owners upbeat, looking to expand

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are upbeat, looking to expand and worrying less about financial concerns like health costs.

China gets US tariff delay but movement on tech unclear

BEIJING (AP) — Buy more U.S. exports? Done. Tinker with technology tactics that irk Washington and other trading partners? Maybe. But scrap those plans, seen by Beijing as a path to prosperity and influence? Probably never.

US construction spending down 0.1% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 0.1% in October, the third consecutive monthly decline, as weakness in home building and non-residential construction offset a rebound in government projects.

Survey: US manufacturing grew in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers expanded at a faster pace in November as new orders surged, a positive sign for domestic economic growth heading into 2019.

Nexstar offers just over $4B for Tribune Media

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Nexstar is offering to buy Chicago's Tribune Media for about $4 billion Monday, four months after the collapse of a similar bid from Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Business economists: Solid growth ahead but risks from trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of business economists foresee U.S. economic growth remaining solid next year, with unemployment falling further and only a slight chance of a recession. But they express concern about potential risks, notably from trade conflicts.

Trump and Xi agreement buys time in trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dinner table diplomacy that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China conducted over the weekend produced something as vague as it was valuable: an agreement to keep talking.

Qatar to pull out of Saudi-dominated OPEC amid Doha boycott

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced Monday it will withdraw from OPEC in January, a rebuke of the Saudi-dominated cartel as the kingdom's boycott of Doha continues unabated and a crucial meeting of the group looms this week.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump's mangled truths on Russia probe, Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump can't seem to get his facts straight when it comes to the Russia investigation.

Analysis: For Trump, low drama on trip, signs of acceptance

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there has been a constant to President Donald Trump's tumultuous first two years in office, it has been that his foreign trips have tended to be drama-filled affairs — the president barreling through international gatherings like a norm-smashing bull, disrupting alliances and upending long-standing U.S. policies. But at this year's Group of 20 summit, Trump appeared to settle in among his global peers.


UT forms search committee as it selects chancellor

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee system interim president Randy Boyd has named a search committee to assist in the selection of a Knoxville campus chancellor.


Feds accept corrective plan from Vanderbilt hospital

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal officials say they have accepted a corrective plan from Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a nurse accidentally gave a lethal dose of the wrong medicine to a patient who died.


Mayor leans toward missing Kid Rock-led parade after remarks

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Kid Rock interview on Fox & Friends has roiled Nashville's Christmas parade.

Nashville police union calls Amazon incentives 'handouts'

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville's police union is blasting the city's plans to award up to $15 million in incentives for Amazon's new facility, calling them "corporate welfare" and "handouts."

Ex-congressman, ex-Nashville mayor Richard Fulton dies at 91

NASHVILLE (AP) — Richard Fulton, a Democrat who was elected to seven terms in Congress and served 12 years as mayor of Metro Nashville, has died. He was 91.


Hill gets 1st NHL shutout as Coyotes top Predators 3-0

NASHVILLE (AP) — Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson made sure Adin Hill took home a souvenir from his first NHL shutout.


Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell dies of cancer at 21

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell died Thursday at home after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 21.


Tennessee lawsuit wants instant runoff voting ruled legal

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawsuit urges a judge to deem instant runoff voting legal in the state.


Marriott security breach exposed data of up to 500M guests

NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers stole information on as many as 500 million guests of the Marriott hotel empire over four years, obtaining credit card and passport numbers and other personal data, the company said Friday as it acknowledged one of the largest security breaches in history.

To encourage more use, Instagram to allow sharing with fewer

NEW YORK (AP) — Keep your friends close ... and your close friends closer?


US average mortgage rates steady; 30-year stays at 4.81 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates barely budged this week after marking the biggest drop in nearly four years a week earlier.

US pending home sales fell 2.6 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people signed contracts in October to purchase homes, as higher mortgage rates have worsened the affordability and dampened enthusiasm among would-be buyers.


Cruise control: GM's No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors' No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker's self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation.

As GM cuts in US, Fiat Chrysler invests in Italian plants

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday that its plants in Italy would return to full employment with a 5 billion-euro ($5.7 billion) investment in new cars and engine technology, including a fully electric version of the 500 city car and a plug-in hybrid Alfa Romeo compact utility vehicle.


Babies born in withdrawal new complication in opioid cases

The expansive court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation's opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born addicted to the drugs?


Climate change is more extensive and worse than once thought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientists missed a lot about a quarter century ago when they predicted how bad global warming would be.


Stocks climb as investors hope for Trump-Xi trade progress

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed again Friday as investors waited for President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China to meet and discuss trade, a meeting they hope will start to resolve the nations' trade dispute. The U.S. market jumped this week after falling to a six-month low the week before.

Microsoft surpasses Apple as most valuable public company

Microsoft's big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable publicly traded company.

Facebook: Sandberg asked staff to research Soros finances

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said its No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, asked staff to investigate whether billionaire philanthropist George Soros, in calling the company a "menace," had financial motivations against it.

Trump admin approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life.

Fed officials express caution about pace of future hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month appeared on track to raise its key interest rate again in December, but they signaled that the pace of future rate hikes might need to slow given emerging risks to the economy, according to minutes of the discussions released Thursday.

May won't rule out no-deal Brexit; bank says firms not ready

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May refused Thursday to rule out Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, a day after the Bank of England warned that such a scenario could plunge the country into its deepest recession in decades.

German pharmaceutical company Bayer cutting 12,000 jobs

BERLIN (AP) — German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG says it's cutting 12,000 jobs worldwide as it seeks to reduce costs.

US consumer spending up strong 0.6 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months — both good signs for future economic growth.


Diplomats struggle for agreement on G-20 summit statement

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diplomats from the Group of 20 countries were haggling hard over a final summit statement Friday, with deep divisions over what language to use on the Paris climate accord and the World Trade Organization, according to two European officials involved in the discussions.

US stands apart as G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The United States has been blocking progress at the Group of 20 summit on fixing world trade rules, fighting climate change and tackling migration, according to European officials involved in the discussions.

Tariff tensions shadow US, Canada, Mexico trade pact signing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Friday, declaring the deal a major victory for workers. But tensions over tariffs, looming GM layoffs and questions about the pact's prospects in Congress clouded the celebratory moment.

AP FACT CHECK: Is Trump's new trade deal really a landmark?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hailing a revised North American trade deal as if nothing existed before it.

Mueller considers new charges for ex-Trump campaign chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may face additional charges after lawyers in the special counsel's Russia investigation said he lied to them and broke his plea agreement, prosecutors said Friday.

House Democrats say Whitaker will testify in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in January.

Trump administration vows to prosecute migrants in future

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials vowed Friday to address some of issues that forced them to decide against criminally prosecuting any of the 42 members of a Central American migrant caravan arrested last weekend who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally during a chaotic clash with Border Patrol agents.

House Democrats' 1st bill targets big donors, voting access

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package to limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns.

Washington's new power standoff: Trump, Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — They haven't spoken in days, not since President Donald Trump called to congratulate Nancy Pelosi on Democrats' election night win.

Attorney's plea caused by Trump's dream of a Moscow tower

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum.

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen admits lying about Russian deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen confessed in a surprise guilty plea that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump's behalf during the heat of the 2016 Republican campaign. He said he lied to be consistent with Trump's "political messaging."

Manafort lawyers head to court as Mueller probe picks up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort's attorneys head to court Friday at a time of frenetic activity in the special counsel's Russia investigation as prosecutors obtained a guilty plea from President Donald Trump's longtime fixer and appear to be lining up charges against another Trump supporter.

Trump on China: 'I like the deal we have now'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is "very close" to a deal with China on tariffs, but he adds that "I don't know that I want to do it."

Sinclair distances itself from commentary after protest

NEW YORK (AP) — The Sinclair Broadcast Group is distancing itself from commentary by its chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn, who this week supported the Trump administration's efforts to stop migrants at the U.S. border with Mexico and called it an "attempted invasion."

Frist-founded education group announces leadership changes

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee education group founded by former Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is switching up its leadership.

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