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VOL. 46 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 29, 2022

Tennessee tourism takes a detour

Pandemic, state push visitors to rural areas in need of a real break

Tennessee tourism is surging back to pre-pandemic levels, which is good news for the major metro areas that spend millions to draw in visitors, as well as the state, which depends on sales taxes to fund its annual budget.

Grundy County a model for embracing natural assets

Grundy County residents are proud of their natural assets, but they’d never really thought about turning them into a lure for visitors until recently, says County Mayor Michael Brady.

Resort, marina helps launch Jackson County tourism

Jackson County Mayor Randy Heady describes much of the past 20 years as “lean” for his community.

JOE ROGERS: MY TAKE

Mariah’s family adds to story of Carnton slave

Here, there and everywhere: My column on the antebellum home Carnton in Franklin, the Confederate cemetery there and the feelings it evoked for me, drew a surprising and most welcome response.

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EVENTS

National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week 2022 celebrates the resiliency and tenacity of America’s entrepreneurs who are doing their part to power our nation’s historic economic comeback. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration during this virtual event as they share tools and information that entrepreneurs need to further power our economic growth, strengthen supply chains and deliver the products and services Americans depend on every day. These events are free to attend, but registration is required. Information

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RICHARD COURTNEY: REALTY CHECK

Lost in translation: What listing states, what it means

I have observed during the past 43 years an increasingly creative use of the English language by my real estate peers. While there are apps and programs for translation for many languages, real estate translation is nowhere to be found.

REAL ESTATE

Top Davidson County commercial sales for Q1 2022

Top commercial real estate sales, first quarter 2022, for Davidson County, as compiled by the Nashville Ledger.

Long-term US mortgage rates edge down this week to 5.1%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate edged down for the first time in two months following a swift ascent to levels that have not been seen in more than a decade.

VANDERBILT SPORTS

New basketball facility transforming VU football stadium

Double-deckers are commonplace in downtown Nashville these days — everything from a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red lower Broadway venue to a ride aboard one of those slow-moving, open-air “transpotainment” party buses to one of those expensive parking garages.

NEWSMAKERS

Baker Donelson adds 3 Nashville associates

Baker Donelson has added 16 new associates across the firm, including Katelyn R. Dwyer (labor & employment), Kareim S. Oliphant (corporate) and Kathryn White (corporate) in Nashville

BRIEFS

Jones Company sold to Richmond

Richmond American Homes of Tennessee has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the homebuilding assets of The Jones Company of Tennessee, LLC.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Pricey pickups: Electric Rivian vs Ram 1500

Electrified vehicles are indiscriminate in their automotive expansion. First, it was hatchbacks and sedans, then SUVs. Next up: the pickup.

BUSINESS BOOK REVIEW

Taking the first steps to be sure no one is left behind

Everybody in. The meeting’s about to start, the train is leaving soon and the car is idling, so pack it up and let’s go. We’re not leaving anyone behind, and nobody can complain about being out of the loop if we’re together.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Tweak your tech settings to protect your privacy

So much of our sensitive personal data is being tracked and sold that trying to protect our privacy can seem like a pointless exercise.

MILLENNIAL MONEY

Try this on: Kick-starting your online clothing resale gig

With the recent rise of resale apps like Depop and Poshmark, the idea of selling old clothes online is becoming more fashionable. Many people have turned clothing resale into a lucrative side gig or even a full-time job, gaining thousands of followers and making dozens of sales per week.

CAREER CORNER

Hierarchy hard to decipher on flat screen of Zoom

The world of work seems a little flatter now than it did just a few years ago, thanks to remote work and video conferencing.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Parton, Eminem, Richie get into Rock Hall of Fame

Eminem, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a list that also includes Dolly Parton, who initially resisted the honor.

PREDATORS

Avs erupt for 5 goals in 1st, beat Predators 7-2 in Game 1

DENVER (AP) — The fast, scoring-spree start by Colorado led to some feistiness later on with Nashville. But through all those pushes and shoves, the Avalanche maintained their composure.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee wildlife agency chief to retire later this year

JACKSON (AP) — The head of Tennessee's wildlife agency says he is retiring.

WEST TENNESSEE

Settlement for Black-majority town in Tennessee takeover case

NASHVILLE (AP) — After alleging that Tennessee's top leaders were placing unfair scrutiny over a predominantly Black town's finances, the small town of Mason announced Wednesday it had reached a deal halting the threat of a state takeover of its finances.

COURTS

Abortion draft puts unusual public pressure on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The traditionally insular Supreme Court is about to face the full force of public pressure and abortion politics as justices make a final decision on whether to throw out the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.

Justices' views on abortion in their own words and votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Supreme Court heard arguments in a major abortion case from Mississippi in December, it was clear to observers that there was substantial support among the court's conservative majority for overruling two landmark decisions that established and reaffirmed a woman's right to an abortion.

MEDIA

Elon Musk asked to testify on Twitter by UK Parliament

LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee scrutinizing draft online safety legislation has invited Elon Musk to discuss his plans to buy Twitter and the changes he's proposing for the social media platform.

HEALTH CARE

Moderna first-quarter profit triples on robust vaccine sales

COVID-19 vaccine sales helped Moderna triple its net income in a better-than-expected first quarter.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Markets cheer after Powell downplays even larger rate hikes

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 900 points and the S&P 500 had its biggest gain in two years Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell downplayed the likelihood of an even larger interest rate hike after announcing the sharpest rate increase since 2000.

How higher Fed rates stand to affect Americans' finances

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record-low mortgages below 3%, reached last year, are long gone. Credit card rates will likely rise. So will the cost of an auto loan. Savers may finally receive a yield high enough to top inflation.

Fed raises key rate by a half-point in bid to tame inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve intensified its fight against the worst inflation in 40 years by raising its benchmark interest rate by a half-percentage point Wednesday — its most aggressive move since 2000 — and signaling further large rate hikes to come.

Text of the Federal Reserve's statement after its meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:

California moves to embrace cryptocurrency and regulate it

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California, which would have the world's fifth-largest economy if it was a country, on Wednesday became the first U.S. state to formally begin examining how to broadly adapt to cryptocurrency and related innovations, following a path laid out by President Joe Biden in March.

Intuit to pay $141M settlement over 'free' TurboTax ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind the TurboTax tax-filing program will pay $141 million to customers across the United States who were deceived by misleading promises of free tax-filing services, New York's attorney general announced Wednesday.

Shipping company Maersk sees record quarter as demand surges

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The world's biggest shipping company, Denmark's A.P. Moeller-Maersk, said Wednesday that it had delivered its "best earnings quarter ever," driven by higher freight rates and more contracts being signed.

After another strong quarter, CVS raises outlook for 2022

COVID-19 vaccines and tests for the virus continue to boost CVS Health and the health care giant raised its annual forecast after yet another strong quarter.

VP Harris to meet Thursday with union organizers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will meet with union organizers at the White House on Thursday, part of a broader effort by the administration to boost unionization campaigns at major employers.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Biden showcases deficit progress in bid to counter critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday highlighted new figures showing the government's red ink will grow less than expected this year and the national debt will shrink this quarter as he tried to counter criticism of his economic leadership amid growing dismay over inflation going into midterm elections that will decide control of Congress.

Biden announces Sept conference on hunger, nutrition, health

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will hold a conference on hunger, nutrition and health in September to notch progress on the Biden administration's goals of ending hunger, improving nutrition and physical activity and reducing diet-related diseases.

Primary takeaways: Trump passes test as kingmaker in Ohio

The primary elections in Ohio and Indiana on Tuesday stood as the first real test of former President Donald Trump's status as the Republican Party kingmaker — and he passed.

UKRAINE

AP evidence points to 600 dead in Mariupol theater airstrike

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — She stood in just her bathrobe in the freezing basement of the Mariupol theater, coated in white plaster dust shaken loose by the explosion. Her husband tugged at her to leave and begged her to cover her eyes.

EU takes major step toward Russian oil ban, new sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Wednesday called on the 27-nation bloc to ban oil imports from Russia and target the country's biggest bank and major broadcasters in a sixth package of sanctions over the war in Ukraine.

Russia pounds Ukraine, targeting supply of Western arms

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded targets across Ukraine, taking aim at supply lines for foreign weapons in the west and intensifying an offensive in the east, as the European Union moved Wednesday to further punish Moscow for the war with a proposed ban on oil imports.


TUESDAY, MAY 3
TENNESSEE TITANS

NFL assigns 4 international players to AFC South teams

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has added four players from Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to each team in the AFC South as part of the league's International Player Pathway Program.

PREDATORS

Rittich will start Game 1 in goal for Predators against Avs

DENVER (AP) — Goaltender David Rittich will start Game 1 for the Nashville Predators with starter Juuse Saros sidelined by a lower-body injury.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Gov. Lee refuses to release records of execution error

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has refused to release records that could illuminate his decision to abruptly halt the execution of Oscar Smith last month, citing attorney-client privilege and the disputed "deliberative process privilege."

Gov. Lee to sign school library scrutiny bill

FRANKLIN (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Monday he plans to sign a bill that would let a politically appointed panel remove books from public school libraries statewide through a new veto power over local school board decisions.

Gov. Lee signs new K-12 funding formula into law

FRANKLIN (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law Monday an overhaul he proposed for the formula for funding the state's multibillion-dollar K-12 education system.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee holding primary elections in county races

MEMPHIS (AP) — It's voting time again in Tennessee, as candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties compete in county primary elections Tuesday.

COURTS

Biden blasts 'radical' Roe draft, warns other rights at risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday blasted a "radical" Supreme Court draft opinion that would throw out the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling that has stood for a half century. He warned that other privacy rights including same-sex marriage and birth control are at risk if the justices follow through on the draft that the court emphasized was not final.

Schumer vows abortion law vote, but not filibuster changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer angrily denounced as an "abomination" the Supreme Court's leaked draft decision that would overturn the nation's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and vowed that if it stands the Senate will vote on legislation to uphold women's access to abortions.

What's next for abortion after Supreme Court leak?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital has a long tradition of stunning leaks, from national security secrets to political scandals, but this week's disclosure of a draft Supreme Court decision is one for the history books. The document obtained by Politico shows a majority of justices could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that created a constitutional right to abortion.

Roberts orders probe into 'egregious' leak of abortion draft

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday confirmed the authenticity of a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court may be be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. He ordered an investigation into what he called an "egregious breach of trust."

Possible overturning of Roe sends abortion fight to states

If the U.S. Supreme Court follows through on overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, it would immediately split the country into states with abortion access and those that outlaw it.

Report: Supreme Court draft suggests Roe could be overturned

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report.

Court that rarely leaks does so now in biggest case in years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court keeps secrets. Year after year, in major case after major case, there's little beyond what the justices say during oral arguments that suggests how they will rule until they actually do.

DC reaches $750K settlement in Trump inaugural lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's businesses and inaugural committee have reached a deal to pay Washington, D.C., $750,000 to resolve a lawsuit that alleged the committee overpaid for events at his hotel and enriched the former president's family in the process, according to the District of Columbia's attorney general.

HEALTH CARE

Change at the top for Biogen after Alzheimer's drug flops

Biogen will replace its CEO and largely abandon marketing of its controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm less than a year after the medication's launch triggered a backlash from experts, doctors and insurers.

Pfizer tops Q1 expectations, revises 2022 forecast

COVID-19 vaccine and treatment sales helped Pfizer breeze past Wall Street's first-quarter expectations, as the drugmaker's profit grew 61%.

TECHNOLOGY

New Zealand rocket caught but then dropped by helicopter

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Using a helicopter to catch a falling rocket is such a complex task that Peter Beck likens it to a "supersonic ballet."

COVID-19

What happens if I get COVID-19 while traveling?

What happens if I get COVID-19 while traveling?

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks edge higher on Wall Street ahead of Fed rate decision

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock closed modestly higher on Wall Street Tuesday as investors await Wednesday's decision by the Federal Reserve on interest rates.

Airbnb posts much smaller Q1 loss, revenue doubles from 2021

Airbnb sharply narrowed its first-quarter loss to $19 million, as the rebound in travel after two years of pandemic caused bookings to jump and revenue to nearly double from a year ago.

Starbucks reports record Q2 sales as costs climb

Starbucks' sales climbed to record levels in its fiscal second quarter, but its profits took a hit from climbing labor and ingredient costs.

Employers post record 11.5 million job openings in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers posted a record 11.5 million job openings in March and the United States now has an unprecedented two job openings for every person who is unemployed.

Strong BP profit renews call for energy sector windfall tax

LONDON (AP) — BP posted its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade thanks to surging oil and gas prices, renewing calls for a U.K. government tax on energy companies' windfall earnings to help households struggling with rising energy bills.

Australian central bank hikes rate for 1st time in 11 years

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank on Tuesday lifted its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than 11 years. The cash rate rose from 0.1% to 0.35% in a move potentially damaging to a government that will seek reelection on May 21.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Sudden abortion focus shakes midterm election landscape

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaked draft of a Supreme Court abortion opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is shaking the U.S. political landscape in what has been expected to be a difficult election year for Democrats.

UKRAINE

Pope offers to meet Putin, still waiting to hear back

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that he has offered to travel to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin to try to end Russia's war in Ukraine, but that he hasn't yet heard back.


MONDAY, MAY 2
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans use 6 of 9 draft picks on offense to help Tannehill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans say they need to be excellent around Ryan Tannehill to help their quarterback take them on the deep postseason run they've missed since the 2019 season.

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Nashville earns 1-1 draw with Philadelphia in grand opening

NASHVILLE (AP) — Randall Leal scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute and Nashville SC opened GEODIS Park and gained a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union in MLS action on Sunday.

NASHVILLE SC

The Judds, Ray Charles join the Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE (AP) — Ray Charles and The Judds joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in a ceremony filled with tears, music and laughter, just a day after Naomi Judd died unexpectedly.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee pauses executions, will review lethal injections

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee paused executions in Tennessee for the rest of the year on Monday after revealing that the state had failed to ensure its lethal injection drugs were properly tested. The oversight forced Lee to abruptly halt the execution of Oscar Smith an hour before he was to die last month.

COURTS

NYPD veteran convicted of assaulting officer in Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury on Monday convicted a New York Police Department veteran of assaulting an officer during the U.S. Capitol riot, rejecting his claim that he was defending himself when he tackled the officer and grabbed his gas mask.

Supreme Court rules against Boston in Christian flag case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Boston violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist when it refused his request to fly a Christian flag on a flagpole outside City Hall.

Supreme Court won't hear Lundergan illegal contribution case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place the illegal campaign contributions conviction of Kentucky businessman and former Democratic Party chief, Jerry Lundergan.

European Union moves forward in antitrust case against Apple

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union stepped up its antitrust case against Apple on Monday, accusing the company of abusing its dominant position by limiting access to technologies allowing contactless payment.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Stellantis pours billions more into Canada, electric

NEW YORK (AP) — Automaker Stellantis said Monday it will invest $3.6 billion Canadian dollars ($2.8 billion) to upgrade two Canadian assembly plants and expand a research center as it accelerates its long-term electrification strategy.

Energy chief Granholm touts $3B plan to boost EV batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing its push to dramatically boost sales of electric vehicles, the Biden administration on Monday announced $3.1 billion in funding to U.S. companies that make and recycle lithium-ion batteries.

TRANSPORTATION

Spirit still prefers bid from Frontier Airlines over JetBlue

Spirit Airlines said Monday that it still supports Frontier Airlines' $2.9 billion takeover bid for the airline, saying it was more likely to win regulatory approval than JetBlue's competing $3.6 billion offer.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Late tech rally leaves Wall Street indexes modestly higher

NEW YORK (AP) — A late rally in big technology stocks erased an afternoon slump on Wall Street and left major indexes moderately higher.

Fed to fight inflation with fastest rate hikes in decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is poised this week to accelerate its most drastic steps in three decades to attack inflation by making it costlier to borrow — for a car, a home, a business deal, a credit card purchase — all of which will compound Americans' financial strains and likely weaken the economy.

Sneakers, elastic pants: People alter office wear amid COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — Blazers in knit fabrics, pants with drawstrings or elastic waists, and polo shirts as the new button-down.

Vote tally begins in 2nd Amazon union election in NYC

A federal labor board on Monday will count ballots cast by warehouse workers in a second Amazon union election on Staten Island.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Jan. 6 panel wants answers from GOP's Brooks, Biggs, Jackson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three more House Republicans received requests Monday to voluntarily appear before the congressional committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection and answer questions about their involvement in the effort to overturn Donald Trump's 2020 election loss.

GOP Gov Hutchinson says 2024 presidential bid 'on the table'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday he is weighing a presidential run in 2024 and his decision won't be affected by whether former President Donald Trump decides to join the race.

UKRAINE

Push to arm Ukraine putting strain on US weapons stockpile

WASHINGTON (AP) — The planes take off almost daily from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware — hulking C-17s loaded up with Javelins, Stingers, howitzers and other material being hustled to Eastern Europe to resupply Ukraine's military in its fight against Russia.

EU energy ministers meet to discuss Russian gas, sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union energy ministers will meet Monday to discuss Russia's decision to cut gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland, and debate planned new sanctions over Moscow's war on Ukraine.

Pelosi thanks Poland for Ukraine support, meets president

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A top-level U.S. congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in Warsaw on Monday to express gratitude to Poland for their humanitarian and other support for Ukraine.

Israel lashes out at Russia over Lavrov's Nazism remarks

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Monday lashed out at Russia over "unforgivable" comments by its foreign minister about Nazism and antisemitism — including claims that Adolf Hitler was Jewish. Israel, which summoned the Russian ambassador in response, said the remarks blamed Jews for their own murder in the Holocaust.


FRIDAY, APRIL 29
TENNESSEE TITANS

Titans trade Brown to Eagles to move up to 18, draft Burks

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans began the NFL draft trying to make the best of a tough situation.

PREDATORS

Duchene scores in shootout, Predators rally to beat Avs 5-4

DENVER (AP) — Matt Duchene scored the lone goal of the shootout and David Rittich stopped all three attempts as the Nashville Predators rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Thursday night.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee health commissioner leaving post next month

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey is leaving state government next month, Gov. Bill Lee said.

COURTS

Grain elevator: Ruling lets slave descendants suit go ahead

EDGARD, La. (AP) — Descendants of slaves who lived and toiled in southeastern Louisiana won a key ruling Thursday allowing their legal challenge to go forward against a $400 million grain elevator planned along the Mississippi River, although the company behind the project said it would likely appeal.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Musk sells $4B in Tesla shares, presumably for Twitter deal

DETROIT (AP) — Elon Musk has sold 4.4 million shares of Tesla stock worth roughly $4 billion, most likely to help fund his purchase of Twitter.

Ford recalls Explorer SUVs that can roll away while in park

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than a quarter-million Explorer SUVs in the U.S. because they can roll away unexpectedly while shifted into park.

China regulator says 14,684 Teslas recalled for crash risk

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla has recalled 14,684 Model 3s due to a software glitch that could cause collisions, China's market regulator said Friday, in its second recall in the country this month.

REAL ESTATE

Redfin settles lawsuit alleging housing discrimination

Fair housing advocates on Friday announced a settlement agreement to resolve a lawsuit against real estate brokerage Redfin that will expand housing opportunities for consumers in communities of color in numerous major cities.

BANKING

Deutsche Bank office searched in money laundering probe

BERLIN (AP) — German police have searched offices of Deutsche Bank in connection with a money laundering investigation.

MEDIA

Google adds ways to keep personal info private in searches

Google has expanded options for keeping personal information private from online searches.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Most Americans could file their taxes for free, but don't

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government watchdog report finds that while most Americans are eligible to file their taxes for free, only a fraction use the services provided through the government.

COVID-19

FDA sets June meetings on COVID vaccines for youngest kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday set tentative dates in June to publicly review COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest American children, typically the final step before authorizing the shots.

Racial split on COVID-19 endures as restrictions ease in US

Black and Hispanic Americans remain far more cautious in their approach to COVID-19 than white Americans, recent polls show, reflecting diverging preferences on how to deal with the pandemic as federal, state and local restrictions fall by the wayside.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

A key inflation gauge jumped 6.6% in March, most since 1982

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve jumped 6.6% in March compared with a year ago, the highest 12-month reading in four decades, further evidence that surging prices are pressuring household budgets and the health of the economy.

Amazon reports rare quarterly loss as online shopping slows

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon reported its first quarterly loss since 2015 on Thursday, its money-making juggernaut stalled by a slowdown in pandemic-induced online shopping and a huge write-down of its investment in an electric-vehicle startup.

Exxon profits surge, doubling 2021 despite $3.4M Russia write down

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil reported $5.48 billion in profits during the first quarter as oil and gas prices rose steadily, more than doubling its profits compared with the same quarter last year.

Apple delivers strong quarter, but warns of trouble ahead

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple on Thursday reported strong quarterly results despite supply shortages, but warned that its growth slowdown is likely to deepen. The company said it's still struggling to get enough chips to meet demand and contending with COVID-related shutdowns at factories in China that make iPhones and other products.

Inflation hits record high of 7.5% in countries using euro

BRUSSELS (AP) — Inflation hit a record in April for the 19 countries that use the euro as skyrocketing fuel prices boosted by the war in Ukraine weigh on the region's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Feds seek nearly $3M from Manafort over undisclosed accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday against Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — who was convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and later pardoned — seeking to recover nearly $3 million from undeclared foreign bank accounts.

UKRAINE

Ukraine slams Kyiv attack amid new Mariupol rescue effort

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leader accused Russia of trying to humiliate the United Nations by raining missiles on Kyiv during a visit by Secretary-General António Guterres, an attack that shattered the capital's tentative return to normality as the focus of the war moved east.

An Oval Office visit and a Moscow trip: Inside the Reed deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worst possible moment for bringing Trevor Reed home turned out to be the best.

EXPLAINER: Why US needs a law to sell off oligarchs' assets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden doesn't want to just seize the yachts, luxury homes and other assets of Russian oligarchs, he wants to sell off the pricey goods and use the money to help rebuild Ukraine.


THURSDAY, APRIL 28
PREDATORS

Preds goalie Juuse Saros out final 2 regular-season games

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators will be without goaltender Juuse Saros for the final two games of the regular season because of an injured left leg.

NASHVILLE AREA

VU poll: Nashvillians say city headed in wrong direction

For the first time since the Vanderbilt Poll–Nashville was established in 2015, more than half of respondents say they believe the city is headed in the wrong direction.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Tennessee lawmakers pass K-12 library oversight, end session

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers closed out their annual legislative session Thursday, striking a deal that would let a politically appointed panel remove books from public school libraries statewide through a new veto power over local school board decisions.

Attorneys want moratorium, probe after execution halted

NASHVILLE (AP) — After an undisclosed "oversight" forced Tennessee to call off the execution of Oscar Smith an hour before he was to die last week, Smith's attorneys on Thursday asked for a moratorium on executions and a review of the state's execution protocols.

School library bill advances, sponsor suggests book burning

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Republicans advanced legislation Wednesday that would place more scrutiny over what books are placed in public schools libraries, moments after the bill's House sponsor said any inappropriate book should be burned.

MIDSTATE

Austin Peay University says ransomware attack contained

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A ransomware attack hit campus computers at Austin Peay University, but school officials said it was contained.

COURTS

Justices limit discrimination claims for emotional distress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed by a deaf, legally blind woman against a physical therapy business that wouldn't provide an American Sign Language interpreter for her appointments.

Supreme Court Notebook: Roberts pays tribute to Breyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fertile mind of Justice Stephen Breyer has conjured a stream of hypothetical questions through the years that have, in the words of a colleague, "befuddled" lawyers and justices alike.

Elon Musk prevails in Delaware court case on SolarCity deal

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware court sided with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a bitter legal battle over whether he acted against the best interest of other shareholders when he steered the electric car maker into a $2.6 billion acquisition of a solar panel maker founded by two of his cousins.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Ford loses $3.1 billion, hit by investment and chip shortage

DALLAS (AP) — Ford Motor Co. reported Wednesday that it lost $3.1 billion in the first quarter, weighed down by its investment in an electric-vehicle startup, and its revenue slid as a shortage of chips limited the supply of pickups and SUVs in North America.

China grants first driverless taxi permits to Baidu, Pony.ai

BEIJING (AP) — China has granted Chinese internet services company Baidu and a rival autonomous car company, Pony.ai, permits to provide driverless ride-hailing services to the public in Beijing, a significant regulatory step in the country's pursuit of driverless technology.

HEALTH CARE

FDA to issue plan banning menthol in cigarettes, cigars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people.

ENVIRONMENT

California subpoenas ExxonMobil in probe of plastics waste

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general on Thursday subpoenaed ExxonMobil as part of what he called a first-of-its-kind broader investigation into the petroleum industry for its alleged role in causing a global plastic pollution crisis.

COVID-19

Moderna seeks to be 1st with COVID shots for youngest children

Moderna on Thursday asked U.S. regulators to authorize low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 6, a long-awaited move toward potentially opening shots for millions of tots by summer.

Beijing orders schools closed in tightening of virus rules

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is closing all city schools in a further tightening of COVID-19 restrictions, as China's capital seeks to prevent a wider outbreak.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks rally on Wall Street as technology giants rebound

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes on Wall Street notched their biggest gains in more than six weeks Thursday, as technology companies clawed back some of the ground they had lost recently.

Apple's revenue, profit top analyst views in latest quarter

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple on Thursday reported quarterly results that topped analysts' profit projections despite supply shortages, economic fallout from the Russia-Ukraine war and a growth slowdown from the huge sales lift that technology products and service got from pandemic restrictions.

Yellen says more shocks likely to 'challenge the economy'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday the global pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine highlight the possibility of big economic shocks in the future, adding that downturns are "likely to continue to challenge the economy."

US economy shrinks, threats loom, but growth likely to last

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year, and faces threats from high inflation and rising interest rates, yet economists foresee a return to growth for the rest of 2022 based on the strength of the job market and consumer spending.

Fewer Americans file for jobless claims last week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell again last week with numbers still at historically low levels.

Putin gas cutoff shakes up Europe at little cost to Kremlin

BRUSSELS (AP) — Cutting off natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria cost Russian President Vladimir Putin very little — but it is adding stress on European countries wrestling with how to reduce the energy imports feeding the Kremlin's war chest and how to keep a united front on the war in Ukraine.

Twitter revenue climbs to $1.2B, daily users at 229M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter posted quarterly earnings of $513 million days after it agreed to be sold to billionaire Elon Musk.

In NYC, ads for jobs will have to say what they pay

NEW YORK (AP) — Help wanted. The job: putting one of the nation's most far-reaching salary disclosure laws into practice. Location: New York City.

Southwest loses $278 million but sees profits rest of 2022

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines lost $278 million in the first quarter, but it echoed other airlines with surging sales in March and it said on Thursday that it expects to be profitable for the remainder of the year.

Surging sales at McDonald's offsets trouble in China, Russia

Higher U.S. menu prices and easing COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere helped McDonald's offset troubled markets like China and Russia in the first quarter.

Caterpillar sales rise in 1Q on continued equipment demand

Caterpillar's first-quarter sales climbed with demand for construction equipment surging in the face of supply chain challenges that continue to plague businesses from car and phone makers to grocery stores.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

Democrats pitch boosting FTC to curb gas price gouging

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing growing worries about high gasoline prices, Democratic leaders announced an effort Thursday to give the Federal Trade Commission increased authority to crack down on companies that engage in price gouging.

Biden taking 'hard look' at student loan forgiveness

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he's "taking a hard look" at canceling additional federal student loan debt and will reach a decision within a month.

Biden seeks new powers to use oligarchs' assets for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is asking Congress on Thursday for new powers to seize and repurpose the assets of Russian oligarchs as part of a new funding request to aid Ukraine in its defense against Russia's invasion.

Most in US fear Ukraine war misinformation: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of U.S. adults say misinformation around Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a major problem, and they largely fault the Russian government for spreading those falsehoods.

Disinformation board to tackle Russia, migrant smugglers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is stepping up an effort to counter disinformation coming from Russia as well as misleading information that human smugglers circulate to target migrants hoping to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trevor Reed back in US, one day after Russian prisoner swap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trevor Reed is back in the United States one day after the Marine veteran was swapped for a Russian drug trafficker in a prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow, his mother tweeted early Thursday morning.

UKRAINE

Biden seeks $33B for Ukraine, signaling long-term commitment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden asked Congress on Thursday for an additional $33 billion to help Ukraine fend off Russia's invasion, a signal that the U.S. is prepared to mount a robust, long-term campaign to bolster Kyiv and weaken Moscow as the bloody war enters its third month with no sign of abating.

House passes military lend-lease bill to speed Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House gave final passage Thursday to legislation that would streamline a World War II-era military lend-lease program to more quickly provide Ukraine and other Eastern European countries with American equipment to fight the Russian invasion.

A look at what Biden's requested aid for Ukraine might buy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The money that President Joe Biden has asked Congress to approve for Ukraine is designed to help with a range of needs — military equipment for the immediate fight, economic aid for the future and much more.

Ukraine says Russian offensive in east picks up momentum

IRPIN, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Thursday that Russia's offensive in the east picked up momentum, with several towns coming under intense attack as Moscow's forces attempt to surround Ukrainian troops.

A chilling Russian cyber aim in Ukraine: Digital dossiers

BOSTON (AP) — Russia's relentless digital assaults on Ukraine may have caused less damage than many anticipated. But most of its hacking is focused on a different goal that gets less attention but has chilling potential consequences: data collection.

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