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VOL. 43 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 8, 2019

In with new, enjoy the old this Valentine’s Day

Nashville's romantic restaurants offer options for this year’s big night

The classic day for passion could find you and your loved one embracing a new chef or cuisine or a new part of town. What could be more romantic than discovering the burgeoning food scene together?

Raley sees the light with distinctive Liberty Common

Terry Raley says he knows that it takes more than great food to make a memorable meal.

A dozen new Nashville restaurants to try for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a new spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here are a dozen new Nashville restaurants you might want to try:

Old favorites still deliver

These Nashville restaurants aren’t new for this Valentine’s Day but offer a taste of what the foodie scene here is all about: Variety, fresh takes and unforgettable decor:

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Young Professionals Luncheon. Topic: Preventing Overwhelm & Burnout. Speaker: Nicole Provonchee, founder Bright Blue Consulting. Learn strategies to identify the early stages of overwhelmed and burnout. Williamson County Association of Realtors, 1646 Westgate Circle Ste. #104. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Information

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Reed’s Southern accent is heavy on pretention

A question for my fellow Southerners: Which South are you from? I don’t mean which part of the South. I mean, what kind of South.


The secret life of Nashville drumming legend Jimmy Otey

Chemical engineer by day, backer of Little Richard, Hendrix at night

Before he was a successful chemical engineer and beloved MTA bus driver, Jimmy Otey was playing the drums for Little Richard in the legendary Cavern in Liverpool, England, when he noticed some “nice guys,” a former house band in the club, looking on.


Another irrational reason to hate Super Bowl champs

The real estate market and the automobile industry received a big boost from the Federal Reserve last week when it announced that it would not raise rates in the near future, says Elliot Eisenberg, who calls himself the “Bowtie Economist.”


Middle Tennessee real estate trends for January 2019

The year started off on a high note for Nashville and Davidson County home sales with an increase in home sales prices and number of units sold.

US mortgage rates fall to 10-month low; 30-year 4.41 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to a 10-month low, spurring on potential homebuyers for the upcoming season.


VU's Williams, 1st black athletic director in SEC, has died

NASHVILLE (AP) — David Williams II, the first black athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, has died. He was 71.

VU baseball starting season No. 1, would rather finish there

Vanderbilt’s baseball team is officially in downplay mode. That’s what happens when you’re ranked No. 1 nationally in two preseason polls, No. 2 in two others and No. 3 in another.


Martin selected as fellow to 2019 NELC Academy

Racquel B. Martin of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has been selected a fellow to the 2019 National Employment Law Council Academy.


HCA pays $1.5B for North Carolina hospitals

Nashville’s HCA Healthcare has acquired Mission Health, a six-hospital system in Asheville and western North Carolina, for approximately $1.5 billion.


Edmunds: How to hack the traditional test drive

Test-driving a vehicle is a critical part of the buying process. And while you may be familiar with the basics, there are a number of things you can do to save time and streamline the process.


Don’t let others pick your financial adviser

Gaylen Rust must have seemed trustworthy to the people who gave him money. Rust was a longtime businessman in Layton, Utah, where he ran a coin shop started by his father in 1966. Rust also founded a charity called Legacy Music Alliance that funded arts programs in schools.


Can we stop with the unprofessional LinkedIn profiles?

There’s this thing that happens when you see something unexpected. You can’t just unsee it. Once you know, there’s no turning back.


Super Bowl ad penalty flag: $360M in wasted spending

Lackluster. Safe. Ho-hum. Meh. Not worth $5.25 let alone the $5.25 million per 30-second spot ponied up by the big brands.


Tennessee considers easing felon voting rights restoration

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a move to make it easier for some felons to get their voting rights restored.


Film about Temple, athletes showing at Tennessee museum

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum will be showing a free screening of a documentary about legendary Tennessee State University track and field coach Ed Temple and 40 female athletes who broke the color barrier at the 1960 Olympics.


Memphis distributor closing, about 400 jobs affected

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


Cardi B headlining Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — Rapper Cardi B, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and rock mainstays The Killers and the Dave Matthews Band are among the acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Tennessee.


Predators need help beyond top line after 3-game skid

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators' sizzling 13-3 start to the season is a distant memory. The defending Presidents Trophy winners have lost three straight and seven of the last 11 on their home ice called Smashville.


Mason names Gdowski offensive coordinator, adds 3 coaches

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has promoted Gerry Gdowski to offensive coordinator and hired a trio of new assistant coaches.


EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water.


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.


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.

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.

UK's May fights to avoid another defeat on Brexit strategy

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was scrambling Thursday to avoid another defeat on her Brexit plans amid opposition from members of her own party who claim she is moving in the wrong direction in efforts to overcome the impasse blocking a deal.

Germany barely avoids recession with zero growth

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany recorded zero growth in the fourth quarter, narrowly avoiding a recession and adding to downbeat signs piling up about the 19-country eurozone economy.


Border security brawl seems near a serene resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to resolve its clattering brawl with President Donald Trump in uncommonly bipartisan fashion as lawmakers prepare to pass a border security compromise providing a mere sliver of the billions he's demanded for a wall with Mexico and averting a rekindled government shutdown this weekend.

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

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

Trump still coy on border deal, claims victory anyway

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers formally completed a bipartisan border security pact late Wednesday and President Donald Trump labored to frame it as a political win, even though it contains only a fraction of the billions for a "great, powerful wall" that he's been demanding for months.

AP FACT CHECK: Declaring emergency for wall not so ordinary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump would be taking an extraordinary step by declaring a national emergency to steer money to his promised border wall. He's making it sound quite ordinary.

Bloomberg rips Trump for not taking action on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is promoting a new documentary film on climate change, but the billionaire philanthropist says the one person he thinks should see it most — President Donald Trump — likely never will because "it won't be running on Fox."

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.


Trump's coal pledge could be tested by TVA vote this week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's support for the coal industry — and for a particular power plant — will face a test this week when a utility board he appoints considers whether to close a coal-fired Kentucky plant whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors.


Man accused in Waffle House shooting enters not guilty plea

NASHVILLE (AP) — A man accused of killing four people at a Tennessee Waffle House finally pleaded not guilty Wednesday, nearly 10 months after his arrest.

Not guilty plea for Nashville officer in fatal shooting

NASHVILLE (AP) — An attorney has entered a not guilty plea for a white Nashville police officer indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of an armed black man.


101st Airborne Division to welcome new commander

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — The 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell is welcoming a new commanding general.


Struggling Red Wings snap 3-game skid beating Predators 3-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — Goalie Jimmy Howard feels really, really comfortable playing at Bridgestone Arena.


Auto reliability up, but battery, shifting trouble persists

DETROIT (AP) — Automobiles are getting more reliable, but J.D. Power's annual survey finds problems with battery failures, transmission shifting and voice recognition systems.

Former Renault boss Ghosn loses millions in compensation

PARIS (AP) — French car maker Renault won't pay former Chairman Carlos Ghosn millions of euros in compensation following his resignation.

Lawyer famous for acquittals to defend Nissan ex-chair Ghosn

TOKYO (AP) — Junichiro Hironaka, a lawyer famous for winning extremely rare acquittals in Japan, has been tapped to defend Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn as he battles charges of false financial reporting and breach of trust.


Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence.


US budget deficit running 41.8% more than last year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit in December totaled $13.5 billion, helping to push the deficit for the first three months of this budget year up 41.8 percent from the same period the previous year.

Optimism over US-China trade talks boosts stocks again

Stocks finished broadly higher Wednesday as investors remained optimistic that the U.S. and China will make more progress in resolving their costly trade dispute.

Is it love? Maybe not, as romance scams proliferate

Is it love? Maybe not.

Levi Strauss plans to raise $100M in initial public offering

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Well-known jeans company Levi Strauss & Co. says it plans to raise about $100 million through an initial public offering.

US consumer prices flat in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices were unchanged in January, as lower gasoline prices offset the rising costs of housing, clothing and medical care.

US, China envoys hold talks before Trump tariff decision

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are meeting this week for talks President Donald Trump says will help decide whether he escalates a technology dispute by going ahead with a March 2 tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China.

Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint on Wednesday over their pledge not to raise prices for wireless services or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through.

UN labor agency: joblessness, quality of work dip

GENEVA (AP) — The International Labor Organization says unemployment worldwide fell slightly last year, but is warning about a lack of opportunities, falling job security and declining quality of work in the global marketplace.

China: No evidence Huawei a national security threat

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and other countries have not presented any conclusive evidence that Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei Technologies threatens their national security and are merely stirring fears out of self-interest, a Chinese government spokeswoman said Wednesday.


Trump still coy on border deal - but expected to sign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't showing his hand yet. But with little Washington appetite for another shutdown, he's expected to grudgingly accept an agreement that would keep the government open but provide just a fraction of the money he's been demanding for his Mexican border wall.

Howard Dean to head new Dem voter data exchange

Howard Dean is back. The one-time presidential candidate, former Vermont governor and ex-Democratic National Committee chairman is set to return to prominence as head of a new operation that Democrats hope puts them back on par with Republicans in the never-ending race to use voter data to drive Americans to the polls.


Tennessee mulls 1 less court review before executions

NASHVILLE (AP) — As Tennessee ramps up for another round of executions, the Republican-led Legislature is considering eliminating one level of state court review of death sentences.


FedEx Logistics establishing new HQ in downtown Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — FedEx Logistics is establishing a new headquarters in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and bringing nearly 700 jobs along with it.


Loved ones remember Nashville musician killed in robbery

NASHVILLE (AP) — Family and friends gathered Monday to memorialize a young Nashville musician who was shot to death outside his home last week.


Nashville No. 10 in US for firearms seized at airport

MEMPHIS (AP) — Federal transportation officials say dozens of firearms were seized in Tennessee's largest airports last year, including 86 in Nashville.


Tariffs take toll on whiskey exports in last half of 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Retaliatory tariffs caused a sharp downturn in American whiskey exports in the last half of 2018 as distillers started feeling the pain from global trade disputes, an industry trade group said Tuesday.

TVA report backs Trump-opposed closure of coal-fired unit

PARADISE, Ky. (AP) — A report by the Tennessee Valley Authority says it no longer makes sense to keep burning coal at its Paradise, Kentucky, power plant, despite calls by state and federal officials to keep it open.


Nissan's profit drops amid former chair Ghosn's arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan lowered its profit forecast for the full year on Tuesday, partly due to special charges related to alleged false financial reporting by its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

UN: 40 countries agree to require automatic car braking systems

GENEVA (AP) — Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union — but not the U.S. or China — have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting next year, a U.N. agency said.


UK report urges regulator for tech giants to fight fake news

LONDON (AP) — A British government-commissioned report is calling for a regulator to oversee online platforms such as Facebook and Google to help weed out "fake news."


Keep the volume down! UN issues guidelines for audio devices

GENEVA (AP) — Two U.N. agencies want governments and makers of headphones, mobile phones and other audio devices to do more to keep down the volume they emit amid concerns about hearing loss in an increasingly digitized era.

Reddit raises $300M in finance round led by China's Tencent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Social media service Reddit Inc. says it has raised $300 million in a financing round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent.


National debt hits new milestone, topping $22 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The national debt has passed a new milestone, topping $22 trillion for the first time.

US stocks surge on US-China trade deal optimism

U.S. stocks finished broadly higher Tuesday as investors grew more optimistic about the prospects for a resolution to the costly trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

Fed Chairman Powell says prosperity not felt in all areas

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell traveled Tuesday to a historically black university in the Mississippi Delta to deliver a message that the nation's prosperity has not been felt in many such areas around the country.

US expects record domestic oil production in 2019, 2020

The United States expects domestic oil production to reach new heights this year and next, and that prices — for both crude and gasoline — will be lower than they were in 2018.

Trump says he might not raise tariffs on China if deal close

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he might let a March 2 deadline slide in trade talks with China if the two countries get close to a deal.

A political 'bomb' over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0

WASHINGTON (AP) — The clash over free trade in North America has long been fought over familiar issues: Low-paid Mexican workers. U.S. factories that move jobs south of the border. Canada's high taxes on imported milk and cheese.

US job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted the most open jobs in December in the nearly two decades that records have been kept, evidence that the job market is strong despite several challenges facing the economy.

IRS watchdog: Shutdown caused 'shocking' drop in phone help

WASHINGTON (AP) — Disruptions from last month's partial government shutdown caused a "shocking" deterioration in the IRS' telephone help for taxpayers in the first week of the filing season, the agency's watchdog said in a report released Tuesday.

May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was urging restive lawmakers Tuesday to "hold their nerve" and give her more time to rework a divorce agreement with the European Union.

Germany, US seek to set aside spat over natural gas supplies

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's economy minister said Tuesday he's confident the country will soon have two terminals capable of receiving shipments of U.S. liquefied natural gas, something Washington has been pressing for in its bid to increase exports to Europe.


Trump not 'thrilled' with border deal, not saying he'll sign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's "unhappy" with a hard-won agreement to prevent a new government shutdown and finance construction of more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he didn't say whether or not he would sign the measure. GOP congressional leaders swung behind the proposed deal, selling it as a necessary compromise.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on the wall, and a ban on cows?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let Democrats have their way, President Donald Trump suggested, and the United States will become a country without border security, airplanes or cows.

Retired astronaut Kelly announces run for McCain seat

PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain's last term in the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets about support for Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Nashville mayor to sign order to help LGBT-owned businesses

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has signed an executive order to help LGBT-owned businesses.


2 ceremonies planned at Fort Campbell for returning soldiers

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell plans two welcome home ceremonies this week for more than 300 soldiers who are due to return to the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.


Tarasenko gets hat trick as Blues beat Predators 5-4 in OT

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko put on quite a show to keep the St. Louis Blues' winning streak alive.


Tennessee remains at No. 1 in AP poll, ahead of Duke

The NCAA Division I Basketball Committee slated Duke as the No. 1 overall seed in its initial tournament rankings over the weekend. Voters in the AP Top 25 stuck with Tennessee as their top team.


Memorial set for Nashville musician killed in robbery

NASHVILLE (AP) — Mourners plan to gather Monday at a memorial service in Tennessee for musician Kyle Yorlets after the frontman for the rock band Carverton was gunned down during a robbery.


What the FDA's actions mean for dietary supplements

NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Monday to step up its policing of dietary supplements, which it said has mushroomed into a $40 billion industry with more than 50,000 products. The agency warned 17 companies for illegally making claims about their products' ability to treat diseases.


Trump to call for investment in artificial intelligence

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in artificial intelligence.


Bezos probe concludes mistress' brother was Enquirer source

WASHINGTON (AP) — Private investigators working for Jeff Bezos have determined the brother of the Amazon CEO's mistress leaked the couple's intimate text messages to the National Enquirer.

Tabloid CEO's lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Bezos

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday.


EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies.


Economists: Hard Brexit would hit German auto industry hard

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A no-deal Brexit could affect more than 100,000 jobs in Germany, and regions of the country with Volkswagen and BMW factories would be among those worst hit, according to economists at a prominent nonprofit institute.


US stock indexes end mixed ahead of US-China trade talks

Wall Street capped a day of mostly listless trading with a mixed finish Monday as gains in industrial companies, banks and energy stocks outweighed losses elsewhere.

Toys R US plans second act under new name

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us fans in the U.S. should see the iconic brand re-emerge in some form by this holiday season.

UK's May seeks compromise with Labour in EU divorce deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May sought a compromise Monday with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in hopes of securing his backing for a divorce deal with the European Union.

Brexit's toll: UK economy at weakest since financial crisis

LONDON (AP) — Britain's economy slowed last year to its weakest growth rate since the global financial crisis as mounting uncertainty over Brexit weighed on businesses and kept a lid on their investments, official figures showed Monday.

Average US price of gas jumps a penny per gallon, to $2.34

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline is up a penny a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.34.


Budget talks resume amid pessimism over border differences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically freighted border security negotiations are teetering just days before a potential new government shutdown. The turmoil is testing the changed balance of power in Washington, with lawmakers engaged in a sparring match over immigration policy that is challenging their ability to reach any accord.

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises.


Tennessee taking applications for industrial hemp licenses

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee residents who would like to grow industrial hemp have another week to apply for a license.

Tennessee seeks nominations for environmental awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is accepting nominations for the 2019 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards.


Predators swap Petterson to Coyotes for Dauphin, Helewka

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have traded Emil Pettersson to the Arizona Coyotes for forwards Laurent Dauphin and Adam Helewka.

Johansen scores 43 seconds into OT, Preds beat Stars 3-2

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators know they might well end up seeing Dallas in the first round of the playoffs, and that made protecting home ice even more crucial after a loss here to the Stars only six days ago.


Feds halt 2 Tennessee pharmacies' opioid dispensing for now

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal prosecutor says the Justice Department has taken first-of-its-kind action to temporarily stop two Tennessee pharmacies, their owner and three pharmacists from dispensing opioids and other controlled substances.

Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court's views on abortion rights.


AP sources: Prosecutors probing Enquirer after Bezos report

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are looking into the National Enquirer's handling of a story about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' extramarital affair to see if the tabloid's publisher violated a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Friday.


White House report tries to shift Trump health care rhetoric

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration's combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law.


Tennessee bill would allow public records requests bans

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans determined to be using public records requests as a form of harassment could be banned from filing them for one year under a new bill that would allow courts to punish people for making too many inquiries.

Anti-abortion bills: Odds good in GOP states, not Congress

President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court.


Automakers recall 1.7 million cars with fatal airbags

NEW YORK (AP) — Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

Fiat Chrysler profits soar on North American results

MILAN (AP) — Italian American automaker Fiat Chrysler says fourth-quarter net profits rose by 61 percent, powered by North American sales of the all-new Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.


Pelosi names House panel on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped eight Democrats to serve on a special committee to address climate change. The new panel does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who is calling for a Green New Deal to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change.


Apple releases update to prevent FaceTime eavesdropping

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a FaceTime flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using its group video chat feature.


American Airlines pilot arrested, suspected of being drunk

LONDON (AP) — Police say an American Airlines pilot has been arrested at Britain's Manchester Airport on suspicion of being drunk.


Late burst of buying on Wall Street leaves indexes mixed

U.S. stock indexes stemmed an early slide Friday, finishing mostly higher and nudging the benchmark S&P 500 index to its second weekly gain in a row.

Retailers are shopping for ways to get rid of checkout lines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line.

Bankruptcy judge gives Sears another chance

NEW YORK (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has blessed a $5.2 billion plan by Sears chairman and biggest shareholder Eddie Lampert to keep the iconic business going.

US consumer borrowing tops $4 trillion for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer borrowing rose at a slower pace in December, but that still pushed total borrowing to a new record above $4 trillion for the first time.

Trump: No immediate plan to meet Chinese leader on trade

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he does not expect to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a deadline to resolve a trade dispute.

'Fog of Brexit' means UK could enter recession this year

LONDON (AP) — The British economy is set to grow at its slowest rate since the global financial crisis a decade ago as the "fog of Brexit" causes heightened uncertainty, the Bank of England warned Thursday.

May vows to deliver Brexit on time

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed that she will deliver Britain's departure from the EU on time following another session of talks with EU leaders.

Twitter posts bigger 4Q profit, monthly user base slips

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's revenue and profit and its daily user base all grew in the final three months of 2018, capping its first profitable year.

BB&T, SunTrust merge to create nation's 6th largest bank

NEW YORK (AP) — Southern banking giants BB&T and SunTrust announced they would merge in a $66 billion deal, the first big bank merger since the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis. The deal would create yet another financial titan in the U.S.

EU slashes its forecasts for economic growth

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Union officials have slashed their growth forecast for the 19 countries that use the euro, saying even the lower estimate was vulnerable to "large uncertainty" from slowing growth in China and weakening global trade.

Applications for US jobless aid fell to low level of 234,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign that layoffs are rare and the job market is strong.

US stocks sink as European outlook dims

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing broadly lower on Wall Street as traders were discouraged by more disappointing news on the global economy and company profits.


Border security bargainers trade offers as deadline nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers traded offers and worked toward a border security compromise Friday that would avert a fresh federal shutdown and resolve a clash with President Donald Trump that has dominated the opening weeks of divided government.

Whitaker: I have 'not interfered' with Mueller investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Friday that he has "not interfered in any way" in the special counsel's Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump plays on immigration myths

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has long railed against immigration as a scourge on the economy and national security. He's committed his administration to starting construction on a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration and asylum seekers, yet he reversed his past policy efforts on restricting legal immigration in this year's State of the Union address.

UK, EU leaders don't budge on Brexit but agree to more talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union refused to budge an inch Thursday toward any compromise over Brexit, but at least they are on speaking terms again about their impending divorce.

Dems turn focus to tax returns - and Trump's loom largest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Democratic-controlled House is looking at proposals to compel presidents and presidential candidates to make public years of their tax returns. But the burning question is what Democrats might do more immediately to get such files from President Donald Trump.

'I will never let you down,' Trump tells prayer breakfast

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told attendees at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday that he stands behind them, even as speakers bemoaned the level of division in the country and what one described as a "fracturing of the American family."

Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

Senate panel approves Barr, Trump's AG pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.

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