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VOL. 46 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 8, 2022

‘I’m done with tennis ... and I loved tennis’

Pickleball converts working to get more courts, more players involved

It’s everywhere, the sport of the moment, and people just can’t get enough of it

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Too many races a challenge for diligent voters

As a firm believer not only in the right to vote, but also in the duty, I have begun my due diligence for Nashville’s May 3 election.

RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Siri, what did the last couple say they were willing to pay?

The Ring doorbell and similar security and camera devices have ushered in a new era in real estate showings. Often, after viewing a listing, the buyers and the buyers’ agents stop on the front porch to discuss their assessment of the property.

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EVENTS

Trash Talks. Innovations and Solutions for Middle Tennessee’s Solid Waste. With steady regional population growth, comes a steady increase in residential and commercial garbage disposal. Participants will learn more about what impacts solid waste has on the Middle Tennessee region and innovative solutions that business and community leaders are using to meet these challenges. Adventure Science Center, Jack Wood Hall, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. Information

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REAL ESTATE

Long-term US mortgage rates edge up this week to 4.72%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up again this week with the key 30-year loan rate reaching levels not seen in more than three years.

Top Davidson County residential sales for March 2022

Top residential real estate sales, March 2022, for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

Davidson County real estate trends for March 2022

March 2022 real estate trends for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

Davidson County real estate trends for first quarter 2022

March 2022 real estate trends for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

UT SPORTS

Vols look like complete package after sweep of Vandy

They’ve got pitching. They’ve got power. They’ve got swag. If anyone thought Tennessee baseball would take a step back on the diamond this season, the Volunteers have proven otherwise in resounding fashion.

BRIEFS

Lyft, Spin partner, scoot into Nashville

Lyft and Spin have announced a partnership to bring Spin scooters to the Lyft app in 60 U.S. markets, including Nashville.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Should you repair your old car or buy new one?

Perhaps this scenario is familiar to you. Your car broke down and now you’re faced with a costly repair bill. It may not have been the first time this has happened, and you’re getting tired of pouring money into an aging machine. A new car would be nice, but is that the smartest decision in today’s inflated market?

CAREER CORNER

Are you blaming the lettuce?

I recently read a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that resonated with me: “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.”

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Take your money to the next level, make it work for you

Millennials might still feel quite young (despite those pesky gray hairs and less-than-fine lines), but in so many ways, we have adulted. So it’s time for our money management to grow up a bit, too.

PREDATORS

Fresh off Nashville scoring mark, Josi chasing down Leetch

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville captain Roman Josi finally has chased down Paul Kariya for the Predators' single-season scoring record.

Johansen's OT goal gives Predators 1-0 win against Sharks

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored from a sharp angle at 3:18 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 1-0 victory over the slumping San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

NASHVILLE SC

Nashville's GEODIS Park nears completion

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville SC held an open practice Tuesday at the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee anti-LGBTQ marriage bill dead for this session

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee Republican lawmaker's push to create a new marriage contract specifically designed to exclude same-sex couples is dead for this year's annual legislative session amid concerns from both Republicans and Democrats.

NASHVILLE AREA

Nashville to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper says he plans on signing an executive order to make Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S., an official paid holiday for city employees.

WEST TENNESSEE

Judge rules against Shelby County in early voting suit

MEMPHIS (AP) — The election commission in Tennessee's largest county cannot be kept from opening only one polling location during the first days of early voting for a county election, a judge has ruled.

COURTS

Blame Trump? Jury hears that defense at Capitol riot trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mentions of Donald Trump have been rare at the first few trials for people charged with storming the U.S. Capitol, but that has changed: The latest Capitol riot defendant to go on trial is blaming his actions on the former president and his false claims about a stolen election.

Future liability releases at center of Boy Scouts bankruptcy

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Protecting local Boy Scouts of America councils and troop sponsoring organizations from future liability for child sex abuse claims is critical to the national group's reorganization plan, BSA attorneys told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday.

AUTO INDUSTRY

California plan aims to triple sale of electric cars by 2026

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wants electric vehicle sales to triple in the next four years to 35% of all new car purchases, an aggressive target set as part of the goal to phase out the sale of gas-powered cars.

Japanese e-vehicle battery company to build Kentucky plant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Japanese electric vehicle battery technology company will build a factory in Kentucky, creating 2,000 jobs in a $2 billion investment that reinforces the state's leadership in battery production, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday.

REAL ESTATE

Homebuyers stymied by fewer homes, high prices, rising rates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shortly after moving to South Florida for a new job with the U.S. military, Shannon Kaufman and his wife, Wendy, signed up for a whole other mission: buying a home.

TRANSPORTATION

Southwest pilots' union says fatigue is a safety problem

DALLAS (AP) — Union officials say pilots of Southwest Airlines pilots are suffering through an epidemic of fatigue due to poor scheduling practices by the airline, and that it is raising safety concerns.

TECHNOLOGY

US agencies: Industrial control system malware discovered

BOSTON (AP) — Multiple U.S. government agencies issued a joint alert Wednesday warning of the discovery of malicious cyber tools created by unnamed advanced threat actors that they said were capable of gaining "full system access" to multiple industrial control systems.

MEDIA

Cities ask Netflix, Hulu, stream services to pay cable fees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Should Netflix and other streaming services have to pay local governments the same fees levied on cable operators?

VIRUS OUTBREAK

A million empty spaces: Chronicling COVID's cruel US toll

On the deadliest day of a horrific week in April 2020, COVID took the lives of 816 people in New York City alone. Lost in the blizzard of pandemic data that's been swirling ever since is the fact that 43-year-old Fernando Morales was one of them.

Bipartisan push on mental health crisis that COVID worsened

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major effort to overhaul care for people in the United States with mental health and drug problems is gaining traction as Congress and the Biden administration work on overlapping plans to address concerns across dividing lines of politics, geography and race.

CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is extending the nationwide mask requirement for airplanes and public transit for 15 days as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street ends higher, breaking a 3-day losing streak

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Wednesday as investors reviewed the latest round of corporate earnings and an upbeat report from Delta Air Lines that bodes well for the travel industry.

Trucker blockade snarls US-Mexico border over Texas order

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One of the busiest trade ports on the U.S.-Mexico border remained effectively closed Wednesday as frustration and traffic snarls mounted over new orders by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott requiring extra inspections of commercial trucks as part of the Republican's sprawling border security operation.

Producer prices surge 11.2% in March on higher energy costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The surging cost of energy pushed wholesale prices up a record 11.2% last month from a year earlier — another sign that inflationary pressure is widespread in the U.S. economy.

JPMorgan profits drop 42%, bank writes off Russian assets

NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase said its first quarter profits dropped by 42% from last year, partly because the bank wrote down nearly $1.5 billion in assets due to higher inflation and the Russian-Ukrainian War.

Delta loses $940 million in Q1 but bookings, revenue, surge

Delta Air Lines lost $940 million in the first quarter yet bookings surged in recent weeks, setting up a breakout summer as Americans try to put the pandemic behind them.

Elon Musk accused of breaking law while buying Twitter stock

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk's huge Twitter investment took a new twist Tuesday with the filing of a lawsuit alleging that the colorful billionaire illegally delayed disclosing his stake in the social media company so he could buy more shares at lower prices.

UK inflation rises at the fastest pace in 30 years

LONDON (AP) — British consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in 30 years last month, fueled by soaring costs for household energy and motor fuels — the latest grim figures as inflation surges around the world.

German economists lower growth outlook, see worse if gas cut

BERLIN (AP) — A group of leading economic think tanks slashed its forecast for growth in Germany this year, predicting Wednesday that Europe's biggest economy will expand by 2.7% as Russia's war in Ukraine weighs on prospects.

China's March exports grow despite virus; imports flat

BEIJING (AP) — China's exports rose 15.7% over a year ago in March while imports were flat amid disruptions due to coronavirus outbreaks as the ruling Communist Party enforces a "zero-COVID" strategy to isolate every case.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

AP source: DOJ denies panel details in Trump records probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department declined a request this week from the House oversight committee to disclose the contents of records that former President Donald Trump took to his Florida residence after leaving the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter.

UKRAINE

Biden approves $800M in artillery, helicopters for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday approved $800 million in new military assistance to Ukraine, including artillery and helicopters, to bolster its defenses against an intensified Russian offensive in the country's east.

Biden: Russia war is genocide, trying to 'wipe out' Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden now says Russia's war in Ukraine amounts to genocide, accusing President Vladimir Putin of trying to "wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian."

EXPLAINER: Why does it matter if US calls Ukraine genocide

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden declares Russia's Ukraine war "genocide," it isn't just another strong word.

Yellen: Nations flouting Russia sanctions face consequences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning that countries that undermine the sanctions the United States and its allies have imposed on Russia will face consequences for their actions.

US, allies aim to force Russia to shift money away from war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and its allies are pushing ahead with sanctions aimed at forcing Vladimir Putin to spend Russia's money propping up its economy rather than sustaining its "war machine" for the fight in Ukraine, a top Treasury Department official said Tuesday.

Polish, Baltic presidents visit Ukraine in show of support

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The presidents of four countries on Russia's doorstep visited Ukraine on Wednesday in a show of support for the embattled country, after Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to continue his bloody offensive until its "full completion."

Russia has yet to slow a Western arms express into Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western weaponry pouring into Ukraine helped blunt Russia's initial offensive and seems certain to play a central role in the approaching, potentially decisive, battle for Ukraine's contested Donbas region. Yet the Russian military is making little headway halting what has become a historic arms express.


TUESDAY, APRIL 12
VANDERBILT SPORTS

Vanderbilt lineman Tyler Steen transferring to Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Vanderbilt offensive tackle Tyler Steen says he is transferring to Alabama.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Underwood, Aldean win big at CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean were the big winners, the Judds reunited, and Kelsea Ballerini turned a tough break into a one-woman house party at Monday night's CMT music awards.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Transgender athlete penalty bill heads to Gov. Lee's desk

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will soon decide whether to sign off on adding harsh penalties against public schools in his state that allow transgender athletes to participate in girls' sports.

RELIGION

Pastors sue AME Church over missing retirement funds

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Retired pastors have filed at least three federal lawsuits in recent weeks against the African Methodist Episcopal Church along with several subsidiaries and financial firms the church used, alleging tens of millions of dollars from a pension fund were mismanaged and missing.

COURTS

Appeals court: J&J must pay $302M in pelvic mesh case

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that Johnson & Johnson must pay penalties to the state for deceptively marketing pelvic mesh implants for women, but reduced the amount by $42 million to $302 million.

Ketanji Brown Jackson is and isn't 1st Black female justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shirley Troutman, a judge on New York's highest court, was working last week when her daughter texted messages that included a clapping hands emoji. Soon, her phone was buzzing with other celebratory messages. The applause and the excitement was for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who last week was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court and will become its first Black female justice.

CFPB sues TransUnion for violating previous agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued credit company TransUnion and one of its long-time executives on Tuesday, alleging the company completely "disregarded" a previous order from five years ago to stop selling dubious credit-related products and marketing.

Ex-officer convicted of storming Capitol to disrupt Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury convicted a former Virginia police officer of storming the U.S. Capitol with another off-duty officer to obstruct Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Toyota unveils first electric vehicle since RAV4 EV in 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota, the top-selling automaker in the U.S., is rolling out its first fully electric vehicle in eight years.

Germany's Bosch buys British automated driving startup Five

BERLIN (AP) — German auto parts and technology company Bosch said Tuesday it is buying Five, a British automated driving startup, for an undisclosed amount.

TECHNOLOGY

Global operation takes down hackers' leaked data market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western law enforcement agencies have dismantled an online marketplace used to buy and sell hacked and stolen personal data belonging to millions of people, and have charged the platform's founder and chief administrator, officials announced Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE

Yelp to cover travel expenses for workers seeking abortions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp will cover the travel expenses of employees who must travel out of state for abortions, joining the ranks of major employers trying to help workers affected by new restrictions in Texas and other states.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Mask rule for planes and trains still up in the air

DALLAS (AP) — The federal requirement to wear face masks on airplanes and public transportation is scheduled to expire next week, and airline executives and Republican lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to let the mandate die.

What do we know about "stealth omicron" so far?

Scientists say an extra-contagious version of the omicron variant is spreading globally, but it doesn't seem to cause more severe disease.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks give up gains, end lower following inflation report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes edged lower on Wall Street Tuesday, shedding early gains as investors weigh new data on inflation.

EXPLAINER: Why US inflation is so high, when it might ease

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another month, another four-decade high for inflation.

US inflation hits four-decade high, markets point higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. futures ticked higher as new data showed inflation reached a four-decade high, adding to investor unease about higher interest rates, Chinese efforts to contain coronavirus outbreaks and Russia's war on Ukraine.

Biden waiving ethanol rule in bid to lower gasoline prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — With inflation at a 40-year high, President Joe Biden headed to corn-rich Iowa on Tuesday with a modest step aiming to trim gasoline prices by about a dime a gallon by waiving rules limiting ethanol blending.

Etsy sellers protest fees by halting their sales for a week

NEW YORK (AP) — Some vendors on Etsy say they are halting sales of their items on the site for a week to protest a hike in the fees the crafts e-commerce marketplace charges them.

UKRAINE

Ukraine says potent Russian hack against power grid thwarted

BOSTON (AP) — Russian military hackers attempted to knock out power to millions of Ukrainians last week in a long-planned attack but were foiled, Ukrainian government officials said Tuesday.

UN: Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine's children have fled homes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled their homes in the six weeks since Russia's invasion, and the United Nations has verified the deaths of 142 youngsters, though the number is almost certainly much higher, the U.N. children's agency said Monday.

Biden urges Modi not to step up Indian use of Russian oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden asked India's Narendra Modi on Monday not to accelerate the buying of Russian oil as the U.S. and other nations try to cut off Moscow's energy income following the invasion of Ukraine. The Indian prime minister made no public commitment to refrain from Russian oil, a source of tension with the U.S.

Mayor: 10,000 dead in Ukraine's Mariupol and toll could rise

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol yielded up more horrors after six weeks of pummeling by Russian troops, with the mayor saying more than 10,000 civilians have died in the strategic southern port, their corpses "carpeted through the streets."


MONDAY, APRIL 11
UT SPORTS

Love 'em or hate 'em, record-setting Vols just keep winning

The beat goes on for Tennessee. The top-ranked Volunteers (31-1) became the first Southeastern Conference team to open 12-0 in league play after they took three games from Missouri in Knoxville over the weekend.

PREDATORS

Crosby gives Pens OT win over Preds, reaches 1,400 points

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby decided enough was enough.

AUTO RACING

Newgarden moves Team Penske to 3-0 with Long Beach victory

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Colton Herta is so good on the downtown streets of Long Beach, and was so strong this weekend, that a second consecutive victory seemed automatic.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Kelsea Ballerini to co-host CMT Music Awards from home

NASHVILLE (AP) — Country star Kelsea Ballerini is making a last-minute pivot to co-hosting the CMT Music Awards remotely after testing positive for COVID-19 days before the show.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee's anti-LGBTQ marriage bill sparks criticism

NASHVILLE (AP) — Amid several bills introduced in Tennessee that have attracted national attention this year, none has sparked as much alarm among both Republicans and Democrats as a proposal that would create a new marriage contract specifically designed to exclude same-sex couples.

STATEWIDE

Most Tennessee interstate road work halts for Easter travel

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee officials are halting nearly all construction on interstates for Easter holiday travelers.

MEDIA

Musk suggests Twitter changes, including accepting Dogecoin

As Twitter's newest board member and largest shareholder, Elon Musk is already floating suggestions for changes he'd like to see on the social media platform.

HEALTH CARE

Efforts to make protective medical gear in US falling flat

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic first hit the U.S., sales of window coverings at Halcyon Shades quickly went dark. So the suburban St. Louis business did what hundreds of other small manufacturers did: It pivoted to make protective supplies, with help from an $870,000 government grant.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

With COVID mission over, Pentagon plans for next pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — A COVID-19 patient was in respiratory distress. The Army nurse knew she had to act quickly.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks fall on Wall Street, led by slump in tech companies

Stocks fell on Wall Street Monday, extending a losing streak from last week. The S&P 500 lost 1.7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.2% and the Nasdaq fell 2.2%.

California utility to pay $55 million for massive wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has agreed to pay more than $55 million to avoid criminal prosecution for two major wildfires started by aging Northern California power lines belonging to the nation's largest utility, prosecutors announced Monday.

Once a retail giant, Kmart down to 3 stores after NJ closing

AVENEL, N.J. (AP) — The familiar sights and sounds are still there: the scuffed and faded floor tiles, the relentless beige-on-beige color scheme, the toddlers' clothes and refrigerators and pretty much everything in between.

UK economic growth slows amid declines in manufacturing

LONDON (AP) — Britain's economic growth slowed in February amid declines in the production of cars, computers and chemicals.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden aims at 'ghost gun' violence with new federal rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday took fresh aim at ghost guns, the privately made firearms without serial numbers that are increasingly cropping up in violent crimes, as he struggles to break through gridlock in Washington to address gun deaths and mass shootings.

EXPLAINER: What are ghost guns? Why is Biden taking action?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is unveiling a completed rule aimed at reining in the proliferation of ghost guns, firearms without serial numbers that have been turning up at crime scenes across the nation in increasing numbers.

UKRAINE

Polish panel: Russia behind Polish leader's plane crash

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish government special commission has reinforced its earlier allegations that the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in Russia was the result of Moscow's assassination plan.

Russia's war to shrink Ukraine economy 45%, World Bank says

LONDON (AP) — The World Bank says Ukraine's economy will shrink by 45.1% this year because of Russia's invasion, which has shut down half of the country's businesses, choked off imports and exports, and damaged a vast amount of critical infrastructure.

Russia says it hits Ukraine air defenses before eastern push

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia claimed Monday that it destroyed several Ukrainian air-defense systems in what appeared to be a renewed push to gain air superiority and take out weapons Kyiv has described as crucial ahead of an expected broad new offensive in the east.

Zelenskyy asks South Korea to provide arms to fight Russia

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged South Korea on Monday to provide his country with arms to help it fight Russia's military.


FRIDAY, APRIL 8
PREDATORS

Josi, Johansen help Predators rally past Senators 3-2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Roman Josi had three assists and the Nashville Predators erased a one-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Thursday night.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Lee: 11 troopers took state pitch to move to Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says 11 new troopers from out of state have joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol after the state began offering incentives last fall to help boost staffing shortages.

NASHVILLE AREA

14 in GOP file for open US House seat in Nashville split

NASHVILLE (AP) — Fourteen Republicans and two Democrats have met the filing deadline to run for a U.S. House seat in GOP-led Tennessee that opened after state lawmakers carved Democratic-tilted Nashville into three districts.

COURTS

Cheers for Jackson, who declares, 'We've made it, all of us'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tearfully embracing a history-making moment, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said Friday her confirmation as the first Black woman to the Supreme Court showed the progress of America, declaring, "We've made it — all of us."

Jackson will join more diverse and conservative high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will join a Supreme Court that is both more diverse than ever and more conservative than it's been since the 1930s.

Proud Boys member pleads guilty to conspiracy in Jan. 6 riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina man on Friday became the second member of the extremist group Proud Boys to plead guilty to conspiring with other group members to stop Congress from formally certifying Joe Biden's 2020 election victory.

Tennessee appeals after court blocks new Senate districts

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee attorney general's office on Thursday appealed a ruling that blocked a new redistricting map for the state Senate from taking effect.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Musk says Tesla will build vehicle designed to be a robotaxi

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tesla will build a vehicle dedicated for use as a robotaxi, and it will start making three new vehicles next year, CEO Elon Musk told fans at a party celebrating the opening of a Texas factory.

TRANSPORTATION

FAA seeks biggest fines yet against 2 unruly passengers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it it seeking the largest fines yet for passengers who disrupt flights after two incidents that occurred on airliners last summer.

Spirit Airlines will talk to JetBlue about takeover bid

DALLAS (AP) — Spirit Airlines said late Thursday that it will talk to JetBlue Airways about its $3.6 billion bid to combine the two airlines, which appeared to leapfrog an earlier offer by Frontier Airlines.

UK airport warns COVID-related delays could last months

LONDON (AP) — A major British airport warned passengers on Friday to expect the delays plaguing travel to continue for months, as the U.K. aviation regulator told the country's air industry to shape up after weeks of canceled flights and long airport queues.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Wall Street ends lower, marking its first down week in four

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended mostly lower after another day of drifting around Friday, leaving the market with its first losing week in the last four.

Amazon plans to object to union win in New York

Amazon plans to file objections to the union election on Staten Island, New York, that resulted in the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the company's history.

Food prices soar to record levels on Ukraine war disruptions

ROME (AP) — Prices for food commodities like grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels ever last month largely because of Russia's war in Ukraine and the "massive supply disruptions" it is causing, threatening millions of people in Africa, the Middle East elsewhere with hunger and malnourishment, the United Nations said Friday.

UKRAINE

Japan to expel 8 Russian officials, impose new sanctions

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday it is expelling eight Russian diplomats and trade officials and will phase out imports of Russian coal and oil, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida saying Moscow must be held accountable for "war crimes" in Ukraine.

Strike kills 50 at Ukraine rail station crowded with people

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A missile hit a train station where thousands of people had flocked to flee in eastern Ukraine, killing 50 people Friday, Ukrainian authorities said, while warning they expect to find more evidence of war crimes in areas abandoned by Russian troops.

EU imposes sanctions on Putin's daughters

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has imposed sanctions on two adult daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a new package of measures targeting Russia's economy, businessmen and oligarchs in retaliation for the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine, according to two EU officials.

Russian retreat reveals destruction as Ukraine asks for help

CHERNIHIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops retreating from this northern Ukrainian city left behind crushed buildings, streets littered with destroyed cars and residents in dire need of food and other aid — images that added fuel to Kyiv's calls Thursday for more Western help to halt Moscow's next offensive.


THURSDAY, APRIL 7
STATE GOVERNMENT

Senate redistricting map blocked by Tennessee court

NASHVILLE (AP) — A three-judge panel on Wednesday blocked a new redistricting map for the Tennessee Senate from going into effect, saying the GOP-controlled General Assembly violated the state's constitution by improperly numbering the new districts.

Tennessee attorney general names new chief deputy

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery has named a member of his office as his new chief deputy.

Waverly among 10 picked for downtown revitalization

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ten communities around the state have been selected to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns revitalization program.

Tennessee Black-majority town takeover case before judge

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's top leaders only began increasing scrutiny over a small town's finances after a predominantly Black administration took over key positions, a move that attorneys on Wednesday argued strays significantly from how the state has treated white-majority jurisdictions.

COURTS

2 more Black coaches sue NFL, one implicating Titans

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Black coaches joined Brian Flores on Thursday in his lawsuit alleging racist hiring practices by the NFL toward coaches and general managers.

Jackson confirmed as first Black female high court justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a historic barrier by securing her place as the first Black female justice and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his effort to diversify the high court.

Crowd, cheers, history as Senate confirms Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moments before the Senate began Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation vote to become the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, the chamber filled with the swell of history.

AUTO INDUSTRY

US electric-vehicle tax credits ending for new Toyota buyers

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota customers soon won't be able to get U.S. federal tax credits for buying electric or hybrid vehicles.

TRANSPORTATION

JetBlue's bid for Spirit centers on adding planes to fleet

JetBlue Airways executives explained to Wall Street on Wednesday why they're offering to pay $3.6 billion for Spirit Airlines, a proposed combination that has received a chilly reception from investors.

MEDIA

Meta: Russian invasion driving more disinformation online

Hackers aligned with Russia broke into the social media accounts of dozens of Ukrainian military officers and were working to upload videos of defeated and surrendering Ukrainian soldiers when the plot was disrupted, according to a report from Meta that details a troubling increase in social media disinformation this year.

ENVIRONMENT

UK looks to nuclear power to cut Russian energy dependence

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday announced plans to build more nuclear power plants, boost renewable energy production and further tap domestic oil and gas reserves to help the U.K. reduce its dependence on Russian energy following the invasion of Ukraine.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

WHO: COVID cases and deaths continue to fall globally

GENEVA (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases reported globally has dropped for a second consecutive week and confirmed COVID-19 deaths also fell last week, according to a World Health Organization report issued Wednesday.

COVID spending bill stalls in Senate as GOP, Dems stalemate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A compromise $10 billion measure buttressing the government's COVID-19 defenses stalled in the Senate Wednesday and seemed all but certainly sidetracked for weeks, victim of a campaign-season fight over the incendiary issue of immigration.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Tech rebound lifts stocks on Wall Street after early slide

A late-afternoon rebound led by technology companies helped drive stocks higher on Wall Street Thursday, lifting the market from an early slide.

Nations to release millions of barrels of oil amid war

PARIS (AP) — The International Energy Agency said Thursday that its member countries are releasing 60 million barrels of oil from their emergency reserves on top of previous U.S. pledges to take aim at energy prices that have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Biden bets strong job market will shield economy from slump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy faces plenty of threats: War in Ukraine, high grocery bills, spiking gasoline prices, splintered supply chains, the lingering pandemic and rising interest rates that slow growth.

Fed casting its inflation fight as battle against inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Federal Reserve intensifies its efforts to tame high inflation, its top officials are casting their aggressive drive in a new light: As a blow against economic inequality.

Congress votes to suspend Russia trade status, enact oil ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted overwhelmingly Thursday to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil, ratcheting up the U.S. response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine amid reports of atrocities.

EXPLAINER: Russia is not a 'most favored nation.' What now?

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress voting to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil, President Joe Biden's action to tighten the U.S. squeeze on Russia's economy now can intensify.

Warren Buffett buying spree goes on, HP soars on 11.5% stake

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Shares of HP Inc. jumped nearly 15% Thursday after Warren Buffett's company snapped up more than 11% of the printer and computer maker over the past week in another uncharacteristic tech investment from the billionaire.

Bird flu's grisly question: how to kill millions of poultry

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The spread of a bird flu that is deadly to poultry raises the grisly question of how farms manage to quickly kill and dispose of millions of chickens and turkeys.

Walmart offers supply-chain workers a chance to drive trucks

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart workers who once unloaded trucks now have a chance to drive them.

US jobless claims stay at historically low levels last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as layoffs remain at historically low levels.

Yellen calls for crypto regulation to reduce risks, fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says more government regulation is needed to police the proliferation of cryptocurrency and other digital assets and to ward off fraudulent and illicit transactions.

Shell says Russia exit has already cost $5 billion

LONDON (AP) — Shell says its decision to pull out of Russia in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine has already cost the international energy giant as much as $5 billion.

Europe set to ban Russian coal, but struggles on oil and gas

The European Union is poised to ban Russian coal in the first sanctions on the vital energy industry over the war in Ukraine, but it has underlined the 27 nations' inability to agree on a much more sweeping embargo on oil and natural gas that would hit Russia harder but risk recession at home.

US diplomat: Mediterranean gas pipeline to Europe not viable

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A proposed pipeline to deliver natural gas from deposits in the east Mediterranean to European markets is too expensive, not economically viable and will take too long to help countries seeking alternatives to Russian gas any time soon, a senior U.S. diplomat said Thursday.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Pelosi positive for COVID-19, was at White House with Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVID-19, a day after appearing unmasked at a White House event with President Joe Biden.

House panel: Justice Dept. 'obstructing' Trump records probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional oversight committee on Thursday said the Justice Department is "obstructing" its investigation into former President Donald Trump's handling of White House records by preventing the release of information from the National Archives.

Senate to vote on revoking Russia's trade status, oil ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will take up legislation Thursday to end normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil, ratcheting up the U.S. response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine amid reports of atrocities. Both bills have languished in the Senate.

Scavino, Navarro held in contempt of Congress in 1/6 probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino were held in contempt of Congress for their monthlong refusal to comply with subpoenas rendered by the House committee's investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Jan. 6 witnesses held in contempt: Who, why and what's next

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several witnesses sought by the Jan. 6 committee investigating the insurrection at the Capitol are being held in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the probe of the deadly 2021 attack, when Donald Trump supporters tried to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election.

Six-days-a-week mail delivery saved; Biden signs Postal bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service meant to shore up the popular but beleaguered agency's financial future and cement six-days-a-week mail delivery was signed into law Wednesday by President Joe Biden.

UKRAINE

Atrocities spur NATO nations to send more weapons to Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — Spurred into action by reports of atrocities in Ukraine, NATO countries agreed Thursday to ramp up the supply of weapons to Kyiv, including hi-tech arms, amid concerns that Russia is about to launch a large offensive in Ukrarine's eastern Donbas region.

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