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VOL. 43 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 15, 2019

An unconventional pick for unique university

Is a sports marketing exec who’s never run a college program just what Vanderbilt needs?

Malcolm Turner has known one precious mentor all of his life. Another was part of his life for an all-too-brief span.

NBA G League colleague: Turner a ‘spectacular hire’

Few people in Nashville know Vanderbilt athletics director Malcolm Turner as well as Donelson resident Tommy Smith.

Touting Turner: Various reaction to his hiring

Some of the comments about Vanderbilt’s hiring of Malcolm Turner as athletics director:


Subpoena power at heart of community oversight board fight

As Nashville gets its newly formed community oversight board up and running, some are accusing Republican state lawmakers of trying to gut the powers these police monitors need to be effective.

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Why must we fix problems caused by scooters?

The Vanderbilt trauma surgeon neatly put his finger on what, to me, was the real puzzler for the evening:


The importance of right name for restaurants, column

With apologies to both Shakespeare and Star Trek fans, the theme for my first Ledger column, “By Any Other Name,’’ hints at the peculiar challenge of naming things.


Buying a home now will provide better options later

How important is home ownership? It is something everyone should attempt?


Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for January 2019

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

US mortgage rates fall to 12-month low; 30-year at 4.37 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to a 12-month low, an enticement for prospective homebuyers in the upcoming season.


Shellaway named VU vice chancellor, general counsel

Ruby Z. Shellaway, an attorney who has held key roles in higher education, federal government and in the private sector, has been named vice chancellor, general counsel and university secretary at Vanderbilt University.


Lipscomb University names grad school for Pfeffers

Nashville business leaders and philanthropists Pam and Phil Pfeffer have made a significant investment in Lipscomb University’s College of Business to establish the Pfeffer Graduate School of Business, Lipscomb University President L. Randolph Lowry says.


Photo finish: Little separates Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4

Two of the best-selling small SUVs on the market today are the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, with the CR-V being Edmunds’ top-ranked small SUV.


How traditional stores can survive in e-commerce era

Buy-buy. If you’re in retail, those words cause mixed feelings. They’re what you wish people are doing, but they sound like what people are saying. Here’s the evidence: Toys R Us, Sears, Macy’s, wow. What’s going on? Better question, as author Mark Pilkington asks in “Retail Therapy,” how can we stop it?


Companies are also flunking retirement planning

Plenty has been written about American workers’ failure to plan adequately for retirement. Their employers seem to be doing an even worse job.


It’s not me, it’s you: Break up with job you don’t love

It’s the month of love, and I hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day. Every year, I write a column about why it’s important to love your job. This year, let’s look at it another way.


You now have to be seen and heard to be successful

From their TVs to their phones, consumers are bombarded with thousands of ads, videos and images that leave their eyes tired and your brand fighting for attention.


Fetal heartbeat abortion advances in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected does not include exceptions for situations involving incest or rape because he does not believe it's appropriate.

Lawmakers once again turn attention to UT's Sex Week

NASHVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee could do more to address concerns raised by conservative lawmakers surrounding a student-led program known as Sex Week, a new state comptroller report found on Wednesday.


4 ex-Pilot Flying J workers get probation in fraud plot

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Four former account representatives from nation's largest fuel retailer will serve probation for their roles in a plot to cheat trucking companies.

14 apply for Tennessee Court of Appeals vacancy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fourteen people have applied for consideration to be appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in the Western Division.


Battle of Franklin Trust among 4 awarded war history grants

NASHVILLE (AP) — State commissions have announced more than $115,000 in grants for four projects related to war history in Tennessee.


Nashville SC releases colors, new logo for team starting '20

NASHVILLE (AP) — Playing in Nashville means tapping into Music City, and the Major League Soccer team debuting in 2020 unveiled its name as the Nashville Soccer Club along with a logo and colors Wednesday before approximately 1,500 fans.


Former Vanderbilt athletic official June Stewart dies

NASHVILLE (AP) — June Stewart, a longtime Vanderbilt athletic official and the first female president of the College Sports Information Directors of America, has died. She was 78.


US home sales tumbled 1.2 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales fell 1.2 percent in January to their worst pace in more than three years, as persistent affordability problems have put a harsh chill in the real estate market.


Report: Commercial flight fatalities tick up, but remain low

BERLIN (AP) — A leading airline trade group says fatal commercial flight accidents increased in 2018 from a record low set in 2017.


Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft began its approach Thursday toward a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.


Climate threat doubter is leading effort to advise Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is exploring the idea of forming a special committee to look at climate change and security risks, with the effort being coordinated by a 79-year-old physicist who rejects mainstream climate science.


Resumption of high-level US-China trade talks raises hopes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and China resumed high-levels talks Thursday aimed at easing a trade standoff that has unnerved global investors and clouded the outlook for the world economy.

US durable goods orders up 1.2 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a 1.2 percent advance in December, the best showing in four months, but much of the strength came from a surge in orders for commercial aircraft. In a worrisome development, a key category that tracks business investment fell for a second straight month.

Applications for US jobless benefits fell to 216,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs declined and hiring is likely strong.

European Central Bank concerned by economic slowdown

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials of the European Central Bank worried at their last meeting that the slowdown in economic growth might be "deeper and more broad-based" than previously suspected.

EU's Juncker: Not optimistic no-deal Brexit can be avoided

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says despite constructive talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May he remains downbeat on the prospect of Britain avoiding a chaotic exit from the bloc next month.

Report: US company to stop sales of genetic tech in Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. says it will no longer sell or service genetic sequencers in China's mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang following criticism that they were used for surveillance that enabled human rights abuses, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Shares in world's top shipping firm sink on US tariffs risk

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Shares in the world's biggest shipping company, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, plunged Thursday after it warned of the commercial damage it would suffer from a U.S. escalation in the trade war with China.


Democrats prepare resolution against Trump's declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution's separation of powers.


Lee raised $2.5M, spent $1.8M on inauguration

NASHVILLE (AP) — Prominent businesses, top Republicans and political action committees helped Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raise nearly $2.5 million for his inauguration last month.

Judge Sugarmon, former state senator, dies in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — Russell Sugarmon Jr., a former Tennessee state senator, civil rights leader and Memphis judge, has died.

Comcast sues state of Tennessee, claims $17M tax overcharge

NASHVILLE (AP) — Comcast is suing the state of Tennessee to recoup $17.1 million paid in taxes, claiming the state miscalculated what the company owed for its video and internet services.

Democrats back bill banning shackling pregnant inmates

NASHVILLE (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Tennessee say the General Assembly should ban shackling pregnant women in detention, particularly during childbirth.


Trump says trade deal will determine outcome on auto tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that tariffs on autos imported from Europe are something "we certainly think about" as the White House reviews a Commerce Department report on whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to U.S. national security.

Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.

Nissan ex-boss Ghosn's new lawyer questions handling of case

TOKYO (AP) — The newly appointed star defender for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday that he believes the case against his client does "not meet international standards" and could scare international businesses away from Japan.


Josi scores 2 in 3rd period, Predators beat Stars 5-3

DALLAS (AP) — Filip Forsberg answered for the Nashville Predators when they needed it in the second period.


No. 5 Tennessee wins 58-46 as Vandy loses 14th straight

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's offense was bad. Vanderbilt's was worse.


Court: Constitutional ban on high fines applies to states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects.

Nurse charged in fatal drug-swap error pleads not guilty

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee nurse charged with reckless homicide after a medication error killed a patient pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a Nashville courtroom packed with other nurses who came in scrubs to show their support.


Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump.


US mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found.

Commodities giant Glencore to cap coal output over climate

BERLIN (AP) — Commodities giant Glencore said Wednesday it will cap how much coal it mines amid shareholder pressure for it to help reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases.


Trouble at CVS Health long-term care business weighs heavily

CVS Health is setting 2019 earnings expectations well below Wall Street forecasts, as the company struggles to fix part of its business while blending in a major acquisition and attempting to change how customers use its stores.


US stocks cap day of listless trading with modest gains

Wall Street capped another day of listless trading Wednesday with a slight gain, extending the market's winning streak to a third day.

Minutes show Fed officials noted number of rising threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers last month noted greater threats to the U.S. economy, ranging from adverse effects of the government shutdown to rising trade tensions, and opted to emphasize that they would be "patient" in raising interest rates.

Southwest grapples with new labor and revenue problems

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is lashing out at the union representing its mechanics, suggesting that they are purposely grounding planes in order to gain leverage in new contract negotiations.

Failing Payless to honor gift cards, store credit into March

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations.

French court fines Swiss bank UBS $4.2 billion

PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Swiss bank UBS to pay more than 3.7 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in fines for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France's biggest-ever tax evasion trials.


Microsoft detects hacking targeting Europe democracy groups

LONDON (AP) — A hacking group has targeted European democratic institutions including think tanks and non-profit groups ahead of highly anticipated EU parliamentary elections in May, Microsoft said.


DA, defense clash in push to seal records in officer's case

NASHVILLE (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday that family members of an armed black man who was fatally shot from behind by a white Nashville police officer want a slew of records made public in the officer's first-degree murder case.

High court won't consider Tennessee death row inmate's case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear the case of a Tennessee death row inmate who claimed his rights were violated when he was forced to represent himself at trial.

Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench in public session

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back on the Supreme Court bench, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer.

Supreme Court staying out of actor's 'Empire' lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is staying out of a lawsuit involving the television show "Empire."


Gov. Lee to push for gym tax repeal

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says his upcoming budget proposal will include repealing the $10 million amusement tax on gym memberships.

Tennessee gov site to take input on bills awaiting signature

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has set up a website that will accept public comments on bills that have passed and are awaiting his decision.


Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

NASHVILLE (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said on Monday night the possibility is on the table.


Report: 85 percent of Tennessee maternal deaths preventable

NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health say 85 percent of all maternity deaths in 2017 could have been prevented, with substance abuse being determined as the leading contribution in those deaths.


Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese carmaker Honda plans to close its car factory in western England in 2021, a fresh blow to the British economy as it struggles with the uncertainty associated with leaving the European Union next month.


EU gets heavy-duty on pollution: 1st standards for trucks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down.


US stocks bounce back from wobbly start to extend gains

Stocks shook off an early wobble on Wall Street Tuesday, finishing modestly higher and extending the market's gains into a fourth week.

Payless files for bankruptcy, closing North American stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America.

Nobel laureates, advocates advising G7 on women's rights

PARIS (AP) — Human rights advocates are meeting in Paris to discuss the strategy of the G7 group of industrialized nations for ending violence and discrimination against women.

US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike.

Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's iconic couturier whose designs had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man in the trademark white ponytail, high starched collar and dark enigmatic glasses who dominated high fashion for the past 50 years.

Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart beat expectations on quarterly profit and revenue, and e-commerce sales surged during the critical holiday period.

EU, UK to have more Brexit talks but key disagreement intact

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will be traveling to European Union headquarters to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, was told Tuesday on the eve of the talks that her most important demand is not even up for discussion.


Report: White House pushed sharing nuclear tech with Saudis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the administration.

AP source: FBI had backup plan to save Russia probe evidence

WASHINGTON (AP) — A person familiar with FBI internal discussions says after FBI Director James Comey was fired the bureau developed a plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation. The concern was that other senior officials might be dismissed as well.

Trump says he's in no rush to see North Korea give up nukes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to see North Korea eventually give up its nuclear weapons program, but adds he's not in any rush because U.S. relations with Pyongyang are good going into next week's summit.

Dems say DeVos' deputy tried to influence internal inquiry

BOSTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are accusing the Education Department of interfering with an investigation by the agency's independent watchdog.

Trump moving closer to goal of creating a Space Force

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving closer toward his goal of creating a Space Force, just not as the separate military department he envisioned.

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the longtime Donald Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.

Twitter tightens up EU political ad rules ahead of election

LONDON (AP) — Twitter says it's tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections set for the spring, following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook and Google.

Poll: Rural/urban political divisions also split the suburbs

DENVER (AP) — America's suburbs are today's great political battleground, long seen as an independent pivot between the country's liberal cities and conservative small towns and rural expanse.

Trump criticizes California over lawsuit against border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing California's lead role in a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's running for president in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020.


Vanderbilt renaming student center to honor Williams

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt is renaming its student recreation and wellness center in honor of former athletic director David Williams II.


Duke reclaims No. 1 in AP Top 25; Tennessee falls to fifth

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke keeps finding its way back to No. 1.


'Digital gangsters': UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws.


Report: Honda to shut UK plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs

LONDON (AP) — Honda will close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in another blow to a British economy made jittery by Brexit.

EU to react swiftly if Trump slaps tariffs on EU cars

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says that its reaction will be "swift and adequate" if U.S. authorities conclude that European cars are a threat to national security and should be hit with punitive tariffs.


EU warns of reduced imports if Trump puts tariffs on cars

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned U.S. President Donald Trump Monday that the bloc will step back from a commitment to buy more American soybeans and liquid gas if European cars are hit with punitive tariffs.

Amazon announces plan to cut carbon footprint

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper's doorsteps, says it wants to be greener.

China accuses Washington of trying to block development

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out new internet systems.


N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday.

Ex-FBI official: 'Crime may have been committed' by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia.

Border wall could be tricky issue, especially for O'Rourke

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — When President Donald Trump visited Beto O'Rourke's hometown to argue that walling off the southern border would make the U.S. safer, the former Democratic congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful was ready.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction.


Report: Nearly half of Tennessee students not college ready

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nearly half of Tennessee students enrolled in higher education during the 2016-2017 school year needed some sort of remedial classes during their first year of college, according to new state data.


Tennessee state parks head accused of misconduct is fired

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says its top state parks official has been fired over allegations of workplace misconduct.


Rinne makes 34 saves, Predators beat Canadiens 3-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — Pekke Rinne and Viktor Arvidsson gave Nashville more of the same Thursday night. A little extra from newcomer Brian Boyle helped make the difference.


Vols shuffle football staff, add Ansley as defensive coordinator

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is spending big to give coach Jeremy Pruitt a more experienced staff with some familiar faces.


String of anti-abortion bills proposed in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have introduced a wide range of anti-abortion legislation following newly elected Gov. Bill Lee's promise to support any bill reducing the number of abortions throughout the state.


Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg back at work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December.

AG: Sentencing law applies to transgender hate crimes

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new Tennessee attorney general opinion says judges can apply hate crime enhancements when sentencing cases that target transgender individuals.

Union PR push, move to seal documents tangle officer's case

NASHVILLE (AP) — The attorney for a white police officer charged with fatally shooting an armed black man is calling for legal discovery documents to be sealed from the public.


TVA coal-fired power plant set to close despite Trump support

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pressure from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a move that will further reduce its dependence on coal.


Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin.


EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving fast enough.


Memphis distributor closing, about 400 jobs affected

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Memphis, Tennessee facility that distributes retail products for Verizon says it is closing.


Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 400 points Friday as renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood.

Other cities still wooing Amazon

Amazon's breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant.

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine's Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company's anti-union stance.

Amazon's stormy week will blow over, but debris will stay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development, extortion claims related to intimate photos taken by its founder Jeff Bezos and increasing antitrust scrutiny in Europe .

US industrial output tumbled 0.6 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.6 percent in January, stemming in large part from an 8.8 percent plunge in the making of motor vehicles and auto parts.

Trump says he might extend deadline in US-China talks

BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump said that "there's a possibility" he would extend a March 2 deadline in trade talks with China if the two countries are closing in on a deal.

Veteran US investment manager detained in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — A veteran U.S. investment fund manager was detained in Moscow on Friday and faces fraud charges in a case that's likely to rattle the Russian business community.

AP analysis: Steel tariffs waived even with tough trade talk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters, promised 25,000 jobs

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

Average tax refund down 8.7 pct., creating political flashpoint

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued declined for the second straight week, potentially intensifying a political flashpoint seized by Democrats as proof that the Republican-written tax law hurts the middle class.

Mixed finish on Wall Street for stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks drifted to a mixed finish on Wall Street as losses for banks and consumer products makers outweighed gains elsewhere in the market.

Report finds problems with student loan servicing, oversight

NEW YORK (AP) — The nine companies and organizations tasked with servicing the accounts of the nation's 30 million student loan borrowers repeatedly failed to do their jobs properly over a period of years and their regulator neglected to hold them responsible, a new report finds.

US unemployment claims rise by 4,000 to 239,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week but remains at levels low enough to show that most workers enjoy job security.

Humbug holidays: US retail sales drop 1.2 pct. in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year's holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback.

UK's May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat by lawmakers Thursday in a vote that left her bid to secure a European Union divorce deal stuck between an intransigent EU and a resistant U.K. Parliament — with Brexit just six weeks away.

US wholesale prices dip 0.1 percent in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices fell for a second straight month in January as energy costs fell sharply again. The monthly declines were more evidence that inflation remains under control.


Trump declares national emergency to get $8B for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more federal dollars for his long-promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, relying on a broad interpretation of his powers that was certain to trigger stiff legal challenges.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump declares emergency with faulty claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border while acknowledging that rapid construction of a wall is not a necessity, but rather his preference. In justifying the extraordinary step, he brushed aside his administration's conclusions that drugs come into the country primarily at official points of entry, not over remote territory that a barrier could seal off.

Trump's national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another.

Judge issues gag order in case of Trump confidant Stone

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday barred longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone from making public comments that could influence potential jurors in the criminal case brought by the special counsel in the Russia probe.

How Trump gets to $8 billion to build southern border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will spend about $8 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. It's a far greater sum than the roughly $1.4 billion Congress set aside for that purpose in legislation Trump is expected to sign to prevent another partial government shutdown.

White House scrambles to find pots of money to use for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump declares an emergency to build the wall with Mexico, he still needs money to pay for it. And shifting money from other accounts to deliver the $5.7 billion he wants is not without political problems.

Highlights of the $330 billion-plus bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just about President Donald Trump's border wall.

2 stages, up to 20 candidates in first 2 Democratic debates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first two Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 election will have two heats with room for a total of 20 candidates who meet certain polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds.

FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview aired Thursday that he worried that investigations into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice would be shut down after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Grassley praying Trump will sign border deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's praying that President Donald Trump will sign the border security deal into law to prevent a government shutdown.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel's Russia probe, a judge has ruled.

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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