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VOL. 41 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 28, 2017

The Old Man in the Crease

The second-oldest goalie in this year's playoffs is having a run for the ages

With the final selection in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Draft – after some 257 players had already been selected – the Nashville Predators took a chance on a lanky, young back-up goaltender from Finland.

Predators learning, growing with each playoff experience

Having just produced the greatest playoff accomplishment in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are now looking to take another milestone step.

Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nashville general manager David Poile says Predators forward Kevin Fiala broke his left leg during Game 1 against St. Louis and is recovering from surgery to repair his femur.

Dean’s hurdle: Winning over state’s rural voters

As mayor, Karl Dean helped usher in Nashville’s current boom of economic growth and development. Now, as candidate for governor of Tennessee, Dean wants to bring prosperity to other corners of the state.

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Tennessee Center for Family Business. Launch event with guest speaker, Clifton Lambreth, former Auto executive, motivational speaker, author and consultant. Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 411 Peabody, Thursday, 7:15–9 a.m. Light breakfast served. Information and to register: TNCFBlaunch.eventbrite.com

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IMPROVE Act fight an insight into testy election ahead

In case anyone’s keeping stats, Senate leadership soundly defeated House leadership this session in the gas tax/tax cut battle.


Woolworth on 5th a fitting tribute to city’s sit-ins

Police didn’t stop me from entering the five-and-dime, site of one of America’s eventual and monumental civil rights victories.


Lack of inventory leaves buyers fighting for scraps

There are more than 200 businesses planning to relocate to or expand existing operations in the Nashville pipeline, says Ralph Schulz, CEO and president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.


Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for March 2017

Top commercial real estate sales, March 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.


Hits and misses in UT’s quest for junior college gold

Things were supposed to be so easy for Jonathan Kongbo. He arrived at the University of Tennessee last year as the No. 1-ranked junior college prospect in the nation. He had the combination of size and speed that everybody wants in a defensive lineman. The sky was the limit.


Catalano, Fisher join Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd has hired James P. Catalano as member and Alexandria S. Fisher as senior associate to the firm’s Nashville office.


2017 Lancer: All-wheel drive at a bargain price

If you’re looking for a bargain on an all-wheel-drive car, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer might be the one for you.


Influencer marketing to dominate in 2017

I am part of Generation X – the last generation that ever scheduled their childhood evenings around when a beloved TV program was set to air.


You didn’t get the job. What’s the best path forward?

Being overlooked for a job is the worst. It’s especially bad after you’ve had a series of interviews. You took off work (multiple times), bought a new suit and updated your resume.


Haslam signs bill to increase penalties for targeting police

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill into law that will force people to face stiffer penalties for committing a violent offence against a police officer.


7 bounty hunters shot at wrong car, charged with murder

NASHVILLE (AP) — Seven bounty hunters who descended on the wrong car outside a Wal-Mart have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the killing of an unarmed man and the wounding of another, Tennessee police announced Wednesday.


Average US 30-year mortgage rate edges down to 4.02 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates barely moved this week after rising last week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate remained above the key threshold of 4 percent.


Some cling to landlines, but cell-only homes now dominate

NEW YORK (AP) — Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group — people with a landline phone at home.


US stocks inch lower as oil prices keep dropping

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower Thursday morning as oil prices continue to drop and energy companies take sharp losses. Banks are climbing as bond yields increase, which will allow lenders to charge higher interest rates on loans. Health care stocks are a bit higher as Congress prepares to vote on a bill intended to roll back much of former President Barack Obama's health care law.

US productivity posts sharpest fall in a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The productivity of American workers fell in the first quarter by the sharpest amount in a year, while labor costs increased.

US factory orders tick up in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories turned in the weakest performance in four months, although a key category that tracks business investment showed more strength.

US unemployment benefits drop 19,000 to 238,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week after two weeks of small gains.

Survey: Small business owners lose some post-election cheer

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have lost some of their post-election optimism, according to a survey released Thursday by Wells Fargo & Co.

Apple steps up its effort to emphasize its economic impact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is getting more aggressive about emphasizing its role in the U.S. economy, apparently hoping to counter recurring criticism over its reliance on overseas factories.


House pushes health care bill to showdown vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans began pushing their prized health care bill through the House Thursday, as the GOP sought a victory for President Donald Trump six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew.

GOP-led House panel votes to overhaul Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law.

Trump to weaken IRS rule against church political activity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order further weakening already-sparse enforcement of an IRS rule threatening the loss of tax-exempt status for religious organizations that endorse political candidates.


With Laviolette, Preds find offensive payoff in postseason

NASHVILLE (AP) — Three years ago, general manager David Poile let the only coach the Predators had ever known in Barry Trotz leave and hired Peter Laviolette to inject more offense into the Nashville lineup.


Tennessee Legislature passes sexting law

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill that would allow minors who send sexually explicit photos of themselves to others to face far less serious consequences than they do now.

Gay marriage plaintiffs urge opposition to Tennessee bill

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case want Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in state law.

Bill making it harder for cities to restrict guns passes House

Legislation making it easier for Tennessee cities to be sued over gun restrictions eased through the House on Wednesday even though it would allow those filing lawsuits to claim triple attorney fees.

Unworried about constitutionality, House passes 20-week abortion ban

The House of Representatives turned back questions about the constitutionality of legislation limiting abortions after 20 weeks and passed it overwhelmingly Wednesday morning.

Bill requires metal detectors for city, county gun bans

NASHVILLE (AP) — A gun rights push in Tennessee would give cities and counties an ultimatum: buy metal detectors, hire security guards and check bags at many public buildings, parks and buses; or let people with handgun permits bring in their guns.

Plaintiffs in gay marriage case to oppose bill in Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) — Two plaintiffs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case want Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in state law.


Georgia losing patience with Chattanooga-area drug treatment tourists

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) — In the northwest corner of Georgia, where cows and crops vastly outnumber people, a small cluster of privately owned treatment centers have sprung up in recent years for heroin and prescription painkiller addicts.

Study: TVA system creates nearly $12B impact on region

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A new study estimates the Tennessee Valley Authority's managed river system created an $11.9 billion economic impact in the Tennessee Valley last year.

Tennessee Valley Authority reports boost in net income

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is reporting that it yielded $313 million in net income for the first half of 2017, a $32 million boost compared to the same period in 2016.


Health bill gains new life as 2 GOP moderates meet Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of moderate Republicans who'd been holdouts against the GOP health care bill said Wednesday they were now backing the high-profile legislation after winning President Donald Trump's support for their proposal for reviving the languishing measure.


New York Times adds 308,000 digital subscription in 1Q

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times added a record number of digital subscribers last quarter, exciting investors who pushed the stock to an 11 percent gain in morning trading.

Facebook to hire 3,000 to review videos of crime and suicide

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos of crime and suicides following murders shown live.


Volkswagen's Q1 profit up 44 percent as sales mix improves

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen saw its first quarter profit jump 44 percent as it focused on selling more profitable models and worked past its scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.


Stocks dip as media, health care companies fall; banks jump

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dipped Wednesday as media and health care companies took losses. The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, but bond yields and banks rose as investors felt rates will increase soon.

Fed leaves rates unchanged but signals further hikes ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify further rate hikes later this year.

US services firms grow faster in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded at a faster pace in April, good news for the overall American economy.

Survey: US businesses added solid 177,000 jobs in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added 177,000 jobs last month, a private survey found, a solid gain that suggests the economy is still expanding despite recent signs of slower growth.

Puerto Rico announces huge, historic debt restructuring

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor on Wednesday announced a historic restructuring of a portion of the U.S. territory's $70 billion debt through courts after negotiations with bondholders failed. The announcement marks the biggest bankruptcy-type process ever for the U.S. municipal bond market.


House passes $1.1T government spending bill, sends to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald Trump's promised border wall with Mexico and massive military buildup.

Health bill teeters on the brink as House OK's budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their health care bill teetering on the brink, House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump intensified their already-fierce lobbying Wednesday to save the long-promised legislation, agreeing to changes that brought two pivotal Republicans back on board.

Shulkin says he's considering closing 1,100 VA facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide as it develops plans to allow more veterans to receive medical care in the private sector.

Dems shift financial debate to spotlight Trump's empire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican drive to overhaul financial regulations devolved into a Democratic effort to cast a spotlight on President Donald Trump's business empire and his refusal to release his tax returns.

Government-wide spending bill headed for a House vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government-wide spending bill that President Donald Trump seemed to criticize Tuesday morning but now calls "a clear win for the American people" is headed for a House vote.

House GOP blocks Dem efforts to protect consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Wednesday blocked Democratic efforts to preserve the independence of a consumer watchdog created after the 2008 economic meltdown as the GOP pressed ahead with an overhaul of the nation's financial regulatory law.


House passes 'knee-jerk' ban on travel to California

Despite a Memphis’ lawmakers concerns about a “knee-jerk” reaction, the House passed legislation Monday aimed at a California travel ban against states passing anti-gay laws.

Watch out, pigs, Tennessee House OKs silencers on guns

Tennesseans who want to shoot feral hogs won’t have to worry about scaring the critters now that they have permission to put a silencer on their rifle.

Bill to change state Constitution's wording on slavery gets boost

Rep. Joe Towns’ legislation to change the state Constitution’s wording on slavery is being postponed until 2018, but it picked up a key endorsement Monday from Republican House Majority Leader Glen Casada.

Bill to ban abortions at 20 weeks passes in Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate on Monday voted to pass a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks if doctors determine the fetus is viable. The ban would not apply in medical emergencies or if the mother faces risks of death or serious damage to a major bodily function.

House to consider resolution calling for moving Polk's body

NASHVILLE (AP) — A resolution calling for the body of President James K. Polk to be exhumed from the grounds of Tennessee Capitol has been scheduled for consideration in the state House before the Legislature adjourns for the year.


Tennessee Republican Party hires new executive director

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Republican Party has hired a new executive director.


Former Democratic state senator charged with sexual battery

NASHVILLE (AP) — A former Democratic state senator from Goodlettsville has been arrested on a felony charge of sexual battery.


Auto sales tumble; 7-year win streak could come to an end

DETROIT (AP) — The six top-selling automakers in the U.S. reported sales declines last month as demand seems to be slowing after seven straight years of growth.


Stocks scuffle as slowing auto sales worry Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite strong results from industrial companies, U.S. stocks couldn't get any momentum going Tuesday after car makers said their sales are shrinking.

Lawmakers to airlines: Improve service or Congress steps in

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday warned top airline executives to improve customer services or face congressional intervention after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines flight in an incident the company's chief executive called a "mistake of epic proportions."

Pay for news? More than half of Americans say they do

NEW YORK (AP) — A battered news industry can find some flickers of hope in a survey that gauges public willingness to pay for journalism, as long as its leaders plan judiciously.

Hollywood writers, producers reach deal; strike averted

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production.


House GOP takes first steps to undo financial law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans worked to undo former President Barack Obama's law overhauling the nation's financial rules, arguing that it is undermining economic growth. Democrats countered that the GOP effort risked a repeat of the 2008 meltdown that pushed the economy to the brink of collapse.


Pelosi tells Fisk students to mobilize against prejudice

NASHVILLE (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday told a group of graduating students at Fisk University to mobilize against prejudice and inequality.


Most legislators urging slowdown in outsourcing state jobs

A majority of Tennessee’s legislators are asking the state to hold up on a facilities management outsourcing contract with Jones Lang LaSalle.

Tennessee lawmakers plan to OK $37B budget this week

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers plan to pass the state's annual $37 billion budget this week.


Statue of 'Sgt. Carter' actor being dedicated in Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A statue of Clarksville native and actor Frank Sutton is being dedicated this week near the city's Roxy Regional Theatre.


Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators finally had a chance to show how they would react to their first loss this postseason.


US construction spending slips 0.2 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders trimmed construction spending slightly in March, one month after building activity hit an all-time high.


Supreme Court says cities can sue banks under US housing law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that cities may sue banks under the federal anti-discrimination in housing law, but said those lawsuits must tie claims about predatory lending practices among minority customers directly to declines in property taxes.

Justices won't hear challenge over Alaska polar bear habitat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Alaska and oil and gas industry groups protesting the government's designation of more than 187,000 square miles in the state as critical habitat for threatened polar bears.


Lobbying by hospitals, doctors, slows GOP health care drive

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Obamacare" is showing surprising staying power, thanks in large part to doctors, hospitals and other health industry players opposing the alternatives that Republicans have proposed.

Baptist hospital groups in Memphis, Mississippi merge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and the larger Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, Tennessee, have completed a merger, creating the largest hospital group in Mississippi.

White House promotes latest health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is promoting a new health care proposal that the president insists will lower premiums and guarantee insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, even though some medical groups say they aren't so sure.

AP FACT CHECK: Are Trump's health-plan protections real?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising that the latest Republican health care legislation will cover people with pre-existing conditions "beautifully." Such reassurance is not to be found in the bill that's been under review.


Technology companies and banks take stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Monday as big technology companies like Apple continued to rally. Investors bought stocks and sold bonds and gold after Congress agreed to a deal that will keep the government operating for the rest of the fiscal year.

Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal more hikes coming

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. economy on solid footing and unemployment at a near-decade low, the Federal Reserve remains in the midst of a campaign to gradually raise interest rates from ultra-lows. But this week, it's all but sure to take a pause.

Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out

NEW YORK (AP) — The turmoil at Fox News Channel has claimed another victim. The network said Monday that Bill Shine, the network's co-president and a longtime lieutenant of ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, is out.

Reports: Fox News owner joins race to buy Tribune media

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News owner 21st Century Fox and a New York investment firm are in talks to buy TV station operator Tribune Media, according to several reports.

US consumer spending flat for second month in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers cut back sharply in spending on durable goods such as autos in March, leaving overall spending unchanged for a second straight month. The slowdown in consumer activity was a major reason overall economic growth slowed so sharply in the winter.

US factories expand at slower pace in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew for the eighth straight month in April but at a slower pace than in March.


Trump says he's willing to consider raising gas tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase could pay for his ambitious infrastructure plan.

Lawmakers settle on $1T plan to avoid US gov't shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic programs.


Titans draft offensive playmaker, cornerback in 1st round

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans headed into the draft needing to find more offensive help for quarterback Marcus Mariota while also boosting a defense that ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass last season.


Haslam learns from Insure Tennessee loss in road funding win

NASHVILLE (AP) — Not long after seeing fellow Republicans in the Legislature reject his effort to expand Medicaid, Gov. Bill Haslam was touring the state to pitch another politically difficult proposal to boost funding for roads and bridges.

Tennessee lawmakers seek to ban sexting by minors

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers want to make it against the law for minors to send or keep sexually explicit messages on smartphones.

Criminal records bill passes in Legislature

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Legislature has passed a bill that will make it easier for people convicted of lower-level offenses to get their criminal records wiped clean.

Resolution honoring Klan leader denounced as 'underhanded'

Memphis lawmakers blasted a Smyrna legislator Thursday morning, accusing him of violating their honor system by sliding a resolution through the House honoring an author they perceive as a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist.

Tennessee Senate OKs bill LGBT groups deemed discriminatory

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in state law, which LGBT advocates fear could spur discrimination against same-sex couples and transgender people.


Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at event

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans who have unused prescription drugs they no longer need can safely dispose of them Saturday at locations all around the state. It's part of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration's 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Boyd raises $1.25M in donations for Tennessee gov's race

NASHVILLE (AP) — Knoxville businessman Randy Boyd's campaign says it has raised $1.25 million for the Republican's gubernatorial bid.


Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.

Short of support, House won't vote on health bill this week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House won't vote on Republican legislation scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law until at least next week, a GOP leader said Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday — President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.


Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory.

Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.03 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate pushed back above the key threshold of 4 percent.


GM is motoring as profit jumps 34 pct on US truck, SUV sales

DETROIT (AP) — People are buying more SUVs and trucks and paying General Motors handsomely for them, pushing the company's first-quarter net income up 34 percent to a record $2.6 billion.


Facebook gearing up to fight political propaganda

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.


US stocks close modestly lower, but end higher for the week

U.S. stocks closed modestly lower Friday, ending just short of another milestone for Wall Street.

US economy expanded at weakest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion.

Retailers and insurers get taxed more, tech less under Trump plan

NEW YORK (AP) — To understand taxes, you have to think about geography. Don't worry, this will make sense eventually.

Amazon, the online giant, experiments with physical stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Is the online retail giant also looking to conquer physical stores?

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights — an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.


House OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown, Senate next

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, the House easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving for the weekend without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the Trump administration's request, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits challenging Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions.

Trump: 'I thought it would be easier'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sounding wistful as he reflects on his first 100 days on the job.

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

AP FACT CHECK: Claims about Trump's tax plan don't hold up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting to the bottom of President Donald Trump's tax plan is difficult because it exists so far as bullet points on a single page, with no detail. Still, there are reasons to be wary about some of the claims coming out of the White House about it.

Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the likely winners in President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan would be a real estate developer turned reality TV star who now happens to occupy the White House.

Trump says US won't leave NAFTA – for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."

Trump finds that CEO-as-president isn't always a natural fit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself.

Democrat threatens to oppose spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second-ranking House Democrat is threatening to withhold votes for a short-term spending bill to keep the government open, if Republicans try to push for a health care vote this week.

Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned by authorities when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign government-sourced money without "advance approval" from the Pentagon, according to documents released Thursday by the ranking Democrat on a House oversight committee.

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