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VOL. 42 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 18, 2018

Blockchain tech ‘is the shiny new penny’

During the General Assembly session that just ended legislators debated a number of hot-button issues: guns, abortion, Confederate statues and medical marijuana.

Bitcoin fans rave, but understand it’s still a risky business

By now, anyone who follows Wall Street even slightly has heard of cryptocurrency and its most famous spawn – bitcoin, which launched in 2009 but grabbed headlines last year for its wild swings in valuation.

Blockchain buzzwords

Address: Cryptocurrency addresses are used to receive and send transactions on the network. An address is a string of alphanumeric characters, but can also be represented as a scannable QR code.

Learn more about blockchain and bitcoin

Intrigued and want to learn more? Blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts welcome newbies and enjoy sharing knowledge. Here are some reliable sources for blockchain information and social groups.

Landing the NFL Draft is fine, but how about a Super Bowl?

One after another, many of the nation’s top sporting events are finding their way to Nashville. News that Music City is playing host to the 2019 NFL Draft really came as no surprise, considering the city’s other recent sports successes here.

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'You're now on the clock:' NFL awards 2019 draft to Nashville

ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL draft is heading to Music City. League owners awarded the 2019 draft to Nashville during their annual spring meetings on Wednesday, clearly impressed with the city's turnout for events such as the NHL Stanley Cup Final and a party to unveil redesigned uniforms for the Tennessee Titans.


Jack Daniel's may no longer be scared cow

When Van Halen front man David Lee Roth opened a bottle of Jack Daniel’s on stage back in the ’80s, the last thing he thought about was taxes and court appeals when he took a big swig of whiskey.


Renaming neighborhood creates instant new market

One interesting aspect of residential real estate is how some insignificant, irrelevant places in town become landmarks thanks to the marketing and consequent branding of developers and their Realtors. The names bestowed upon these sites become woven into the realty tapestry.


Anderson Benson hires two managers

Anderson Benson, an independent Nashville-based insurance and risk management firm, has hired two new account managers. Sarah Anderson and Cynthia Russell have joined the firm.


New psychiatric hospital planned for Nashville

Saint Thomas Health and Acadia Healthcare are partnering to create a new 76-bed psychiatric inpatient hospital at Metro Center in Nashville.


Get a clue! Escape adventure solves life’s stresses

Ever get stuck behind a slow-pedaling batch of bachelorettes and wish you could lock them away somewhere? Help is at hand.


Four-door sedans in the spotlight for bargain hunters

Over the past few years, car shoppers have flocked to crossovers and SUVs because of their higher seating position, added cargo space and ease of entry. As a result, sedan sales have slowed to a crawl.


Post-mortem has Preds feeling good, bad

Only a couple of seasons ago, the Predators could point to their trip to the second round of the playoffs as progress, a sign the team was once again moving in the right direction.


Five metrics for keeping website on target

Engaging videos, impactful testimonials and beautiful graphics can all be parts of an efficient website. Although it may look and function seamlessly, you cannot judge the success of your website simply on the aesthetics or mechanics. You’ll have to consult the hard numbers to judge the success of a website and, if necessary, determine how to alter that success.


Someone has to tackle life’s unpleasant disorders

Wash your hands thoroughly.


Nashville voters head to polls for special mayoral election

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville voters are heading to the polls to elect a mayor, their second election this month.


Hendersonville mayor suspends public works director

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — Hendersonville's mayor has suspended its public works director without pay for three days and officials are disagreeing with his decision.


Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian; did not brake

DETROIT (AP) — The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators.

Protests worldwide against US idea of auto import tariffs

BEIJING (AP) — China, Japan and the European Union condemned Thursday the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States.

Trump launches probe into auto imports, possible tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be "very happy" with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.


California high court to rule on social media access

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants.


US average mortgage rates at 7-year highs; 30-year 4.66 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, continuing at their highest levels in seven years amid the peak home buying season.

US home sales fell 2.5 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of existing homes tumbled 2.5 percent in April — with the costs of buying a home jumping and would-be buyers facing a persistent shortage of properties on the market.


Stocks slide as Trump says North Korean meeting is canceled

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Thursday after President Donald Trump said he is canceling a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Energy companies are falling along with oil prices as investors respond to reports the nations of OPEC may start producing more oil. Car companies including Fiat Chrysler and Toyota are falling as the Trump administration considered tariffs on imported cars and car parts, a move the governments of China, Japan and the European Union condemned.

Deutsche Bank to slash thousands of jobs to control costs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank is slashing thousands of jobs as Germany's largest lender refocuses its global investment banking business on Europe and seeks to return to steady profitability.


Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement by the North.

Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefings on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are set to meet with top intelligence officials Thursday for classified briefings as President Donald Trump raises new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign.

Trump: No immigration deal unless 'real wall,' good security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he opposes any immigration legislation that doesn't include "a real wall" along the Mexican border and "very strong border security."


Chris Stapleton, Kelly Clarkson to perform at CMT Awards

NASHVILLE (AP) — Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan will be performing live at the CMT Awards show next month.


Middle Tennessee State, Chinese group eye ginseng institute

MURFREESBORO (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University says it has struck an agreement with its research partner in China to for a joint ginseng institute.


Titans lean heavily on young receivers under new coaches

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans seem confident that their young wide receivers will quickly make an impact this year.

Former Tennessee WR Fayton returning to alma mater

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee wide receiver CJ Fayton is returning to his alma mater in a new position.


Congress OKs Trump bid to widen private care at besieged VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system.


Couple featured on 'Weed Country' show charged in Tennessee

JACKSON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Oregon couple featured on the television show "Weed Country" has been indicted on marijuana-related charges in Tennessee.

Records advocates sue over sealed documents in opioid suit

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and the Knoxville News Sentinel are asking a judge to give the public access to all records in the state's lawsuit against the makers of the world's top-selling painkiller.


US sales of new homes slipped 1.5 percent in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell 1.5 percent in April, held down by a shortage of affordable houses in the most desirable areas and sharp pullback in purchases in the western United States.


Uber valued at about $62B in new offer to buy company stock

Three investors are looking to buy stakes in Uber in an offer that values the company at $62 billion.

Trump predicts auto workers will be 'very happy' on NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be "very happy" with the outcome of talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement, which have stalled amid a dispute over rules for car production.


Fed gives stocks a boost; technology and retailers rally

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks turned higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated it's not in a hurry to raise interest rates too quickly. Retailers and technology companies led the way as the market erased some early losses.

Vegas workers' vote to authorize strike pressures casinos

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1, a move that could cripple the city's world-famous resorts.

Fed minutes: Another rate hike likely 'soon'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month suggested that another rate hike was on the way soon, while also noting several risks facing the economy from rising wage pressures to potential harm from administration trade policies.

Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast and Disney are on the verge of a head-to-head bidding war for Fox's entertainment properties.

China pledges to work seriously with US ahead of Ross' visit

BEIJING (AP) — China's government pledged Wednesday to work conscientiously with Washington ahead of a visit by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Beijing to work on resolving a sprawling trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies.

Tens of thousands of Las Vegas casino workers OK strike

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1, a move that could cripple the city's world-famous resorts.


Trump appears to raise new doubts about US-China trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast doubt Wednesday on the prospects for talks that are designed to head off a trade war between the United States and China.

Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections.

Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he's eager to sign a bill that would dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lots jobs and foreclosed homes.

Georgia Democrat challenges racial barrier in governor race

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office.

Trump boosts pressure on Justice Department in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is increasing the pressure on the Justice Department, declining to say whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the White House negotiated rare access to classified documents for Trump's congressional allies.

US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated U.S. summit with North Korea on track, even after President Donald Trump abruptly said "there's a very substantial chance" it won't happen as scheduled.


Briley adds $125M flood defense to proposed budget

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor David Briley has added a long-debated $125 million flood protection system for the downtown area to the city's proposed capital improvements budget.

Court upholds cutting $150M in Opry Mills flood coverage

NASHVILLE (AP) — In a blow to the owner of Opry Mills Mall, the Tennessee Supreme Court has let stand a lower court's ruling that stripped $150 million of insurance coverage for the 2010 flood.


Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal transportation panel is recommending to states that all new large school buses be equipped with seatbelts.


Predators name Jeff Kealty, Brian Poile assistant GMs

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators have promoted Jeff Kealty and Brian Poile to assistant general manager positions following the departure of Paul Fenton.

Wild hire Predators assistant Fenton as new GM

Paul Fenton was hired as general manager of the Minnesota Wild on Monday, after 20 seasons in the front office with the division rival Nashville Predators.


Sony buys most of EMI Music, to spend $9B on image sensors

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.


US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump's repeated tries to take apart the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major government survey released Tuesday.


ACLU: Amazon shouldn't sell face-recognition tech to police

SEATTLE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to "easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone."

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his 'digital monster'

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from European Union lawmakers Tuesday over what one of them branded Zuckerberg's "digital monster," and he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people's personal data.


Stocks sink late as smaller companies and industrials fade

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks faded Tuesday afternoon and finished the day mostly lower as industrial companies and retailers fell. Smaller and more U.S.-focused companies slumped after setting records the last few days.

Low US unemployment rate masks financial struggles for many

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey shows that despite an ultra-low 3.9 percent unemployment rate, about one-third of U.S. adults faced financial insecurity last year and often struggled to pay unexpected expenses.

Congress nears dismantling of post-crisis bank rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress was taking a final step Tuesday toward dismantling a chunk of the rules framework for banks installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.

JC Penney's CEO Ellison departs for Lowe's

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney's CEO Marvin Ellison, one of only a handful of African American CEOs to lead a Fortune 500 company, is leaving to become the top executive at Lowe's.

For the first time in 226 years, woman to lead the NYSE

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange for the first time in its 226-year history will be led by a woman.

EU braces for US to go ahead with steel and aluminum tariffs

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union expressed doubt Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump will accept an offer of trade talks and other incentives to permanently exempt the bloc from punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum exports next week.

Airlines caving to Beijing despite White House protest

SHANGHAI (AP) — Global airlines are obeying Beijing's demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House's call this month to stand firm against such "Orwellian nonsense." The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global websites.


US and China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are working toward an agreement that would ease U.S. sanctions that were imposed on ZTE Corp. and let the Chinese telecommunications giant stay in business.

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

NEW YORK (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and allowed a reporter for The Associated Press to cover a meeting on water contaminants after she was earlier grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of the building by a security guard.

Democrats want to scrap tax cut for rich to fund teachers' raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to teacher walkouts across the country, congressional Democrats on Tuesday proposed raising teachers' salaries by canceling the tax cut for the nation's top 1 percent of earners.

Russia adopts bill that could stymie trade with US

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's parliament on Tuesday adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the U.S. and other countries.

Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe.

US hikes tariffs on Chinese steel exported via Vietnam

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has raised tariffs on steel from Vietnam that Washington says originated in China and evaded anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel.

Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering.


Former Liverpool CEO Ayre hired by MLS' Nashville expansion

NASHVILLE (AP) — Former Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has been hired for the same role with Major League Soccer's expansion franchise in Nashville.


Tennessee Gov.: Sanctuary bill to become law sans signature

NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he's allowing legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature, saying it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.


Fort Campbell brigade casing colors, prepares for deployment

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade is preparing for deployment to Afghanistan and will hold a color-casing ceremony at the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.


Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to dispute their pay and conditions in the workplace, an important victory for business interests.


Zuckerberg meeting with EU parliament leaders to be webcast

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to have his meeting Tuesday with the leaders of the European parliament about data privacy be broadcast publicly through web streaming.


Hope for US-China trade progress sends stocks jumping

NEW YORK (AP) — Industrial and technology companies led stocks to solid gains Monday after the U.S. and China appeared to make significant progress in trade talks. That helped ease concerns among investors that the world's two biggest economies might be headed for a trade war.

Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.

General Electric continues transformation; $11B rail deal

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric will tie its train engine division to the railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts of the conglomerate.

UK government does not intend to block Comcast-Sky deal

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government says it does not intend to refer U.S. media conglomerate Comcast's 22 billion pound ($30.7 billion) takeover offer for London-based Sky to competition authorities, saying the proposed merger doesn't raise concerns on public interest grounds.


Why US-China trade talks left toughest issues unresolved

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the risk of a mutually harmful trade war, the world's two biggest economies have put their differences on hold. Yet it's far from clear that a fragile truce between the United States and China can hold.

US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday demanded that Iran make wholesale changes in its military and regional policies or face "the strongest sanctions in history," as it sought to turn up heat on Tehran after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal.

China says it can't guarantee no more trade tension with US

BEIJING (AP) — China's government said Monday it cannot guarantee that renewed trade tension with Washington can be avoided after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared a temporary truce in a spiraling dispute that prompted worries of a chilling of global commerce.

Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his administration's temporary truce with China on trade, even as his Treasury secretary and China struck a note of caution on the latest agreement.

Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's tweets on Russia probe short on facts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts involving the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Tennessee school district made 611 reports of alleged abuse

NASHVILLE (AP) — An updated child abuse reporting policy has resulted in 611 reports in one Tennessee school district during this school year.


Governor: Sanctuary cities bill stirring fear on both sides

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities is stirring up fear on both sides of the issue, and he's not sure that fear is legitimate.

Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

HONG KONG (AP) — China is sending conciliatory signals as U.S. and Chinese negotiators meet in Washington to try to head off a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

US stock indexes cap choppy trading week with a mixed finish

Despite a choppy week of trading and a mixed finish for U.S. stocks, the market extended its recent streak of relative calm Friday.

Rising rates: Savers sigh in relief, borrowers beware

NEW YORK (AP) — Interest rates are charging higher, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on whether you're saving or borrowing.

State's jobless rate hold steady in April, jobs added

BOSTON (AP) — The unemployment rate in Massachusetts remained steady at 3.5 percent in April while estimates showed the state adding more than 6,000 jobs.


Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country.

Trump's attorney says special counsel has narrowed questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorney said Friday the special counsel in the Russia probe has narrowed the scope of potential questions for the president, even as Trump advanced an unverified theory that the Justice Department planted a spy in his 2016 campaign and is now "out to frame him."


More armadillos move into Tennessee as temperatures rise

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rising temperatures have made Tennessee more hospitable to armadillos over the past three decades.

UT lobbied to keep details of investments secret

MEMPHIS (AP) — Records show that the University of Tennessee has pumped millions from its endowment into private investment funds, including many in the Cayman Islands.

Tennessee OKs $20m in incentives for Tyson Foods facility

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. will receive a state economic incentives package worth $20 million to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a project that's expected to include $322 million in private investment and 1,600 new jobs within five years.

Tennessee constable shot and killed in 1878 honored in DC

MURFREESBORO (AP) — A Tennessee county constable shot and killed by a suspected horse thief in 1878 has been honored in Washington.


Clocks may go a little cuckoo with power grid change

WASHINGTON (AP) — Running late for work or just miss that bus? You could have a good excuse: Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo.


US stocks end choppy day slightly lower amid trade jitters

U.S. stock indexes closed slightly lower Thursday after a day of mostly choppy trading, wiping out some of the market's gains from a day earlier.

JC Penney outlook spooks Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney blamed weak clothing sales on bad spring weather and said it would offer more plus-size fashions to try and boost sales.

Iran signs oil deal with UK group as France's Total exits

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV is reporting that the country has signed an agreement with a British consortium to develop an oil field, just as another major company, France's Total, says it will withdraw from Iran because of renewed U.S. sanctions.

Trump plays down prospect of successful US-China trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday played down the prospect of successful trade talks with China and said the Asian economic powerhouse has become "very spoiled."

Gambling, tech firms scramble for foothold in sports betting

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The anticipation of legal sports gambling throughout the United States has prompted a flurry of deals among gambling and technology firms who want a foothold in a market worth billions.


Trump donates first quarter salary to VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is donating his first quarter salary to the Department of Veterans Affairs, as his search continues for a nominee to lead the agency.

German officials order recall of Mercedes diesel vans

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Daimler says it is being told to recall models of its Mercedes-Benz Vito delivery van by Germany's motor vehicle authority, which has ruled that the vehicle's diesel emissions controls do not meet legal requirements.

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