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VOL. 43 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 13, 2019

Easing the squeeze in Bordeaux

Nonprofit helping homeowners who don’t want to sell to developers

The days of going out the back door and down two flights of steps to the basement to do the laundry or take food from the freezer are over for East Nashville resident Ivy McGee.

Community plans set tone for neighborhoods

The Metro Planning Commission adopted a community plan for Bordeaux-Whites Creek-Haynes Trinity in June 2015.

Bordeaux history quick facts

• Archeological evidence indicates that people were living in the Bordeaux area thousands of years ago.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Downtown library is a jewel more should enjoy

Of all there is to be proud of about Nashville – and the list is not short – the downtown public library may be the most notable.

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EVENTS

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

More homes on market portend record January

’Tis the season to be jolly, and one of the means to that jolly end seems to be selling houses.

REAL ESTATE

Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for November 2019

Top residential real estate sales, November 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year loan at 3.73%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week. Still, rates remain at historically low levels as a lure to prospective homebuyers.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

‘He never misses’: VU’s Nesmith a 3-point machine

Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse watched in amazement as Aaron Nesmith kept making 3-pointers during a shooting drill at practice. “From 100 shots, five spots-20 shots, two days ago he had 91,” Stackhouse said on Dec. 3. “Ninety-one, that’s Allan Houston-type numbers.”

TENNESSEE TITANS

The science of perfect placekick hold

It seems like one of the simplest jobs in football, but in reality it involves physics, geometry and even some meteorology to do it right.

More Tannehill, more Henry, maximum pressure on Watson

The Tennessee Titans (8-5) have played themselves into a big game this Sunday against the Houston Texans, who also are 8-5. A win would place the Titans in first place in the AFC South with two games remaining and give them a chance to win the division for the first time since 2008.

Titans should top Texans, claim lead in AFC South

Titans 31, Texans 27: Could the Titans actually be a bona fide contender? The answer is yes if they can find a way to defeat the Texans. The Titans have to guard against big plays, but if they can contain the heroics of Deshaun Watson and continue riding the hot tandem of Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill, they can pull this off.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker selected president of Nashville Bar Association

Laura Baker, a shareholder at the Law Offices of John Day, has been named 2020 president of the Nashville Bar Association.

BRIEFS

Nashville among top 20 Places to Go in the World

Travel publication Condé Nast Traveler has designated Nashville as one of the 20 best places to go in the world in 2020.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Pros, cons of buying outgoing car model vs. redesign

The end of the calendar year can be an exciting time for new-car buyers. Many vehicles have been redesigned and are packed with the latest technology. However, the outgoing models are still on dealer lots and likely to be discounted steeply by makers and dealers looking to meet year-end goals.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Think twice before buying ‘Cheaters Always Win’

Honesty is the best policy, isn’t that what your mother always said? You hate when people lie to you, so you shouldn’t lie to them – although, as you’ll see in the new book “Cheaters Always Win: The Story of America” by J.M. Fenster, you wouldn’t be the first to do so.

PERSONAL FINANCE

How employers help workers save for rainy days

Everyone needs a rainy-day fund. Your financial health depends on it, and your employer could help you build one.

CAREER CORNER

Get ready for the new year new job rush

The race will be on in less than three weeks. Are you ready? You might wonder what race I’m talking about. It’s the most important races of your life. The race to your dream job.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

How procrastinators can win at gift-giving

Check the calendar. No, this isn’t a dream. It really is December, and Christmas Day is staring you straight in the face.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville among cities with top income growth over past 5 years

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — From the middle of the Obama administration to the midpoint of the Trump presidency, household income grew the most in tech and entertainment centers like Nashville, Austin, Texas, and large chunks of the West Coast.

Music City Bowl announces new title sponsor starting in 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Music City Bowl will have a new title sponsor in TransPerfect starting in 2020 when the bowl pits teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Faith, service drive Tennessee gov to keep taking refugees

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fartun Abdi last saw her father face-to-face when she was about 1 year old living in Somalia, just before her family separated to flee fighting in the country.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US probes 4 automakers in new Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency has launched an investigation into four automakers that have a potentially deadly type of Takata air bag inflator in their vehicles but have yet to recall them.

REAL ESTATE

US home sales tumbled 1.7% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home-buying slumped in November, with some Americans priced out of the market by rising prices and a shortage of sales listings.

TECHNOLOGY

Toyota unveils upgraded version of its humanoid robot

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled an upgraded version of its human-shaped T-HR3 robot. The robot, which is controlled remotely by a person wearing a headset and wiring on his or her arms and hands, now has faster and smoother finger movements because the controlling device is lighter and easier to use.

HEALTH CARE

Court: Part of 'Obamacare' invalid, more review needed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down "Obamacare's" now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance but sidestepped a ruling on the law's overall constitutionality. The decision means the law remains in effect for now.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Democratic-led House expected to give Trump big win on trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after impeaching President Donald Trump, the Democratic-led House is expected to overwhelmingly pass one of his signature priorities, a rewrite of the 25-year-old free trade agreement he blames for shipping U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico.

Swedish central bank ends pioneering era of subzero rates

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's central bank has ended a five-year experiment of keeping its benchmark interest rate below zero, a policy that other countries have also adopted to try to improve economic growth.

EU top court: France can't apply real estate rules on Airbnb

BRUSSELS (AP) — Airbnb scored a big win in its long-standing fight with French hoteliers as the European Union's highest court rejected Thursday an argument that Airbnb should be subject to the strict rules that govern French estate agents.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

McConnell blasts House impeachment, pledges Senate stability

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican on Thursday denounced the "most unfair" House impeachment of President Donald Trump and reassured Trump and his supporters that "moments like this are why the United States Senate exists."

After vote, Pelosi stokes impeachment trial uncertainty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minutes after the House impeached President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw uncertainty into the process by refusing to say, repeatedly, when or whether she would send two articles to the Senate for a trial.

Trump impeached on charges of abuse of power, obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution's ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

6 big questions ahead of Democrats' final debate of 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just seven Democrats will take the stage for the sixth and final round of presidential debates in 2019. That's down from 20 candidates six months ago.


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18
STATEWIDE

Gov. Lee says state will keep resettling refugees

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee won't stop resettling refugees, Republican Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday, rejecting the option offered to states by President Donald Trump's administration.

DOJ plans crackdown on violent crime in Memphis, 6 other cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced a crackdown Wednesday aimed at driving down violent crime in seven of the nation's most violent cities.

FedEx profit falls 40% amid higher costs, loss of Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — FedEx said Tuesday that its profit fell 40% in its most recent quarter, hurt by higher costs, a shorter holiday shipping season and its move to cut ties with online shopping giant Amazon.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans put Succop on injured reserve, sign K Joseph

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have made yet another move at kicker, placing veteran Ryan Succop back on injured reserve and signing Greg Joseph off Carolina's practice squad.

PREDATORS

Predators score 7 straight goals, beat Islanders 8-3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Nashville Predators completed a two-day sweep of New York teams in a stunning way.

HEALTH CARE

Court: Part of 'Obamacare' invalid, more review needed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The "individual mandate" of former President Barack Obama's health care law is invalid, but other parts of the law need further review, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Budget deal advances VA private care program backed by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's expansion of a program aimed at steering more veterans to private health care is getting an $8.9 billion boost as part of the massive government spending bill approved by the House, setting up a potential battle over the direction of the Veterans Affairs Department.

Trump administration advances prescription drug import plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration, eager to show progress on prescription drug costs, on Wednesday moved forward on its plan to allow Americans to safely and legally get access to lower-priced medicines from abroad.

COURTS

Justices could limit job bias lawsuits against churches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday it will consider expanding protections for churches against job-discrimination claims.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Modest rally for stocks is mostly gone by the closing bell

A last-minute burst of selling pulled the major U.S. stock indexes mostly lower Wednesday, ending the market's five-day winning streak.

New York Life to spend $6.3 B on Cigna business

New York Life will spend more than $6 billion in cash to acquire the group life and disability coverage business of the insurer Cigna.

Bertelsmann to take full control of Penguin Random House

BERLIN (AP) — Germany-based media and services company Bertelsmann says it will buy the 25% of publisher Penguin Random House that it doesn't already own for $675 million.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House marches toward Trump impeachment; he claims 'assault'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House marched toward a historic evening vote to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, with Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisting Congress must "defend democracy" by evicting him from the White House. Trump would be just the third American president to be impeached, a distinctive dark mark on his tenure.

Trump remains defiant as House pushes toward impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — An incredulous and defiant President Donald Trump stared down Wednesday's impending impeachment votes as he has every obstacle in his presidency: broadcasting his grievances by tweet.

What to watch as Trump impeachment moves to House floor

WASHINGTON (AP) — American history is happening in the U.S. House of Representatives.


TUESDAY, DEC. 17
STATEWIDE

Removed statues of Forrest, Davis given to Confederate group

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee nonprofit group has handed over statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, two years after they were removed from public parks in Memphis, officials said Tuesday.

Report: Tennessee quarterly exports dip $500M year-over-year

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Exports in Tennessee dropped by more than $500 million during the third quarter compared to the same period last year, falling to $7.8 billion, according to a report released Monday.

EDUCATION

Former Kentucky education leader takes job at Belmont

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former Kentucky education commissioner is moving into a new role at a private Christian college in Tennessee.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee Titans waive kickoff specialist Ryan Santoso

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have waived kicker Ryan Santoso, who had been working as the team's kickoff specialist.

PREDATORS

Josi, Saros lead Predators to 5-2 win vs. Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off back-to-back losses, the Nashville Predators came through with a strong defensive effort and some timely goals to get a needed win.

UT SPORTS

Vols OL Ryan Johnson says he's transferring to Georgia Tech

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson says he's transferring to Georgia Tech.

REAL ESTATE

US housing construction increases 3.2% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes rose again in November while applications for building permits rose to the highest level in 12 years, both encouraging signs of a rebound in the housing market.

ENVIRONMENT

EU lawmakers, member states find compromise on green finance

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU lawmakers and member countries have agreed on a deal to promote environmentally-friendly investment after weeks of discussions that had stalled over whether to exclude nuclear projects.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford to add 3,000 jobs in the Detroit area, invest $1.45B

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is adding 3,000 jobs at two factories in the Detroit area and investing $1.45 billion to build new pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric and autonomous vehicles.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Slight gains on Wall Street are enough for more record highs

Wall Street extended its milestone-shattering run Tuesday with modest gains for stocks, nudging the major indexes to more record highs.

US permits sale of cigarettes with 95% less nicotine

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday endorsed a type of cigarette that could help ease the addictive grip of smoking by delivering very low levels of nicotine.

Employers post more jobs in October in sign of solid economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs jumped in October after hitting an 18-month low the previous month, a sign the job market remains strong.

US industrial production snaps back, rises 1.1% in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production snapped back last month, posting the biggest gain in more than two years, boosted by the end of a strike at General Motors.

Amazon bans sellers from using FedEx for some deliveries

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is banning its third-party merchants from using FedEx's ground service to deliver to Prime members, suggesting that it thinks the service is too slow to get packages to their destinations in time for Christmas.

UK opens inquiry into Google's takeover of data company

LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog said Tuesday it launched a formal inquiry into Google's takeover of cloud data analytics company Looker Data Sciences, as it intensifies scrutiny of technology deals.

UK's Johnson seeks to rule out Brexit trade pact delay

LONDON (AP) — Buoyed by a Conservative majority in Parliament, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled Tuesday he won't soften his Brexit stance, ruling out any extension of an end-of-2020 deadline to strike a trade deal with the European Union.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House nears historic impeachment; Trump cries 'perversion'

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of his all-but-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump fired off a furious letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday denouncing the "crusade" against him but acknowledging that at this point he was unlikely to change any votes.

House passes $1.4 trillion federal spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, handing President Donald Trump a victory on his U.S.-Mexico border fence while giving Democrats spending increases across a swath of domestic programs.

McConnell: No new impeachment witnesses for Trump's trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting the Democrats' push for fresh impeachment testimony against President Donald Trump and making a last-ditch plea for them to "turn back from the cliff" of Wednesday's expected vote to send the case to the Senate for trial.

Ex-Trump campaign official Rick Gates gets 45 days in jail

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced former Trump campaign official Rick Gates to 45 days in jail despite what she said was "extraordinary" cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and other Justice Department investigations.

Highlights of year-end Capitol Hill legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiations on a $1.4 trillion government-wide funding bill produced a bipartisan agreement that's also serving as a must-pass legislative vehicle for lots of other unfinished congressional business. The spending bill — split into two measures for political and tactical reasons — caps a months-long budget battle and would prevent a government shutdown this weekend.

Giuliani: Trump 'relied on' his claims about US diplomat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, says he provided the president with information that the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was impeding investigations that could benefit Trump politically. Within weeks, she was recalled from her post.

Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates faces sentencing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates, who was charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, will learn how much his extensive cooperation with the Justice Department has paid off when he is sentenced in Washington's federal court.

$1.4T spending package crammed with unrelated provisions

WASHINGTON (AP) — House leaders on Monday unveiled a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package that's carrying an unusually large load of unrelated provisions catching a ride on the last train out of Congress this year.


MONDAY, DEC. 16
STATEWIDE

Tennessee to halt most highway lane closures for holidays

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee drivers won't be slowed down by temporary lane closures for construction on interstates and state highways during upcoming holiday travel.

148 deer in Tennessee test positive for deadly disease

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nearly 150 deer in Tennessee have tested positive for chronic wasting disease so far this season, according to the state Wildlife Resources Agency.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans lose chance to control playoff future in AFC South

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans had a chance to seize control of the AFC South, a division they haven't won in a decade.

EDUCATION

Colleges could see lower enrollment due to Great Recession

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Universities in Washington state and Idaho fear there may soon be fewer students to fill their classes due to a national decrease in births during the Great Recession, officials said.

HEALTH CARE

Budget deal puts access to health care above curbing costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan budget deal announced in Congress protects access to health care under the Affordable Care Act but it also ditches one of that law's main cost controls.

Spending deal ends two-decade freeze on gun safety research

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal on a government spending bill would for the first time in two decades provide money for federal research on gun safety. A law adopted in the 1990's has effectively blocked such research and prohibits federal agencies from engaging in advocacy on gun-related issues.

'Obamacare' sign-up deadline is extended following glitches

WASHINGTON (AP) — People will get more time to sign up for "Obamacare" health insurance, the Trump administration announced Monday, following a spate of computer glitches over the weekend.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Fiat, Peugot to announce merger

MILAN (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot are planning to announce a binding memorandum of understanding that will merge the two carmakers, a person briefed on the announcement said Monday.

COURTS

Supreme Court won't review homeless camping ban in Idaho

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not review an appellate decision that makes it harder for cities to keep homeless people from sleeping on the streets.

ENVIRONMENT

Germany set to agree higher CO2 price for transport, heating

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's two houses of parliament are poised to more than double the starting price for carbon dioxide emissions from the transport and heating industries when the charge is introduced in 2021.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rise on Wall Street as rally stretches to fourth day

Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street Monday, pushing major indexes to more record highs.

Paid parental leave for fed workers could spur wider changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's 2.1 million employees will get paid parental leave for the first time, a galvanizing moment in the growing movement to bring the benefit to all U.S. workers.

Entrepreneurs upbeat about hiring, researchers find

NEW YORK (AP) — Although many small businesses struggle to find staffers to fill their open positions, many entrepreneurs with recently launched companies intend to create jobs within a few years.

Retiring Farmers Union president: Family farms still viable

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As Roger Johnson prepares to step down after 11 years leading the National Farmers Union group, he's well aware of the many challenges facing its members: a painful trade war, the effects of climate change and the march of farm consolidation. But Johnson, a North Dakota native, believes smaller operators can still find a way to carve out a living.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

'Obamacare' tax repeal added to $1.4T wrap-up spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired coal miners and longtime opponents of Obama-era taxes on high-cost health plans are eyeing big wins as top congressional leaders and the Trump White House close in on a deal on a government-wide spending bill that's also carrying lots of overdue Washington business.

Trump threatens to bypass Commission on Presidential Debates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made clear Monday that he intends to participate in at least three general election debates, but is threatening to sidestep the nonprofit group charged with running them.

Democrats lay out case for Wednesday Trump impeachment vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats laid out their impeachment case against President Donald Trump on Monday, a sweeping report accusing him of betraying the nation and deserving to be ousted, as key lawmakers began to signal where they stand ahead of this week's landmark votes.

House vote, and on to the Senate: What's next in impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump this week after spending the past three months investigating the president's dealings in Ukraine and deciding whether his behavior was grave enough to qualify as high crimes and misdemeanors.

Comey: 'Real sloppiness' in Russia probe but no misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified "real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been "overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was handled.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's selective facts on Ukraine, job myths

WASHINGTON (AP) — As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call with Ukraine's president at the heart of the constitutional showdown.


FRIDAY, DEC. 13
STATEWIDE

South Korean firm to set up Tennessee facility with 410 jobs

A South Korean manufacturer of electric power equipment plans to set up its first U.S. production operations in Memphis, Tennessee, where the company aims to invest $86.9 million and create 410 jobs over seven years.

PREDATORS

Eichel scores 2 goals; Sabres beat Predators 4-3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — On a night the Sabres celebrated the tradition of their old building, Jack Eichel and his Buffalo teammates continued to establish a home-ice advantage in their current arena.

HEALTH CARE

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four months ago.

AUTO INDUSTRY

General Motors to invest $1.5 billion in Missouri plant

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — General Motors will invest $1.5 billion to make what it calls the "next generation" of mid-sized pickup trucks at its plant near St. Louis, the company's president said Friday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Markets have muted reaction to long-awaited China trade deal

Stocks closed with tiny gains on Wall Street as investors weigh the news that the US and China have reached an initial deal in their long-running trade war.

Trump says US, China have reached deal; Sunday tariffs off

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. has canceled plans to impose new tariffs on $160 billion worth of Chinese imports Sunday as part of a modest interim agreement that de-escalates a 17-month trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

Holiday shopping off to slow start, US retail sales up 0.2%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in November as the holiday shopping season appeared to have a slow start.

UK vote eases corrosive uncertainty hurting businesses

LONDON (AP) — British businesses that have been hobbled for three years by fear and confusion over Brexit are getting a break.

EU leaders debate Brexit as UK election indicates a way out

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday debated Britain's departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a parliamentary majority that should allow him to push the long-stalled Brexit divorce deal through parliament.

Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment souring

TOKYO (AP) — A closely watched economic survey by the Bank of Japan showed sentiment among major manufacturers soured for the fourth straight quarter, sapped by trade tensions and damage from a typhoon.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump's impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It's the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation.

Trial-ready: Pelosi faces choice on impeachment prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a campaign going on in Washington that even the most garrulous members of Congress aren't eager to talk about: to be part of a team of uncertain size, with a risky mission, to be named by a leader who isn't talking about what she's looking for or when she'll decide.

Trump calls impeachment vote 'embarrassment' to nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday's House committee vote to impeach him "an embarrassment to our country" and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the scandal. Almost simultaneous to the vote, Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, turned up at the White House to discuss Ukraine.

Trump appears to hit record with 115 Thursday tweets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The always-prolific Tweeter-in-chief appears to have hit a new record.


THURSDAY, DEC. 12
STATE GOVERNMENT

State panel not expected to talk Confederate bust at meeting

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Capitol Commission has no plans to address a contentious bust of a former Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan when it meets next week for the first time in a year.

HEALTH CARE

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors.

Pelosi drug bill up for House vote reflects a Trump idea

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a White House candidate, Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions of dollars by negotiating prescription drug prices.

COURTS

10 ex-NFL players charged with defrauding health care program

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league's health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday.

ENVIRONMENT

UN chief warns against 'survival of the richest' on climate

MADRID (AP) — Failure to tackle global warming could result in economic disaster, the United Nations Secretary-General warned Thursday in Madrid, as negotiators at the U.N. climate talks remained deadlocked over key issues.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

S&P 500, Nasdaq at records as hopes build for a trade deal

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at all-time highs Thursday on renewed optimism that the U.S. and China are close to reaching a deal in their costly trade war.

US and China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war.

US labor board rules for McDonald's in unionization case

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald's favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who were fired or faced retaliation for trying to unionize.

Saudi Aramco inches near $2 trillion in day 2 of trading

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Shares in Saudi Aramco gained on the second day of trading Thursday, propelling the oil and gas company to a near $2 trillion valuation, where it holds the title of the world's most valuable listed company.

Europe's new central banker aims to put her stamp on the job

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Christine Lagarde is wasting no time in putting her stamp on the European Central Bank.

Wholesale prices unchanged in November as energy prices cool

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices were unchanged in November as the rise in energy costs slowed following a big gain in the previous month.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

House panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee pressed toward a historic vote Thursday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Split sharply along party lines, the panel was expected to send the charges to the full House for pre-Christmas action next week.

Negotiators announce deal on government-wide spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues.

Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration despite concerns about how he will confront the growing problem of underage vaping.

Trump says he'll expand child care, paid leave for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Thursday to expand child care and time-off options for working moms and dads confronted with high costs and lack of access to quality care, saying in his administration "we get it done."

Beyond the hearings: What to watch on Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room.

Trump criticizes climate activist Thunberg after Time honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection "ridiculous."

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